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NAMIC Directors Education Series: Boot Camp & Advanced Coourses| May 5-7, 2014 | The Hilton Seelbach Hotel | Louisville, Ky.

Event Contact

Larry Baile

Larry Baile
AVP - Convention & Association Services
317.876.4218

Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President - Member Development
317.876.4234

General Information


Directors' Boot Camp and Advanced Courses are designed to provide peers with an opportunity to exchange ideas through group exercises, facilitated group discussions, and networking opportunities.

Our faculty members for Directors' Boot Camp are experts in their specific subject areas and dedicated to the success of this program and the educational experience NAMIC strives to achieve. Faculty members teach the subject matter from a directors' perspective rather than that of management or the chief executive officer.

“We have had Directors attend both the basic and advanced boot camps. Feedback is highly positive. From my perspective I highly recommend to all.”

- Eric Nelson
President
Mutual of Enumclaw

Two options to choose from


The Directors' Boot Camp and Advanced Courses are often offered at the same time and same location, but are two separate workshops. Due to the group exercises and discussions, your participation is limited to either the Boot Camp or Advanced Courses.

Directors' Boot Camp
Directors’ Boot Camp is a two-day interactive seminar specifically focused on boards of directors. The curriculum is designed to be consistent each time the Boot Camp is offered so that future directors will receive the same information as today’s directors. The subject matter and scope of the topics are designed to benefit directors of multi-line companies or complex mono-line companies.

Each of the sessions presented at Directors’ Boot Camp is structured to enhance knowledge, encourage discussion among peers through group exercises, and provide networking opportunities. Topics include:

  • Mutual Governance Overview
  • Role of the Board vs. Role of Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Reinsurance 101
  • Basics of Financial Statements
  • Investment Perspectives
  • Legislative and Regulatory Landscape
  • Enterprise Risk Management

Advanced Courses
Already have a good understanding of corporate governance? Then NAMIC’s Advanced Courses are for you. The Advanced Courses delve deeper into some of the subjects presented at the Directors’ Boot Camp, but also address more complicated and demanding issues and board practices including topics such as:

  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Board Dynamics
  • CEO Succession & Transition Planning
  • Board Evaluation
  • Investment Issues & Strategies
  • Governance Best Practices
  • Executive Compensation Trends

Target Audience


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. These courses are designed for board members from property/casualty insurance companies. Attendees do not need to have completed the Directors’ Boot Camp to attend the Advance Courses, but it is very important that board members have a good understanding of governance prior to attending the Advanced Courses.

Workshop Registration Fees


Registrations recieved on or before Friday, April 11, 2014 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.

 

On or before April 11

April 12 and later

Workshop Fees

Member

$1195

$1295

Non-member

$1395

$1495

Optional Financial Workshop

Member

$275

$275

Non-member

$375

$375

Optional Dinner: Tuesday, May 6

$75

$75

First Time Attendees


We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Directors Education Series so we can 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!

Optional Financial Workshop


If you feel you need a warm-up course on financial literacy, plan to attend this session. A financial literacy quiz is available online to evaluate your proficiency on this subject and help you evaluate the necessity of this workshop in advance of the regular course work.

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 Saturday, April 5, 2014 are 100 percent refundable. After Saturday, April 5, 2014, a $25 processing fee will be deducted. Any refund due will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after Monday, April 21, 2014, so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation. Please forward all cancellation requests to registrar@namic.org or fax to (317) 876-6213.

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 in advance of the program as possible.

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 conference, e-mail lbaile@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1018.

Boot Camp Agenda


The Directors' Boot Camp and Advanced Courses are offered at the same time and same location but registration is segmented, so be sure to register for either the Boot Camp or Advanced courses. Due to the group exercises and discussions, your participation is limited to either Boot Camp or Advanced Courses.

Note: Participants register in advance for either the Boot Camp or Advanced Courses program, and are asked to only attend those respective sessions during the two days of meetings.

Subject to change without notice

“Sessions were well done and very informative. The round table discussion was valuable.”

