The president of the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) praised the importance of the organisation’s annual conference, its continued growth and its increasingly international footprint during his opening address in San Diego this week.
Dennis Harwick, speaking at his last CICA conference as president, opened by explaining the theme of the event: Defying distribution.
Harwick acknowledged this as a key industry issue and stressed the other key virtues of the conference including the opportunity to "learn, network, socialise".
He proclaimed the CICA conference was, quite rightly, now a truly international event attracting delegates from all over the world. He went on to back this up with facts and figures. More than 25 domiciles had a booth at the event, more than 40 US states were represented and delegates from 25 countries representing the true international flavour of the event.
Harwick also noted that some 39 percent of delegates were first time attendees.
He went on to add CICA has an ongoing commitment to working partnerships with all domiciles. With more than 30 regulators from domiciles in attendance, he noted several planned meetings on regulatory matters, where best practice would be shared and discussed.
He also paid tribute to his successor, Dan Towle, praising his dedication to the industry and how he had served the sector. Harwick vowed to work with him to ensure a smooth handover.
The audience gave Dennis a standing ovation in recognition to his leadership of CICA over the past 12 years.
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