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NAMIC Commercial Lines Seminar, March 1-3, 2017, Renaissance Chicago Hotel | Chicago, Ill.

Event Contact

Crista Hassett

Crista Hassett
Director - Meetings & Special Projects

Molly Miller

Molly Miller
Meeting Coordinator

General Information

Share your insights, gather valuable information on current issues and learn more about industry trends at this annual two day event designed for mid-to senior-level underwriters, managers, and executives. With informative presentations from insurance industry experts and consultants, numerous networking opportunities, and easy access to commercial lines service providers, you don’t want to miss this leading industry event.

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.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the entire seminar. I took at least one piece of useful information out of every session I attended that I can use when I return to the office. Thank you for providing quality speakers and pertinent topics.”

-Crystal Bauman
Senior Underwriter
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company

This event is Designed for:

Mid-to senior Level Commercial Lines Underwriters
Commercial Lines Product Development Specialists

Commercial Lines Managers & Executives
Service Providers Specializing in Commercial Lines Products

Commercial Lines Committee Members

Andy Martin
Casualty Treaty Underwriting Manager
American Agricultural Insurance Company

Vice Chairman
Christopher Ellis
Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Berkley Re Direct

Chris J. Buechle
Senior Loss Control Specialist
American Family Insurance

William Arthur
Commercial Lines Product Manager Leader
Westfield Insurance Group

Mark Fowler
AVP, Liability Product Manager
Grange Mutual Insurance Company

Daniel Gaynor
Vice President, Commercial Lines
Main Street America Insurance Company

Scott MacWilliam
AVP- Underwriting
Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Cori Medrano
Vice President- Commercial & Farm Underwriting
Mutual of Enumclaw

Michael Saxton
Director, TPP/BOP Underwriting
Auto-Owners Insurance

Ernie Feirer
Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Insurance
LexisNexis Insurance Solutions

Steve Wilda
Director- Commercial Lines Underwriting Training
SECURA Insurance, A Mutual Company

Tim Riedl
Director- Commercial Lines Underwriting
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

Dennis Saldana, CIC
Commercial Underwriting Manager
Society Insurance

Susan Schroeder, CPCU, AFIS
Product Manager
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Craig Stokowski, CPCU, ARM-E, ARe
Commercial Underwriting Manager
COUNTRY Financial®

Seminar Registration Fees

“I really enjoyed the breakout sessions that provided enough options and variety in order to help everyone find a topic that was important to the individual or the individual's organization."

-James Shannon
Underwriting Manager
Windsor-Mount Joy Mutual Insurance Company

Registrations received on or before Tuesday, January 3, 2017 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.


On or before
January 3

January 4
and later




Non Member



Member - Multiple Attendee Discount*



Combo Registration for Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Seminar**



Optional Activity: Experiential Learning UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – Interactive Lab Tour and Eataly Lunch



*Available for member early registrations with 4+ attendees from the same company registering for the event. Attendee 1-3 must pay the regular member price and registrants 4+ will get the discounted rate.

**Non-transferrable at any time and non-refundable after February 8, 2017.

First Time Attendees

We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Commercial Lines Seminar. 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 1, 2017 are 100 percent refundable. After February 1, 2017, 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 February 8, 2017, so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to or fax (317) 876-6213. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities follow the NAMIC Cancellation Policy. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.

Optional Workshop

Go behind the scenes at UL (Underwriters Laboratories) on this interactive tour of UL’s headquarters. Participants will get to see first-hand the fire protection engineering facility and brand new electrical testing lab. Gain insight on UL’s testing process, see testing in action, and learn how UL’s work can be utilized in the insurance industry. You won’t want to miss this hands-on learning experience.


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 attire for this meeting is business casual.


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642, ext. 1061. If you have any questions regarding the seminar, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1007.

Seminar Agenda

“The Commercial Lines Seminar keeps getting better and better each year. I regularly send underwriting managers, staff underwriters and underwriters to this annual event. The value to Society Insurance well exceeds the value in time and resources expended. I’m impressed with NAMIC’s ability to provide high quality education for such a variety of attendees each year. Well done!”

