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NAMIC CEO Roundtables | April 3-5, 2016 | Westin Kierland Resort & Spa | Scottsdale, Ariz.

Event Contact

Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President - Member Development

Christy Hall

Christy Hall
Meeting Manager

General Information

Participants are divided into groups based on company size at this exclusive event for member company CEOs. Discussion moderators both lead and participate in the all-day sessions where frank discussions foster an environment for idea exchange and the opportunity to ask questions about what’s working for others. Year after year, CEOs tell us this is one of the most valuable events they attend. The participants set the agenda, select the topics and facilitate the discussion. We have found this format is one of the best ways to get answers to questions and build a network of peers.

The Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion on Sunday afternoon is for NAMIC’s multi-line members doing business in niche markets (such as Jewelers Mutual, Pharmacists Mutual, or Pennsylvania Lumbermans). This targeted discussion allows an opportunity for those working in this unique business model to discuss issues they face. Please contact Christy Hall if you have questions regarding this session.

"The CEO Roundtables is one of the best learning experiences that NAMIC offers. The value of the peer-to-peer learning experience is without equal."

- Tod Carmony
Wayne Mutual Insurance Company

We specifically develop our educational programming with our members in mind. NAMIC is comprised of a diverse membership and there are a variety of events to meet your needs. CEO Roundtables is a unique event designed for the Chief Executive Officer or President of primary insurance companies Please note: only one participant per company unless your leadership is in transition, then the existing CEO and new CEO can both attend the Roundtables.

This event is Designed for:

Chief Executive Officer

Senior Officer
Company Manager

Future Dates & Locations

April 2-4
Carlsbad, Calif.

CEO Roundtable Registration Fees

Registrations recieved on or before Tuesday, February 2, 2016 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.


On or before
February 2

February 3
and later







Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion









Optional Activity: Grand Canyon Aerial Tour



Optional Activity: Desert Jeep Tour



Optional Activity: Desert Botanical Garden Tour



*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.

Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion

The Niche Carrier Warm-up Discussion begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and is designed for NAMIC's multi-line members doing business in niche markets (such as Jewelers Mutual or Pharmacists Mutual). This will allow an opportunity for those working in this unique business model to discuss issues they face.

Guest Registration Information

We invite you to bring a guest with you to this year’s CEO Roundtables. The guest registration includes the Dinner Gathering on Sunday, April 3 and Breakfast on Tuesday, April 5.

Golf Outing on Sunday, April 3

Gather a group of your industry peers, or plan to make new connections, at Sunday’s golf outing. This dramatic course designed by Scott Miller is set apart from any other desert golf experience. Emerald green fairways are etched into golden-colored desert grasses, sweeping over constantly changing elevations to flawless tif-eagle grass greens. More than three hundred bunkers guard the way, along with lakes, dry desert washes and strands of desert trees.

Tee times start at 7:12 a.m. Green fees of $250.00 include a continental breakfast, range balls, and climate controlled cart. Rental clubs are available upon request for a fee of $69.00.

Optional Activities on Sunday, April 3

12:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Grand Canyon Aerial Tour
Experience the sweeping panorama of Arizona from the air on this scenic tour over some of the Southwest’s most awe- inspiring terrain. Tours fly at ideal altitudes to allow excellent views (and pictures) of the rugged isolation of the Tonto National Forest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, the mystery of Montezuma’s Well and the Majestic San Francisco Peaks. The tour culminates in a 25- minute over-flight of the Grand Canyon, giving you spectacular ‘up-close’ views of some of the most famous landmarks and a unique perspective of the grandeur of one of the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’ before returning to Deer Valley airport in Phoenix via Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and the old mining town of Jerome. Transportation and all taxes and gratuities included - $575 per person. (Minimum of 9 participants needed.)

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Desert Jeep Tour
Towering mountains, dormant volcanoes, steep canyons, desert creek beds—and we’re just getting started! Your Jeep tour takes you on a trip down the back roads of the Sonoran Desert for beautiful views of this treasured Southwest landscape as you take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the “Real West.” Your tour includes several hours of off-road driving in an open-air vehicle through the rugged desert terrain. Our experienced driver leads you on a tour of the Sonoran Desert, highlighting the various species of cacti and wildlife along the way. All taxes and gratuities included - $155 per person. (Minimum of 6 participants needed.)

