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NAMIC Commercial Lines Seminar, March 2 - 4, 2016, Renaissance Chicago Hotel | Chicago, Ill.

Event Contact

Crista Hassett

Crista Hassett
Director - Meetings & Special Projects
317.876.4207

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 was very impressed with the speakers and thought that the entire seminar was well organized and conducted.”

-Derek Sewell
Underwriting Manager
Auto-Owners Insurance

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



Commerical Lines Committee Members


Chairman
D. Holly Lifke
Vice President – Commercial Underwriting
Society Insurance, a mutual co

Vice Chairman
Andy Martin
Casualty Treaty Underwriting Manager
American Agricultural Insurance Company

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

William Arthur
Commercial Lines Product Manager Leader
Westfield Insurance Group

Chris J. Buechle
Senior Loss Control Specialist
American Family Insurance

Michael Faron
Commercial Lines Business Unit Leader
The Norfolk & Dedham 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

Scott Michael
AVP- Commercial Lines Underwriting
Auto-Owners Insurance

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

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

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

Seminar Registration Fees


“I picked up new information at each session that I will be able to share and apply back at the office.”

-Dave Martin
Commercial Business Development Underwriter
Ayr Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Registrations recieved on or before Monday, January 4, 2016 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.

 

On or before
January 4

January 5
and later

Member

$680

$780

Non Member

$880

$980

Member - Multiple Attendee Discount*

$630

$730

Combo Registration for Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Seminar**

$1300

$1500

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

$60

Optional Activity: Progressive Culinary Dinner

$70

Optional Activity: Art Institute of Chicago

$27

*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 of $680. Registrants 4+ will get the rate of $630.

**Non-transferrable at any time and non-refundable after February 10, 2016.

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 registrar@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642.

Registration Cancellations


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before February 3, 2016 are 100 percent refundable. After February 3, 2016, 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 10, 2016, so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to registrar@namic.org 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.

Accommodations


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.

Questions?


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

Seminar Agenda


“I enjoyed the seminar. It gave me the opportunity to network with other leadership individuals to see how they are doing things and to see where we can improve.”

-Tammy Wascher
Commercial Lines SE Region Supervisor
Frankenmuth Insurance

Subject to change without notice

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Event Information Desk

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Optional Workshop: Experiential Learning UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – Interactive Lab Tour*
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. You won’t want to miss this hands-on learning experience.

*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.

Participate in the Sponsor Showcase Passport Game and Scavenger Hunt to win great prizes!

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Keynote Address
The always-informative and thought-provoking Robert Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU, president of the Insurance Information Institute, is back by popular demand to deliver the 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.

Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU
President
Insurance Information Insitute
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.

Future Think: How Bits and Bytes Will Remake Insurance
In this power-packed session, Bruno Bowden, one of the creators of Google Earth and a technology entrepreneur, will speak in a passionate yet amusing fashion about technology, big-data, and the impact to the insurance industry. Discussions will include:

  • What happens with access to more data than has ever been available before?

  • If a self-driving car never makes a mistake, what happens to car insurance?

  • What new areas of insurance open up from hacking attacks to climate change?

  • If you could scan the world every day from satellites, what would that mean for insurance underwriting and assessing claims?

In addition to Bruno’s work as a software engineer and entrepreneur, he is also known for his TED appearances that have been viewed more than 300,000 times and for breaking a world record for the Tesla Model S driver challenge.

This presentation promises to be forward-thinking and insightful.

Bruno Bowden
Entrepreneur
San Francisco, Calif.

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.

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. A local musician will be featured as the fun soundtrack to your conversation.

6:15 p.m.

Seminar Adjourns for the Day

6:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans to Meet to Eat. Choose between deep-dish pizza at nearby famed Bella Bacinos or enjoy classic Italian dining at local favorite Petterino’s. Groups will gather in the hotel lobby at 6:15 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. Sign up for Meet to Eat on the Concurrent Session Survey that will be sent approximately one month before the event or sign up on-site.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Event Information Desk

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

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

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.

Participate in the Sponsor Showcase Passport Game and Scavenger Hunt to win great prizes!

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. The Real Effects of Granting Additional Insured Status
    Injured persons or entities are entitled to indemnification from the party legally liable for those injuries. If the events or actions leading to those injuries are not excluded by the commercial general liability, the at-fault party’s insurance carrier will pay the loss, subject to the limit coverage. So the unanswered question is: Does naming an additional insured reduce the limits of coverage available to the named insured or in any other way negatively affect the named insured when a loss occurs? The answer, presented in this session, may surprise you.

