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Expert on Drones in Agriculture to Speak at 2016 Main Event

Nov. 4, 2015 AAIS Advisory notice

A leading expert on the use of drones in agriculture will speak at the 2016 AAIS Main Event conference, April 24-26 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Dr. Tom McKinnon is the founder and chief technology officer of Agribotix, a firm that provides  drone-enabled technologies and services for collecting and analyzing agricultural data to increase yields while minimizing environmental impacts. Tom will be addressing how drones are being integrated into farming and agricultural enterprises, and the implications for risk exposures and loss control.

Dr. McKinnon served as a professor of Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines for 18 years, and also worked at the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory).He founded three other start-up companies, in addition to Agribotix.

Tom holds degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University (bachelor's) and MIT (doctorate), has authored dozens of scientific papers, and holds several patents.

The Main Event is a highly-regarded executive conference devoted to product-related issues of strategic importance to property/casualty insurers. Attendees include senior executives and department heads of primary insurance companies, plus representatives of reinsurers, service vendors, and other insurance organizations.

The 2016 Main Event will be held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a popular venue and site of the Main Event in 2008, 2011, and 2013. Conference reports on previous Main Events are available online. Watch this website and your in-box for forthcoming details on the conference program and registration fees.

If you are interested in sponsoring a business session or social event at the 2016 Main Event, contact Kristin Bullock, AAIS manager of promotions and events, by email or by calling 630-457-3247.


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