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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

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

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
Vice President & Chief Marketeing Officer
Berkley Re Direct

William Arthur
Commercial Lines Product Manager Leader
Westfield Insurance Group

Chris Buechle
Senior Loss Control Specialist
American Family Insurance

Michael Faron
NE Commercial Business Unit Leader
The Norfolk & Dedham Group

Mark Fowler
Director, Commercial Lines
Integrity Insurance

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

Scott MacWilliam
AVP- Commercial Lines Underwriting
Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Cori Medrano
Director of Commercial Underwriting
Mutual of Enumclaw

Scott Michael
AVP- Commercial Underwriting
Auto-Owners Insurance

Deke Phillips
Director, 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




Non Member



Member - Multiple Attendee Discount*



Combo Registration for Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Seminar**



*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 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 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.


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

“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

9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Optional Workshop: Product Testing

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 & 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
Insurance Information Insitute
New York, NY

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: A Dose of Inspiration
A compelling story of personal struggle, perseverance and success will inspire attendees to apply these valuable lessons of leadership into their personal and professional lives.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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

3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Learning | Roundtable Discussions
Join fellow commercial lines professionals in roundtable discussions focused on industry changes and emerging issues.

5:15 - 6:15 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

Thursday, March 3, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

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

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. What's New at IBHS, Fortified Commercial Standards

  2. The Real Effects of Granting Additional Insured Status
    Injured persons or entities are entitled to expect 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 (the insured’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’s protecting 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.

  3. Limiting Exposures for Motor Carriers and Insurance Companies
    The session will review and provide a working familiarity with how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is achieving their safety mandate to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The session will take a deeper 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 and the motor carrier’s liability and how it extends to drivers and insurance companies.

  4. Cyber Terminology
    Cyber, Data Breach, Privacy Breach, PII, 1st Party, 3rd 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 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, RI

  1. Idea Lab Session: Prioritizing Your Personal Productivity

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. Political Outlook
    This session will give attendees an inside look at how the upcoming election may impact the industry potential regulation implications.

    NAMIC Political Affairs Staff
    Washington, D.C.

  2. Business Income
    Business Income coverage cab 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.

  3. Making Sense of Federal Auto Filings
    The motor carrier industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States. Both 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 motor carrier which requires filings and will explore ways to reduce risk and make educated decision by evaluating available data and relevant case law during both the underwriting and claims settlement process.

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

    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand basic terms and the legal/regulatory environment.

    • Understand the real life claims scenarios facing business and loss control measures available to help them manage their exposures.

    • Have working knowledge of the solutions in the market today: Monoline and endorsements added to BOP/Package policies.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Controlling the Crazy- Regaining Focus in a Hectic Workplace

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. 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 or reviewed financial statements. Although business credit profiles & scores can be used to assess risk, many businesses do not have an established business credit file, so can underwriters use alternative methods for these types of risks?

    This session will explore methods for obtaining financial information from agents & small business owners, 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 a business credit score and profile to assess a risk, and how to use alternative sources of data - such as information on the business owner - for businesses who do not have established financial and/or credit files.

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

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

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

  3. Premium Fraud in the Workers Compensation Market
    James Keith from NICB will present Premium Fraud from a Workers Compensation perspective. James will discuss not only premium fraud but leakage and avoidance as well. Attendees will learn telltale signs of fraud, what tools to use to detect and what can be done to avoid it. At the end of the session, attendees will have the tools to identify 6 indicators of premium fraud.

    James Keith
    Special Agent
    National Insurance Crime Bureau
    Des Plaines, IL

  4. International Exposures

  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.

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.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Sales from an Underwriter Perspective
    Your company wants underwriters to sell more business. That would be easy to do if you didn’t have to think about the quality of the business, but you do! This session will provide you with strategies to position you as an underwriter or your underwriters to close more business without forfeiting profit. Techniques will include underwriting more than the risk, using unique sales channels to set yourself apart and six ways underwriters can build meaningful and mutually beneficial connections.

    Emily Huling, CIC, CMC
    Selling Strategies, Inc.
    Terrell, NC

  2. Liquor Liability
    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 a comparison of how various state address liquor liability/dram shop laws, how ISO and AAIS handle the coverage as well as key training issues for the employees of these insureds.

    Casey Roberts, ACSR, AFIS, CIC
    Laurus Insurance Consulting
    Lincoln, CA

  3. Using Social Media as an Underwriting Tool

  4. Drones
    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 - both as direct users of drones for loss control and claims handling and as insurers of drones. Attendees will receive an update on the latest status of FAA regulations and any other potential regulatory concerns, including the latest on the process of becoming authorized for drone usage. From an insurance perspective, this session will highlight the potential exposures including property, general liability and potential privacy concerns and issues.

    Tom Karol
    Federal Affairs Council
    Washington, D.C.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Building Your Personal Brand

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

  2. Wineries/Breweries/Distilleries
    The number of craft wine, brewery & distillery operations is rapidly increasing nationally. With this growth comes the challenge to recognize and understand key coverage areas that could have significant impact on these (typically) smaller operations. This session will focus on key coverage areas that have the potential to financially destroy these burgeoning entrepreneurs.

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

  4. 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/Vapor Shops. The first portion of the session will focus on changes in vehicle features leading 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 latent or known health hazards associated with these alternatives to tobacco smoking. Attendees will examine how this impacts insurers of convenience stores, vapor shops and product distributors and actions that can be taken, if any, to mitigate potential liability exposure.

  1. Idea Lab Session: Take Control of Your To Do List

3:45 p.m.

Seminar adjourns for the day

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Optional Activity

Friday, March 4, 2016

7:30 – 11:00 a.m.


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

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

8:30 – 9:15 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 – significantly change 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 away 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 also 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, NY

9:15 – 9:35 a.m.

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

9:35 – 11:00 a.m.

Closing General Session
Focused on inspirational leadership, this powerful closing session will provide attendees with a solid foundation for personal and professional growth as well as key strategies to succeed in any environment. Attendees will leave with a newfound perspective on the significance of daily attitudes and the power of personal motivation.

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!

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.

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 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

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.

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