-D. Holly Lifke
Vice President, Commercial Underwriting
Society Insurance

Subject to change without notice

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Event Information Desk

7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Optional Workshop: Experiential Learning UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – Interactive Lab Tour and Eataly Chicago Lunch*
Go behind the scenes at Underwriters Laboratories on this interactive tour of UL's headquarters. Participants will get to see first-hand the fire protection engineering facility and new electrical testing lab. Gain insight on UL's testing process, see testing in action, and learn how UL's work can be utilized in the insurance industry. After the tour, enjoy lunch at Eataly Chicago, the Windy City branch of the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world and a Chicago favorite for authentic Italian fare.

You won't want to miss this hands-on learning experience paired with casual networking over delicious authentic Italian eats to kick off your conference experience. The cost of this activity includes transportation, light snacks on the motor coach, a tour of Underwriters Laboratories, and lunch at Eataly.

6:45 a.m. -         Report to the hotel lobby and board motor coach
7:00 a.m. -         Travel to UL Headquarters
8:00 a.m. -         Tour of UL fire protection engineering facility and electrical testing lab
11:00 a.m. -        Networking lunch with fellow attendees at Eataly
12:15 p.m. -        Travel back to hotel
1:00 p.m. -          Welcome and Keynote Address

*This interactive tour requires an additional registration fee. The registration fee includes roundtrip transportation, tour of the UL facility, light snacks in transport, and pre-seminar networking lunch.

1:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Sponsor Showcase
The Sponsorship Showcase is open throughout the seminar to provide convenient access to service providers and industry solutions experts. Space is limited! Showcase your company’s products and services in this exclusive sponsorship opportunity. Email Aaron Lifford for more information.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Keynote Address: Industry Outlook
Join Sean Kevelighan, president and CEO of the Insurance Information Institute, as he kicks off the conference with a keynote address on the outlook for the property/casualty insurance industry. He will focus on trends, challenges, and opportunities in the commercial lines space. His presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the industry and give insight on what has happened during the past year as well as what might be in store for the year ahead.

Sean Kevelighan
President & CEO
Insurance Information Institute
New York, N.Y.

2:15 – 2:35 p.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees at the seminar.

2:35 – 3:00 p.m.

General Session: Welcome to The Experience Economy
Goods and services everywhere are being commoditized. What today’s consumers want are experiences – memorable events that engage them in an inherently personal way. The only unique competitive advantage is the exceptional experience a business can create for its clients. Therefore, businesses must embrace the principles of the experience economy to stage evermore-engaging experiences. But how can these principles be applied to the insurance industry?

This session will explore the experience economy and its relevance to a business. It will also challenge attendees to consider how this economy can be applied to the insurance business model to create greater value for customers.

Dennis Moseley-Williams
Principal, Founder
DMW Strategic Consulting
Ottawa, Ont.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees at the seminar.

3:30 – 5:25 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Learning | Roundtable Discussions
Join fellow commercial lines professionals in roundtable discussions focused on industry changes and emerging issues. Help drive the discussion agenda. Submit your roundtable discussion topics ideas here.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Make the most of your seminar experience and enjoy some delicious food and drinks and friendly conversation with fellow commercial lines professionals.

6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Reception After-Party and Trivia Night
Give your brain a break from the jam-packed educational sessions and showcase your trivia skills at the reception after-party!

This fun and casual after-party will provide an opportunity to continue to connect with fellow attendees, enjoy some classic Chicago Eats, play games, and win great prizes.

Can’t wait until March? Our trivia host, Whaddayaknow?, posts daily trivia questions on its website, Daily Trivia with Whaddayaknow? Sharpen your skills, broaden your random facts knowledge and join us for trivia at the Commercial Lines Seminar in March.

6:30 p.m.

Seminar adjourns for the day

Thursday, March 2, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, grab a cup of coffee, and connect with fellow attendees before the start of sessions.

7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Event Information Desk

8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Sponsor Showcase
The Sponsorship Showcase is open throughout the seminar to provide convenient access to service providers and industry solutions experts. Space is limited! Showcase your company’s products and services in this exclusive sponsorship opportunity. Email Aaron Lifford for more information.

