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NAMIC Leadership Forum | May 19-21, 2015 | Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Event Contact

Amanda Byrd

Amanda Byrd
Meeting Planner
317.876.4282

Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President - Member Development
317.876.4234

General Information


The Leadership Forum is designed for managers, leaders, and the next generation of leaders in the farm mutual insurance industry. The PFMM courses provide education and information on vital issues that will benefit both new and experienced farm mutual leaders in the areas of strategic business management, financial management, underwriting, and claims as part of the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation program.

The Strategic Business module will be featured this year.

Advanced courses, roundtable discussions, and FMDC courses will also be offered for a variety of instructional and networking opportunities.

“The Leadership Forum was jam-packed with many takeaway ideas and usable materials. It is hard to decide which to implement first.”

-Leslie Tintzman
Secretary/Treasurer/Manager, Bitterroot Farm Mutual Insurance

This event is intended for:


Managers, leaders, and the next generation leaders of farm mutual insurance companies.

Leadership Development Planning Committee


Chairman
Amy Johnson, PFMM
Manager
Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Company

Immediate Past Chairman
Bob Abens, PFMM
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association

Jared Carlson
Vice President
Heartland Mutual Insurance Association

Brian Dettmer
Company Manager
German Mutual Insurance Company of Indiana

Randy Druvenga, PFMM
President
First Maxfield Mutual Insurance Association

John Dunn
Director of Business Development
Priority Data

Vicki Hongerholt, PFMM
Assistant Manager
Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company

Rob Martin
Reinsurance Underwriter
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company

Wes St.Clair
Senior Manager Information Systems
IMT Group

Susan Taggart, PFMM
Company Manager
Remington Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Jim Wellman
Manager/Secretary/Treasurer
German Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

FMC Board Liaison
Justin Lear, PFMM
CEO
Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Staff Liason
Amanda Byrd
Meeting Planner
NAMIC

Staff Liason
Kristen L. Spriggs
Vice President – Member Development
NAMIC

Forum Registration Fees


Registration fees will be available soon.

First Time Attendees


We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Leadership Forum. We would like to get to know you and provide you with some insights to maximize your experience. Don’t be shy, please indicate on your registration form if you are a first-time attendee. We are excited to meet you!

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.

Registration Cancellations


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before April 17, 2015 are 100 percent refundable. After April 17, 2015, 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 April 28, 2015, so please plan accordingly. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities follow the NAMIC Cancellation Policy. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to registrar@namic.org or fax (317) 876-6213. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.

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.

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 seminar, e-mail abyrd@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.

What to Wear


The suggested dress code for this meeting is business casual.

Agenda


The Leadership Forum features courses from the Professional Farm Mutual Manager curriculum and the Farm Mutual Director Certification curriculum. This year the Strategic Business module of the PFMM curriculum will be featured. Additionally, roundtable discussions and advanced business-oriented sessions will be offered.

“As a first time attendee I was very pleased with the learning environment and look forward to attending NAMIC events in the future.”

-Chad Schuettpelz
Claims Manager, Maple Valley Mutual Insurance Company

Session Proposals


Interested in speaking at this seminar? Submit your session proposal to Amanda Byrd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay


The Osthoff Resort

The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020-0151
(800) 876-3399

Hotel Overview


Voted one of Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Resort in the Continental U.S., The Osthoff Resort opened its doors in 1995 and quickly established itself among the top echelon of luxurious properties receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award. Osthoff Resort offers 245 spacious suites, each featuring a kitchen, dining and living room, TV, fireplace and private balcony.

Other resort amenities include a cooking school, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and whirlpools, fitness centers, and game room. Rent a bike, kayak, canoe, hydro-bike or sailboat for hours of fun. Beachfront volleyball, basketball, tennis or nearby golf offers even more recreation.

Event Hotel Rate and Cut Off Date


Rate: Each standard room is $139 per night based on single/double occupancy. Two bedroom suites are available for $159 per night.

Leadership Forum attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Osthoff Resort. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until April 25, 2015 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.

Hotel Reservations


To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at (800) 876-3399 and be sure to mention you are attending the NAMIC Leadership Forum when making your reservation.

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

 

 

 

 

Travel Information


Getting to the Osthoff Resort

Located within three hours of five major airports, the Osthoff Resort is convenient for all travelers.

