An Outstanding Program

CoBank’s 2018 Communications Industry Executive Forum will bring together some of the nation’s leading experts on geopolitical risks, technology trends, the economy and politics. Through a series of thought-provoking and informative sessions, the leaders of America’s rural communications providers will gain valuable knowledge, insight and information they can use in their business and personal lives. The conference will also offer attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers and enjoy golf and other activities in a world-class venue.

Dress code for this meeting is business casual. You may bring a jacket for the evening functions as it can get cool in the mountains, but ties are not required. Wednesday night's reception and dinner will be held at The Broadmoor’s majestic Seven Falls where there will be walking and opportunities to hike up parts of the Falls for additional views. Jeans and tennis shoes are appropriate for this event. 

There is no charge to attend the conference beyond your travel and hotel expenses. Be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability. For further information, contact CoBank’s Corporate Communications Division at 303-740-6442 or by email at

The Broadmoor, located on 3,000 acres under the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain, offers an award-winning spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, three outdoor hot tubs, one lap pool, 54 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, and 25 specialty retail shops.

Please make your hotel reservation online or call The Broadmoor at (800) 634-7711. Mention your CoBank affiliation to receive the preferred room rate of $340. Each room will also be charged a $32 per day resort fee. The number of rooms available at this rate is limited, so please make your reservation as soon as possible. This rate is available to guests for three days before and three days after our event, on a space available basis. After the reservation deadline of July 29th, the group rate will no longer be available. Please be aware that any cancellations made within seven days of your arrival date will result in a cancellation fee.


The Broadmoor offers a variety of transportation options from airport shuttles to private town cars. Contact the Broadmoor Transportation Department at 719-362-3276 to arrange your transportation needs, or visit The Broadmoor’s transportation website for more options.


Valet parking is available to all overnight guests. The charge is $30 per night. Valet parking is complimentary for day visitors. Self-parking for a 24-hour period is $23 per night, with in and out privileges. Day charges are $4 for the first hour and $2 for each additional hour up to a maximum of $12 per day.

Each attendee is welcome to register one spouse or adult guest to attend the meal functions of the meeting, including the welcome reception on Tuesday night and Wednesday evening’s dinner event. To make this process easier, you can now add your guest as part of your registration by simply clicking on the box that says, “I plan to bring a guest” and then providing his/her personal information as requested. Please be sure to correctly indicate the number of attendees for each meal function with the drop-down choices.

Please note that due to space constraints, only one adult guest per invited attendee can be included and pre-registration is required. Thank you for your consideration so that we may accommodate all our customers who would like to attend.

If you are registering on behalf of another individual, please make sure to use their email address when completing the form so that their registration information will be unique. There will be an opportunity for you to add your information in as well so that you will receive copies of the confirmation details. Only one registrant per unique email address will be allowed.

Once you have completed the information for all registrants, be sure to click on “Finish my Registration” in order to finalize your attendance at the meeting. Once you have completed this process, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your registration is incomplete. Please contact CoBank’s Corporate Communications Department at 303-740-6442 or by email at for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

If you / your guest are unable to attend the meeting, it is required that you update your online registration a minimum of 3 business days prior to the start date of the meeting. To cancel or update your registration, use the link in your email registration confirmation. Or you can simply send notice of cancellation to Thank you for your courtesy in this regard as late cancellations and no-shows represent a significant cost to CoBank.

Participants in the CoBank-sponsored golf tournament at the Communications Industry Executive Forum will have a special opportunity this year to meet and play with World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam.

The golf outing will be held Thursday, August 23, at The Broadmoor Golf Club’s East Course. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Golfers will have the opportunity to meet Annika Sorenstam, World Golf Hall of Famer, during course of play.

If you and your guest/spouse plan to participate in the golf outing, please be sure to check the golf option when you register. If you’ll need rental clubs, indicate left- or right-handed clubs on the registration form as well. Due to tournament restrictions, each attendee can register only one guest/spouse to join them for golf. Box lunches will be provided.

The Broadmoor requires that all guests are properly attired while on our championship golf courses. Men are required to wear a shirt with a collar. Ladies are required to wear a blouse with a collar or sleeves. Ladies’ and men’s shorts are to be Bermuda length. Soft spikes are required. Inappropriate attire, such as bare midriffs, short shorts, cut-offs or denim jeans, may result in denied access to golf facilities.

For more information about the golf course, visit the website.

Participants in the 2018 CoBank Communications Industry Executive Forum can earn up to seven (7) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. To file for credit, you will need to sign the attendance form at the registration desk. As part of the verification to the accrediting agency, we need your signature to provide proof of your attendance. Certificates will be available Thursday morning at the registration table. Please be sure to pick up the certificate before departing the meeting.


  • Hear it First: Political Issues of the Day and the 2018 Midterms
    Mike Allen, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, Axios
    By the end of this session, you will be able to describe the general political and policy-making environment in Washington, D.C., and how it could impact the economy and your company.
  • Industry Update
    Timothy Biltz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications
    By the end of this session, you will be able to define the opportunities, growth prospects and activity in the dynamic and critically important fiber transport sector.
  • A Conversation with Tom Halverson
    Tom Halverson, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoBank
    By the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of challenges, opportunities and disruptive changes facing key industries in the U.S. rural economy.
  • Accelerating Technological Trends and the Impact on Your Organization
    Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED Magazine
    By the end of this session, you will be able to use a blueprint on advancements in new media and emerging technology, and how those developments will influence and foster innovation in your organization.
  • Geopolitical Risks and Emerging Hotspots
    Willis Sparks, Director of Global Macro, Eurasia Group 
    By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss issues, trends, opportunities and risks created by U.S. politics and foreign policy, geopolitical conflicts, and developments in major emerging market countries.
  • Economic Outlook
    Marci Rossell, Economist
    By the end of this session, you will be able to discuss the current economic environment, trends that will affect our economy and lives in the years to come, and challenge common assumptions regarding global economies.
  • A Historical Perspective of the U.S. Presidency
    Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
    By the end of this session, you will be able to define the historical significance of the U.S. Presidency and how Presidential decisions through history have influenced American Politics and changed the course of American History.

CoBank is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 South Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417.

The 2018 CoBank Communications Industry Executive Forum is an educational event that is free to invited attendees. As such, there is no refund policy. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints or refunds, please contact CoBank at 800-542-8072, ext. 06456.

No prerequisite or advance preparation is required for the 2018 CoBank Communications Industry Executive Forum, which is a group-live program designed to provide attendees with up-to-date information on industry and market trends as well as national political, economic or regulatory issues of interest.