GRAPEVINE, Texas (Sept. 16, 2012) – Members of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) descended upon Grapevine, Texas, gathering for the 117th Annual Convention that officially kicks off today.
NAMIC’s 2011-2012 Chairman James Kennedy officially opened the event, reflecting on his year as chairman and speaking about the observations he has made within the industry as well as within the association while he had been a part of both.
“I saw first-hand the action-oriented leadership of our NAMIC members and the NAMIC team…. I challenged all of us to revisit our purpose for why we exist. I challenged us to not define ourselves or our companies by what we do, but rather by why we do it. … I firmly believe that all of us are every day called by a much higher purpose to more clearly define why we do things,” Kennedy said in his speech. “My experiences as your chair have forever changed me for the better, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity…. How proud I am to be a part of an association made up of people who everyday surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we.’”
The four-day event, which is expected to draw more than 1,600 people, is packed full of speakers, educational sessions, and more. Keynote speakers include Aron Ralston, who saved his own life by severing his arm to free himself from entrapment in a Utah canyon; Terry Jones, founder of Travelocity.com and chairman of Kayak.com; and former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe who will argue their respective party’s views on the current state of politics.
NAMIC will induct its 2012-2013 chairman of the board during the final general session on Wednesday.