    Christopher Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS
    Vice President of Education
    Academy of Insurance
    Matthews, N.C.

  2. IBHS Fortified Commercial Standards – The Latest and Greatest
    Chuck Miccolis will present IBHS FORTIFIED Commercial Standards, a voluntary code-plus commercial construction criteria that focuses on building resiliency in order to reduce property loss and business interruption. The focus will be on high wind and hail and hurricane peril. He will also provide an update on commercial-focused research and resources available to IBHS members.

    Chuck Miccolis
    Senior Engineering Manager, Commercial Lines
    Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
    Tampa, Fla.

  3. Limiting Exposures for Motor Carriers and Insurance Companies
    The session will provide a working familiarity with how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is achieving its safety mandate to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The session will take a deep dive into how motor carriers limit their liability in response to the many rules and regulations of the FMCSA.

    There will also be a review of the potential consequences of motor carriers failing to comply with regulations as well as the motor carrier’s liability and how it extends to drivers and insurance companies.

    Cliff Johnson
    Trucking Specialist
    ACUITY, A Mutual Insurance Company
    Sheboygan, Wis.

  4. Cyber Terminology
    Cyber, data breach, privacy breach, personally-identifiable information, first party, third party, ransom, regulatory, fines, etc. So many terms, so much information, and a rapidly evolving landscape lead to confusion and uncertainty for insurance company staff. Understanding the basic terms of cyber will allow you to have to a sound fundamental background on this topic. Join us for a thorough review of all the terms and buzz words.

    Matt Cullina
    Cheif Executive Officer
    IDT 911
    Providence, R.I.

 
  1. Idea Lab Session: Twitter 101
    Social media has proven to be an invaluable tool to the insurance industry, but it’s often hard to know where to start. Even novice users of social media will enjoy this introduction to Twitter, led by insurance industry students and millennials who will share their tips for creating an account, building a following, and using Twitter as a tool for industry success.

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. Business Income
    Business income coverage can be provided for an insured’s actual loss sustained or up to a specific limit. This session will review the typical business income coverage, key terms, and various coverage limits that may be provided by underwriters.

    Brian Yarbrough, AIC, AINS
    General Adjuster
    Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company
    King of Prussia, Pa.

  2. Political Outlook
    Armed with inside knowledge of the inner workings of Washington’s political circles, Jonathan Bergner, NAMIC’s Federal Affairs Director, will share his insight on the 2016 election cycle and what could be in store for the property/casualty insurance industry. The race for the White House will have a major effect on the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, and state legislatures across the country and for the legislative and regulatory environments.

    Jon Bergner
    Federal Affairs Director
    NAMIC
    Washington, D.C.

  3. The Hidden Exposures in Motor Carrier Filings- How Best to Minimize Your Risk
    The motor carrier industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States, as federal and state regulatory bodies have promulgated regulations directed as these motor carriers. This session will explore the jurisdiction of the various agencies and how those agencies impact the operations of a motor carrier.

    This session will study the factors to be considered when underwriting a motor carrier that requires filings and will explore ways to reduce risk and make educated decisions by evaluating available data and relevant case law during the underwriting and claims-settlement processes.

    Jean Gardner
    Cheif Executive Officer
    Central Analysis Bureau
    Lakewood, N.J.

    Shuie Yankelewitz
    Chief Operating Officer
    Central Analysis Bureau
    Lakewood, N.J.

  4. Cyber 101
    The insurance industry is being looked to for solutions in the constantly evolving area of cyber. This session will review high-level terminology, the legal and regulatory environments, and what it all means to small and mid-sized businesses and the insurance industry. We’ll look at loss control insurance solutions available today and use real-life loss examples to bring it all into perspective.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand basic terms and the legal and regulatory environments;

    • Understand the real-life claims scenarios facing businesses and the loss control measures available to help businesses manage their exposures; and

    • Have working knowledge of the solutions in the market today – monoline and endorsements added to BOP/package policies.

    Sam Broomer
    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    Berkley Re Direct
    Stamford, Conn.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Building Your Personal Career Brand
    What are you doing to assure your career is both rewarding and valued in the ever-changing workplace? Join this interactive discussion to hear success stories, swap ideas and learn from each other. Topics include: Step Back to Move Forward, Your Career Isn't a Ladder, and Five Ways to Build Your Brand.

