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    TSLA 2018 Annual Meeting

    General Information

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  • When:
    November 11 & 12, 2018

  • Where:
    Four Seasons Hotel
    98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
    (512) 478-4500, Four Seasons Room Reservations (512) 685-8100
    Room reservations may be made online by going to the Four Seasons
    Guests will use the custom TSLA Corporate/Promo code: 181110TSL

  • Monday Speakers/Topics include:
      "To the Moon and Beyond"
      Michael Sloane, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
      Wright Flood
      Excess and Surplus markets
    • Where is this marketplace going?
    • The Plus and Minus of Public vs Private
    • "Investigating Cyber Crime: Good versus Evil in the Digital Age"
      Joshua Dann, Practice Lead - Incident Response
      Lodestone Security
      Cyber threats continue to evolve. This session will track emerging cyber claim trends and explore Digital Forensics and Incident Response through the eyes of an expert on the front lines.
      "Political Update and Preview of the 2019 Legislative Session"
      Keith Strama, Partner
      Beatty Navarre Strama
      Keith's talk will include a preview of the 86th Legislative session.
      "Time after Time: An SLTX Special"
      Steve Sprowls, PLUS, Inc. and Norma Essary, CEO, SLTX
      Steve Sprowls, PLUS, Inc. and past president of TSLA & Norma Essary will discuss the history of the Stamping Office and why it was formed. Norma will discuss the present day and the future. In addition, Norma will provide a Stamping Office update.

  • Times & Events:

    Saturday, November 10th
    12:00 - 02:00 p.m.    Cornhole Tournament hosted by TSLA Texans under 40
    (Separate registration on TSLA website for this event & open to everyone)
    Sunday, November 11th
    11:30 - 12:45 p.m.    Executive Committee Meeting
    (TSLA Officers Only)
    01:00 - 04:00 p.m.    Board of Directors Meeting
    (Board Members Only)
    04:45 - 07:15 p.m.    Registration
    05:30 - 06:30 p.m.    Texans under 40 "Meet & Greet"
    (Texans under 40 & TSLA Officers & Directors, Past Presidents)
    06:00 - 06:30 p.m.    1st time Attendee Reception
    (1st time attendees, Host Committee & Board)
    06:00 - 06:30 p.m.    PAC Reception for members who gave $250 or more in 2018
    (by invitation only)
    06:30 - 07:15 p.m.    Cocktail Reception
    (All registrants, two open bars)
    07:15 - 08:30 p.m.    Dinner
    08:30 - 10:00 p.m.    TSLA Post Party
    Monday, November 12th
    07:45 - 08:30 a.m.    Registration/Breakfast
    08:30 - 10:00 a.m.    Speakers Program
    10:00 - 10:20 a.m.    Coffee Break
    10:20 - 11:10 p.m.    Speakers Program
    11:10 - 12:15 p.m.    TSLA Business Meeting
    12:30 - 02:30 p.m.    Regulatory Committee Meeting
    (Regulatory Committee Members & invited guests)
    12:30 - 04:00 p.m.    Executive Committee Meeting
    (TSLA Officers Only)
    12:30 - 04:30 p.m.    Texans under 40 Community Service Activity
    (onsite at hotel)

  • Hotel Reservations:
    There is link on the website at www.tsla.org for hotel information. Group room rates are $254 city view and $294 lake view. We have a limited number of rooms available for Saturday, November 10th on a first come/first serve basis.

  • Check in/Check out:
    Check in time is 3:00 p.m. Check out time is 12:00 noon. The hotel can store your bags, if needed.

  • Parking:
    Valet parking is $40 per night for those of you staying in the hotel. If you are a non-hotel guest valet parking is $18 and self-parking is $16 (limited space available). There is also public parking located near the hotel.

  • Registration Fees:
      Full Registration
            $425 member
            $525 non-member
            $300 first time attendee
            $400 first-time attendee non-member
            $300 spouse fee
            $275 Texans under 40
            $375 Texans under 40 non-member
      Monday Only Registration
            $275 member
            $375 non-member
      Sunday Dinner/Cocktail Reception Only/Post Party
            $300 member
            $400 non-member
      1st time and Texans under 40 may register at a reduced rate at www.tsla.org.

    • Payment:
      Registration fees may be paid by check (made payable to TSLA) or charged to your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express via PayPal.

    • Types of Registration:
        Full registration - Includes the cocktail reception, dinner & post party on Sunday evening, plus the breakfast, speakers program and Business Meeting on Monday morning.

        Monday only registration - Includes the breakfast, speakers program and Business Meeting.

        Sunday evening registration - Includes the cocktail reception, dinner and post party.

