Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Committee Day Update– November 12-13, 2007

NAPSLO will notify committee volunteers shortly regarding their selection to serve on a committee. Notifications will also include information about Committee Day registration, scheduled for November 12-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Registation will be handled online.

NAPSLO has nine committees and approximately 100 volunteer committee members. Each year a number committee members leave committee service, making room for new volunteers to join.

Current NAPSLO committees are as follows: Budget, Finance, Audit & Investment; Communications & Technology; Convention; Education; International; Internship; Legislative; Membership & Ethics; and Mid-Year Educational Workshop.

In addition, NAPSLO is adding a new committee whose members will educate students from their local colleges and universities, or alma mater, about surplus lines insurance and our industry. Initial committee members will name the committee and also create a Mission Statement for the committee.

Friday, September 14, 2007

PDF Electronic Online Forms Now Available

NAPSLO now features interactive electronic PDF applications and forms that can be completed onscreen and e-mailed conveniently to NAPSLO, versus printing, handwriting and mailing via postal mail.

All applications in the Member and Labels & E-mail Address section of NAPSLO’s Web site now feature the interactive PDF Smart Forms.

Having the capability to electronically fill out a form is fast and simple. The document contains data fields where text can be directly entered and can also include radio boxes and checkboxes for multiple choice questions. Using these Smart Forms also ensures the information entered will be legible and allows the user the ability to keep backup copies electronically.

To view the applications containing forms, please visit the Member and E-mail & Labels section of NAPSLO's Web site.

Let NAPSLO know if there is a particular form or application you prefer to feature Smart Forms. E-mail with suggestions.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Advanced School Set for Oct. 27-30 in St. Louis Sold Out

The Advanced School, set for October 27-30 in St. Louis, has sold all available spaces. The Advanced School moves to St. Louis and will be held at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, the same site as previous E&S Schools.

The school will include sessions on claims, finance, recognizing scams, reinsurance & alternative risk, brokering, errors & omissions, trends in E-Business, and a review of current federal legislative proposals.

The school offers a comprehensive look at surplus lines, and provides the opportunity to meet with others in the industry. Completion of the NAPSLO E&S School is not a prerequisite.

The school opens with Perspectives From the Top, a presentation by Dale H. Pilkington, President of Colony Insurance Co.

Members on the Executive Panel will be Maureen Caviston, CPCU, Partners Specialty Group, LLC; M. Steven DeCarlo, AmWINS Group, Inc.; Stephen J. Vaccaro, Jr., Max Specialty Insurance Co.; and Terry Younghanz, Rockhill Insurance Co.

Instructors are Philip R. Ballinger, CPCU, ASLI, Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas; Richard M. Bouhan, NAPSLO; Richard Clarke, J. Smith Lanier & Co.; Andrew Forstenzer, Crump Group, Inc.; Randall D. Jones, Maxum Indemnity Co.; Marshall P. Kath, Colemont Brokerage Group, Inc.; Jean M. Nelson and Terry Bolin, Scottsdale Insurance Co.; and Marcus Payne, NAPSLO Education Coodinator.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Nominating Committee Releases Report

The NAPSLO Nominating Committee recently issued its proposed slate of officers and directors for the Association for 2007-08. Nominated for officer positions were:

President - Mary Ellen Rozzell, Continental/Marmorstein & Malone, Paramus, NJ. Vice President - John F. Wood, III, CIC, CIW, Specialty Risk Associates, Inc., Shreveport, LA.
Secretary - Dale H. Pilkington, Colony Insurance Company, Richmond, VA.
Treasurer - Marshall P. Kath, Colemont Brokerage Group, Inc., Dallas, TX.

Nominated for a new three-year term on the Board was Kevin T. Westrope, Westrope, Kansas City, MO. Steven R. Gross, Metro Insurance Services, Inc.; Marshall P. Kath, Colemont Brokerage Group Inc.; Tom Mulligan, Western World Insurance Group; and Gary Tiepelman, CPCU, ASLI, Scottsdale Insurance Co., were renominated for three-year terms. Directors are nominated for three-year terms on the Board. Officers are nominated for a one-year term. NAPSLO member firms will vote on the proposed slate of officers and directors during the Annual Business Meeting, scheduled Friday, October 5, at the Annual Convention in New Orleans.