9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Zen Den
Enjoy a complimentary chair massage and take some time away from the seminar action to relax and focus on yourself in the Zen Den.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Emerging Issues in Workers' Compensation
    This session will cover emerging issues in workers’ compensation, including legalized marijuana, opioid use, wearable technology, pharmacy compounding, opt-out, farming unionization, obesity, and increased teleworking. The speaker will focus on recent and potential claims activity, underwriting, and risk-management practices.

  2. The Primary and Noncontributory Requirement: Is it Necessary or Ethical?
    This session reviews contractual risk transfer from the use of indemnity wording in the contract through the requirement of naming an upper tier an additional insured. Specific emphasis is placed on the primary and noncontributory requirement found in many construction contracts. In this session, the perceived need for the primary and noncontributory requirement will be discussed, along with reasons why it is –or may not be – not necessary and may even be unethical.

    Christopher Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS
    Executive Director
    Big I Virtual University
    Matthews, N.C.

  3. Cyber Risk
    This session will focus on the regulation aspect of cyber risk, including discussion around coverages and real-life loss examples.

  4. Legislative Update
    Armed with inside knowledge of the inner workings of Washington’s political circles, NAMIC’s federal affairs staff will share insight on the effects on the industry from the 2016 election cycle and what could be in store for the property/casualty insurance industry moving forward.

    NAMIC Federal Affairs Staff
    Washington, D.C.

  5. Idea Lab: Enhancing Performance/Time Management
    Enhancing performance empowers a team to be more focused, organized, and productive. This personal productivity training workshop gets to the heart of the time‐management conundrum by addressing the root causes of disorganization with a few easy‐to-implement skills and mindset changes.

9:30 - 9:50 a.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees at the seminar.

9:50 - 10:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Contractors E&O
    This session will focus on recent trends in the small business contractors professional space. Attendees will review recent claims and judicial trends, coverage forms and loss triggers, and industry demand within the small contractors’ universe. While generally concentrating on coverages available for smaller artisans with less than $5 million in revenue, the speaker will also touch on judicial issues affecting larger contracting risks.

    Pete Corrigan
    Vice President - Programs, Treaty & Custom Turnkey Products
    Berkley Re Direct
    Stamford, Conn.

  2. Implementing Drones in the Commercial Insurance Process
    Commercial underwriting typically involves an on-site inspection. Following a major catastrophe, mobile units filled with adjusters rush to the scene to evaluate commercial property damage.

    Flash forward to the future, an insurer may never need to go on site when underwriting a property or processing a claim. Instead, an unmanned aircraft can hover over a commercial property, conducting a building inspection. Or a drone will be sent to evaluate damage within hours of fire claim. Adjusters and underwriters will capture insights while safely domiciled in their cubicles. While this may sound like future vision, the use of unmanned aircraft systems is happening now. This presentation will address some of the challenges faced when implementing drones systems into the insurance process, the liability and coverage issues involved, and privacy and data collection challenges.

    Tom Karol
    General Counsel – Federal
    Washington, D.C.

  3. Understanding Facultative Reinsurance
    This session will feature two speakers with two different perspectives: casualty and property facultative reinsurance. This session will give examples of losses and scenarios of why underwriters buy fac. Many people think they know why fac is purchased, but there are many different reasons why.

    Kelli Kukulka, CPCU, ARe, AFIS
    Senior Vice President – U.S.
    Renaissance Reinsurance U.S., Inc.
    Chicago, Ill.

    Vince Friscia
    Senior Vice President & Casualty Facultative Leader
    Berkley Re Direct
    Stamford, Conn.

  4. Emerging Construction Issues
    This session will cover recent contract or agreement requirements changes affecting insurance coverage, recent court cases that have an impact on contractor coverage, changes in building requirements, use of new technology during the construction process, recent losses that may have an impact on coverage needs or building practices, the current state of the construction market, and the current state of construction defects.

    Attendees will leave understanding the current state of the construction market and the insurance markets providing coverage as well as what to consider when underwriting construction.

  5. Idea Lab: Email Exhale: Email Management
    Email Exhale™ will empower you to regain control of your inbox. In this popular email training course, you’ll learn how to replace bad habits with productive ones so you can focus on what matters during their day. You will also learn how to make one change that will help you reclaim five and a half hours per week.

