Sep 22 - 25, 2019 | National Harbor, Md.
The mutual insurance industry will truly come together at NAMIC’s 124th Annual Convention in National Harbor, Md., this September. It will be the first time in several years that the event will be held under one roof.
Having grown to one of the largest events for the property/casualty insurance industry for senior leaders and board members, NAMIC’s Annual Convention has, in recent years, been held in city convention centers with attendees staying in several nearby hotels. Kristen Spriggs, NAMIC’s senior vice president of member development, said that the feedback for those conventions was positive; however, the chance to host attendees under one roof was an opportunity not to be missed. “When it comes to the NAMIC Annual Convention, we often hear it is part business meeting, part reunion,” Spriggs said.
“Any time we can all meet together in a singular place, it just feels different,” she said. “When you grab a cup of coffee on your way to your first education session or when you go to the bar for a beer after a full day of meetings and you see a familiar face or run into someone you’ve been hoping to meet, that is the special connection that comes from attending industry events in-person.”
The site for Convention is the Gaylord National Resort & Hotel, a world-class, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort hotel and convention center with nearly 2,000 rooms and 600,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is centered around a 19-story glass atrium overlooking the Potomac River, housing a lush indoor garden, award-winning restaurants, and a luxury spa and salon.
Beyond the hotel, National Harbor offers attendees a vast array of ways to spend any downtime. The 350-acre area features tree-lined promenades with scores of popular shops and restaurants. Plus, there is nearby outlet shopping and the recently opened MGM National Harbor Casino. Along the riverfront, attendees can take in picturesque views of the nation’s capital, either from the shore of the Potomac or on the a 180-ft Capital Wheel. For those attendees feeling a little more adventurous, water taxis offer service across the river to historic Alexandria, Va., or to the District’s Georgetown neighborhood.
National Harbor offers so much to see and do, but most importantly it offers a chance for NAMIC members to connect and share experiences.
“In our fast-paced world of digital everything, nothing can replace the connection you get when we gather,” Spriggs said. “It reminds you that we are all connected — living the same challenges and serving the same mission. And that unique connection that happens at every NAMIC event is what members talk about when they say, ‘The Difference in the Experience.’”
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