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NAMIC Annual Convention - Where The Industry Comes Together, A NAMIC Event | September 21-24, 2014 | National Harbor, Md.

Connect Differently - A Virtual Event

Can’t join us in National Harbor? No problem. Attend NAMIC’s Annual Convention virtually!

NAMIC has developed a virtual event option for those who want to gain insight, learn about emerging issues, and experience a taste of convention from the comfort of their office or home.

The Connect Differently Virtual Event will offer a variety of broadcast educational sessions, live interviews with convention speakers, and presentations on-demand. Plus, Connect Differently virtual participants will be able to ask questions and interact with presenters and the virtual host through Twitter and email.

The Connect Differently Virtual Event registration includes:

Live Broadcasts:

  • Welcome from NAMIC CEO and Chairman

  • Tuesday’s General Session with CEO of the NAIC and Director of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) of the U.S. Treasury

  • Interviews with Convention Speakers and Industry Experts

  • Multiple Concurrent Sessions Focused on Emerging Issues

On-Demand Content:

  • All previously recorded live sessions

  • Select Convention Sessions Including:

    • Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Fraud

    • Narrowing the Swath - Reducing Hail Losses

    • Insurance Telematics: The Road Ahead

    • Maximizing Your NAMIC Membership

    • The Changing Landscape of Rewards, Performance, and Talent

    • Financial Primer: Investment, Audits, and Insurance Accounting for Directors

  • Exclusive educational sessions just for our virtual attendees

Scroll down for the complete agenda.


$199 Member Virtual Pass
$399 Non-member Virtual Pass

The virtual pass allows multiple people to view Connect Differently from the same location, such as a conference room or break room, at the same time

Register Now


Monday, September 22

8:00 - 8:30 AM EDT

Interview with Mike Abrashoff
Join us for a one-on-one interview with Mike Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold and author of "It's Your Ship," who will discuss his perspective on a process of re-imagining leadership, and replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion. By teaching the value of empowering every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence, he has affected phenomenal change in some of the most unexpected places.


9:30 - 10:00 AM EDT

Welcome and Opening Comments
The official start to the 119th NAMIC Annual Convention takes place with messages from Chairman John Bishop of Motorist Mutual Insurance Company, and NAMIC President & CEO Chuck Chamness. It’s a session you won’t want to miss!





10:30 - 11:00 AM EDT

Top Five Advocacy Issues
The legislative and regulatory environment is changing at a rapid pace and what happens on the Hill and in state capitals around the country affects your business. Join us for a fast-paced update on the top five advocacy issues of interest to the p/c industry.

Jimi Grande, Senior Vice President – Federal and Political Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Neil Alldredge, Senior Vice President – State & Policy Affairs
Indianapolis, Ind.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Interview with Futurist, Thomas Frey
Join us for a one-on-one interview with Thomas Frey, futurist and author of "Communicating with the Future," who will discuss his perspective on the future of cars and homes, and the impact to insurance industry.


1:15 - 2:15 PM EDT

Cloud Issues and Risks Presentation
In this session, we will cover the cloud, what it is, and how its definition continues to change. We will discuss the types of providers of cloud services and how they differ. Attendees will learn some background on running an insurance policy administration system in the cloud as well as the pros and cons of managing their own system or having a provider do it for their organizations. We will touch on cloud-based disaster recovery options as well as ways to protect an organization while running systems from the cloud.

R. Christopher Haines, Vice President
Marias Technology
Covington, Ohio


3:15 - 4:30 PM EDT

Weather Trends
The amount of progress weather science is making in the field of warning of extreme storms can only be described in one word: breathtaking. Whether the warning of Super Storm Sandy, saving more than 200 lives in the November 2013 Midwest tornadoes, or an ordinary hailstorm that would cause millions of losses to the property and casualty insurance industry, warnings of unprecedented accuracy are being made. Rapidly, weather science is becoming a highly useful tool to allow the insurance industry to better serve its clientele and to limit exposure to extreme weather. Mike Smith will present techniques for applying this new science to challenges faced by the insurance industry.

Michael R. Smith, CCM, Senior Vice President/Chief Innovation Executive
AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions
Wichita, Kan.