10:50 – 11:10 a.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees at the seminar.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Six Business Auto Traps and Tricks
    This session will examine six common commercial auto scenarios, demonstrate the business auto policy’s coverage gaps relative to those scenarios, and recommend tools to fill those gaps. The “Who Is An Insured” section of the BAP liability section will be examined in detail.

    Commercial Insurance and Risk Management Consultant, Expert Witness
    Andrews Risk Advisory, LLC
    Columbus, Ohio

  2. NCCI Experience Rating
    This session will be an overview of NCCI’s experience rating calculation. It will discuss the various elements – payroll and losses – that go into the calculation as well as the factors - expected loss rate, discount ratio, weight, ballast, split point, and premium eligibility – that are applied to the payroll and losses. It will also include a thorough review of an example experience rating worksheet, highlighting the calculations contained.

    Gerald Ordoyne, AU
    Director, Experience Rating
    National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
    Boca Raton, Fla.

  3. ISO Commercial Auto Optional Class Plan
    ISO recently rolled out its largest revision to commercial auto rating in many decades. Although the new rating plan has been rolled out as optional, ISO has indicated that the option will exist for a finite amount of time before the older plan is no longer supported. This presentation will familiarize the audience with the new plan and try to answer important questions about what the future holds for commercial auto rating.

    Kevin Hughes, FCAS, MAAA
    Senior Actuarial Associate
    Verisk Insurance Solutions - ISO Solutions
    Jersey City, N.J.

    Christine Farina
    Hartford, Conn.

  4. Small Commercial Issues and Opportunities

  5. Idea Lab: Managing Different Generations in the Workplace

12:10 – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Enjoy a hot lunch buffet and connect with fellow attendees during this extended lunch break.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Dessert in the Sponsor Showcase

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Implementing a Predictive Model Strategy to Improve Small Business Risk Assessment
    There are approximately 32 million businesses in the United States, and 99.9 percent of them are considered small businesses. As commercial insurance carriers continue to seek ways to better capitalize on this vast market, leveraging predictive modeling for small commercial risks is critical. Consumer credit, commercial credit, and public records are all valuable factors when assessing a small-business insurance risk. However, knowing how to properly use them, and in what capacity, can be a daunting challenge.

    Scott Mackey
    Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriting Officer
    Columbia Insurance Group
    Columbia, Mo.

    Matthew Stordy
    Director, Vertical Market
    LexisNexis Risk Solutions
    Alpharetta, Ga.

  2. Internet of Things
    This session will discuss the evolution of Internet of Things and its impact on a wide variety of consumer and commercial areas. We will define IoT and discuss its increasing importance and impact as connected communication devices continue to transform the industry. The presenter will discuss the various risk exposure scenarios that arise and how to mitigate losses.

  3. Working with Loss Control to Provide Value
    Loss control is a customer-facing role that, many times, is one of the few interactions a commercial lines customer have with an insurance company. This session will provide insight into what loss control value-added service means and how loss control adds value to underwriters, agents, and customers as well as how to quantify that value.

    Bill Lorang, CIC, CRM
    Loss Control Manager
    American Family Insurance
    Madison, Wisc.

  4. Ease of Doing Business From an Agent’s Perspective
    We’ve all heard the phrase “ease of doing business.” Senior leadership touts that “’We are an ease-of-doing-business company.’ ‘We strive hard on ease of doing business.’ ‘Our agents say we understand ease of doing business.’” What does ease of doing business really mean? How do we get there? In this session, attendees will look to deconstruct the concept – or myth for some – on what it actually means from a carrier-touch standpoint and how it’s viewed from an agent’s perspective.

    Anna Maria Viti-Welch, CWCA
    Guy Viti Insurance
    Highwood, Ill.

    Kevin Wondra, CIC, CPCU, AIC
    Corporate Marketing Manager
    Society Insurance, a mutual co
    Fond du Lac, Wis.