For customized driving directions, please click here or visit your preferred mapping website.

Airport Information

The closest major airport to Elkhart Lake is General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), located in Milwaukee which is 68 miles from the Osthoff Resort. It is the largest airport in Wisconsin with nonstop or direct service to approximately 90 cities.

Airlines serving General Mitchell International Airport include:

Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) is the third largest airport in Wisconsin and is located in Green Bay. General Mitchell International Airport, Austin Straubel International Airport and Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) in Appleton are all approximately one hour from Elkhart Lake. Attendees interested in flying into Madison can do so at the Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), which is a two hour drive to the Osthoff Resort. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) provides flights to and from nearly every destination in the world. Attendees flying into O’Hare are approximately three hours from Elkhart Lake.

Ground Transportation from Milwaukee

Shuttle service is available through GoRiteway. The cost is approximately $19 one way. The “shared ride” shuttle may make several stops at other destinations depending on the number of passengers. To schedule transportation with GoRiteway, please click here.

Parking

Complimentary self-parking is available at the Osthoff Resort.

Driving Directions

From General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
Exit the airport onto I-43 N/I-94 W/U.S. 41 N.
Continue onto 1-43 N. Take WI-57 N to Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr/E Rhine St.
Turn left onto Kettle Moraine Scenic Dr/E Rhine St.
Take the 1st left onto Washington St.
Continue straight onto Osthoff Ave.

From Green Bay
Take I-43 South to Hwy 42
Turn onto Hwy 42 and follow into Howards Grove
Take Hwy A West into Elkhart Lake
Proceed straight at the four-way stop
Turn left onto Osthoff Ave.

From Appleton/Oshkosh
Take Hwy 41 to Hwy 10 East
Follow Hwy 10 East to Hwy 57 South
Follow Hwy 57 South to Kiel then Hwy 67 to Elkhart Lake
Turn right on Hwy A
Turn left on Osthoff Ave.

From Madison
Take Hwy 151 North to Hwy 23 East
Exit onto Hwy 23 East (Johnson St. Exit)
Follow Hwy 23 East to Hwy 67 North (right-hand exit)
Follow Hwy 67 North into Elkhart Lake
Turn left at the four-way stop onto Rhine Street
Turn left onto Osthoff Ave.

From Chicago
I-94 will turn into I-43 North just outside of Milwaukee
Continue on I-43 North out of Milwaukee
Veer left to Exit #97, which turns into Hwy 57 North to Plymouth
Turn left onto Hwy 23 West
Exit onto Hwy 67 North
Turn left onto Hwy 67 North
Follow Hwy 67 North into Elkhart Lake
Turn left at the four-way stop onto Rhine Street
Turn left onto Osthoff Ave.

Area Attractions


While visiting the Elkhart Lake, you will want to be sure to visit many of the area's local attractions. Please click here for more information.

Museums & Galleries

  • Wade House State Historic Site: A refurbished stagecoach inn dating from 1850 is the highlight of a historical complex that also features the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum and Herrling Sawmill. The site offers a glimpse of life in the area around the time of the first white settlers through tours, a theatre with wide screen presentations, and horse-drawn carriage rides through the grounds.
  • Kohler Design Center: A video presentation, art gallery, and museum provide a glimpse into the rich heritage of Kohler Co. and the Village of Kohler. The Design Center also features a collection of innovative Kohler Co. products, services, and resources that contribute to the gracious living ideal. More than 25 kitchen and bath exhibits showcase the talents of nationally-recognized designers and offer imaginative settings for decorating ideas.
  • Abler Art Glass Gallery: A contemporary gallery of creative concepts in glass with works by more than 60 artists.
  • Two Fish Gallery: This gallery, set in an Arts & Crafts bungalow and gardens, features art and crafts in all mediums by 50 regional and national artists.
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center: JMKAC features fresh exhibitions of contemporary art in all mediums as well as an ongoing schedule of the performing arts.

Shopping

  • Village of Elkhart Lake: The Village of Elkhart Lake and the surrounding areas offer an interesting mix of eclectic shopping experiences. A haven for artisans, you'll find shops offering many one-of-a-kind gifts and artwork in a variety of mediums.
  • The Shops at Woodlake Kohler: Nestled at lake’s edge, The Shops at Woodlake Kohler has more than 20 specialty shops and boutiques featuring men's and women's apparel, toys, collectibles, restaurants, home furnishing and design stores, and a demonstration kitchen.

