The 2022 Fall Workshop took place in beautiful, bustling (and chilly) San Antonio on November 17-18 at the Westin Riverwalk. Our highest attended event post-COVID, the workshop was packed with outside speakers and panelists, interactive opportunities as well as familiar faces. “We see ourselves as partners in protection,” was how Commissioner Cassie Brown welcomed the group to the great state of Texas, not only noting the good work that TPCIGA is doing, but also recognizing the community’s public policy efforts at the NAIC and beyond. This, along with hearing from NCIGF Board Chairman, Chad Anderson (WGFS), getting an important update from the southern states, diving into cyber coverage with representatives from Chubb, and having the opportunity to hear from a panel of vendors on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion rounded out the first half of a thought-provoking day one. The DEI topic discussion, so wonderfully presented by the vendor panel, was continued at lunch round tables along with other round table groups covering accounting topics. The second half of the day featured NCIGF President and CEO, Roger Schmelzer, as he updated the membership on all things NCIGF via his President’s Report. And the educational portion of the day was concluded by all attendees participating in a tabletop exercise, breaking into small discussion groups with community experts floating around to help answer questions as the red, blue, and green teams dealt with a mock cyber insolvency situation. The whole day wrapped with a fellowship-centered reception, featuring a heartfelt sendoff to Mr. Marvin Kelly (TX), as he celebrated the workshop as his last event with the guaranty fund community before retirement.
Day two kicked off with takeaways from the tabletop exercise followed by a panel on receivership fiduciary duties. The day’s agenda also included a reflective and encouraging interview with Marvin Kelly with the Texas Executive Director of 30+ years noting, “These aren’t just [claim] files, these are people’s lives…” as he inspired the audience, who later gave him a standing ovation, to take to heart the important and impactful work the guaranty funds do. New NCIGF staffer, Mike Ulmer, wrapped up the day highlighting NCIGF’s IT Security posture and what to expect from the organization in days ahead.
The entire workshop was humming with robust conversation at breaks and meals, great questions from audience members and just the right amount of levity and insightful remarks from the two fantastic emcees, Kerry Nations (TN) and John D’Amato (TX).
Many thanks to the NCIGF Education Committee members and NCIGF staff support for putting together a phenomenal agenda as well as Lynn Cantin from NCIGF for executing yet another great session. The next NCIGF event will be the 2023 Annual Conference, slated to take place in Seattle, WA, on April 20-21, 2023. For a list of all NCIGF Events, please click here.
To see even more from this great event, check out our highlight video.