Vermont to host world’s largest captive insurance conference, August 9

first_imgCaptive insurance professionals from throughout the United States and around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont next week for the world’s largest captive insurance conference, August 9-11, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center and the University of Vermont’s Davis Center. The event is the 26th Annual Conference hosted by the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.Though more than half of the US states now have captive insurance laws on their books, Vermont continues to be the premier domicile in the United States and the third largest in the world. Captive insurance is a specialized form of self-insurance. Among the close to 600 active captive insurance companies in Vermont, the State’s roster of captive insurance companies includes 42 of the Fortune 100 and 18 of the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Vermont has established a wide range of captive programs; from hospital groups forming captives for their professional medical liabilities, to small and mid-cap companies seeking coverage as well. The industry is also responsible for more than 1400 jobs (direct and indirect) for Vermonters.The conference, entitled “The DNA of Captive Insurance” will feature leading experts in the captive insurance world whose discussions will span from the most basic to the most complex trends and innovations in the captive insurance arena. According to VCIA President Rich Smith, “The world of captive insurance continues to expand as risk managers are seeking better ways to control their long-term risk management. As our conference theme implies, the VCIA event will offer opportunities for exploration, learning and discovery of all things captive. The knowledge of the expert panelists assembled for VCIA’s upcoming conference is without parallel. This is a “don’t miss” event for the serious captive insurance professional.”Known for its high quality and substantive contributions to the professional development of those who attend, the VCIA Annual Conference will draw over 1100 attendees. The press who will be writing or broadcasting information about the VCIA Annual Conference are invited to attend conference seminars as well as a scheduled press conference from 5:00 – 5:30 pm on August 9th in the Carleton Board Room at the Sheraton.2011 Conference Highlights: The captive industry’s largest captive education and networking eventExhibitors from all industry sectorsVermont Governor Peter Shumlin will address conference attendees on Wednesday, August 10th at 10am in the Emerald Ballroom at the Sheraton18 top quality seminars and roundtables for every level of industry experience; CPE / CLE credits available50 expert panelistsTwo keynote speakers: Kevin Carroll, author, entertainer and agent for social change; and Dr. Robert Hartwig, President of Insurance Information Institute and Chief Economistlast_img read more

Happy Earth Day!

first_img“The great thing about the project is it will help retain and attract a great work force,” said Lee Brown, Erwin Utilities President and CEO. “It will be a major tourist attraction for people who will visit here, stay overnight and spend money… there will be a lot of people who will visit this world-class park.”  Photo of Earth from Getty Images Earlier this week, the Erwin, TN Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a lease on 115 mountainous acres for development of a “multi-modal biking and hiking park developed with a planning grant from the International Mountain Bike Association,” the Johnson City Press reports. Construction of the park is expected to cost approximately $1.9 million. Most Tennessee State Parks to reopen Friday After closing April 4 due to coronavirus, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced this week that most state parks will reopen on Friday, April 24. Parks will be open for day use only. The parks that will remain closed will be announced online before Friday. Pavilions, playgrounds, cabins, and campgrounds will remain closed.  Watch Earth Day Live, digital programming that starts at 9am EST and cover topics like “The Fight to Save Our Species” presented by the San Diego Zoo and a panel discussion on fighting climate change with diet change.  “We are eager to serve once again but we urge Tennesseans to continue to practice physical distancing when visiting parks,” deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Jim Bryson, told WJHL News Channel 11. “We have implemented policies designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we will monitor all aspects of the issue to ensure safety among visitors and our staff.” Take 24 Hours of Action as the Earth Day Network issues a new call to action every hour. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—and it truly is an Earth Day unlike any other. While large Earth Day events around the world have been canceled, Earth Day Network encourages people to take action in three ways. Join the Global Digital Surge by filling the digital landscape with global conversations and calls to action. Town of Erwin, TN plans world class mountain bike parklast_img read more