PIA of NY, NJ to Hold Hard Market Panel Discussion at Annual Conference

May 31, 2002

The Professional Insurance Agents of New York and New Jersey announced that they will host a panel discussion on the “Hard Market” at their joint annual conference which takes place June 9-11.

The panel, which features eleven top executives, regulators, and producers in the Insurance industry, will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2002 at Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, Dennis Salon AB.

The PIANJ/NY Annual Conference is the largest gathering of insurance agents in either state said the organization’s bulletin. It will offer “an expansive trade show, continuing education sessions and networking opportunities for hundreds of agents, brokers and other professionals in the insurance field, ” but the “feature event” will be the panel discussion.

The announcement indicated that the panelists will include:
— Regulators: Gregory V. Serio, New York Superintendent of Insurance and William Rader, New Jersey Assistant Commissioner of Insurance;
— Insurance journalist: Samuel Friedman, editor, National Underwriter;
— Risk manager: Ken Karole, president, Eagle Risk Management;
— Commercial lines carriers: Bill Tabinsky, president, OneBeacon and John Hill, sr. vice president, Magna Carta Cos.;
— Excess/Surplus Lines representatives: Dan Maher, executive director, ELANY and Frank Mastowski, president, N.J. Surplus Lines Association, and
— Insurance producers: Robert Franzese, Capital Region Insurance Agency; David Isenberg, D.C. White Agency; and David Madara, Madara Company

A recent conference in New Hampshire discussed the same theme (See IJ Website May 30) and offered some very relevant insights and a frank discussion of current market conditions. Given the quality and experience of the participants at this conference, it should be especially interesting and informative.

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