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NAMIC Agricultural Risk Inspection School, July 18-20, 2017

Event Contact

Christy Hall

Christy Hall
Meeting Manager
317.876.4282

Molly Miller

Stephanie Guagliardo
Senior Meeting Coordinator
317.876.4318

General Information


The Agricultural Risk Inspection School is a popular and intensive two-and-a-half day program for loss control specialists, underwriters, managers and supervisors. Both fundamental and advanced topics are offered to meet the varying educational needs of those working in loss control today. The highlight of the school is the farm learning lab where attendees go through a hands-on inspection of an area farm.

Farm Learning Lab


The Farm Learning Lab is a popular and unique learning experience during the Agricultural Risk Inspection School. Attendees complete a mock inspection, in a small group setting, allowing in-the-field experience with the same experts teaching the educational sessions.

This year’s learning lab location will be announced soon.

“NAMIC continues to be a pre-eminent provider of quality educational subject matter and content in support of the diverse and dedicated network of hard working mutual companies. Thank you for all of your effort and organizing of this year’s ag conference.”

– Neil Giffey, Goodville Mutual Casualty Company

This event is Designed for:


Loss Control Specialists
Underwriters

Managers/Supervisors
Company Managers

Risk Managers
Adjusters/Inspectors

Committee Members


Chairman
Dirk Smith
Vice Chairman, Engineering Manager
Mutual Boiler Re

Immediate Past Chairman
Cory Weller, ALCM, CPCU
Farm Ranch Underwriting Team Manager
State Farm Insurance

FMC Board Liaison
Amy Johnson, PFMM
Manager
Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Company

Ron Behrens, ALCM, ARe, CEA
Director of Risk Management Services
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

Becky Deters, PFMM
Office Manager/Secretary/Treasurer
Home Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company

Jessi Doke, AINS, AU, CPCU
Business Center Director
Farm Bureau Financial Services

Larry Gallagher, ALCM
Corporate Loss Control Director
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company

Ward Henderson, CRM, CFPS
National Loss Control Manager, Special Lines
Co-operators General Insurance Company

Dean Kerfeld, CHI
Manager, Loss Control
RAM Mutual Insurance Company

Ryan Michalek, PE, CRIS, LEED AP, UL CRP
Risk Managment Property Engineer
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Lisa Mundt, CPCU, ARM, AIM
Risk Control Leader
Westfield Group

Thad Nosal, ALCM, ARM, ARM-P, CPCU
Director, Engineering and Safety Services
Verisk Insurance Solutions / ISO

Todd Richardson, CPCU, ARe, AFIS
Senior Market Underwriter
Swiss Re America

Terry Tucker, CPCU, ARM, CFPS
RUS Supervisor
Shelter Insurance Companies

Eric Vanasdale, ARM, CPCU, ARe
Senior Loss Control Representative
COUNTRY Financial

Registration Fees


“This type of conference is hard to come-by. I thought it was well planned and offered some really great learning opportunities for attendees.”

– Sherri Pryor, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Registrations received on or before Thursday, May 19, 2017 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.

 

On or before
May 19

After
May 20

PFMM

$544

$544

Member

$580

$680

Non Member

$780

$880

Optional Activity

$65

$65

*To qualify for the PFMM Designates registration rate, you must have earned the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation and be current in the program. This discount only applies to individuals with the PFMM designation and is not transferable to others within your company.

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 as possible in advance of the program.

Optional Activity: Experience Madison: Brewery, Cheese, and Sliders


Join us for great beer, great food, and great networking at Wisconsin Brewing Company. Take part in a blind beer or cheese tasting or a friendly game of bean bag toss outside on the patio. You will be treated to a private brewery tour, beer tasting, and delicious food. The cost of $65 per person includes transportation, brewery tour, games, beer tasting, and dinner. Get ready to experience Madison like the locals do!

Registration Cancellations


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before June 20, 2017 are 100 percent refundable. After June 20, 2017, a $25 processing fee will be deducted. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after June 27, 2017, so please plan accordingly. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities follow the NAMIC Cancellation Policy. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to registrar@namic.org or fax (317) 876-6213. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.

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.

Questions?


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail registrar@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642. If you have any questions regarding the seminar, e-mail chall@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.

What to Wear


The suggested attire for this meeting is business casual for the classroom and networking sessions. Please be aware it is often chilly in meeting rooms, even in the summer, as it is difficult to regulate temperatures in large ballrooms. We recommend you wear layers in the classroom for optimal comfort. For the farm learning lab, please wear something cool and comfortable, along with closed toe shoes, as we will be at the farm for several hours. Plastic shoe coverings will be available should you want them.

Agenda


“This conference was absolutely amazing. It really exceeded my expectations. I am somewhat new to the Farm owners line of insurance and work in Product Development, so I felt like I gained so much information that was really useful for me. I was amazed at how what we learned in class was directly shown to us at the Flock Farm by the same speakers and could see it hands on. The hospitality could not have been any better. Thank you so much for a wonderful conference.”

