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

Chris Buechle
Senior Loss Control Specialist
American Family Insurance

Christopher Ellis
Vice President & Chief Marketeing Officer
Berkley Re Direct

Mike Faron
Commercial Lines Business Unit Leader
The Norfolk & Dedham Group

Mark Fowler, CIC
Director, Commercial Lines
Integrity Insurance

Daniel Gaynor
Vice President, Commercial Lines
The Main Street America Group

Andy Martin
Casualty Treaty Underwriting Manager
American Agricultural Insurance Company

Cori Medrano
Director of Commercial Underwriting
Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company

Tim Riedl
Senior Vice President of Commercial Lines
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company

Staff Liaison
Crista Hassett, CMP
Director - Meetings & Special Projects
NAMIC

Kristen L. Spriggs
Vice President – Member Development
NAMIC

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

N/A

Combo Registration for Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Seminar**

$1300

$1500

*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

The agenda will be available soon.

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 Wacher Drive
Chicago, Ill. 60601
Ph: (312) 372-7200

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!

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 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Commercial Lines Seminar Background
This is a strategic seminar focused on underwriting operations and trends for senior underwriters and managers, product development specialists, and risk managers in Commercial Lines. It is an annual event that offers attendees the chance to learn, connect, and relax during informative and interactive educational sessions. With chances for networking, a sponsor showcase, and unique sponsorship options, industry vendors have the chance to reach an influential audience of commercial lines professionals.

Target Audience: Commercial Lines Managers & Executives, Mid to Senior Level Commercial Lines Underwriters, Commercial Lines Product Development Specialists

For more information, contact Aaron Lifford, Sponsorship and Advertising Specialist at (800) 336-2642, ext. 1055 or at alifford@namic.org. If you would like to learn more about NAMIC's sponsorship and advertising program, please click here.











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: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:52:43 PM.

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