Natural catastrophes are among the most threatening perils in the nation—and without comprehensive coverage, can result in devastating losses for your clients. Attendees of CAT Risk 2017 California will access expert, comprehensive masterclass content featuring timely discussions of risk mitigation, underwriting advancements and broker best-practices to position insureds ahead of mounting catastrophe losses.

Uniting more than 120 specialized underwriters, wholesale brokers and retail agents, CAT Risk 2017 is a must-attend for insurance professionals leading the way in the flood, earthquake and fire markets, and offers the opportunity to network with key industry innovators.



  • Access timely perspectives from national experts in flood, fire and earthquake
  • Explore comprehensive CAT coverage is critical to avoid gaps in coverage
  • Engage with innovators leading the way in CAT coverage and risk management
  • Unite with specialized underwriters, wholesalers and retail agents

Earn Property & Casualty CE for the State of California

Provider name: Key Media
Course title: CAT Risk 2017
Course number: 356432
Approved for: Property and Casualty (FX)
Up to 6 hours of CE credit


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California CAT: Rising risk and response

A panel of flood, earthquake and fire coverage experts unite to discuss the increasing frequency of catastrophic events and how this trend is shaping coverage needs and policies available.

  • What is most influencing California’s current natural disaster landscape?
  • How will the rise in CAT events impact coverage available and claims?
  • What challenges do increasingly frequent CAT events present to brokers?


Provider perspectives: California flood and CAT coverage

Leading coverage providers in the US catastrophe market discuss the challenges of underwriting natural disasters and what brokers and agents can do to better protect insureds.

  • What are the challenges in underwriting catastrophic policies, and what exclusions do brokers need to be aware of?
  • How are mounting claims and losses impacting carriers in the CAT market?
  • How can brokers partner with carriers to better protect their clients?


Refreshment Break


Claims innovation: Redefining resiliency with Lexington & TFIA 

Lexington and The Flood Insurance Agency introduce an insurance-first program to build resiliency during the claims resolution process after a catastrophe loss.

  • What policy endorsement will be available to reduce future losses after a claim?
  • How can brokers and agents access this program to better serve clients?
  • What role do partners like Georgia Pacific play in this endorsement?  




Triggering events: Addressing CAT policy exclusions and coverage gaps

Explore how natural disaster policy overlaps and exclusions must be addressed to best protect against costly catastrophe losses.

  • How do concurrent CAT event trigger different claims?
  • What gaps in coverage are most critical when multiple catastrophic events impact the insured?
  • What solutions are available to fill perilous gaps in coverage?


Catastrophe modeling: Tools, updates and understanding

A catastrophe modeling expert outlines critical updates to risk modeling tools available to help insurance professionals more accurately rate risks and place suitable coverage against catastrophes.

  • What updates in catastrophe modeling are most valuable to brokers and their clients?
  • How can brokers utilize modeling innovations in service of the insureds?
  • Discover the latest in modeling and how risks can be more accurately visualized, rated and communicated


Refreshment break


Overcoming client obstacles: Communicating risks, requirements and rates

Find out how to better protect clients against natural disasters by clearly communicating the risks, rates and requirements of coverage

  • What are the most common obstacles to the insureds’ decision to seek coverage?
  • How can brokers communicate coverage necessities in a more compelling way?
  • Are there tools available to assist brokers in discussing catastrophe risk, policies and rates?




Claims innovation: Redefining resiliency with Lexington & TFIA 


IBA CATRISK Dan-Freudenthal

Agency Flood Resources/CRIO

Dan Freudenthal


Jason Sawin

Burns & Wilcox

Jason Sawin


Glenn Pomeroy

California Earthquake Authority

Glenn Pomeroy



California Department of Insurance

Lisbeth Landsman-Smith



President, Coastal Risk

Albert Slap


IBA CATRISK Craig-Poulton

Natural Catastrophe Insurance Program

Craig Poulton



Merlinos & Associates

Derek Chapman


IBA-Catrisk McGrath

RT Specialty San Francisco

Michael McGrath


IBA CATRISK Ron Hamburger

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Ron Hamburger


IBA CATRISK Steve Zimmer

Wells Fargo Insurance

Steve Zimmer



The Flood Insurance Agency

Evan Hecht


IBA-CATRISK Matthew-Power


Matt Power


IBA CATRISK Matthew-Reid

JBA Risk Management

Matthew Reid


IBA-CATRISK Brandon-Katz


Brandon Katz


IBA-CATRISK John-Hageman

Swiss Re

John Hageman


IBA-CATRISK Robin-Caulfield

Rimkus Consulting Group

Robin Caulfield


IBA-CATRISK ron-abram

Abram Interstate

Ron Abram



HUB International

Jim Vawter



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One pass admits one person to the event and cannot be split between multiple delegates. If you are unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. Cancellations received in writing 14 or more days in advance will incur a $200 fee. The remaining balance will be refunded to you or issued as credit valid for use towards another Key Media event within 12 months of the date of issuance. The company regrets no refunds will be made less than 14 days prior to the event. Should Key Media cancel or postpone the event, delegates will receive a full refund. Key Media is not responsible for any loss, damage or additional costs incurred as a result of alteration, cancellation or postponement. Please note all speakers and content are confirmed at time of publication, however we reserve the right to modify or alter the program including advertised speakers without notice. Key Media is not liable for the content of any speaker presentations.


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