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Annual Convention

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​SAVE THE DATE! 

The Vermont Insurance Agents Association (VIAA) 112th Annual Convention & Golf Tournament, "Limitless Possibilities" will be held September 20-21, 2018 at the Hilton Burlington Hotel in Burlington, VT. The schedule, including educational session details, is listed below. Sponsor and exhibitor registration is now open; look for attendee registration this summer. In the meantime, mark your calendar and make plans to attend! 

At VIAA's Annual Convention, approximately 300+ member agents, Young Agents, and company representatives join together to network and learn. This event is an invaluable opportunity for insurance professionals of all ages, rank, and experience levels and is a must-attend for all independent agents. We hope you can join us!

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SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
​7:30 am – 8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
​8:30 am – 11:30 am  
The 5 Work Comp Errors EVERY Agent Makes 
Christopher J. Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS

Workers’ compensation, as a coverage, is simple. A worker gets hurt, the work comp policy pays – theoretically; that’s the simple part. The more complicated areas of workers’ compensation involve the state laws and legal doctrines applicable to workers’ comp. Key areas of confusion are: 

1. For whom is the insured actually responsible under workers’ comp laws?
2. Who counts as an employee?
3. What happens when employees travel out-of-state to work?
4. When should insured’s experience mod be combined?
5. What are some of the key premium audit problems?

Agents must be able to answer these questions when they arise. But there is much confusion and misinformation surrounding these topics.

This session undertakes to introduce and answer these five questions to help prepare agents to better manage their client’s usual and unusual workers’ compensation exposures.
​11:30 am – 1:00 pm   
Luncheon & Keynote Address by Sam Glenn, The Attitude Guy – Award winning speaker, performance artist and author.
​1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Contractual Risk Transfer, Additional Insureds and Certificates of Insurance
Christopher J. Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS

Your construction insureds enter into contracts almost daily. Do the contractual risk transfer (CRT) and additional insured (AI) requirements generally found in those contracts create a fair and equitable business relationship between the upper tier contractor and your lower-tier insured? What are the goals of CRT and AI status? Should you push back against these requirements or go on about your day and not worry about what you just gave up? 

With an understanding of contractual risk transfer (CRT) and the realities of additional insured (AI) status, we can turn our attention to the requirement placed on your insured and YOU that general liability coverage be provided on a “Primary and Noncontributory” (PNC) basis. 

Once we understand contractual risk transfer, additional insureds and the primary and noncontributory requirement, we have to turn our focus to certificates of insurance. Because of the CRT, AI and PNC requests/requirements placed on the insured, you will inevitably be faced with inappropriate certificate of insurance requests. 

This session addresses each of these concepts giving you insight on what you need to do to protect your client and comply with the contractual requirements without overstepping your authority.
​4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Trade Show Open
​5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
​President’s Reception
​7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
​Young Agents Event
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
​8:00 am – 9:00 am 
Breakfast Buffe​t
​10:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Annual Golf Tournament - Offsite at the Country Club of Vermont
(2800 Country Club Rd, Waterbury Center, VT 05677​)

SamGlenn-the-attitude-guy.jpg Lunch Keynote Speaker | Sam Glenn

Our luncheon keynote speaker is regarded as The Authority on ATTITUDE. He is often a featured guest on TV talk shows and radio programs. His name is Sam Glenn. Sam has been named Speaker of the Year multiple times and has won 2 national awards for is motivational videos. He is also the author of several INSPIRING books - Some of which have been Best Sellers at his mom’s garage sales

Sam has a simple philosophy: An Awesome Day or an Average Day is Determined by Our Attitude Everyday. It all starts with Attitude!


Educational Session Speaker | Chris Boggs 

Chris Boggs Photo.pngChristopher J. Boggs, CPCU, ARM, ALCM, LPCS, AAI, APA, CWCA, CRIS, AINS, is Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") Virtual University executive director. He joined the Big “I” team in November 2016. His current duties involve researching, writing, and teaching property and casualty insurance coverages and concepts to Big "I" members and others in the insurance industry.

During his 27-year insurance career, Boggs has authored nearly 500 insurance and risk management-related articles on a wide range of topics as diverse as Credit Default Swaps, the MCS-90 and enterprise risk management. Additionally, Boggs has written 13 insurance and risk management books. 

In addition to his responsibilities at the association, Boggs is a regular speaker at industry events, including the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), the National Society of Insurance Premium Auditors (NSIPA), the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA), the Institute of Work Comp Professionals (IWCP) and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society. He has also earned numerous professional accolades including the 2017 Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Brian Hey Prize as part of a of professional collaboration with a diverse group of professionals.

His professional background includes work as a risk management consultant, loss control representative, producer, claims manager, journalist and columnist, and quality assurance specialist. 

Boggs earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and also holds nine professional designations. 


SPONSOR & EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

We invite you to participate in one of the top insurance events in Vermont, an event aggressively promoted to agents, brokers, and CSRs, across the state. With sponsorship options available throughout the program you’re sure to find just the right opportunity to suit your budget and marketing objectives.​​ Download the Sponsor & Exhibitor brochure to learn more, then register online to participate



OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

Overnight accommodations are available at the host hotel, the Hilton Burlington, at a discounted group rate for VIAA Convention participants. Reservations must be made by August 24, 2018 to be guaranteed these rates. 
  • $199 for city view
  • $209 for lake view 

To make a reservation, call the Hilton Central Reservations line at 1-800-445-8667 and mention the special rate code of Vermont Insurance Agents Association Annual Convention to get the group rate. You can also make reservations online using the personalized group web link: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/B/BTTVTHF-VIAA18-20180919/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG 

Hilton Burlington Hotel
60 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 CONVENTION SPONSORS

vt-mutual.png  Premier Sponsor​, Young Agents Beverage sponsor and Young Agents Prize Sponsor


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Golf Beverage Station Sponsor, Golf Hole Sponsor


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Golf Branding Sponsor


GreenMountainAgency-Logo.jpgGreen Mountain Agency, Inc.​

Trade Show Booth Scavenger Hunt, Hole Sponsor


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Johnson and Johnson Logo.jpgFood Sponsor (Young Agents Event)


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Supporting Sponsor (Corporate Sponsorship)


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Young Agents Beverage Sponsor


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Golf Hole Sponsor


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Golf Hole Sponsor