– Krista Bruskotter, MBA, Wesfield Insurance Group

Tuesday, July 18

7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Event Information Desk
This is the place to pick up your name badge and seminar materials.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Address– Made In House

Scott Siepker
TV Personality – Iowa Nice Guy

10:15 - 10:35 a.m.

Networking Break

10:35 – 11:35 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Solid Fuel

    Dean Kerfeld, CHI
    Manager Loss Control
    RAM Mutual Insurance Company
    Sauk Centre, Minn.

  2. Grain Bin Inspections

    Ryan Michalek, PE, CRIS, LEED AP, UL CRP
    Risk Managment Property Engineer
    Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
    Des Moines, Iowa

11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

12:35 – 1:35 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Dairy Operations

    Dean Kerfeld, CHI
    Manager Loss Control
    RAM Mutual Insurance Company
    Sauk Centre, Minn.

  2. Technology and Tools for Loss Control

    Lisa Mundt, CPCU, ARM, AIM
    Risk Control Leader
    Westfield Group
    Duluth, Ga.

1:35 – 1:55 p.m.

Networking Break

1:55 – 2:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Electrical and Thermography

    Ward Henderson, CRM, CFPS
    National Loss Control Manager, Special Lines
    Co-operators General Insurance Company
    Calgary, Alta.

  2. Food Safety

2:55 – 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Confinements

    Eric Vanasdale, ARM, CPCU, ARe
    Senior Loss Control Representative
    COUNTRY Financial
    Bloomington, Ill.

  2. High-Tech Farms

    Ron Behrens, ALCM, ARe, CEA
    Director of Risk Management Services
    Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company
    Lisle, Ill.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Enjoy this great networking opportunity. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.


Wednesday, July 19

7:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Event Information Desk

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. LP Gas

    Larry Gallagher, ALCM
    Corporate Loss Control Director
    Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
    Grinnell, Iowa

  2. Drones

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Networking Break

9:20 - 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Structural Integrity

    Ryan Michalek, PE, CRIS, LEED AP, UL CRP
    Risk Managment Property Engineer
    Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
    Des Moines, Iowa

  2. Manufactured Housing

    Terry Tucker, CPCU, ARM, CFPS
    RUS Supervisor
    Shelter Insurance Companies
    Conway, Ark.

10:20 - 10:40 a.m.

Networking Break

10:40 - 11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Roofs

    Dirk Smith
    Vice President, Engineering Manager
    Mutual Boiler Re
    Malvern, Pa.

  2. Soft Skills

    Jessi Doke, AINS, AU, CPCU
    Business Center Director
    Farm Bureau Financial Services
    Lincoln, Neb.

11:40 a.m.

Break/Box Lunch Pick-Up
During this break, a box lunch will be available. Attendees are welcome to eat at the hotel or on the bus ride to the Farm Learning Lab. Please be at the bus loading zone no later than 12:10 p.m. for departure.

12:15 p.m.

Buses Depart

12:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Farm Learning Lab
The highlight of the Agricultural Risk Inspection School is the opportunity for attendees to apply the knowledge gained during the educational sessions by conducting a mock inspection at a local farm. This hands-on learning opportunity provides a unique seminar experience for all. Transportation is provided.

Please Note: Shoe coverings, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer will be available. Bottled water and light snacks will also be provided.

4:30 p.m.

Return to the Hotel

5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Experience Madison: Brewery, Cheese, and Sliders
Join us for great beer, great food, and great networking at Wisconsin Brewing Company. Take part in a blind beer or cheese tasting or a friendly game of bean bag toss outside on the patio. You will be treated to a private brewery tour, beer tasting, and delicious food. The cost of $65 per person includes transportation, brewery tour, games, beer tasting, and dinner. Get ready to experience Madison like the locals do!


Thursday, July 20

7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Fire Loss Cases – Claims & Loss Causation

    Cory Weller, ALCM, CPCU
    Farm Ranch Underwriting Team Manager
    State Farm Insurance
    Lincoln, Neb.

  2. GL/Liability

    Thad Nosal, ALCM, ARM, ARM-P, CPCU
    Director, Engineering and Safety Services
    Verisk Insurance Solutions / ISO
    Jersey City, N.J.

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Networking Break

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

General Session – Fire Finding Demonstration

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Session: We Put Your Knowledge to the Test!
Close out the school with this valuable interactive session that will gauge what you’ve learned throughout the week. We’ll provide a review of the previous day’s mock inspection with photos and discussion of the areas of concern found on the farm and test your understanding of core loss control issues. Speakers will be available to answer questions and provide additional feedback. Attendees will use audience-response polling technology to provide their answers.

12:00 p.m.

Meeting Adjourns

Session Proposals


Interested in speaking at this seminar? Submit your session proposal to Christy Hall.


Where to Stay



Seelbach Hilton

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W. Dayton Street
Madison, Wis. 53703
Ph: (608) 257-6000

Hotel Overview


The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club is one of the nation’s most successful independent hotels. Located in the heart of downtown, The Madison Concourse is conveniently located near State Street, the State Capitol, University of Wisconsin campus and just 5 miles from the Dane County Regional Airport and accessible by the hotel’s complimentary airport shuttle. The Madison Concourse offers guests a special Madison experience through distinctive customer focus and a perfect location that cannot be found at a chain hotel, making it the perfect destination in Madison for business or pleasure.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date


Rate: Each room is $149 per night single/double occupancy plus tax.

