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NAMIC Annual Convention - Where The Industry Comes Together, A NAMIC Event | September 21-24, 2013 | National Harbor, Md.

Full Conference Agenda


Looking for an overview of all activities at the Convention? This is the place for you.

The sessions and activities on this agenda are open to NAMIC members, convention attendees, and invited guests. Convention credentials are required to be worn at all times. Members of the press should contact NAMIC Public Affairs for a schedule of sessions and other activities that are open to media coverage.

If you would like more details about speakers and sessions, please click here.

Saturday, September 20

1 p.m.

The 2014 NAMIC Annual Convention Golf Outing
Join us for a golf scramble at a local course to be determined. It will have a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Registration will be available soon. For more information, contact Amanda Byrd at abyrd@namic.org.

11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

NAMIC Registration Desk Open
The NAMIC Registration Desk is the central location for getting your questions answered about the convention, picking up pre-registered attendee packets or registering on site for convention, and purchasing optional event tickets. The desk will be located on the ballroom level of the Gaylord National Convention Center.

5 – 6 p.m.

Prayer Service Choir Practice
If you are interested in joining the NAMIC Choir, please contact Amanda Byrd at abyrd@namic.org or indicate your interest on the registration form.

Sunday, September 21

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

NAMIC Registration Desk Open

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Prayer Service and Breakfast*
We invite you to join us for this optional, non-denominational prayer breakfast with a guest speaker and NAMIC Choir. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this activity on your Convention registration.

12 - 6 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-in

4 – 5 p.m.

First-time Convention Attendee Reception
First-time attendees are invited to join us for a casual gathering where you will have a chance to meet with fellow conventioneers and staff. It is a great chance for you to begin to build a network within the NAMIC membership and ask questions about convention and other association business one-on-one with NAMIC staff.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Chairman's Reception
Begin the convention on a high note at our opening event complete with food and entertainment. Network with your peers, and enjoy a warm welcome to National Harbor.

Monday, September 22

7:30 – 9 a.m.

NAMIC Advisory Council Breakfast**

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NAMIC Registration Desk Open

8 - 9:30 a.m.

Marketplace for Mutuals Grand Opening
Be among the first attendees to explore the marketplace and meet more than 110 exhibitors specifically targeted at the mutual insurance industry.

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Opening General Session
The official start to the 119th NAMIC Annual Convention takes place with messages from Chairman John Bishop of Motorist Mutual Insurance Company, and NAMIC President & CEO Chuck Chamness. It’s a session you won’t want to miss!

Then join us for Mike Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold and author of "It's Your Ship," who will deliver a stirring message regarding a process of re-imagining leadership, and replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion. By teaching the value of empowering every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence, he has affected phenomenal change in some of the most unexpected places

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Networking and Dessert in the Marketplace for Mutuals
Visit NAMIC Central, located in the Marketplace for Mutuals, for quick updates and product offerings from NAMIC. This is also a great chance to connect in a casual environment with peers.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Delegate Buffet Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Guest Networking Luncheon
Join us for this opportunity to connect with fellow convention guests and at this kick off activity. Information on the local area and optional activities will be available.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Merit Society Award Luncheon
The NAMIC Merit Society is designed to encourage professional development of individuals associated with NAMIC member companies and to recognize those who demonstrate educational attainment and service or contributions through NAMIC or state/provincial association activities. New Merit Award recipients are invited to a lunch with fellow Merit Society members. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this optional activity on your Convention registration.

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Conference Annual Business Meetings

Property Casualty Conference Annual Business Meeting

The Property Casualty Conference is the segment of the NAMIC membership with products and services designed to meet the needs of employees from larger multi-line companies. We will briefly review the conference activities and elect new board members and officers.

Farm Mutual Conference Annual Business Meeting
The Farm Mutual Conference is the segment of the NAMIC membership with products and services designed to meet the needs of the employees from smaller companies or farm mutuals throughout the United States and Canada. We will briefly review the conference activities and elect new board members and officers.

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Financial Management

This session is required for those registered for PFMM Courses at Convention.


