The 2019 NRRA National Conference will mark the 32nd time the association has held its signature annual event. Conference themes in recent years have included “Reinventing Convention” and “Business to Business: The NRRA Edge.” “Autonomous, RRG,” the theme of the 2016 conference, was one of my favorites: It followed a hypothetical technology insurance company from cradle to grave. I can honestly say nobody left the room during the sessions!

This year’s theme, ‘Pioneering Innovation’, is a logical progression from what we’ve done in the past. But I must emphasize this: We never make changes to the conference just for the sake of making changes. We seek to maintain the core benefits that attendees gain, while at the same time taking a fresh look at how we approach and present the theme.

We also strive to incorporate innovations not usually seen at events in our industry. For example, last year we held a number of roundtable discussions at which attendees could ask questions and express their opinions and viewpoints. The level of participation was amazing, and the   roundtables were a huge success!

I’m confident the 2019 conference will be an equal or even greater success. For my part, I can’t wait till we all gather in Chicago on Oct. 2 — 4. Until then, be well!

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.