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2017 Educational Sessions

Fort McMurray Fire Loss: Lessons Learned

Session Code:  0825    Session Level:  Intermediate

Curriculum: Large Property Losses

Monday 1:30 - 3:00 -- Room 204
Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 -- Room 310

Bill Adams, VP-Western & Pacific
Insurance Bureau of Canada, Edmonton, AB

David McGown, SVP-Strategic Initiatives
Insurance Bureau of Canada, Toronto, ON

  • Review the major challenges in adjusting widespread losses associated with the Fort McMurray fires
  • Explore opportunities for collaboration with public entities, responding groups, and other insurers
  • Identify options for response, stabilization, and rebuilding associated with this large scale catastrophe
  • Evaluate lessons learned from the Fort McMurray fire losses

Handling The Large Commercial Fraud Case

Session Code:  0865    Session Level:  Advanced

Curriculum: Large Property Losses

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30 -- Room 306
Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00 -- Room 306

Neal Cason, CPA,  Partner
Matson Driscoll & Damico, LLP, Atlanta, GA

Frederick Ferrand, JD,  Partner
Swift Currie, Atlanta, GA

Timothy Simpson, Property Unit Manager
York Risk Services Group, Columbus, OH

  • Identify areas of potential fraud in large commercial losses in the submission of the claim
  • Apply investigative techniques to determine whether the claim is fraudulent
  • Explore ways to overcome the insured's attempts to conceal fraud
  • Describe appropriate measures and strategies when fraud is identified

Large Commercial Roof Claims: Complex Issues

Session Code:  835    Session Level:  Advanced

Curriculum: Large Property Losses

Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00 -- Room 210
Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00 -- Room 210

Richard Booker, RPA, AIC,  Executive General Adjuster
VeriClaim, Inc., Flowood, MS

Michael F. Connor, PE,  Sr. Forensic Engineer
Unified Investigations, Hendersonville, TN

David Schifani, Partner
YOUNG & Associates, Germantown, TN

  • Identify potential damages to a commercial metal building roof, interior, personal property, and inventory resulting from a weather-related overload condition
  • Evaluate the loss and resolve claim disputes by skillfully using experts
  • Effectively adjust personal property loss with large inventory salvage when the insured decides what is damaged and what can be sold as salvage

Project Management for Large Property Claims

Session Code:  0845    Session Level:  Advanced

Curriculum: Large Property Losses

Monday 10:30 - 12:00 -- Room 311
Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30 -- Room 310

Michael Barrett, CPCU, AIC,  National General Adjuster
Engle Martin & Associates, Oak Brook, IL

Jeff Reitsma, Practice Lead, Remediation
-30- Forensic Engineering, Toronto, ON

  • Compare the benefits and costs of including more discrete project management tools and staff on large loss projects, from multiple perspectives (insured, insurers, contractor, engineer)
  • Develop a toolbox to help with the management of large loss projects
  • Identify some appropriate value-added project management techniques to use in various types and sizes of large loss projects

Salvage Challenges with Commercial Property Claims

Session Code:  855    Session Level:  Advanced

Curriculum: Large Property Losses

Monday 3:30 - 5:00 -- Room 207
Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00 -- Room 202

Steve Kurdelmeier, Regional Manager
Greer & Kirby Company, Inc., Norcross, GA

Christopher E. McCoy, Sr. Executive General Adjuster
Engle Martin & Associates, Atlanta, GA

  • Review the types of large commercial property claims where salvors may be helpful
  • Describe how salvage factors into the adjustment of the claim
  • Work through various real world examples of various claims involving salvage
  • Outline other potential issues and roadblocks in dealing with salvage