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NAMIC Leadership Forum | May 20-22, 2014 | Madison, Wis.

Event Contact

Amanda Byrd

Amanda Byrd
Meeting Planner
317.876.4282

Kristen Spriggs

Kristen Spriggs
Vice President - Member Development
317.876.4234

General Information


Leadership Forum Brochure

The Leadership Forum is designed for managers, leaders, and the next generation of leaders in the farm mutual insurance industry. The PFMM courses provide education and information on vital issues that will benefit both new and experienced farm mutual leaders in the areas of strategic business management, financial management, underwriting, and claims as part of the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation program.

The Underwriting and Claims module will be featured this year.

Advanced courses, roundtable discussions, and FMDC courses will also be offered for a variety of instructional and networking opportunities.

“The networking with other mutual managers from across the country was extremely valuable to me, personally. It is nice to find out how my peers handle certain situations in their company. The education sessions were great, but the networking was probably as valuable as the education.”

-Pam Spire
Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nodaway County

This event is intended for:


Managers, leaders, and the next generation leaders of farm mutual insurance companies.

Leadership Development Planning Committee


Chairman
Bob Abens, PFMM
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association

Vice Chairman
Amy Johnson, PFMM
Manager
Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Company

Immediate Past Chairman
Susan Taggart, PFMM
Company Manager
Remington Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Jim Wellman
Manager/Secretary/Treasurer
German Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Rick Moss, PFMM
Secretary/Manager
Mid-State Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Patrick Clark, PFMM
Second Vice President
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

Jared Carlson
Vice President
Heartland Mutual Insurance Association

Randy Druvenga, PFMM
President
First Maxfield Mutual Insurance Association

John Dunn
Director of Business Development
Priority Data

Vicki Hongerholt, PFMM
Assistant Manager
Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company

Rob Martin
Reinsurance Underwriter
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company

Wes St.Clair
Senior Manager Information Systems
IMT Group

FMC Board Liaison
Justin Lear, PFMM
CEO
Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

Staff Liason
Amanda Byrd
Meeting Planner
NAMIC

Staff Liason
Kristen L. Spriggs
Vice President – Member Development
NAMIC

Forum Registration Fees


Registrations recieved on or before Friday, April 19, 2014 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.

 

On or before April 19, 2014

On or after April 20, 2014

PFMM*

$508

$508

Member

$535

$635

Nonmember

$695

$795

State Association Executive**

$508

$508

FMDC @ Leadership Forum***

$125

$125

Guest****

$100

$100

Optional Activity*****

$75

$75

*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.

**Insurance industry trade association staff members who will be attending the Flash Forum at Leadership Forum to discuss issues of mutual concern and opportunities for impact. Registration includes all meals, sessions and admission to Flash Forum session.

***Four hours of coursework from NAMIC’s Farm Mutual Director Certification (FMDC) program will be offered at this year’s Leadership Forum. Directors seeking FMDC for the courses offered may register at the FMDC @ Leadership Forum rate. The $125 registration includes lunch and break service on Wednesday, May 21.

****Your spouse or guest are invited to join you at this year’s Leadership Forum. The Guest Registration includes the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 20 and breakfast on Wednesday, May 21.

*****Optional NAMIC PAC Activity: Kansas City BBQ Tour
Includes transportation, beverages, and all the BBQ you can eat for a requested contribution of $75. Please contact Laura Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org if you would like to participate.

First Time Attendees


We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Leadership Forum. We would like to get to know you and provide you with some insights to maximize your experience. Don’t be shy, please indicate on your registration form if you are a first-time attendee. We are excited to meet you!

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.

Registration Cancellations


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before April 18, 2014 are 100 percent refundable. After April 18, 2014, 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 May 6, 2014, so please plan accordingly. 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 abyrd@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.

What to Wear


The suggested attire for this meeting is business casual.

 

 

Agenda


The Leadership Forum features courses from the Professional Farm Mutual Manager curriculum and the Farm Mutual Director Certification curriculum. This year the Underwriting & Claims module of the PFMM certification will be featured.

Roundtable Discussions and Advanced PFMM courses will also be offered.

“The Leadership Forum is a great learning opportunity for both new and experienced leaders in our industry.”

