Workshops & Presentations


2:00 PM | Program Business Study Results Panel

Chris Pesce, One80 Intermediaries (Moderator)
Brian Cohen, Arden Insurance Services
Grace Meek, Homesite Underwriting Managers
Doug Bennett, Aon Reinsurance Solutions
Jim Blinn, Zywave

Attend this dynamic, fast-paced presentation of the 2023 State of Program Business Study findings including the current size and scope of the program business industry. The presentation will be moderated by a fellow program administrator, accompanied by a panel of experts to comment on many of the benchmarked topics explored in this research. The Executive Summary of the study results will be made available at the presentation.

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Insurance Marketplace Update and the Future of M&A



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10:30 AM-Noon | Lloyd's Open House

Target Markets members place nearly $3B of premium into the Lloyd’s market on a Delegated Authority basis. If you are a current Lloyd’s coverholder or interested in becoming one, the Open House is your chance to meet with 12 Lloyd’s Syndicates in one place.

Whether you are looking for additional capacity or to place a new program, don’t miss this opportunity to talk directly with the underwriters. 

  • AEGIS Managing Agency Limited
  • Argenta Syndicate Management Limited
  • Ascot Group
  • Atrium Underwriters
  • AXA XL
  • Beazley
  • Brace Underwriting Limited
  • BRIT Global Specialty
  • Hiscox
  • Managing Agency Partners Ltd
  • Renaissance Re
  • Tokio Marine Kiln

Representatives from Lloyd’s and Tysers will be on hand to help make introductions and navigate the room.

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11:45 AM-1:30 PM | Women's Leadership Lunch

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Join Barbara Bufkin, Senior Advisor at Amwins, as she shares insights on preparing for leadership roles and advancing in the insurance industry. Key discussions areas include:

  • The Archeology of your Network - How learning to nurture, grow and maintain your network becomes a valuable asset for growth and advancement
  • Confidence + Self-Awareness - Being your own advocate by understanding the significance of confidence gained through career and life experiences

Start a conversation or pose a question as Grace Meek from Homesite Underwriting Managers accompanies Barbara for an interactive Q&A session.

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2:00 PM | From Potential to Powerhouse: Developing Emerging Talent

Jennifer Guidry, Great American (Moderator)
Amy O'Brien, Gallagher Bassett
Tandeka Nomvete, Spencer Educational Foundation
Jacqueline Wise, Saint Joseph’s University

The talent shortage in the insurance industry calls for proactive measures to attract and recruit the next generation of skilled professionals. Engaging with students and universities not only helps fill the talent gap but also ensures a dynamic, diverse, and innovative workforce capable of navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern insurance landscape.

Come listen to a panel of your peers, TMPAA Scholarship students, and University Administrators from Risk and Insurance programs.  Takeaways include:

  • Approaches to accessing student talent at universities with risk and insurance programs
  • Resources for internship access, development, and management
  • Methods for exposing your organization to the talent pipeline
  • Students’ perspective on employment in the current insurance environment

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4:00 PM | Everything You Need to Know About Your Reinsurance Placement that You Didn’t Know to Ask

Bob Kimmel, K2 Insurance Services (Moderator)
Jerome Breslin, Clear Blue Insurance Group
Dan Case, State National
Michael Jameson, Howden Tiger
David Paul, ALIRT Insurance Research

Securing reinsurance for your program has never been more challenging. From the hard market and capacity limitations to the aftershocks of the Vesttoo reinsurance collateral fallout, there are a host of new issues and challenges that you need to consider to protect and grow your program. Join a cross section of industry experts as they discuss the dynamics of reinsurance in a volatile environment.  



Embracing Emerging Technology – Employing ChatGPT and Other Innovations
Paolo Cuomo, Gallagher Re

Embracing emerging technology and adopting innovative tools to enhance efficiency and productivity in your business is essential to maintaining a competitive edge. ChatGPT, along with similar Ai technologies, may be the latest tech-buzz, but it’s not merely hype. It has the potential to revolutionize the insurance industry by providing a wide range of services, products, and a customer experience almost unimaginable a few years ago. This will impact all of us in multiple ways.

Attendees at this presentation can expect a discussion regarding:

  • Quick Wins – Using ChatGPT and other available tech TODAY in your operations
  • Avoiding Hype – Why these tools will help us, rather than replace us (for the moment)
  • Fast Following – Not an early adopter of new tech? How to be prepared to adopt and not be left behind.
  • The Future – What new tech is on the horizon?

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