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Conference & Awards 2024

In March 2023, New York’s iconic Gotham Hall was filled to the rafters for the first ever E&S Insurer conference and awards ceremony. The March event attracted a veritable who’s who of the dynamic E&S marketplace, and was a roaring success!

Over the course of the day we hosted more than 450 attendees representing in excess of 170 companies. Among them were leading E&S carriers, wholesale brokers, reinsurers, rating agencies, investors, and other key players. Our 18 distinguished speakers delivered incisive commentary and lively debate on the state of the market, discussing the drivers behind the sustained hard phase of the E&S pricing cycle that has helped swell the sector to record size.

The day culminated in an evening dedicated to recognising outstanding achievement and innovation in the industry.

Following the success of this inaugural event, we are pleased to announce the return of the premier one-day experience for the E&S sector in 2024. Mark your calendars for 20 March, when Gotham Hall in Midtown Manhattan will once again serve as the backdrop for this prestigious occasion.

The format will largely replicate that of the previous event, featuring an informative half-day conference with keynote addresses, interactive panel discussions and engaging Q&A sessions. The evening will unfold as a reception and dinner-style awards ceremony, providing a perfect setting for networking with senior peers both from the US and overseas. It is an opportunity to celebrate another year of excellence, and attain a deeper understanding of the trajectory of the E&S sector.

Join us in recognising and showcasing the sector’s best, while gaining valuable insights to help inform your decision making and strategy for the year ahead.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the coming weeks!

2023’s event in numbers

4.5*
average rating
450+
individual attendees in the morning and evening
175+
companies in attendance
18
senior-level speakers

About the conference

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The Conference will highlight key trends, opportunities and challenges that are shaping the strategy and decision making of market participants, welcoming leading E&S carriers, wholesale brokers, reinsurers, rating agencies, investors, and other key players.

In addition to keynote speeches from leading industry speakers, the event will also include interactive panel discussions and engaging Q&A sessions on the following topics:

  • E&S casualty: Hard on the heels of property
  • The retail-wholesale complex: Whose patch is it anyway?
  • State of the E&S market

Look out for speaker announcements in the upcoming weeks...

Conference timings:

8:00-9:00 | Breakfast

9:00-9:05 | Welcome from E&S Insurer

9:05-9:30 | Keynote: Neil Kessler, CEO, Wholesale Division, CRC Group

9:30-9:55 | Keynote: Russ Johnston, President, P&C Commercial Lines, E&S, Specialty, Nationwide

9:55-10:40 | Panel: E&S casualty: Hard on the heels of property

10:40-11:10 | Coffee break

11:10-11:55 | Panel: The retail-wholesale complex: Whose patch is it anyway?

11:55-12:40 | Panel: State of the E&S market

12:40-13:00 | Keynote: Ben Sloop, COO, Amwins

13:00 | Conference close

 

Keynote speakers

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Russ Johnston

President, P&C Commercial Lines, E&S, Specialty
Nationwide

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    Neil Kessler

    CEO, Wholesale Division
    CRC Group

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      Ben Sloop

      COO
      Amwins

         

        Panel discussions

        Panel | E&S casualty: Hard on the heels of property

        The second half of 2023 saw casualty overtake property as the topic de jour at industry conferences.

        • Why casualty could be next in line to re-harden after property
        • How to underwrite against the forces of inflation, social inflation and litigation finance
        • Reinsurance tightening and the ramifications for insurers
        • Reserving: 2014-2018 years look bad, but are 2019-2022 without sin?
        • Emerging risks from PFAS to social media addiction
        • Professional and executive liability – irrational markets?
         
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        Mia Finsness

        Global Executive Underwriting Officer, Casualty
        Markel

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          Paul Smith

          Corporate Senior Vice President
          Burns & Wilcox

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            Shannon Stefanski

            Executive Vice President
            RT Specialty

               

              Panel | The retail-wholesale complex: Whose patch is it anyway?

              Lines between retail and wholesale channels are increasingly blurred amid growing signs that the big three retailers want to get back into the wholesale space in a meaningful way after years of capability building by the next tier. .

              • Retail brokers in the wholesale space – threat or opportunity?
              • How retail consolidation spawned the wholesale giants
              • PE-backed retailers and the second (or third?) wave of consolidation
              • Race for the prize: small business and what carriers/wholesalers must do to win
              • What retail clients really want from their wholesalers
              • Wholesale broker strategies for remaining relevant
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              Marya Propis

              Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution
              RT Specialty (Moderator)

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                Ed Ashby

                Global Head of Distribution
                Axis Capital

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                  Bill Gatewood

                  Personal Insurance Practice Leader, SVP
                  Burns & Wilcox

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                    Wendy Houser

                    Chief Wholesale Officer
                    Markel

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                      Alycia Kiley

                      Senior Vice President
                      Amwins Group

                         

                        Panel | State of the E&S market

                        After another strong year of growth, the E&S market has gone past $100bn of premium volume and with a rehardening of the property and casualty market submission flow is strong. AM Best has gone positive on its outlook for the sector – are there any clouds on the horizon?