    Emily Huling, CIC, CMC
    Selling Strategies, Inc.
    Terrell, N.C.

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. Emerging Issues – Commercial Auto and E-Cigarettes/Vapor Shops
    This session will provide an overview of two separate emerging issues topics: commercial auto and e-cigarettes and vapor shops. The first portion of the session will focus on changes in vehicle features that lead to improved vehicle safety, the emergence of autonomous vehicles, and the potential implications for commercial insurers.

    The second portion of the session will look at the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and vapor shops and insights on potential health hazards associated with these alternatives to tobacco smoking. Attendees will examine how all of this impacts insurers of convenience stores, vapor shops, and product distributors as well as what actions, if any, can be taken to mitigate potential liability exposure.

    Charlie Kingdollar
    Vice President
    General Reinsurance Corporation
    Stamford, Conn.

  2. Financial Underwriting
    Underwriting small business financials as part of overall risk assessment continues to be a challenge, given that most small businesses are not able to provide audited financial statements. Although business credit profiles and scores can be used to assess risk, many businesses do not have an established business credit file. Because of this, can underwriters use alternative methods for these types of risks?

    This session will explore methods for obtaining financial information from agents and small-business owners and discuss what information is critical and how to use this information to assist in the underwriting process. We will also cover business credit basics, how to use business credit scores and profiles to assess risk, and how to use alternative sources of data such as information on the business owner when businesses do not have established financial and/or credit files.

    John Krickus
    Senior Product Manager
    Experian Business Information Services
    Costa Mesa, Calif.

  3. Premium Fraud in the Workers Compensation Market
    James Keith from the National Insurance Crime Bureau will present on premium fraud from a workers’ compensation perspective. He will discuss not only premium fraud but leakage and avoidance. Attendees will learn telltale signs of fraud as well as what tools to use to detect it and what can be done to avoid it. At the end of the session, attendees will have the tools to identify six indicators of premium fraud.

    James Keith
    Special Agent
    National Insurance Crime Bureau
    Des Plaines, Ill.

  4. Enterprise Risk Management and Underwriting
    Insurance companies vary in their enterprise risk management implementation maturity. Where does underwriting fit into the ERM equation? How do you get started? How can you add value to the process? This session will review how one company implemented ERM and successfully incorporated it into its ongoing business model.

    Lorie Graham
    Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance Services
    American Agricultural Insurance Company
    Schaumburg, Ill.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Produce Results That Matter – Achieve Sustainably High Productivity
    Overworked? Stressed out? Working hard but not getting the right things done? If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Today’s workplace requires us to be ever-more productive, but no one shows us how.

    Author Casey Moore, The Productivity Coach, describes the 12 factors that determine how productive you can be and offers tips and strategies to improve your performance in each area. Strengthening key links in your Productivity Chain enables you to achieve more in less time. Your strengths shine brighter. You become more effective more quickly because you target only what needs improvement.

    During this session, you'll hear ideas to help you be highly productive and put what you already know into new perspective. You'll leave with tools you can implement later that day.

    Casey Moore
    The Productivity Coach
    Norfolk, Va.

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

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Liquor Liability – What Underwriters Need to Know
    On sale, off sale, liquor stores or convenience stores, bars or restaurants, dram shop or liquor liability – whatever the nomenclature, the exposure is real … and varied. This session will look at how various states address liquor liability and dram shop laws and how ISO and AAIS handle the coverage. Key training issues for the employees of these insureds will also be covered.

    Casey Roberts, ACSR, AFIS, CIC
    Principal and Founder
    Laurus Insurance Consulting
    Lincoln, Calif.

  2. Overcoming Resistance to Sales
    Your company wants underwriters to sell more. That would be easy to do if you didn’t have to think about the quality of the business you place, but you do. This session will provide strategies that will position you as an underwriter – or the underwriters who work for you – to close more business without forfeiting profit. Techniques will include underwriting more than the risk, using unique sales channels to set yourself apart, and implementing six ways underwriters can build meaningful and mutually beneficial connections.


    Emily Huling, CIC, CMC
    Selling Strategies, Inc.
    Terrell, N.C.