Other Attractions

  • Road America: Surrounded by the rolling hills of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine lies Road America, a four-mile road course considered by the motorsports community as not only the best in the United States, but also one of the world’s premier circuits. No longer just a summer destination, Elkhart Lake’s Road America is a year-round venue with unique activities for groups of all sizes. In its 59 years of experience, Road America has put the State of Wisconsin and the Midwest on the map, and grown into a premiere destination for families and fans of all ages. Continually raising the state’s profile nationwide in the promotion of tourism and the betterment of motorsports and quality entertainment, Road America now cultivates worldwide acclaim and is affectionately known as America’s National Park of Speed.
  • Victorian Village Theater: Year-round entertainment in 100-year-old theater includes musicals, dinner theatres, and internationally famous musicians. Call for a schedule or visit online.

Resort Attractions

  • Beach: The Osthoff Resort offers the finest lakeshore setting in southeastern Wisconsin with 500 ft. of sand beach on beautiful Elkhart Lake. Formed by retreating glaciers, Elkhart Lake has a natural sand bottom that keeps our water clear year-round. Our lakefront features picnic areas complete with watersports, grills, bonfire area, a playground, volleyball courts, and a concession stand.
  • Aspira Spa: The resort’s on-site space offers a complete range of treatments to soothe the mind, body, and soul at the end of the day. Private spa suites are designed to complement nature, taking in the tranquility, beauty and energy of the lake.
  • Outdoor Sports An on-site tennis court and outdoor basketball area is available for the use of the Osthoff Resort guests. Also, two outdoor volleyball courts are located on the lakefront
  • L’ecole de la Maison: Whether you love to cook and want to enhance your culinary skills, or you just enjoy learning about French Cuisine and other great food, L'ecole de la Maison is a great environment to develop your passion. The courses are faithful to traditional recipes, yet geared to you and your kitchen. You'll find our chef instructors welcoming and helpful and the custom kitchen a joy to learn in.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Interested in reaching influential farm mutual insurance executives and managers? Consider partnering with NAMIC through our educational events. Your partnership helps keep registration fees to a minimum for member companies and make our industry stronger. Several options are available for your consideration and we are happy to create something unique to meet your needs.

For more information on sponsoring Leadership Forum, 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


“The Leadership Forum is great investment of one's time.”

-Randy Druvenga
President, First Maxfield Mutual Insurance Company

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Conference Sessions – Business casual
Social Gatherings – Business casual

Do I have to be a Profession Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) to attend this seminar?
You do not have to be a PFMM to attend this seminar. However a majority of attendees have either earned their PFMM designation or are working toward earning the designation. If you are interested in the topics that are being presented at this seminar and have not enrolled to be a PFMM, you can download the application here, There is a one-time $50 fee associated with the application. Please click here to learn more about the PFMM designation or you may email pfmm@namic.org with questions.

If I already have my PFMM designation, do I have to go to the PFMM sessions?
If you are attending the Leadership Forum for PFMM maintenance, you are welcome to attend any of the concurrent sessions.

Do I have to attend the same type of session during every time slot?
No you do not. The only sessions that are required are the PFMM courses for those who are working towards their PFMM designation. There does not have to be consistency in the types of sessions you choose to attend. We encourage you to attend courses that you will find most beneficial.

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 Osthoff Resort to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Osthoff Resort. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until April 25, 2015 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 Leadership Forum group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Elkhart Lake?
In May, the average daytime high is 66 F with average evening lows of 45 F.

How do I obtain an advance copy of the registration list?
In an effort to provide our sponsors, speakers, and attendees the best level of service, we will send an electronic list of current registrants for events to the attendee or to the e-mail listed as the main contact as follows:
Attendees: At least 7 days in advance of the event with the pre-conference communication.
Sponsors: 60 days, 30 and 15 days in advance of the event, once payment has been received.
Speakers: 60 days, and 30 days in advance of the event.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, e-mail abyrd@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.

Registration


Registration will be available soon.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:23:50 AM. Modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:36:43 AM.

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