-Randy Druvenga
First Maxfield Mutual Insurance Association

Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, May 20

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsor Showcase
Open throughout the seminar to provide convenient access to service providers and industry solutions experts.

12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Kristen L. Spriggs
Vice President – Member Development
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

Bob Abens, PFMM
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association
Humboldt, Iowa

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Opening General Session: Strategic Planning: Achieving Alignment & Results
The session will describe a proven and practical process to achieve clarity and alignment around strategic thinking, planning, executing, and measuring performance. Specific examples and case studies of smaller mutual insurance companies will be provided where participants will be able to quickly view how the fundamentals described in the session can easily be put to use immediately. The session will avoid more theoretical approaches to planning and executing and focus significantly on practical processes for creating alignment and movement.

Larry Webber, Managing Director
Institute for Strategic Management
Gettysburg, Pa.

1:15 – 1:35 p.m.

Break

1:35 – 2:35 p.m.

General Session: Legal and Ethical Issues
This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

This session is designed to address several critical legal and ethical issues faced by mutual insurance companies. The adherence and compliance to agreements, regulations, contracts and practices help to protect the interests of the company. The session will combine a variety of adult learning activities to meet the learning objectives, enhance the learning experience, and provide a foundation for a defensible position.

David Sanders, President
Dmaeio Consulting
Indianapolis, Ind.

2:35 - 2:55 p.m.

Break

2:55 – 3:55 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Claims
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

    This presentation will center on employing good faith claims handling as an effective means of avoiding claims of bad faith. Aspects of bad faith claims adjusting and their ramifications will lead to a discussion of procedures for establishing good faith claims practices. A discussion of managing fraudulent claims will key on understanding the significance of potential red flags and responding appropriately. An overview of claims audits will key on the reasons for conducting them and areas of focus. Recovery of loss payments through salvage, subrogation, and restitution will be explored.

    Brad Fowler, Executive Vice President
    Cameron Mutual Insurance Company
    Cameron, Mo.

  1. Candid Conversations that Drive Results
    Stepping up and having a difficult conversation is no easy task. It’s uncomfortable, stressful and certainly no fun. But if we choose to not say anything, the issue is likely to not get better and potentially even get worse. This session focuses on how to effectively engage in open, meaningful dialogue which will help us more fully understand one another and achieve enhanced, more productive and positive relationships. Learn to share tough messages in a way that maximizes candor and minimizes defensiveness, using six powerfully effective strategies.

    Tracy Butz, Trainer/Owner
    Think Impact Solutions
    Appleton, Wis.

  2. Roundtable: Federal & State Affairs Update
    Join the discussion in this facilitated roundtable exploring recent federal and state affairs issues.

    Discussion Leader: Mark Johnston, Director – State Affairs, Midwest Region
    NAMIC
    St. Louis, Mo.

3:55 - 4:15 p.m.

Break

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Claims (continued)
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

  1. Engage & Inspire Your Workforce
    As organizations continue to compete for top talent, they also seek to retain this talent, especially when in an increasingly competitive environment. This interactive session will showcase how leaders can benefit by ensuring that they and their employees are engaged and inspired to do their best work. An engaged workforce is critical, because having employees who quit and stay, is far worse a problem than employees who quit and leave.

    If you want to build an engaged and inspired workforce, begin by measuring the current strength of your organization so that you can effectively gauge the impact of your efforts over time. After discovering the 10 key components of an effective engagement strategy, apply them within your team and across your organization to greatly enhance culture, productivity, and overall revenue growth.

    Tracy Butz, Trainer/Owner
    Think Impact Solutions
    Appleton, Wis.

  2. Roundtable: Mergers & Consolidations
    Lead the discussion in this facilitated roundtable exploring the complex issues surrounding mergers and consolidations.

    Discussion Leader: Tricia Mickley, CPA, PFMM, Secretary/Treasurer
    Mt. Carroll Mutual Insurance Company
    Mt. Carroll, Ill.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 21

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sponsor Showcase
Open throughout the seminar to provide convenient access to service providers and industry solutions experts.

8:00 – 11:40 a.m.