  3. ISO Commercial Lines: Responding to Tomorrow's Exposures
    The face of commercial risk is changing rapidly as businesses look to operate with greater speed and convenience, meet the needs of new markets, and prepare for rising costs. ISO is addressing these changes with new coverage options for drones and cyber insurance; new programs for miscellaneous professional liability and home health care; and new research into flood insurance. In this session, you'll learn how ISO is responding to tomorrow's exposures and how you can identify emerging issues and their potential effects on underwriting and claims.

    Ron Beiderman
    Vice President, Commercial Lines Coverage Products
    Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO)
    Jersey City, N.J.

  4. Drones – Regulation, Liability and Insurance
    This session will provide an overview on the emerging exposure and opportunity of unmanned aerial surveillance and drones. A brief discussion will be held on the potential impact on insurers - as direct users of drones for loss control and claims handling and as insurers of them. Attendees will receive an update on the latest status of Federal Aviation Administration regulations and any other potential regulatory concerns, including the latest on the drone usage authorization process. From an insurance perspective, this session will highlight the potential exposures including property and general liability and potential privacy concerns.

    Tom Karol
    Federal Affairs Council
    NAMIC
    Washington, D.C.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Twitter 101
    Social media has proven to be an invaluable tool to the insurance industry, but it’s often hard to know where to start. Even novice users of social media will enjoy this introduction to Twitter, led by insurance industry students and millennials who share their tips for creating an account, building a following, and using Twitter as a tool for industry success.

    Alex Diverde
    Actuarial Science Student
    Bradley University
    Peoria, Ill.

    Sarah Rumon
    Actuarial Science Student
    University of St. Thomas
    St. Paul, Minn.

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. Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries – Key Coverage Areas
    The number of craft winery, brewery, and distillery operations is rapidly increasing nationally. With this growth comes the challenge to recognize and understand key coverage areas that could have significant impacts on these typically smaller operations. This session will focus on key coverage areas that have the potential to financially strain these burgeoning entrepreneurs.

    Casey Roberts, ACSR, AFIS, CIC
    Principal and Founder
    Laurus Insurance Consulting
    Lincoln, Calif.

  2. Winter Weather Perils – Lessons Learned
    Old Man Winter presents challenges to underwriters. The best lessons come from stories shared about roof collapse, snow birds, frozen pipes, and the ripple effects of damage that comes with the annual deep freeze much of our country experiences. This session will delve into the impacts of these seasonal concerns and how our industry manages the tough sledding.

    Sue Stein
    Property Claims Manager
    General Reinsurance Corporation
    Stamford, Conn.

  3. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – What You Should Know
    What does it really mean when you see “UL approved”? This session will focus on Underwriters Laboratories’ history and role, the certification process, and how insurance companies can use and benefit from UL within the underwriting process.

    Neil Lakomiak
    Director of Business Development and Innovation
    Building and Life Safety Technologies, Underwriters Laboratories
    Northbrook, Ill.

  4. Emerging Issues – Commercial Auto and E-Cigarettes/Vapor Shops (repeat)
    This session will provide an overview of two separate emerging issues topics: commercial auto and e-cigarettes and vapor shops. The first portion of the session will focus on changes in vehicle features that lead to improved vehicle safety, the emergence of autonomous vehicles, and the potential implications for commercial insurers.

    The second portion of the session will look at the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and vapor shops and insights on potential health hazards associated with these alternatives to tobacco smoking. Attendees will examine how all of this impacts insurers of convenience stores, vapor shops, and product distributors as well as what actions, if any, can be taken to mitigate potential liability exposure.

    Charlie Kingdollar
    Vice President
    General Reinsurance Corporation
    Stamford, Conn.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Productive Teamwork – Communicate Kindly to Accomplish Your Goals
    Are you often exhausted by your packed schedule? Do you sometimes avoid giving useful feedback for fear of offending others? Are you usually “nice” to everyone but yourself?

    If you answered “yes” to one or more of those questions, this tip-packed session is for you. It explains how creative communication enables you to protect your time, accomplish your goals, and function more effectively as a team member or leader.

    Author Casey Moore, The Productivity Coach, shares her “Speak Up” philosophy for communicating constructively at work and at home. She began conducting assertiveness workshops two decades ago during her career in addictions treatment, and she has found speaking up to be key to producing results with her professional clients, too, especially those who are managers or supervisors.