  5. Idea Lab: Managing Up and Down the Corporate Ladder

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees at the seminar.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Auto Loss Trends
    This session targets auto loss trends, a dominant driver in commercial lines companies’ losses today. Auto trends are getting the attention of regulators and companies large and small, costing material deterioration in combined ratios. Learn what is behind these trends and how companies are combatting their impacts.

    Robert Button
    Chief Line of Business Underwriter, Treaty N.A.
    Gen Re
    Stamford, Conn.

    Diane Brown
    Treaty Casualty Business Development Specialist and Vice President
    Gen Re
    Stamford, Conn.

  2. Liquor Liability
    Understanding liquor liability goes beyond knowledge of the specific policy forms designed to explicitly address related exposures. A review of general liability policy provisions may also be a part of the playbook. In this session, attendees will explore recent changes in the ISO CGL liquor liability exclusion as they relate to bring-your-own-liquor establishments and an insured's supervision of others including individuals who may be under the influence of alcohol. Evolving trends in liquor liability will also be discussed.

    William “Billy” Mauro
    Director of Commercial Casualty Product Development
    ISO Solutions
    Jersey City, N.J.

  3. Business Interruption Insurance Overview
    Business interruption is a poorly understood coverage. As a result, it tends to be undersold, and it is often structured incorrectly when it is written. This session seeks to explain business interruption insurance at a high level. Examples will be used to illustrate the coverage concepts. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding coverage issues that arise from limitations and exclusions found in the policy as well as the additional coverages, coverage extensions, and various optional coverages. The need for several frequently overlooked endorsements will also be examined.

    Kurt Knauff
    Specialty Lines Training Manager
    SECURA Insurance
    Middleton, Wisc.

  4. Emerging Issues
    This session will feature three emerging issues in the commercial lines space, doing a deep-dive into how these new trends will impact your daily personal life, work life and the future of the industry.

  5. Idea Lab: Making the Most Out of a Mentorship

3:45 p.m.

Seminar adjourns for the day - Sponsor Showcase adjourns

4:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Brews & Blues
Take a quick ride over to the Chicago headquarters of famed Lagunitas Brewing Company for a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery to learn more about their brewing process as well as a pint and a four-beer flight of their most popular brews so you can taste the finished product. After the tour, continue your networking with fellow attendees over dinner at classic American favorite Crossroads, located in the nearby House of Blues.

3:45 p.m. -          Seminar adjourns for the day
4:00 p.m. -          Report to Renaissance Chicago Downtown main lobby and board motor coach
4:15 p.m.            Travel to Lagunitas Brewing Company
5:00 p.m. -          Lagunitas brewery tour and tasting
6:00 p.m. -          Depart Lagunitas for House of Blues
6:30 p.m. -          Dinner at Crossroads HOB
8:15 p.m. -          Depart House of Blues for hotel

The cost of this activity includes transportation, tour, pint and flight of beer at Lagunitas, and dinner at Crossroads.

5:45 p.m.

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans to Meet to Eat. The group will gather in the hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m. and walk to their selected restaurant. Each individual will be responsible for his or her own bill at the conclusion of dinner, which may include an automatic gratuity.

Harry Caray's | 75 East Wacker Drive | Price Range: $15-25
Named “Best Steakhouse in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune Dining Poll, Best of Citysearch Poll and Metromix on CLTV, Harry Caray’s serves the finest prime, aged steaks, chops and Italian favorites. The sophisticated, high energy restaurant pays tribute to the beloved Chicago Cubs sportscaster for whom the restaurant is named.

Friday, March 3, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, grab a cup of coffee, and connect with fellow attendees before the start of sessions.

7:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Event Information Desk

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sponsor Showcase
The Sponsorship Showcase is open throughout the seminar to provide convenient access to service providers and industry solutions experts. Space is limited! Showcase your company’s products and services in this exclusive sponsorship opportunity. Email Aaron Lifford for more information.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

General Session – Emerging Issues and Trends
This session will provide an overview of important emerging risks the potential implications for commercial insurers. This session promises to be entertaining and eye-opening.

