If you’ve never been to a Subrogation conference, I encourage you to attend the next annual conference of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP). I just returned from NASP’s 2013 “Set Sail for Subro” conference, held this year in San Diego, CA, at the Hilton on Bayfront. If I could sum up this conference in just a few words, they would be Entertaining, Educational & Great Networking!
Entertaining – The conference kicked off officially on Sunday, November 3rd, with NASP’s annual 5K walk/run and golf tournament. If jogging or golfing isn’t for you, they also have a tennis tournament, which you don’t have to be a pro to play in and have success. Sunday afternoon they host a wonderful cocktail/appetizer social event for first time attendees, so they can meet other newcomers. Board members of NASP offer their assistance to make your experience “the best,” and they wear matching NASP shirts so that you can always find them if you need anything. The conference also provided live entertainment during the General Session and receptions, including Andrew Sisters impersonators performing some of their famous hits and a live band during their reception.
Educational – Immediately following the opening General Session, we were treated to a Keynote Presentation from Rear Admiral, Ray Smith, widely regarded as one of the Navy’s most inspirational leaders. He was the Navy Captain who led the Navy SEALS in Operation Desert Storm, conducting over 200 operations of strategic significance, while incurring no casualties. Rear Admiral Smith spoke of his Navy SEAL personal experiences, both his triumphs and failures, and he provided live video of some of the Navy SEALS going through their emotionally and physically daunting 6-month training, including their amazing stories of success. The presentation was truly inspirational!
This session was just the first session of a conference packed with education. There were 27 classes to choose from both Monday and Tuesday of the conference, including classes such as, “What You Paid vs. What You Can Recover,” “Property: Wind, Water, & Snow Building Collapses” and “Trends & Decisions in Property Subrogation.”
Great Networking – If you weren’t able to meet fellow attendees during the outdoor activities or during the interactive sessions, then you surely would in the Exhibit Hall. Each exhibitor provided an opportunity for attendees to win a prize by dropping their business card off at their booth (prizes included: Kindles, cash and gift cards). Not only were attendees drawn to the exhibitors for the prize opportunity, but there were some of the most unique booths I’ve ever seen. To mention just a few: AFNI brought in the Bay Area Caricatures (by Jon Casey) to sketch caricatures of all attendees who came to their booth. (You can see my caricature attached to this blog). Stuart Allen & Associates brought in exotic animals to attract attendees, including an albino python, a mink, a monkey, a ferret, an iguana and so many more. They allowed attendees to snap photos of and pet these live animals. Wilber took advantage of the conference “Set Sail” theme by presenting a beach theme to their exhibit, including giveaways to go along with the theme, including beach balls and flip flops that would leave an imprint of “Subro Diva” in the sand when you walked.
If you’re looking for a conference that’s high on entertainment and education, I highly recommend checking out the next annual NASP Conference, to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, FL, November 9 – 12, 2014. I encourage anyone reading this blog who attended NASP to add a comment about your most memorable 2013 NASP conference experience!
By Kacey Rask, NL Account Executive