In Partnership with Raymond James

21st Annual Insurance Industry Conference

Monday March 20, 2017 - Tuesday March 21, 2017
NYSSA Conference Center
Available as: Live Session;
Categories: Conference, Industry Conference, NYSSA Event, Programs for Members

In partnership with Raymond James, NYSSA's presents the 21st Annual Insurance Industry Conference.

Program Overview

For 2016, The SNL U.S. Insurance Index increased 17.3%, compared with 20.1% for the S&P 500 Financials index and 9.5% for the S&P 500. The top five best performing stocks in the SNL index in 2016 included: Health Insurance Innovations (HIIQ), WellCare Health Plans (WCG), MBIA Inc. (MBI), Ambac Financial Group (AMBC), and Trupanion (TRUP).

We’ve witnessed a shift towards Life insurance sector and away from non-life in the fall of 2016, due to rising interest rates. Through Sep. 1, 2016, the SNL U.S. Insurance L&H index was 2.11% YTD compared with 4.91% for the SNL U.S. Insurance P&C index. Since Oct. 1, however, the L&H index was up 23.8% through Mar. 8 compared with 15.3% for the P&C index. Given the long term nature of life policies, L&H stocks are more leveraged to interest rates.

We expect the non-life sector to face some headwinds in 2017 from the combination of intense pricing competition, lower favorable reserve development, and abundant excess capital. We expect the life sector to also face some headwinds in 2017, although less so than in 2016, as new premiums are invested at yields that are still below the current portfolio yield.


21st Annual Insurance Conference
Day 1 | Monday, March 20, 2017

8:00 AM Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:25 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30 AM 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. (PIH)

Spun off in 2014 from Kingsway Financial Services, Baton Rouge-based PIH provides property and casualty insurance to individuals in Louisiana.  More recently, the company expanded in Texas.

Doug Raucy
, Chief Executive Officer
John Hill, CFO

9:10 AM Donegal Group (DGICA)

Donegal Group Inc. is an insurance company that provides property and casualty insurance to businesses and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, New England, and southern states.

Jeffrey Miller
, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

9:50 AM Westaim Corporation (WEDXF)

Westaim is a Canadian investment company specializing in providing long-term capital to businesses operating primarily within the global financial services industry.

J. Cameron MacDonald
, President & Chief Executive Officer

10:30 AM Break - 10 min

10:40 AM United Insurance Holding Corporation (UIHC)

UPC Insruance distributes homeowners, dwelling fire and flood insurance products through agents in 12 states. In August 2016, the company entered into a merger agreement with AmCo Holding Company.

John Forney
, President & CEO

11:20 AM Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (AGII)

Argo Group International Holdings is a Bermuda-based international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market.

Jay Bullock, CFO

12:00 PM Lunch - 45 min

12:45 PM State National Companies Inc. (SNC)

State National Companies is a provider of specialty property and casualty insurance across the U.S. The company’s two principal business segments are Program Services, through which the company provides access to the U.S. property & casualty insurance market to other insurance carriers, and Lender Services which provides collateral protection insurance primarily for the automobile industry.

Matt Freeman
, President
David Hale, CFO

1:25 PM Kemper Corporation (KMPR)

Kemper Corporation is a diversified insurance company providing property and casualty, and life and health insurance to individuals and businesses.  

Joe Lacher
, President & Chief Executive Officer
Jim McKinney, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

2:05 PM Break - 10 min

2:15 PM Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation (IPCC)

Infinity Property & Casualty is an automobile insurance company specializing in urban, Hispanic and non-standard risks.

James Gober
, President, CEO, Chairman of the Board

2:55 PM Hallmark Financial Services, Inc. (HALL)

Hallmark Financial Services engages in marketing, distributing, underwriting and servicing commercial, personal, and general aviation insurance, as well as providing other insurance related services.

Naveen Anand
, President & CEO

3:35 PM Closing Remarks & Adjournment

21st Annual Insurance Conference
Day 2 | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

8:00 AM Check-in & Breakfast

8:25 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30 AM Crawford & Company (CRD.B)

Crawford & Company is an independent provider of claims management, BPO and consulting solutions to insurance companies and self-insured entities in over 70 countries globally.

Bruce Swain
, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Larry C. Thomas, CEO, U.S. Services

9:10 AM Atlas Financial Holdings Inc. (AFH)

Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, underwrites commercial automobile insurance policies. The company offers insurance for taxi cabs, limousine, non-emergency para-transit and livery and business autos.

Scott Wollney
, Chief Executive Officer

9:50 AM Federated National Holding Company (FNHC)

Federated National distributes homeowners, commercial general liability, and flood insurance products through independent agents in the state of Florida.

Michael H. Braun
, Chief Executive Officer & President
Erick A. Fernandez, Interim Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

10:25 AM Break - 10 min

10:40 AM ProAssurance Corp. (PRA)

ProAssurance is a specialty insurance company with extensive expertise in medical professional liability, products liability for medical technology and life sciences and legal professional.

Edward L. Rand
Frank B. O'Neil, COO

11:20 AM EMC Insurance Group, Inc. (EMCI)

EMC Insurance primarily focuses on the sale of commercial lines property/casualty insurance to small and medium sized businesses in the Midwest. The company also offers reinsurance and personal lines insurance.

Bruce Kelly, JD. CPCU, CLU
, President & Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Hovick, CPCU, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

12:00 PM Lunch - 20 min

12:20 PM Kingstone Companies, Inc. (KINS)

Kingstone Companies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Kingstone Insurance Company, underwrites property and casualty insurance products to small businesses and individuals in New York.

Barry Goldstein
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

1:00 PM Health Insurance Innovations (HIIQ)

Health Insurance Innovations develops, distributes and administers affordable individual health and family insurance plans and supplemental products, which include short-term medical insurance plans and guaranteed-issue and underwritten hospital indemnity plans.

Gavin Southwell
, CEO & President
Mike Hershberger, CFO

1:40 PM Break - 10 min

1:50 PM Conifer Holdings, Inc. (CNFR)

Conifer is an insurance holding company based in Michigan that focuses on underserved markets in specialty commercial and personal product lines and writes business on an admitted and excess & surplus (E&S) basis. The company has a network of 5,500 independent agents writing business in all 50 states.

Jim Petcoff
, Chairman & CEO
Brian Roney, President

2:30 PM Advantage Insurance

Advantage Insurance Inc. is a profitable, fast growing, specialty underwriter focused on underwriting life and business insurance solutions for ultra-high net worth clients in the U.S. and around the globe.

Walter Keenan
, founder and CEO
Josh Stirling, Senior Advisor

3:10 PM Closing Remarks & Adjournment


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Program Details

March 20 - March 21, 2017

Registration Deadline
Friday, March 17, 2017

Members Free
Nonmembers $150

[$10 Walk-in Surcharge]


Day 1 | 8:00 AM - 3:35 PM
Day 2 | 8:00 AM - 3:10 PM

NYSSA Conference Center
1540 Broadway, Suite 1010
45th Street Entrance

C. Gregory Peters, Managing Director, Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

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