Congress of Counties
January 12-13, 2018


Welcome to the 2018 Congress of Counties! Check out our full schedule, and select your must-see breakout sessions and events. With more than 500 Hoosier Republicans registered to attend, get ready for a packed conference and a great weekend learning the grassroots skills we need to deliver more Republican victories up and down the ballot in 2018!

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Congress of Counties Sessions, Presenters & Special Guests

Friday, January 12

12 p.m. - Congress of Counties Check-In Begins & Networking Lounge Opens

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Walk and phone app demonstrations

2:30 p.m. - Opening Sesssion: Kicking Off 2018 & A Congress of Counties Overview

Featuring Chairman Kyle Hupfer, Vice Chair Leah McGrath and U.S. Senator Todd Young

3 p.m.: Breakout Session #1

Making the Decision: Recruiting Candidates & Launching a Campaign

Panel Discussion with Mike Gentry, Jennifer Hallowell and Anne Hathaway

Moderated by Kyle Hupfer

Understanding Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Snapchat Presentation by Holly Gillham and RNC’s Michael Joyce
Republican Leadership Initiative Alex Johnson and RNC’s Zac Obermiller
Campaign Finance & Fundraising Presentation and Q&A with Tracy Smith and Maren Patterson

4:15 p.m.: Breakout Session #2

Communications Strategies for Parties & Campaigns

Panel Discussion with Holly Gillham and RNC's Ellie Hockenbury and Michael Joyce

Moderated by Pete Seat

Election Administration

Panel discussion and Q&A with Brad King, Dale Simmons, Tom John & David Brooks

Moderated by Matt Huckleby

Data Center: The Basics Presentation by Stephanie Beckley and Andrew Johannes
State Party Rules Presentation & Q&A with Barb McClellan and Danielle Zagone

5:30 p.m. - Friday Night Reception Featuring Our 2018 Statewide Ticket 

Sponsored by and honoring Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell and Audtior of State Tera Klutz

Featuring special guests Governor Eric Holcomb & Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Featuring The Indy Nile Band, with RNC National Committeeman John Hammond


Saturday, January 13

8 a.m. - Congress of Counties Check-In Opens & Networking Lounge Opens

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Walk and phone app demonstrations

8:30 a.m. - Breakout Session #3

County Chairs Only: Trials, Tribulations & Best Practices

Panel discussion with Pat Brown (LaGrange), Barbra Hackman (Bartholomew), Don Hayes (Dubois) and Ethan Manning (Miami)

Moderated by Kyle Hupfer

State Party Rules  Presentation & Q&A with Matt Huckleby and Barb McClellan
Republican Leadership Initiative Matt Organ and John Pollack
Defeating Joe Donnelly: The Plan Presentation by Pete Seat and RNC’s Steven Ostrow

9:35 a.m. - Breakout Session #4

Inside the General Assembly: What’s On The Horizon

Panel Discussion with Speaker Brian Bosma and State Senator Rod Bray

Moderated by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

Data Analytics & GOP Data Center: In-Depth Presentation and Q&A with Stephanie Beckley and Andrew Johannes, RNC’s Tyler Church
Communications Strategies for Parties & Campaigns Panel Discussion with Holly Gillham and RNC's Ellie Hockenbury and Michael Joyce

Moderated by Pete Seat

Campaign Finance & Fundraising Presentation and Q&A with Mindy Colbert,Tracy Smith and Maren Patterson 

10:50 a.m. - Breakout Session #5

County Officer Training: The Roles & Responsibilities

Barb McClellan, Danielle Zagone

Republican Leadership Initiative  Matt Huckleby and Stephanie Beckley
Getting to 50 Percent +1: Building Lists & Targeting Voters Panel discussion with Michael Bir (Majority Strategies), Jean Ann Harcourt (Harcourt Industries), Kyle Kasting (Midwest Communications) and Josh Kelley (Mark It Red)

Moderated by Kyle Walker

12 p.m. - Lunch

Featuring remarks from U.S. Senate candidates former State Rep. Mike Braun, Andrew Horning, Mark Hurt, Congressman Luke Messer, Congressman Todd Rokita and Andrew Takami 

U.S. Senate straw poll immediately follows remarks from candidates

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