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  • Surety Claims: What Are Companies Seeing Today and What’s on the Horizon?

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/14/2009

    Most sureties have not seen a dramatic uptick in frequency or severity of claims in the recent economic downturn. Whether that will hold or not is anyone’s guess. We look at some trends and conditions claims departments are noticing.

    Most sureties have not seen a dramatic uptick in frequency or severity of claims in the recent economic downturn. Whether that will hold or not is anyone’s guess. We look at some trends and conditions claims departments are noticing.

    Steve Nelson

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, SureTec Insurance Company and President, SureTec Information Systems

    Steve Nelson is Executive Vice President and General Counsel, SureTec Insurance Company and President, SureTec Information Systems, Inc. in Austin, TX. He joined SureTec Insurance Company, a regional surety company, and SureTec Information Systems, Inc., a construction financial services and risk consulting company, in 2001 after six years as CEO of Faulkner Construction Company, a large construction firm headquartered in Austin, TX. At Faulkner, Mr. Nelson e was part of executive management and de facto general counsel for sister companies involved in real estate development and the mechanical, stone and tile, road and bridge, and concrete - pumping businesses.


  • The Principal’s Bankruptcy: What You Really Need to Know

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/16/2009

    The world does not end when the surety’s principal files for bankruptcy.

    The world does not end when the surety’s principal files for bankruptcy. In addressing the surety issues, highlights of this presentation include: What the surety can and can’t do; the good and bad of collateral; and providing future bonds for the principal.

    George J. Bachrach

    Partner, Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP

    George J. Bachrach is a partner in the Baltimore, Maryland law firm of Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP.  He is a graduate of Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 1971, and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1974.  He has represented surety companies in performance bond, payment bond and commercial surety bond claims, workouts and related bankruptcy proceedings for over 36 years.  Mr. Bachrach is a former Chair of the ABA/TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (2001 to 2002), and is a member of the Surety Claims Institute and the National Bond Claims Association among his many surety industry affiliations.  He is also a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.  On May 21, 2009, Mr. Bachrach received the ABA/TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Martin J. Andrew Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law.  Mr. Bachrach is a frequent author, editor, program chair and speaker on surety issues, including the surety’s performance bond rights, options and obligations; the surety’s indemnity agreement, subrogation and salvage rights; the surety’s claims investigation rights and claims handling process; and commercial surety and contract surety bankruptcy issues.  

  • The Commercial Lending Environment – A Banker’s View

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/19/2009

    A discussion of the current national economic conditions; construction Industry issues and trends; underwriting and monitoring considerations – all from a banker’s point of view.

    A discussion of the current national economic conditions; construction Industry issues and trends; underwriting and monitoring considerations – all from a banker’s point of view.

    Martin “Dev” Strischek

    Senior Vice President, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

    As senior credit policy officer, Dev is responsible for developing, implementing, and administering credit policies for all of SunTrust’s wholesale lines of business--commercial, commercial real estate, corporate investment banking, private banking, and private client services.   He also spent three years as credit administrator and managing director of credit risk management in SunTrust’s Florida commercial lending and corporate investment banking areas, respectively. 

    Prior to SunTrust, Dev was chief credit officer for Barnett Bank’s Palm Beach market.  Besides stints at other banks in Florida, Kansas City, and Ohio, Dev’s experiences outside of banking include CFO of a Honolulu construction company, combat engineer officer in the U.S. Army, and college economics instructor in Hawaii, Missouri, and Florida.