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NAMIC Management Conference | June 26-29, 2016 | Westin Hilton Head Island Resort | Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Event Contact

Crista Hassett

Crista Hassett
Director - Meetings & Special Projects
317.876.4207

Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President - Member Development
317.876.4234

General Information


The Management Conference is a summit for CEOs, executive teams, and future leaders of the industry.

Power sessions focus on strategy, innovation, leadership and industry trends. Concurrent sessions dive into operational and emerging issues. Workshops and interactive sessions allow for extended discussions and opportunities to learn from fellow leaders in the industry.

Top-notch speakers, unrivaled networking opportunities, and an inspirational setting allow executives to connect with industry leaders and gain insight on the important issues facing the industry.

Each year more and more industry executives discover why the NAMIC Management Conference is a different kind of business meeting.

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. This conference is designed for CEO's, senior executives, and future leaders from property/casualty insurance companies

This event is designed for:


Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer

Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President
Future Leaders

Management Conference Committee Members


Jill Wagner, Chairman
President
Integrity Mutual Insurance Company

Randy Gerdes, Award in Innovation Chairman
Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance

Richard Bland
Principal
Enhanced Mutual Strategies, LLC

Tod Carmony
President
Wayne Mutual Insurance Company

Erin Cummings
Vice President
Norfolk & Dedham Mutual Fire Insurance Company

David Hendrix
CFO & Treasurer
Ohio Mutual Insurance Company

Joe Hoff
Chief Operating Officer
North Star Mutual Insurance Company

Jeffrey S. Mann
President & Chief Executive Officer
FarmAssure

Todd Rissel
CEO
e2Value, Inc.

Brian J. Smith
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Preferred Mutual

Steve Smith
President & CEO
Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan, Inc.

Keith Wolfe
Managing Director
Swiss Re

Conference Registration Fees


Registrations received on or before Tuesday, April 26, 2016 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.

 

On or before
April 26

April 27
and later

Member/Sponsor

$995

$1195

Non-Member - from Primary Insurance Company

$1095

$1295

Non-Member - from Non-member/Non-sponsor Vendor

$1295

$1595

Multi-Attendee*

$950

$950

Adult or Teen Guest (13-17)

$250

$250

Youth Guest (4-12)

$135

$135

Golf Outing Fees

$226

$226

Optional Workshop: Blue Ocean Strategy – A Deeper Dive with Roch Parayre, Ph.D.

$75

$75

Optional Workshop: The Value of Loyalty with James Kane

$75

$75

*Mutli-Attendee Rate: For multiple attendees from member primary insurance companies

Member, Non-member registration includes: access to session materials, welcome reception on Sunday, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, the closing evening festivities on Wednesday, and food and beverages during breaks.

Adult Guest registration includes: welcome reception on Sunday, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, and the closing evening festivities.

Youth and Teen Guest registration includes: kids and teens party on Sunday during the welcome reception, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, and the closing evening festivities.

Optional Workshops


Optional Workshop: Blue Ocean Strategy – A Deeper Dive with Roch Parayre, Ph.D.
Monday, June 27 | 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. | $75
Designed to provide a higher-level of interaction, this session will dive deeper into the concepts discussed in the Strategy and Innovation Power Session.

Roch Parayre, Ph.D.
Partner
Heidrick and Struggles
Conshohocken, Pa.

Optional Workshop: The Value of Loyalty with James Kane
Wednesday, June 29 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | $75
Designed to provide a higher level of interaction, this session will dive deeper into the concepts discussed in the Industry Trends Power Session.

James Kane
Loyalty Expert & Author
Scranton, Pa.

For more information or to register, please visit the Registration Additions page.

Optional Activities


For more information or to register, please visit the Optional Activities page.

Sunday, June 26
Guided Kayak, Dolphin, and Nature Tour | 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. | $85
Bike Tour | 1:45 – 4:00 p.m. | $63

Monday, June 27
Dolphin Eco Tour | 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. | $94
Guided Kayak, Dolphin & Nature Tour | 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. | $85

Tuesday, June 28
Savannah Trolley Tour | 11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | $250

Wednesday, June 29
Bike Tour | 1:45 – 4:00 p.m. | $63

First Time Attendees


We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Management Conference. We would like to get to know you and provide you with some valuable networking opportunities. Don't be shy; please indicate on your registration form if you are a first time attendee. We are excited to meet you!