Flash Forum (Invitation Only)
This is a gathering to bring together insurance industry trade association staff members to discuss issues of mutual concern and opportunities for impact.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Underwriting Property & Liability
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.
    This workshop will cover many aspects of both property and liability underwriting, including developing underwriting procedures, using tools available, understanding the importance of the application, identifying potential exposures and risks, evaluating rate adequacy, handling cancellations and non-renewals, processing renewals, and much more.

    Elise Farnham, CPCU, ARM, AIM, CPIW, President
    Illumine Consulting
    Grantville, Ga.

  2. Using Data to Evaluate Rate Adequacy
    Join us for a discussion on ways to utilize data from loss history and geographic location to evaluate if the rate is sufficient. Learn from a pricing actuary in this session as adequate pricing for the risk can really have an impact on the success of your company.

    Ryan Schave
    Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
    Grinnell, Iowa

  3. Roundtable: Book Discussion of "Start with Why"
    Lead the discussion in this facilitated roundtable and explore how to inspire with ideas with the help of TEDx speaker Simon Sinek's "Start with Why." A lucky participant will win a Kindle to continue their literary adventure.

    Discussion Leader: Amy Johnson, PFMM, AFIS, Manager
    Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Company
    Finley, N.D.

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Break

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Underwriting Property & Liability (continued)
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

  2. Unpredictability of Homeowner Policies & Means to Effectively Evaluate the Risk
    In this session, causes of volatility in the loss experience for the homeowners line of business and methods to evaluate and manage that risk will be explored. Topics to be discussed include recent industry results, concentration management, pricing considerations and sources and uses of underwriting information. Recent pricing innovations in the homeowners line of business will also be reviewed.

    Brad Buchanan, Vice President – Personal Lines
    The IMT Group
    Des Moines, Iowa

    Brian Neitzel, Vice President
    The IMT Group
    Des Moines, Iowa

  3. Roundtable: Tech Topics
    Lead the discussion in this facilitated roundtable exploring the technologies available and in use for the industry.

    Discussion Leader: John D. Dunn, Director of Business Development
    Priority Data
    Omaha, Neb.

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

Break

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Underwriting Property & Liability (continued)
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

  2. Incorporating Technology in to Underwriting
    Hear from fellow company leaders on the technology practices they have implemented in their companies to create a more efficient underwriting practice. Each presenter will provide a short presentation on their experience with the various tools.

    Ken Lockridge, Secretary/Treasurer
    Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Daviess County
    Gallatin, Mo.

    Paul Stueven, PFMM, Manager/Treasurer
    Fairmont Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
    Fairmont, Minn.

    Gary Swearingen, PFMM, General Manager
    Has San Lake Mutual Insurance Company
    Buffalo, Minn.

  3. Roundtable: Maximizing Your NAMIC Membership
    Join the conversation in this facilitated roundtable exploring the great programs, resources and opportunities available through NAMIC.

    Discussion Leader: Kristen L. Spriggs, Vice President – Member Development
    NAMIC
    Indianapolis, Ind.

11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Lunch
All FMDC and Leadership Forum attendees are invited to a buffet lunch during this time. All Leadership Forum sessions, including FMDC courses, will resume at 12:40 p.m

12:40 – 1:40 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Underwriting Property & Liability (continued)
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

  2. Catastrophe Claims & Coping as a Manager
    Handling a catastrophic claim event can be one of the most taxing events for a mutual manager and their staff. In this session we will talk about the steps you can take before a cat event that will make handling that large scale loss much easier. We will also review how to handle communications, staffing, and the dreaded matching issue. Lastly we will talk about the impact of excellent customer service and how you can shine when the spot light is the brightest.

    Ken Grothe, Manager – Mutual Claims Services
    Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
    Grinnell, Iowa

    Doug Nauman, Director – Mutual Claims Services
    Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
    Grinnell, Iowa

  3. FMDC Course: Claims
    This session is designed to increase the working knowledge of the agribusiness claims operation. Understanding the fundamentals of the claims process will enable you to better provide leadership to a mutual insurance company as well as add increased value for your policyholders and company. Catastrophe management, determination of values, bad faith, claims audits and much more will be discussed in this interactive session.

    David Sanders, President
    Dmaeio Consulting
    Indianapolis, Ind.

1:40 – 2:00 p.m.

