CPCU Annual Conference Set for October

August 3, 2004

The CPCU Society has announced that its 60th Annual Meeting and Seminars will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 23-26.

The Annual Meeting’s Property and Casualty Insurance Track features 25 seminars about important property/casualty insurance topics and industry trends. This year’s series of Time Element Seminars will give insurance professionals a unique learning experience because each seminar focuses on one catastrophic event from multiple perspectives-including litigation, underwriting, loss control, business continuity planning and more.

CPCUs can earn up to 18 Continuing Education credits in most states. Property and Casualty Insurance Track highlights include:

* “Mock Trial: Who Pays When the Sky Falls?” – Oct. 24, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Before a policy is issued, many professionals conduct “business as usual” without realizing the far-reaching consequences of small, even well-intentioned actions. Seemingly “innocent” mistakes or lapses in good business practices are compounded under the spotlight of litigation, and may become a fulcrum for shifting responsibility for huge losses to many parties. In this mock trial, attendees will learn how such actions may play out during realistic direct- and cross-examinations of a variety of insurance professionals involved in pre-and post-loss services related to the catastrophe.

· “Business Continuity Planning – An Information Technology Perspective” – Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m. – Disaster can strike at any moment-but you can learn how to cope with the worst. This three-part seminar will address the crucial issues of crisis management planning, emergency response and business resumption, and rebuilding your organization. Attendees will learn to recognize the exposures faced by an organization from an information technology and automation standpoint. This program will also address the need for pre-planning efforts to ensure the survival of an organization, as well as an understanding of the steps to re-establish data and/or technology environments following a disaster.

* “Insurance South of the Border” – Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-Noon – For many insurance professionals, cultural differences and international issues are difficult barriers to overcome when conducting business with foreign clients and organizations. This seminar will examine insurance coverage and claims issues that can arise when dealing with countries that are “south of the border,” specifically Mexico and Chile. Attend this seminar for valuable lessons on cultural differences and political risks that can occur when entering into insurance policies with these countries. Developed by the CPCU Society’s International Insurance Section.

· “Toxic Mold: Where is the Coverage?” – Oct. 25, 2-5:15 p.m. – Toxic mold is an ongoing issue for many agents, adjusters, and risk managers. If you’re constantly faced with questions regarding coverage for toxic mold, you’ll greatly benefit from this seminar on personal and commercial lines insurance contracts. Attend this timely seminar to learn how property is damaged from mold, understand when the mold loss occurs, discuss the insurance issues involving mold in both personal and commercial lines policies, and review new policy forms and endorsements that limit or eliminate coverage for mold. R. Bryan Tilden, CPCU, CLU, ChFC, CIC, who is a national lecturer and expert witness in the field of insurance, will be the lead presenter of this seminar.

For more information, visit the CPCU Society’s web site, www.cpcusociety.org, or contact the Society’s Member Resource Center at (800) 932-CPCU, option 5, or send an e-mail to membercenter@cpcusociety.org.

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