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees at the seminar.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Closing Keynote Session: Displaying Dynamic Motivation & Leadership in Your Business
Forget tough. Today, competition is fierce. It takes more to succeed in business than just a smart, competitive strategy, a good reputation, and a top-notch product or service. In reality, a company’s human capital holds the key to sustainable, long-term growth. Businesses don’t do business, people do. They create the force that ensures an organization’s successful future. These individuals hold the solutions to problems, the ways to improve motivation and productivity, the creativity to enhance products and services, and the insight the company needs to move forward.

Doug Dvorak, CSP, MBA
DMG International
Donnelly, Idaho

11:00 a.m.

Grand Prize Drawing

11:15 a.m.

Seminar Concludes

Session Proposals

Interested in speaking at this seminar? Submit your session proposal to Crista Hassett.












Where to Stay

Chicago Marriott Downtown

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Ill. 60601
Ph: (312) 372-7200
Make Your Reservation

Encounter the sophistication of a premier Chicago luxury hotel near the theatre districts and famed museums at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, winner of a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Revitalize body and mind in spacious rooms or suites featuring unique amenities with marble accents complimented by skyline views of the city's architecture.

Unwind in style at the Rejuvenation Center inside this luxury hotel in Chicago boasting a refreshing indoor pool and indulgent spa treatments. Experience Bar Novo, a downtown Chicago hotel setting unlike any other providing a trendy and distinguished night-life scene serving delectable dishes and creative cocktails. This premier Chicago theater hotel is steps away from upscale shopping, fine dining, the theater district, and famed Millennium Park.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date

Rate: $221.00 plus taxes per night for single/double occupancy.

Commercial Lines Seminar attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until February 3, 2017 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 plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate. Refer to the NAMIC group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

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

Travel Information

Getting to the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is Easy!

Get customized directions to the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel front door!

The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is located in downtown Chicago at the intersection of Wacker Drive and State Street. For customized, door-to door driving directions, please click here or visit your preferred mapping website.

Convenient parking!

The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel offers valet parking for its guests at a rate of $65 per 24 hours with in and out privileges. There are also a variety of Self Park complexes in the area that offer a variety of rates. For a complete listing of self parking garages in the Chicago area, please visit

Ground Transportation

O'Hare - The round trip shared van shuttle cost for one person traveling is approximately $58. A rate discount may be available for groups of two or more people, traveling to and from the same location at the same time. Airport Express tickets/ reservations can be made online at The ticket counters and loading zones for boarding the GO Airport Express van are at Door 1E across from baggage claim 6, at Terminal 2 door 2E across from Jet Blue Baggage Claim, Terminal 3 Door 3E across from baggage claim 9 and at Terminal 5, just outside door 5E. Reservations are recommended.

Midway - The round trip shared van shuttle cost for one person traveling is approximately $48. A rate discount may be available for groups of two ore more people, traveling to and from the same location at the same time. Airport Express tickets/ reservations can be made online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door three lower level ticket counter across from the Baggage Claim in Midway Airport. Reservations are recommended.

Area Attractions

While visiting the Windy City you will want to be sure to visit many of the area's local attractions. There's something for everyone in Chicago, whether you want to take in a show, listen to some fabulous Chicago Blues, shop until you drop, or just explore the city. Check out these links below for more information.

Notable Chicago Sites

  • Hancock Observatory
    Catch a bird's eye view of Chicago on the new Hancock Observatory. The spectacular view from the observatory can span 80 miles over four states on a clear day. Since the recent renovation, there are a variety of attractions including an audio sky tour and detailed history wall detailing the rise of the Hancock Building. The observatory is open daily.
  • Willis Tower
    Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, which attract more than 1.5 million visitors every year.
  • Navy Pier
    Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!

Music Venues

  • Blue Chicago
    Enjoy some live Blues music at nearby Blue Chicago. This famous club, and its sister club Blue Chicago on Clark, are just a short cab ride away from the Renaissance Chicago. These clubs offer one nightly admission fee to both venues so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
  • House of Blues
    Live entertainment is just a hop, skip and a jump away at The House of Blues. This famous venue hosts a variety of national musical acts on a daily basis. For those of you just interested in entertaining your taste buds, The House of Blues is also home to a restaurant that serves delta inspired southern cuisine in a laid back atmosphere.
  • Andy's Jazz Club and Restaurant
    If your musical taste is geared more towards jazz, then you won't want to miss Andy's Jazz Club. For over 30 years, Andy's has presented the best jazz Chicago has to offer. One of the most respected establishments; historic Andy's offers casual dinning and live jazz on a daily basis, with sets in the late afternoon and into the evening.