                        • Drivers of growth and how long they will last
                        • The secular shift in business to the wholesale channel
                        • Opportunity as admitted markets retrench from cat-prone states
                        • E&S market hot spots and the P&C pricing cycle
                        • Vesttoo fallout and the importance of counterparty security/diligence
                        • Specialty product and the role of the E&S market in innovation
                        • Evolution of the dedicated E&S Insurer
                        • The MGA explosion
                        • Securing the future: talent and technology
                         
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                        Hank Watkins

                        Regional Director & President, Americas
                        Lloyd’s (Moderator)

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                          Matt Dolan

                          President, North America Specialty and Ironshore
                          Liberty Mutual

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                            Kevin Doyle

                            CEO
                            Risk Placement Services

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                              Liz Kramer

                              President, E&S Lines
                              Munich Re Specialty Insurance

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                                Janet Pane

                                Executive Director
                                ELANY

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                                  Christopher Sparro

                                  CEO, North America
                                  Sompo International Commercial P&C Insurance

                                    Register

                                    Earlybird rate: $1,095 per person (until 19 January 2024 only – $1,145 thereafter)

                                    Subscriber rate: $995 per person (applicable to subscribers to The Insurer)

                                    3 delegates package: $2,500 in total (applicable to bookings of three tickets from the same company)

                                    5 delegates package: $4,000 in total (applicable to bookings of five tickets from the same company)

                                    To secure your subscriber rate, or a group discounted rate, get in touch with Beatrice Boico at: beatrice@wbmediagroup.com

                                    Conference tickets do not provide admission into the evening awards ceremony. If you wish to attend the awards, please get in touch with Spencer Halladey spencer@wbmediagroup.com or Andy Stone andy@wbmediagroup.com to book a table.

                                    About the awards

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                                    Following the morning conference, we’ll reconvene in the evening for a reception and dinner-style awards ceremony, providing a perfect setting for networking with senior peers both from the US and overseas.

                                    This is an opportunity for you to shine and for us to recognise excellence in the market. It’ll also be a great environment for existing relationships to be nurtured and new ones to be formed.

                                    For further details about the categories and how to enter, scroll down below or click here to download the entry brochure.

                                    Awards Timings:

                                    17:30-19:00 | Champagne reception

                                    19:00-21:30 | Three course meal and awards ceremony

                                    21:30-23:00 | Drinks and networking

                                    Attending the 2024 Awards:

                                    Conference tickets do not provide admission into the evening awards ceremony. If you wish to attend the awards, please get in touch with Spencer Halladey spencer@wbmediagroup.com or Andy Stone andy@wbmediagroup.com to book a table.

                                    Judges

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                                    Dawnmarie Black

                                    Market Development Director - US
                                    Lloyd's

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                                      David Bull

                                      North American editor, E&S Insurer

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                                        Stan Galanski

                                        President and CEO
                                        G58 Capital LLC

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                                          Henry Lombardi

                                          Executive Vice President
                                          NFP Property and Casualty

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                                            Bryan Sanders

                                            Chairman
                                            Markel Specialty

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                                              Mark Smith

                                              President
                                              XPT Specialty

                                                 

                                                Categories

                                                E&S CARRIER OF THE YEAR

                                                This category is open to all insurance companies writing E&S business in the US. Successful candidates will be those that can demonstrate their commitment to the sector and the wholesale distribution channel. They will demonstrate the strategic importance of E&S business within their portfolios, specialty expertise, strong underwriting performance relative to peers, and outstanding service and responsiveness to their distribution partners in the past year. They will also be judged on their ability to develop specialty product for their distribution partners.

                                                 

                                                WHOLESALE BROKING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

                                                This category is open to all intermediaries that are primarily focused on the wholesale distribution channel. Successful candidates will be those able to demonstrate their strong market position and ability to find specialty solutions and capacity for their retail clients. Although criteria under consideration will include financial performance, organic growth and M&A execution strategy, the category will look beyond scale and breadth of offerings to other factors such as industry expertise, product innovation, use of data and analytics and investment in talent.