    • First Time Attendees:
      Please note that first time attendees may attend the 2018 Annual Meeting at a reduced rate. We encourage all TSLA members to bring staff members in their office who have never attended the Annual Meeting before and take advantage of this special offer. Any first-time attendee employed by a Voting member will be provided the opportunity to apply for the Jack Claitor Scholarship. This scholarship provides a free registration for the 2019 Mid-Year meeting for the recipient and spouse, plus 3 room nights at the hotel, $250 cash award and a plaque. Those of you who qualify will be notified after the 2018 Annual Meeting.

    • Definition of First Time Attendee:
      TSLA defines a first-time attendee as someone who has never attended an Annual Meeting before. Attending the Annual Meeting again with another agency does not qualify.

    • Texans under Forty:
      If you are 40 & under you may register at the discount rate for the Annual Meeting. This registration rate applies whether you are a first-time attendee or a returning attendee. The only qualification is to be 40 & under. I encourage all of the TSLA member firms to bring at least one 40 or under staff member to the 2018 Annual Meeting! Please note that you have two events. The Community Service event on Monday afternoon, 12:45-4:30 p.m. and your own private "meet & greet" reception on Sunday afternoon, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    • Registration Times:
      Registration will be held 4:45-7:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 11th and on Monday, November 12th beginning at 7:45 a.m.

    • 2018 TSLA Cornhole tournament:
      TSLA is hosting their 1st Annual Cornhole tournament on Saturday, 12 noon to 2 p.m. on the back lawn at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. A separate registration form is available for this event on the TSLA website.

    • Meals:
      A plated dinner will be served on Sunday evening, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Breakfast will be served on Monday morning, 7:45-8:30 a.m.

    • Dress:
      Dress for the Sunday evening reception and dinner is business attire. Dress for Monday morning is business casual.

    • Giveaways:
      A registration for the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting will be given away during the Business Meeting on Monday morning. You must be a TSLA member and you must be present to win. We will also have other door prizes.

    • 2019 TSLA Committees
      Volunteer forms for 2019 Committees will be available at the TSLA registration desk throughout the conference. Please complete a form to volunteer to serve in 2019.

    • Cocktail Reception:
      The cocktail reception begins at 6:00 p.m. for new members & first-time attendees. For all other attendees the cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Two open bars will be available.

    • PAC Reception:
      There will be a reception held from 6:00-6:30 p.m. for anyone who has given $250 or more to the TSLA/PAC by November 4th, 2018. Those who qualify will be invited.

    • Sunday dinner:
      Join us Sunday night at the plated dinner. TSLA guests will be introduced and photos from the 2018 TSLA events will be shown.

    • Austin Style Post Party:
      Join us for our "Austin style post party" at the hotel! A full open bar with cordials available with mini desserts. We will have a cigar roller, football lounge, a trading card photo booth, vinyl spin art and a bourbon tasting station. You may mix and mingle in the relaxed setting as the evening winds down.

    • Monday Speakers:
      Please be sure to join us on Monday morning for the speaker's program.

    • Business Meeting:
      The TSLA Business Meeting is open to all TSLA members and non-members. However, voting is open to Voting members only. The following presentations will be made during our Business Meeting:

        Cindy Jordan, Incoming President, FIWT - has been invited
        Jeff Brady, Chairman, IIAT - has been invited

      In addition, the 2018 Avrohm Wisenberg Scholarship winners will receive their award, plus TSLA Committee reports will be presented.

    • Texans under Forty Community Service Event:
      Texans under 40 should plan to stay after the business meeting ends on Monday, November 12th to help with preparing care packages for the troops. Lunch will be provided. A list will be emailed ahead of time for items needed. The hotel can store your luggage for you. Please plan to dress casually & comfortably for this event.

    • Other events & TSLA logo:
      Please do not schedule any events that conflict with any TSLA sponsored event during the Annual Meeting. Also, please do not use the TSLA logo in any promotional material without prior approval from TSLA.

    • Sponsorships:
      Sponsorships are available for purchase for the 2018 Annual Meeting. All sponsors will be recognized at the opening of our program on Monday, November 12th. Please contact Jean Patterson at (512) 343-9058 or by email at jptsla@tsla.org if you want more information regarding sponsorships still available for purchase.

    • Free Joe Vincent Seminar Registration:
      All Voting member attendees will have the chance to win a free 2019 Joe Vincent seminar registration. The free registration will be awarded to one TSLA Voting member during the Business Meeting on Monday morning. You must be present to win. This free registration has been generously donated to TSLA by the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.

    • Deadlines:
        Hotel Reservations.................October 11th
        TSLA Registration Forms.......October 29th

    • Cancellation/Refund Policy:
      No refunds of registration fees after October 31st.

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