9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcoming Remarks

9:15 am - 9:45 am

Opening Keynote by Paul VanderMarck, Chief Products Officer, RMS

Paul VanderMarck is Chief Products Officer of RMS. Since joining RMS in 1992 he has played a central role in developing global catastrophe modeling capabilities at RMS as well as in advancing the practice of using modeling to manage catastrophe risk.

9:45 am - 10:30 am

The Risk Manager’s Perspective

A panel of senior risk managers will discuss their most significant property risk management and insurance issues.

  • Duncan Ellis, Managing Director, US Property Practice Leader, Marsh (Moderator)
  • Laureen Coyne, Director of Risk and Insurance Management, MTA
  • Marvin Levine,Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Growth Properties
  • Patricia Quinn Murnane, Director of Corporate Insurance & Occupational Safety, AIG
  • Shari Natovitz, Senior Vice President and Director of Risk Management, Silverstein Properties / World Trade Center Properties
10:30 am - 10:45 am

Morning Break



10:45 am - 12:15 pm

10:45 – 11:30am / Flood Risk Management & Insurance

Learn how to proactively assess and manage flood risk and how to leverage this information to improve flood coverage, reduce flood insurance costs, increase asset values and protect your assets. Topics include flood modeling, correcting inaccurate flood maps, NFIP and private market flood insurance, mitigation standards and products, lender issues and how carriers price flood insurance.

  • Martha Bane, Managing Director, Property Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Moderator)
  • Jay Apfel, Senior Vice President of Catastrophe Management Services, Willis Re
  • Brion Callori, SVP, Engineering & Research Manager, FM Global
  • John Elbl, Vice President, AIR Worldwide
  • Dan Freudenthal, President of Agency Flood Resources, Inc. and CRIO, Inc.
  • Evan Glassman, Co-Founder of Hurricane PM, and President and CEO, New Paradigm Underwriters


11:30 – 12:15pm / New Avenues of Alternative Capital

Experts in Insurance Linked Securities will explain the imaginative new ways that hedge funds and other alternative sources of risk capital are engaged in the property insurance market.

  • Elana Margulies, Senior Manager, Asset Management, EisnerAmper LLP (Moderator)
  • Bill Dubinsky, Managing Director & Head of ILS, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory
  • Philipp Kusche, Director, Senior Insurance-Linked Securities Structurer and Originator, Swiss Re

10:45 – 11:30am / Cyber property risks

Last year a German steel plant was severely damaged by hackers. The likelihood of cybercriminals and terrorists causing physical damage grows daily as the Internet of Things becomes the Internet of Everything. Two solo presentations and a panel discussion will explore the growing threat of cyber-related physical damage and business interruption.

  • David Bradford, President – Research & Editorial, Advisen (Moderator)
  • Chris DeMunbrun, Special Agent, United States Secret Service
  • Gerry Kane, Cyber Security Segment Director in Risk Engineering, Zurich Services Corporation
  • Peter Rosen, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Nadine Silva, EVP and Property Division Executive, Lexington Insurance Company


11:30 – 11:50am / Cyber Property Risk

  • John Gambale, Head of Professional Liability & Lexington Financial Lines, U.S. & Canada, AIG


11:50 – 12:15pm / Cyber Property Risk

  • Chris Keegan, Senior Managing Director, Cyber & Technology National Practice Leader, Beecher Carlson
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Conference Luncheon



1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

1:30 – 2:15pm / Multinational Risk Management & Insurance Issues

An expanding international footprint is a competitive necessity for many companies. But assuring that adequate and compliant insurance coverage is in place throughout the world, and that risk engineering services and claims expertise is available locally, can be a challenge. This session will explore the issues of property risk management and insurance for multinational companies and will provide insight into best practices.

  • Marianne Halvorsen, Vice President, Property & Casualty – International Markets, Lockton (Moderator)
  • John Durante, President, Risk Logic
  • Stan Johnson, Managing Director of Disputes and Investigations, Navigant
  • William Porter, Head of International Sales and Distribution, Zurich GCiNA


2:15 – 2:45pm / An Economist’s View

 A leading insurance industry economist will explore the factors driving pricing, capacity, and the growing number of mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on the impact on the property insurance market.

  • Thomas Holzheu, Chief Economist, Americas, Economic Research & Consulting, Swiss Re

1:30-2:15pm / The Informed Customer

This session will explore how to use Big Data and technology to enhance customer experience in the face of aggregation/direct-to-consumer sales models. Panelists will touch on the concept of ‘dynamic underwriting’ (streaming insured’s data through the lifetime of a policy).

  • David Bradford, President – Research & Editorial, Advisen (Moderator)
  • Paul Drennan, AVP of Predictive Analytics, The Hartford
  • Rob Kreager, Sales Executive, Marsh ClearSight
  • John Lucker, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP


2:15 – 2:45pm / The Economics of Disaster-Resistant Buildings

A hospital in South Florida may need to be hurricane resistant, but what about an office building? What is the return on investment of disaster-proofing?

  • David Butry, Economist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Chuck Miccolis, Senior Engineering Manager of Commercial Lines, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

A Dynamic Property Marketplace – The Broker’s Perspective

A panel of senior property insurance brokers will offer their perspectives on the property insurance market, addressing such things as capacity, competition, coverage issues, and changing client expectations and demands.

  • Erik Nikodem, Property Executive for the Americas Region of Property and Casualty, AIG (Moderator)
  • Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld, President, Kansas City, Managing Director, National Property Practice, R-T Specialty
  • Duncan Ellis, US Property Practice Leader, Marsh
  • Dave Finnis, National Property Practice Leader, Willis
  • Richard Miller, Managing Director, Aon
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

View from the Top

A rare opportunity to hear top insurance executives discuss their perspectives on the insurance market, disclose the issues that most concern them, and explain how property business fits into their overall strategic vision.

  • Bill Keogh, CEO, Advisen (Moderator)
  • Cory Anger, Managing Director, GC Securities, Global Head of ILS Origination and Structuring, Guy Carpenter
  • Bryon Ehrhart, CEO, Aon Benfield
  • Tom Lawson, President & Chief Executive Officer, FM Global
  • Robert Schimek, Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer – Americas, AIG
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Closing Remarks & Reception

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