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

Donovan likely starter

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald file photoAs soon as safety Zach Hampton knocked down Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain’s final desperation pass in the Capital One Bowl, one question emerged to dominate any discussion of Badger football: Who will replace senior bowl MVP John Stocco as the UW quarterback?In one corner is Tyler Donovan, a fifth-year senior-to-be who came off the bench in relief of Stocco late in the season to engineer the final two regular-season victories in an impressive manner. In the other corner is Allan Evridge, a junior transfer from Kansas State who sat out all of the 2006 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but set several Kansas State freshman records in his brief stint there. As spring practice progressed, the two largely cancelled out each other’s performances, both struggling at times and shining at others. “The thing I enjoyed during the course of the spring was the competition they have going right now,” Bielema said. “I’m really a firm believer, even back in my playing days, that any time you have competition, it brings the best out of people.”UW coaches left the quarterback situation an open question at the end of spring practice, but during the Big Ten Conference Media Day, head coach Bret Bielema gave his strongest indication yet as to whom the starter may be.”It’s very hard for me as a head coach to envision [Donovan] not being the guy,” Bielema said. “He has a lot of advantages over Allan Evridge.”Those advantages include a firm grasp on the UW offense after four years in the current system and game experience last year. Evridge is just now starting to fully understand the UW offense, which is drastically different than what he played in at Kansas State, Bielema noted. While the starter under center Sept. 1 against Washington State may not be a certainty just yet, one thing about the position is.”I really expect sometime during camp we’ll go ahead and make a move — whoever it may be,” Bielema said. “I can assure you you’re not going to see any two-platoon quarterback system out of Wisconsin.”Hill healthyBielema announced at Media Day that UW running back P.J. Hill, the reigning Big Ten rushing leader and Freshman of the Year, and tight end Andy Crooks, have been medically cleared for all football activities by doctors. Hill and Crooks sat out all of spring practice after undergoing similar shoulder surgeries after the 2006 season. Hill’s return is excellent news for the Badgers, who may be a few bodies short in the backfield when fall practice opens Aug. 6.In early July, a report surfaced in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that incoming freshman running back John Clay — a high school All-American selection — had been deemed academically ineligible by the NCAA. Then, sophomore Lance Smith was arrested early July 15 after a dispute and eventual altercation with his girlfriend over $5 of cab fare. Smith has been charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, and has been suspended from practice and competition by the UW Athletic Department pending further investigation.Both Smith and Clay were expected to see action behind Hill this season. “Both of their situations are dramatically different, and there are some things that have to work out for both of them before anything becomes official with us,” Bielema said. Later, Bielema elaborated. “Every situation I have to deal with as a head coach, all I can do is gather all the information, and based on administration, they let me make a decision, they’re going make certain decisions,” he said. “As of now, [Smith] is still suspended, but my guess is things are changing by the day.”Feelin’ chippyWhen Bielema walks into a new recruit’s house, one of the first questions he usually asks is this: “Which team in the Big Ten has won the most games in the last three years?”Despite the fact that the correct answer is Wisconsin, with 31 victories, he almost universally gets an answer of Ohio State (30 wins) or Michigan (27).It is this sort of oversight — not only from recruits, but from fans and media as well — that Bielema says motivates his team to play with a chip on its shoulders. “At Wisconsin we have to play with a little chip on our shoulder,” Bielema said. “We have to go with a little different attitude more than others, because people don’t know the level of success we’ve had.”last_img read more