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Desert Botanical Garden Tour
Discover the incredible display of a remarkable collection of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. The Living Desert illustrates examples of the Saguaro forest, a mesquite thicket, a desert stream environment, and an upland chaparral habitat. The Sonoran Desert contains more than 400 edible plants and hundreds more with medicinal and utilitarian uses. This tour demonstrates how native people used the unique plants of this region. The guided tour takes the group through an Apache Wickiup and a Pima Household, revealing native cooking and gardening techniques alongside hands-on activities such as, twisting a rope made from Agave leaves and pounding mesquite beans to make flour. Beautiful at every season of the year, the Garden is sure to delight and entertain while lending itself to an educational southwestern experience. - $110 per person. (Minimum of 10 participants needed.)

First Time Attendees

We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC CEO Roundtables. We would like to get to know you and provide you with some valuable networking opportunities. Don’t be shy. Please indicate on your registration form if you are a first-time attendee. We are excited to meet you!

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 or call (800) 336-2642.

Registration Cancellations

All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before March 6, 2016 are 100 percent refundable. After March 6, 2016, 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 March 13, 2016, so please plan accordingly. Please note: registration additions such as guest, golf, optional activities, etc. follow the NAMIC cancellation policy. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to or fax (317) 876-6213. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.


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.

What to Wear

The suggested dress code for this meeting is business casual. In Scottsdale, the average high in early April is 78 degrees. The average low is 55 degrees.


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642, ext. 1061. If you have any questions regarding the roundtables, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.


Year after year, CEOs tell us this is one of the most valuable events they attend. The agenda is designed by you to focus on the topics that are important to discuss with your peers at this distraction-free exclusive event.

Group-specific agendas and attendee lists, along with travel information, will be provided electronically in advance. Registration packets will be distributed once you arrive at the Westin Kierland. Please contact Christy Hall if you will not be staying at the Westin Kierland.

"The willingness to share always amazes me and is one reason people keep returning to the CEO Roundtables. Why reinvent the wheel when one can learn from someone else and in turn help mentor that person to improve the mutual insurance industry?."

- Rich Schumacher
Century Mutual Insurance Association

The agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, April 3

7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Golf Outing
Start your week on the golf course with a casual round of golf. Reserved tee times are scheduled to start between 7:12 - 8:15 a.m.

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

FMC Board Meeting

12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Optional Activity: Grand Canyon Aerial Tour
See Registration Information for Tour Details and Pricing.

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

PCC Board Meeting

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Niche Carriers Warm-up Discussion
Again this year, NAMIC’s members doing business in niche markets will gather to discuss issues unique to their business model. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Desert Jeep Tour
See Registration Information for Tour Details and Pricing.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

NAMIC Nominating Committee Meeting

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: Desert Botanical Garden Tour
See Registration Information for Tour Details and Pricing.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

NAMIC Compensation Committee

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

NAMIC Officers Meeting

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Discussion Leader & Group Facilitator Huddle

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Gathering
Attendees and their registered guests are invited to enjoy an evening under the desert sky reconnecting with old friends or meeting new ones. Food and drinks will be provided.

Monday, April 4

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Straight Talk
This presentation will provide members with an update on the latest happenings at NAMIC, including an update on the political landscape.

Chuck Chamness, President & CEO
Indianapolis, Ind.

8:45 a.m.


9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

1:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

NAMIC PAC Reception - By Invitation Only

Tuesday, April 5

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Attendees and their registered guests are invited to this casual breakfast.

8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m.

CEO Roundtables Conclude

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Joint NAMIC, FMC and PCC Boards Meeting (lunch provided)

Wednesday, April 6

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NAMIC Board Meeting

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

NAMIC Board Reception and Dinner

Additional Information

Go one step further… chart your own course as a Discussion Leader!