This session will explore the basics of statutory accounting as well as provide guidance to interpret and analyze financial information that is essential for management decision making. This course will move beyond just statutory financial reporting, but to harness and utilize financial information and convert it to making operational decisions, such as premium growth, and rate adequacy. All discussed during the session will be some forecasting and how to put together basic forecasted budgets and gain an understanding of the financial impact, using ratios as well as other tools.

Leon L. Rives II, CPA, Managing Partner
Rives & Associates, LLP
Lexington, N.C.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. ORSA & Operations

    The Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) is one element of a broader international regulatory effort affecting U.S. companies that will require insurers to continuously bolster their ERM practices, requiring insurers to check the current and future alignment between their risk management policy and their solvency position, and require insurers to demonstrate a firm understanding of the risks they face. What exactly is ORSA? Why it is being rolled out? Who does it affect? This panel session will give attendees the answers from multiple viewpoints, describing the potential impacts of ORSA on insurance companies.

    Jon Huff, Missouri Commissioner of Insurance
    Columbia, Mo.

    James Loring, CFO
    Amica Mutual Insurance Company
    Providence, R.I.

    Carlos Rodriges, President & CEO
    North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    Michelle Rogers, Director of Financial & Regulatory Policy
    NAMIC
    Indianapolis, Ind.

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

  2. Small Company Advocacy Issue

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Break

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Audit/Accounting/Investment for Directors


    Sarah McConnell, Principal
    Johnson Lambert LLP
    Falls Church, Va.

    Michael Stellato, Lead Consultant
    The Concord Advisory Group, Ltd.
    Princeton, N.J.

  2. Weather Trends

    The amount of progress weather science is making in the field of warning of extreme storms can only be described in one word: breathtaking. Whether the warning of Super Storm Sandy, saving more than 200 lives in the November 2013 Midwest tornadoes, or an ordinary hailstorm that would cause millions of losses to the property and casualty insurance industry, warnings of unprecedented accuracy are being made. Rapidly, weather science is becoming a highly useful tool to allow the insurance industry to better serve its clientele and to limit exposure to extreme weather. Mike Smith will present techniques for applying this new science to challenges faced by the insurance industry.

    Michael R. Smith, CCM, Senior Vice President/Chief Innovation Executive
    AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions
    Princeton, N.J.

  3. Future of Cars and Homes

    Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist
    DaVinci Institute
    Louisville, Colo.

  4. Cloud Issues and Risks

    R. Christopher Haines, Vice President
    Marias Technology
    Piqua, Ohio

  5. Financial Management (continued)
    This session is required for those registered for PFMM Courses at Convention

    Leon L. Rives II, CPA, Managing Partner
    Rives & Associates, LLP
    Lexington, N.C.

  6. Emerging Issue

  7. Topic to be announced soon

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Reception and Grand Prize Drawing
Join vendors that specialize in serving the property/casualty insurance industry in the Marketplace for Mutuals for a lively reception and a grand prize drawing.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Reception**

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

NAMIC Leadership Reception**

7:30 - 9 p.m.

NAMIC Leadership Dinner**

Tuesday, September 23

6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Fun Run & Walk to Benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation
This is a great way to get a little fresh air and some exercise during convention while helping to benefit a good cause. Participants can choose between a 5K run and a 3K walk. Proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund children’s cancer research. If you would like to attend, make sure to select this activity on your Convention registration.

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

NAMIC Registration Desk Open

8 - 9 a.m.

Executive Hours within the Marketplace for Mutuals
Invitation-only hours for executives, and staff of insurance companies to conduct business with the exhibitors at the convention. Along with a light breakfast, special activities will be provided.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Networking in the Marketplace for Mutuals
Extended hours on Tuesday to allow more flexible tine with vendors and partners. Check out the Show Happenings for more information about Tuesday’s schedule and features.

9 - 10 a.m.

General Session
Keynote speaker to be determined

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Past, Present, and Future of the Farm Mutual
This session is required for those registered for PFMM Courses at Convention.

Brent Bahler, Vice President – Public Affairs
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Employee Engagement

    Employee engagement and satisfaction can have a significant impact on your company’s operations. This interactive session will discuss ways to interact with employees of varying engagement levels through a case study, impact video, and class exercises that embolden learning. Attendees will leave with individual action plan.