Break

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Technology
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.
    Technology is an integral part of today’s environment but at times can be overwhelming. This session will explain the importance of technology to company operations and how your company can utilize various technology solutions even with a limited budget. Case studies will be utilized as well.

    Wes St. Clair, Senior Manager of Information Systems
    IMT Computer Services
    West Des Moines, Iowa

  2. Reinsurance Expectations
    Join Guy Carpenter reinsurance executive for a transparent discussion of what a reinsurance company is looking for when analyzing a book of business, desirable risk characteristics, suggestions of operational standards to become a desirable risk, and the combination of factors to equal a successful partnership. We will review scenarios of companies accepting different levels of risk and the net result and well as best practices of mutuals with a successful history of reinsurance.

    David Thomas, Managing Director
    Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC
    Philadelphia, Pa.

  3. FMDC Course: Strategic Business Planning
    In this session, participants will learn the basics of developing a business plan, how to monitor and establish benchmarks, the importance of a disaster recovery plan and many more valuable planning insights.

    David Lehman, President & CEO
    Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company
    Orrville, Ohio

3:00 - 3:20 p.m.

Break

3:20 – 4:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Technology(continued)
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

  2. Legal Issues Surrounding Paperless Offices
    Be prepared to move into the new manner of document handling safely to maintain a high standard of documentation and proper handling of the matters concerning creation, modification, and maintenance of policies and the insured’s information. This session will address all of these matters as well as provide practical solutions to help you effectively manage a paperless office.

    Steven J. Pace, Attorney
    Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  3. FMDC Course: Directors’ & Officers’ Liability
    This course will discuss features of Directors’ & Officers’ liability forms and their various endorsements, exclusions and conditions. Special situations such as mergers, claims coverage triggers and regulatory issues will also be discussed.

    Andrew Lanphere, MLIS, Account Manager
    NAMIC Insurance Agency
    Indianapolis, Ind.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

FMDC Course: Underwriting
Learn what tools are available for making underwriting decisions, the importance of insuring to value, how to use credit-based insurance scoring and much more in this informative underwriting course for directors.

Elise Farnham, CPCU, ARM, AIM, CPIW, President
Illumine Consulting
Grantville, Ga.

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Optional NAMIC PAC Activity: Kansas City BBQ Tour
The roots of barbecue in Kansas City run deep. From its street vendor beginnings to over 100 barbecue restaurants today, there is no doubt Kansas City offers the best barbecue in the world! NAMIC PAC will take you on a bus-guided tour as we travel through the city sampling mouth-watering dishes from well-known barbecue establishments and "hidden gem" barbecue joints. Includes transportation, beverages, and all the BBQ you can eat for a requested contribution of $75. Please contact Laura Grace Ashton at lgashton@namic.org if you would like to participate.

Thursday, May 22

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

7:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Registration

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Loss Control
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

    Alan Johnson, MS, CIE, Senior Loss Control Consultant
    Meadowbrook Insurance Group
    Overland Park, Kan.

  2. Underwriting the Large Farm
    This session will identify, evaluate, and discuss the exposures that are commonly found on large farms. Discussion will be centered on the exposure and what elements of risk the exposure brings to the table in underwriting.

    Jeff Wilson, AVP/Farm & Ranch Director
    State Auto Mutual Insurance Companies
    Indianapolis, Ind.

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Break

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  1. Loss Control (continued)
    This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.

  1. Developing a Competitive Workplace
    Believe it or not, even as small companies we are competing for the best and brightest talent. We owe it to our policyholders to find and retain that talent. So how in the world do we do that in a small community with what seems like limited resources? We’ll discuss ideas including how to market to the right audience, manage a cross generational office, and present all these great new ideas to the ultimate decision maker – the board of directors. Join one of our own for this session chock-full of ideas.

    Aaron Pearce, Legal Counsel
    Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company
    West Des Moines, Iowa

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

Break

10:40 – 11:00 a.m.

General Session: Federal Issues Update
Join us for an update on the happenings in Washington, D.C., and their impact on the mutual insurance industry.

