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NAMIC Personal Lines Seminar, April 24-26,2017

Event Contact

Christy Hall

Christy Hall
Meeting Manager
317.876.4282

Molly Miller

Molly Miller
Senior Meeting Coordinator
317.876.4318

General Information


This annual event is designed specifically for personal lines underwriters, marketing executives(agent relations/business development), and product development professionals from property/casualty insurance companies. It provides educational sessions focused on emerging issues, professional development topics, and industry trends. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers facing similar issues and gain insights to put to work back at the office.

We specifically develop our educational programming particularly with our members in mind. NAMIC is comprised of a diverse membership and there are a variety of events to meet your needs.

“Excellent conference! Very knowledgeable and engaging presenters. The topics were of great interest and relevant to current situations in the marketplace. They sparked conversation amongst my co-workers at the conference and we were able to take the topics back to our company for discussion”

-Wendy Hancock
Senior Underwriter
Germania Insurance Company

This event is Designed for:


Underwriting Managers and Executives
Mid-upper Level Personal Lines Underwriters
Personal Lines Product Development Specialists

Agency Development Managers
Personal Lines Managers
Service Providers Specializing in Personal Lines Products


Personal Lines Committee Members


Chairman
Steve Klingemann
Vice President, Personal Lines & Marketing
Integrity Mutual Insurance Company

Immediate Past Chairman
Andrea House
Underwriting Channel Manager
PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company


Doug Behnke
Client Company Manager
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company

Katie DeGraaf
Senior Consultant
Willis Towers Watson

Jean Downey, CPCU, CIC, ARM, AINS, AIS, ARe
Personal Lines Assistant Business Unit Leader
The Norfolk & Dedham Group

Larry Goins, CPCU, AIM, AU
Director of Personal Lines
Celina Insurance Group

Kathy Cook
Personal Lines Manager
Michigan Insurance Company

Tony Kimmi
Business Center Director
Farm Bureau Financial Services

Justin McAleer
Reinsurance Territory Manager
Mutual Boiler Re

Hilary Ludema, CPCU, API, AU, AIM
Assistant Vice President—Personal Lines Underwriting
Auto-Owners Insurance

Karen Morris
Underwriting Manager
Alamance Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company

Chris Schupp, CPCU, FLMI
Underwriting Supervisor
Shelter Mutual Insurance Company

Andy Wallman, MBA, CIC, CPCU
Director, Marketing Operations & Field Support
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Staff Liaison
Christy Hall
Meeting Manager
NAMIC

Staff Resource
Kristen Spriggs
Vice President — Member Development
NAMIC

Seminar Registration Fees


Registration information will be available soon.

Registrations received on or before Friday, February 23, 2018 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.

First Time Attendees


We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Personal Lines Seminar. 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 registrar@namic.org or call (800) 336-2642.

Registration Cancellations


All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before March 23, 2018 are 100 percent refundable. After March 23, 2018 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 30, 2018 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. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.

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 in advance of the program as possible.

Questions?


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

Seminar Agenda


“From the speakers to the sessions provided I felt completely engaged from the time I arrived. The employees at the hotel were very attentive and the NAMIC staff were available to answer any questions immediately. I appreciated the entire event and am excited to put what I learned this week to practice! I'm already looking forward to attending next year!”

-Heather MacKinnon
Senior Personal Lines Underwriter
MMG Insurance Company

Monday, April 23, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk: Registration

1:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Sponsor Showcase
The Solutions Showcase is open throughout the seminar. Take advantage of this convenient opportunity to connect with many service providers and industry solutions experts.

1:00 – 2:10 p.m.

Welcome General Session

2:10 – 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

3:30 – 3:50 p.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees.

3:50 - 5:15 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Learning | Roundtable Discussions
Join other personal lines professionals in roundtable discussions focused on industry changes and emerging issues. These interactive discussions will allow you to talk about the issues you are facing and learn from your peers.

5:15 - 5:35 p.m.

Ignite Bonus Session

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Make the most of your seminar experience and enjoy some delicious food and drinks with fellow personal lines professionals.

6:30 p.m.

Seminar adjourns for the day

6:15 pm

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans Meet to Eat. Groups will gather in the hotel lobby at 6:15 p.m. to walk to their selected restaurants. Each individual will be responsible for his or her own bill at the conclusion of dinner. Sign up for Meet to Eat on the Concurrent Session Survey that will be sent approximately one month before the seminar or while on site.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk: Registration

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast
Enjoy a lite breakfast buffet, grab a cup of coffee, and connect with fellow attendees before the sessions start.

