The 2015 Louisiana Claims Association (LCA) Educational Conference and Expo will kick off at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans next Wednesday, June 24th. The annual event, which stretches over three days and holds educational sessions on a wide variety of topics of concern to claims professionals, has a “Cool Jazz, Hot Blues” theme this year, with plenty of opportunities to make new connections and visit with old friends in the business.
LCA Executive Director Linda Alwood spoke with Louisiana Comp Blog about the event and what attendees can look forward to this year.
“We are expecting a wonderful turnout this year with over 250 registered attendees,” Alwood said. “People come from all over the state to attend and we even get some people from neighboring states – it’s a really exciting event.”
One major draw on the educational side, according to Alwood, is the keynote speaker Randy Maniloff. Maniloff is the Editor of Coverage Opinions, a website with over 18,000 followers, and is the co-author of General Liability Insurance Coverage: Key Issues in Every State. According to his bio, Maniloff concentrates his practice in the representation of insurers in coverage disputes over primary and excessive obligations under a host of policies. He has been quoted on insurance coverage topics by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and the Associated Press. He works as an attorney with White and Williams, LLP in Philadelphia.
“The keynote address is really great because [Randy Maniloff] is a national speaker,” Alwood explained. “He speaks on the top ten cases involving claims across the country and that should be a really great presentation to give some national perspective.”
Veteran attendee Elizabeth Lowry, Area Manager of CorVel Corporation’s office in Metairie, said that she’s found the LCA conference to be “one of the best” every year on both educational and networking levels. “This year,” she said, “I am looking forward to the section on the classification of maritime employees. I really like how this year’s agenda is carved out into breakout sessions, so that the topics are relevant to attendees from each of the different claims fields.”
Those breakout sessions in combination with the wider social events was part of the goal for this year’s conference in particular. “This is the first time we’ve been at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans,” Alwood said. “There are a lot of social functions and receptions and networking opportunities. The after-party on Thursday night at the Bourbon Cowboy – just a block from the Monteleone – is going to be a great time, and I think a good way for people to get to know each other.”