Event Profile

IT Conference

May 9 — 11, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

Who Should Attend:

IT professionals and others who are responsible for information technology programs as well as members of the operations and engineering functions who would like to build a stronger relationship with IT.

Conference Overview:

Join us for the annual IT Conference! This event brings together public power IT professionals to learn about industry updates and share their experiences, recommendations, and lessons learned about key IT issues. This year’s conference will be two and a half days and will feature Jones Loflin as the keynote speaker. Loflin is an internationally recognized speaker and coach with nearly 30 years of experience. He has written several books, including Always Growing, which is a fresh approach to leadership that offers powerfully practical strategies for individuals who have been leading for either two days or two decades. Another one of his books, Juggling Elephants, is a witty and profound parable about one man’s search for solutions for the struggle of too much do. His IT Conference keynote address will be about how to accomplish what is most important to you.

Conference Agenda:

Tuesday, May 9

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and Vendor Café

8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

    Marvin Super, Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Homer Electric Association, Inc.

8:45-9:45 a.m. SIEM Tuning By LiveFire

    Paul Weatherhead, Executive Vice President and CSO, Digital Boundary Group

9:45-10:45 a.m. Microsoft Intune

    Hoppy Shaw, End User Computing Architect, Ivoxy Consulting

11 a.m.-Noon MFA Discussion

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Café

1-2 p.m. Building a Data Analytics Program

    Paul Holgate, Cyber Security Engineer III, Benton PUD

2-2:45 p.m. Roundtable

3:15-3:30 p.m. Message from our sponsors

3:30-4:30 p.m. IT/OT Convergence


4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5-6 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, May 10

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and Vendor Café

8:30-9:45 a.m. Microsoft 365 Security Best Practices
    Adam Eldred, Senior Solutions Architect, Compunet

10:15-10:30 a.m. Message from our sponsors

10:30 a.m-Noon Physical Security Measures

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch and Vendor Café

1-2 p.m. Building a Cybersecurity Program

    Greg McMahon, Manager of Data & Analytics, Benton PUD

2-3 p.m. Roundtable

3:15-4:30 p.m. Who Goes There? Secure Remote Access for Industrial/Utility Control Systems

    Todd Wedge, CROSSBOW Business Development, US Region, RUGGEDCOM Solutions

Thursday, May 11

7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and Vendor Café

8:30-10:30 a.m. How to Get to IT

    Jones Loflin, Author

10:30-11:30 a.m. Roundtable

11:30 a.m-Noon Closing remarks and door prizes

    Marvin Super, Conference Chair, Information Technology Manager, Homer Electric Association, Inc.

Conference Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time; the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on days one and two, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on day three. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided every day; lunch will be provided on the first two days.

Conference Location and Hotel Information:

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
322 N Spokane Falls Ct
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 455-9600

Room rate:
Single room - $158, double room - $158, triple room - $168, quad room - $178 per night, plus tax

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than April 24, 2023 to receive the discounted rate.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (end 3/26/2023): $900
Utility Member Standard: $975

Associate Member Early Bird (end 3/26/2023): $1,350
Associate Member Standard: $1,425

Non-member Early Bird (end 3/26/2023): $1,800
Non-member Standard: $1,875

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.


Silver Sponsor

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact registration@nwppa.org, or call (360) 254-0109.

Safety Measures:

As we continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 levels, we understand that the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community are of highest concern. We are asking everyone to do their part. NWPPA and local venues will follow applicable federal, state, and local health protocols. Assumption of Risk: COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is not possible for NWPPA or anyone else to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend a conference organized by NWPPA and voluntarily enter onto premises where its conference is held, you are accepting the risk, without right of claim against NWPPA and its directors, employees, or agents, of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 and its variants.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.