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  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/07/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Bid protests are a key element of the federal procurement process. And whether contractors are submitting a proposal, filing a protest, or defending their award, bid protest decisions can impact not only the contract, but future outcomes and the overall award process.

    Bid protests are a key element of the federal procurement process. And whether contractors are submitting a proposal, filing a protest, or defending their award, bid protest decisions can impact not only the contract, but future outcomes and the overall award process. Decisions from 2021 are no exception. With implications for everything from filing deadlines to a protester’s burden of proof, 2021 decisions illustrate important considerations for government contractors, clarify key regulations, and highlight potential outcome trends for 2022 and beyond. Bond producers, sureties, and government construction contractors will not want to miss this important seminar on significant bid protest decisions.

    Join Katie Burrows and Eric Valle, attorneys in PilieroMazza’s Bid Protests and Government Contracts practice groups, as they discuss 2021 decisions that will shape the bid protest landscape going forward. 

    They’ll cover:

    • key decisions from 2021 and their implications;
    • outcome trends to watch; and
    • bid protest strategies for 2022

    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new lease accounting guidance in response to criticism of the existing guidance for not providing financial statement users enough information about an entity’s leasing activities.

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new lease accounting guidance in response to criticism of the existing guidance for not providing financial statement users enough information about an entity’s leasing activities.  The most significant change resulting from implementation is that lessees will be required to put nearly all leases on the balance sheet by recognizing a right-of-use asset and a lease liability.  After several delays to the effective date, most companies were required to adopt the guidance on January 1, 2022.  This seminar will provide a high-level overview of how financial statements will be affected by the new guidance, including the effect on various performance metrics.

    Gisèle Couturier

    Manager

    Albin, Randall & Bennett

    Gisèle Couturier, is a manager at Albin, Randall & Bennett focused on providing accounting and auditing services to construction and other commercial entities, not-for-profit organizations, and financial institutions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Gisèle is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

    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.

  • Contains 261 Product(s) 1 new product(s) added recently

    ​Registration for the 2022 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 2022, 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).

    Registration for the 2022 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 2022, 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, and cannot be pro-rated.

    All Annual Subscribers will:

    • Be registered automatically for all Virtual Seminars held in 2022;
    • Automatically have access to recordings of all Virtual Seminars held in 2022;
    • 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.


  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Everyone’s heard of replacing letters of credit with surety bonds, but what about securing letters of credit with bonds?! From sometimes seemingly esoteric surety risk to working with industries and stakeholders that have no idea what surety really is, or why they need it!

    Everyone’s heard of replacing letters of credit with surety bonds, but what about securing letters of credit with bonds?! From sometimes seemingly esoteric surety risk to working with industries and stakeholders that have no idea what surety really is, or why they need it! As we dive into what can be the weird and wonderful world of Commercial Surety, discussing surety-backed letters of credit, personnel supply bonds, software installation bonds, insurance deductible bonds, investment security bonds, and so much more, you may find yourself asking the question - “What the heck are we bonding here?” But join me as we uncover how to think outside the box and push the surety industry and its unmatched value into places unknown.

    Stefan Engelhardt

    Director, Sales & Marketing

    Brown & Brown

    With a decade in the insurance industry, Stefan is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Brown & Brown's National Surety Practice. Before becoming the director of sales Stefan specialized in both construction and health care service risk and has created exclusive surety programs and white papers. Stefan holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics and a Bachelors in Physics from the University of Central Florida.

    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.

  • Contains 63 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/01/2020

    NASBP's goal with Let's Get Surety is to pull back the curtain and get industry leaders and experts to open up and give an insider look at the surety industry. We promise each episode will be an engaging listen for everyone, whether you are a surety professional, industry stakeholder or just interested in learning more about surety! Listeners will hear surety stories, legislative updates, unique approaches to current challenges facing the industry, as well as trends and tips. Join our host Kat Shamapande and fun co-hosts and guests as we bond over bonding and discuss the world of surety and how it affects and improves our everyday lives!

