President’s Message Winter 2017
At this time of the year as we give thanks for the success we have enjoyed and look forward to next year’s challenges, I wanted to thank each of you for your support of the SIFM.
I noticed a change in the fabric of our membership this year: most of the new members are young professionals. Thus far, we have had over 50 new members from a variety of insurance industry companies.
The new Young Professionals Group, chaired by President’s Advisory Council member, Russ Sommers of Baker Tilly and co-chaired by SIFM member Kelly Nickerson of FTI Consulting, launched this year. They kicked it off with a networking and whiskey tasting program; followed by a professional image consultant speaking on trends in workplace fashion. As Russ and Kelly plan for 2018, please feel free to reach out with suggestions for speakers and topics.
Thanks to you, SIFM had successful conferences this year, including the Annual Conference which focused on innovation in the insurance industry. According to our surveys, members learned about new trends and issues. They noted that the presentations were thought-provoking with the speakers focused on disrupting technology including insurtech, bitcoin, robotics as well as the prospects of IFRS, tax reform in the US and issues of Brexit in Great Britain.
As we continue to enhance our website, check out the two new sections for Special Interest Groups – the Women of SIFM and the Young Professionals. In addition to accessing all the presentations and your CPE certificates, you can also post your company’s open positions. If you wish to post a position, please contact Diane Mensinger who will be happy to assist you.
SIFM continues to address the challenges you face as part of a fast-changing industry. I invite you to attend all our conferences to keep on the leading-edge of what’s next, not just what’s happening now.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Council, I wish you the joy of the season and a happy new year.
N Adriana Nivia
Chief Financial Officer-US
Renaissance Reinsurance US Inc