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Registration Open for 2015 AAIS Main Event

Jan. 26, 2015 AAIS Advisory notice

Registration is now open for the 2015 AAIS Main Event conference, April 19-21 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Register by March 20 to qualify for an "early bird" discount on your registration.

To reserve a room at the AAIS group rate at our conference hotel, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, call 805-565-8299 by March 19. (There is no online reservation service at this time.)


"Products and Performance"

The Main Event theme for 2015 is “Products and Performance,” chosen to focus on the role of the Main Event in connecting executives with product concerns, and to showcase AAIS’s recent implementation of a formal, defined product management approach to its program development.

In support of that theme, a key segment on Monday morning, April 20, will be devoted to product management.

The segment will be led by John Kadous, AAIS vice president of personal lines, who has led the initiative to implement product management at AAIS. Speakers will include:

  • Nancy Onken, executive vice president and general counsel for The Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) Inspection and Insurance Company, who is also head of HSB’s Strategic Products Division, which is responsible for identifying, developing and marketing new insurance products.
  • Stephen Bushnell, an independent consultant who formerly held several product roles with major carriers, most recently as a senior director for Fireman’s Fund. Working as a product manager for Fireman’s Fund, he developed the company’s well-known commercial “green” coverages .
  • Michael Reilly, a managing director for insurance strategy for Accenture who has led commercial insurance transformations in underwriting, policy, business intelligence, and mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on business value. He has also co-authored numerous articles on underwriting, analytics, and knowledge management.

Other Topics and Speakers

The conference will open with a keynote address by Lloyd Dixon, senior economist with the prestigious and highly regarded RAND Corporation, and director of RAND’s Center for Catastrophe Risk Management and Compensation.

Edmund J. Kelly, president and CEO of AAIS, will lead the annual update of AAIS achievements over the preceding 12 months, and announce upcoming filings and initiatives.

Charles "Chuck" Chamness, president and CEO of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) will be among the participants in a segment devoted to growing regulatory concerns regarding the collection, use, sharing, and safeguarding of data on individuals and organizations.

That session will be led by Robin Westcott, AAIS vice president of government affairs, and state insurance regulators are being invited to participate.

Patrick Sullivan, associate editor of the Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report, will provide a a presentation on demographic trends in household formation and the implications for personal lines insurance.


Special Tracks and Roundtable Discussions

The Main Event features separate tracks on Tuesday, April 21, for specialists in inland marine and agricultural insurance.

The inland marine track will focus on the use of managing general agents (MGAs) to manage inland marine and specialty property business. Participants will include John Paulk, an MGA director, and a representative of an insurance carrier that uses MGAs to manage business based on AAIS programs.

The session will be led by Robert Guevara, AAIS vice president of commercial lines and inland marine, and Sheila Morris, AAIS manager of inland marine.

The farm and ag track will feature agricultural insurance specialists discussing enduring issues in farm policy construction and contract farming. Participants will include Rick Harrison, an ag broker with InterWest Insurance Services, and Peter Krause, senior vice president of marketing for The Zenith Agribusiness Solutions, plus others.

The session will be led by Pam Nykaza, AAIS product manager for farm and agribusiness.

The conference business program concludes with roundtable discussions where attendees share ideas with AAIS staff and each others. Attendees choose among five roundtables: executive, personal lines, commercial lines, farm & ag, and inland marine.


Social Events

Each year, the Main Event provides networking opportunities at receptions, breakfasts, refreshment breaks, a business lunch on Tuesday, and a closing reception and dinner, all generously sponsored by AAIS business partners and included in your conference  registration.

In addition, attendees can opt to participate in a golf outing on Monday afternoon at the Sandpiper Golf Club overlooking the Pacific ocean, or to participate in a cruise of Santa Barbara harbor.

Also, guest/spouse registrations include a tour on Tuesday of Santa Barbara's distinctive "red tile" district, with a voucher for lunch at one of several restaurants in Santa Barbara's Public Market.


For inquiries about the Main Event business program, contact Joseph Harrington, AAIS director of corporate communications, by email or by calling 630-457-3217.

For inquiries about sponsoring a social event at the Main Event, contact Kristin Bullock, AAIS manager of promotion and events, by email or by calling 630-457-3247.

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