Blue Ribbon Conference Business Sessions:

The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon

Steven Anderson
President, The Anderson Network
Executive Editor, The Anderson Agency Report (TAAR)

Steve Anderson is an expert in strategic risk and business growth. Drawing on decades of experience in the insurance industry, he wrote The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon, which has become a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller. With hundreds of thousands of followers, Steve has been handpicked by LinkedIn as one of the world’s most influential thought leaders.

Steve helps business owners understand how to leverage the exquisite tension between risk taking and business growth.

The Champion's Code

Ross Bernstein
Best Selling Author of 50 Sport Books

A best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak-performance business speaker who has keynoted conferences on all seven continents.

There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others do not ... and Ross will explain why in his Blue Ribbon Conference session. It is based largely on the "Good to Great" concept of how the best companies are able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack through servant leadership, by creating a culture of excellence, by developing deeper relationships, and by giving extraordinary customer service.

Lloyd's of London

Hank Watkins
Regional Director & President, Americas

Hank Watkins heads up market development and operations at Lloyd’s North America. Under Watkins’ leadership, Lloyd’s has become the largest surplus lines insurer largest non-US-domiciled reinsurer in the US. Lloyd’s writes 38% of its global premium in the US – to the tune of $14.6 billion in 2014. Operating from nine offices, Watkins and his team work with syndicate underwriters, coverholders and Lloyd’s brokers to maintain and grow the market’s share of the specialty lines business that initiated the first relationships between London and North America more than 100 years ago. With more than 30 years of experience as an underwriter and broker at Chubb, Barney & Barney, Johnson & Higgins, Marsh and HRH, Watkins will provide his insight into the insurance industry as it meets new challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Art of Connection

Sean Bott
Speaker, Entertainer, Mind-Reader

Keynote Speaker, Mind Reader, and Entertainer Sean Bott builds authentic connection and real engagement by creating powerful, mind-blowing moments and teaching cutting edge skills that build strong relationships and teams. “The Art of Connection: Helping Organizations Unify, Retain and Inspire” promises an unforgettable event you will talk about for years. It’s packed with actionable steps to build purpose-driven community within your organization or college. It’s not magic, its connection. You have to see it to believe it!

Legislative & Regulatory Update

John Norwood              Steve Young
IIABCal Lobbyist           IIABCal SVP & General Counsel

IIABCal Lobbyist John Norwood and General Counsel Steve Young will provide insight into the 2021 California Legislative session and explain how proposed bills will impact both insurance companies and agents and brokers.  In addition, John and Steve will explain how regulations adopted by the California Department of Insurance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will effect the business operations of agents and brokers, as well as their clients.

Blue Ribbon Conference Networking:

Welcome Reception

Kick off the 2021 Blue Ribbon Conference networking with new peers, company representatives and old friends at the Aloha Welcome Reception. This networking event is a great way to start building new business relationships.

Golf Tournament: Stroke Play & Scramble

Attention golfers! The 2021 Blue Ribbon Conference includes two golf tournaments – the Tuesday, Golf Scramble (Captain’s Choice) on the South Course and the Thursday, Stroke Play Tournament on the North Course. The beautiful award-winning Mauna Lani Golf Courses are sure to be engaging for players of any skill level.

Open Tennis Play

Tennis enthusiasts have the opportunity to network while playing in two open tennis events Monday and Wednesday at the Mauna Lani hard tennis courts. Private and group lessons by a professional tennis instructor are also available.

Final Night Reception & Dinner

Capping off the 2021 Blue Ribbon Conference, the Final Night Reception and Luau Dinner provides you with yet another opportunity to expand your networking reach and build new business relationships.  Come get your “Hula” on and join us as we welcome Tahiti Production’s Luau Show and experience cultural performances from Hawaii and greater Polynesia including music, dance (hula), and stories.  It's also an opportunity to say goodbye to old & new friends until next year.

Company Sponsor Events

Networking with senior company officials is a key component of the Blue Ribbon Conference experience and held throughout the event. 

Deep Sea Fishing Tournament

Join fellow Anglers as you take to the high seas in search of some big game fish! Sponsored by IIABCal Associate Member, Cooper & McCloskey, anglers will be completing from a fleet of chartered boats while enjoying a day along the beautiful Hawaii coastline.