PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Lee Davidson, AICP President
Spring has finally arrived. For those of us in New England this winter was one that did not want to fade away.  Hopefully the weather in your part of the world is to your liking. As my parents told me, the one thing you can’t change is the weather so stop complaining about it. 

The leadership of your organization has been busy over the past few months. We just finished up our April Board meeting just last week, and it was our first formal Board meeting held by teleconference. DMG assisted us by utilizing a web based video teleconferencing tool that was outstanding. It made the meeting more productive and less awkward as we all know teleconferences can be. While we were able to accomplish our duties it did reinforce the importance and value of in person meetings vs webinars or teleconferences. 

Speaking of in person meetings and get-togethers, our Chapters are busy with their E-Day programs. Hopefully by the time you are reading this message, you will have already attended your local Chapter’s E-Day or are planning on doing so. Hopefully you took my advice and brought or will bring a co-worker or friend with you so that you can share the many educational opportunities, attendance at an E-Day brings. Remember you can always attend another Chapter’s E-Day.  

Conference Planning continues in earnest and I am proud of the efforts put forth by the many volunteers working on the various aspects of the event. It is going to be a wonderful event and I hope to see many of you there. The Program is shaping up to be extraordinary. There is so much going on in the world and within our industry it is hard to limit our topics.  I am also very proud of the Charity we have chosen, “The Little Pantry That Could”. A great organization doing what it can to change its little part of the world. 

We have a new Program that will debut right before Conference, “AICP’s Introduction to Insurance Compliance. There will be more information in this issue speaking to the program and all of its benefits. Make sure you take the read about it. I am pretty excited about this new offering from your Association. 

It is hard to recognize all that is happening with the AICP in a short article. I want to mention the National and Chapter Nominations committees… Nominations are Open!!!  My AICP career started at the local Chapter Level and like many before me I cannot express in words all of the benefits I have received from becoming actively involved in our Association. I can still remember the anxiety of that first election. “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” If you or someone you know is on the fence about running for office either in the local chapter or nationally do not hesitate to call me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. 

Lennon Award Nominations are now open. I recently sent out a call for nominations for the AICP’s most prestigious award. Hopefully you received it and sent in a nomination or two. If not, do you know a member who when you think of them, you think AICP? Send your nomination(s) to me by email. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Well I can’t believe that my term is half over.  It seems like yesterday I was stressing over that “dreaded speech”. That is now a distant memory and it is a blessing to see the phenomenal activities of the committees and officers happening around me. “ Many great people doing great things ”.  Thank you for all that you do. 

 If you ever have any comments, suggestions, or questions regarding anything AICP-related, don’t hesitate to reach out your committee chairs, your Chapter officers, Rona or myself. 

Enjoy Spring!!!!

The 2018 Election Cycle Begins!
Matt Brasch, AICP Past President, Nominating Committee Chair
On April 17, 2018 the Nominating Committee sent out the Call for Nominations, which is the official kick-off of the 2018 Election Cycle. Nominations for AICP members who are ready to take on Chapter and National leadership are now being accepted by the Nominating Committee. A list of open positions and more detail on the roles are available on our webpage -

Nominations will be accepted by anyone on the Nominating Committee through June 18 – so nominate someone (even yourself!) today!  
Live from Nashville! AICP is on the Road to Music City
Stacy Koron, 2018 Conference Chair
The website and registration are  LIVE!, and we are excited to share all of the exciting plans that have gone into preparing for the 2018 AICP Annual Conference, to be held September 23-26. We’ve been inspired by our host city, Nashville, a city known for its great music, food and hospitality. However, like making a hit record, making a successful conference takes more than inspiration – it takes a lot of hard work and amazing talent! Here’s some of our highlights:
     
A Star-Packed Line-Up:  With Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak (scheduled) as keynote speaker and a View from the Top Session featuring Commissioner David Altmaier (FL), Commissioner John Doak (OK), Commissioner John Franchini (NM) and Commissioner Jennifer Hammer (IL). We will also have industry and regulatory experts galore!
 
A Spectacular Set List: Our conference program has been set and is full of educational sessions that address today’s hottest issues, including the Compliance Side of Blockchain, Underwriting and Administrative Challenges in a Socially Changing World, and Cybersecurity. While we’ve added lots of new tunes, we have not forgotten about the “old favorites” and will have our Regulator Roundtables, Q&A Sessions and New to Compliance sessions.
 
Going Backstage with the Business Partner Showcases:  Our business partners are the folks who help members get things done and we’ll showcase them on two nights. On Sunday and Monday, you can enjoy a drink and appetizers on us, while exploring the business solutions offered. We’ll have some fun activities in the exhibit hall as well, including photo and caricature booths on Sunday and giant Jenga, Connect Four and other oversized versions of classic games on Monday. In addition, we’ve listened to your feedback and are giving you more free time to explore our host city on Monday night. With the Grand Ol’ Opry, restaurants, and shopping near the hotel, and free shuttle service from the hotel to downtown, there are lots of ways to enjoy this vibrant city!

A Beautiful Venue:  This year we will be at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee! This Music City location is the original Gaylord location and so much more than a hotel, with numerous restaurants, spa, shopping and nine acres of gardens and waterfalls, all under one roof. Be sure to download the Gaylord Opryland app , which will help you navigate the hotel and ensure you know all of the resort features. AICP Annual Conference Pro Tip: Book early through the AICP website to ensure you get our discounted rate!

