U40 Annual Meeting Schedule and Session Details

Sunday, October 20

  Consider arriving in Nashville early to experience Music City with your peers. The cost and coordination of these activities is your responsibility, but the U40 Board  encourages you to consider these uniquely Nashville activities.

The Ryman Auditorium
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Grand Ole Opry Tour
Make Your Own Goo Goo Clusters
Hatch Show Print Shop Experience
3:00 - 6:30 p.m. On-site Registration Open
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. First Time Attendee Reception
If you are a first-time attendee or a mentor, please join us for this reception where you can mingle with U40 Board Members and WSIA committee liaisons.
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Opening Reception (all attendees invited)
  Join us to kick off the 2019 U40 Annual Meeting and network with new faces. 

Monday, October 21

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On-site Registration Open
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.  The Anatomy of a Claim: Understanding the Impact on the E&S Market

Presenter: Rebecca AdelmanAdelman Law Firm

Claims are inevitable in the insurance world. Understanding the anatomy of a claim from the first notice to resolution is the focus of this interactive session. It's critical to understand the impact that claims can have on the E&S market at various stages of litigation management. You can more effectively consider information during the underwriting process and improve the downstream results of claims, potentially reducing their impact. Join us as Rebecca provides her insights and experiences, designed to help you be more informed and more effective through case studies and collaborative discussions evaluating issues and outcomes.

Rebecca Adelman is an entrepreneur, influencer, thought leader and founder of Adelman Law Firm, certified by the Woman's Business Enterprise national Council (WBENC). For nearly 30 years, Rebecca has concentrated her practice in insurance defense and business litigation. Rebecca is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and was a finalist for the CLM Professional of the Year - Outside Counsel in 2018. To learn more about her involvement in the industry, please visit her full bio and firm website. 
9:45 - 11:00 a.m.  Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: A Panel Discussion
Join us for a panel discussion exploring the wholesale and specialty insurance industry's journey toward diversity and learn how you can make a positive impact. Hear from your peers about inclusion and diversity programs that have been implemented in their firms including those that address inclusion based on gender, disabilities, LGBTQIA+ and ethnicity.
 11:00 a.m. - Noon The Evolving London Marketplace
Hear some across-the-pond updates and happenings from your London peers.  
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

A Music City Executive's Holistic Approach to Risk Management

Presenter: Kim Mattoon, CFO of Gibson Brands, Inc.
Moderator: Josh Ammons, U40 Immediate Past President

Gibson’s iconic guitars have been graced by the fingers of countless musicians for more than 100 years. Internationally recognized and a staple in the Nashville community, Gibson Brands dedicates itself to a holistic approach to risk management. Join us for an in-depth Q&A with Kim Mattoon, Gibson Brand CFO, to learn about her approach to Gibson’s unique needs and challenges.

Kim Mattoon is the Chief Financial Officer for Gibson Brands, Inc., where she oversees Finance, IT, Human Resources, Legal, Facilities & Security, and Customer Service. She joined Gibson with nearly 25 years of experience with domestic and international consumer brand companies, most recently as the chief operating officer of Richemont North America, a global luxury consumer products company. Click here to read Kim’s full bio on the Gibson webpage.

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.  Roundtable

U40 encourages the exchange of educational and industry-critical information among members, promotes professionalism and is an avenue for insurance professionals to become more involved in the surplus lines community. Join us for a dynamic peer discussion on some emerging industry trends.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception 
6:30 - 6:45 p.m. WSIA Presidential Address by Joel Cavaness

We're honored to have the current WSIA President join us to share about his experiences in the industry and offer encouraging words to future leaders. 
6:45 - 9:30 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment
Tuesday, October 22

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00 a.m. - Noon  Executive Panel

Join us for a panel discussion with a cross-section of industry leaders. Panelists will discuss the future of the wholesale, specialty and 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. 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch and U40 Business Meeting
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.   Heartstrings Foundation Guitar Build

We're giving back to the local community again this year through a uniquely Nashville team exercise building guitars to benefit the Heartstrings Foundation. Heartstrings provides guitars to men and women suffering from PTSD or other life changing events. This includes all branches of our military as well as first responders. 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.   The Scoop

We want to hear from you! This is your opportunity to provide feedback for the future. 
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.   Networking Reception and Dinner at Luke Bryan's 

Join us for true Music City experience at Luke Bryan's, on Broadway right in the center of downtown Nashville. Dinner and drinks are on us!