Where Compliance Meets the Future

30th Annual Conference

Seattle, WA   |   October 1-4, 2017

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Joel Laucher

Chief Deputy Commissioner, California Department of Insurance

Joel Laucher

Joel Laucher is the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the California Department of Insurance. He joined the Department in 1985 as a market conduct examiner. He has been finding fault with insurance companies ever since. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate insurance or the people who work to make insurance available.

Justin Durrance

Chief Deputy Commissioner of the State of Georgia

Justin Durrance

Justin Durrance joined the Georgia Department of Insurance in 1995 and has served as Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the last 22 years. He also serves as the Deputy Industrial Loan Commissioner and Deputy Safety Fire Commissioner. Prior to his work at the Department, Justin was the Political Director and then Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party. He has earned a bachelor degree from Troy University, a M.A. from Emory University, and a M.B.A. from Mercer University and currently holds the insurance designations of FMLI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) and CIE (Certified Insurance Examiner).

A native of Florida, Justin has lived in Georgia for over 25 years. He and his wife, Moraima, live in Atlanta.

Dean L. Cameron

Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance

Dean L. Cameron

Dean Cameron was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to serve as Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance effective June 15, 2015. Director Cameron is a third generation insurance agent and has 27 years of experience in state government.

Director Cameron was a partner in Cameron and Seamons Insurance and Investments since 2004 and a partner in Cameron and Cameron Insurance Benefit Designers from 1989 to 2004. He is a former president of the Southern Idaho Life Underwriters Association and received the Life Underwriter of the Year award for 1994-1995.

Director Cameron served 13 terms in the state senate, including eight terms as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and Co-chair of JFAC, the state's budget committee. At the time of his appointment, he was the most senior member of the Senate. During his tenure in the Senate, Director Cameron was the senior member on the Senate Resources and Environment committee, Co-chair of the Health Care Task Force and former Chair and senior member of the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee which handles insurance legislation. He sponsored nearly 20 pieces of health care and insurance-related legislation during his Senate service.

Director Cameron earned an Associate Degree in Political Science from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho in 1984. Prior to his appointment, he was licensed in Life and Health as well as Series 6 and 63. He and his wife, Linda, have three children and five grandchildren.

Mike Kreidler

Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler

Mike Kreidler is Washington's eighth insurance commissioner, first elected in 2000 and re-elected to his fifth term in 2016. Commissioner Kreidler has earned a reputation both as a staunch advocate for consumer advocacy and as a fair and balanced regulator.

The commissioner served 16 years in the state Legislature, first as a Representative and then Senator. He later was elected to Congress. In 1998 he was appointed Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Region 10 office in Seattle. He served in that post until 2000.

Since 2007, Commissioner Kreidler has chaired the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Climate Change and Global Warming Work Group. He led a successful push for insurers to disclose how they are preparing for the potential risks associated with climate change.

A doctor of optometry, he practiced at the former Group Health Cooperative in Olympia, Washington, for 20 years. He holds a master's degree in public health from UCLA. Mike retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service.

He is the most-tenured insurance commissioner in the country, providing leadership that spans from healthcare reform to climate change.

Ted Nickel

Commissioner of Insurance of the State of Wisconsin

Ted Nickel

Governor Scott Walker appointed Ted Nickel as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011

In addition to supervising OCI staff and serving as the chief regulator of insurance, Commissioner Nickel serves as the final adjudicator of all administrative actions; vice co-chairs the Governor’s Financial Literacy Council; supervises the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, Local Government Property Insurance Fund, and State Life Insurance Fund; and serves on the Wisconsin Retirement Board.

The Commissioner currently serves as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He currently serves on the Executive (EX) Committee, Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force, Government Relations (EX) Leadership Council, International Insurance Relations (EX) Leadership Group, and the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee. He is a member of the NAIC American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee and serves on several other NAIC task forces and committees. In addition, he chairs the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance (E) Working Group.

Commissioner Nickel is also a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). He is a member of the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Chairs the Site Selection Committee.

In August 2014, the Commissioner was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance which serves as an advisory committee to the Federal Insurance Office.

Commissioner Nickel earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Valparaiso University.