AAIS Pulse Chicago Sessions

AAIS Pulse: Chicago brings you the latest insights and expertise across the insurance industry. Our full day experience will offer both hybrid (live and in-person) sessions led by AAIS thought leaders and industry experts. The morning will feature Special Reports and panel discussions with industry leaders and regulators. For those attending in person, AAIS will host topical breakout session working groups in the afternoon. From legislation and regulation to the economy and emerging risks, there is something for every risk and insurance professional at AAIS Pulse: Chicago.


Hybrid Sessions (In-Person & Virtual)

Special Economic Report

From Professor Bob Hartwig (University of South Carolina) 

Tune in for a Special Report from Dr. Bob Hartwig, the director of the Risk and Uncertainty Management Center and clinical associate professor at University of South Carolina. A renowned economist and industry commentator, Bob will shed light on the economy, inflation and government actions impacting the insurance industry at a time when losses from natural catastrophes are hurting underwriting results and the availability of reinsurance.

Market Report

Featuring Stefan Holzberger (AM Best)

Hosted by John Kadous (VP of Products, AAIS)

COVID-19, the economy, inflation, interest rates, global warming and natural catastrophe losses, and international geopolitics are all putting pressure on property casualty insurers and their bottom lines. Stefan Holzberger, Chief Rating Officer at AM Best sits down with John Kadous, Head of Products at AAIS to discuss these issues and more, as they look closer at insurers’ financial health, potential ratings actions, and what AM Best is looking for from insurance executives facing stiff headwinds in the market.

Special Regulatory Report: A Progress Report on Using Blockchain to Assess Uninsured Motorists in North Dakota

Featuring Jon Godfread (North Dakota Insurance Commissioner)

Hosted by Joan Zerkovich (Senior VP of Operations, AAIS)

In July, the North Dakota Insurance Department (NDID), in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), initiated a proof-of-concept (“POC”) where AAIS is leveraging the openIDL blockchain platform to correlate data from the NDDOT as well as auto carriers in the state to quantify the uninsured driver problem. The ND Commissioner will provide an update on the effort and his hopes for future applications of blockchain technologies.

TechTalk: How Blockchain is Making Data Integration a Reality in Insurance

Featuring Tram Vo (MOBI - Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative)

Hosted by Joan Zerkovich (Senior VP of Operations, AAIS)

​​​​​​A closer look at burgeoning blockchain technologies, such as openIDL at The Linux Foundation and Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) the global nonprofit smart mobility consortium, and how they are bringing together data from varying sources in ways that support insurance operations and decision-making. This session will include a special report from North Dakota Insurance Commissioner about a Proof of Concept he has launched using the openIDL blockchain to gather data from carriers and the Department of Motor Vehicles to better understand the uninsured motorist issue in his state. The discussion will help insurance professionals understand how blockchain can improve intelligence gathering and data mining while still protecting data integrity and ownership, and steps they can start leveraging blockchain technologies NOW.

Advisory Report: Building Bridges To Fight Construction Site Fires

Featuring Raymond O'Brocki (American Wood Council) and Gerald Potempa (AXA XL)

Hosted by Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Ph.D. (Senior Lead Risk Strategist, AAIS)

This panel discussion with leading subject matter experts in the fire protection and insurance industry will address a persistent challenge in the builder’s risk and inland marine domain—fires in buildings under construction.  This discussion will cover a range of topics from codes and standards like NFPA 241, Hot Work Certification mandates, requirements for Fire Protection Program Managers on construction sites, the enforcement gap that often occurs in many communities, emerging technology for mitigating construction site fires, and ultimately best practices in coordinating efforts between local municipal fire protection personnel and insurance loss control personnel to turn the corner on reducing these preventable losses.  Even if you are not directly responsible for insuring construction sites you will want to join us as there are strong parallels with the emerging best practices in terms of mitigating other fire claims from non-cat and wildfire exposures that can impact your bottom line.    

Bonus Sessions (In-Person Only)

Bridging Troubled Waters:
Flood Challenges & Opportunities in the Industry

Hosted by Linda Jancik (Personal Lines Product Manager, AAIS) & Casey Davis (Farm & Agribusiness Product Manager, AAIS)

Whether your company already offers flood coverage or is contemplating doing so, come to this session as we explore the opportunities and challenges the industry is facing implementing this coverage for Personal Lines, Farm & Ag, and Commercial product lines.

Insuring the Cannabis Marketplace

Featured Panelist: Rich Golz, Symphony Risk Solutions

Hosted by Joseph Jonas (Commercial Lines Product Manager, AAIS)

Join us as we discuss the current Cannabis marketplace and what to expect from this space moving forward. We will welcome a unique perspective and open forum for discussion featuring a panel of experts from Symphony Grow to further discuss topics including market conditions, challenges for insureds, challenges with insurers, and more.

Navigating UBI (Usage-based Insurance) Markets

Featured Panelist: Matt Kendzior, Ownli

Hosted by Ash Naik (Product Manager, AAIS)

Implementing a usage-based insurance product does not have to be a complex redesign and rollout of a brand-new product. In this session, we will explore the options available to insurance carriers to roll-out UBI options with varying levels of sophistication. Starting with the assessment of current options, we will look at simplest to the most elaborate options at your disposal.