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NAMIC CEO Roundtables | March 29-31, 2015 | Westin Kierland Resort & Spa | Scottsdale, Ariz.

Event Contact

Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President - Member Development

Julie Bacher

Julie Bacher
Meeting Coordinator

General Information

Participants are divided into groups based on company size at this exclusive event for member company CEOs. Discussion moderators both lead and participate in the all-day sessions where frank discussions foster an environment for idea exchange and the opportunity to ask questions about what’s working for others. Year after year, CEOs tell us this is one of the most valuable events they attend. The participants set the agenda, select the topics and facilitate the discussion. We have found this format is one of the best ways to get answers to questions and build a network of peers.

The Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion on Sunday afternoon is for NAMIC’s multi-line members doing business in niche markets (such as Jewelers Mutual, Pharmacists Mutual, or Pennsylvania Lumbermans). This targeted discussion allows an opportunity for those working in this unique business model to discuss issues they face. Please contact Kristen Spriggs if you have questions regarding this session.

"This event provides an excellent opportunity to network with peers."

- Joe Babiak
President & CEO
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

We specifically develop our educational programming with our members in mind. NAMIC is comprised of a diverse membership and there are a variety of events to meet your needs. CEO Roundtables is a unique event designed for the Chief Executive Officer or President of primary insurance companies Please note: only one participant per company unless your leadership is in transition, then the existing CEO and new CEO can both attend the Roundtables.

This event is Desgined for:

Chief Executive Officer

Senior Officer
Company Manager

Future Dates & Locations

April 3-5
Scottsdale, Ariz.

CEO Roundtable Registration Fees

Registrations recieved on or before Wednesday, January 28, 2015 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.


On or before
January 28

January 29
and later










Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion



Optional Activity: Taliesin Tour






*To qualify for the PFMM Designates registration rate, you must have earned the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation and be current in the program. This discount only applies to individuals with the PFMM designation and is not transferable to others within your company.

Guest Registration Information

We invite you to bring a guest with you to this year’s CEO Roundtables. The guest registration includes the Dinner Gathering on Sunday, March 29 and Breakfast on Tuesday, March 31.

Golf Outing on Sunday, March 29

Gather a group of your industry peers, or plan to make new connections, at Sunday’s golf outing. More information about the golf outing will be available soon.

Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion

The Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and is designed for NAMIC's multi-line members doing business in niche markets (such as Jewelers Mutual, Pharmacists Mutual, or Pennsylvania Lumbermans). This will allow an opportunity for those working in this unique business model to discuss issues they face.

First Time Attendees

We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC CEO Roundtables. We would like to get to know you and provide you with some valuable networking opportunities. Don’t be shy. Please indicate on your registration form if you are a first-time attendee. We are excited to meet you!

Registration Confirmation

You will receive a detailed e-mail confirmation upon successful completion of the registration process for this event; please make sure to enter a valid e-mail address on the registration form. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please e-mail or call (800) 336-2642.

Registration Cancellations

All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before February 28, 2015 are 100 percent refundable. After February 28, 2015, a $25 processing fee will be deducted. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after March 8, 2015, so please plan accordingly. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities follow the NAMIC Cancellation Policy.You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to or fax (317) 876-6213. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodation to that disability. Please submit your request as far as possible in advance of the program.

What to Wear

The suggested dress code for this meeting is business casual. In Scottsdale, the average high in March is 74 degrees. The average low is 46 degrees.


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642, ext. 1061. If you have any questions regarding the roundtables, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.


Year after year, CEOs tell us this is one of the most valuable events they attend. The agenda is designed by you to focus on the topics that are important to discuss with your peers at this distraction-free exclusive event.

New in 2015 – Group-specific agendas and attendee lists, along with travel information, will be provided electronically in advance. Registration packets will be distributed once you arrive at the Westin Kierland. Please contact Kristen Spriggs if you will not be staying at the Westin Kierland.

"Being able to discuss topics with similarly sized companies was very beneficial. I found the format to be excellent."

- Sean Kennedy
Executive Vice President
The IMT Group

The agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, March 29

7:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Golf Outing
Start your week on the golf course with a casual round of golf. Tee times will be available beginning at 7:15 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided in the pro shop for all golfers.

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

FMC Board Meeting

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

PCC Board Meeting

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Niche Carriers Warm-up Discussion
Again this year, NAMIC’s members doing business in niche markets will gather to discuss issues unique to their business model. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Taliesin Tour
Join NAMIC for a private tour of Taliesin West, the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship, Taliesin West was established in 1937. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations. Guests will walk approximately one-third of a mile, and enjoy five stops where they can sit down while learning about the history of Taliesin West and its famous creator. Registration includes admission, tour, group transportation, and snacks.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Discussion Leader & Group Facilitator Huddle

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Gathering
Attendees and their registered guests are invited to enjoy an evening under the desert sky reconnecting with old friends or meeting new ones. Food and drinks will be provided.

