CIAB Cancels Insurance Leadership Forum

September 18, 2001

The Executive Committees of co-sponsors The Council of Insurance Agents + Brokers and The Council of Insurance Company Executives announced yesterday the cancellation of the 88th Annual Insurance Leadership Forum, scheduled for Oct. 5 -10 at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

The Greenbrier meeting is a leading leadership meeting for the commercial insurance sector, a gathering of CEOs of member firms representing the top one percent of commercial insurance agencies and brokerages and the nation’s leading insurance companies.

“Cancellation of the Greenbrier meeting represents a tremendous program and financial loss for our association and members,” stated Ken Crerar, The Council’s president. “However, since Sept. 11, 2001, any collective professional sacrifice we make pales in comparison to the personal and professional tragedies unfolding in New York and at the Pentagon.”

The “Greenbrier Meeting,” as it is known in the industry, has been held every year since The Council’s founding in 1913. This year, the co-sponsors voted to cancel the gathering out of respect for member firms with offices in the World Trade Center complex, where losses were tremendous, and out of concern that insurance clients deserve total attention and service from commercial insurance leaders.

“Our leadership feels that three weeks from now personal and professional challenges felt throughout our sector will likely be particularly acute and predictably hard,” Crerar stated. “Clearly, insurance leaders need time, both to mourn and regroup, as the nation sorts out its challenges, and as the mounting losses and current needs of clients are quantified.”

The next Insurance Leadership Forum at the Greenbrier is scheduled for Oct.
5-9, 2002. For more information, visit www.ciab.com.

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