IBA2021 Navigating Next

IBA2021 is remaining an in-person event and will be following all CDC Guidelines set forth for Illinois. At this time masks will be required for indoor gatherings but no other restrictions are in place. Our #1 goal is to keep all attendees and guest safe while at IBA2021. While things may look a bit different from the last IBA conference, you will notice the level of speakers and presenters IBA has gathered for this year’s event. Industry leaders such as David Rich, Jeff Schmidt, Brad Seitter return as favorites and join newcomers Dawna St. Louis, Liz Crider-Huff, NAB’s Cheryl Stanberry and the guys from KARE-TV for an all-day news and MMJ track.

Here’s our line-up

Opening Night, October 25th
IBA President & CEO Dennis Lyle opens the conference with the Presidential Reception at 6:30 pm in Ballrooms C & D. IBA Chairman of Board John Idler, President of WLS-TV in Chicago kicks off the evening of awards to three special broadcasters with the Chairman’s Dinner at 7:30 pm. Broadcaster honors follow dinner.
IBA’s Vincent T. Wasilewski “Broadcaster of the Year”
Sarah Shellhammer, Owner/President of Morgan County Media in Jacksonville, IL (WJIL/WJVO)

IBA W. Russell Withers, Jr., “Broadcast Pioneers”
Merri Dee, Legendary Chicago Broadcaster and Personality

Mike Haile, Retired VP/General Manager of WDWS/WHMS/WKIO, Champaign, IL

Navigating Next on October 26th
7:00 am Registration and Check-in
7:30 am Legal, Legislative and Regulatory Breakfast for GMs and Owners.
Panelists include: John Bradley-IBA Lobbyist, Don Craven-IBA Attorney, Scott Flick-Pillsbury Law, Charlyn Stanberry-NAB, Ballroom A
9:00 am Dawna St. Louis, From Great to Epic, opening keynote, ballrooms C & D
10:15 am Results Trump Ratings-Keys to Solution Based Selling by Jeff Schmidt, RAB
10:15 am The Rise of OTT and What it Means to Broadcast Sellers by Brian Allers and Brad Seitter, TVB
10:15 am STUDENT SESSION Motivation before Graduation with Dawna St. Louis
10:15 am NEWS/MMJ Compelling Stories on a Deadline with Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV

11:30 am Hall of Fame Luncheon Inducting Bill Geist into the IBA Hall of Fame.

Geist along with this son Willie Geist will accept the award virtually. Lunch also features a fond farewell to retiring IBA Board Members, the passing of the Chairman’s gavel to Melody Spann-Cooper, and the presentation of the Student Silver Dome Award winners. Also, audience will be introduced to the Chris Welch, Illinois’ Speaker of the House (invited).

1:00 pm Automotive Sales Panel with Mike Hillstrom (Chicago Auto Dealers Assoc) and prominent auto dealers from Illinois
1:00 pm How to Click with Everyone, Every Time! with David Rich
1:00 pm NEWS/MMJ The Story Teller’s Dance with Boyd Huppert

2:15 pm New Normal of Multi-Channel Media Sales with Jeff Schmidt, RAB
2:15 pm Next Gen TV with Brad Seitter and Brian Allers, TVB
2:15 pm Contagious Talk “One Thing in Life That You Know for Sure….”You Never Know!” with David Rich
2:15 pm NEWS/MMJ Making Chicken Soup Out of Chicken Poop with Boyd Huppert and Chad Nelson

3:30 pm It’s All About Promotions with Liz Crider-Huff, Secondstreet
3:30 pm NEWS/MMJ The Write Stuff with Boyd Huppert and Chad Nelson
4:00 pm Career Fair, tba

6:00 pm Silver Dome Awards Reception, Meet the 2021 Miss Illinois (invited)
7:00 pm Silver Dome Awards Dinner

9:00 pm Melody’s Wine “Seller”

REGISTER HERE: IBA2021 Registration