Monday, March 30

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Straight Talk
This presentation will provide members with an update on the latest happenings at NAMIC, including an update on the political landscape.

Chuck Chamness, President & CEO
Indianapolis, Ind.

8:45 a.m.


9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

1:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Reception
This light Thank You reception is open to NAMIC PAC donors of all levels who contribute or renew prior to, or at, CEO Roundtables. Please contact Irica Solomon for more information.

Tuesday, March 31

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Attendees and their registered guests are invited to this casual breakfast.

8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.

CEO Roundtables Conclude

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Joint NAMIC, FMC and PCC Boards Meeting

Additional Information

Go one step further… chart your own course as a Group Facilitator or Discussion Leader

If you are interested in maximizing your participation at the NAMIC CEO Roundtables, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Please read the descriptions below of the types of volunteers we need for this conference. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristen Spriggs, Meeting Planner at We look forward to hearing from you.

Group Facilitator – Each of the premium-size groups will have a Facilitator. They will assist in selecting the discussion topics and act as, or assist in finding, discussion leaders. During the event, the Facilitator will keep the group on track for time and subject matter.

Discussion Leader – A Discussion Leader will take a single topic and outline areas to generate input from the group. This is not intended to be a single presentation. NAMIC is willing to provide assistance in researching your topic.

Suggestions for Roundtable Discussion Topics:
If you have suggestions for session topics at the NAMIC CEO Roundtables, please let us know. CEO Roundtables is designed to address issues you face on a regular basis through discussions based on suggested topics. Topic suggestions can be indicated on your registration form or you can contact Kristen Spriggs, Meeting Planner, at (800) 336-2642 or to suggest a topic. We look forward to hearing from you.

Where to Stay

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 624-1000
Reserve Online


The room block for CEO Roundtables is currently full. There may still be rooms available at the hotel, but reservations would be made at the standard rate for the hotel. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list to be notified if reservation cancellations occur, please contact Julie Motyka, Registration and Housing Coordinator, at or 317-876-4261.

Hotel Overview

At the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, enjoy the essence of Arizona from the moment you arrive. This inspiring retreat, located in the heart of "new" Scottsdale and set against the dramatic Arizona skies and picturesque mountain ranges, will fill you with a sense of old Arizona and how it has evolved into the country's most luxurious destination.

In keeping with the Resort’s “Essence of Arizona” theme, the Scottish traditions at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa serve to pay homage to the contributions made by Scottish immigrants to the development of Arizona’s railroads, mines and towns. The Resort pays tribute to the state’s Scottish immigrants each evening with its “Scottish Pipes at Sunset” series. Guests are encouraged to gather around the fire pit at the Resort’s Dreamweaver’s Canyon to enjoy the haunting sounds of the Scottish Bagpipes played by Master Bagpiper Michael McClanathan.

The AAA Four Diamond Resort features accommodations that will sooth and stimulate from a full-service spa and championship golf to award-winning dining and upscale shopping. Intuitively designed to celebrate Arizona’s rich history and diverse culture, the Westin Kierland offers a blissful sanctuary of opportunity and ambiance.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date

Each room is $245 per night based on single/double occupancy.

CEO Roundtable attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until February 26, 2015 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC works hard to secure a sufficient number of rooms, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please call the resort directly at (480) 624-1202 to make your reservation. Refer to the NAMIC CEO Roundtables group rate when making your reservation at the hotel. Please reserve your room early to secure the group rate.

Please contact Julie Motyka if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.

Travel Information

Getting to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is an integral part of the exclusive, 730-acre master-planned community of Kierland which features championship golf, upscale residences and dozens of shops, galleries and restaurants. It is located just off of Scottsdale Road, 10 miles from historic downtown Scottsdale and 20 miles from downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport.

Airport Information
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers some of the most flexible and convenient options for airline travel in the United States. Seventeen airlines offer service into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The most popular include:

Ground Transportation
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa partners with Transtyle Transportation for private transfers to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Curbside Pickup for a sedan is $60 and $80 for a SUV. Meet and Greet service is an additional $25. Gratuity is not included, and prices are subject to change. To schedule a sedan airport pickup with at least 48 hours’ notice from your arrival, please submit the online request form or call (800) 410-5479. To schedule a SUV pickup please call (800) 410-5479.

Shared ride and private transfers are also available through Super Shuttle.

Taxi service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the Westin Kierland is approximately $50-$60 one-way. Guests may also arrange car rental service through the Resort’s Concierge Desk.

