Sep 22 - 25, 2019 | National Harbor, Md.

Convention Central

It’s no secret that the property/casualty insurance industry is facing an impending talent gap. As baby boomers retire, companies must work to recruit and/or develop new talent needed to lead the industry while also addressing technological disruptions in a rapidly changing business environment. NAMIC has prioritized each of these issues and is continuing its efforts by adding the inaugural Funding Our Future Lunch to the 124th Annual Convention’s agenda.

The NAMIC Merit Society will play host to the gathering – which replaces the traditional Merit Society Luncheon. All Convention-goers are encouraged to attend the lunch, which takes place Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. And those who do will help “fund it forward,” as a portion of each registration will go to the NAMIC Mutual Insurance Foundation Scholarship fund. The scholarship program helps deserving college students who are pursuing risk management/insurance degrees pay for their tuition.

Attendees of the lunch will not only enjoy good food and fellowship, they will gain insights from Jeff Rieder, partner and head of Ward Group, about building a workforce for the future.

“The workforce of the future will require skills that focus on business planning, digital development and data analytics that can help automate more processes which deliver a better customer experience,” Rieder said.

“However, building the workforce of the future in this digital environment is difficult because of to higher employee turnover, growing retirement, and near record-low unemployment. With so much transformation, focusing on the most important issues may be difficult,” he continued. “One thing is clear: the pace of change will continue to accelerate. The companies who succeed will have a plan that has the right type of talent and leadership embedded throughout the company to meet future customer demands and business needs.”

Rieder has significant experience in the insurance industry, with expertise in the property/casualty and life segments. Throughout his 24-year career, he has been involved with more than 400 projects for numerous domestic and international insurance companies, covering a diverse range of performance and strategic evaluations. Jeff leads the firm’s Ward’s 50, which analyzes the financial performance of every property/casualty and life/health insurance company in the United States and identifies the top performers in each segment.

If you haven’t yet registered for the Funding Our Future Lunch but would like to, you can add it to your agenda here.


Lindsay Robison
Content Manager and Editor