Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A.M. Best to Review State of Industry During Sept. 20 Webinar

Availability, pricing and coverage trends will be discussed as Best's Review magazine hosts a webinar examining the current state of the excess and surplus markets on Sept. 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Register at no charge by clicking the State of the Surplus Lines Market Link at

Panelists from the specialty markets will discuss the impact of mergers and acquisitions and other developments affecting this fast-moving and important sector of the property/casualty insurance industry. The highlights of a new special report from A.M. Best Co. and the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation on the state of the excess and surplus markets will also be reviewed.

The webinar will be presented in live video streaming and audio-only formats. The webinar panelists include:
  • Matthew F. Power, Executive Vice President, Lexington Insurance Company
  • Steven DeCarlo, Chief Executive Officer, Amwins
  • J. Neal Abernathy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Swett & Crawford
  • Joseph Roethel, Assistant Vice President, Property/Casualty, A.M. Best Co.
Topics will include:
  • How companies in the excess and surplus sectors fared in the past year;
  • How new federal legislation is poised to shape the sector;
  • How the distribution environment is changing; and
  • Emerging opportunities for agents, brokers and other insurance professionals.
Attendees can submit questions or comments for the discussion by e-mailing Questions and comments will be discussed before and during the live event. Coverage of the webinar will be featured in an upcoming issue of Best's Review.

For more information about the webinar, please call (908) 439-2200, ext. 5561, or e-mail

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