Chuck Chamness, President & CEO
NAMIC
Indianapolis, Ind.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Closing Power Session: Eight Great Traits of Superstar Leaders
This session is required for those working to earn their PFMM designation.
Mike Frank, an author, entrepreneur and speaker, will lead us into an investigation of eight great traits that every superstar leader has. While Mike has been a leader in a number of fields, his time in the insurance business has given him a keen knowledge of what it takes to be a leader within it. This session will motivate and inspire attendees to adjust their frame of mind to become the leader their company needs.

Mike Frank, CSP, CPAE, Owner
Speakers Unlimited
Columbus, Ohio

12:00 p.m.

Meeting Adjourns

Session Proposals


Interested in speaking at this seminar? Submit your session proposal to Amanda Byrd.

Where to Stay


Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816)531-3000 or (800)810-3708

Hotel Overview


The award winning Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel puts you in the heart of Kansas City. Overlooking the Country Club Plaza, the hotel is at the sophisticated center of the dining, shopping and cultural scene. This hotel is also within minutes of Power & Light District, Kauffman Center, Crown Center and the Sprint Center. Relax in the lobby or your guest room, which blends business-friendly features like high-speed Internet access with many other thoughtful amenities to provide an upscale, homelike feeling. The Main Street Grill features all-day dining while Cafe Express, located on the lobby level, offers Starbucks coffee and snacks. A fitness center and indoor pool provide convenient recreational options.

Event Hotel Rate and Cut Off Date


Rate: Each room is $145 per night single/double occupancy.

Leadership Forum attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until April 28, 2014 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. To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at (800) 810-3708 and be sure to mention you are attending the NAMIC 2014 Leadership Forum when making your reservation.

Hotel Reservations


To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 1-816-531-3000 or 1-800-810-3708 and be sure to mention you are attending the NAMIC 2014 Leadership Forum when making your reservation.

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

Travel Information


Getting to the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

Located in the heart of Kansas City adjacent to the Country Club Plaza and minutes from Downtown, Kansas City Power and Light District, and the Sprint Center, the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza is convenient for all travelers.

For customized driving directions, please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcipl-kansas-city-marriott-country-club-plaza/ or your preferred mapping website.

Airport Information

The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza is located approximately 23 miles from The Kansas City International Airport – (MCI).

Airlines serving Kansas City International Airport – (MCI)

  • Air Canada

  • Air Tran

  • American

  • Delta Air Lines

  • Frontier Airlines

  • Southwest

  • United Airlines

  • US Airways

Ground Transportation Options

The estimated cost for a taxi between the airport and hotel is $65 each way.

Shuttle service is available through the companies listed below. The cost is approximately $19-40 one way. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the numbers listed below. The “shared ride” shuttle may make several stops at other destinations depending on the number of passengers.

Super Shuttle (800) 258-3826 (Shared ride $19 one way)
Elite Shuttle (888) 839-1872 (Private car flat rate $40 one way)

Parking

The published self-parking fee for 8 hours or less is $7 and the valet parking fee is $19 daily. On-site parking fee is $15 daily. These are 2013 prices and are subject to change. NAMIC Leadership Forum attendees will receive a 50% discount on the May 2014 parking prices.

Area Attractions


Downtown Kansas City is a unique urban experience; a destination for visual arts, sports, performing arts, theater, cultural amenities, cinema, entertainment and dining is unrivaled in the region. The greater Downtown area encompasses 10 neighborhoods which features a diverse and vibrant variety of tastes, treats and beats.

Power & Light District

The Kansas City Power & Light District is the Midwest’s premier entertainment epicenter. With more than 50 unique and captivating shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, the district offers something for everyone.

Crown Center

Crown Center is an entertainment attraction, with specialty shopping, concerts, theaters and other venues. Developed by the Hall family, founders of Hallmark Cards, Inc. the Crown Center welcomes over 5 million visitors each year.

