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  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: An Overview of Surety Bonds Prescribed in the Healthcare Industry

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/24/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    During this Virtual Seminar participants will learn about the various bond requirements and production opportunities specific to this $3.6 trillion dollar industry.

    During this Virtual Seminar presenters Robin Amstutz, Lead Surety Broker for Edgewood Healthcare Advisors (a division of EPIC), and Kris Retusnic and Tom McElligott, members of Travelers’ Healthcare Center of Excellence team, will share a comprehensive look at how surety is prescribed by the healthcare industry.  Participants will learn about the various bond requirements and production opportunities specific to this $3.6 trillion dollar industry.

    Robin Amstutz

    Senior Vice President & Lead Surety Broker, Edgewood Healthcare Advisors, a division of EPIC

    Robin Amstutz is a Senior Vice President of EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants and the Lead Surety Broker for Edgewood Healthcare Advisors, a division of EPIC.  Robin and her team advise and educate clients about surety, and place and service bond programs for healthcare clients across the country.

    Prior to joining EPIC through acquisition in 2019, Robin spent 12 years building the commercial surety book of business for Integro Insurance Brokers.  In 2015, Robin was recognized for her leadership attributes, client service skills, and expertise by being named to the “40 Under 40” list by Business Insurance Magazine.  Prior to Integro, Robin spent time in administrative roles with NAS Surety and Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs.

    Robin participates on the NASBP 5-15 Leadership and Professional Development Committees and serves as Vice-Chair for the Commercial Surety Committee.  She is also Chair and Co-President of the Midwest Chapter of Women in Surety, the vision of which is to empower and inspire women in surety.


    Kristan Retusnic

    Account Executive, Commercial Surety Member, Healthcare Center of Excellence Travelers Bond & Specialty Insurance

    Kris Retusnic is an Account Executive within Bond & Specialty Insurance at Travelers.  In this role, she manages a large multi-industry commercial surety portfolio ranging from small private companies to large multi-national organizations. Based out of Chicago, she has responsibility for a number of national and regional broker relationships. Kris is actively engaged in the Travelers Healthcare Center of Excellence team. This group seeks to grow and monitor the healthcare portfolio in addition to educating Travelers Commercial Surety underwriters on this ever-evolving industry. Prior to joining Travelers in 2013, Kris spent twenty years on the brokerage side of the business having worked for multiple regional and national brokers. 


    Thomas J. McElligott

    Managing Director, New England Region Team Lead, Healthcare Center of Excellence Travelers Bond & Specialty Insurance

    Tom McElligott is the Managing Director of Commercial Surety out of the New England region for Travelers Insurance.  In this role Tom oversees a team of underwriters that manage and develop a surety book throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut.  Tom has been serving in this role as Managing Director since 2010 and has been with the Travelers Commercial Surety group since 2001. 

    Tom is also currently the Team Lead of Travelers Healthcare Center of Excellence group which is a cross section of healthcare experts throughout the country.  This team is tasked with monitoring the everchanging healthcare industry and identifying opportunities to introduce new surety products in this space.  In his two years as Team Lead, Tom has overseen numerous successful projects and roll outs.  Prior to being named as Team Lead, Tom has been a member of the Healthcare Center of Excellence group since its inception in 2011.

    Tom received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University in 2001 with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Economics.  He subsequently completed his Masters in Business Administration at Bentley College with a focus in Finance.



    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • Riding the Wave of Change: The Hi-Tech Human Connection

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/27/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    How do you make human connections via technology? We’re all adapting to the “new normal” of how to conduct business without being together in person. Teams are scattered, clients use different video-conferencing platforms, and bandwidth is at a premium. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to be intentional about making those human connections.

    Carol Doscher, President & CEO, and Kurt Robbins, Freedom Finder of Graceworks will discuss how we are all adapting to the “new normal” of how to conduct business without being together in person. Teams are scattered, clients use different video-conferencing platforms, and bandwidth is at a premium. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to be intentional about making those human connections.

    How do you make human connections via technology?  Do you have a customer presentation that’s now being done as a video conference? Are your online company meetings less than helpful? Is your critical client meeting still happening with the “small” difference that it’s now a conference call?

