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Climate Change: What Went Wrong in Texas
Speakers: Paul Martin, Dr. Lars Powell
and Roy Wright
April 7 at 11 AM ET

Join us for a panel of insurance executives as they discuss the impact of major climate events. Events fueled by climate change are increasing throughout the world. Discussions will focus on how to build resilient homes and better prepare. Using the recent weather challenges in Texas as a case study, this panel will provide lessons learned and risk mitigation tactics for the future.


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Paul Martin - Moderator

Paul Martin is the Vice President, States Relations at the Reinsurance Association of America. Previously Paul served as Senior Regional Vice President, State Affairs with the NAMIC, and previously served as Lobbyist/Claim Attorney with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

Dr Lawrence Powell

Dr. Lars Powell serves as the executive director of the Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research located in UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. Dr. Powell’s research interests include insurance markets and regulations, insurance operations, insurer capitalization and predictive analytics. He has served as an expert to federal and state courts and legislatures. He has also participated in the creation of insurance companies and related entities. He is a founding board member of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company and a recipient of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies’ NAMIC Service Award.

Roy E. Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer at IBHS
Roy Wright joined IBHS in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in insurance, risk management, mitigation, and resilience planning. Convinced that the continuing cycle of human suffering that strikes families and communities in the wake of severe weather can be broken, Roy leads a team of scientists and risk communicators who deliver strategies to build safer and stronger homes and businesses. IBHS’s real-world impact enables the insurance industry and affected property owners to prevent avoidable losses.

Roy joined IBHS from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he served as the Chief Executive of the National Flood Insurance Program, led the agency’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, and directed the resilience programs addressing earthquake, fire, flood, and wind risks. In these roles, he guided several programs that promote a risk-conscious culture, enable faster disaster recovery, and address long-term vulnerabilities to life, property, and well-being in communities across the United States. Prior to joining FEMA in 2007, Roy worked in public and private sector roles with Coray Gurnitz Strategy Consulting and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

A native of California, Roy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.