Highlights From Plante Moran’s Annual Insurance Conference
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Highlights From Plante Moran’s Annual Insurance Conference

​On Thursday, October 25, 2012, we held our third annual Insurance Conference at the , downtown Chicago.  The event was attended by nearly 100 people with guests and speakers from all over the country.  The event welcomed everyone and described the importance of the event to our clients, prospects, and industry friends.  Next, our Downtown Chicago Office Managing Partner, Steve Schneider, also welcomed the crowd and briefly discussed our recent merger with Blackman Kallick.  As Dertz stated in his opening remarks, Schneider was instrumental in not only bringing together two great firms but also two great insurance practices.

Next, the morning sessions were kicked off by Derek Freihaut of Pinnacle Actuarial Services out of Bloomington, IL.  Derek presented an overview of the NAIC’s ORSA Model Act.  ORSA is management’s Own Risk and Solvency Assessment Report.  This new requirement on insurers becomes effective on January 1, 2015, depending upon state adoption.

Margaret Resce Milkint, Managing Partner of the Jacobson Group from Chicago was our lunchtime speaker. She provided an overview of the employment picture for the insurance industry.  Her “Game Changing” presentation also provided insights into the use of Social Media. Connie Jasper-Woodruff of StoneRiver was the afternoon speaker and provided an update on recent developments at the NAIC and annual statement changes that will be impacted insurers for year-end 2012.

A special thank you to our other great speakers, Ken Wylie and Scot Heyman of Sidley Austin; Mark Bennett of Cantilo & Bennett, LLP.; Joe Sieverling of Reinsurance Association of America; Jim Baird of Plante Moran; Fred Karlinsky of Colodny, Fass, Talenfield, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb; Evan Bennett of Plante Moran; Barbara Murray of Lumbermans Mutual Group;  and Mitch Orpett and Wes Sunu of Tribler, Orpett & Meyer P.C.

​We have already selected the date for the October 2013 conference, which will again be held in Chicago. We have selected Thursday, October 24, 2013 at a new location the University Club. If you missed the 201s session or would like more information on any of the topics covered, please contact us directly: Kevin Krause, Partner, Insurance Services Industry Group Leader, kevin.krause@plantemoran.com.

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