- Jim Shelton
Director
American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company

Monday, May 5

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Registration

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Optional Financial Workshop
If you feel you need a warm-up course on financial literacy, plan to attend this session. A financial literacy quiz is available here to evaluate your proficiency on this subject and help you evaluate the necessity of this workshop in advance of the regular course work. During this workshop, Antonio M. Caxide, CFA, chief investment officer for Hamilton Capital Management, will review key accounting concepts, key investment issues and understanding the capital structure in insurance companies.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

*Additional fee required for optional workshop.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 6

7:00 – 7:50 a.m.

Breakfast

7:50 – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Join your fellow attendees for breakfast to get the workshop off to a great start. You will have a chance to meet the faculty and review the background of Boot Camp Mutual Insurance Company, a fictional company that will be used for several of the group exercises and discussions.

8:00 – 8:20 a.m.

Overview & Setting Expectations
Once we move into respective groups for the Advanced and Boot Camp sessions, you will have a chance to meet your group facilitator and fellow participants. We encourage you to sit with someone other than who you might know from your own state or company board to enhance your learning and expand your network. Your facilitator will lead you through a group discussion to better understand your specific goals and expectations for our time together. Please come prepared with two to three areas that you would like to better understand at the completion of the workshop.

8:20 – 9:35 a.m.

Overview of Why Governance is Importantant
In this session, we will set the stage as to why good governance is critical for company success and address unique issues for mutual insurance companies, which will serve as our foundation for the Boot Camp.

Gregg Dykstra
COO/General Counsel
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind

9:35 – 9:50 a.m.

Break

9:50 – 10:35 a.m.

Using Financial Statements in Effective Board Guidance (Part 1)
This session will cover important income statement items, balance sheet items, and a discussion of the key insurance factors that directors should employ to carry out effective oversight.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Finance & Accounting Module.

10:35 – 10:55 a.m.

Break

10:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Using Financial Statements in Effective Board Guidance (Part 2)

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch - Advanced Courses & Boot Camp Attendees together

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The Legislative & Regulatory Landscape
Understanding the legislative and regulatory environments and the implications for operating an insurance company is critical for board members. In this high-level session, we will address what a board member needs to know in order to guide a company through the legislative and regulatory landscape.

Neil Alldredge
Senior Vice President – State & Policy Affairs
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Operations & Insurance Module.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Succession Planning & Group Exercise (Part 1)
Succession planning and management (SP&M) are fundamental tools for the perpetuation of any organization and its key leadership. Well-conceived, systemic, and deliberate SP&M processes do far more for an organization than merely plan for replacements. Strong SP&M processes align organizational goals so that core values are retained and the corporate vision is realized through continued successions.

The statistics and headlines over the past several years have shown a high failure rate among CEOs for companies of all sizes. Boards of directors can make better decisions if they understand the choices they have in examining and growing the talent of their organization. A comprehensive systems approach to succession planning and management will be introduced along with the trends and concepts that will help board members see that talent management is more than replacement planning. Among the success factors to be discussed are understanding the requirements of key positions, evaluating key positions within an organizational context, and the benefits of a systemic approach.

Paula Cope
President
Cope & Associates
Shelburne, Vt.

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Management Module.

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Break

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Succession Planning/Exercise (Part 2)
Given a case study and data on the performance of the senior management team using the pipeline approach, the class will simulate a board making a decision as to whether it should conduct an external search for a CEO replacement. This exercise will allow directors to apply theories for self-perpetuation of the board as well.

Paula Cope
President
Cope & Associates
Shelburne, Vt.

5:30 p.m.

Advanced Courses & Boot Camp: Adjourn for the Day

6:00 p.m.

Optional Dinner at BLU Italian Grille
After a busy day full of informative sessions, relax with other attendees at Blu Italian Grille. Located just a few blocks from the hotel, BLU Italian Grille is a new concept in restaurant ambiance, combining contemporary twists to a well-selected Italian menu with an exhilarating atmosphere. The restaurant is also part of the Urban Bourbon Trail, and participants in this activity can try a flight of bourbon. The cost of this dinner is $75 and includes a delightful four-course meal featuring your choice of salmon, chicken primavera, or rigatoni, along with a glass of wine, beer, or a flight of bourbon. Those registered for the optional dinner should meet in the Hilton Seelbach Hotel lobby near the front entrance at 5:50 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Corporate Governance for Mutuals & Role of the Board (Part 1)
We will address the fundamentals of corporate governance for mutuals, understanding your role as a board member including role of management vs. role of a director, term limits and qualifications of board positions, and the importance of independent directors. We will also define a best practices approach and discuss ways to implement those practices.

