Sep

26-29

Joint Use (Sep 26-29)

As new technology, new regulations and aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use, it becomes increasingly important for key stakeholders to foster open dialogue and collaborate to solve shared problems, focus on safety goals, and ensure the equitably of poles and other utility assets. Considered the premier joint use conference, content is designed for representatives from utility, telecomm, wireless and broadband companies; as well as consultants and service companies who deal with joint use, pole ownership and attachments. The conference format provides a unique mix of presentations, dynamic power table topics, vendor displays and networking opportunities to exchange information and best practices.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Robert Trzepkowski, Salt River Project and Dawn Thompkins, Arizona Public Service

    • Program Location
    • The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
    • 60 E 5th St.
      Tempe, AZ 85281
    • Who Should Attend
      • Joint use administrators
      • Right of way managers
      • Asset managers
      • Standards engineers
      • Operations managers
      • Contract administrators
      • Real estate analysts
      • Construction planners
      • GIS services
      • Wireless managers
  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration: $799 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after September 4, 2017. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, power tables, and all food events.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Operations Programs at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Optional Networking - HOP'd Up Beer Tour

Come join this tour for a fun afternoon with your peers as you tour three of Phoenix's most popular breweries, where you will get generous beer samples, a behind-the-scenes tour and experience some real local flavor! Transportation will be provided and you will return to the hotel in time to get ready for the evening reception.    
Here's what you can expect on the tour:
• Generous beer tastings (flights) at all stops 
• Delicious food! 
• Knowledgeable and Fun Beer Guide
• Behind-the-scenes brewery tour 
• Interface with owners and brewers (as available)
• Water and ice on the bus
• Custom beer souvenir
• Photos of the fun
• Awesome memories!
• Transportation

**Note:  All brewery and wait-staff gratuities ar included in your ticket purchase. Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.  

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Optional Networking - Top Golf Event

Join us for an unforgettable experience hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Avoid the heat and relax in a private climate-controlled venue. Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring golf pros to those who have never walked 18 holes. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s entertaining!  

Includes:

  • Transportation, temperature controlled VIP Bay
  • Clubs, balls, snack and beverages
  • Three hours of Topgolf play including a lifetime membership for guest, free club rental, game demonstration and a dedicated event ambassador

Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.  

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by BHC Rhodes

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Joint Use 101
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Use Specialist, Clark Public Utilities

Back by popular demand! Joint Use 101 will break down the basic physical materials involved in Joint Use. A must for those who are new to the Joint Use industry and those who are not frequently working in the field and want a refresher.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Joint Use Safety Focused
Speaker(s): Leonard Rondeau, Specialist/Safety and Health Services, Salt River Project

SRP has recently experienced a couple of induction accidents while working on de-energized overhead power lines. Salt River Project will share the accidents and the lessons it has learned and the actions taken to prevent future occurrences to protect employees, partners, clients and the public.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Vendor Showcase

Each vendor will get 2-3 minutes on the main stage to give an introduction to their company and a quick overview of their product/service. If time permits, they are allowed to introduce their sales team at the conference.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break with Vendors Displays

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Open Session on Over Lashing
Panelist(s): Jeff Kent, Director, Distribution Support, PacifiCorp, Jason Nemjo, Joint Use Specialist, Clark Public Utilities, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Dawn Tompkins, Construction Program Management and Joint Use Supervisor, Arizona Public Service Company

To support High speed broadband deployment the practice of overlashing onto existing strand is expanding. A panel of Utility and Communications operators will discuss how they handle overlashing and some of the challenges they experience. Session is designed to be interactive, with the audience encouraged to offer their own experiences on the subject.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Small Cell Issues
Speaker(s): Matt Butler, Small Cell Strategy Team, Verizon Wireless, Jennifer Johnson, Director of Government Relations, Mobilitie

A discussion of strategies for partnering with local government and utility companies to achieve network objectives while advancing community safety & growth, and helping to close the digital divide.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break with Vendors

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Use Specialist, Clark Public Utilities, Sonny Nunez, Manager - Utilities Relations, Crown Castle, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Jennifer Johnson, Director of Government Relations, Mobilitie, Leann Kostek, AMI Infrastructure Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy, Adrian McJunkin, President, Western Utility Telecom, Katie Marshall, Pole Attachment Program Manager, Chelan County PUD, Ernesto Chacon, AMT Analyst, El Paso Electric Company, James Cole, Director, North American Utility Sales, ikeGPS

