The Post-Holiday Member Appreciation Party
February 8, 2019
Maggiano’s in Oak Brook

Annual Fall Conference
October 9-11, 2019
Lake Lawn Resort
Delavan, WI


On behalf of the Western Loss Association, we would like to THANK EVERYONE for another successful and very informative fall conference, which was September 26th through the 28th at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, WI.

A special thanks to the speakers:

  • Jon Barger and Laura Heft from Butler, Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, (Judy Spoerlein from Liberty Mutual and Nanci Smilie from Erie Insurance had to go on CAT Duty and Laura graciously filled in for them)
  • Lindsey Davis & Elizabeth Kniffen from Zelle
  • Michael Silvestro & Bill Kolb from Skarzynski Black
  • Debra Brickner from Berkely Fire & Marine Underwriters
  • Scott Kiley from Industrial Loss Consultants, Inc.
  • Mark Senak from Senak Keegan Gleason Smith & Michaud; who put their time and effort into the presentations, as well as the costs for obtaining the C.E. credits

We would also like to thank the sponsors; due to their support this event can be offered at a reasonable cost. Thank you to the following:

  • $1,500 Special Event Cigar Roller & Bar: Servpro of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle
  • $1000 Platinum Sponsors: BMS Cat, ERS – Electronic Restoration Services, Grecco Construction Consultants, HAAG Engineering Co., Meaden & Moore, RCL Engineering Group, and Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
  • $800 Special Event Boat Cruises: Bower Group, LLC
  • $750 Gold Sponsor: Belfor USA and Davis Imperial Cleaners
  • $500 Silver Sponsor: HSNO Forensic Accountants and Temporary Accommodations
  • $250 Bronze Sponsors: Insight Forensic Accountants, Keis George LLP, NEFCO Fire Investigations, Inc., S-E-A, Ltd., and Ward & Associates Forensic Fire Investigations. The contact information for all sponsors is in the second attachment.

Golf Outing:
A very special thank you for organizing the golf outing goes to Bob Jones from Greer & Kirby Company (809 Albion Ave., Schaumburg, IL 60193, 847.352.5515) . It takes a lot of time to put this together, and we truly appreciate it. Bob also had to go on CAT Duty and Jack Garvin from Greer & Kirby graciously filled in for him; thanks Jack! The weather turned out great this year, and I hope those that golfed and those that had a hole sponsorship had a great time. Dixon Golf was at a hole and advised that 66 golfers donated at the Dixon Challenge and 15 won. A total of 118 balls were given to the participants, and each donor received over $150 worth of gift certificates. In all over $10,300 worth of gifts and prizes were given out. So thanks to Dixon Golf as well!

Raffle Prizes Donated by:

  • CRE – Contents Recovery Experts
  • ERS-Electronic Restoration Services
  • First Priority DKI
  • Industrial Loss Consultants
  • Hausch & Company, J.S. Held
  • RCL Engineering
  • Response Team 1
  • Senak Keegan Gleason Smith & Michaud
  • Temporary Accommodations

Grand Prizes donated by:

  • Davis Imperial Cleaners (Chicago Blackhawks tickets)
  • Lake Lawn Resort (overnight stay at Lake Lawn)

Thank you to J.C. Restoration of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, who donated the professional name badges. They are a big cost saving to the Association.

Finally, we would like to thank all of the attendees. The success of this event depends on your attendance and support! We hope everyone found the conference educational and enjoyable. Students from Madison Area Technical College again attended the conference on Thursday and Friday, and President Harry Dubnick presented a $1,500.00 scholarship from the Western Loss Association to Martha Lester, MBA, AAI, AIC, CIC, CRM, Risk Management & Insurance Program Instructor, who was very appreciative as are the students.

The Officers and Executive Committee for The Western Loss 2018-2019 fiscal year were unanimously voted in and are:

President: Harry Dubnick, Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Co.
Vice President: Ryan Bryson, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins
Treasurer: Judy Spoerlein, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Secretary: Nanci Smilie, Erie Insurance

Kevin McCoy, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins.
John Harmon, Zurich North America
Christopher Reith, Reith Consulting Solutions.

A very SPECIAL THANKS goes to the Officers and Executive Committee from 2017-2018 for your time and commitment to the Association. And thanks to Tony Avila from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins., who stepped down as Vice President and has served as an officer since 2016.

The officers would also like to thank the Membership Committee: John Harmon from Zurich North America, Barry Parks from Hausch & Company, and Kelly LeCroy from Industrial Loss Consultants. And thanks to the Member Relations Committee: Dave Foreman from CRE – Contents Recovery Experts, Jeanette Koeller from First Priority DKI, and Laura Heft from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig, who put together the Special Events Sponsorships. We hope those that had cigars and those that took the boat cruises enjoyed themselves!!!

Thanks again to everyone who made the 2018 Western Loss Fall Conference a success! Thanks to those that helped me at registration, and if I forgot anyone, I am sorry!

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