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February 2018 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on February 1, 2018

Link to February 2018 ChapterGram

Register for February 2018 Chapter Meeting

I hope everyone had a great January! Our year kicked-off with a presentation on the use of technology for loss control by Paul Samson. Paul discussed the advances in technology aiding the insurance industry in loss prevention, including cameras in vehicles to monitor driving, thermal imaging to detect the source of water leaks, and wearable technology to prevent workers’ compensation injuries before they happen.  If you will be at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, Paul will present a longer version of this presentation – make sure you check it out! You can also read an article from Paul in the Fall 2017 CPCU Society Insights Journal on this topic.

Our February meeting is February 15th at the Des Moines Botanical Center. The speaker is Rex Butler who will speak on a topic that is both personal to him and having a major impact on society today – opioids. According to the CDC, more than half of all drug overdoses in the United States involve opioids and deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999. Rex will discuss how this epidemic impacts workers’ compensation insurance. It promises to be an engaging and informative meeting; I hope you will join us.

Did you know as part of your Society membership you have access to complimentary webinars? All the webinars are recorded, so if you can’t attend live, you have access to all the past webinars on The Society website. The webinar topics include both technical insurance and professional development. For example, some of the webinars you can access include “Navigating Office Politics”, “The Additional Insured Illusion…and Other Feats of Contractual Risk Transfer”, and “Challenges of Risk Management in the Sports and Entertainment Industries.”

The February webinar is presented by the Personal Lines Interest Group. Rob Olson with IRMI and Rick Walsh with Motorists Insurance Group will discuss smart-home technology and why your home may be smarter than you. It is on February 22 at 1:00 pm CST. You can register for the webinar online.

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