CONNECT® Conference

May 12-15, 2015
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Marriott City Center

CONNECT is the annual national conference for electric cooperative communication, marketing and member service professionals. It brings together more than 550 electric co-op professionals for two and one-half days of sessions offering best practices; resources and creative tools to enhance member communication; the latest information on and access to new energy innovations and technologies that can reduce costs; improve efficiency and build customer service; and outstanding networking opportunities.

CONNECT is the annual national conference for electric cooperative communication, marketing and member service professionals. It brings together more than 550 electric co-op professionals for two and one-half days of sessions offering best practices; resources and creative tools to enhance member communication; the latest information on and access to new energy innovations and technologies that can reduce costs; improve efficiency and build customer service; and outstanding networking opportunities.

View the 2014 sponsorship opportunities below (similar in 2015).

2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

  • General Session Keynote Speaker- Terry Jones, Chairman of Kayak.com,/Founder and CEO of Travelocity – Building Digital Relationships

    Wednesday, May 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    Sponsorship Cost: $15,000 – One (1) Available

    Benefits include:

    • Your company will be invited to introduce the Second General Session speaker, Terry Jones.
    • Recognition as the sponsor of the General Session speaker in digital signage at the event entrance.
    • Your company’s four color logo will be included in the CONNECT’14 Program Guide.
    • Your company will receive a listing in the event mobile app.
    • Your company will receive additional three (3) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.

    How will your customer contact you today? In the office, via the phone, on your web site, read a tweet, friend you on Facebook? There is no way to know. Building Digital Relationships gives your audience the keys to unlock the mystery of how to connect with customers online. While face to face isn’t going away, businesses that don’t have an effective online relationship strategy are being left behind. .Terry will explore all phases of the digital conversation from search to social media, using real world examples drawn from his long experience in the on-line world.

    You can't just demand and take people's money! You have to carefully build a relationship with a prospect to turn them into a customer and then a long term customer. Terry's keynote takes audiences through the stages of digital relationships so they can assess and redesign their customer processes for the digital age.

    Terry Jones founded Travelocity.com.   He led the company as President and was Chief Executive Officer from its founding until May 2002.  A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago.  He later served five years as a vice president of Travel Advisors, a company specializing in business travel to Eastern Europe and the USSR, with offices in Chicago and Moscow.  Jones is managing principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy he co-founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Kayak.com, and is on the boards of Smart Destinations, Inc. and Rearden Commerce.

  • General Session Keynote Speaker- Todd Henry, author, entrepreneur, and the founder of Accidental Creative – Passion for Work

    Friday, May 16 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Sponsorship cost: $10,000 – One (1) Available
    Benefits include:

    • Your company will be invited to introduce the General Session speaker, Todd Henry.
    • Recognition as the sponsor of the General Session speaker in digital signage at the event entrance.
    • Your company’s four color logo will be included in the CONNECT’14 Program Guide
    • Your company will receive a listing in the event mobile app.
    • Your company will receive additional three (3) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.

    Are you building a body of work you can be proud of?  When you channel a passion for work into something useful to others, the world around you changes. In this talk, you will learn a practical process for identifying personal and organizational passion areas, and a framework for applying them to the work you're already doing. Additionally, you'll understand why so many people and teams get stuck in a place of mediocrity, and how to avoid these common ruts and pitfalls so that you can unleash your best work.

    Todd is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas. He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Todd’s work has been featured by Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, HBR.org, US News & World Report, and many other major media outlets.

    Todd’s book, The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice (July 2011) offers strategies for how to thrive in the creative marketplace and has been called “one of the best books to date on how to structure your ideas, and manage the creative process and work that comes out of it” by Jack Covert, author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time and founder of 800-CEO-READ.

