$80 – $895

TFI Technology Conference Jan 24-25, 2019

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Courtyard Marriott Downtown

300 E. 4th Street

Austin, TX 78701

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Join us for our 14th Annual TFI Technology Conference, Jan 24-25, 2019, as industry leaders and professionals gather once again to share the latest trends and developments impacting communications and asset valuation. We will be meeting again in exciting downtown Austin.

2019 Theme: 5G and its Business and Valuation Implications

Iain Gillott, wireless expert extraordinaire, returns to TFI for the fourth time. This time Iain will lead us through a deeper look into this technology and its impacts on broadband, cable, video, and other asset-intensive industries.

For 2019, we are re-introducing tax and valuation-specific segments to the conference to reinforce the relevance of technology change to asset valuation. We hope you’ll join your colleagues in what promises to be another interesting and important event!

Gain Background, Insights, and Forecasts:

  • Wireless Communications, including 5G and HetNets
  • Broadband & Video, including Gigabit networks and OTT
  • Network Technologies, such as SDN/NFV
  • Cutting-edge technologies including:
    - Artificial Intelligence
    - Virtual Reality
    - Augmented Reality

Stay Relevant and Timely:

  • High level review of top communications trends
  • Informative presentations on key technologies
  • Illuminating discussions of current and emerging issues facing the communications industry
  • Important insights on the impact of these changes on asset valuation
  • Multiple opportunities to connect and reconnect with community and thought-leaders

You Should Attend If:

  • You have a business or policy interest in the communications network's future, or
  • You are involved with the valuation of communications assets, or
  • You are impacted by changes in the telecom, wireless, and cable television networks, or
  • You are active in the IoT, AI, VR or other up and coming communication technologies, and
  • You value learning, sharing, and collaborating with industry leaders and professionals

Special thanks again to our 2018 Conference Sponsors!
2018 Sponsors: AUS, Costquest, and Deloitte.

2019 Sponsorships Available: Contact TFI about Sponsorships

Special Guest:

Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
Wireless Industry Special Guest Speaker

Iain Gillott, iGR

We are pleased to have Iain joining us once again as our 2019 special Wireless Keynote Speaker. Iain joined us in 2018, 2017 and 2015 to awesome reviews. We are extremely happy to have him back in 2019!

Conference Director:

Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D., President, TFI

Lawrence Vanston, PhD., Conference Director, President, TFI

Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, Technology Futures, Inc.

Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI

Carrie Vanston, The Energy Transformer
"Getting Out of the Alligator Pit - And Staying Out"

Carrie Vanston, Corporate Cultures That Rock and TFI

TFI Staff:

Helen Mary Marek, VP Operations & Creative Director, Technology Futures, Inc.
Conference Liaison

Helen Mary Vanston Marek, TFI, VanMarek Design

Past attendees include those from:

  • Communications Policy

  • Finance, Asset Valuation and Property Tax

  • Strategic Forecasting

  • Market Strategy

  • Network Planning

  • Legal and Regulatory

  • Depreciation and Asset Lives

  • New Technology Startups and Developers

Some of Our Previous Attendees

What Attendees Say

"Great program... information is timely and program ties together well. Good for attendees with various background and interests. I highly recommend it." ―Jeffery S. Binkley, Director, Deloitte

"...a unique learning experience to be had via the lectures and interaction with the audience and TFI."
―Robert G. Strong, Tax Director, AT&T

"Practical information from industry insiders provided me insight I haven't found anywhere else." Augie Grant, Professor, University of South Carolina

"Great conference as always! Too many excellent speakers to list. Particularly remember 5G presentation."
―Dmitriy Matsyshen, Sr. Tax Manager, T-Mobile

"5 Stars! Informative sessions with dedicated speakers."
―Paul Tucker, Independent Appraiser

"Nice update on technology. ..."
―Charles Burkhardt, Senior Consultant, CostQuest

"Great range of topics & speakers that were both fascinating and provocative."
―Jim Dombrowski, Property Tax Manager, Verizon

"Based on TFI's knowledge, skills and experience, I strongly recommend this conference to anyone who is involved in assessing telecommunications equipment or anyone involved with telecommunications in some form or another."
―Raul Reyes, Business Personal Property Supervisor, Dallas Central Appraisal District

"...Proper valuation must take into account technological externalities that will diminish the value of the existing assets. The technological innovations are having a such an impact that keeping up is essential. This conference keeps me up to date."
Roger Grabowski, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps

"Great conference for all of those who want an update on trends in the communications industry and the technologies impacting it. As an academic, I found it especially valuable in providing me ideas of what I need to be looking out for in my own areas of interest.
―Kim Houser, Business Law Professor, Washington State University

Conference Schedule:


6:15–7:15 pm - Pre-Conference Reception Meet & Greet - Rooftop (Gatehouse if cold or rainy)


8:30 am - 6:00 pm - Conference Day One - Rio Grande Ballroom

12:30 pm - Conference Lunch - Gatehouse

6:15 pm - Conference Reception – Rooftop (Gatehouse if cold or rainy)


8:30 am - 1:30 pm - Conference Day Two - Rio Grande Ballroom

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Box Lunch - Presentation & Discussion - Rio Grande Ballroom

To give you an idea of the quality of our keynotes, speakers, and panelists, view our January 2018 TFI Conference Schedule, Slides, Videos, Bios & Photos

Registration Information:

Click here or see "Tickets" at Top of Page

Early Bird Registration: $895 (After Dec 23: $995)

We are pleased to offer a new Assessor/Academic/Government Early Bird rate of $80 for a limited block of seats!

Early Bird Assessor/Academic/Government Rate: $80 (After Dec 23: 95.00)*

*Special rate for assessors, government, or academia

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Start 2019 with the latest knowledge and insights on

the key forces impacting your organization!

Venue: Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Location/Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 300 E. 4th Street., Austin, TX, 512-236-8008 or 844-473-3959. We have a limited block of guests rooms until January 8. Book now at the special TFI room rate of $229 per night or call the Marriott at 844-473-3959 and mention you are witih Technology Futures Inc.

The hotel is in walking distance to Austin's best live music venues and restaurants and near the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and other popular Austin sites. This is a non-smoking facility with complimentary high-speed Internet and wireless access throughout the hotel. (photo source: Marriott)

For more information about Austin, please visit Austin 360 or Austin Chamber of Commerce.


Please contact Helen Mary Marek, at hmvmarek@tfi.com or call us at (512) 258-8898 with any questions regarding the conference.

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