  • Museum of Science & Industry
    Get inspired and explore the great world of science at the Museum of Science and Industry. This fabulous museum is home to a variety of exhibits that appeal to children and adults of all ages. The museum also hosts an OMNIMAX theater that is an attraction of its own. The theater itself is a 72' dome that is approximately 5 stories tall and seats 342 guests. Seeing a movie at the OMNIMAX is quite an experience. Both the exhibits and movies at the museum change frequently, so check out the museum's web page for more detailed information regarding upcoming attractions.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Take the grand exploration of Shedd Aquarium. Shedd Aquarium boasts itself as the World's Aquarium. Opened in 1929, it is one of the oldest public Aquariums in the world. When you visit Shedd, you can experience environments from around the world. The Caribbean Coral Reefs, Amazon, and Pacific Rocky Coasts are just some of the exhibits you can explore. The Shedd Aquarium takes you closer to nature in some of the world's richest ecosystems.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    The Art Institute consistently ranks among Chicago's most-visited museums. From French Impressionist paintings to African masks to the new wing for Modern Art, the museum offers visitors a rich cultural experience.
  • The Field Museum of Natural History
    The Field Museum is probably best known for its dinosaur displays, but it also has a rich and deep dedication to "the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures." It currently holds, conserves, studies more than 20 million objects, a collection which grew from holdings received after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.


  • The Magnificent Mile
    The Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun. With more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and unique entertainment and attractions packed and stacked along its length, The Magnificent Mile has an indulgence for every passion and every pocket.
    Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianich's 63,000-square-foot, two-level complex is an eight-restaurant "polpo," as well as a butcher, a produce market, and a grocery with imported olive oil, wine and pastas, as well as locally sourced products. There are also stations for Nutella, salumi, cheese, pizza, espresso and fresh breads and pastries. The Chicago location is only the second outpost in the United States. The original location, opened in 2007, continues to thrive in Turin, Italy, but the Chicago outpost is the largest to date.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Extremely well run event with meaningful topics and effective speakers.”

-Pam Nykaza
Product Manager - Farm and Agribusiness

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Business casual attire is appropriate for all seminar sessions, receptions, and meal functions.

What registration payment options are available?
The registration system accepts payment by credit card and by check.

Can I pay for multiple attendees from my company at the same time?
Yes. After you have input the initial registration, click the button that says “Add Another Registration” until all attendees from your company are registered. You may then submit payment for all of the registrations in a single transaction.

When and how is registration confirmation sent?
Confirmation is sent via email to the email address provided on your seminar registration. Confirmation will be sent via email immediately after you submit your credit card information online, or when payment is received by NAMIC if you choose to pay by check. If you are registering more than one person at a time, you will need to forward the confirmation email to each attendee.

Does my registration include a hotel reservation?
No, you will need to contact the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel to make a room reservation. More information about the hotel group rate will be available soon. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the rate of $221 per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until February 3, 2017 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 group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

What does my registration include?
Registration fees includes access to all seminar sessions*, speaker presentation materials, the seminar APP, the seminar attendee list, and NAMIC sponsored meal functions including the Networking Reception, daily breaks, breakfast on Thursday and Friday, and lunch on Thursday.

*Participation in the pre-seminar optional workshop on Wednesday morning requires an additional fee. More information is available on the registration information page.

How do I make my concurrent session selections?
You will receive an email with a link the to the commercial lines seminar concurrent session survey approximately one month in advance of the seminar. It will be sent to the email address provided on your seminar registration. A second mailing of the survey will be sent for those who have not responded, as well as for new registrants, approximately two weeks prior to the seminar. If you have not received the concurrent session survey within two weeks of the seminar, please check your spam folder for the email. If you are still unable to locate or access the email, or have additional questions about the concurrent session survey, please contact Molly Miller.

A copy of your concurrent session selections will be included in the registration packet you receive on-site.

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