John Beavers
Partner
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

This session qualifies for two FMDC credits in the Management Module.

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Break

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Corporate Governance for Mutuals & Role of the Board/Case Study Review (Part 2)

John Beavers
Partner
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Enterprise Risk Management Overview
This session will explore the concepts of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM): what it is, how companies utilize a strategic ERM policy, ways for a board to monitor it, and how to best implement an effective strategy.

Judy Jackson
Director and Immediate Past President/CEO
NLC Insurance Companies
Norwich, Conn.

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Operations & Insurance Module.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Working Lunch & Roundtable Discussions
We’ve allowed time in the agenda for you to take a break, gather some lunch from the buffet, and assemble for small group discussions. Attendees can rotate to a new topic at 12:45 pm

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Investment Perspectives for Directors
During this session the primary goal will be to give directors an understanding of the key investment issues to be aware of and how a well-constructed investment policy is the key to effective oversight and controls.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Finance & Accounting Module.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Reinsurance 101
This session will focus on the basic concepts of the reinsurance transaction and its impact on the bottom line of an insurance company.

Gary Myers
President/CEO
Cameron Mutual Insurance Company
Cameron, Mo.

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Operations & Insurance Module.

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Learning Objectives Review and Wrap-up

4:15 p.m.

Workshop Concludes

Our Faculty


Click the faculty members name to view their biography.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

Judy Jackson
Director
NLC Insurance Companies
Norwich, Conn.

Gregg Dykstra
COO/General Counsel
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

John Beavers
Partner
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

Neil Alldredge
Senior Vice President – State & Policy Affairs
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

Paula Cope
President
Cope & Associates
Shelburne, Vt.

Gary Myers
President/CEO
Cameron Mutual Insurance Company
Cameron, Mo.

Kevin Kinross
Attorney
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

Mary Lynn McPherson
Senior Consultant
Strive!
Guelph, Ont.

Advanced Courses Agenda


The Directors' Boot Camp and Advanced Courses are offered at the same time and same location but registration is segmented, so be sure to register for either the Boot Camp or Advanced courses. Due to the group exercises and discussions, your participation is limited to either Boot Camp or Advanced Courses.

Note: Participants register in advance for either the Boot Camp or Advanced Courses program, and are asked to only attend those respective sessions during the two days of meetings.

Subject to change without notice

“Sessions were well done and very informative. The round table discussion was valuable.”

- Jim Shelton
Director
American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company

Monday, May 5

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Registration

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Optional Financial Workshop
If you feel you need a warm-up course on financial literacy, plan to attend this session. A financial literacy quiz is available here to evaluate your proficiency on this subject and help you evaluate the necessity of this workshop in advance of the regular course work. During this workshop, Antonio M. Caxide, CFA, chief investment officer for Hamilton Capital Management, will review key accounting concepts, key investment issues and understanding the capital structure in insurance companies.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

*Additional fee required for optional workshop.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 6

7:00 – 7:50 a.m.

Breakfast

7:50 – 8:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
You will have a chance to meet the faculty and review the background of Boot Camp Mutual Insurance Company, a fictional company that will be used for several of the group exercises and discussions.

8:00 – 8:20 a.m.

Overview & Setting Expectations
Once we move into respective groups for the Advanced and Boot Camp sessions, you will have a chance to meet your group facilitator and fellow participants. We encourage you to sit with someone other than who you might know from your own state or company board to enhance your learning and expand your network. Your facilitator will lead you through a group discussion to better understand your specific goals and expectations for our time together. Please come prepared with two to three areas that you would like to better understand at the completion of the workshop.

8:20 – 9:35 a.m.

