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Adjusters, Fire Claims & 21st Century Technology

Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

Ulises Castellon, CPCU, Chief Operating Officer, Fire Cause Analysis
Douglas K. Wood, JD, Trial Attorney, Law Offices of Matthew Salazar

  • Explore the impact of modern technology and products – including the Internet of Things (“IoT”), eCigs, lithium batteries, hash oil labs, etc. – and their use or misuse, on fire claims and investigations
  • Evaluate the reliability of your fire experts’ methodology against modern-day professional standards
  • Describe practical tips to effectively manage investigations of fire claims or cases involving emerging products, technologies, and the Internet of Things – “IoT”
  • Adjusting Manufacturing & Equipment Loss Claims

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Brian Caputo, Senior General Manager, BAMCOR, a BELFOR Company
    Micah Thoman, AIC, AIC-M, National General Adjuster, McLarens

  • Identify common types of machinery (and equipment) losses
  • Evaluate options for repair vs. replacement of machinery, including losses with obsolete, customer, or long-lead time equipment
  • Review approximate costs and time associated with various equipment repairs
  • Highlight various resources available to help adjusters formulate strategies with machinery losses
  • Art & Heirloom Claims: Resolution Guidelines

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Heather Becker, CEO, The Conservation Center
    Benjamin Kelley, Vendor Manager-NA Claims, Chubb

  • Determine what to look for when handling a claim that involves high-value artwork
  • Identify common types of damage within affected artwork
  • Triage response approaches to minimize the insured’s loss
  • Assignment of Benefits: Policy Giveaway

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Michael Guerra, Dir.-Claims, Claims Governance, Citizens Property Insurance
    Joshua Schone, CAT Team Manager, Auto Club Enterprises Group

  • Describe what an assignment of benefits contract is and who benefits from it
  • Review how assignment of benefit contracts comport with the established law in various jurisdictions
  • Identify “red flags” for potential fraud involved with assignment of claim presentations
  • Evaluate various strategies to help navigate your customer's claim through the waters of an assignment of benefits situation
  • Building Code Questions with Commercial Loss Adjustments

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Randy M. Grundy, RPA, President & EGA, RGACM
    Steven M. Gunn, PE, Engineer, Keeler-Webb Associates
    Michael Popich, Mgr.-Bureau-Construction Svcs., City of Indianapolis

  • Review the coverage and limitations provided under Ordinance & Law provision in commercial policies
  • Describe how various types of Codes particularly impact commercial structures and losses
  • Evaluate a variety of claims scenarios and work through various building code issues and challenges
  • Work with local building code officials and effectively resolve differences and appeals in a timely manner
  • Building Codes: New Developments, Variances, Etc.

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Craig Burgess, State Building Commissioner, IN Dept. of Homeland Security
    Wes Jordan, Engineer, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
    Ed Rensink, Principal, RTM Consultants, Inc.

  • Identify various residential building code issues that arise from loss adjustments
  • Describe recent commercial/residential building code developments and upcoming code issues
  • Explore the pursuit of building code variances, and its relevance to loss adjustments
  • Contents Claims Adjustments that Sizzle

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Todd Breton, Project Manager, Germania Insurance
    Deborah Johnson, President & CEO, Contents Adjuster Team, LLC

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of traditional personal property adjustments
  • Identify the most critical features of contents adjustments
  • Review ways to increase your expertise in handling contents claims
  • Explore the differences between Customer Attention and Customer Service
  • Contractors' Equipment Claim Challenges

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 8:30 - 10:00

    Debra Brickner, Sr. National Claims Director, W. R. Berkley Group
    Tom Fergus, Heavy Equip. Claims Specialist, N. E. Truck & Equip. Claims

  • Examine and apply policy coverages in a variety of contractors' equipment losses
  • Evaluate issues with scope of damage and reparability with specialty equipment
  • Review valuation provisions and settlement strategies with various contractors' equipment claims
  • Employee Theft/Employee Dishonesty

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Katie Duckett, Property Adjuster II, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    D.M. Studler, MAcc, CPA, CFF, Founding & Managing Member, SDC CPAs, LLC
    Regina Tobias, CFE, AIC, Senior Property Adjuster I, Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Identify specific concerns and procedures when adjusting a commercial fidelity claim
  • Outline claim investigation procedures, including properly obtaining a proof of loss and utilizing a timeline of events
  • Evaluate issues, including the expanded definition of employee, inventory shortages, limits of liability and indirect loss
  • Review strategies for release & assignment, subrogation, and underwriting concerns
  • Hail Damage to Building Components, Cladding & HVAC