  • Spotlight on Excellence Awards Celebration Reception

    Wednesday, May 14 -- 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Co-Sponsorship Cost: ($10,000) – Two (2) Available

    Benefits include:

    • Recognition as the sponsor of the Spotlight on Excellence Awards Celebration Reception with signage at event entrance and food and beverage stations.
    • Invitation to welcome attendees at the beginning of the reception.
    • Your company will receive additional three (3) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Event Mobile App

    Sponsorship Cost: $7,500) – One (1) Available
    Benefits include:

    • The mobile app will be downloaded and used by CONNECT Conference attendees throughout the event
    • Your company will receive an ad that acknowledges your company as mobile app sponsor in the mobile app
    • Your company will receive additional two (2) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Conference WiFi

    Sponsorship Cost: ($7,500) – One (1) Available
    Benefits include:

    • Wifi will be used by conference participants throughout the meeting
    • Your company will receive additional two (2) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Meet ‘n Mingle Happy Hour

    Tuesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  
    Co-Sponsorship Cost: $5,000 –Three (3) Available

    Benefits include:

    • Recognition as a co-sponsor of the Meet ‘n Mingle Happy Hour with signage at event entrance and food and beverage stations.
    • Invitation to welcome attendees at the beginning of the reception.
    • Logo beverage napkins.
    • Your company will receive additional two (2) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Continental Breakfasts

    Wednesday, May 14 Thursday, May 15, Friday, May 16
    Sponsorship Cost: $5,000 – Three (3) Available

    Benefits include:

    • Recognition as the sponsor of the Continental Breakfast on the day you chose with signage at event entrance and food and beverage stations.
    • Your company will receive additional two (2) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Morning Refreshment Breaks

    Wednesday, May 14 Thursday, May 15, Friday, May 16
    Sponsorship Cost: $3,000 – Three (3) Available

    Benefits include:

    • Recognition as the sponsor of the Morning Refreshment Break(s) on the day you chose with signage at event entrance and food and beverage stations.
    • Your company will receive additional one (1) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Afternoon Refreshment Breaks

    Wednesday, May 14 Thursday, May 15
    Sponsorship Cost: $4,000 – Two (2) Available

    Benefits include:

    • Recognition as the sponsor of the Afternoon Refreshment Break(s) on the day you chose with signage at event entrance and food and beverage stations.
    • Your company’s four color logo will be included in the CONNECT’14 Program Guide.
    • Your company will receive additional one (1) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Conference Attendee Bag

    Sponsorship Cost: $5,000
    Benefits include:

    • CONNECT'14 Conference attendees will receive a high-quality registration bag designed to hold conference materials. This attractive and functional promotional item will include your company logo. Please email a high resolution version of your company logo to no later than April 4, 2014
    • Your company's four color logo will be included in the CONNECT'14 Program Guide.
    • Your company will receive additional one (1) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Chilled Bottled Water

    Sponsorship Cost: $5,000 – One (1) Available
    Benefits include:

    • Your company's logo will be included on bottles of chilled water for conference attendees to enjoy throughout the conference.
    • Your company will receive additional one (1) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • CONNECT Techno Talks

    (Solutions-based presentations by vendor industry partners on utility innovations to boost the cooperative’s operations and member service.)

    Thursday, May 15
    Sponsorship Cost: $3,000 – 15 available

    Benefits include:

    • Techno Talks sponsorship provides the opportunity for your company to make a 30-minute educational/co-op case study presentation to Connect Conference attendees.
    • 15 Techno Talks will be offered on Thursday, May 15 from 1:15-3:15 p.m . Conference attendees will select the Techno Talks that best fits their personal professional development. They will have five presentations to choose from in each 30-minute time block.
    • Your company will be required to submit a summary description of your presentation along with your sponsorship form by April 4, 2014 to qualify for this sponsorship.
    • Due to the popularity of this sponsorship, each company is eligible to purchase only one.
    • Your company will receive additional one (1) complimentary registrations to the CONNECT'14 Conference.
  • Conference Lanyards

    Sponsorship Cost: $3,000–
    Benefits include:

    • Your company logo will appear on the 3/4” wide lanyards for the CONNECT’14 Conference. The lanyards will feature a one color logo on one side, and will be distributed to conference attendees at registration. 
    • Your company will receive one (1) complimentary registration to the CONNECT'14 Conference.

If you have questions regarding a specific sponsorship or your company is interested in a personalized sponsorship opportunity, please call Nancy McMahen at (800) 230-2601.