Enterprise Risk Management for Mutual Insurance Companies (Part 1)
This session will explore the concepts of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM): what it is, how companies utilize a strategic ERM policy, ways for a board to monitor it, and how to best implement an effective strategy.

Judy Jackson
Director
NLC Insurance Companies
Norwich, Conn.

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Operations & Insurance Module.

9:35 – 9:50 a.m.

Break

9:50 – 10:35 a.m.

Enterprise Risk Management for Mutual Insurance Companies (Part 2)

Judy Jackson
Director
NLC Insurance Companies
Norwich, Conn.

10:35 – 10:55 a.m.

Break

10:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Board Evaluation
This session will focus on the principles underlying board assessment and development and understanding the risks of assessment if not properly done. In addition to the risks, we will also evaluate the benefits of board evaluation. We will examine approaches to board evaluation and review the 360-degree evaluation process and board self-assessments. And finally we will discuss providing feedback of the results, including feedback to the full board versus feedback to individual directors. We will conclude with a group discussion of actual experiences of your board evaluations.

Kevin Kinross
Partner
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Management Module.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch - Advanced Courses & Boot Camp Attendees together

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Investment Issues & Strategies in Today’s Market (Part 1)
This session will explore how to ensure that a company’s long-term approach to investments links up with its liability/surplus characteristics in the aggregate, a combination of risk and investment strategy from the point of view of the company's long-term path/game plan. It also will delve into how to approach the ongoing, active management of assets, so the company can react to changes in risk levels among asset classes on an ongoing basis, rather than using a traditional “park-and-forget” approach.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Finance & Accounting Module.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Investment Issues & Strategies in Today’s Market (Part 2)

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Break

4:00 - 5:35 p.m.

Governance Best Practices
In preparation for this session, attendees will be asked to complete and return a questionnaire surveying the governance practices of their mutual insurance companies. The questionnaire is based upon a national survey of both insurance and non-insurance companies. The session will then consist of:

  • A comparison of the practices of attendees’ companies with each other as well as with practices reported by other companies in the national survey.

  • A moderated discussion of best practices among the tables of attendees will take place, with the members of each table identifying best practices they believe have been beneficial to their companies and then selecting two or three of those best practices to share with the entire attendee group.

John Beavers
Partner
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Management Module.

5:30 p.m.

Advanced Courses & Boot Camp: Adjourn for the Day

6:00 p.m.

Optional Dinner at BLU Italian Grille
After a busy day full of informative sessions, relax with other attendees at Blu Italian Grille. Located just a few blocks from the hotel, BLU Italian Grille is a new concept in restaurant ambiance, combining contemporary twists to a well-selected Italian menu with an exhilarating atmosphere. The restaurant is also part of the Urban Bourbon Trail, and participants in this activity can try a flight of bourbon. The cost of this dinner is $75 and includes a delightful four-course meal featuring your choice of salmon, chicken primavera, or rigatoni, along with a glass of wine, beer, or a flight of bourbon. Those registered for the optional dinner should meet in the Hilton Seelbach Hotel lobby near the front entrance at 5:50 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Board Dynamics: Difficult Conversations in the Board Room
Are you one who asks the tough questions that sometimes need to be asked? Or, would you rather have others do the heavy lifting to peer under the rock of possible problems? When is it better to let sleeping dogs lie? This session aims to help us get better at tackling tough issues with tact. We’ll rehearse our approach to some tough board scenarios in the event we’re faced with similar situations in the future.

This workshop will be led by STRIVE! Senior Consultant, Mary Lynn McPherson. She has worked with dozens of mutual insurance companies providing governance training and strategic planning facilitation services. STRIVE!’s book, “The Imperfect Board Member,”, is one of the top three all-time best-selling governance books in North America. Mary Lynn has had a distinguished career with Royal Bank. She brings experience from senior portfolio and team management in a business center to policy and product development. Mary Lynn’s acute training needs assessment and curriculum development skills allow her to tailor a course of action to build a healthy board for organizations.

