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    TSLA 2017 Mid-Year Meeting

    General Information

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    When:  July 16-19, 2017
    Where:  Four Seasons Resort
    One Vail Road, Vail, CO 81657
    Ph: (970) 477-8600, Fax: (970) 477-8666
    Reservations: (303) 389-3301
    Speakers/Topics:  "Insurance and Public Policy Issues Arising From the 911 Terrorist Attack"
    -- Steven Badger, Attorney at Law, Zelle, LLP
    For seven years, Dallas attorney Steven Badger served on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee leading the $5 billion subrogation action against airlines and aviation security companies alleged to have been responsible for the 9/11 Terrorist Attack. This historic litigation concluded in a $1.2 billion settlement for the participating property insurers, reportedly the largest subrogation recovery ever obtained by the insurance industry. Badger's fascinating presentation provides an inside look at the events leading up to 9/11. Badger also discusses the numerous interesting insurance and public policy issues that arose during the course of the aviation litigation, as well as the currently pending subrogation action against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    "Relationships Still Matter in a Changing Market"
    -- Bret Strickland, President, Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co.
    The overall landscape that we have grown accustomed to continues to change at a rapid pace. The needs of markets, producers and buyers will continue to evolve and we must recognize the value that relationships have on each of these interactions.

    "Cyber Liability: What You Need to Know"
    -- Jason Bucher, AVP - Senior Account Executive - Cyber
       Victor O. Schinnerer & Company

    This topic will provide a better understanding of what PCI compliance entails - this is a topic that does not get the attention it really deserves since it impacts every business who accepts payment cards (credit/debit cards).

    "Insuring UAS for Public, Private and Commercial Use"
    -- Terry Miller, President & Founder of Transport Risk, Inc.
    Planned topics of discussion of my TSLA presentation will include:

    • UAS liability insurance
    • Types of coverage/insurance options/pilot experience requirements
    • UAS insurance requirement trends
    • UAS accident data/claims history
    • UAS Market outlook and use cases in the State of Texas
    • UAS Insurance Q&A Session

    "2017 Legislative Overview - Hail Storms and a Little Old Bill"
    -- Keith Strama, Partner, Beatty Bangle & Strama
    An overview of the most recent legislative session.

    "SLTX: Rolling with the Changes"
    -- Norma Essary, Executive Director, Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas
    An update from the Surplus Lines Stamping Office.

    Association updates will be provided by:
    Brady Kelley, Executive Director, NAPSLO
    Corinne Jones, Incoming-President, AAMGA

    Times & Events:

    Sunday, July 16th
      02:00 - 05:00 pm   Registration Welcome drinks & light snacks
      06:00 - 07:00 pm   Texans Under 40 Reception  TSLA members 40 and under only
      07:00 - 08:00 pm   Cocktail Reception All members. Open bar & light food
      08:00 - 09:30 pm   President's Dinner By invitation only
    Evening on your own
    Monday, July 17th
      08:00 - 08:45 am   Registration and Breakfast  
      08:30 - 11:30 am   Speakers Program  
      10:00 - 12:00 noon   Spouse Event Please RSVP
    Hosts: Juan Restrepo & Rob Cheshier
    Afternoon on your own
      Group Activities:
    - Golf Tournament
    - Horseback riding
    - Fly Fishing
    - Biking
    Pricing and more info available on
    the online registration form
    Evening on your own
    *The concierge at the resort can assist you with planning any dinners out this evening
    or you may access a list of recommended restaurants at www.tsla.org
    Tuesday, July 18th
      07:30 - 08:15 am   Breakfast  
      08:15 - 10:35 am   Speakers Program  
      10:35 - 11:30 am   TSLA Business Meeting  
    Afternoon on your own
      Group Activities:
    - Brewery Tour & Tasting
    - Clay Shooting
    - Rafting
    Pricing and more info available on
    the online registration form
      06:30 - 07:15 pm   Cocktail Reception Open bar
      07:15 - 09:30 pm   Dinner Entertainment and Golf Awards
    Wednesday, July 19th
      12:00 noon   CHECK OUT Check out time is 12:00 noon

    REGISTRATION FEES: Discount fees are available if you register by May 15th!

    (By 5/15)
    (After 5/15)
    Children's Parties
    $ 675
    $ 775
    $ 390
    $ 180
    $ 725
    $ 825
    $ 405
    $ 195

    Please note we are continuing to use the registration form where you will be able to pay by credit card (if you wish) and it will be processed automatically when you register. If you wish to add your spouse, please click on guest to handle. If you are playing in the golf tournament, please be sure to answer the question about your golf handicap. You may register online at www.tsla.org or you may print the form and send to TSLA by email at jptsla@tsla.org. In order to qualify for the discount your form must be in the TSLA office by May 15th!

