The 2019 Vermont Captive Insurance Association Conference — which drew approximately 1,000 industry members to Burlington — is now history.

For me, one highlight of the conference was observing how the contingent from NRRA’s CRISP program handled themselves at the event. CRISP is, of course, our association’s outreach to interest college students in pursuing careers in the insurance industry.

I thought the young people from CRISP were fantastic! VCIA was the first time a group of students had their own booth in the exhibition hall of a major insurance association gathering. The CRISP folks definitely were not sitting at the “kids table”!

Having created their own materials to hand out, they dove in and networked with attendees — interviewing some of them — to establish contacts and get a feel for the industry. They also spread the word about what needs to be done to bring more young people into the field.

One of the CRISP members was Roosevelt University graduate student Josh Torres, who wrote an article about his experiences during the first day. I urge you to read Josh’s report — see the section of this newsletter directly below.

The NRRA Conference Is Fast Approaching!

This brings me to the topic of the 2019 NRRA National Conference, which is taking place Oct. 2-4 at the Sofitel Chicago Miracle Mile Hotel.

The conference promises to an extremely stimulating and informative deep dive into the important issues facing RRGs today. Plus, it will be one of the year’s most valuable opportunities to network with other key RRG players.

Here are just some of the reasons you should attend. >>

Sign Up by September 10 and SAVE!

Want a reduced group rate at the Sofitel Chicago Miracle Mile Hotel? Want to avoid paying a $200 late-registration fee? Register for the conference by September 10 to get special Early Bird pricing. In fact, register NOW to make sure you don’t lose out!

Register for the conference. >>

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Warmest regards,
Joe Deems

Joe Deems
 has been the executive director of the National Risk Retention Association since 2011. An attorney, he earned his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Joe lives in Tarzana, California, with his wife, Sharon; they’re now “empty-nesters” following the graduation of their two children, Evan and Marissa, from college.