Mary Lynn McPherson
Senior Consultant
STRIVE!
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Break

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

CEO Succession and Transition: What Keeps You Up At Night? (Part 1)
Issues related to CEO succession and transition are not unknown, but most directors don’t tackle them head-on. Misunderstanding the root causes, fear, inertia, and lack of education are among some of the reasons. This session will identify the key issues in succession and transition, unveil the root causes, and address the topic in a straight forward way. Participants will have an opportunity to take a readiness assessment to see if their organization is prepared to address CEO succession- and transition-related issues. There will be ample time for discussion and problem solving as well.

Paula Cope
President
Cope & Associates
Shelburne, Vt.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CEO Succession and Transition: What Keeps You Up At Night? (Part 2)

Paula Cope
President
Cope & Associates
Shelburne, Vt.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Working Lunch & Roundtable Discussions
We’ve allowed time in the agenda for you to take a break, gather some lunch from the buffet, and assemble for small group discussions. Attendees can rotate to a new topic at 12:45 pm.

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Executive Compensation (Part 1)
Part of the board of directors role is to oversee compensation plans for the company, particularly executives of the company. In recent years, it’s been easy for the public, the media, and state and federal agencies to adopt the attitude that executives are paid too much. While the media feeds this attitude, stakeholders, either policyholders or shareholders, want to know that the board of directors is actively monitoring executive pay and maintaining a sound salary administration and pay-for-performance approach. This session provides an overview of the tools and techniques used to ensure the appropriateness of pay in your company.

The process begins when the board articulates a formal compensation philosophy that is aligned with the business strategy of the organization. This philosophy outlines the function of the organization, target pay position, and performance linkages for each of the pay components (base salary, short- and long-term incentives, benefits, and perquisites). The articulated philosophy forms the framework upon which the board deliberates and makes executive pay decisions, in the context of corporate and individual performance. Using this approach, the board can assure its stakeholders that compensation plans are structured to focus executives on building and maintaining a financially sound organization and that actual rewards are based on objective business results.

This session will provide board members with an overview of executive compensation plans specifically designed for insurance companies. We will discuss compensation philosophy, how to integrate compensation and business strategies, and how to set pay. We will outline the variety of pay elements; the different types of pay plans; how companies use the market; how companies measure performance; and other methods used to establish target compensation levels for executives. We will also discuss how board members should react to stakeholders’ concerns that “all executives are paid too much."

Jeff Rieder
Partner
Ward Group
Cincinnati, Ohio

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Executive Compensation (Part 2)

Jeff Rieder
Partner
Ward Group
Cincinnati, Ohio

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Learning Objectives Review and Wrap-up

4:15 p.m.

Workshop Concludes

Our Faculty


Click the faculty members name to view their biography.

Antonio M. Caxide, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Hamilton Capital Management
Columbus, Ohio

Judy Jackson
Director
NLC Insurance Companies
Norwich, Conn.

Gregg Dykstra
COO/General Counsel
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind

John Beavers
Partner
Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Columbus, Ohio

Neil Alldredge
Senior Vice President – State & Policy Affairs
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind

Paula Cope
President
Cope & Associates
Shelburne, Vt.

Gary Myers
President/CEO
Cameron Mutual Insurance Company
Cameron, Mo.

Kevin Kinross
Attorney
Bricker & Eckler LLC
Columbus, Ohio

Mary Lynn McPherson
Senior Consultant
Strive!
Guelph, Ont.

Where to Stay


Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel

Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel
550 Fourth Street
Louisville, Ky. 40202
Ph: 1-502-585-3200

Overview of the Hotel
Appearing on the National Register of Historical Places, this 4-diamond luxury hotel is considered the premiere hotel in the state of Kentucky. Built in 1905, it is considered a landmark to "the golden era" with its grand ambiance inspiring author F. Scott Fitzgerald to use The Seelbach as a backdrop for Tom and Daisy Buchanan's wedding in The Great Gatsby.

And now a recent $12 million renovation has taken this grand old hotel and combined it with all of the contemporary necessities. So now, you can not only experience genteel, Southern hospitality in historic grandeur. You can do so in updated guestrooms with new furniture, lighting and carpet while watching 37" hi-def televisions and taking advantage of high-speed Internet access.