    During the session, you will learn how to communicate more effectively with your peers and direct reports and attain strategies and resources you can apply immediately. Nice people DO speak up for themselves and for the greater good of the organization. They just do it nicely. Come to this session to learn how to make yourself and your team more productive.

    Casey Moore
    The Productivity Coach
    Norfolk, Va.

3:45 p.m.

Seminar adjourns for the day - Sponsor Showcase adjourns

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Art Institute of Chicago
Voted the #1 Museum in the World by TripAdvisor, the Art Institute of Chicago and its world-renowned collections are just minutes away from the Renaissance Downtown Chicago. Finish out the day of education and networking alongside fellow attendees with a self-led tour of the museum. Tickets for this group outing are $27 and include entrance into the museum’s permanent collection.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Progressive Culinary Dinner Tour
Embark on an adventure to Chicago's best restaurants with fellow participants in this unique progressive dining experience. A glass of French wine and hors d'oeuvres await you at Troquet River North Bar and Restaurant followed by authentic Italian pizza for a main course at nearby Quartino before ending your progressive dinner with coffee and dessert at Nacional 27. Along the way, you will take in the sights and sounds of Chicago, enjoy casual conversation with peers, and have a truly exceptional dinner from a variety of Chicago's renowned restaurants. Motor coach transportation provided.

6:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans to Meet to Eat. Choose between deep-dish pizza at nearby famed Bella Bacinos or enjoy craft beer and pub-style eats at next-door State and Lake. Groups will gather in the hotel lobby at 6:30 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. Sign up for Meet to Eat on the Concurrent Session Survey that will be sent approximately one month before the event or sign up on-site.

8:00 p.m.

Trivia Night
Give your brain a break from the jam-packed educational sessions and showcase your trivia skills during NAMIC’s first-ever Commercial Lines Seminar trivia night. Join or create a team of two to six attendees and test your knowledge on a variety of pub trivia topics, including current events, television/films, slogans, Chicago history, and a special insurance-focused bonus round.

A cash bar will be available, and prizes will be dispersed throughout the rounds to allow attendees to come and go as they please.

Can’t wait until March? Our trivia host, Whaddayknow?, 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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

7:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Event Information Desk

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

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

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

General Session: The Future of the Underwriter
As insurers look at large-scale and transformative investments in their front-office capabilities, there is widespread consensus that the role of underwriting can – and must –change significantly if insurers are to modernize their operations and infrastructure to meet rising agent, business owner, and consumer expectations.

Going forward, the focus of underwriting will shift from internal processes and specific transactions toward market-facing relationships and sales, giving underwriters more involvement in relationship building than before. Trends in customer segmentation and channel preferences, speed to market, product innovation, and the role of big data in next generation automated underwriting will be a big part of the story. Based on Ernst & Young’s whitepaper “The Future of Underwriting: A Transformation Driven by Talent and Technology,” this session will provide an insightful look at the commercial underwriting transformation and what to expect in the future. You won’t want to miss this forward-thinking session.

Gail McGiffin
Principal - Underwriting, Product Policy Solutions
Ernst & Young
New York, N.Y.

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 General Session: Leadership Isn’t For Cowards – How to Lead Courageously in Turbulent Times
We live in an age when it is more difficult to manage all of the information, demands, and challenges coming at us. It takes real courage to stand firm in what you believe and to get your followers to understand what really matters too, along with how to execute their work effectively. Your ability to influence your followers is key to every step in the process of creating significant results. Courage is a critical element in that process.

During this closing general session, attendees will learn:

  • The real definition of courage;

  • The three most important steps you will ever take in becoming a courageous leader;

  • The power of commitment;

  • The things your followers do, really do, when you are not around;

  • The primary motivator of all people;

  • The three things every leader can do to avoid leadership failure;

  • The importance of high-gain activity and how to do more of it; and

  • The six steps that will ensure effective execution of tasks.

Mike Staver
CEO
The Staver Group
Jacksonville, Fla.

11:00 a.m.

Grand Prize Drawing/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: $214.00 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 5, 2016 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!

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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 www.chicagotraveler.com.

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 www.airportexpress.com. 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 www.airportexpress.com. 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.

Museums

  • 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.

Shopping

  • 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.
  • EATALY
    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
AAIS

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 $214 per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until February 12, 2016 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.

Posted: Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:59:41 PM. Modified: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 11:38:02 AM.

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