Past Events 2019

On behalf of the Western Loss Association, we would like to THANK EVERYONE for another successful and very informative fall conference, which was October 9-11th at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin.

Please take a moment and fill out 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 email 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.

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. You can download their contact information HERE.

  • Doug Stokes, Jr. from Erie Insurance
  • Perry Pinto from DeSimone Consulting Engineering
  • John Eggum and Brian Devilling from Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC
  • Lindsey Davis & Elizabeth Kniffen from Zelle
  • Vincent Fratinardo from YA Engineering
  • Larry Kowalczyk and Terrence Guolee from Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
  • Susan Foehl from PECO Energy
  • Tim Wziontka from Industrial Loss Consultants, Inc.

We would also like to thank the sponsors; due to their support this event can be offered at a reasonable cost. You can download their contact information HERE.

Thank you to the following:


  • ALE Solutions
  • IncBaker Tilly Virchon Krause LLP
  • ERS – Electronic Restoration Services
  • Lowers Forensics International
  • Meaden & Moore, LLP
  • Rayburn Fire Scenes Investigations
  • Temporary Accommodations


  • ACR
  • ART – Art Recovery Technologies
  • First Priority DKI
  • Foran Glennon
  • J.S. Held, LLC
  • Servpro Extreme Response Team


  • Desimone Consulting Engineering


  • B.I.G. Content Recovery
  • Insight Forensic Accountants
  • Nederveld
  • SEA, Ltd.

Golf Carts: YOUNG & Associates
Cigars: Servpro of Gurnee
Late Night Snacks: Thompson Brody & Kaplan LLP
Networking Buffet Breakfast: Perfection Property Restoration and Syndicate Claims Services, Inc.


  • Grand Prize was donated by Lake Lawn Resort (overnight stay at Lake Lawn)
  • ATI, Industrial Loss Consultants
  • Perfection Property Restoration
  • Rayburn Fire Scenes Investigations
  • ERS-Electronic Restoration Services

A very special thank you for organizing the golf outing goes to Bob Jones from Greer & Kirby Company. (847.352.5515). It takes a lot of time to put this together, and we truly appreciate it. Bob had to go on CAT Duty AGAIN, and Pierre Winkel from Greer & Kirby graciously filled in for him. One of these years, Bob will attend! The weather turned out great this year, and we hope those that golfed and those that had a hole sponsorship had a great time.

Raffle prizes were donated by , and the Grand Prize was donated by Lake Lawn Resort (overnight stay at Lake Lawn). Also, a prize was donated by Platinum Sponsor ERS-Electronic Restoration Services. Thanks to all for the great prizes!!

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.

We are grateful to 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 Newly Elected President Judy Spoerlein presented a $2,500.00 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 2019-2020 fiscal year were unanimously voted in and are:

President: Judy Spoerlein, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Vice President: Ryan Bryson, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Ins
Treasurer: Nanci Smilie, Erie Insurance
Secretary: Andy Steeno, West Bend Mutual Insurance

Harry Dubnick, Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Co.
Kevin McCoy, HDI-Global Insurance Company
Christopher Reith, Reith Consulting Solutions

A very special thanks goes to the Officers and Executive Committee from 2018-2019 for your time and commitment to the Association, and especially to Harry Dubnick, who has served as President for the last three years.

The officers would also like to thank the Membership Committee: Barry Parks from Hausch & Company, John Harmon from Zurich North America, and Kelly LeCroy from Industrial Loss Consultants. And thanks to the Member Relations Committee: Dave Foreman from CRE – Contents Recovery Experts, and Jeanette Koeller from First Priority DKI, who put together the Special Events Sponsorships and raffle prizes. We hope those that partook in the special events enjoyed themselves!

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

Formal Invitation
Insurance Company Personnel Registration
Vendor’s Registration
Member Vendor Sponsorship Forms
Special Events Sponsorships
Golf Invitation
Golf Sign up Form

Please note responses go to:
Barry Parks
Hausch & Company
1640 Capital Street, Suite 100
Elgin, IL 60124

Insurance Company Personnel are Free!
Per night accommodations and golf are a separate cost. We hope you take advantage of the free conference and the presentations with C.E. credits. You will note some state C.E. approvals are pending, and we believe they will be approved prior to the Conference. You will be updated ASAP when all are approved.

Member Independent Adjusters Have a Reduced Rate.

Member Vendors Sponsorship Opportunities Below (Including Exhibit Booth &/or Golf Hole along with Special Events Sponsorships)


  • 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 $101.00 for a single or double per night, $115 for a loft, and $165.00 for a suite per night.
  • There are additional charges if there is more than one occupant per room. There are further charges of $16.00 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 16, 2019, 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 25, 2019. Please take advantage of this educational opportunity and respond early! Please see sponsorship information below.

