2024 Reinsurance & Excess Surplus Lines Symposium


Riding the Winds and Waves of Change

April 8 – 11, 2024


Join us for our upcoming Reinsurance and Excess Surplus Lines Symposium: Riding the Winds and Waves of Change.

This annual virtual event delivers key insights from top industry leaders. Relevant to any risk management and insurance professional, learn from four expert panels on need-to-know issues, including the popular “View From the Top” executive leader session, as well as panels discussing collateral, wind and water claims, and Chat GPT.

Sessions will take place from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET each day, with the last half hour dedicated to an interactive discussion with our speakers. Those who register for the symposium will have exclusive access to the recordings of all four panels in our on-demand Learning Library for 60 days after the event.

Registration is complimentary for Society members and just $99 for non-members. Attendees will receive 6 CPCU in Good Standing credits.

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Event Schedule

Due to 2022’s extreme weather conditions and inflationary fears, the start of 2023 saw significant recalibration to market capacity and pricing. By mid-year, the market saw continual adjustments but not at the torrid levels witnessed earlier. As 2023 ended and the new year dawned, consistency and normalcy returned. Given the wild ride that was 2023, what does 2024 hold in store? In this lively, moderated discussion, top executives will address market opportunities and identify current and potential challenges.

  • Moderated by: Tim Fletcher, CPCU, Vice President and Senior Emerging Specialist, Gen Re
  • Mike Cross, President, Acrisure Re North America
  • Victor Min, SVP and Head of Treaty Cat Underwriting, Gen Re
  • Matt Shulman, J.D., CEO, Arch Insurance North America
  • Matt Beard, President of Global Programs, Howden Re


Collateralized reinsurance plays an important role in the reinsurance marketplace, especially for MGA’s and fronting companies, by incorporating third-party capital and ensuring liquidity when claims arise. However, in 2023 the insurance industry was exposed to more than $4 billion of alleged fraudulent letters of credit facilitated through fintech start up Vestoo. Learn from the experts on this panel about important considerations from a legal and regulatory perspective to avoid collateral damage.

  • Moderated by: Glenn Leung, CPCU, AIAF, ARE, ASLI, VP, Financial Analysis Department, The Surplus Lines Association of California
  • John S. Pruitt, J.D., Partner, Eversheds-Sutherland
  • Levi Olson, Senior Manager, Risk Management, National Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • Terry Finkes, Senior Vice President, Acrisure Re


Find out how the ever-evolving landscapes in litigation and coverage language have collided with changing climates and the increasing number of storms and storm damage. Our panel will include a meteorologist, attorney, and a technology expert to talk about how the law, meteorology and technology can interact and intertwine in the issues that come up with storm-related claims.

  • Moderated by: Michael Wehrli, CPCU, Corporate Catastrophe Consultant at Nationwide
  • Daniel Schreiber, CCM, Vice President of Meteorology, JS Held
  • Kile T. Turner, J.D., Partner, Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner
  • Bryan Tedford, CPCU, ARM Senior Client Advisor - VP, Palmer and Cay LLC


Generative AI such as Chatbot GPT is transforming the world’s economy in unexpected ways, with an estimated 7% increase in global GDP by virtue of this ecosystem. Insurance is but one sector that will be impacted, with new products, services, and opportunities as well as challenges and threats. Our panelists will speak on the insurance implications, both positive and negative, of this emerging technology.

  • Moderated by: Lou Nunez, CPCU, AU, ARM-P, International Casualty Technical Underwriter, Zurich North America
  • Jaymin Kim, MPhil, SVP, Emerging Technologies, Cyber Practice, Marsh
  • Craig Linton, J.D., Cyber & Tech Product Lead and Underwriting Manager, Beazley
  • Michael Manfredi, J.D., Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP
  • Matija Obradovic, CPCU, Global Risk Manager, Outsource Insurance Professionals