Tuesday, September 23

8:00 - 8:30 AM EDT

Interview with Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D.
Gain insight on what’s happening in the industry and what lies ahead in this one-on-one interview with industry expert, Robert P. Hartwig, president, Insurance Information Institute.


9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

Tuesday General Session
As the rate of regulatory change for the insurance industry continues to increase and the players involved become more diverse, join NAMIC CEO Chuck Chamness as he hosts a first-ever industry panel discussion with leaders from the NAIC, the Federal Insurance Office, and the Federal Reserve.

John Huff, Director and Member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council
Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration

Michael T. McRaith, Director
Federal Insurance Office, U.S. Treasury

Sen. Ben Nelson, CEO
National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Thomas R. Sullivan, Senior Advisor - Insurance
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


10:30 - 11:45 AM EDT

Driverless Cars & Crash Avoidance Technology – Insuring the Cars of the Future
New vehicles are hitting the market with advanced crash avoidance features and experts predict driverless cars will be hitting the roads in the immediate future. What does this mean to the future of insurance? This session will provide insight on these new technologies and discuss the potential implications to insurers surrounding the changes in automobiles.

Scott Nelson, CEO
MILE Auto Insurance
Atlanta, Ga.

Bryan Reimer, Research Scientist
MIT AgeLab
Cambridge, Mass.

David Zuby, Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President
Insurance Institute of Highway Safety
Arlington, Va.





12:00 - 12:20 PM EDT

Interview Session: Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., Research Specialist, MIT
This interview will provide insight into MIT's research into driverless car technology.


1:00 - 2:15 PM EDT

Emerging Risks
This session qualifies for one FMDC credit in the Operations & Insurance Module
This session will focus on general emerging-risk issues that impact commercial lines and personal lines. The presentation will allow for audience questions and feedback.

Charlie Kingdollar, Vice President
General Reinsurance Corporation
Stamford, Conn.


3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Presentation/Interview: Employee Engagement
Employee engagement and satisfaction can have significant impacts on a company’s operations. This interactive session will discuss effective ways to interact with employees of varying engagement levels. It will be followed with a one-on-one interview with Dr. King to dive further into the hot topic of employee engagement.

Cubie Davis King, Ph.D., CEO
Gold Crown Communications
Lemon Grove, Calif.

On-demand sessions for topics focused on:

  • Emerging Trends in the Investigation of Insurance Fraud

  • Narrowing the Swath - Reducing Hail Losses

  • Insurance Telematics: The Road Ahead

  • Maximizing Your NAMIC Membership

  • The Changing Landscape of Rewards, Performance, and Talent

  • Financial Primer: Investment, Audits, and Insurance Accounting for Directors


How do I get registered?
By completing the online registration form, your spot will be reserved in the virtual classroom. Approximately three days before the first session on Monday, Sept. 22, we will send you instructions on how to connect.

Can more than one person participate from my office?
Yes, we encourage you to invite your peers to join you in a common location such as conference room or casual break room setting. This way you can have an unlimited number of people joining you for the one package price. Keep in mind that each person connected, even if from the same IP address, requires a separate registration. So save money and gather together in a room with a single connection. Since we are using the NAMIC Twitter feed to direct questions to the speakers, you can have more than one person in the room asking questions if they have a Twitter account.

Will the sessions be recorded for future playback?
Yes, that may be the best news yet with this offer – you will have access to the recorded sessions on demand after the event concludes. We will send you a link when the recordings are available. Please note access to these recordings will be available to the person registered for the virtual session. If others in the room want to have access at a later time, they too will need to register either before or after the live event to access on demand at a later time.

Who do I contact if I have technical problems?
We will have a NAMIC staff member available during the live broadcast to assist you with your questions. We recommend you test your equipment prior to the live event and let your network administrator know of any challenges in advance. We can connect with you with a technical person in the event of difficulties.

Please forward all cancellation notifications to or faxed to (317) 876-6213. All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before August 22, 2014 are 100% refundable. Cancellations received between August 22 and September 5 will be charged a $25 processing fee. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after September 5, 2014, so please plan accordingly. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge.

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 1:34:25 PM. Modified: Monday, September 15, 2014 3:39:26 PM.

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