Registration Confirmation


You will receive a detailed e-mail confirmation upon successful completion of the registration process for this event; please make sure to enter a valid e-mail address on the registration form. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please e-mail registrar@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642.

Registration Cancellations


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before May 27, 2016 are 100 percent refundable. After May 27, 2016 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 June 3, 2016 so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to registrar@namic.org or fax (317) 876-6213. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities and Golf follow the Conference Cancellation Policy. Cancelling a conference registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.

Accommodations


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodation to that disability. Please submit your request as far 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 chassett@namic.org.

Conference Agenda


The agenda will be available soon.

“The Management Conference continues to excel and provide the best opportunity to learn and network of all the conferences I attend.

-Steve Smith
President & CEO
Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan

Subject to change without notice

Sunday, June 26

11:00 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Event Information Desk

11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

PCC Board Lunch/Meeting

1:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Optional Activity: Guided Kayak, Dolphin, and Nature Tour

1:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Bike Tour

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Management Conference Committee Huddle

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Kid's and Teens Party
All registered kids and teens are invited to enjoy a fun-filled evening that will provide a great opportunity to connect with fellow NAMIC kids and teens, play some games, and have fun. Dinner will be provided.

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Registered attendees and adult guests are invited to enjoy the flavor of the local area – through atmosphere, entertainment, and food.

7:30 p.m.

Private Dinner Functions*
*This is a suggested start time for private dinner functions.

8:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Conversation
Join fellow attendees and guests for an evening cocktail and friendly conversation. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Monday, June 27

7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Event Information Desk

6:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast for Registered Guests

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Conference Kick-off

Jill Wagner, Chairman
NAMIC Management Conference Committee
President, Integrity Mutual Insurance Company
Appleton, Wis.

Kristen Spriggs, Vice President – Member Development
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Economy Power Session: Property/Casualty Economic Outlook
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 Economy Power Session. He will focus on trends, challenges, and opportunities in the property/casualty insurance industry. His presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the industry and give insight on what has happened during the past year as well as what might be in store for the year ahead.

Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., CPCU
President
Insurance Information Institute
New York, N.Y.
This session qualifies for 1.0 CPE credit in Economics.

9:30 - 9:50 a.m.

Networking Break

9:50 - 10:40 a.m.

General Session: Welcome to the Experience Economy
Goods and services everywhere are being commoditized. What today’s consumers want are experiences – memorable events that engage them in an inherently personal way. The only unique competitive advantage is the exceptional experience a business can create for its clients. Businesses must, therefore, embrace the principles of the “experience economy” to stage ever-more-engaging experiences. But how can these principles be applied to the insurance industry?

This session will explore the experience economy and its relevance to a business. It will also challenge attendees to consider how this economy can be applied to the insurance business model to create greater value for customers.

Dennis Moseley-Williams
Principal, Founder
DMW Strategic Consulting
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

10:40 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Strategy and Innovation Power Session: Blue Ocean Strategy
Blue Ocean Strategy is a set of methodologies and tools used by businesses to create new market space. Based on the international best-seller, this theory urges company leaders to change the metaphor around business strategy and think of it differently – not as warfare but as exploration. Rather than competing in red oceans stained by the blood of competition, Blue Ocean Strategy asks how businesses can make their value offering so distinctive that they find the blue waters of new market space and make the competition irrelevant. Paradoxically, the best way to beat the competition may well be to stop trying to do so. Join Roch Parayre, a senior partner with Decision Strategies International and fellow at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, for this Strategy and Innovation Power Session.

Roch Parayre, Ph.D.
Partner
Heidrick and Struggles
Conshohocken, Pa.

12:15 p.m.

Sessions adjourn for the day

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Optional Workshop: Blue Ocean Strategy – A Deeper Dive
Designed to provide a higher-level of interaction, this session will dive deeper into the concepts discussed in the Strategy and Innovation Power Session.

Roch Parayre, Ph.D.
Partner
Heidrick and Struggles
Conshohocken, Pa.

12:30 p.m.

PAC Luncheon: North West Wine Tasting: A Prelude to Convention
As we prepare to head to Vancouver in September, NAMIC PAC will host a North West Wine Tasting and paired lunch. Six wines will be available for tasting, as well as a sommelier to guide you through the experience. Benjamin Franklin Society and Platinum Club members who purchase a ticket will receive reserved seating as well as a complimentary bottle of wine. The suggested contribution is $100 to the NAMIC PAC per attendee.

1:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Optional Activity: Dolphin Eco Tour

1:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Optional Activity: Guided Kayak, Dolphin & Nature Tour

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social
Enjoy an afternoon treat and socialize with fellow attendees and guests.

7:00 p.m.

Meet to Eat

7:00 p.m.

Private Dinner Functions*
*This is a suggested start time for private dinner functions and reservations.

8:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Conversation
Join fellow attendees and guests for an evening cocktail and friendly conversation. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Tuesday, June 28

7:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Event Information Desk

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast for Registered Guests

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Anticipating BCAR
    On March 10, 2016, A.M. Best released draft criteria for its new stochastic Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio model and credit rating methodology - Best’s Credit Rating Methodology – for United States property/casualty insurers. These updates represent the most significant changes to these critical rating criteria in decades. Companies need to be proactive and understand the implications the new BCRM and BCAR changes bring to their business plans, property exposure and Probable Maximum Loss analysis, reinsurance structures, asset management, enterprise risk management, and risk tolerance statements.

    This session will provide a high-level summary of these changes as well as insights and observations related to the implications of this significant development.

    Mark Murray
    Senior Vice President
    Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC
    Philadelphia, Pa.
    This session qualifies for 2.5 CPE credit in Finance.

  2. Succession Planning: Real-World Experience Panel Discussion
    The overall labor market is expected to see more than 1 million professionals retire in the next 10 years. According to a recent article in PropertyCasualty360, experts estimate the insurance industry will need to fill 400,000 positions by 2020.Is your organization properly prepared for the impending shortage?

    This interactive panel discussion will provide an opportunity to learn from real-world examples of succession planning. Industry leaders, who are engaged in various stages of succession planning, will share their approaches and lessons learned along the way. This conversation will explore enterprise-wide succession planning strategies and tactics.

    Randy Gerdes
    Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
    CopperPoint Insurance Companies
    Phoenix, Ariz.

    Matt McHatten
    Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
    MMG Insurance Company
    Presque Isle, Maine

    Mike Puerner
    Vice President, Secretary, & General Counsel
    Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
    Hastings, Mich.

    Erin Cummings, Moderator
    Vice President
    The Norfolk & Dedham Group
    Dedham, Mass.

  3. Brand Strategy for the C-Suite
    Many companies’ brand strategies consist of displaying mission, vision, and value statements, in the employee cafeteria or developing a 60-page document nobody really reads or understands. A more effective brand strategy is one that is complete and concise, written by key stakeholders in a way that can be share and used, and understood by everyone in the company. The strategy includes words and statements that are genuine, powerful, and resonant of the brand. This session will provide executives with a primer on the eight key components of a brand strategy.

    Peter van Aartrijk
    Principal
    Chromium
    Springfield, Va.
    This session qualifies for 1.0 CPE credit in Marketing.

  4. Cybersecurity
    This informative session will first provide a high-level overview of cybersecurity threats and then dive deeper into threats specific to and potentially damaging to insurance companies.

    Rex Johnson will share important insights on cybersecurity based on his more than 25 years of experience leading teams to address security risks and develop long-term sustainable solutions. He will also explore a variety of insurance products and solutions surrounding cyber.

    Rex Johnson
    Managing Partner and Global Lead
    Cybersecurity Consulting (CSC)
    Kansas City, Mo.

  5. 40 Lessons from 40 Years
    In this session, Jim Kennedy, former CEO of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, well share his experiences, challenges, and lessons learned from his time as an industry leader. Jim, a recent retiree from a more-than-43-year career in the property/casualty insurance industry both as an agent and a company executive, will reveal valuable insights into the history and future of the industry, including anecdotes of work, life, relationships, and business, that will prove valuable to everyone from future leaders to the seasoned executives.

    James J. Kennedy
    Consultant
    INCompliance Consulting
    Tampa, Fla.

9:15 - 9:35 a.m.

Networking Break

9:35 – 10:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Anticipating BCAR (Repeat)
    On March 10, 2016, A.M. Best released draft criteria for its new stochastic Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio model and credit rating methodology - Best’s Credit Rating Methodology – for United States property/casualty insurers. These updates represent the most significant changes to these critical rating criteria in decades. Companies need to be proactive and understand the implications the new BCRM and BCAR changes bring to their business plans, property exposure and Probable Maximum Loss analysis, reinsurance structures, asset management, enterprise risk management, and risk tolerance statements.