Complimentary self-parking is available at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

Driving Directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:
Get on 1-10 W from E. Sky Harbor Blvd. East.
Merge onto the I-10 West and immediately follow signs to merge onto AZ-51 North.
Continue on AZ-51 North for 14 miles to E. Greenway Rd. (Exit 12).
Exit right (east) onto Greenway Rd. and continue for 4.5 miles.
The Resort will be on your left, approximately 1/4-mile east of 66th Street/Clubgate Drive.

Area Attractions

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is the perfect base camp for your Arizona Adventure or your visit to one of our many area attractions. Check out the links below for a sampling of things to do while in the area. For additional information, please visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.


  • Taliesin West
    Built in the late 1930s, this cluster of buildings is now a National Historic Landmark. Patterned after the flow and feeling of the desert surrounding it, this school was the architect’s favorite building. Learning by doing was the theme of Wright’s teaching style, and this philosophy remains today. Highlights of the center include Wright’s former office, a Cabaret Theater and the Pavilion Theater. Tours are available daily and start at $14.50 for the hour-long Panorama version.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    Located in Scottsdale's popular Old Town district, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) features the most compelling modern and contemporary art, architecture and design from around the globe. Displaying a variety of frequently changing exhibits and offering special events for adults and families, SMoCA is devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time. Free art lectures, symposiums, workshops and poetry readings, provide a forum where visitors can interact with contemporary artists.

Outdoor Attractions

  • Desert Botanical Garden
    The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.
  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
    Explore a living treasure you will remember for a lifetime. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, including the beautiful McDowell Mountains, currently encompasses more than 30,000 contiguous acres with more than 115 miles of trails. Trailhead gates are open from sunrise to sunset, and there is no charge for parking or access.
  • Cave Creek Outfitters
    We have 40+ saddle horses and we are constantly adding gentle, well-mannered horses to our herd. Whether you are a beginner or advanced ride you will appreciate the quality of horse under you. Horseback trail riding with us is a wonderful way to see our beautiful Sonoran desert and learn about the history and plant life.
  • Pinnacle Peak Park
    The Sierra Club rates the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak as a moderate hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet. The trail has a very smooth tread with a number of ups and downs over the course of the 1.75 mile trail (one way). It is not a loop trail so you come back over the same trail. High point on the trail is 2,889', the lowest point is 2,366', and the elevation at the trailhead is 2,570'.


  • Kierland Commons
    Kierland Commons is a unique, upscale Main Street lifestyle center that artfully blends retail shopping, dining and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind development incorporates over 70 high-end specialty stores that include a distinctive selection of national retail choices, such as Anthropologie, Splendid, Michael Kors, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Barnes and Noble, Tommy Bahama and Z Gallerie. Guests may also choose from a variety of the Valley’s consistently ranked best restaurants like Zinc Bistro, The Greene House, Mastro’s Ocean Club, North, and RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant. Featuring regional cuisine from Continental to French to Japanese, there is something for everyone.
  • Downtown Scottsdale
    Downtown Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents alike to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife.

Additional Destination Attractions

  • The Grand Canyon
    Just a four hour drive from Scottsdale, revel in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. During this time of year, visitors can access the South Rim, the most popular tourist destination at the Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim also houses the Visitor Center, open 365 days a year, and is home to many hiking paths and scenic overlooks. Attractions and activities include the Tusayan Museum, IMAX Theater, ranger-led programs, shopping, restaurants and more.
  • Sedona, Ariz.
    Often called "Red Rock Country" Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone. Whether you're into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful. Natural endowments aside, you'll also find world-class hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied. Escape the chaos of life, kick back and relax in Sedona.

Frequently Asked Questions

"This is always my best meeting of the year for education and networking."

- John A. Paul
Western Iowa Mutual Insurance

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Conference Sessions – Business casual
Sunday Dinner Gathering – Business casual

What registration payment options are available?
The online registration system accepts credit card payments, check payments and multiple registrations under the same payment method.

When and how is registration confirmation sent?
Confirmation is sent via email so please enter a valid email address. If registering more than one person at a time you will need to forward the confirmation email to each delegate. You will receive your confirmation the quickest if you are paying online. Confirmation will be sent immediately after you submit your credit card information.

Does my registration include a hotel reservation?
No, you will need to contact the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the rate of $245 per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until February 26, 2015 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC studies past attendance trends and the needs of our members, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate. Refer to the NAMIC CEO Roundtables group rate when making your reservation at the resort.

Will there be registration on-site?
No, there will be no registration on-site. Once discussion leaders and agendas have been established, all roundtable information will be distributed in advance.

Do I get to pick the group I want to be in?
No, groups are based on your company’s direct written premium. You will be notified in advance of the meeting of your group assignment and provided an attendee list of those in your group.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Scottsdale?
In Scottsdale, the average high in March is 74 degrees. The average low is 46 degrees.

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 2:04:13 PM. Modified: Thursday, March 26, 2015 12:00:09 PM.

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