8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Sponsor Showcase

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

9:30 - 9:50 a.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees.

9:50 - 10:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

10:50 - 11:10 a.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees.

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

12:10 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch
Enjoy a hot lunch buffet and connect with fellow attendees during this extended lunch break.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

2:30 - 2:50 p.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees.

2:50 - 3:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

3:50 p.m.

Seminar adjourns for the day

4:15 p.m.

Optional Activity: Afternoon Walk in the City
Enjoy an afternoon walk in the city with fellow participants. Walkers will gather in the lobby at 4:15 p.m. to explore the Windy City. Pick up a walking map from the NAMIC Information Desk during desk hours. This activity will be peer-led and will not have a guide, allowing you to enjoy the city at your leisure.

5:15 p.m.

Optional Activity

6:15 pm

Optional Activity: Meet to Eat
Interested in gathering for dinner and friendly discussion with fellow attendees? Make plans Meet to Eat. Groups will gather in the hotel lobby at 6:15 p.m. to walk to their selected restaurants. Each individual will be responsible for his or her own bill at the conclusion of dinner. Sign up for Meet to Eat once you arrive on site.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Event Information Desk: Registration

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast
Enjoy a lite breakfast buffet, grab a cup of coffee, and connect with fellow attendees before the sessions start.

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sponsor Showcase

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

General Session

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break
Stay energized and refreshed while networking with fellow attendees.

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Closing General Session

11:00 a.m.

Seminar Concludes

Session Proposals


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













Where to Stay


Chicago Marriott Downtown

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Ill. 60601
Ph: (312) 372-7200
To make your reservation call: 1-877-303-0104 and reference the NAMIC rate.

Encounter the sophistication of a premier Chicago luxury hotel near the theatre districts and famed museums at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, winner of a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Revitalize body and mind in spacious rooms or suites featuring unique amenities with marble accents complimented by skyline views of the city's architecture.

Unwind in style at the Rejuvenation Center inside this luxury hotel in Chicago boasting a refreshing indoor pool and indulgent spa treatments. Experience Bar Novo, a downtown Chicago hotel setting unlike any other providing a trendy and distinguished night-life scene serving delectable dishes and creative cocktails. This premier Chicago theater hotel is steps away from upscale shopping, fine dining, the theater district, and famed Millennium Park.

Group Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date


Group Rate: $255.00 plus taxes per night for single/double occupancy.

Personal Lines Seminar attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until April 2, 2018 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.

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

Travel Information


Getting to the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is Easy!

Directions:
The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is located in downtown Chicago at the intersection of Wacker Drive and State Street. For customized, door-to door driving directions, please click here or visit your preferred mapping website.

Parking
The Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel offers valet parking for its guests at a rate of $65 per 24 hours with in and out privileges. There are also a variety of Self Park complexes in the area that offer a variety of rates. For a complete listing of self parking garages in the Chicago area, please visit www.chicagotraveler.com.

Ground Transportation
O'Hare - The round trip shared van shuttle cost for one person traveling is approximately $58. A rate discount may be available for groups of two or more people, traveling to and from the same location at the same time. Airport Express tickets/ reservations can be made online at www.airportexpress.com. The ticket counters and loading zones for boarding the GO Airport Express van are at Door 1E across from baggage claim 6, at Terminal 2 door 2E across from Jet Blue Baggage Claim, Terminal 3 Door 3E across from baggage claim 9 and at Terminal 5, just outside door 5E. Reservations are recommended.

Midway - The round trip shared van shuttle cost for one person traveling is approximately $48. A rate discount may be available for groups of two ore more people, traveling to and from the same location at the same time. Airport Express tickets/ reservations can be made online at www.airportexpress.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door three lower level ticket counter across from the Baggage Claim in Midway Airport. Reservations are recommended.










Area Attractions


While visiting the Windy City you will want to be sure to visit many of the area's local attractions. There's something for everyone in Chicago, whether you want to take in a show, listen to some fabulous Chicago Blues, shop until you drop, or just explore the city. Check out these links below for more information.