    This session will provide a high-level summary of these changes as well as insights and observations related to the implications of this significant development.

    Mark Murray
    Senior Vice President
    Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC
    Philadelphia, Pa.

  2. Retired CEO Panel Discussion
    The wisdom of experience and the perspective of hindsight can provide powerful lessons in leadership. Join us for an engaging conversation with three retired company leaders who will reflect on their experiences in leading their companies.

    James J. Kennedy
    Consultant
    INCompliance Consulting
    Tampa, Fla.

    Ronald Simon
    Retired CEO and Chairman
    Auto-Owners Insurance Company

    John Bishop, CLU, CPCU
    Chairman of the Board
    The Motorists Insurance Group
    Marco Island, Fla.

    Richard Bland, Moderator
    Principal
    Enhanced Mutual Strategies, LLC
    Richmond, Va.

  3. Branding from the Inside Out
    A great brand garners awareness and excitement that attracts customers. A great culture delivers on the promise the brand makes. While brand has traditionally belonged to the marketing department and culture to human resources, today’s environment requires that they be treated as a cohesive element owned by every part of a business. This session will provide executives with a practical roadmap to develop a harmonious culture and brand.

    Peter van Aartrijk
    Principal
    Chromium
    Springfield, Va.
    This session qualifies for 1.0 CPE credit in Marketing.

  4. Mergers and Acquisitions: An Update on Property/Casualty Industry Activity
    This session will provide a macro-level overview of the property/casualty insurance industry’s mergers and acquisitions activity while exploring large-company and small-company case studies.

    Francis “Skip” Hagerty
    Managing Director & Partner
    PhiloSmith
    Stamford, Conn.

  5. Drones – Regulation, Liability, and Insurance
    This session will provide an overview of the emerging exposures and opportunities of drones and unmanned aerial surveillance. Attendees will receive an update on the latest status of Federal Aviation Administration regulations and other potential regulatory concerns, including the latest on the drone-usage authorization process. This session will also highlight potential coverage exposures, including property and general liability as well as privacy concerns.

    Tom Karol
    General Counsel - Federal
    NAMIC
    Washington, D.C.

10:50 a.m.

Sessions adjourn for the day

11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Annual Golf Outing – Port Royal Golf Club
Make plans to join us for a fun-filled afternoon of golf and networking. Golfers can catch the shuttle over to the resort’s course beginning at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.; the shotgun start will begin at 1:00 p.m.

11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Savannah Trolley Tour

7:00 p.m.

Meet to Eat

7:00 p.m.

Private Dinner Functions*
*This is a suggested start time for private dinner functions and reservations.

8:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Conversation
Join fellow attendees and guests for an evening cocktail and friendly conversation. Feel free to come and go as you please.

Wednesday, June 29

7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Event Information Desk

6:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Optional Activity Information Desk

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Breakfast for Registered Guests

8:00 - 8:15 a.m.

Washington Advocacy Priorities and Updates
Facing one of the strangest election cycles in modern U.S. history, this brief “power update” will consider how November’s results may affect the insurance industry and specifically how the elections will impact some of the top policy issues facing our industry such as the increased congressional oversight of international regulatory developments and negotiations.

Chuck Chamness
President & CEO
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Industry Trends Power Session: The Loyalty Switch
In this fascinating and highly entertaining presentation, James Kane takes his audiences on a journey into the human brain and explains the science behind true loyalty and human relationships. Building on more than 40 years of research on the subject, James will make the case that human beings have a fundamental need to be loyal and actively seek specific clues from others that tell them when they can and should be. When organizations and individuals are able to understand and demonstrate loyalty-building behaviors, they can develop relationships that will last a lifetime and result in unwavering and unlimited support. James’s two books, "The Loyalty Switch" and "Virtually Loyal," are set for 2016 release.

James Kane
Loyalty Expert & Author
Scranton, Pa.
This session qualifies for 1.0 CPE credit in Personal Development.

9:15 - 9:35 a.m.

Networking Break

9:35 - 10:35 a.m.

General Session: Behavioral Economics – Lessons for the Insurance Industry
Behavioral economics is a theory that applies insights from psychology to economics in an attempt to understand the true drivers of consumer behavior. This session will dive into the concept of behavioral economics, focusing on what truly drives the behaviors of consumers and agents. It will also provide insight on how insurers can improve business outcomes across all areas, including increasing sales, reducing lapses, improving underwriting disclosure, and reducing the time it takes to pay claims.