Online Promotions:  Our website is LIVE . It includes information about all of these events and registration, and will continue to be updated.   We have also been sharing information on AICP’s LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages and writing Journal articles. We like to make it easy for you to keep up with what is new at Annual Conference.
 
A Charitable Partner:  Any successful star knows that giving back matters, and the AICP loves doing this as well. This year AICP has partnered with The Little Pantry that Could , a Nashville food panty that feeds the community in so many ways! The Little Pantry that Could provides community members in need with groceries, transportation, shower facilities, and a wide variety of services. You can support this charity by competing against other chapters to donate groceries to The Little Pantry (see your chapter leadership for more information about this), or you can join fellow AICP Members in a Sunday morning service day at The Little Pantry. See the website for more information about this service opportunity.
 
See y’all soon, LIVE in Nashville!
Conference Happenings!
New Professionals Reception

When: Monday, September 24, 2018, 8:00 pm
Where: Crystal Gazebo

If you are new to the insurance compliance industry, if you consider yourself young (or young at heart), join AICP leadership Monday, September 24th for a fantastic networking opportunity. Get to know your counterparts and associates in our industry! This occasion is just the right opportunity for making connections you will find invaluable as you travel your chosen path of insurance compliance professional. Drinks and refreshments will be available at the Crystal Gazebo starting at 8:00 p.m. Check in with AICP leadership at the reception to get your drink ticket. We won’t be checking ID, but you will need to wear your AICP Conference name badge to attend this reception. Don't forget to take some "me" time and enjoy this specific networking opportunity in a relaxed setting. See you there!

Catch the Nashville Rhythm as AICP Brings you Our Annual Business Partner Showcase!

Welcome to Nashville (Sunday)
Kick off your annual conference experience Sunday night! Our AICP business partners will be making a noteworthy performance by showcasing their chart topping products and value-added services. Enjoy a drink and appetizers on us while exploring the business solutions offered. Be sure to sashay over to the digital caricature booth for some cartoon fun, and then high step over to our photo booth to capture costume covered memories with your AICP friends and colleagues.

Music City Showcase (Monday)
You spoke, we listened!
Rather than keep you all cooped up for the night, we are giving you some time to network and explore on your own. Start the night with a stop back into the Business Partner Showcase where we will be putting on the hits and kicking things off. Count on some tunes, this is Music City! And we are bringing in the fun with plenty of games. A little competitive networking with giant variations of Jenga, Connect Four and other classic games will have you ready for more! Plus, use your final 2 drink tickets and snack on some Nashville bites before heading out for the night.
Door prizes provided by our business partners will be awarded both nights, every half hour. You must be present to win.
AICP Board Approves Vision Statement and New this Year “Compliance 101” 
Board Approves New Vision Statement
Matt Brasch, Strategic Planining Task Force Chair
During the Second Quarter Meeting, the AICP’s Board of Directors approved a new Vision Statement to guide the AICP through the next 3-5 years. The Vision Statement was developed by the Strategic Planning Task Force, a group of AICP members with diverse skill sets and experiences who were tasked by the Board to develop a long term strategy for the growth and success of the AICP. In order to develop a strategic plan, the Task Force determined that a review of the AICP’s Mission and Vison statements was required first. The Board did not approve a new Mission Statement proposed by the Task Force, but directed the Task Force to explore further changes and present a proposed Mission Statement at the 3Q meeting in Washington D.C.  
AICP's Introduction to Insurance Compliance Program Supports AICP's Fundamental Purpose
Matt Brasch, AICP Past President  
Everyone should know that the AICP is a non-profit organization; but not everyone knows that the AICP’s IRS filing establishes our stated purpose as: “to provide education and sponsor, conduct or participate in research and educational activities for the benefit of the insurance community.” It is in the spirit of this fundamental purpose of the AICP that we are developing “AICP’s Introduction to Insurance Compliance Program” for launch at annual conference in Nashville. This course is designed for non-compliance insurance professionals; those who have to comply with insurance regulations every day, but are not in a compliance role. The AICP, with its membership comprising a wide-range of experts in insurance compliance, is uniquely qualified to provide education on insurance compliance. We are looking forward to the inaugural class of “AICP Introduction to Insurance Compliance” and hope that you encourage your fellow insurance professionals to attend.  

ACP/CCP/CE Application Deadline
Michael Hollar and Joanne Calvert, Education Committee Co-Chairs
The Conferring Ceremony will be held on Tuesday morning, September 25 at our Annual Conference in Nashville. For those working toward the ACP or CCP designation or CE credit, applications must be submitted by Friday August 10, 2018 to be conferred at this year’s conference. Applications received after this date will be conferred at the 2019 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The requirements and the applications are located on the AICP website under the Career Center or Certifications/Designations link. The procedure is easy and the one-time application fee is $30. If an applicant meets the requirements for both the ACP and CCP Designations, both applications can be submitted together. The Continuing Education (CE) Accreditation Program is available to members who have earned 100 points during the three year period following their CCP designation. The point requirements are established by the Education Committee and reviewed annually. CE’s are available each time a member earns 100 points.

To find out more about the Education Committee, please visit the AICP website or contact Joanne Calvert or Michael Hollar, Education Committee Co-Chairs. 


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