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CAT Management: Adv. Mapping Technologies/GIS


Curriculum: PLRB

Monday 3:30 - 5:00
Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

Peter J. Balingit, GISP, AVP-Catastrophe Services, PLRB
Adam Kostecki, Claims Officer, Amica Mutual Group
Andrew Louchios, GISP, IT/Geospatial Specialist, PLRB

  • Utilize GIS technology for real-world storm and catastrophe studies
  • Analyze different GIS data sets that can assist CAT response efforts
  • Integrate GIS datasets and map services into your claims workflows
  • Conduct historical weather searches using PLRB's interactive mapping applications
  • CAT Planning & Response to Hurricanes


    Curriculum: Catastrophe

    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Craig Sakraida, CPCU AIC, Claims Director CAT Operations, Citizens Property Insurance
    Jimmy Young, Catastrophe Claims Manager, Auto Club Enterprises Group

  • Prepare for the event with pre-season meetings to identify the resources and protocols needed to respond
  • Perform initial reconnaissance of the damaged area to evaluate severity and determine how best to deploy your resources
  • Improve your response by ongoing evaluations and conducting post-mortem sessions to improve the planning and response process
  • Catastrophic Injury Damages Models


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 2:30

    Clint V. Cox, IV, JD, MS, Partner, Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
    Howard Zandman, CPA, MAFF , Partner, Aprio

  • Describe damages models used by plaintiffs in catastrophic bodily injury claims
  • Examine the bases for these models, their elements, how each element is proven, and methods to defend against their use
  • Explore methods that the defense can employ to construct responsive, alternative models
  • Identify experts critical to constructing a damages model
  • Changing Mindsets with Organizational Change


    Curriculum: Management

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Lisa Horn, CPCU AIM AIC, Director-Claim Technology, Western National Insurance
    Tina Schott, CPCU AIC, Director-Casualty Claims, Western National Insurance

  • Define the psychology and evolution involved in change
  • Explore how failure to recognize the importance of change management in your initiative can jeopardize your success
  • Examine the challenges of effective communication based on roles within the organization
  • Describe strategies to overcome resistance to change and optimize success for your initiative
  • Claims Advanced Analytics & Business Intelligence


    Curriculum: Management

    Monday 3:30 - 4:30
    Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30

    Janet Davis, AVP-Analytics Integration Lead, Chubb
    Veena Gregoire, Head of Claims Analytics, NA, Allianz Global Corp. & Spec.
    Liliana Lopez, AVP-Business Intelligence, Chubb

  • Describe the impact claims operational performance has on the company's income statement
  • Connect the dots on how claims can work through a cross-functional process to drive profitable business
  • Define, influence, and lead the business intelligence lifecycle
  • Identify strategies for claims examiners to improve outcomes with predictive analytics
  • Claims Contents: Avoiding the Pain


    Curriculum: Adjusting Property

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Todd Breton, Project Manager, Germania Insurance
    Tyler Sawatzky, National Field Manager, edjuster

  • Describe how effective communications often delivers dispute-free contents settlements
  • Apply policy conditions and depreciation fairly, accurately, and consistently with a variety of claim scenarios
  • Explore common sense, good faith contents claim handling protocols
  • Claims Handling for Construction Site Accidents


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Carrie L. Ciliberto, Esq, CEO, ASM
    Jeffrey Price, CPCU AIC SCLA, Corporate Technical Director, Main Street America Group
    Anna Torres, Esq, Partner, Torres Law Group

  • Explore procedures essential to effectively investigating the accident site
  • Describe potential theories of liability and identify the parties who may liable
  • Pinpoint parties who are additional insureds under the named insured's liability coverage and determine relevant coverage exclusions
  • Identify other carriers which are on the risk assess coverage priorities when multiple policies are involved
  • Anticipate a claimant's damages model and discuss how its elements are proven
  • Claims Strategies When Working with Public Adjusters


    Curriculum: Adjusting Property

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Kim Dodd, National General Adjuster, Hartford Insurance Group
    Chad Fuller, Regional Manager, Cavalry Construction
    Todd M. Tippett, JD, Partner, Zelle LLP

  • Identify the purpose and proper role of a public adjuster
  • Review state statutes in various jurisdictions that impact a public adjuster’s duties and responsibilities
  • Describe effective strategies to communicate with public adjusters and insureds in a variety of claim scenarios
  • Evaluate strategies for resolving differences with a public adjuster
  • Claims with Emerging Building Technologies


    Curriculum: Adjusting Property

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    John W. Glissmeyer, Strategic Training Manager, Xactware
    Jeff Taxier, Education & Training Manager, American Technologies, Inc.