Daniel Ryan
Head of Digital Analytics Catalysts
Swiss Re
London, England
This session qualifies for 1.0 CPE credit in Communications.

10:35 - 10:55 a.m.

Networking Break

10:55 - 11:10 a.m.

Award in Innovation Presentation
NAMIC is proud to present the Award in Innovation, which was created to recognize mutual insurers that exemplify the vision and entrepreneurialism it takes to stay relevant in changing times

Whether the ideas are big or small, each innovation is crucial to keeping our community strong and stable for the future. With more than 250 years of delivering on the promise to put policyholders first, it is more critical than ever to celebrate the spirit of innovation within the mutual industry.

Join us to learn more about award-winning innovation as the 2016 winner is announced.

Randy Gerdes, Award Committee Chairman
Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Phoenix, Ariz.

11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Leadership Power Session: High Impact Leadership – The Fred Factor
Based on the best-selling book “The Fred Factor,” this presentation will explore how executive teams can more effectively lead their organizations with self-mastery, vision, empowerment, and service. It will also discuss the importance of self-responsibility and how to create value for your employees and directors.

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
President, Sanborn & Associates
Author, Leadership Consultant
Lone Tree, Colo.
This session qualifies for 1.0 CPE credit in Personal Development.

12:30 p.m.

Business Sessions Adjourn

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Optional Workshop: The Value of Loyalty
Designed to provide a higher level of interaction, this session will dive deeper into the concepts discussed in the Industry Trends Power Session.

James Kane
Loyalty Expert & Author
Philadelphia, Pa.

1:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Bike Ride

7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Closing Evening Festivities

CPE Information for Management Conference


Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites for this convention.

Advance Preparation:
There is no advance preparation required for this convention.

Delivery Method:
This convention will be conducted in a Group-Live Setting

NAMIC’s Management Conference has been certified for a total of 8.5 CPE credits in the fields of Economics, Finance, Marketing, Personal Development, and Behavioral Ethics.

Program Level:
This program level is an overview.

NAMIC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.For more information regarding administrative policies such as refunds, cancellations and complaints, please contact NAMIC at 800-336-2642.

Session Proposals


Interested in speaking at this conference? Submit your session proposal to Crista Hassett.




Optional Activities


Please click here to register for optional activities.

All optional activities are organized through The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa's professional destination management company, which was selected for its vast knowledge of the Hilton Head area. Fees associated with the organized activities include transportation, group admission fees and taxes, and professional guides and staff. We are pleased to offer the pre-arranged tours and activities to allow for networking with other conference attendees and families and for your convenience and ease in planning your visit; however we recognize the cost associated with professionally organized tours will be higher than if you were to visit the sites on your own. We appreciate and understand this may impact your decision to participate in NAMIC’s tours. We encourage you to visit the concierge if you would like to plan an individual visit for your family as the concierge is best suited to guide you on attraction times, fees, and details outside of our group activities.

Sunday, June 26

Guided Kayak, Dolphin, and Nature Tour | 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. | $85
Warm summer days and breezes make for great, gentle floats down the tidal creeks and salt marshes of Hilton Head Island. Attendees will choose their preference of riding in a single or double kayak to get an up-close-and-personal view of the Lowcountry landscape and an opportunity to observe the incredible variety of wildlife that call this area home: dolphins, ospreys, heron, and bald eagles. Kayaking tours are led by knowledgeable, personable, interpretive naturalist guides on this water based "nature hike" through the island’s beautiful creeks and inlets.
Per person price includes: Kayak and all kayaking equipment, a naturalist guide and transportation.

Bike Tour | 1:45 – 4:00 p.m. | $63
The flat terrain, breathtakingly beautiful marsh atmosphere, and historic landscape make Hilton Head Island a bicyclist’s paradise. This interpretive tour will take a loop route that will mix paved bike paths, back roads, and beach cruising – all at an easy pace and flat elevation for an enjoyable afternoon for all ages. A local guide will lead attendees to significant historic sites, fantastic nature-based vistas, woodlands, wetlands, and the beach.
Per person price includes: An all-purpose cruising bike, bike helmet, bottled water and local guide.

