St. Louis, Sept. 13, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC®), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, hosted more than 2,500 Members, partners and staff at its annual Member Information Conference (MIC) Sept. 11-13 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The IT cooperative’s annual learning conference draws users from all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. With class topics ranging from accounting and billing to engineering and customer care, the MIC offered more than 190 learning sessions throughout the three-day event, with 46 sessions being led by NISC Members.
Along with the learning sessions, the 2018 MIC also hosted three powerful general sessions over the course of the conference. Day One was kicked off by NISC’s president and chief executive officer Vern Dosch, who delivered an inspirational opening general session focusing on NISC’s 50-year history of innovation and Member service. Day Two featured executives and thought leaders in the telecom and utility industries. Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, shared her thoughts on the benefits that rural broadband networks bring to the national economy. Kirk Johnson, senior vice president of Government Relations for NRECA, discussed the state of the utility industry and importance of working together towards our common goals.
“We were extremely pleased to host our Members this week at the 2018 MIC,” said Jasper Schneider, NISC vice president of Member and Industry. “At the heart of this conference is learning, and our Members had the opportunity to attend more than 190 different classes. We also had the pleasure of welcoming numerous industry partners and friends. As much as the MIC was about celebrating our 50 years of service and innovation, we are excited about pivoting and accelerating into the future.”
The Closing General Session on Day Three welcomed Michael H. Goodroe, motivational speaker and author of What Autism Gave Me. Billy Beane, executive vice president of baseball operations for the Oakland A’s and subject of Moneyball, also shared an inspirational message of utilizing data to gain a competitive advantage.
“Each MIC is incredibly special as it offers us the opportunity to meet face-to-face and collaborate with the NISC Membership,” said Dosch. “Being a technology cooperative, our focus is on relationships and serving the needs of those who serve others. While the MIC is primarily focused on development and the vision of NISC, this year also allowed us the opportunity to pause and look over our shoulder as we revisit NISC’s 50-year journey, honoring the past and recognizing our future of possibility.”
Returning to the MIC was the Partner Pavilion, the conference’s true vendor experience. More than 35 of NISC’s closest partners in the telecom and utility industries sponsored and exhibited at the conference.
The 2019 MIC will once again be held in St. Louis from September 24-26 and will pay special tribute to the city which has housed the conference for more than 40 years. Beginning in 2020, the NISC MIC will be hitting the road and heading to Orlando, Fla., with the conference continuing in Louisville, Ky., in 2021, Nashville, Tenn., in 2022, and Denver in 2023.
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 825 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including billing, accounting, operations, automated mailroom services, third-party integration as well as many other solutions. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Shawano, Wis., NISC and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,260 professionals between the four locations.
Additional information can be found at www.nisc.coop.