Museums

  • Arabia Steamboat Museum : The Arabia Steamboat Museum is home to a true time capsule of frontier life in the 1800s. The Arabia was headed up the Missouri River in the fall of 1856 when she struck a tree snag and sank just north of Kansas City. Her cargo hold was full of 200 tons of supplies bound for general stores and pioneer settlements. As the years passed, the river changed course and left the Arabia buried beneath a Kansas cornfield. Finally, in 1988 a group of modern-day adventurers uncovered the lost Arabia and her magnificent cargo. They were amazed to find fine dishware, clothing, and even bottled food all preserved in remarkable condition. Their find has been called the King Tut's Tomb of the Missouri River. So, if you're looking for an adventure your whole family will enjoy, discover the treasures of the steamboat Arabia.
  • Toy and Miniature Museum: The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City is a 38-room house that boasts largest collection of nostalgic toys, fine-scale miniatures and marbles in the Midwest. This specialty museum, located on UMKC's campus, is just a few blocks south of the renowned Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district. The young and young-at-heart will be whisked back in time through displays of the toys that defined generations. This magical journey through the evolution of childhood also offers a glimpse into values and virtues of various cultures and times. Visitors will be dazzled by the intricate craftsmanship showcased in the world's largest collection of fine-scale miniatures. History buffs, armchair sociologists and those who appreciate the meticulous detail required to make these timeless classics are sure to find hours of enjoyment.
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Step inside LEGOLAND Discovery Center and you'll feel as though you've just jumped in to the world's biggest box of LEGO bricks! With over 2 million LEGO bricks under one roof, what will you discover: a fun, highly interactive and educational experience for children aged 3-10 years, - the perfect attraction for LEGO fans young and old to enjoy together as a family, - MINILAND - where guests will see iconic Kansas City landmarks built from LEGO bricks, - building classes with the LEGO Master Model Builder exciting and immersive LEGO laser ride, 4D cinema experience, - full range of interactive play areas, a great place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions.

Shopping

Without a doubt, the most internationally recognized Kansas City neighborhood, the Country Club Plaza, with its Spanish architecture, numerous sculptures and fountains, is as much an outdoor museum as it is a shopping and dining destination. Explore the dozens of intriguing shops, including Halls Kansas City department store, a product of Hallmark Cards. Also pick up something new and fashionable from Kate Spade, a local girl who has brought her line of clothing, handbags and shoes back home to the Country Club Plaza.

For more information on things to do while in Kansas City, please visit Kansas City Tourism.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Interested in reaching influential farm mutual insurance executives and managers? Consider partnering with NAMIC through our educational events. Your partnership helps keep registration fees to a minimum for member companies and make our industry stronger. Several options are available for your consideration and we are happy to create something unique to meet your needs.

For more information on sponsoring Leadership Forum, contact Aaron Lifford, Sponsorship and Advertising Specialist at (800) 336-2642, ext. 1055 or at alifford@namic.org. If you would like to learn more about NAMIC's sponsorship and advertising program, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Conference Sessions – Business casual
Social Gatherings – Business casual

Do I have to be a Profession Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) to attend this seminar?
You do not have to be a PFMM to attend this seminar. However a majority of attendees have either earned their PFMM or are working towards earning their PFMM. If you are interested in the topics that are being presented at this seminar and have not enrolled to be a PFMM, you can download the application here, or you can fill out an application onsite in Madison. There is a one-time $50 administrative fee associated with the application. Please click here to learn more about the PFMM designation or you may email pfmm@namic.org with questions.

What is the difference between the PFMM Courses and the PFMM Advanced Courses?
The PFMM Courses are designed for those attendees who are working toward earning their PFMM designation. This year the Underwriting and Claims module will be offered. To receive credit for completion of this module, you must attend all PFMM Courses and all General Sessions.

The PFMM Advanced Courses are designed for those who have already earned their PFMM and are working to maintain their designation or those not interested in the PFMM designation. The topics covered during the advanced sessions are designed to provide attendees with more in-depth insight and discussion of issues facing farm mutual managers.

Do I have to attend the same type of session during every time slot?
No you do not. The only sessions that are required are the PFMM courses for those who are working towards their PFMM designation. Other attendees may attend either PFMM advanced sessions or roundtables. There does not have to be consistency in the types of sessions you choose to attend. For example, if the first session you attend on Wednesday is a PFMM advanced course, you are free to attend either a PFMM advanced course or roundtable next. We encourage you to attend courses that you will find most beneficial.

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 Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until April 28, 2014 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 2014 Leadership Forum group rate when making your reservation at the hotel.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Kansas City?
In May, the average daytime high is 75 F with average evening lows of 56 F.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:23:50 AM. Modified: Monday, April 21, 2014 4:43:05 PM.

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