     In this hour-long Virtual Seminar, you will:

    1. Learn how to help your listener stay engaged with you.
    2. Discover your biggest challenge to make that happen!
    3. Get practical do’s — and don’ts! — for conference and video calls.
    4. See demos of how to best use visuals.
    5. Experience how essential body language is. Yes, it’s true! Even when you can’t see the people you’re talking with, body language is enormously helpful for them and for you.


    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • Planning Now to Prove Your COVID-19 Damages and Delays Later

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/13/2020

    With public and private construction projects across the country being impacted by COVID-19, contractors must know their rights and what actions they need to take now to protect those rights.

    With public and private construction projects across the country being impacted by COVID-19, contractors must know their rights and what actions they need to take now to protect those rights. During this one-hour webinar, Peckar & Abramson attorneys Mike Zisa and Lori Ann Lange will discuss force majeure and other contractual rights contractors can use to protect themselves from the impacts of COVID-19 as well as the steps that impacted contractors should take now to support claims for additional time and compensation arising from COVID-19.  

    Michael Zisa

    Partner, Peckar & Abramson

    Michael Zisa is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. where he focuses his practice on surety, construction, and government contracts law and chairs the Firm’s Surety practice group.  He represents sureties, general contractors, subcontractors and owners in all aspects of their business – from contract review and negotiation to contract administration and claim analysis and development to litigation in federal and state as well as various contract appeals boards and alternative dispute resolution forums.  Mr. Zisa regularly speaks and writes on surety and construction issues and is recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of construction litigation, surety and government contracts.

    Lori Ann Lange

    Partner, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Washington, D.C.

    Lori Ann Lange is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Peckar & Abramson, P.C., where she specializes in government contract law, bid protests, and corporate compliance counseling.  Ms. Lange represents a range of government contractors, including construction contractors, major defense contractors, informational technology contractors, and service contractors in all aspects of contracting with the federal government.

    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • NASBP 2020 VIRTUAL SEMINAR PACKAGE

    Contains 219 Product(s)

    ​Registration for the 2020 Virtual Seminar Annual Subscriptions, is now open and available only to NASBP Members, Affiliates, and Associates. Still only $995–that’s nearly half off what you would pay if you bought each of the nearly two dozen Virtual Seminars individually. Again in 2020, NASBP is offering a Subordinate Subscription, available online to the enrolled member location(s) of an NASBP maximum dues-cap member and the branch location(s) of an affiliate member. In order for a Member or Affiliate to be eligible for the Subordinate Subscription, one enrolled member location must already have purchased the Virtual Seminar Annual Subscription at the $995 fee. Then when any (or each) enrolled member location goes to register, it will be charged only the $250 Subordinate Subscription fee (If you are not seeing the subordinate subscription rate, please contact Professional Development at prodev@nasbp.org and request a subordinate discount registration code).

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    Registration for the 2020 Virtual Seminar Annual Subscriptions, is now open and available only to NASBP Members, Affiliates, and Associates. Still only $995–that’s nearly half off what you would pay if you bought each of the nearly two dozen Virtual Seminars individually. Again in 2020, NASBP is offering a Subordinate Subscription, available online to the enrolled member location(s) of an NASBP maximum dues-cap member and the branch location(s) of an affiliate member. In order for a Member or Affiliate to be eligible for the Subordinate Subscription, one enrolled member location must already have purchased the Virtual Seminar Annual Subscription at the $995 fee. Then when any (or each) enrolled member location goes to register, it will be charged only the $250 Subordinate Subscription fee (If you are not seeing the subordinate subscription rate, please contact Professional Development at prodev@nasbp.org and request a subordinate discount registration code).

    Note: NASBP member firms that are not maximum dues-cap members but have several dues-paying members in different locations are still eligible for the Annual and Subordinate Subscriptions but due to database restrictions, the transaction must be completed manually through NASBP staff.  One location must first purchase the Annual Subscription at the $995 rate (payable online with a credit card), and then the dues-paying member location(s) should email prodev@nasbp.org and request a subordinate discount registration code to register at the discounted rate online.