If you are interested in maximizing your participation at the NAMIC CEO Roundtables, we have an exciting opportunity for you. Please read the description below. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christy Hall, Meeting Manager at We look forward to hearing from you.

Discussion Leader – A Discussion Leader will take a single topic and outline areas to generate input from the group. This is not intended to be a single presentation. NAMIC is willing to provide assistance in researching your topic.

Suggestions for Roundtable Discussion Topics:
If you have suggestions for session topics at the NAMIC CEO Roundtables, please let us know. CEO Roundtables is designed to address issues you face on a regular basis through discussions based on suggested topics. Topic suggestions can be indicated on your registration form or you can contact Christy Hall, Meeting Manager, at (317) 875-5250, ext. 1082 or to suggest a topic. We look forward to hearing from you.

Where to Stay

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 624-1000

Hotel Overview

At the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, enjoy the essence of Arizona from the moment you arrive. This inspiring retreat, located in the heart of "new" Scottsdale and set against the dramatic Arizona skies and picturesque mountain ranges, will fill you with a sense of old Arizona and how it has evolved into the country's most luxurious destination.

In keeping with the Resort’s “Essence of Arizona” theme, the Scottish traditions at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa serve to pay homage to the contributions made by Scottish immigrants to the development of Arizona’s railroads, mines and towns. The Resort pays tribute to the state’s Scottish immigrants each evening with its “Scottish Pipes at Sunset” series. Guests are encouraged to gather around the fire pit at the Resort’s Dreamweaver’s Canyon to enjoy the haunting sounds of the Scottish Bagpipes played by Master Bagpiper Michael McClanathan.

The AAA Four Diamond Resort features accommodations that will sooth and stimulate from a full-service spa and championship golf to award-winning dining and upscale shopping. Intuitively designed to celebrate Arizona’s rich history and diverse culture, the Westin Kierland offers a blissful sanctuary of opportunity and ambiance.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date

Each room is $249 per night based on single/double occupancy.

CEO Roundtable attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until March 3, 2016 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 call the resort directly at (480) 624-1202 to make your reservation. Refer to the NAMIC CEO Roundtables group rate when making your reservation at the hotel. Please reserve your room early to secure the group rate.

Please contact Julie Motyka if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.

Travel Information

Getting to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is an integral part of the exclusive, 730-acre master-planned community of Kierland which features championship golf, upscale residences and dozens of shops, galleries and restaurants. It is located just off of Scottsdale Road, 10 miles from historic downtown Scottsdale and 20 miles from downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport.

Airport Information
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers some of the most flexible and convenient options for airline travel in the United States. Seventeen airlines offer service into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The most popular include:

Ground Transportation
Guest transportation to and from the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is available through Transtyle Transportation with advanced reservations. Curbside Pickup for a sedan is $60, “Meet and Greet” is $85. Gratuity is not included, and prices are subject to change. To schedule airport pickup with at least 48 hours notice from your arrival, please submit the online request form or call (800) 410-5479. To schedule a SUV pickup please call (800) 410-5479.

Taxi service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the Westin Kierland is approximately $50-$60 one-way. Guests may also arrange car rental service through the Resort’s Concierge Desk.

Complimentary self-parking is available at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

Driving Directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:
Get on 1-10 W from E. Sky Harbor Blvd. East.
Merge onto the I-10 West and immediately follow signs to merge onto AZ-51 North.
Continue on AZ-51 North for 14 miles to E Greenway Rd (Exit 12).
Exit right (east) onto Greenway Rd. and continue for 4.5 miles.
The Resort will be on your left, approximately 1/4-mile east of 66th Street/Clubgate Drive.

Area Attractions

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is the perfect base camp for your Arizona Adventure or your visit to one of our many area attractions. Check out the links below for a sampling of things to do while in the area. For additional information, please visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.