                                                 

                                                E&S UNDERWRITER OF THE YEAR

                                                This individual award category is open to underwriting executives of all levels of seniority and aims to recognize industry talent for their contribution to their company and the E&S marketplace. The category will be judged on a range of criteria, including underwriting results (where demonstrable), market influence and reputation, demonstration of expertise as a market leader, service to distribution partners and problem solving. Nominations can include testimonial evidence and other supporting materials.

                                                 

                                                WHOLESALE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

                                                This award category is open to wholesale production individuals of all levels of seniority and aims to recognize industry talent for their contribution to their company and the E&S marketplace. The category will be judged on a range of criteria, including financial metrics around growth and performance of book (where demonstrable), ability to deliver solutions to retail clients and market influence with carriers. Nominations can include testimonial evidence and other supporting materials.

                                                 

                                                UNDERWRITING RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

                                                Talent is key to the future success of E&S carriers, wholesale brokers and the market as a whole. This category is intended to recognize the best up-and-coming talent at E&S carriers that will form the next generation of leaders. Companies operating in the sector may nominate rising stars from within their organization or at counterparties and will be expected to detail the skills and achievements – both in the market and within their companies – of their colleagues to support their submission to this category. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be 35 or under on the day of the awards.

                                                 

                                                BROKING RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

                                                This category is intended to recognize the best up-and-coming talent at wholesale brokers that will form the next generation of leaders. Companies operating in the sector may nominate rising stars from within their organization or at counterparties and will be expected to detail the skills and achievements – both in the market and within their companies – of their colleagues to support their submission to this category. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must be 35 or under on the day of the awards.

                                                 

                                                INNOVATION IN E&S

                                                This category is for carriers, brokers and other market participants to demonstrate how they brought true innovation to the E&S sector in 2023. Innovation could be in the form of technology, product creation, capacity creation, initiatives to attract and develop talent or any other relevant area. Entrants can be nominated by the companies or individuals directly involved, or by third parties. Entrants must be able to articulate why the innovation was needed and the impact hey expect it to have on the market.

                                                 

                                                OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

                                                The judging panel will grant this award to an individual they believe has made an outstanding contribution to the E&S sector in their career. Entries for this category will not be accepted.

                                                How to enter

                                                E&S Insurer’s 2024 Awards ceremony is open to anyone who thinks that they, their colleague(s), team, company or client deserve recognition for an outstanding contribution to the E&S sector in the last year.

                                                To submit a nomination, simply choose your category, write your entry and email it to Beatrice Boico on beatrice.boico@wbmediagroup.com, indicating what category you are submitting for and the title of your submission.

                                                Entries can be accepted from the nominee, or you can nominate a candidate. Each entry should be a maximum of 500 words and lay out succinct evidence of achievement or an explanation as to why the achievement is significant.

                                                We encourage nominations to include testimonials from colleagues, clients and other market participants as part of the submission, as well as any materials providing evidence of performance or other factors in support of the entry. We recommend that where possible for company submissions financial metrics are included that help demonstrate relevance and performance in the marketplace.

                                                You can enter as many categories as you wish, where applicable, although only one entry per category per company can be accepted.

                                                Evidence within entries should be for initiatives that took place substantively in 2023 or the first months of 2024.

                                                All the information contained in the entries will be treated as confidential and will not be released without the permission of the entrant/nominee.

                                                Outstanding contributor of the year will be decided independently by the judging panel. Entries for this category will not be accepted.

                                                For any questions about entering the E&S Insurer Awards, please contact Beatrice Boico at beatrice.boico@wbmediagroup.com.

                                                Entries are now closed. The shortlist will be announced on Monday, 4 March - stay tuned!

                                                The Venue

                                                Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, United States
                                                 

                                                Headline sponsor

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                                                Sponsors

                                                Image of AmRisc Group
                                                Amwins logo
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                                                Image of CRC Group
                                                Image of ironshore logo
                                                Navigators Logo
                                                RPS
                                                RSUI
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                                                Sompo International
                                                 

                                                For all enquiries regarding the conference and awards ceremony, please contact Beatrice or Isabelle:

                                                For all enquiries regarding sponsorship or to book a table at the Awards ceremony, please contact Spencer or Andy:

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                                                Beatrice Boico

                                                Head of marketing and events

                                                +44 (0) 20 3934 6685

                                                beatrice.boico@wbmediagroup.com

                                                  Isabelle Brooker

                                                  Izzy Brooker

                                                  Senior marketing and events coordinator

                                                  isabelle.brooker@wbmediagroup.com

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                                                    Spencer Halladey

                                                    Commercial Director

                                                    +44 (0) 7540 000929

                                                    spencer.halladey@wbmediagroup.com

                                                      Andy Stone

                                                      Sales manager

                                                      +44 (0) 7834 843176

                                                      andy.stone@wbmediagroup.com