2015 Windstorm Insurance Conference Heads to New Orleans to Focus on Property Insurance Issues and 10-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

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Insurance conference to convene in New Orleans to address property insurance issues for the industry and consumers in retrospect of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The concerns of property insurance and the perils facing the industry and consumers are some of the key issues to be discussed at the 16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, set for January 19 - 22, 2015, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

With 2015 marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this year’s conference theme focuses on the recovery, rebirth, and revitalization of New Orleans in the past decade since Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005.

Some 1,000 property insurance professionals are expected at the three-day event, which is hosted by the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND) (website: http://www.windnetwork.com.)

The WIND Day of Caring Community Service Project will kick off conference festivities on Jan. 19. The project, coordinated in conjunction with HandsOn New Orleans, will provide an outreach opportunity for conference attendees. Volunteers are scheduled to gather at a nearby low-income elementary school to complete landscaping and beautification projects.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the conference opening general session will feature award-winning writer and New Orleans native Lynette Norris Wilkinson. Ms. Wilkinson, author of Untold: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew, and 16 family members, who hail from the City’s Ninth Ward neighborhood, weathered Hurricane Katrina together. Her book celebrates hurricane survivors from the New Orleans area, and proceeds from each book are donated to area recovery organizations.

The conference is designed to provide a variety of general sessions and workshops for all segments of the windstorm insurance industry, including insurance agents, insurance company claim managers, adjusters, risk managers, attorneys, accountants, contractors, engineers, and other experts and consultants.

By bringing together all segments of the occupations that deal with the aftermath of a windstorm, the 2015 WIND Conference seeks to develop and promote a greater understanding of windstorm issues among property insurance professionals. Approximately 1,300 people attended the 2014 WIND Conference in Orlando, Florida.

In addition to the general session presentations, more than 25 educational workshops will focus on important issues and developments arising out of past hurricane seasons.

The 2015 WIND Conference will offer an expanded continuing education (CE) program with general sessions and workshops that provide credits to insurance agents, adjusters, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and for several professional disciplines in multiple states. Windstorm Insurance Network Appraiser and Umpire Certifications, as well as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Adjuster Certifications will also be offered.

Log on to http://www.windnetwork.com for a complete schedule, and for instant downloading of the 2015 WIND Conference brochure.

The Windstorm Insurance Network is the first educational member organization for property/windstorm claims industry professionals. It was formed in 1999 with the goal of bringing a diverse industry group together to review and discuss windstorm-related insurance issues and concerns.

Contact:             
Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc.
2929 Langley Avenue, Ste. 203
Pensacola, Fla. 32504
Michelle Griffin, Executive Director
Office: 850.473.0601
Cell: 850.221.6337
Fax: 850.473.0603

Email: mgriffin(at)windnetwork(dot)com
Association Website: http://www.windnetwork.com

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