  • Describe 2017-2018 trends in residential and commercial construction
  • Identify the most common items included in restoration and remodeling
  • Locate common and unusual restoration items to complete a more accurate estimate
  • Commercial Claim Building Code Scenarios


    Curriculum: Adjusting Property

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Stuart A. Mintz, AIC RPA, AVP/Sr. International EGA, Custard Insurance Adjusters
    Harry Parrish, President/CEO, Construction Services Company

  • Describe the challenging building code landscape with commercial structural losses
  • Develop building code strategies with a variety of commercial building claims
  • Review a six-step process that adjusters can use to avoid "building code surprises" with these claims
  • Identify salient parts of an effective building code presentation appealing a local official's decision
  • Confronting the “Reptile Theory”


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Kenneth Bunn, AIC, AVP, Claims, Builders Mutual Insurance Co.
    JD Keister, JD, Attorney, MGC Insurance Defense

  • Examine considerations for litigation
  • Analyze the foundations of the Reptile Theory and the teachings of Ball and Keenan
  • Compare the various ways plaintiff attorneys are putting the Reptile Theory into action across the country
  • Identify how to spot the reptile and manage a claim before suit is filed
  • Strategize ways to effectively and efficiently defend against a reptile case during discovery
  • Construction Defect Claims: CGL Coverage Issues


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    John Mumford, JD, Partner, Hancock Daniel Johnson et al

  • Survey trends in liability claims against builders and subcontractors
  • Describe differences in coverage issues relating to contractors, subcontractors, additional insureds, and indemnitees
  • Scrutinize key terms in the policy's insuring agreement and examine national trends and legislation as to what constitutes an “occurrence”
  • Analyze key CGL exclusions and exceptions, including the “damage to property”, “your work”, and others
  • Contractual Indemnity & Additional Insured Liability


    Curriculum: Casualty Campus

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    John S. Hanlon, Complex Claims Unit Manager, Selective Insurance Group
    Dan Kohane, JD, Senior Partner, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

  • Distinguish between an insurer's obligations to those who qualify as additional insureds and those who benefit from contractual indemnity obligations
  • Evaluate how tenders of defense and indemnity should be made under both policy and trade agreement
  • Describe the protocols to be considered when tenders are received under both insurance policy and contract
  • Identify the relevant factors when sending or receiving tenders
  • Craft Beverage Risk: Analysis & Adjustment


    Curriculum: Underwriting

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Brian Philpot, AIC SCLA, Assoc. Superintendent-Property, Cincinnati Insurance Companies
    Donald Seitz, CPCU, National Program Director, Cincinnati Insurance Companies

  • Evaluate exposures to fire/explosion, product liability and alcohol service
  • Identify property and liability controls designed to minimize loss potential
  • Review industry loss leaders and claim examples
  • Describe frequently asked claim handling questions
  • Critical Damages Issues: Property Subrogation Claims


    Curriculum: Subrogation

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Kerry C. Crawford, AIC, Senior Claims Specialist, Sompo International
    David H. Fisk, JD, Director, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan

  • Identify damages issues that frequently arise in property subrogation claims
  • Describe recent trends regarding what damages are recoverable in property subrogation claims
  • Distinguish the calculation of damages in a first-party claim from what is recoverable in a third-party subrogation claim
  • Effectively establish recoverable damages through sworn testimony and know when to rely on outside expertise to establish recoverable damages
  • Cyber Risks: Trends & Exposures


    Curriculum: Technology

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Thomas B. Caswell, JD, Partner, Zelle LLP
    Jeffrey Morgan, Executive General Adjuster, Charles Taylor Adjusting

  • Identify the trends and risk vectors in hacking activity
  • Describe the evolving cyber exposures faced by different industries
  • Explore the advances in ethical hacking, penetration testing, and other methods of protection
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