    Virtual Seminar Annual and Subordinate Subscriptions are Non-refundable, cannot be pro-rated, and must be purchased by June 1, 2020.

    All Annual and Subordinate Subscribers will:

    • Be registered automatically for all Virtual Seminars held in 2020;
    • Automatically have access to recordings of all Virtual Seminars held in 2020;
    • Automatically have access to the library of past Virtual Seminars on-demand throughout the year!

    Each purchased registration, whether an Annual or Subordinate or one-time purchase, grants access to one computer login/phone connection per physical location.

    Interested in registering 14+ locations, additional discounts are available, please contact Professional Development at prodev@nasbp.org.


  • False Claims Act and Enforcement Risks of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/07/2020

    David Robbins and colleagues at Crowell & Moring LLP will discuss fraud and enforcement risks when applying for, accepting, using, and seeking forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds.

    During this seminar David Robbins of Crowell & Moring LLP will discuss fraud and enforcement risks when applying for, accepting, using, and seeking forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The Paycheck Protection Act is fraught with potential False Claims Act risks, which need to be recognized and mitigated.  This critical Virtual Seminar will cover key risk areas and risk mitigation techniques for bond producers, sureties, and contractors.  

    This timely and evolving topic presents an exciting opportunity for you to share information with your construction firm clients on how they too can register to participate in this live or recorded Virtual Seminar.  Once you register you will be able to access a discount code that you can share with your construction firm clients or with those who would otherwise meet and attend the event together, so they too can participate in this critical and timely topic at no additional charge. 


    David Robbins

    Partner

    David is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and has extensive experience with False Claims Act litigation and investigations, including in the surety industry related to the construction of government buildings.  David ran the US Air Force’s global Procurement Fraud Remedies Office and served, among other roles, as Deputy General Counsel (Contractor Responsibility).  David has a broad based practice and he is also the principal author and editor of the forthcoming American Bar Association peer-reviewed book entitled The Procurement Fraud Guidebook:  The System, Stakeholders, and Response Strategies.

    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • On the Legal Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Construction Industry Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Future

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/29/2020

    Attorneys from Foley & Lardner’s Coronavirus Task Force will be presenting on this upcoming Virtual Seminar covering the key legal and business considerations surety, construction, and business leaders are facing from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and practical solutions to prepare for the future and the new normal.

    Attorneys from Foley & Lardner’s Coronavirus Task Force will be presenting on this upcoming Virtual Seminar covering the key legal and business considerations surety, construction, and business leaders are facing from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and practical solutions to prepare for the future and the new normal. We will address a number of core topics significantly impacting the construction and surety industries, including: supply chain and how it affects the construction industry, customs issues, labor and employment issues, and government actions that are in the works and in place to help construction businesses through these unprecedented and troubled times. 

    Carrie Hoffman

    Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

    Carrie Hoffman is a labor and employment partner in Foley’s Dallas office. She represents and counsels major employers nationwide in all areas of labor and employment law across a wide range of industries, including retail. 

    Vanessa Miller

    Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

    Vanessa Miller is a litigation partner and chair of Foley’s Detroit office’s Litigation Department. She handles supply chain disputes, including international arbitrations, for automotive and other manufacturing companies. She also regularly counsels clients on commercial transactional matters. She has authored numerous articles on contract law, the Uniform Commercial Code, international arbitration, contract drafting best practices and the forthcoming executive handbook Law of the Automotive and Manufacturing Supply Chain:

    A Handbook for Success.

    Jared Rifis

    Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, Foley & Lardner LL

    Jared Rifis is a senior public affairs advisor in Foley’s Washington, D.C. office where he represents clients and their legislative priorities before Congress and the Administration. Jared supports the firm’s Government Solutions Practice with research, analysis, and advocacy that advance each client’s public policy goals. Prior to joining Foley, Jared served in various roles in Congress, most recently serving as a judiciary and commerce advisor to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

    Christopher Swift

    Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

    Christopher Swift is a partner and litigator in Foley’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice where he focuses on national security and international law and represents clients in internal investigations and government enforcement actions involving anti-money laundering (AML), arms controls (ITAR), economic sanctions (OFAC), dual-use exports (EAR), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dr. Swift also represents clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and advises them on other national security issues involving Foreign Ownership, Control, and Influence (FOCI). In addition to his national security practice, Christopher counsels clients on a variety of trade-related issues, including U.S. Customs laws, Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes.

