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SSP iLLUMINATE Photo Recap:
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To the over 100 customers and partners who attended SSP iLLUMINATE 2017, thank you so much for making our innaugural conference a huge success, words can't convey our gratitude. Thank you for your presentations, your feedback, and your continued friendship on this journey. The future of GIS is changing in all of our industries, and as we invent solutions to new business challenges together, we feel grateful to have such a strong group of professionals and peers beside us. Please enjoy these SSP iLLUMINATE photos and don't forget to check the iLLUMINATE website and Energy Advisor for updates on proceedings. 

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(Above) The Hilton Inverness welcomed SSP and their customers for the first annual SSP hosted conference, iLLUMINATE. 

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(Above) Setting up the meeting room. Thanks to our meeting sponsor, Blair Services. 

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(Above) The set up has begun, nothing like bringing our office furniture to host our own Late Show with Skye Perry!

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(Above) Even our customers came to help us! Isaac King with Portland General Electric (PGE) helps Skye, Jeff and team carry a desk to the hotel. Great friends and good team work. 

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(Above) Registration is open!

(Below) And the Monday night social begins...

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(Above) Wrapping up the night with Bill Wickersheim from Burbank Water & Power with Dean Perry. We survived the rain & hail storm and networked with some great customers and partners. Cheers to wonderful welcome social!

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(Above) The cameras are rolling and we are ready to kick off the SSP iLLUMINATE plenary! Lights, camera, ACTION!

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(Above) The conference starts as Skye greets our customers, partners, and friends. 

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(Above) Dean Perry, our conference MC, starts the morning off. Way to kick iLLUMINATE off with a BANG, Perry!

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(Above) Next on stage is Skye Perry for his conference address. 

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(Above & Below) Skye starts the morning off by honoring our first four founding customers: NiSource since 2007, Garland Power & Light since 2007, Memphis Light Gas & Water since 2009, and Coserv since 2010. Thanks to your longtime loyalty and continued trust in SSP!

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(Above) Steve Espe comes to the stage to accept the Foundational Customer Appreciation Award on behalf of NiSource.

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(Above) Jeff Garcia from Garland Power & Light joins Skye on stage to accept the Foundational Customer Appreciation Award. 

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(Above) Next on stage was Steve Veltman from Memphis Light Gas & Water.

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(Above) Finally, to accept the Foundational Customer Appreciation Award from Coserv was Matt Francis. 

(Above) Honored to say our first guest speaker of iLLUMINATE was Bill Meehan.

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(Above) Next up, SSP hosted the Late Show with Skye Perry, featuring the founding fathers of Utility ArcGIS. 

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(Above) First on stage was Tom Brown, the Father of Geodatabase.

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(Above) Second on stage was the comedian himself, Erik Hoel, the Father of Geometric Network.

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(Above) Next on stage was longtime friend and Skye's first ever boss, Rick Anderson, the Father of Schematics.

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(Above) Last to join the stage was the man that needs no introduction, Larry Young, aka Gandalf the Great.

(Below) In summary, the Late Show guests...

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(Below) SSP's strong arm Matt Stuart and Joe Arnold having a laugh moving the Late Show chairs during a quick stage change. Work hard, play hard!

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(Below) After the Late Show, we welcomed our Keynote speaker Craig Aull from SCANA.

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(Above) Keynote speech from SCANA!

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(Above) Next up is Dean Perry to kick off the Digitally Integrated Utility Demo portion of the plenary. 

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(Above) During this section our audience got to watch firsthand how new cutting-edge technology can take a capital design job from start to finish. Not only did this plenary presentation include SSP (Chris Sanders) but it included key industry partners such as Esri (Larry Young), Epoch (Andy Wright), and Cityworks (George Mastakas, aka GEO)

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(Above) The demo rock stars of the show!

That is a wrap for the plenary but the show did not stop there...Next session was the Utility Network Jumpstart Panel. 

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(Above) Utility Network Jumpstart Panel hosted by SSP's Jeff Mertz and Corey Blakeborough!

(Below) Utility Network Jumpstart Panelist consist of David Miller from LES, Duane Holt from IREA, and Matt Francis from Coserv. 

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(Below) The next session included a guest speaker from SCANA, Karen Giles, and SSP's one and only Chris Sanders.

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(Above) Karen Giles from SCANA presenting SSP's WFM at SCANA

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(Above) Old Friends, New Topic: SSP's Ryan Potts and Brian Higgins join the stage together to talk about Portal for ArcGIS vs ArcGIS Online. 

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(Above) Promoting a Healthy & Active Lifecycle was the session to close out the opening day. This session included two customer guest speakers - Jeff Garcia from Garland Power & Light (Above) and Trey Price from Denton Municipal Electric (Below).

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(Below) After a long, successful day of presentations, demos, and customer case studies everyone is ready for dinner. Did I mention dinner included crab legs? Only the best at SSP's iLLUMINATE!

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(Below) After wrapping up dinner, everyone joined together at the SSP iLLUMINATE hosted social for pool, darts, shuffleboard, Foosball, a chocolate fountain and drinks, of course. Thanks to Cityworks for sponsoring the event!

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(Above) First day of SSP iLLUMINATE is officially in the books. 

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(Above) Dean Perry, our conference MC, kicks off day 2 of iLLUMINATE!

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(Above) Aaron Hills from Vectren along with SSP's Colton Frazier and Matt Stuart kicked off day 2's first session, bright and early with a great topic around customer upgrades. 

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(Above) Not only did SSP's Matt Stuart present 10.2.1 Upgrade / UN Survival Kit session, he also started the morning with a full crowd WAVE! #epic.

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(Above) SSP's All Edit State Zero product was the hot topic next on the agenda. Rod Kouba from RAMTeCH along with SSP's Dennise Ramirez, John Colman, and Colton Frazier present Plunge into State Zero. 

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To change topics a bit and focus on the pipeline and telecommunication industries, we had SSP's Zach Jannasch present UPDM: a Pipe Dream? (Above) and Mr. Telecom himself, SSP's Ryan Potts, present The Landscape of Telecom GIS (Below).   

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(Below) Wrapping up the day networking before the closing session. 

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(Below) With those four sessions wrapping up, we brought Skye Perry back on stage to close out the conference. 

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A big THANK YOU again to our sponsors, partners, customers and friends. See you @ iLLUMINATE 2018!  


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  • Jessica Hartbauer

    Jessica Hartbauer

    Jessica Hartbauer works as a Channel Manager and Marketing Specialist for SSP Innovations, a Utility & Telecommunications GIS consulting company in Centennial, Colorado.  Jessica has over 10 years of experience in the GIS industry working with clients and partners.

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