The Post-Holiday Member Appreciation Party
February 8, 2024
Rivers Casino
Des Plaines, Illinois

On behalf of the Western Loss Association, we would like to THANK EVERYONE for another successful and very informative Fall Conference, which was October 18 and 19 at a new venue, The Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.

Click here to see some photos from the event!

A special thank you to the speakers who put their time and effort into the presentations, as well as the costs for obtaining the C.E. credits:

  • Jon Barger, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP
  • Nanci Smilie, Erie Insurance
  • Stuart Brody, Thompson Brody Kaplan, LLP
  • Aracelis Valentin, FM Global
  • Wes Grandlienard, Envista Forensics
  • Catherine Pierce and Michael Bator, The Vertex Companies
  • Tim Wziontka, Industrial Loss Consultants

We would also like to thank the sponsors for their continued support:

Platinum Level

  • CRDN of Chicago
  • Elevate Claims Solutions
  • Paul Davis of North Chicago
  • PRISM; PuroClean Disaster Services
  • Roof ESX

Gold Level

  • Meaden Moore
  • Region Construction/Watterson
  • SEA Limited
  • YOUNG & Associates

Silver Level

  • MDD Forensics

Beer Sampling
Mark Clark, CATALE Temporary Housing

Golf Hole Sponsors

  • CATALE Temporary Housing
  • CRDN of Chicago
  • Newman Construction Consulting
  • Paul Davis of Elgin
  • PRISM Specialties
  • Roof ESX
  • Roofing Consultants, Ltd.
  • SEA Limited
  • Semke Forensic
  • True North Consultants, Inc.

Golf Lunch Sponsor
DBI Construction Consultants

Golf Cart Logo Sponsor
Foran Glennon Palendech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

Raffle Prizes

  • ACR, Inc.
  • BAC Restoration
  • CRDN of Chicago
  • Newman Construction Consulting
  • PRISM Specialties
  • Stephens Engineering
  • Thank you to FIRST ONSITE for donating the professional name badges, and especially to Jeanette Koeller for the work she did assisting with this year’s Conference.

    Congratulation to this year’s recipient of the $1,500 scholarship for the WLA Risk Management Essay Contest, Jyotika Dietrich. The WLA also presented a $3,500.00 scholarship to Martha Lester, Risk Management & Insurance Program Director of Madison College, for funding the students’ trip to the next PLRB Conference.

    The Officers and Executive Committee for the 2023-2024 WLA Fiscal Year were unanimously voted in – Randy Lepak made the motion to accept, and Bo Schiopu seconded the motion.


    • Andy Steeno, President
    • Heath Howell, Vice President
    • Nanci Smilie, Treasurer
    • Douglas Stokes, Jr., Secretary

    Executive Committee

    • Ryan Bryson
    • Harry Dubnick
    • Jeanette Koeller

    A very special thank you goes to the Officers and Executive Committee for their time and commitment to the Association.