Add to that a location in the heart of downtown Louisville's business and entertainment district, and only minutes from Churchill Downs — the home of The Kentucky Derby where over 100,000 thoroughbred enthusiasts and international celebrities gather on the first Saturday in May each year — and there's simply no reason to consider staying anywhere else.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date


Rate: $169.00 plus taxes per night for Standard Rooms, single/double occupancy..
$199.00 plus taxes per night for Concierge Level, single/double occupancy

NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 11, 2014 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.

Hotel Reservations


Directors Education Series attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. Refer to the NAMIC group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

To reserve your room by phone, contact the Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel directly at (502) 585-9236 and mention the NAMIC Directors Education Series room block in order to receive our special group rate. Or you can make your reservation online. If you are interested in the upgrade to Concierge Level rooms, please call the hotel directly.

Please contact Larry Baile if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.

Travel Information


Louisville International Airport

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel is conveniently located approximately 7 miles from the Louisville International Airport .

Driving Directions:

From Louisville International Airport or from the south:
Drive 65 North for six miles to Exit 136C (Muhammad Ali)
Proceed five blocks to Fourth Street and turn left
The hotel is on the cornor of Muhammad Ali and Fourth Street

From the north (I-65):
Take I-65 southbound to Exit 136C (Jefferson Street)
Go one block to 1st Street and turn left
Proceed two blocks to Muhammad Ali and turn right
Continue four blocks to Fourth Street and turn left into the front of the hotel.

From the north (I-71):
Take I-71 until it runs into I-64 West.
Take exit 5B (3rd Street)
Go six blocks on 3rd street to Muhammad Ali
Turn right and go one block to Fourth Street
Turn left into the front of the hotel

From the east
Take I-64 West
Take exit 5B (3rd Street)
Go six blocks on 3rd street to Muhammad Ali
Turn right and go one block to Fourth Street
Turn left into the front of the hotel

From the west
Take I-64 East
Take exit 4 (9th Street)
Travel four blocks to Liberty Street and turn left on Liberty
Continue six blocks to 3rd Street and turn right
Proceed one block to Muhammad Ali and make a right
Go one block to Fourth Street and turn left into the front of the hotel

Ground Transportation to and from the Airport

Regularly scheduled complimentary shuttle service is available to and from Louisville International Airport between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:45 pm. While not essential, reservations for the airport shuttle are recommended to guarantee a seat. Guests with reservations will board the shuttle van first and then remaining seats will be available for walk-ups. Shuttle service is based on availability.

Parking:

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel offers valet parking for its guests at a rate of $26 per 24 hours with in and out privileges, or self parking nearby for $22 per 24 hours.

Area Attractions


The Seelbach Hilton Louisville is situated in the center of downtown Louisville's arts and culture community. You'll find the Kentucky International Convention Center only three blocks away. And, the scenic River Walk, great for walking and jogging along the Ohio River, just a half mile northeast.

The Seelbach Hilton offers complimentary guest airport transportation. A complimentary, turn-of-the-century streetcar stops right outside The Seelbach Hilton and can drop you off at popular sightseeing destinations.

You'll find plenty of unique attractions around The Seelbach Hilton ... from the rolling hills and horse farms of the Kentucky countryside ... to the arts and culture of Louisville ... to scenic Ohio River riverboats. Share in the casual festivities and enjoy Southern hospitality at Kentucky's exciting events. Green horse pastures and local arts and music make Kentucky a lovely place to visit year-round.

Check out these links below for more information:

Outdoor Attractions

  • Louisville Mega Cavern : The man-made cavern spans under a number of roadways above and is part of 17 miles of corridors located beneath the city of Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a great tour for all ages—whether you want to learn about science and history or simply want to see what a giant man- made cavern of this magnitude looks like!
  • Cherokee Park : Cherokee Park's main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, with separate lanes for vehicle traffic (one-way) and recreational users. One of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the park provides a pastoral setting amid rolling hills, open meadows and woodlands of the Beargrass Creek valley.
  • Louisville Waterfront Park : For those who have never had the pleasure of living in a city with a vibrant urban parks system, it's hard to imagine the many uses and benefits that urban parks offer to downtown workers, residents, and visitors. Louisville Waterfront Park is the front door to Kentucky, a playground for people of all ages, and a gathering place for folks from all over the community. It offers a grand view of the river, space for concerts and festivals, quiet places to read a book, picnic spaces for your family and friends.

