Reimagining Research to Recognize Emerging Insurance Industry Trends
October 20-22, 2019
Charlotte, NC

The Society of Insurance Research (SIR) will hold their 49th Annual Conference on October 20th – 22nd at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Insurance professionals seeking to advance their business and profession through cutting edge research are invited and encouraged to attend.

The theme for this year’s event is “Reimagining Research to Recognize Emerging Insurance Industry Trends”. The dawn of a new era of research and intelligence is upon us. As carriers and startups create new insurance models to address an evolving marketplace it is more critical than ever to leverage cutting edge methods and tools to stay ahead of the competition. Sharia Benn from Penn National Insurance stated, “It is the actionable insights that I get and can take back to my job and apply immediately that make this event so valuable”.

General session topics and speakers participating in this years’ event include: 

  • Research Renaissance: Rewriting the Rules of Insurance Research in an Era of Innovation, Disruption and Ambiguity, Robert Hartwig, PH.D., Darla Moore School of Business University of South Carolina and Former President, Insurance Information Institute

  • Primary SIR Research: Exploring the Research and Insights Function in the Insurance Industry, Presented by Brian Kiley, Sr Research Analyst at West Bend Mutual, Patrice Nolan Sr Vice President Research Services at Competiscan, and Amy Rey, Executive Vice President at Zeldis Research

  • The Imminent Disruption and Rebirth of Decision Intelligence and Insights Discipline, Nan Bulger, Executive Director of the Ticani Institute and SAIMAH, Former CEO of Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) association

  • You've Got the Data. How Do You Make it Work for You?, Kyle Schmidt, Managing Director, Global Insurance Intelligence, J.D. Power
  • Innovation & Its Impact on Insurance and Ratings, Sridhar Manyem, Director, Industry Research and Analytics at AM Best

  • The Sacrifice Line: Making Tradeoffs - in Research and in Life, David Kalinowski, President and Co-founder of Proactive Worldwide, Inc

  • Panel Discussion: After Five Years of InsurTech, are Insurance Companies Better Off?, Mark Purowitz, Deloitte; Bobbie Shrivastav, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Benekiva; Thomas Frank, Market Intelligence Analyst, Erie Insurance, and more

  • Emerging Issues - From a Product Developer's Perspective, Billy Mauro, Senior Director, Commercial Casualty Coverage Products, Verisk and Jason Dun, Vice President, Strategic Products Development Manager, Munich Re America

  • The End of Insurance as We Know It, Rob Galbraith, Director of Innovation at AF Group and author of “The End of Insurance as We Know It”

    On day 1, concurrent sessions feature Commercial Lines, Personal Lines and Health and Life Insurance topics. On day 2, concurrent sessions feature Consumer Experience/Consumer Insights, Research Function/Competitive Intelligence, and Data Analytics/Innovation.

    Top 5 reasons to attend this conference:

    1.    The theme is compelling, relevant and timely! 
    2.    SIR is a carrier-led association that serves insurance research professionals! 
    3.    No speed dating! SIR is small enough to develop real, lasting professional relationships. 
    4.    SIR exhibitors are best in class and provide relevant solutions to advance your business! 
    5.    This is not a fly-by-night event! It’s SIR’s 49th conference and you won’t want to miss it!

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    The Society of Insurance Research (SIR) will be hold their Annual Conference on October 21st-23rd at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.  The theme for this year’s event is “Elevating Insights to Manage Risk and Attract Customers.”  General session topics and speakers participating in this years’ event include:

    Insurtech Trends, Hype vs. Reality, Robert Mozeika, Innovation Executive, Munich RE

    Using CI to Develop/Test Strategy and Influencing Senior Executives Across the Company, Ben Gilad, FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence

    The Role of Human Intelligence in a World of Artificial Intelligence, Pete Grimm, CEO, Cipher

    The New CX Playbook:  AI, consumer-centric data, predicting success-and boosting badness, Geeta Wilson, Vice President, Customer Experience, Humana

    AI in Insurance:  the new competitive advantage and cognitive empowerment, Al Naqvi, American Institute for Artificial Intelligence

    Following the General Session presentations, attendees will move into Track sessions representing Commercial Lines, Personal Lines and Health and Life Insurance.  Some hot topics that will be covered in these sessions include: Building the Next Gen Win-Loss Programs, Leveraging Social and Web Data to Mitigate Risk and Creating a Foresight Capability in Your Organization.

    In 2017, over 95 companies, 60 speakers, 24 sponsors and exhibitors participated in the conference and we anticipate the same in 2018.  Attendees expressed high levels of satisfaction in the post conference survey with over 87% rating the overall conference as Excellent or Very Good and 98% agreeing that topics were relevant to their jobs.

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