IAS/CatCREW Annual Claims Conference



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  • DATE: February 11th through the 13th 2014
  • TIME: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Hilton Ft. Worth
  • ADDRESS: 815 Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76105
  • PHONE: 817-870-2100


Day 1 – Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – Room 1

7:00am-8:00am: Check-In & Breakfast
8:00am-9:00am: IAS Welcome Featuring: IAS CatCREW VP, Todd Shetler
9:00am-12:00pm: Flood Workshop (CE) Featuring: Chip Fairbank
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch / Keynote Speaker Featuring: John T. Snow – University of Oklahoma Regents’ Professor of Meteorology
1:00pm-2:00pm: Ethics CE Workshop – Michael Johnson (1 CE Credit)
2:00pm-5:00pm: American Strategic Insurance (ASI) Certification (Catastrophe Handling Best Practices) Featuring: ASI National Catastrophe Director, Jim Moran
7:00pm: Off-site Dinner: Joe T. Garcia Mexican Restaurant – 2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – Room 2

9:00am-10:00pm: Donan Tile Roofing (CE) Featuring: Professional Engineer, Michael Schroeder
10:00am-11:00am: Donan Lightning Claims (CE) Featuring: Professional Engineer, Gary Haydon
11:00am-12:00pm: Donan Residential Water Intrusion (CE) Professional Engineer, Michael Schroeder

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – Room 1

7:00am-8:00am: Check-In & Breakfast
8:00am-12:00pm: Flood (CE) Featuring: Chip Fairbank (4 CE Credits)
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Jason Foote – Bad Faith Claims
1:00pm-5:00pm: Roofing (CE) Featuring: Lon Smith  (4 CE Credits)
7:00pm: Optional Cowboys Stadium VIP Tour

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – Room 2

8:00am-12:00pm: USAA XACTIMATE Basic Sketch / CE Featuring: Barry Smith  (4 CE Credits)
1:00pm-5:00pm: USAA XACTIMATE Advanced Sketch / CE Featuring: Barry Smit (4 CE Credits)

Day 3 – Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Room 1

7:00am-8:00am: Check-In & Breakfast
8:00am-12:00pm: CEA Earthquake Certification Featuring: Director of Claims, Dan Dyce and Professional Engineer, Bob Baldinger
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch Speaker Featuring: IAS CEO, Larry Cochran
1:00pm-5:00pm: CEA Earthquake Certification Featuring: Director of Claims, Dan Dyce and Professional Engineer, Bob Baldinger


Day 3 – Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Room 2

8:00am-12:00pm: USAA Training Certification Exam Featuring: USAA National Claims Director, Ramon Lopez
1:00pm-2:00:  SWBC – SWBC Christine Hecker, Manager, Mortgage Claims, Loss Drafts
2:00pm-3:00pm:  Great American – Great American, Pam Kobin, Divisional VP
3:00pm-4:00pm: Auto-Owners, Mary Ellen Ott, Storm Coordinator


USAA Catastrophe Certification:


    • Minimum of three (3) years property adjusting experience (as a licensed adjuster) or
    • Veterans former military only (1) year adjusting experience, you are eligible to become USAA certified for upcoming USAA catastrophe deployments.
    • Xactimate 27.5 or a demo version fully loaded on your laptop and functional prior to the arriving at the certification session.

CEA Earthquake Certification: This course is required in order to handle earthquake assignments in California. This course is approved for 3 hours of CE in following states: CA, CO, GA, OK, TX and NC.

Presented By: Dan Dyce, Bob Baldinger

American Strategic Insurance (ASI) Catastrophe Handling Best Practices and Certification: This course will cover ASI catastrophe handling including a certification for future deployments.

Presented By: Jim Moran, ASI National Catastrophe Director

XACT Sketch/Pre-Test /CE: The course is designed to provide adjusters with skills to achieve Xactimate User Certification as well as prepare adjusters who will be sitting for USAA Catastrophe Certification.

Presented By: Barry Smith, XACTIMATE Certified Trainer

Flood CE Workshop Part 1: Attendees will learn how to adjust flood claim using XACTIMATE. Course is designed for adjusters who have obtained NFIP certification. Course will differentiate what is covered by flood policy and address what is not.

Flood CE Workshop Part 2: A hands-on course where adjusters produce a sample flood claim.

Requirements: Attendees must have computer loaded with an active Xactimate version 27.5 or greater. (Xactimate will not be available in this class). Class attendee participation is encouraged and will help all attendees learn from our collective experiences.

Ethics CE Workshop: Minimizing Litigation best practices for the loss adjusting professional.

Roofing CE Workshop: Course will cover proper damage assessment hail vs. wind product ID peripheral components impact resistant shingles.

Presented By: Lon Smith



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