Monday, June 27

Dolphin Eco Tour | 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. | $94
Take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry on this relaxing boat cruise. Departing from Shelter Cove Marina, attendees will embark on a casual exploration of the picturesque Broad Creek and surrounding waterways in search of some this area’s most fascinating wildlife. A highlight of the cruise will be the tidal creeks, which researchers and scientists regard highly as one of the best locations to observe the distinctive behavior of the local dolphins. This tour is led by a United States Coast Guard-licensed captain who, as an experienced interpretive naturalist, will be able to share an intrinsic knowledge of the habitat and the processes that take place within it.
Per person price includes: Cruise ticket, USCG licensed Captain and transportation to and from marina.

Guided Kayak, Dolphin, and Nature Tour | 1:15 – 4:15 p.m. | $85
Warm summer days and breezes make for great, gentle floats down the tidal creeks and salt marshes of Hilton Head Island. Attendees will choose their preference of riding in a single or double kayak to get an up-close-and-personal view of the Lowcountry landscape and an opportunity to observe the incredible variety of wildlife that call this area home: dolphins, ospreys, heron, and bald eagles. Kayaking tours are led by knowledgeable, personable, interpretive naturalist guides on this water based "nature hike" through the island’s beautiful creeks and inlets.
Per person price includes: Kayak and all kayaking equipment, a naturalist guide and transportation.

Tuesday, June 28

Savannah Trolley Tour | 11:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | $250
Savannah, located a short drive inland from the island resort, is a majestic city rich with culture and historical significance. Attendees will climb aboard one of the city’s famed trolleys for a journey through the Historic District along cobblestone paved streets and beneath moss-draped oaks. Attendees will experience the Old South with its stately mansions, beautiful squares, romantic riverfront, and abundant artifacts. Enjoy some free time after the tour in this "walking city" to visit some of the quaint shops along historic River Street or simply to explore the splendor of Savannah.
Per person price includes: Guided tour via trolley ride and transportation to and from Savannah.
Attire: Casual attire and comfortable shoes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bike Tour | 1:45 – 4:00 p.m. | $63
The flat terrain, breathtakingly beautiful marsh atmosphere, and historic landscape make Hilton Head Island a bicyclist’s paradise. This interpretive tour will take a loop route that will mix paved bike paths, back roads, and beach cruising – all at an easy pace and flat elevation for an enjoyable afternoon for all ages. A local guide will lead attendees to significant historic sites, fantastic nature-based vistas, woodlands, wetlands, and the beach.
Per person price includes: An all-purpose cruising bike, bike helmet, bottled water and local guide.





Where to Stay


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29928
Ph: (843) 681-4000

The Westin is currently sold out on Sunday night. Please contact registrar@namic.org to get included on the waitlist and get information on the overflow room block.


Event Hotel Rate and Cut-Off Date


Resort View Rooms: $229 plus tax per night for single/double occupancy - CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

Step out onto your own private balcony in one of our Resort View guest rooms to take in the beauty that surrounds you. Some rooms offer a view of the native trees that dapple our garden area; others highlight our soothing and engaging Koi Pond. Either way, you're never further than a deep breath away from a feeling of bliss.

Discover a room brushed with a palette of soothing tones and inviting Southern accents. And delight in our signature Westin Heavenly Bed® complete with fine linens, as well as our rejuvenating Heavenly Bath® to thoroughly renew your mind and spirits.

Ocean/Pool View Rooms: $259 plus tax per night for single/double occupancy

Enjoy a rejuvenating experience in one of our spacious Ocean-Pool View rooms, each specially designed to soother your spirit and welcome you with inviting Coastal accents. From each room’s private balcony, you’ll enjoy expansive views of our renewed pool areas or glimpses of the Atlantic from your balcony.

When it's time to thoroughly renew your mind and body, discover our signature Westin Heavenly Bed® complete with fine linens and adjustable LED reading lights, as well as our rejuvenating Heavenly Bath® with a soothing Rain Forest showerhead.

Ocean View Rooms: $289 plus tax per night for single/double occupancy

Step onto your own private balcony to gaze out upon the sugar-white sand beaches and take in the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean. Close your eyes and feel the cooling breezes as you listen to the waves kiss the sand. Open them up again to remind yourself that this beauty is part of the reason you chose to visit Hilton Head Island. The peaceful feeling continues inside in your deluxe Ocean View guest room, which has been appointed in soothing accents inspired by the natural surroundings and the rich history of the area.

When it's time to truly relax, discover our signature Westin Heavenly Bed® complete with fine linens and LED reading lights that adjust to your liking, as well as our rejuvenating Heavenly Bath® with Rain Forest showerhead to thoroughly renew tired minds and muscles after active days spent in the sun and surf.