Notable Chicago Sites

  • Hancock Observatory
    Catch a bird's eye view of Chicago on the new Hancock Observatory. The spectacular view from the observatory can span 80 miles over four states on a clear day. Since the recent renovation, there are a variety of attractions including an audio sky tour and detailed history wall detailing the rise of the Hancock Building. The observatory is open daily.
  • Willis Tower
    Willis Tower is the premier corporate office building in Chicago, home to more than 100 companies including prominent law, insurance, transportation and financial services. The iconic building is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, encompassing more than 4.5 million square feet, including its Skydeck and 103rd floor glass viewing platform, The Ledge, which attract more than 1.5 million visitors every year.
  • Navy Pier
    Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all - in a location unlike any other!

Music Venues

  • Blue Chicago
    Enjoy some live Blues music at nearby Blue Chicago. This famous club, and its sister club Blue Chicago on Clark, are just a short cab ride away from the Renaissance Chicago. These clubs offer one nightly admission fee to both venues so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
  • House of Blues
    Live entertainment is just a hop, skip and a jump away at The House of Blues. This famous venue hosts a variety of national musical acts on a daily basis. For those of you just interested in entertaining your taste buds, The House of Blues is also home to a restaurant that serves delta inspired southern cuisine in a laid back atmosphere.
  • Andy's Jazz Club and Restaurant
    If your musical taste is geared more towards jazz, then you won't want to miss Andy's Jazz Club. For over 30 years, Andy's has presented the best jazz Chicago has to offer. One of the most respected establishments; historic Andy's offers casual dinning and live jazz on a daily basis, with sets in the late afternoon and into the evening.

Museums

  • Museum of Science & Industry
    Get inspired and explore the great world of science at the Museum of Science and Industry. This fabulous museum is home to a variety of exhibits that appeal to children and adults of all ages. The museum also hosts an OMNIMAX theater that is an attraction of its own. The theater itself is a 72' dome that is approximately 5 stories tall and seats 342 guests. Seeing a movie at the OMNIMAX is quite an experience. Both the exhibits and movies at the museum change frequently, so check out the museum's web page for more detailed information regarding upcoming attractions.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    Take the grand exploration of Shedd Aquarium. Shedd Aquarium boasts itself as the World's Aquarium. Opened in 1929, it is one of the oldest public Aquariums in the world. When you visit Shedd, you can experience environments from around the world. The Caribbean Coral Reefs, Amazon, and Pacific Rocky Coasts are just some of the exhibits you can explore. The Shedd Aquarium takes you closer to nature in some of the world's richest ecosystems.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    The Art Institute consistently ranks among Chicago's most-visited museums. From French Impressionist paintings to African masks to the new wing for Modern Art, the museum offers visitors a rich cultural experience.
  • The Field Museum of Natural History
    The Field Museum is probably best known for its dinosaur displays, but it also has a rich and deep dedication to "the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures." It currently holds, conserves, studies more than 20 million objects, a collection which grew from holdings received after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Shopping

  • The Magnificent Mile
    The Magnificent Mile is a spectacular showcase of style, flavor, entertainment and fun. With more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and unique entertainment and attractions packed and stacked along its length, The Magnificent Mile has an indulgence for every passion and every pocket.
  • EATALY
    Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianich's 63,000-square-foot, two-level complex is an eight-restaurant "polpo," as well as a butcher, a produce market, and a grocery with imported olive oil, wine and pastas, as well as locally sourced products. There are also stations for Nutella, salumi, cheese, pizza, espresso and fresh breads and pastries. The Chicago location is only the second outpost in the United States. The original location, opened in 2007, continues to thrive in Turin, Italy, but the Chicago outpost is the largest to date.


Frequently Asked Questions


“It's great to get perspective from other similar carriers in other parts of the country who face similar challenges and hear what they're doing about them.”

-Jean Downey
Assistant Business Unit Leader
The Norfolk & Dedham Group

What is the suggested attire for business and social gatherings?
Business casual attire is appropriate for all seminar sessions, receptions, and meal functions.

What registration payment options are available?
The registration system accepts payment by credit card and by check.

Can I pay for multiple attendees from my company at the same time?
Yes. After you have input the initial registration, click the button that says “Add Another Registration” until all attendees from your company are registered. You may then submit payment for all of the registrations in a single transaction.

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.

What does my registration include?
Registration fees includes access to all seminar sessions, speaker presentation materials, the seminar app, the seminar attendee list, and NAMIC sponsored meal functions including the Networking Reception, daily breaks, breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and lunch on Tuesday.