Past Events 2017

On behalf of the Western Loss Association, we would like to THANK EVERYONE for another successful and very informative fall conference, which was October 18th through October 20th at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, WI.

Please take a moment to fill out a survey about your experience HERE. Email completed surveys to Theresa Noska.

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. Download the full list and contact info HERE.

  • Jon Barger from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP
  • Nanci Smilie from Erie Insurance
  • Lindsey Davis and Justin Evans from Zelle LLP
  • Lars Daniel from Envista Forensics
  • Juan C. Ramirez from Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Henry Densham from Capital Consulting International
  • Nick Clancy from HDI Global
  • Mike Silvestro from Skarzynski Black

We would also like to thank the sponsors; due to their support this event can be offered at a reasonable cost. Download the full list and contact info HERE.

$1000 Platinum Sponsors

  • ALE Solutions, Inc.
  • BMS CAT; Davis Imperial Cleaners
  • ERS – Electronic Restoration Services
  • FireTech, Inc. Fire & Explosion Investigations
  • HSNO Forensic Accountants
  • RCL Engineering Group
  • Ward & Associates Forensic Fire Investigations

$750 Gold Sponsor

  • Meaden & Moore, LLP

$500 Silver Sponsor

  • BELFOR Property Restoration
  • Servpro of Wheaton/GlenEllyn
  • Temporary Accommodations

$250 Bronze Sponsors

  • Envista Forensics
  • Insight Forensic Accountants
  • S-E-A, Ltd.

A very special thank you, for organizing the golf outing, goes to Bob Jones and Jack Garvin of Greer & Kirby Co. It takes a lot of time to put this together, and we truly appreciate it. Unfortunately, Bob was, and I guess still is, in Puerto Rico, so Jack was gracious enough to coordinate the golf once Bob was not able to.

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 our President, Harry Dubnick, presented a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Western Loss Association to Josh Cotillier, their Risk Manager.

The Officers and Executive Committee for the Western Loss 2017-2018 fiscal year are:

President: Harry Dubnick, Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Co.
Vice President: Tony Avila, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins.
Treasurer: Judy Spoerlein, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Secretary: Ryan Bryson, Hanover Insurance
Executive Committee: Kevin McCoy, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins.; John Harmon, Zurich North America; and Robert Jones, Greer & Kirby.

A very SPECIAL THANKS goes to the Officers and Executive Committee from 2016-2017 for your time and commitment to the Association.

October 18-20
Lake Lawn Resort
Delavan, Wisconsin

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

Formal Invitation
Insurance Company Personnel Registration
Vendor’s Registration
Member Vendor Sponsorship Form
Golf Invitation
Golf Registration

The Western Loss Officers have planned a highly educational Fall Conference to be held October 18-20, 2017 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin.


  • Insurance Company Personnel are FREE! (Per night accommodations and golf are a separate cost.)
  • Member independent adjusters have a reduced rate!
  • Member vendors sponsorships opportunities below (including exhibit booth/golf hole

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 $95.00 for a single or double per night, $109 for a loft, and $149.00 for a suite per night.
  • Please note the reduced room rate, which is due to the conference being at a later time this year.
  • 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 September 26, 2017, 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 October 4, 2017. Please take advantage of this educational opportunity and respond early!

GOLF, Please note the golf will be a shotgun start on WEDNESDAY at 1:00 p.m. If you have questions regarding the golf, please contact Bob Jones at Greer and Kirby at 847.352.5516 or As usual, costs for the golf outing are separate from the remainder of the fall conference; please mail forms including payment to Bob Jones.


  • Please see form above for levels
  • 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 are a limited number of exhibit booths, please complete the sponsorship form above 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.


July 21, 2017

Maggiano’s Little Italy
240 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, Illinois

  • Admittance to insurance company personnel and member vendors only.
  • Registration open to staff & independent adjusters, insurance company personnel, agents & brokers only at this time.
  • In addition to the virtual training, there will be a classroom setting at Maggiano’s Little Italy. The presentation offers 2 Hours CE in TX, FL, OK, WY, & IN, along with CLE in IL.

Registration: 11:30 – Noon
Lunch: Noon – 1:00 pm
Green Buildings: Proceed with Caution 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Koji Hirota, Rimkus Consulting
Break: 2:00 – 2:15
Green Buildings: Proceed with Caution Continues: 2:15 – 3:15
Afternoon Social (Cash Bar-credit cards not accepted): 3:15 – 5:15

Member Vendors:

  • The registration form can be downloaded HERE
  • 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 11th; you will be added to the attendee list when form and payment is received


  • Enrollment for physical attendance is open to all staff and independent adjusters, insurance company personnel, agents and brokers at this time at NO CHARGE and no limit per company.
  • Please be sure to bring your license number to the class. In approximately two weeks, enrollment will be open to member vendors, and an e-mail will go out at that time.
  • This is due to a very limited capacity at Maggiano’s and we want to be sure all of those in need of the C.E. credits have the opportunity to attend.
  • Details will be sent for those planning to participate in the virtual training at a later date.

The officers would like to invite all attendees to join us for the afternoon social following the webinar. Please note it will be a cash bar. We hope to see you at the Webinar at Maggiano’s!


April 28, 2017
Please R.S.V.P by April 14, 2017

The Drake Hotel
2301 York Rd
Oak Brook, Illinois

Registration Form | Revised Agenda

The Western Loss Association Officers have planned another interesting and educational Spring Seminar, which will be Friday, April 28, 2017 at The Drake Hotel in Oak Brook.

You will note an indication of pending C.E. for two presentations, but we believe they will be approved on time.

Insurance Company Personnel: Free – No limit
Please e-mail Theresa Noska if you plan to attend. Please be sure to bring your license number to the class.

Independent Adjusters: $25.00/person – No limit
Please e-mail Theresa Noska and please mail form & payment ASAP.

Member Vendors only: $50.00/person – limit of three, may change if reach capacity
Mail in response, first come, first serve.

Western Loss Association
February 17, 2017
Post Holiday Party
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Oak Brook, IL

Holiday Party invitation
Response Form

Please complete the form and mail with your payment at your earliest opportunity if you plan to attend. You will note the officers have decreased the attendance fee from last year.

  • Please note response & payment must be received by 1/27/17 provided we are not at capacity prior to that date.
  • No responses will be accepted after that date.
  • There is a limit of three attendees per member vendor company (only members are invited).
  • There is no limit for independent adjusters and no limit for insurance company professionals.

Insurance Company Personnel
: There is a $15.00 fee per person for the party.
Independent Adjusters: There is a $25.00 fee per person for the party.
Member Vendors: There is a $35.00 fee per person with a limit of three attendees.
Independent adjusters and Vendors: Please pay your 2017 membership fee by January 27, 2017 if due, and please note one check for both the party and dues is acceptable.

On behalf of the officers of the Western Loss Association, we hope to see you at the post-holiday party and hope all of you and your families will have a wonderful holiday season.