Our theme for the 2017 AICP Annual Conference was Seattle - Where Compliance Meets The Future. And that was true for the over 700 attendees who trekked west this past October 1-4. Held at the Seattle Sheraton, attendees were primed to learn, network and even have a little fun.
Conference kicked-off on Sunday afternoon with the ever popular Q&A sessions, followed by our "new to compliance" sessions and of course, our First-Timers’ Meet and Greet. Next, it was on to the opening of the Business Partners’ Showcase!! Here, many of the attendees were able to meet our Business Partners and learn about their products and of course, pick-up tickets for prize drawings. It was also a great way for attendees to learn to use the two games on our popular mobile app.. This year, we had over 60% of our attendees download and use the app! Al of the pictures taken through the app were displayed via the Social Wall in the Business Partner Showcase —it was a great hit! Finally, we ended the evening with our first ever Young Compliance Professional’s Social Hour. Here compliance professional both young in age and young at heart gathered for a meet and greet over some refreshments. The event was a great hit and will surely become part of future Conferences.
We kicked things off Monday morning with our Keynote speaker, musical innovator Kai Kaight. We also were introduced to this year’s charity, The Jordan Binnon Project. Then, we were off and running with many educational sessions, networking opportunities and sometimes just plain fun.
On Monday evening, We met for a "Taste of Seattle." In the Business Partners Showcase. Then, we headed out into our host city to experience the sights, sounds and flavors Seattle had to offer.
Session offerings were designed to help individuals "meet the future." And our over 60 sessions did just that. They began with the every-popular Q & A sessions on Sunday afternoon and "101" sessions for persons new to compliance. Monday began with the always popular View from the Top with Commissioners, Directors and Deputy Commissioners from Washington, California, Idaho and Wisconsin. Along the way there were educational sessions, chances to meet with the over 70 regulators in attendance at our Regulator Roundtables, and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow compliance professionals. With sessions ranging from cybersecurity, to preventing insurance fraud, product filings, new technology and everything in between, there was something for everyone in attendance to learn about.
This year, we were excited to continue with our popular Mobile Conference App, an initiative which had its origins in discussions with our Business Partners. And we delivered! Many attendees participated in the new Click Game on the app that gave our Business Partners the opportunity to share valuable information with Conference participants. We welcomed back many of our regular Business Partners and added a few new ones — all of whom we hope to see in years to come.
We cannot discount the participation and assistance of our Sponsor in the success of our Annual Conference. We're very happy to have so many who contributed to our success! A warm welcome, too, to our new 2017 sponsors, too!
Thank you all!
As previously stated, we brought back the Mobile Conference App this year. We achieved a very high rate of usage, with over 60% of attendees utilizing the App in some manner during the Conference. This year App users were able to use the App to submit survey responses, and we are pleased with the number of attendees who took time to give us feedback on individual sessions and the conference overall.
On Wednesday, we were able to give our charity, The Jordan Binion Project, a wonderful gift. Due to the generosity of everyone who donated items to and bought items from the Silent Auction, and attendees who bought the conference pin, as well as members and attendees who made personal gifts, we were able to give a financial donation in the amount of $5,300. Deborah and Willie Binion, founders of the Jordan Binion Project, were overwhelmed by this act of kindness and generosity by our members and attendees. Willie gave an emotional and heartfelt thank you as he accepted the donation and challenged all of us to continue to be part of their journey
Our keynote speaker for Monday's breakfast was Kai Kight, who took us on a musical interlude, while demonstrating how innovation can be brought to and transform even the most tradition bound and dare we say "stogy" professions. Who knew classical music and the insurance industry had so much in common? Kai challenged everyone to move beyond just being just performers, but rather to become the maestros of their careers and their lives.
A full house of first-timers attended this fun meet and greet, where they had an opportunity to network with others and hear from not only industry members of AICP but also regulator members. Thanks to Lee Davidson, Bri Dahl, and Ryan Blakeney, a regulator from Mississippi, for making our first timers feel welcome and comfortable.
AICP is an all-volunteer organization and it is the members whose dedication, commitment, and work make AICP the premiere compliance organization it is. We held a volunteer luncheon on Monday to recognize these individuals and to thank them for their help. AICP President Matt Brasch spoke about the value volunteers bring to our organization and the fact that AICP would not and could not exist without the many volunteers who participate in our organization.