    REGISTRATION FEE POLICY: No single event registrations will be sold during pre-registration or once you arrive at the resort. All participants in the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting must be fully registered.

    PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEES: You may pay your registration, group activity and golf fees by check or credit card. All checks should be made payable to TSLA. TSLA accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Please be sure to complete all sections of the registration form that pertain to your registration to ensure you are registered correctly. If you are not ready to decide about group activities right now, there is a separate registration link on our website, so you may handle at a later time.

    ROOM RATES: Four Seasons Vail Resort is sold out of our room block! Contact Jean at jptsla@tsla.org if you want to be added to the wait list. The overflow hotel, The Sebastian will take room reservations as space permits. They will offer 20% off their current rate when you call them (see below). There are other hotels in Vail you may utilize.

    The Sebastian Hotel (across the street from Four Seasons Resort)
    Reservations# (866) 708-2353 (ask for Group code #10901J)
    Room rate: 20% discount off of best available rates which start at $340
    (*30-day cancellation policy, plus $75 processing fee. If you want to book rooms pre & post, please call to handle your reservation.)

    (Please note: If you have a room at either the Four Seasons or The Sebastian Hotel and your plans have changed, please allow TSLA to cancel the room for you, so we may give to a member on the wait list. Please email Jean at jptsla@tsla.org.)

    RESORT CANCELLATION POLICY: 30 Day Cancellation Policy. Nights cancelled due to early departure are non-refundable. Credit card on file will be charged the remaining stay room & tax balance on June 14, 2017.

    TSLA registration forms with early discount are due by May 15th
    All TSLA registration forms are due by June 16th
    Group activity & golf registration forms are due by June 16th

    TSLA CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: There are no refunds of registration fees, golf or group activity fees after June 23rd.

    BABYSITTING: Please contact the concierge at the resort at (970) 477-8610 for babysitting arrangements. Please allow at least 72 hours to make arrangements.

    RESORT INFORMATION: The Four Seasons Resort offers a spa, fitness center, pool, heated whirlpools, biking, Kid's for all seasons and teen center. The hotel has the Flame restaurant open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The Remedy Bar is open for lunch and dinner, as well as 24 hour in-room dining. and the Fireside lounge, as well in-room dining. The ground level elevation is 8200 feet, so please plan to adjust when you arrive. Begin drinking a lot of water prior to arrival in Vail to assist to the adjustment to the altitude.

    TRANSPORTATION: You can reach Vail by flying into the Denver International airport or the Eagle Vail airport. Denver is approximately 2 hours from the resort and the Eagle Vail airport is 35 minutes. However, please note traveling from Denver to Vail on Friday or Saturday can add additional time to your commute due to locals traveling to Vail for the weekend, so plan accordingly. Also, please note that there is construction on I-70 that may cause delays, as well. All major airlines fly into Denver and most, but not all will fly into Eagle Vail. Colorado Mountain Express can provide you transportation to & from Vail, so please call them at 970-754-7433 and use our discount code TSLA or book online via the link on the TSLA website.

    GOLF TOURNAMENT: Your golf coordinator is Paul Rainey. The golf tournament will be held on Monday, July 17th at the Cordillera Golf Club Mountain course located about 30 minutes from the hotel. Transportation to the course is own your own. The tournament will be a SHOTGUN start at 1:00 p.m. Fees to play golf are $250 per person, which includes your box lunch, green fees, practice balls and cart. Please be sure to register for golf using the registration form online at www.tsla.org. Golf fees may be paid by check or credit card. Please note that if you want to rent clubs you must indicate that on your registration form and pay in advance. Golf club rentals are $60 per set which includes 6 golf balls. Please be sure to indicate your handicap or average. Teams will be assigned at a later time. If you would like to play with someone, please email Jean at jptsla@tsla.org to provide names and we will try to accommodate your request. Foursome requests must be received by no later than June 1st in order to accommodate. Additional tee times are not being booked this year. If you want to play at the other courses in the area, please contact the concierge at the Four Seasons Resort Vail or go to their website for a list of other golf courses in the area. No refunds of golf registration fees after June 23rd. Golf awards will be presented at the Tuesday night banquet. Our sincere thanks to Markel Mid South & Gulf Coast Claims Service for co-sponsoring the TSLA golf tournament.