    Dr. Cubie Davis King, PhD., Performance Improvement Technologist
    Gold Crown Communications
    La Jolla, Calif.

  2. Top Five Operational Issues

    This session is designed to provide short yet high-impact presentations on topics that are of the greatest operational importance to company leaders. Topics to be covered include governance, regulation, rate adequacy, growth, and agent relations.

    Emily Huling, President
    Selling Strategies, Inc.
    Terrell, N.C.

    Kevin Kinross, Attorney
    Bricker & Eckler, LLP
    Columbus, Ohio

    Leon L. Rives II, CPA, Managing Partner
    Rives & Associates, LLP
    Lexington, N.C.

  3. Driverless Cars & Crash Avoidance Technology – Insuring the Cars of the Future

    New vehicles are hitting the market with advanced crash avoidance features and experts predict driverless cars will be hitting the roads in the immediate future. What does this mean to the future of insurance? This session will provide insight on these new technologies and discuss the potential implications to insurers surrounding the changes in automobiles.

    Scott Nelson, CEO
    MILE Auto Insurance
    Atlanta, Ga.

    Maarten Sierhuis, Director Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley
    Nissan North America
    Silicon Valley, Calif.

  4. Mergers & Amalgamations for Mutual Advantage

    During this session attendees will have the opportunity to hear from company representatives that have recently undergone the merger and amalgamation process, or are considering it in the near future. The panelists will share and discuss their perspectives of the thought processes that went into the board decision to consolidate, including issues such as:

    • What led to this decision?

    • What type of analysis should be conducted?

    • What other boards need to know if considering this

    • What could be done differently the next time

    • Impact from a reinsurance company standpoint?

    • Policyholder issues or challenges?



    Terry Malcolm, Chairman
    Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

    Tim Shauf, President & CEO
    Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
    Lindsay, Ontario, Canada

    Moderator: Skip Hagerty, Partner
    Philo Smith & Company
    Stamford, Conn.

  5. Reinsurance Solutions

    Join us for this interactive panel session on a topic of importance to all insurance company leaders. The session incorporates audience response technology and other technology to ensure the audience is involved and gets the answers they need. The three core subjects the session will address are the various ways to use reinsurance to increase capacity, smooth results, and manage catastrophe exposures.

    Marty Arnold, Senior Vice President Underwriting
    SECURA Insurance
    Madison, Wis.

    Steven Sliver, CEO
    Mutual Benefit Group
    Huntingdon, Pa.

    John Smith, President & CEO
    Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Moderator: John DeMartini, Executive Vice President
    JTL Towers Re
    Stamford, Conn.

  6. Topic to be announced soon

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Networking and Dessert in the Marketplace for Mutuals

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Delegate Buffet Luncheon

12 - 1 p.m.

Past Chairmen and Spouses Reunion Lunch**

1 - 2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Maximizing Your NAMIC Membership

    Join us for an interactive session learning ways to maximize your NAMIC membership and the many ways this 119 year old organization continues to develop and evolve. NAMIC membership staff will discuss a variety of resources available at your fingertips including free to low cost options.

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

    Terry Suttner, Vice President – Membership
    NAMIC
    Indianapolis, Ind.

  2. Changing Agent Distribution Channels

    Join us for this interactive and engaging conversation on the changes impacting distribution channels. The session will begin with an overview of Agents of the Future: The Evolution of Property and Casualty Insurance Distribution, a report published by McKinsey and Company that discusses four major trends that are transforming the agent’s traditional role:

    • A diminished role in risk selection and pricing

    • The rise of multichannel

    • The ascendance of the carrier brand

    • Commoditization in personal auto



    Participating in the discussion will representatives from industry trade organizations as well as property/casualty insurance company representatives that utilize direct and captive agent models to provide diversity of perspective.

    Dave Evans
    IIABA
    Washington, D.C.

    Johnny Lee, Senior Vice President
    Lee-Curtis Freeman Graves & Hall
    Fredericksburg, Va.

    Bob Rusbuldt, CEO
    IIABA
    Washington, D.C.

  3. Emerging Risks

    This session will focus on general emerging risk issues. The issues discussed will have an impact on both commercial and personal lines. The presentation will allow for flexibility for audience questions and feedback.

