Past Events 2016

On behalf of the Western Loss Association, we would like to THANK EVERYONE for another successful and very informative fall conference, which was September 21st through the 23rd at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, WI.

A special thanks to the speakers who put their time and effort into the presentations, as well as the costs for obtaining the C.E. credits.  Their contact information can be downloaded here.

  • Mike Silvestro and Bill Kolb from Skarzynski Black
  • Reinhard Krestel from MDD Forensic Accountants
  • Paula Essick from Magnan Graizzaro & Assoc.
  • Paul VanDerHeyden from L.J.. Shaw & Company
  • Luke Longcroft from Capital Consulting International
  • Doug DePhillips from J.S. Held, LLC
  • Lindsey Davis and Elizabeth Kniffen from Zelle LLP
  • Ron Langstaff from Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.

We would also like to thank the sponsors; due to their support this event can be offered at a reasonable cost.  Download the contact information for all sponsors here.

$1000 Platinum Sponsors

  • Belfor USA
  • Cat 5 Restoration
  • ERS – Electronic Restoration Services
  • Exponent
  • Property Loss Specialist, LLC
  • RCL Engineering Group
  • Temporary Accommodations
  • Universal Restoration Services
  • YOUNG & Associates

$750 Gold Sponsor:Meaden & Moore, LLP

$500 Silver Sponsor: Servpro of Wheaton/GlenEllyn

$250 Bronze Sponsors

  • 1st Responders 24/7 Restoration
  • S-E-A, Ltd.

A very special thank you, for organizing the golf outing, goes to:
Bob Jones of Greer & Kirby Co.
809 Albion Ave., Schaumburg, IL  60193

It takes a lot of time to put this together, and we truly appreciate it.  Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side this year, and I hope those that golfed and those that had a hole sponsorship were able to enjoy at least some of the day.

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 Friday, and our Past President, Kevin McCoy, presented a $1,000 scholarship from the Western Loss Association to Martha Lester-Mittenzwei, Risk Management & Insurance Program Instructor.

The Officers and Executive Committee for The Western Loss 2016-2017 fiscal year are:

President: Harry Dubnick, Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Co.
Vice President & Treasurer: Judy Spoerlein, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Secretary: Tony Avila, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins.

Executive Committee:
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 2015-2016 for your time and commitment to the Association, and especially to Kevin McCoy, who stepped down after three terms as President.

Please take our survey for the Fall Conference.  Please note there are questions for everyone whether or not you attended the conference.   Please take a moment to complete and e-mail it to Theresa Noska.  If you give presentations that qualify for C.E. credits and are willing to speak at one of the Western Loss seminars, please let us know, and please indicate the states giving C.E. credits.

Thanks again to everyone who made the 2016 Western Loss Fall Conference a success! Some pictures are below provided by Barry Park and Theresa Noska.

September 21 – 23, 2016
Lake Lawn Resort
Delavan, Wisconsin


  • There are no more rooms available at Lake Lawn Resort at this time.
  • Please contact Comfort Inn and Suites in Delavan (262.740.1000) and The Delavan Lake Resort (262.728.2200). They have been recommended in the event anyone still needs a room.
  • The golf is at capacity and we are sorry, but no more can be accepted.
  • Vendors and independent adjusters, please note if your envelope is postmarked after 9/7/16, there is an additional fee of $25 per person for the Fall Conference.

The Western Loss Officers have planned a highly educational Fall Conference to be held September 21 through 22, 2016 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin.

Formal Invitation
Insurance Company Personnel Registration
Vendor’s Registration
Member Vendor Sponsorship Forms
Golf Sign Up Sheet
Golf Invitation

There will be C.E. credits available for Insurance Adjusters.

  • Insurance company personnel are free! (per night accommodations and golf are a separate cost.)
  • Member independent adjusters have a reduced rate!
  • There are exhibit booth & golf hole sponsorships available for member vendors

If you require hotel accommodations, please, call Lake Lawn Resort at 800.338.5253 and ask for Reservations.