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

Member Vendor Sponsorships are Available

  • Please see the attached form for levels.
  • 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 are a limited number of exhibit booths, please complete the sponsorship form attached and mail as indicated ASAP as they will be accepted as received.
  • The gold sponsorship is $750.00 and has the option of a golf hole and one full registration OR two full registrations, no golf hole.
  • The platinum and gold sponsorships will be first come, first serve. 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.

Member Vendor Special Events Sponsorships are Available

  • Please see the attached form.
  • We will have the cigar roller on Wednesday Evening, an outside bar and late night snacks on Thursday evening, and on Friday we will have a networking buffet breakfast in lieu of presentations.
  • Please note what all is included, and let me know if you have any questions. We hope all attendees will find time to have a hearty breakfast and talk to and thank all sponsors and speakers before leaving. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other a little more!!

  • First WLA Wrigley Rooftop Event!
    Sold out, at capacity!
    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    3643 N. Sheffield
    Chicago, IL

    Response Form | Sponsorship Form



    9:30am: Registration/Rooftop Entranc
    10am: Inspecting Asphalt Shingle Roofs for Damage & Civil/Structural Engineering Investigations

    • Mike Cahill, S-E-A, Limited
    • 2 hours C.E. WY, TX, DE, 2 HOURS C.E. pending in NM,
    • 2 hours C.E. applied for in FL & IN

    12pm: Break
    12:20pm: Lunch
    1:20pm: Cubs game begins


    • Insurance Company Personnel: $30.00/person
    • Independent Adjusters: $50.00/person
    • Member Vendors (limit 2): $200/person


    • Sponsorship of $500.00 includes two attendees & contact information on pass out sheet
    • Sponsorship of $750.00 includes two attendees, opportunity to pass out brochures/literature about company & contact information on pass out sheet
    • Sponsorship of $1,000.00 includes two attendees, opportunity to pass out brochures/literature about company, a one minute spot before the presentation for elevator speech, & contact information on pass out sheet

    Limited capacity, after payment is received you will receive an e-mail confirming that you are on the attendee list. Must provide photo i.d. upon arrival of the event.

    Mail in response or sponsorship form and payment ASAP.

    Western Loss Spring Golf Outing (SOLD OUT!!)
    Benefitting Shriners Hospital for Children
    Friday, May 10, 2019
    Old Orchard Country Club
    700 W. Rand Road
    Mount Prospect, IL 60056

    8am: Check-in, Registration, Driving Range
    9am: Shotgun Start
    ~2pm: Cocktail Reception (cash bar)
    ~3 pm: Dinner / Raffle

    March 8, 2019

    The Drake Hotel
    2301 York Rd
    Oak Brook, Illinois


    Please R.S.V.P by February 22, 2019

    There will be CE in TX, FL, OK, WY & IN and 1.5 hours in RI & PA, one presentation has 1 hour CLE in IL. Please plan to stay until the end (5:00 p.m.) if you can for a surprise.

    The Member Relations Committee is looking for vendors that would like to donate prizes for this event. If you are interested, please contact Jeanette Koeller and thank you!! Any prize of $75.00 value or more gives one free attendance.

    • INSURANCE COMPANY PERSONNEL FREE (just e-mail Theresa Noska No response form required) Please be sure to bring your license number to the seminar.
    • MEMBER INDEPENDENT ADJUSTERS $25.00/Person, NO LIMIT. E-mail response to Theresa and mail with payment ASAP and no later than February 22, 2019 if possible.
    • MEMBER VENDORS ONLY – $50.00/Person – Limit of three, may change if reach capacity – mail in response, first come, first serve.

    The 2/8/19 Post – Holiday Member Appreciation Party Follow up: I would like to thank all of the members that attended the Member Appreciation Post-Holiday Party at Maggiano’s this past Friday and made it a success!! I hope everyone had a wonderful time.

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

    Holiday Party Downloads
    Response Form (Please complete the form and mail with your payment at your earliest opportunity if you plan to attend.)

    It’s hard to believe it is December already, and the holidays are fast approaching. Some things to remember:

    • Response & payment must be received by 1/18/19 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.

    As you know, we typically reach capacity, and you will be added to the list upon receipt of the form and payment, which we recommend you send ASAP.

    Insurance Company Personnel: There is a $20.00 fee per person for the party.

    Independent Adjusters: There is a $30.00 fee per person for the party.

    Member Vendors: There is a $50.00 fee per person with a limit of three attendees.

    Independent Adjusters and Vendors: Please pay your 2019 membership fee by January 18, 2019 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 holiday party and hope all of you and your families will have a wonderful holiday season.