Ocean Palms 2-Bedroom Villas: $329 plus tax per night

Bringing your family to Management Conference? Nestled between Barony Golf Course and Port Royal Racquet Club, these charming Low-country-style two-bedroom villas offer all the comforts of home, plus use of the services and facilities at the award-winning Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. You will also enjoy our shuttle for a quick ride between your villa, the beach, tennis, golf, and The Westin. The Villas feature entertainment centers with TVs and DVD players, as well as ceiling fans and luxurious baths. Fully equipped kitchens include microwaves, dishwashers, and washer/dryers. There are also two private pools, BBQ grills, and an outdoor whirlpool tub within the complex.

Management Conference attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 23, 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.

Hotel Reservations



To make a reservation, call the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (843) 681-4000 and be sure to mention you are attending the NAMIC Management Conference when making your reservation.

Please contact NAMIC’s registrar and housing coordinator, Julie Motyka, if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.

Travel Information


Two airports service the Hilton Head Island area: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport located approximately 45 miles (72 km) south of the island and Hilton Head Airport, located approximately 5 miles (8 km) from all island resorts.

  • The nearest international airport is the Savannah/Hilton Head Island International Airport, located 45 minutes from the Island. All flights are met by ground transportation companies. KShuttle is available for approximately $47 one way or $84 round trip. Taxi service is approximately $80 one way.

  • Located on the north end of the Island within 5 miles of all Island resorts, US Airways Express from Charlotte offers daily flights to the Hilton Head Airport. Click here for more information. Ground transportation options are available here. Taxi service is approximately $16.00.

By Rail:
Amtrak service is available via Savannah, Georgia, which is located 45 minutes from Hilton Head Island, or via Yemassee, South Carolina, which is located approximately an hour from Hilton Head Island. For more information, visit www.amtrak.com.

By Car:

Directions from Savannah Airport:
Take Airways Avenue and follow the signs to Interstate 95 North.
Take Interstate 95 North to Exit 8 and turn onto Highway 278 East.
Proceed on Highway 278 East to Hilton Head Island.
Continue on Highway 278 East and bear right onto Business Highway 278.
Continue 3.5 miles to Port Royal Plantation.
Turn left at the light into the Port Royal Plantation entrance

Directions from Hilton Head Airport:
Turn left out of the terminal onto Beach City Road.
At the traffic circle, take 2nd exit onto Mathews Drive.
Turn left onto Highway 278 (William Hilton Parkway) and then turn left into Port Royal Plantation.
Follow the signs to the resort.

For your specific and detailed driving directions, please refer to www.mapquest.com.

Area Attractions


The largest barrier island between New Jersey and Florida, with 12 miles of breathtaking Atlantic beachfront, Hilton Head Island is located on the Intra-coastal Waterway and encompasses vast sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, and moss-draped forests of live oaks, magnolias, pines and palmettos. Wildlife preserves make the island home to hundreds of species of birds and animals, including the familiar alligator.

With its trademark striped lighthouse, world-class golfing, top-ranked tennis facilities and magical marinas—it's no wonder why Hilton Head Island is the ideal place to retreat and reinvigorate. Practically any water sport imaginable is available, along with great outlet and boutique shopping and award-winning restaurants—for countless ways to plan your getaway.

Golf

  • Port Royal Golf Club: 0.3 miles
    Nestled along the Atlantic coastline, Port Royal Golf Club, named one of the "Top 10 'Exotic' Golf Courses in the World" by World Property Channel and one of the "Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts" by Golf Digest Magazine, is located on the northwestern point of Hilton Head Island. The Club is situated in the Port Royal Plantation along with the luxurious oceanfront Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.
  • Harbour Town Golf Links: 7 miles
    This distinguished golf course places a premium on finesse, imagination and shot-making, rather than strength, making it a perennial favorite among PGA TOUR players. Put your game to the ultimate test - against a collection of par threes ranked among the world's finest and a par-4 18th hole considered one of the most feared in all of golf, particularly when the wind is blowing off Calibogue Sound. The crowning achievement of famed designer Pete Dye, this celebrated PGA TOUR golf course is a true test of the game of golf.