This year's conference will feature power tables in four rooms. Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Tom Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Dawn Tompkins, Construction Program Management and Joint Use Supervisor, Arizona Public Service Company, Nichole Hogan Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company, Kevin Cookler, Member, Lerman Senter PLLC, Robin Bromberg, Attorney, Balch & Bingham, LLP, A Busy FCC - NPRM, Dominion Interim Order, 8th Circuit and more, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Sponsored by WInd Lake Solutions

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Offsite Reception at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Sponsored by Varasset/NJUNS/Osmose Located at 420 South Mill Suite 201, just a short walk from the hotel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Power to Small Cell – Successfully Delivering Power to Pole Mounted, Ground Moun
Speaker(s): Sonny Nunez, Manager - Utilities Relations, Crown Castle, Nichole Hogan Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company

This session will focus on the different processes, configurations and potential nuances encountered when delivering power to the Small Cell customer. The presentation will offer insight to those looking to obtain or deliver electrical connections to small cells including some of the latest innovations, successful collaborations and foreseeable challenges to keeping up with the growth and demand of this latest joint use trend. Whether metered, unmetered, pole mounted, ground mounted or a hybrid solution, such as line powering, the focus is to enhance the understanding and dynamics of designing, permitting and delivering power to the small cell.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

RF Safety Issues and Considerations
Speaker(s): Kevin Cookler, Member, Lerman Senter PLLC

Radio frequency (RF) exposure is becoming an ever more critical safety issue as more and more wireless equipment and facilities – such as small cells, macro cells, and DAS – are deployed on utility infrastructure, thus increasing the potential for RF exposure for utility workers and for the public in general. This session will provide an overview of the regulatory and legal framework covering RF exposure and safety issues; compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and obligations; and the ways in which utilities can use these regulations and other industry guidelines to ensure a safe environment for workers, contractors, and the general public. This session will also look at ways in which utilities – as owners, managers, and users of joint use infrastructure – can effectively manage the risks involved with RF exposure and safety in the joint use environment.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendors Displays

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

Power Tables

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Power Tables

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Power Tables

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Power Tables

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendors Displays

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal Forum
Moderator(s): Bruce Gardner, Attorney, Arizona Public Service Company, Meagan Vamos, Environmental Attorney, Arizona Public Service Company
Panelist(s): Eric Langley, Partner, Langley Bromberg, Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Chris Witteman, Senior Staff Counsel, Telecommunications & Advisory, California Public Utilities Commission, Kevin Cookler, Member, Lerman Senter PLLC, James Tomlinson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. This distinguished multi-industry panel of attorneys will provide you with the opportunity to openly participate in a stimulating conversation on our industry. Find out from varying perspectives what you need to know about current and impending regulations, recent court rulings and what you must have on your radar.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Friday, September 29, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Large-scale Build-out Projects - Challenges + Solutions
Speaker(s): Dave Chaney, Senior Partner, Varasset, Kurt Schnubel, Director - Business Development, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

This session will provide an overview of large-scale fiber to the premise projects. o Project lifecycle o Lessons learned o Boundaries for pole owners o Deadlines for communication companies o Barriers, challenges & bottlenecks o Solutions

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

California Pole Loading + Pole Remediation: Update

A report from a California utility on the progress made in the first two years of a comprehensive pole assessment and remediation program. This presentation will give an overview of the program and highlight the challenges the team has overcome in order to adapt to new pole loading rules and regulations.

10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Conference Adjourns

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Wrap-up and Future Planning for the 2018 Joint Use Conference

All are welcome and Program Development Team is encouraged to participate.

Hotel + Travel

  • This upscale business hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Mill Avenue District and Mill Ave/3rd Street light rail transit station, and 3.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Warm, modern rooms have WiFi, flatscreens, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add rainfall showerheads and pull-out sofas. The roof has an outdoor pool and a tennis court, and there's a fitness center. A restaurant serves Southwestern-inspired fare, and a lounge and a poolside cafe are all on-site. There's a business center and 30,000 sq ft of meeting space. A hospitality fee covers airport shuttle service, WiFi, valet parking and fitness center access.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • The WEI room block for The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center is full. Please see Conference Overflow Block section for additional hotel options.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Conference Overflow Block
  • Marriott Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University
    510 S. Forest Ave
    Tempe, AZ 85281
    (480) 967-2300

    Marriott hotel is offering us a special group rate of $189.00 USD per night and the last day to book is 9/21/17. Book your group rate for Western Energy Institute WEI – Joint Use Conference Overflow Room Block.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,148 USD
Vendor Display Table Only: $599 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $299 USD

Registration price increases $100 after September 4, 2017. Vendor Display Only registration includes a skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display schedule. Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Registration + Vendor Display option.