Agricultural Risk Inspection School attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until June 20, 2017 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC works hard to secure a sufficient number of rooms, 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 your reservation, call the hotel directly at 1-800-356-8293 and refer to the NAMIC Agricultural Risk Inspection School 2017 to receive the discounted rate.

Please contact Christy Hall if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.



Travel Information


Getting to The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club

If you are traveling by car, please use your preferred mapping website for the most accurate and up-to-date driving directions.

Airport Information

The Dane County Regional Airport is located approximately 5 miles from The Madison Concourse. Airlines serving the Dane County Regional Airport include:

  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • United
  • Frontier

Complimentary Shuttle

A complimentary airport shuttle is available to and from Dane County Regional Airport to all hotel guests. Please use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area (located between carousels 1 and 2, near door 5) to let the hotel know that you have your luggage and are ready to be picked up. The shuttle pick-up area is located outside baggage claim, door 5. Please make a reservation at the Front Desk for your return trip to the airport. The airport is 5 miles from the hotel.

Transportation Services

Estimated taxi service is $20 one way.

Several rental car agencies are located at the Dane County Regional Airport. For a complete list of ground transportation options, please click here.

Parking

The NAMIC rate for the hotel’s indoor parking garage is $5 per night. Additional parking is available across the street at the State Street Capitol ramp (214 N. Carroll Street). Please be advised that the parking garage has a low clearance and may not accommodate larger vehicles.

Area Attractions


Although there is plenty to enjoy inside The Madison Concourse Hotel, NAMIC also invite you to discover what this great city has to offer right outside the hotel’s doorstep. Madison, Wisconsin’s capitol city, is one of the most naturally beautiful metropolitan areas in the country. Surrounded by five glacial lakes and a world-class university, the city is an extraordinary blend of commerce, recreation and cultural opportunities.

ATTRACTIONS

  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens
    Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall. Outdoor Gardens are free and open daily.
  • Wisconsin State Capitol Building
    Reaching to a height of over 265 feet, the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French's elegant gilded bronze statue, "Wisconsin." Edwin Blashfield's mural "Resources of Wisconsin" lavishly decorates the interior dome of the rotunda, which is the only granite dome in the United States. Inside, visitors are treated to the unique textures of 43 varieties of stone from around the world, hand-carved furniture and exquisite glass mosaics.
  • Memorial Union
    Opened on October 5, 1928, the Memorial Union sits on the shores of Lake Mendota between Helen C. White Library and the Armory (Red Gym). This building is most recognized for its classic architecture and bright green, orange and yellow sunburst Terrace chairs. The Memorial Union offers a variety of social and educational activities for UW students, faculty, staff, Wisconsin Union Members, and the Madison community.

MUSEUMS

  • Wisconsin Veterans Museum
    The Wisconsin Veterans Museum acknowledges, affirms, and commemorates the role of Wisconsin citizens from Civil War to present military history.
  • Chazen Museum of Art
    This art museum's impressive collection includes, prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures from prehistoric times to modern day. Special exhibitions showcasing local artists take place throughout the year.

CULTURAL DISTRICTS/NIGHTLIFE

  • State Street
    This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and specialty shops.
  • Madison Farmers’ Market
    The largest producer-only farmers' market in the U.S. Each Saturday from mid-April through the first week of November on the Capitol Square, in Madison, WI.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Built on an isthmus, UW–Madison and the city of Madison seamlessly blend together, creating opportunities and an atmosphere unlike any other campus. When visiting, you can immerse yourself in campus life at lively venues such as Camp Randall, the Memorial Union, and State Street. And you can always find serenity at our treasured natural areas, including the Lakeshore Path and Picnic Point.

Frequently Asked Questions


“Excellent school--so glad I made the effort to attend. It was almost 700 miles one way but worth it.”

–Lois Eggebo, Manager, Harding & Perkins Farm Mutual

What is the suggested attire for meetings and the farm learning lab?
Business casual is suggested for all meetings and networking events. For the farm learning lab, you are encouraged to wear cool and comfortable clothes that you would not mind getting dirty along with closed toe shoes. Plastic shoe coverings will be provided.

Do I have to participate in the Farm Learning Lab?
No, it is not required that you participate but it is highly encouraged as the farm learning lab provides an additional unique learning opportunity. Participation in this off-site activity is included in your event registration. Participating in the farm learning lab requires you to ride NAMIC provided transportation as well as sign the hold harmless and indemnification form.

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 The Madison Concourse to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at The Madison Concourse hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until June 20, 2017 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. To make your reservation, call the hotel directly at 1-800-356-8293 and refer to the NAMIC Agricultural Risk Inspection School 2017 to receive the discounted rate.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Madison?
In July, the average daytime high is 86 F with average evening lows of 63 F.


Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2010 2:19:21 PM. Modified: Monday, February 13, 2017 10:47:18 AM.

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