Presentation Details, in Order of Appearance

Ryan Blanck
The Psychology of Leadership: Are You Worth Following?
Ryan Blanck is known as "the horse whisperer for NFL executives” and this presentation will illustrate why so many professional sports coaches ask him to coach them.  His lessons are applicable everywhere from the boardroom, to the field, to the kitchen table.  Ryan shows how to grow your culture and your leadership and, most importantly, how to be a leader worth following.  

Glimmers of Hope for Reforming Insurance Regulation Amid Ever-Expanding FAIR Plan Exposures
The continuing crisis in the homeowners market is inextricably linked to the growing exposure of the California FAIR Plan and potential catastrophic loss.  Hear FAIR Plan President Victoria Roach describe the challenges, role of the FAIR Plan, its efforts to do its part in this unprecedented insurance crisis, and upcoming changes to the FAIR Plan in 2024.
Victoria Roach has served as president of the California FAIR Plan since March 2022. She joined the FAIR Plan in 2019 as vice president of underwriting and product and later became senior vice president of business operations.  As president, Victoria advocates for the California Fair Plan’s key role as a temporary safety net for customers unable to find coverage in the admitted market. 
Steve Young serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of IIABCal.  Steve provides counsel on all corporate legal matters affecting the non-profit trade association and its subsidiaries, represents the interests of independent insurance agents and brokers at regulatory hearings conducted by the California Department of Insurance and other state agencies, coordinates the Association’s involvement in litigation affecting producers, and provides legal research and support to legislative advocates. 

Nathan, John and Kelly
Navigating Uncertainty: The Impact of the 2024 Elections on the Insurance Industry
Our panel of political experts, Kelly Calkin, I Street Public Affairs, John Norwood, Norwood and Associates, and Nathan Riedel, Big I, will delve into the potential ramifications of the 2024 elections on the dynamic landscape of the insurance industry.   From the political atmospherics coming out of the 2024 primary election to the potential shifts in economic policies and challenges of climate change, the panel will explore the ways elections can impact the insurance ecosystem.   Martine Domingues, IIABCal President, will moderate.  

Dave Jones
Dave Jones, Former California Commissioner of Insurance
Life as an Insurance Commissioner: Behind the Curtain
Gain exclusive insights into the workings of the California Department of Insurance as immediate-past Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones shares his experience and lessons learned in a conversation with Steve Young, IIABCal General Counsel.  Commissioner Jones is a national leader and expert in climate risk and insurance regulation, and he will also describe the vitally important work he is now doing as Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment. 

Marit Peters
Modernize and Transform Your Agency
Tomorrow’s agency requires an investment today in your culture, talent, technology, and tools.  Marit Peters, CEO of Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, will introduce concepts and tools to inspire you and your team members to tackle the challenges ahead and build a sustainable, thriving agency that may look very different from yesterday.   

All the Players In the Insurance Arena Will Be Insurtech…Even Agents and Brokers!
Matteo, a global Insurtech thought leader, will present a critical review of failures and successes in the Insurtech world.  He will demonstrate the relevancy of innovation in the insurance sector and how data and tech provide future competitive advantage for any player in the insurance arena. 


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Sponsor Stroll
NEW THIS YEAR! IIABCal will be hosting a Sponsor Stroll for sponsors and agent/broker attendees to meet at the start of a great week together! Attendees can casually stroll through the event, engaging in conversations with our sponsors, and begin building connections that go beyond the traditional conference setting!

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Welcome Reception Party
Kick off the 2024 Blue Ribbon Conference networking with new peers, company representatives and old friends at the Aloha Welcome Reception and watch the picturesque sunset on the beautiful Hapuna Beach. This networking event is a great way to start building new business relationships.

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Golf Tournament: Scramble & Stroke Play
Attention golfers! The 2024 Blue Ribbon Conference includes two golf tournaments – the Tuesday, Golf Scramble (Captain’s Choice) on the Hapuna Golf Course and this year, the Thursday, Stroke Play Tournament will be on the Mauna Lani North Course. Both championship courses offer stunning views and picture-perfect backdrops setting the stage for an unforgettable experience for players of any skill level.
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Company Sponsor Events

Networking with senior company officials is a key component of the Blue Ribbon Conference experience and opportunities are available throughout the event. Company Sponsors will be hosting a variety of receptions, lunches, dinners and off site events. Most events scheduled are by invitation only. Keep an eye out for invitations. 

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Open Tennis Play
Tennis enthusiasts have the opportunity to network while playing tennis at the private Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Seaside Tennis Club. Named one of the top 10 tennis resorts in the world, with breathtaking views, its hallmark is its 11 courts at the ocean’s edge. Private and group lessons by a professional tennis instructor are also available. Find a sign-up sheet at registration to connect with other attendees looking for a tennis partner.

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Mahalo Reception & Dinner
The Mahalo Reception and Dinner caps off the 2024 Blue Ribbon Conference. This gorgeous "Dress in White" party includes a lavish buffet dinner, open bar, DJ, fire dancers, and multiple activities. It is the perfect way to end a fabulous week!