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Roundtable Topics Identified for 2015 AAIS Main Event Conference

Feb. 20, 2015 AAIS Advisory notice

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Topics have been established for the roundtable discussions at the 2015 AAIS Main Event conference, April 19-21 in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Main Event is an executive conference devoted to product-related concerns of strategic importance to property/casualty insurers. The 2015 conference theme is "Products and Performance" and will feature, among other things, a general session devoted to insurance product management. Register by March 20 to qualify for an "early bird" discount on your registration fee.

As in recent years, the 2015 Main Event will conclude with a series of roundtable discussions where attendees will discuss AAIS program developments and product concerns with AAIS staff and other attendees. Registrants have a choice among five roundtable options on Tuesday afternoon, April 21.

Personal Lines: The Personal Lines Roundtable will be led by John Kadous, AAIS vice president of personal lines, who will describe proposed provisions of a multistate auto form template AAIS is developing to serve as a model for state-specific variations.

The session will also feature Jeffrey Holaway, personal lines onboarding relationship manager, demonstrating how the AAIS Underwriting Platform (UP) has been extended to support the AAIS Homeowners Program and the AAIS Homeowners By-Peril Rating Plan.

Commercial Lines: The Commercial Lines Roundtable will be led by El Cid Balitaan, AAIS assistant counsel, who will provide a preview of an upcoming revision of the AAIS Businessowners Program.

El Cid will be joined by Stephen Bushnell, a former product manager for several carriers who is well-known for his work in developing "green" property coverages for Fireman's Fund.

Farm & Ag Insurance: The Farm & Ag Roundtable will be led by Pam Nykaza, AAIS product manager for farm and agribusiness. 

Pam will provide an overview of several new Farmowners endorsements addressing raw milk, cosmetic, damage, canines, and other exposures. The session will also feature discussion of unmanned aerial systems (drones) and alternative energy generation equipment.

Inland Marine: The Inland Marine Roundtable will be led by Robert Guevara, AAIS vice president of inland marine and commercial lines, and Sheila Morris, AAIS manager of inland marine. That discussion will follow upon the morning's inland marine track, which is devoted to the role of MGAs in writing and managing inland marine accounts.

Executive: AAIS President and CEO Edmund J. Kelly will lead the Executive Roundtable. He will be joined by Nancy Onken, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. Nancy will be a featured presenter in the previous day's session on product management.

For more information on the 2015 Main Event, contact Joseph Harrington, AAIS director of corporate communications, by email or by calling 630-457-3217.

AAIS Advisory notices are posted periodically to announce AAIS product developments, and to provide news items that are relevant to our program users. Advisory notices are news summaries that paraphrase documents which should be consulted directly for complete, authoritative information. 

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