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Foreman’s Conference

January 3 @ 1:00 am - January 5 @ 1:00 pm


To Register, Please contact [email protected].

2024 Foreman’s Conference Agenda
January 3

1:00 Welcome and Introduction, Mike Simmons, JT&S

1:30 “Job Safety Briefings: What You Need to Know” Corey Parr, Federated Rural Electric Membership Corp.

2:30-3:30 Break

3:00 “Not Just Another Day” Gerry Kinny

4:00 Dismiss

January 4

8:15 [ET&D Breakout] “Leading with Purpose” John Corum, Cleveland Utilities
8:15 [Fiber/Telecom Breakout] “Ladder Safety” Zach Spicer, JT&S
8:15 [Water/Gas Breakout] “Trenching and Sloping” Tim Solomon, Winchester Utilities

9:15 [ET&D Breakout] “Load Hauling and Securement” Lt. John Harmon, THP Retired
9:15 [Fiber/Telecom Breakout] “Storm Restoration & Mutual Aid in Fiber Optic Systems” Matthew Coffman, Jackson Energy
9:15 [Water/Gas Breakout] “Galvanic Corrosion and How to Prevent It” Adam Denton, Winchester Utilities

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30 [ET&D Breakout] “Outage Management for Small Utilities” Joseph Wigington, Erwin Utilities
10:30 [Fiber/Telecom Breakout] “Fiber Architecture Solutions for Rural Deployments” Chris Bailey, WESCO
10:30 [Water/Gas Breakout] “Load Hauling and Securement” Lt. John Harmon, THP Retired

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00 [ET&D Breakout] “What Will You Leave Behind?” Randy Meredith, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives
1:00 [Fiber/Telecom Breakout] “Work Zone Set Up” John Harmon, THP, Retired
1:00 [Water/Gas Breakout] “The 811 Program” Kathy Quartermaine, TN 811

2:00 [ET&D Breakout] “Restoration Fatigue and Scheduling” Kendall Bear, Rockwood Electric
2:00 [Fiber/Telecom Breakout] “New Developments in Fiber Tech” Courtney Gates & Kara Mullaley, Corning
2:00 [Water/Gas Breakout] “Smoke Testing- Do’s, Don’ts, and Why” Bill Morrow, Shelbyville Public Utilities

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30 [ET&D Breakout] “Passing it on… What is Your Legacy?” Doyle Totty, Dickson Electric System
3:30 [Fiber/Telecom Breakout] “Just How Dangerous IS Fiber Optic?” Mike Birdwell, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative
3:30 [Water/Gas Breakout] “Laying Grade” Jeremy Cates, JT&S
4:30 Dismiss

January 5

8:15 “Legacy of a Lineman” Tim Phegley, JT&S

9:15 “Why Leadership Can Feel like a Foreign Language” Kevin Goins, Athens Utility Board

10:30 “Leadership: Break It and Make It Better” Kim Vance, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

11:30 Dismiss




January 3 @ 1:00 am
January 5 @ 1:00 pm




Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center 1200 Conference Center Blvd Murfreesboro, TN 37129 United States