    Charlie Kingdollar, Vice President
    General Reinsurance Corporation
    Stamford, Conn.

  4. Small Company Manager Conflict of Interest

    David Sanders, President
    Dmaeio Consulting
    Indianapolis, Ind.

  5. Strategic Business Planning

    Jim Kennedy, President & CEO
    Ohio Mutual Insurance Company
    Bucyrus, Ohio

  6. Corporate Governance
    This session is required for those registered for PFMM Courses at Convention.

    Kevin Kinross, Attorney
    Bricker & Eckler, LLP
    Columbus, Ohio

  7. Topic to be announced soon

2 - 4 p.m.

Ice Cream Social, Raffle Drawings, and St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving
The NAMIC Marketplace for Mutuals finishes off with ice cream treats, fellowship, and excitement! Activities will include the popular must-be-present-to-win Exhibitor Raffle Drawings along with a NAMIC and St. Baldrick’s Foundation signature head-shaving to raise funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Corporate Governance (continued)
This session is required for those registered for PFMM Courses at Convention

4 - 5 p.m.

Silent Auction and Prize Wheel
Stop by Advocacy Central near the General Sessions and take a chance on our PAC Prize Wheel! Join the fun and win from a selection of useful NAMIC PAC prizes. The auction will host a closing reception for participants during its final two hours. Stop by and bid on exciting trip experiences and one of a kind items! Stay to make sure yours is the winning bid!

Wednesday, September 24

7:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Property Casualty Conference Senior Executive Breakfast**
Senior executives and future leaders from NAMIC Property Casualty Conference member companies are invited to join us for the roundtable discussion on issues impacting their businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to suggest topics and lead the discussions in small groups based on company size.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) Roundtable Breakfast**
Certified Professional Farm Mutual Managers from NAMIC member companies are invited to this breakfast to participate in roundtable discussion on current issues. The NAMIC Professional Farm Mutual Manager designation formally recognizes the educational accomplishments and dedication to professionalism of the progressive farm mutual manager. To become certified, individuals must fulfill several requirements and complete a series of courses.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Farm Mutual Director Certification (FMDC) Roundtable Breakfast**
Certified Farm Mutual Directors from NAMIC’s FMDC program are invited to this breakfast to participate in roundtable discussion on current issues. Newly certified FMDC directors are also invited to this breakfast. The NAMIC Farm Mutual Directors Certification program formally recognizes the educational accomplishments and dedication to professionalism of the progressive farm mutual director. To become certified, individuals must fulfill several requirements and complete a series of courses. For more information, visit the Director's Education web page.

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NAMIC Registration Desk Open

8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Guest Coffee Connection and Volunteer Activity
Don’t miss this great opportunity to grab a cup of coffee or tea, connect with fellow guests of the convention, and participate in a volunteer activity. All registered guests are invited. More information on this event will be distributed to all registered guests in advance.

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

Annual Meeting of Members
Participate in the association’s governance and member community during NAMIC’s Annual meeting of members. The 2014-15 board of directors is introduced and new board members are elected.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Closing General Session
Following a brief stretch break, join us for our closing Keynote Speaker, to be announced.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

NAMIC PAC 8th Annual VIP Luncheon*
Please Join NAMIC PAC for our 8th annual luncheon featuring a photo opportunity with special guests to be announced. For more information contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Reinsurance
This session is required for those registered for PFMM Courses at Convention.

6 - 7 p.m.

Sparkling in the Capitol City*
Prior to the closing gala and entertainment, join the PAC for a special reception. Each attendee receives champagne with a set of “diamonds” in the glass, but who’s glass will hold the real pair? For more information contact Laura-Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org or 202-580-6740.

6 - 7 p.m.

Reception - Cash Bars Available

6 - 7 p.m.

Leadership Reception**

7 - 10 p.m.

Closing Celebration
A NAMIC convention tradition continues with our celebration featuring exciting entertainment

10 p.m.

119th Annual Convention Concludes


*Optional Ticketed Event

**By Invitation Only

Session Proposals


Interested in speaking at this conference? Submit your session proposal to Larry Baile.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:59:43 PM. Modified: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:54:43 PM.

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