U40 Programs

These programs are open to all WSIA members and are organized by WSIA's U40 at the WSIA Annual Marketplace. You may register for the Surplus Lines, Issues & Dynamics, Leading with Certainty in Uncertain Times, and the Executive Panel during the Marketplace registration process. You may also register online here for these events with your Annual Marketplace registration confirmation number. 

Sunday, September 10

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.           International Market Dynamics in the U.S. Surplus Lines Industry
Organized by WSIA's U40 (open to all members)

Peter Barrett, Bell & Clements
Thommy Hassel, Munich Re
Carlton Maner, AXIS Insurance
    Coronado Ballroom D - 4th Level
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Networking Reception
    Coronado Foyer - 4th Level

Join WSIA's U40 for a dialogue with members from outside the U.S., including the London, Bermuda and European markets. These professionals and their U.S.-based colleagues will provide attendees with an idea of how these international markets function and how they work with the U.S. specialty insurance industry to cover today’s tough risks.

Monday, September 11

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.         Leadership Workshop
"Benefits of the Wholesale Distribution System: A Conversation on the Conning Report"
Organized by WSIA's U40 (open to all members)

Hank Haldeman, The Sullivan Group
Dave Leonard, RSUI Group 
    Coronado Ballroom C - 4th Level

Join us for a conversation with WSIA leaders regarding the recently released Conning analysis. This study of costs and benefits of the wholesale distribution system will be informative for anyone active in the wholesale space. A brief presentation on the Conning, Inc. findings will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Tuesday, September 12

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.          Executive Panel 


Richard Schmitzer, James River Insurance
Brenda (Ballard) Austenfeld,
RT Specialty
Nick Abraham,
Kristen Skender,
    Coronado Ballroom C - 4th Level

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.    WSIA's U40 Reception
Marina Courtyard - Lobby Level next to Sally's

Join us for a panel discussion with a cross-section of industry leaders. Panelists will discuss the future of the surplus lines marketplace, the challenges and opportunities E&S professionals may encounter during the next five years and anecdotes from their own experiences as leaders and professionals. Afterwards, join U40 and panelists for a reception to further explore themes touched on during the panel discussion.