Nearby Destinations

  • Historic Beaufort Waterfront: 40 miles
    When visitors think or hear about Beaufort, they are often referring to the Beaufort downtown waterfront area, on Bay Street. This area is lined with small shops, taverns, art galleries and dining spots. The Chambers Waterfront Park provides a casual place to relax, walk or to just enjoy "wasting time" or to "refresh one's soul". Many of the dining spots and pub style taverns have open or covered porches that offer views of the park and the waterfront, providing a very relaxing and unique experience. Many taverns and dining establishments are in historic buildings. The waterfront park also is home to many of the city's festivals and events.
  • Savannah Historic District: 40 miles
    The Historic District of Savannah is the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks drizzling with silvery Spanish Moss. The perfect Georgia vacation destination for all ages – abuzz with art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants, and true Southern hospitality. The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, Savannah contains more than twenty city squares filled with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras.

Recreation

  • Port Royal Racquet Club: 0.2 miles
    Set amid pines, maples, live oaks and the occasional magnolia, the 14-court Racquet Club is the premier tennis facility in South Carolina, showcasing both Har-Tru clay and Nova hard courts. The Racquet Club features ten Har-Tru clay courts and four Nova hard courts, with stadium seating and lights for night matches. Confederate jasmines and other lush tropical vegetation set the backdrop for a full range of quality tennis programs led by certified professionals and a friendly Pro Shop staff.
  • Pinckney Island Wild Refuge: 3 miles
    Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and protect endangered natural habitats and species. At 1,200 acres, Pinckney is the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to the public.

Shopping

  • Shelter Cove Towne Center: 3 miles
    Overlooking beautiful Broad Creek, Shelter Cove Towne Centre is a unique lifestyle village featuring 290,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space surrounded by natural amenities and luxury residences. A joint venture between Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial and Kroger Real Estate, Shelter Cove Towne Centre is the perfect mix of shops, restaurants and residences, providing a vibrant destination for Hilton Head Island residents and the 2.5 million visitors that vacation on the island annually.
  • Harbour Town: 7 miles
    Shopping in Harbour Town is an undeniable pleasure, with gentle seabreezes carried from Calibogue Sound and a relaxed, unhurried pace that takes browsing and buying to a whole new level of enjoyment. Shaded red rocking chairs along the harbour encourage you to rest and recharge, perhaps with an ice cream cone or your favorite beverage. Spend a leisurely day -- or more discovering the Harbour Town Shops, an experience to be savored.
  • Tanger Outlet Stores: 10 miles
    Shop Tanger Outlets 2 locations on Hwy. 278, 1 and 2 miles west of Hilton Head with over 85 brand names to choose from.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Conference Sessions – Conference Casual
Tuesday is company shirt day. Wear your logo proudly.
Optional Activities – Casual
Golf Outing – Golf attire including appropriate footwear
Welcome Reception – Business or dressy resort attire
Closing Evening Festivities – Casual
Meal Functions – Business casual for attendees, casual for guests and children

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 Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa (843) 681-4000 to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the beginning rate of $229 per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 27, 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?

  • Member, Non-member, Sponsor registration includes: access to session materials, Welcome Reception on Sunday, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, the Closing Evening Festivities on Wednesday, and food and beverages during breaks.

  • Adult Guest registration includes: Welcome Reception on Sunday, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, and the Closing Evening Festivities.

  • Youth and Teen Guest registration includes: Kids and Teens Party on Sunday during the Welcome Reception, breakfast Monday-Wednesday, and the Closing Evening Festivities.

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 email listed as the main contact as follows:

  • Attendees: Approximately 10 days from the event within the pre-conference communication

  • Sponsors: Approximately 6 weeks out from the event with updates every other week

  • Speakers: Approximately 10 days from the event within the pre-conference communication

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

Can I switch optional activities?
We apologize that refunds cannot be granted for optional activity cancellations after June 13, 2016. You are welcome to register for different activities if space is available; however, we will not be able to transfer, credit, or refund the original activity fee.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina?
During June, the average high is 82-84 degrees F and the average low is 65 F.

Is there reserved seating at the Wednesday Closing Evening Festivities?
No, we do not have reserved seating for the Wednesday Closing Evening Festivities, but we do ask you to confirm your participation with NAMIC staff by noon on Monday, June 27, 2016. We are delighted to invite all guests including kids and teens to attend the closing evening festivities; however, they must be a registered guest of NAMIC or purchase a ticket in order to attend. Please see a member of NAMIC staff if you would like to purchase a ticket.

Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 1:53:30 PM. Modified: Friday, June 24, 2016 1:48:19 PM.

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