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AIMU/FLMC Virtual Yacht Insurance Seminar

Tuesday 10 November 2020, 10:45am - 03:00pm

Please join the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and our 2020 co-host, the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, for our AIMU/FLMC Virtual Yacht Insurance Seminar. This on-line live program will include four 50 minute sessions to highlight recreational marine insurance topics including underwriting challenges, valuation, and other emerging marine insurance issues in a changing world. Speakers include industry leaders and experienced subject matter experts. Complete details are below.

SPONSORSHIPS: $100 per sponsor. Sponsors company names will be feautured during seminar and in a digital program that is distributed to each attendee.  

Please support the industry, connect with colleagues, and promote your business by becoming a sponsor! 


Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog – NC Maritime Attorneys
Farrell Smith O'Connell
Great American Insurance Group 
Marine Safety Consultants, Inc
Markel Marine Insurance 
Navtech USSurveyors Master Marine Surveyors
Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante LLC
Scott Marine Surveyors
Sedgwick Global Marine - Yacht Practice
Wiggin and Dana LLP 


Approved for 4 CE in FL; pending approvals in NY, NJ, MD 
4 NAMS and SAMS credits

10:45-11:00am Introductions and Opening Remarks

John Miklus               Charles Davant
John Miklus 
AIMU President
(American Institute of Marine Underwriters)
Charles Davant
Partner, Davant Law, P.A.
(Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club)

Valuation; Perspective at the Point of Sale
While we continue to see new vessels of immense value and size, we also see new emerging markets in very expensive small vessels and geographic locations never dreamed of before. Marine Insurers must understand where the boats are and who is buying and selling them.


Jason Dunbar              Paul Flannery
Jason Dunbar             
Luke Brown & Assoc.
Paul Flannery
Director International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)

Moderator - Charles Davant, Partner, Davant Law, P.A.

12:00-12:50pm Sanitizing the Transaction and Protecting the Asset (in a digital world)
Marine insurers should be aware that today a vessel closing is more than just transferring the funds and signing one document. Today it can become virtual robbery using just a cell phone. There are numerous risks in the transaction process that can become the insurers problem in many ways that were previously never a concern. Diverted funds, false documents, fishing scams, spoofing and other internet attacks.

Nancy Poppe              Michelle Otero Valdes
Nancy Poppe 
North American Yacht Practice Leader
Willis Towers Watson
Michelle Otero Valdes 

Chalos & Co.

Moderator - Charles Davant, Partner, Davant Law, P.A.

1:00pm-1:50pm The View From 30,000 Feet
It is simple to understand how the economy, stock market and COVID pandemic have affected our daily lifestyle but what about marine insurance from the seller and consumer viewpoint?

Roy Hornbeck              Chuck Cashman Michael KcKenna
Roy Hornbeck 
Ocean Marine Chief Underwriter
Chuck Cashman
Chief Revenue Officer, EVP  
Marine Max
Michael McKenna
Chief Underwriting Officer
The Hartford

Moderator - Richard Salway, Vice President, Ocean Marine, Great American Insurance Group

2:00pm-2:50pm State of the Yacht Insurance Market
The big picture. Underwriter’s elementary viewpoint of the marine insurance market.

Sean Blue Mike Pellerin
Sean Blue
Global Director of Yachts
Mike Pellerin
Managing Director
GEICO Marine Insurance

- Laura Sherrod, Senior VP of Underwriting, Private Insurance Services
2:50pm-3:00pm Closing Remarks
Rick Salway Laura Sherrod
Rick Salway
Vice President, Ocean Marine
Great American Insurance Group
Laura Sherrod
Senior VP of Underwriting 
Private Insurance Services


Refunds/Cancellations/Substitutions: Refund requests will be honored if received at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled start date. All refunds will be subject to a processing fee of 4%. Cancellations received after the refund deadline and "no shows" are subject to the full registration fees. Substitutions may be made by notifying AIMU via email or in person on the day of the event.

Location Virtual

Contact Elvira Rodin at 646-499-0313 or