    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • NASBP Virtual Event - Bonding With Bandwidth

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This event is offered as a complimentary benefit to all NASBP Member, Affiliate and Associate members and is a unique opportunity to convene virtually. The agenda details are featured below. All sessions will be interactive allowing attendees to ask questions in real time throughout the presentation. This Virtual Event will also include the important association business of announcing the voting results for the new board of directors, presenting awards and a departing message from President John Bustard, and a welcome message from the incoming president. NASBP urges you to sign up for this complimentary event and to take advantage of the resources specific to the surety industry and the needs of bond producers and underwriters in these unprecedented times. NASBP is here for you providing resources and tools to help you stay virtually connected, informed, and engaged and, most of all, successfully navigate these new waters. Join us May 20th!

    This event is offered as a complimentary benefit to all NASBP Member, Affiliate and Associate members and is a unique opportunity to convene virtually.

    The agenda details are featured below.  All sessions will be interactive allowing attendees to ask questions in real time throughout the presentation.

    AGENDA

    Wednesday, May 20th (times EDT)

    1:00 pmWelcome and Opening Address, President's Address and Awards Presentation
    Nick Newton, NASBP Annual Meeting Program Chair
    John Bustard, NASBP President

    1:15 pmPresentation: Moving Toward an Electronic Bonding World: Will COVID-19 Be the Impetus?
    Julie Alleyne, SFAA
    Greg Davenport, Liberty Mutual Surety
    Corban Enns, Surety Solutions LLC

    2:15 pmBreak with messages from Elite Sponsors

    2:30 pmPresentation: False Claims Act Implications for Surety Professions - “What Have We Learned from Scollick: Keep Your Eyes Open! A Fraud Warning to the Surety Industry.”
    David Robbins, Crowell & Moring
    Tim Heffernan, Watt Tieder

    3:30 pmRecognition of Outgoing NASBP Leadership & 2020 Nominating Committee Report
    Robert Shaw, NASBP Nominating Chair

    3:45 pmClosing Address
    NASBP Incoming President
  • The Financial Implications of COVID-19 on the Bonded Project

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/22/2020

    NASBP is excited to announce this special 90-minute panel seminar specifically addressing the financial ramifications of COVID-19 on the bonded construction project. Panelists will be addressing the financial issues from the surety, bond producer, banking, and contractor’s perspectives and providing some important tips for how to navigate these complex issues within the bonded job. The panelist diverse backgrounds and expertise make this session a perfect fit for every construction and surety professional, including agents, underwriters, claims professionals, contractors and supporting staff.

    NASBP is excited to announce this special 90-minute panel seminar specifically addressing the financial ramifications of COVID-19 on the bonded construction project.  Panelists will be addressing the financial issues from the surety, bond producer, banking, and contractor’s perspectives and providing some important tips for how to navigate these complex issues within the bonded job. The panelist diverse backgrounds and expertise make this session a perfect fit for every construction and surety professional, including agents, underwriters, claims professionals, contractors and supporting staff.


    Larry McMahon

    Executive Vice President & Surety Manager, Construction Services Group, Alliant Insurance Services

    Mr. McMahon is Executive Vice President and Surety Manager in the Construction Services Group for Alliant Insurance Services.  Mr. McMahon has been in the surety industry for over 30 years, providing surety and construction management advice to clients nationwide.

    Colin K. McCarthy (Moderator)

    Principal, Lanak & Hanna, P.C.

    Mr. McCarthy is a shareholder and principal Attorney at Lanak & Hanna, P.C. He has been helping contractors and sureties solve problems and manage risk for the past 20 years.  

    Mark Martinez

    Senior Vice President, Ontario Regional Manager, Pacific Mercantile Bank

    Mr. Martinez is Senior Vice President at Pacific Mercantile Bank in the Inland Empire. He has been providing financial solutions for all sizes of construction accounts for nearly 30 years.