FOR ALL MEMBERS the guest room rates are:

  • $105.00 for a single or double per night
  • $125 for a loft per night
  • $149 for a Suite per night.
  • There are additional charges if there is more than one occupant per room. There are further charges of $12.00 per night resort fee for all; please be sure to ask what further services may be included in the resort fee. The room availability guarantee will end on August 29, 2016, so please book your room soon!

    Vendors, this is an excellent opportunity to invite your insurance company clients as their only cost is the hotel stay! Please note a LATE FEE of $25 will apply to vendor registrations postmarked after September 7, 2016. Please take advantage of this educational opportunity and respond early!

    Please note the golf will be a shotgun start on WEDNESDAY at 12:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding the golf, please contact Bob Jones at Greer and Kirby at 847.352.5516. As in the past, costs for the golf outing are separate from the remainder of the fall conference.


    Please note the platinum sponsorship is $1,000 and you have a choice of an exhibit booth, golf hole sponsorship, and two attendees, OR three attendees, NO exhibit booth and NO hole sponsorship. As there is a limited number of exhibit booths, please complete the sponsorship form and mail as indicated ASAP as they will be accepted as received. All will be first come, first serve.

    No e-mails or phone calls will get an exhibit booth. The booths will be 8’ tables. No large displays, lights or anything that will distract from the presentations will be allowed. We recommend the platinum sponsors bring “fish bowls” for business cards, AND we ask the insurance company personnel to please bring their business cards, and to please visit the exhibit booths, and thank the vendors that have helped to make this conference possible.


    Maggiano’s Little Italy Oak Brook, IL
    August 5, 2016
    Registration Form

    Admittance to Insurance Company Personnel and Member Vendors Only!

    The webinar will have a classroom setting at:
    Maggiano’s Little Italy
    240 Oakbrook Center
    Oak Brook, IL

    We have C.E. approval from WY, TX, IL, IN & MN. (2 hours)

    All staff and independent adjusters, insurance company personnel, agents and brokers ONLY, please e-mail Theresa at if you plan to join us at Maggiano’s, and have yet to register. There is NO CHARGE and no limit per company. Please be sure to bring your license number to the class.

    The agenda will be as follows:
    Registration: 11:30 – Noon
    Lunch: Noon – 1:00 pm
    The Emerging Hail Risk – Update From The Trenches: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Presented by Steve Badger of Zelle Hoffman Voelbel & Mason LLP
    Break 2:00 – 2:15
    The Emerging Hail Risk…Continues 2:15 – 3:15
    Afternoon Social : 3:15 – 5:15

    Member Vendors:

    • Please print the registration form
    • There is a TWO PERSON LIMIT per member vendor company, which COULD CHANGE to ONE PERSON if we reach capacity.
    • Please be sure to list the names of those attending.
    • Please send the form with a check regular mail by July 22nd; you will be added to the attendee list when the form and payment are received as indicated on the form.

    We ask those that want to attend virtually, to please go HERE to register:

    • Registration should be done as early as possible, as Zelle, Hoffman will be manually approving all registrants.
    • In addition, they will be collecting licensing information for CE credit.
    • When you register, you will get an email with all the necessary connection information, as well as a calendar invite.

    April 15, 2016
    The Drake Hotel, Oak Brook, IL (NEW VENUE)
    6 Hours Continuing Education Credits in CA, GA, NH, TX & FL

    Admittance to insurance company personnel and vendor members only!

    Please download the Spring Seminar formal invitation, which includes the agenda, and there will be 6 hours continuing education credits in CA, GA, NH, TX & FL.

    Please download and mail the response form and payment at your earliest opportunity.

    As usual, lunch will be provided. If you are planning to attend, we ask for a response by March 25th.

    INSURANCE COMPANY PERSONNEL ARE FREE! Please be sure to bring your license numbers to the seminar.

    INDEPENDENT ADJUSTERS are $25.00/person.

    VENDORS will be added to the attendee list once payment is received.

    There is a three person limit per member vendor company, which could change if we reach capacity. There is a $50.00 per person fee for all member vendors.

    Vendor Sponsorship Opportunities
    Download the sponsorship form.

    Gold Sponsorship: $250 Company name on sponsorship sign, pass out sheet with contact information, and two attendees

    Silver Sponsorship: $100.00 Company name on sponsorship sign and one attendee