Join your fellow insurance professionals as we explore the challenges and opportunities our industry faces collectively as a result of Covid-19.  Our experts will focus on key topics such as workers’ compensation, advocacy, risk management, ethics, technology, and market trends. 

This conference is our first at bringing a wide-ranging virtual experience to life, where you can discover where you are and receive the necessary tools and information to navigate forward to 2021.  You will enjoy the opportunity to engage with your peers within our virtual platform.  

October 15, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Workers' Compensation & Covid-19

Presented by Tim McClendon, CIC, CWCA, Managing Partner, Hertel McClendon, LLP
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
2 CE Hours

We will look at current issues and responses to the global coronavirus pandemic and how those affect Worker's Compensation claims around Texas and the United States.  Some of the key topics we will focus on include:

  • Workers' Compensation coverages
  • States' responses to Covid-19
  • Fraud issues
  • Telecommuting issues related to Covid-19 

Navigating Your Agency's Success in the New Normal

Panel Discussion
Moderated by Carol Hargis, Former Publisher and Editor, The Insurance Record

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
John Grube, Senior Manager of Operations, Texas Mutual
Dale Moon, President, Moon Insurance Managers, Inc.
Tracy Thompson, AU, Associate Vice President and Director of Underwriting Operations, Utica National Errors & Omissions

Annual Meeting &
New Products and Services from PIA National

David Gorman, Owner, Red Gorman Insurance, CPIA 
Texas PIA President and National Director

Alexi Papandon, CAE, 
Senior Vice President, Products & Services
National Association of Professional Insurance Agents 

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    

Lunch Break
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   

PIA National Advocacy Update

Keynote Speaker, Jon Gentile, Vice President of Government Relations, PIA
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This keynote address will provide you with a national update on the progress of legislation related to the coronavirus, including potential improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program, other proposals PIA National is advancing to provide more relief to businesses, and proposals to address future pandemics. In addition, you will be given the current status of non-COVID-19-related issues such as the imminent expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program, the repeal of the Federal Insurance Office, and the effort to make the 20 percent passthrough tax deduction permanent.

What's Next:  2021 Outlook

Panel Discussion
Moderated by
 Rosalie Donlon, J.D., Editor-in-Chief. PropertyCasualty360/NU Property & Casualty magazine
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Kitty Ambers, Chief Growth Officer, AVYST
Chris Cline, National Agency Distribution Leader, Westfield
Jessica Jeffress, Associate Vice President of Business Insurance & Employee Benefits at Peel & Holland

Although 2020 presented the industry and society with several unprecedented challenges, insurance companies rose to these challenges and met them head-on with solutions, adaptions and innovation. In this discussion, Rosalie Donlon, editor-in-chief of the Insurance & Tax Group at ALM Media, will be joined by industry experts as they explore: Where do we go from here? Panelists will consider such issues as changing workplace risks and liabilities, cybersecurity, technology and market trends as they present their hypotheses about what the coming year may look like in the insurance industry.

Elevating Your Personal Presence for Sales Success

Presentation by Meg McKeen, Founder, Adjunct Advisors
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In this interactive session, learn how to leverage the technology and tools available to you to continue to thrive in your insurance sales journey in today’s virtual environment.

By the end of this session, you can expect to gain: 

  • Tips to help you create the best virtual impression for your current and future clients

  • Techniques to create a personalized meeting experience for your attendees, fostering trust and confidence that you are the option for them

  • Ideas to help you grow your virtual presence - and achieve greater sales outcomes

Continued Importance of Ethical Behavior in These Crazy Times

Presented by Samuel Bennett, CIC, AFIS, CRIS
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2 CE Hours 

We are in the midst of the most unusual circumstances any currently active insurance professional has EVER known.  For all of us, hard and/or soft markets have come and gone, underwriting attitudes have run hot and cold, capacity issues have waxed and waned.  All of those situations have been weathered and we have learned to adapt.  The current virus is a ‘brave new world’ for all of us.  In the midst of so many unknowns, we can take comfort in the fact that the need for ethical behavior – in every interaction with our clients, our managers, our co-workers, our companies and everyone else we work with day to day is as relevant in this chaos as it has been at any time during our professional lives.

We are pleased to announce that as a member benefit, we will provide this conference to our members and their staff complimentary this year.  

Nonmembers can attend for $25 per person.  With membership comes privilege, so we invite you to look at all of the valuable services and benefits of membership and join today!