    Mark Tackmann

    Managing Partner, Gelman, LLP

    Mr. Tackmann is the Managing Partner of Gelman, LLP, and has been delivering financial and accounting services to a diverse range of clients within the construction industry for over 20 years.  

    Richard Tasker

    President, Sage Associates, Inc

    Mr. Tasker is the President of Sage Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in Orange County.  Mr. Tasker brings more than 35 years of experience and training to his work as a construction and surety consultant, including the takeover and completion of complex bonded projects.    

    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • Contractors Guide: What You Should Know As You Manage Through the Covid-19 Environment

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/08/2020

    A new reality is well underway and impacting numerous job sites, contractors and businesses across the U.S.

    A new reality is well underway and impacting numerous job sites, contractors and businesses across the U.S. Jack Callahan, CohnReznick’s national construction industry leader, and Cristi Lewis, CohnReznick’s mid-Atlantic construction lead, discuss the current climate, strategies and insights contractors are facing due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. To survive and reposition, contractors have many considerations but seven are top-of-mind: newly enacted government programs, cash position, wind down strategies, labor management, external commitments, site security and contracts. Jack and Cristi will cover these and more.

    Jack Callahan

    CPA, Partner - Construction Industry Leader

    With more than 25 years of experience, Jack Callahan leads CohnReznick’s Construction Industry Practice. He has significant knowledge and experience in accounting, corporate taxation and business consulting matters within the construction community. Callahan serves clients in most construction sectors, including heavy highway, general contractors, construction management, specialty contractors, building trades, and building supply and equipment companies. He has worked extensively with public agencies and major construction owners to develop successful fiscal and integrity monitoring programs that enable contractors to improve the profitability, safety, and integrity of construction programs. He was a lead partner for CohnReznick on the monitoring and investigative work performed at Ground Zero and at the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub.  

     Callahan joined CohnReznick in August 2005 after serving as the managing shareholder of a leading private New Jersey accounting firm. He began his career with a national accounting firm and founded his own firm in 1996. As the managing shareholder for that firm, Callahan built the company into a 16-person accounting and consulting firm focused on serving the needs of the construction industry.  

     Callahan is an active member of many industry associations and has written a variety of construction - related accounting, tax, and business articles.

    Cristi Lewis

    Audit Partner

    Cristi Lewis is an audit partner based in CohnReznick’s Charlotte office. She leads the Mid-Atlantic Construction Industry Practice group and provides clients financial statement audits, accounting, business consulting, agreed upon procedures engagements, regulatory compliance, and benefit plan audits. In her 15+ years of experience, she has focused on construction contractors, commercial real estate, residential multi-family housing, governmental agencies and many small business clients.

    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.

  • Force Majeure: Navigating the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Contract Performance Obligations

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/02/2020

    As the tragic and devastating impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to mount, and as the government and private sectors ramp up efforts to address the spread of the disease, we are seeing disruption of construction projects on a massive scale.

    As the tragic and devastating impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to mount, and as the government and private sectors ramp up efforts to address the spread of the disease, we are seeing disruption of construction projects on a massive scale.  This webinar will focus upon the doctrine of Force Majeure, the legal theory, the contractual reality, common law alternatives, and strategies to assert or not assert Force Majeure as a defense to non-performance.

    Colin C. Holley

    Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald L.L.P.

    Colin Holley’s practice focuses on the litigation of complex business disputes for clients in a broad range of industries, including construction and real estate. Mr. Holley handles matters involving contract disputes, real property, unfair competition, intellectual property, and trade secret misappropriation. He has extensive experience in trials and appeals of matters in federal and state courts, and arbitration and mediation.

    Robert C. Niesley

    Senior Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald L.L.P.

    Robert Niesley is a litigator with expertise in bringing claims against public and private owners, particularly in matters concerning construction delays, differing site conditions and lost productivity. - Chambers USA 2019

    Rob Niesley focuses his practice in the areas of construction and suretyship. He has successfully tried cases in state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and various arbitration forums.

    imageSee your success with Old Republic Surety. Success can come from a ferocious appetite to win. Strength helps too. Choose a surety partner with the character to win. We write bid bonds, performance & payment bonds and maintenance bonds in all 50 states. Responsive, Reliable, Respected - Old Republic Surety.