AICP's mission is to provide learning opportunities to its members. Each year, we recognize our members who have participated in continuing education to gain more knowledge. The Education Committee conducts an annual review to ensure that our Professional Designation Program is current and remains viable. Each year during our Professional Designation Breakfast at Annual Conference, we recognize those who have earned their ACP, CCP and CE designations during the course of the year.
Congratulations to each of our new designees and CE recipients — 33 in total!
(12 ACP; 2 CCP, 9 ACP & CCP, 10 CE)
CONGRATULATIONS to those who dedicated their time to pursue continuing education through the attainment of our ACP, CCP and CE designations!
Each year at AICP's Annual Conference, new officers for both the National Board and the State Chapters meet with current officers to gain knowledge of processes and procedures and discuss new ideas. In Seattle, our existing leaders delivered an informative presentation to our new leaders, after which chapter and committee officers had some time for discussion.
On Monday evening, instead of the traditional Gala, we tried something new and innovative. We gathered in the Business Partner Showcase to Celebrate Seattle. Everyone was able to sample the tastes and sounds of Seattle, as we highlighted the food, drink and music from our host city. Then afterwards, everyone was invited to go out on the town and discover what Seattle had to offer. To assist we had trolley cars available to whisk everyone around the city to see the highlights – Pike’s Place, the Space Needle, the Underground City and much more!!!
Each year, the current and incoming Presidents hold a reception to recognize the outgoing members of the Board of Directors and outgoing Committee Co-Chairs, as well as welcome the incoming members of the Board of Directors and Committee Co-chairs. The strength and success of the AICP resides with our volunteers, and this is especially true for those volunteers who step up to leadership positions within our organization. The Incoming/Outgoing Board of Directors/Committee Chair reception is one way we thank those who have been national leaders and welcome those who are starting their terms in various national leadership roles.
The current President also holds a small, informal reception for Past Presidents of AICP. This has become a special way to thank those who have helped form the organization and make it the premiere compliance organization it is today.
During Tuesday's lunch, we held our annual business meeting. This was a great opportunity for all members to hear about some of AICP's significant accomplishments and activities during the past year. The Secretary presented a report concerning the Board meetings for the past year, and the Treasurer gave a brief report on the financial strength of the organization. The Chairs various other Committees provided summaries of some of their committee's initiatives.
The 2016-2017 Board of Directors was recognized and then the 2017-2018 Board of Directors was introduced. The President's gavel was passed from Matt Brasch to Lee Davidson.
The Robert W. Lennon Award is the AICP’s most prestigious award, named after one of our founding fathers who was not only instrumental in the initial development of our organization but also contributed many years of service. At our conference in Seattle, we were proud to present the Lennon Award to Dave Milligan. Dave has been a contributing member to the AICP for many years, as a volunteer, leader and mentor. He has served selflessly at both the chapter and national level, and most recently served as Conference Chair of our 2017 Annual Conference.
The inscription on Dave’s award reads: "In recognition of your dedication and outstanding service to the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals, achieved through your tenure as a tireless volunteer on the Conference Planning Committee, culminating with Conference Planning Chair for the 2017 Conference in Seattle; through your dedicated and enthusiastic involvement and leadership in the Heartland Chapter including President, Past President and Regional Director; and through your mentorship, shown by your efforts as a presenter of educational sessions at both the National Conference and Heartland Chapter Education Days, as well as your willingness to share your knowledge to any member who seeks it. You truly embody the caring spirit of the Lennon Award. Thank you for the countless volunteer hours you have given to the AICP, upholding its values, and being a mentor to all!"
Each year, the AICP President recognizes an individual AICP member or members who have demonstrated excellent service to the AICP during their term. At this year’s Conference, President Matt Brasch presented the President’s Award posthumously to Rick Guggolz. Matt stated, "During my term, we suddenly lost a dear friend of the organization, Rick Guggolz. Rick was our Executive Director for sixteen (16) years. During those years, Rick played a significant role in helping build the AICP into the organization it is today. It was an easy, but bittersweet, decision to name the 2017 President’s Award in memory of Rick Guggolz. Rick was deserving of the President’s Award many times over. His expertise, as well as his sense of humor, will be greatly missed by all of us in the AICP."
On Wednesday morning, Stacy Koron, the 2017 Conference Vice-Chair, introduced us to next year’s annual Conference host city, Nashville Tennessee!!! With some country music – actually a song composed just for the AICP – and Moon Pies, a favorite snack in the Music City, Stacy got everyone excited and ready to be Live, From Nashville - AICP!!.