Cultural Attractions

  • Kentucky Derby Museum : The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community as one of Louisville’s premiere attractions. Graciously welcoming over 210,000 guests through the doors each year and giving them a first hand look at the event for which Louisville, Kentucky is known worldwide. The Museum aims to provide a lasting impression of tradition, hospitality and pride to our many visitors.
  • Louisville Slugger Musuem & Factory : Guided factory tours begin at 9:00 am, and the last factory tour of the day departs one hour before closing. Factory tours last approximately 30 minutes. Guests now have the opportunity to see bats being made seven days a week. Bat making demonstrations will take place in the factory when full production is not scheduled. Visitors normally allow 2 hours for the entire museum and factory experience. Everyone receives a miniature souvenir bat at the end of the tour!
  • Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad’s Castle) : The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is located at the heart of Old Louisville and is one of the largest Victorian neighborhoods in the nation. Situated at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Saint James Court, the museum is one of the grandest buildings in the area. Remarkable in its completeness as a Victorian structure, this building was completed with the finest craftsmanship and design, as well as all the latest innovations of its time. It has been restored and re-imagined as the family home of William and Elaine Caldwell, circa 1908. The mansion contains a large collection of antiques from that time, including many of the original pieces from the Conrad and Caldwell families. The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum now is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Fourth Street Live: Fourth Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining, entertainment and retail destination located on Fourth Street, between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, KY. Just a short walk from downtown hotels, waterfront park, Main Street, Slugger Field, and other major attractions, Fourth Street Live! is your one stop destination for dining, entertainment, and shopping!

Sponsorship Opportunities


The NAMIC Directors’ Education Series is designed to educate board members of mutual insurance companies on their roles by addressing the more complex issues and risks involved in strategic decisions as well as the key areas needed to understand the mutual insurance industry.

Our most popular sponsorships for this event include:

  • Refreshment Breaks: Starting at $500
  • Audiovisual: Starting at $1,500
  • Registration Packets: Starting at $2,000
  • Luncheon: Starting at $2,500

Please note this is not a complete menu of options and some opportunities may have been reserved. We will be happy to help you select a successful alternative or develop a custom option for your company.

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


“Sometimes a Director does not realize they really learned something until the situation arises that the course subject was about and then the training kicks in. So often, our interaction with others in the same position and situation is the real importance.”

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
It is suggested that attendees wear business casual to workshop sessions and meal functions.

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

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

Does my registration include a hotel reservation?
No, you will need to contact the Seelbach Hilton Louisville Hotel to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the rate of $169 Standard / $199 Conceirge level per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until April 11, 2014 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 include individual workshop resource materials and access to NAMIC sponsored meal functions including break service, breakfast, and lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

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 in advance of the program as possible.

Can I register on site for optional activities?
Yes, space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the registration desk during the designated desk hours to check availability.

Is attending the Directors Boot Camp a prerequisite to attending the Advanced Courses?
Attendees do not need to have completed the Directors’ Boot Camp to attend the Advance Courses, but it is very important that board members have a good understanding of governance prior to attending the Advanced Courses.

Can I register for one workshop, and attend sessions in the other?
The two workshops (Directors Boot Camp and the Advanced Courses) are designed to be conducted separately, with attendees participating in the one they signed up for. The courses involved build upon each other, and networking with peers during the two days is promoted. Switching sessions during the event is not encouraged.

Questions?
If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail registrar@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642. If you have any questions regarding the workshop, e-mail lbaile@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1018.

Two options to choose from


The Directors’ Boot Camp and Advanced Courses are often offered at the same time and same location, but are two separate workshops. Registration is segmented, so be sure to register for either the Boot Camp or Advanced courses. Due to the group exercises and discussions, your participation is limited to either Boot Camp or Advanced.

Register for Directors' Boot Camp

Register for Advanced Courses

 

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:45:25 AM.

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