    SPOUSE EVENT: Join us for glass etching. Glass etching makes for the perfect souvenir, and it's less messy than you would expect and packs easily into your suitcase! Learn how to use stencil designs and etching cream to customize any smooth glass surface of your choice. A local artist will be assisting the group. Choices include pair of wine glasses or tumblers, or a single vase or candle holder. Glass etching materials are included. This event is designed for all spouses. Hosts this year are Sherri Leicht and Rob Cheshier. The spouse event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, July 17th. Light breakfast will be served.

    There will be giveaways, including $100 cash and a $50 American Express gift card, just to name a few! Please provide an email for your spouse on the registration form, so they may be contacted directly. This is listed as a group activity event, though there is no additional cost, but please click the link to register so I know your spouse is attending.

    GROUP ACTIVITIES: Optional group activities have been scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Please see the online registration form for more details and pricing or the group activity information on our website. Please be sure to register for the group activities that you want to participate in using the online form at www.tsla.org. If you do not wish to decide when you register about group activities, you may use the separate group activity registration later to handle. You will be notified by June 1st if a minimum was not met for an activity and the activity has been cancelled. No refunds after June 23rd! Please email Jean the names of participants at jptsla@tsla.org if you register for group activities for more than yourself or use the add participant on the registration form to list additional attendees. Zip lining is now available in Vail, but I could not get it at a good rate to offer as a group activity, so feel free to book on your own thru the hotel concierge desk.

    KID'S FOR ALL SEASONS: Complimentary onsite children's program for children ages 5-12*. The program is offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can register for full or 1/2 day. Please call the concierge in advance to reserve a space for your child(ren), as they could be booked by the time you arrive. *The only cost you may incur is lunch that will be charged to your hotel room. There is also an onsite game room for kid's of all ages.

    CHILDREN'S PARTIES: A party will be held each evening for children, ages 5-12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. including dinner & activities. Please be sure to register online. Ten (10) children must register in order to host the parties, but please note that 12 children is the maximum for the 3 parties. Ample notice will be provided if these events are cancelled.

    SPA: Experience the Four Seasons Spa. Open each day and offers massages, hydrotherapy, facials, hand & foot treatments & salon services. Please call (970) 477-8630 in advance to make a reservation as they may be sold out by the time you arrive.

    CONCIERGE: The resort has a concierge desk located in the main lobby. They can assist you with dinner reservations, local activities, transportation, etc. Direct phone# is (970) 477-8610.

    TEMPERATURE: The high in the summer will be in the high 70's for the daytime. The evening temperature will be in the mid 40's. Vail gets cool in the evenings during the summer.

    TEXANS UNDER 40: Please plan to participate in the private reception for the TUF group on Sunday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m.

    DRESS: The dress for the entire conference will be casual (including speakers & guests). We encourage khaki slacks, shorts, polo type shirts and sundresses. Please note, the closing reception on Tuesday evening will be held outside.

    CLOSING DINNER: A buffet dinner will be held inside in the Bighorn ballroom. Golf awards will be presented.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT: Check in time is 4 p.m. and check out time is 12 noon. Luggage may be stored, if needed.

    PARKING: Valet parking is provided at $30 per day, which is a reduced rate per our contract, so please make sure you are charged the correct amount upon checkout.

    EXTRA EVENTS: If you plan to host an event during the TSLA conference, please be sure that your event does not conflict with any TSLA sponsored event. Four Seasons Resort Vail concierge would be happy to assist you scheduling any off-site dinners.

    SPONSORSHIPS: Sponsorships are available for purchase for this conference. All sponsors will be recognized at the opening of our speakers program on Monday, July 17th. Please contact Jean @ jptsla@tsla.org if you need information regarding sponsorships available for purchase.

    TSLA BUSINESS MEETING: The TSLA Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday morning, July 18th. The business meeting is open to all members and non-members.

    VAIL INFORMATION: There is a lot to see & do in Vail. Be sure to check out the link on our website, www.tsla.org to the local Visitors bureau website for detailed information, including Bravo, the Vail Valley music festival, farmer's market and other events happening while you are in Vail. Vail offers hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, jeep tours, zip lining, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Gerald Ford amphitheater and 2 running gondolas to name just a few things to see & do. There is an abundance of shopping and many, many restaurants. The Four Seasons concierge can assist you with dining recommendations and reservations. A link is also on our website of recommended restaurants in the area. Vail has a shuttle system that will take you from village to village.


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