Additional Vendor Display assistants can be added for $299 after your registration is complete and includes vendor access and vendor associated food functions. Vendor Display assistants that wish to attend presentations and power tables should register as an attendee.

Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, September 27
7:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Set-up
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Break with Vendor Display
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Vendor Showcase
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display

Thursday, September 28
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Tear Down

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Vendor Display Map

Sponsors

Thank you to our program sponsors!

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Networking

All networking events will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Top Golf Event
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $105

Join us for an unforgettable experience hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Avoid the heat and relax in a private climate-controlled venue. Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring golf pros to those who have never walked 18 holes. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s entertaining!

Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.

HOP’d Up Beer Tour
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost: $110

Come join this tour for a fun afternoon with your peers as you tour three of Phoenix’s most popular breweries, where you will get generous beer samples, a behind-the-scenes tour and experience some real local flavor! Transportation will be provided and you will return to the hotel in time to get ready for the evening reception.

Here’s what you can expect on the tour:
• Generous beer tastings (flights) at all stops
• Delicious food!
• Knowledgeable and Fun Beer Guide
• Behind-the-scenes brewery tour
• Interface with owners and brewers (as available)
• Water and ice on the bus
• Custom beer souvenir
• Photos of the fun
• Awesome memories!
• Transportation

Note: All brewery and wait-staff gratuities ar included in your ticket purchase. Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.

Meet The Speakers

Mike Runzo

Salt River Project

Senior Safety & Health Specialist

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Use Specialist

Eric Langley

Langley Bromberg

Partner

Chris Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP

Partner

Thomas Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP

Partner

Bruce Gardner

Arizona Public Service Company

Attorney

Leonard Rondeau

Salt River Project

Specialist/Safety and Health Services

Wayne Wisdom

Salt River Project

Sr. Director, Distribution Grid Services

Matt Butler

Verizon Wireless

Small Cell Strategy Team

Chris Witteman

California Public Utilities Commission

Senior Staff Counsel, Telecommunications & Advisory

Jennifer Johnson

Mobilitie

Director of Government Relations

Meagan Vamos

Arizona Public Service Company

Environmental Attorney
Learn More

Meagan received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies (magna cum laude) from Truman State University and earned her Juris Doctor, with a Certificate in Law, Science & Technology, Environmental and Sustainability Law Specialization, from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Meagan joined Pinnacle West/APS in 2016 and has traditionally practiced in the area of environmental law. Prior to joining Pinnacle West, Meagan practiced law with Jorden Hiser & Joy (formerly Jorden Bischoff & Hiser) where she focused on environmental regulatory compliance advice and compliance assistance for the steel, mining, and electric utility industries.
Meagan is admitted to practice law in Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Bar Association.

James Tomlinson

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Partner

Kevin Cookler

Lerman Senter PLLC

Member
Learn More

Kevin M. Cookler is a Member at the law firm Lerman Senter. He focuses his practice on telecommunications law and regulation, including licensing, compliance and policy matters. His experience includes work for commercial and private wireless licensees, electric utilities and emerging technology companies. He has counseled clients in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions and other federal and state agencies on issues such as spectrum policy and acquisition, corporate transactions, pole attachments and Joint Use, tower siting and environmental and historic preservation compliance.

Kevin served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James F. Merow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Sonny Nunez

Crown Castle

Manager - Utilities Relations

Jeff Kent

PacifiCorp

Director, Distribution Support

Gino Quartucci

Cox Communications

Right of Way Agent ll

Dawn Tompkins

Arizona Public Service Company

Construction Program Management and Joint Use Supervisor

Leann Kostek

Puget Sound Energy

AMI Infrastructure Program Manager

Nichole Hogan Bates

Tampa Electric Company

Sr. Joint Use Field Operations

Adrian McJunkin

Western Utility Telecom

President

Katie Marshall

Chelan County PUD

Pole Attachment Program Manager

Robin Bromberg

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Attorney

Rachel Fenton

Mobilitie

Senior Government Relations Manger

Ernesto Chacon

El Paso Electric Company

AMT Analyst

James Cole

ikeGPS

Director, North American Utility Sales

Dave Chaney

Varasset

Senior Partner

Kevin O’Connor

Zayo Group

VP Implementation/Fiber Engineering/West Region

Jeffrey Jarvis

Zayo Group

Regional Vice President - Field Operations -West Region

Kurt Schnubel

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Director - Business Development