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Robert A. Danielson, PE, Senior Engineer, Haag Engineering Co.
    Matt Livingston, Vendor Programs & Education, HVAC Investigators LLC

  • Describe various hail impact patterns (large to small hail) and the effects on building exterior components (including windows), roof and wall claddings, and HVAC equipment
  • Differentiate between hail-related impacts and non-hail-related impacts to exterior building components, claddings, and HVAC equipment
  • Review the various ways hail damage can impact the reparability of common HVAC systems and equipment
  • Interplay of Computer Fraud, Funds Transfer Fraud

    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Katie Duckett, Property Adjuster II, Liberty Mutual Insurance
    D.M. Studler, MAcc, CPA, CFF, Founding & Managing Member, SDC CPAs, LLC
    Regina Tobias, CFE, AIC, Senior Property Adjuster I, Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Describe the types of claims that may be anticipated with cyber security losses
  • Evaluate the various coverages apply that might apply
  • Identify the various duties often required by the insured
  • Review resources to help respond to cyber security, computer fraud, and ransomware claims
  • Negotiating with Public Adjusters

    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00
    Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Michael Barrett, CPCU, AIC, National General Adjuster, Engle Martin & Associates
    Michael Newman, IICRC, Senior Principal, Newman Construction Consulting

  • Review of common public adjuster means and methods of measuring losses
  • Evaluate good faith claims handling practices when investigating and evaluating losses
  • Highlight the importance of emotional intelligence in evaluating various public adjuster claim presentations
  • Identify strategies for successful negotiation and resolution of claims with public adjusters
  • Products that Fail

    Monday 1:30 - 3:00
    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Dwayne Sloan, Manager-Building Materials, UL LLC

  • Learning objectives will be provided later.
  • Resolving Difficult Claims: Strategies for Property Adjusters

    Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Jonathan Barger, JD, Partner, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig
    Nanci L. Smilie, CPCU, AIC, Property Claims Specialist, Erie Insurance Group
    Judy Spoerlein, Senior Examiner, Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Identify common areas of disagreement in commercial and personal lines claims
  • Distinguish factors driving disputes from the insured’s perspective and the insurer’s perspective
  • Develop approaches for effective communication with insureds
  • Utilize strategies for resolving disputes in an amicable fashion in claim scenarios
  • Smart Buildings & Claims Forensic Investigations

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Robert Bragdon, AIC, PCLS, Sr. Training Consultant, Hanover Insurance Group
    Mark Majewski, Ph.D., PE, Project Engineer, Envista Forensics

  • Describe how active building monitoring systems and smart building technologies operate to form the “Internet of Things”
  • Review information obtainable from building systems and their application to events prior to and subsequent to the loss
  • Utilize smart building system information in a variety of claims case studies
  • Tree, Shrub & Plant Loss Measurement

    Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30
    Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00

    Jennifer G. Horn, RLA, DBI Construction Consultants

  • Identify damage to the living parts of construction
  • Determine repair and replacement options for landscaping items
  • Review loss measurement techniques for new and old growth plants
  • Recognize the non-living parts of the built landscape and their impact on cost
  • Water Mitigation, Mold & Wind-Driven Rain Issues

    Monday 10:30 - 12:00
    Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00

    Daniel Bernazzani, Ph.D., SVP Environmental Division, YOUNG & Associates
    Robert J. Donahue, Jr., AIC, National Training Manager, Sedgwick
    Edward N. Jones, VP-Education/Oper. Excellence, CodeBlue, LLC

  • Evaluate appropriate procedures for contractors during the mitigation process
  • Describe situations when water or mold damage standards and guidelines are appropriate
  • Review the importance of coverage issues with wind-driven rain
  • Describe accurate records needed for mitigation efforts in a variety of claim scenarios
  • Analyze contractors’ scope of work for reasonableness and accuracy
  • Wildfires: Highlights from the Field

    Monday 3:30 - 5:00
    Tuesday 10:30 - 12:00

    Adam S. Goerges, AIC, Alternative Markets Claims, Great American P&C Group
    Russ Nassof, President, RiskNomics LLC

  • Explain the “Signature” method of identifying wildfire damage how it differs from other methods currently in use
  • Describe the required steps to produce a “Signature” investigation of wildfire damage
  • Evaluate the reports from industrial hygienists regarding wildfire causation and proposed remediation
  • Establish a remediation protocol for identified wildfire smoke damage
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