Royal Salon, Hotel Montelone
9:00 a.m., February 18th
Breakfast Buffet served.
Congressman Steve Scalise
Member of the
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
(Energy and Commerce Committee)
Lead Sponsor of the Next Generation Television
Chairman of the Republican Study Committee
Public Service Commissioner
lawyer, businessman, husband and father,
Eric Skrmetta was elected to the
Louisiana Public Service Commission in
2008, holding one of five seats on the
statewide body that governs utility
providers, railroads and other public
services in the Pelican State.
A graduate of LSU, Southern University
Law School, and Tulane University,
Skrmetta is a lifelong resident of South
Louisiana and is proud to represent all
or portions of 12 Louisiana Parishes.
His undergraduate degree in industrial
technology and his life experiences in
manufacturing have uniquely positioned
him to clearly understand the technical
nature of issues that are brought before
the Commission. His legal education
provides him with unique insight into
issues that come before the LPSC. And
his experience as a mediator has helped
to achieve rapid resolution to problems,
balancing the rights of utility
providers to make a profit with the
needs of citizens to receive services at
the lowest possible cost.
Effros launched his consulting company,
Effros Communications, in July 1999, after
23-years as the head of the Cable
Telecommunications Association (CATA), one
of the major national trade associations for
the cable television industry. Steve helped
found the organization in 1976 to represent
the legal and public policy positions of
small and mid-sized cable operators. Over
two decades, the “small” operators got big,
and the “mid-sized” operators consolidated
into the major corporations we know today.
CATA and the National Cable &
Telecommunications Association (NCTA) merged
in June of 1999 and Steve took on a
long-term senior advisory role to the NCTA.
As President of Effros Communications, and
through his own law offices, Stephen R.
Effros, PC, Steve has been retained as a
consultant to major cable and Internet
companies on strategic analysis, planning
and communications issues. He speaks on
telecommunications issues nationwide and
overseas, and writes a weekly commentary for
CableFax Daily, one of the leading cable
television trade publications. He has been
on the teaching faculty of the Practicing
Law Institute (PLI) for the past ten years,
and is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason
THE MAGIC AND
COMEDY OF KEVIN VINER!
a unique force in the entertainment
industry, presenting a compelling blend
of magic, mind-reading, and comedy.
Armed with a degree in mathematics,
Kevin's show is fun, fast-paced, and
Kevin recently performed sleight of hand
on the PBS American Masters documentary
on Johnny Carson, and he has been
featured multiple times on the network
television show Masters of Illusion.
His magic has won acclaim from clients,
celebrities, and even his peers. Jack
Welch calls Kevin "The best magician
I've ever seen." In 2011, Kevin competed
in an international, invitation only
close-up magic competition in Las Vegas.
Judged by over 500 magicians, Kevin took
home first place. He is also an award
winning member of the world famous Magic
Castle in Hollywood.