  • Taliesin West
    Built in the late 1930s, this cluster of buildings is now a National Historic Landmark. Patterned after the flow and feeling of the desert surrounding it, this school was the architect’s favorite building. Learning by doing was the theme of Wright’s teaching style, and this philosophy remains today. Highlights of the center include Wright’s former office, a Cabaret Theater and the Pavilion Theater. Tours are available daily and start at $14.50 for the hour-long Panorama version.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    Located in Scottsdale's popular Old Town district, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) features the most compelling modern and contemporary art, architecture and design from around the globe. Displaying a variety of frequently changing exhibits and offering special events for adults and families, SMoCA is devoted to the art, architecture and design of our time. Free art lectures, symposiums, workshops and poetry readings, provide a forum where visitors can interact with contemporary artists.

Outdoor Attractions

  • Desert Botanical Garden
    The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the Garden offers interesting and inspiring experiences to more than 300,000 visitors each year.
  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
    Explore a living treasure you will remember for a lifetime. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, including the beautiful McDowell Mountains, currently encompasses more than 30,000 contiguous acres with more than 115 miles of trails. Trailhead gates are open from sunrise to sunset, and there is no charge for parking or access.
  • Cave Creek Outfitters
    We have 40+ saddle horses and we are constantly adding gentle, well-mannered horses to our herd. Whether you are a beginner or advanced ride you will appreciate the quality of horse under you. Horseback trail riding with us is a wonderful way to see our beautiful Sonoran desert and learn about the history and plant life.
  • Pinnacle Peak Park
    The Sierra Club rates the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak as a moderate hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet. The trail has a very smooth tread with a number of ups and downs over the course of the 1.75 mile trail (one way). It is not a loop trail so you come back over the same trail. High point on the trail is 2,889', the lowest point is 2,366', and the elevation at the trailhead is 2,570'.


  • Kierland Commons
    Kierland Commons is a unique, upscale Main Street lifestyle center that artfully blends retail shopping, dining and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind development incorporates over 70 high-end specialty stores that include a distinctive selection of national retail choices, such as Anthropologie, Splendid, Michael Kors, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Barnes and Noble, Tommy Bahama and Z Gallerie. Guests may also choose from a variety of the Valley’s consistently ranked best restaurants like Zinc Bistro, The Greene House, Mastro’s Ocean Club, North, and RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant. Featuring regional cuisine from Continental to French to Japanese, there is something for everyone.
  • Downtown Scottsdale
    Downtown Scottsdale is the ultimate destination for visitors and residents alike to enjoy art galleries, specialty retail, dining venues that range from casual to upscale, southwestern cultural attractions and an extraordinary nightlife.

Additional Destination Attractions

  • The Grand Canyon
    Just a four hour drive from Scottsdale, revel in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. During this time of year, visitors can access the South Rim, the most popular tourist destination at the Grand Canyon National Park. The South Rim also houses the Visitor Center, open 365 days a year, and is home to many hiking paths and scenic overlooks. Attractions and activities include the Tusayan Museum, IMAX Theater, ranger-led programs, shopping, restaurants and more.
  • Sedona, Ariz.
    Often called "Red Rock Country" Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone. Whether you're into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful. Natural endowments aside, you'll also find world-class hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied. Escape the chaos of life, kick back and relax in Sedona.

Frequently Asked Questions

"This is my 17th Roundtable. It continues to be an invaluable experience. Every year, I learn something new that has great practical application."

- Rob Hovland
Center Mutual Insurance Company

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Conference Sessions – Business casual
Sunday Dinner Gathering – Business casual

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 Westin Kierland Resort & Spa to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the rate of $249 per room. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until March 3, 2016 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. Refer to the NAMIC

Will there be registration on-site?
No, there will be no registration on-site. Once discussion leaders and agendas have been established, all roundtable attendees will receive attendee lists and group-specific agenda electronically in advance. Your registration packet will be delivered to your room when you arrive to the Westin Kierland.

Do I get to pick the group I want to be in?
No, groups are based on your company’s direct written premium. You will be notified in advance of the meeting of your group assignment and provided an attendee list of those in your group.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Scottsdale?
In Scottsdale, the average high in April is 78 degrees. The average low is 55 degrees.

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 2:04:13 PM. Modified: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 2:02:40 PM.

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