    If you have ever gone to a school or a park, attended a large sporting event, rode on a bus, driven on a highway, bought imported goods, or sent a wire transfer, you have been protected by the surety product. Though many of us in the surety industry are in touch with this reality every day, it can often be something that those outside the surety industry or even some industry stakeholders don't always "get." That's why NASBP decided to launch, "Let's Get Surety!"

    Our goal is to pull back the curtain and get industry leaders and experts to open up and give an insider look at the surety industry. We promise each episode will be an engaging listen for everyone, whether you are a surety professional, industry stakeholder or just interested in learning more about surety! Listeners will hear surety stories, legislative updates, unique approaches to current challenges facing the industry, as well as trends and tips. Join our host Kat Shamapande and fun co-hosts and guests as we bond over bonding and discuss the world of surety and how it affects and improves our everyday lives!

    If you are interested in being a guest on the show or have a topic you want us to cover, drop us a line.

    Find out more at https://letsgetsurety.org/!

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join us as we discuss blockchain technology and how its ability to allow distributed, encrypted and secure logging of digital transactions can benefit the construction industry.

    Join us as we discuss blockchain technology and how its ability to allow distributed, encrypted and secure logging of digital transactions can benefit the construction industry. Blockchain has the potential to provide a trustworthy infrastructure for information management during all stages of the life cycle of a project. It can be used to manage information on who did what and when and ultimately provide a basis for clarifying facts and resolving legal arguments. These characteristics will be of direct benefit to surety bond providers, producers, and their principals. We will discuss the uses and potential benefits and risks of employing smart contract technology to efficiently automate certain transactions involved in construction projects. We will review the existing uses of blockchain and smart contract technology in the construction industry. Finally, we will review the current roadblocks that have resulted in the underutilization of BIM and ineffective model sharing and discuss the potential of blockchain technology for removing those roadblocks and increasing collaboration while preserving accountability.

    Nancy Greenwald

    Executive Director

    The Construction Institute

    Nancy Greenwald has experience as a lawyer and business executive in the AEC industry, dealing with projects ranging from $50,000 to $9 billion. Nancy is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. She is an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association's Commercial and Construction Industry Panels of Arbitrators and Mediators as well as numerous private clients and courts. She is the Executive Director of the Construction Institute, a non-partisan association of diverse professionals working to improve the industry by exchanging ideas, building relationships, and developing leaders. She speaks frequently on best practices in construction project communication, dispute systems design, and best practices incorporating construction technology.  

    Erik Sanford

    Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)/Building Information Modeling (BIM)

    Dimeo Construction Company

    Erik Sanford is the Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)/Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Dimeo Construction Company. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, going as far away as Tallinn, Estonia. For the last 20+ years, Erik has been working to fix what's broken within the AEC industry through technology and process improvement. He has devoted the previous 12 years to the advancement of VDC, with a focus on automation and the collection and use of data. He is also a certified instructor for the AGC Certificate of Management - BIM program. 

    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/14/2022

    During this NASBP Virtual Seminar, the AXA XL team will share insights on the U.S. economy, latest trends in key industries, and the implications and opportunities for the surety industry.

    During this NASBP Virtual Seminar, the AXA XL team will share insights on the U.S. economy, latest trends in key industries, and the implications and opportunities for the surety industry. The presentation will initially focus on understanding some of the positive and negative U.S. macro-economic indicators, with a close look at international trade developments and credit markets. Then the focus will turn to various industries for an analysis of recent trends, including power (with a special section on renewables), homebuilding, and banking.  On each segment, the presenters will explore the takeaways for surety deals in each industry, including bond types, strategies, and developing products. Join us for this exciting Virtual Seminar to get a better understanding of the economic trends and their impacts on the surety industry.

    Pat Dougherty

    Head of Commercial Bonds, Global

    AXA XL

    Pat Dougherty, Head of Commercial Bonds, is member of the Political Risk, Credit & Bond and Specialty Americas leadership teams. In this role, Pat sets the strategic direction for the Commercial Bond team. Pat joined AXA XL in 2017 with over a decade of underwriting experience and strong producer relationships. He oversaw the field underwriting and marketing in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast for Nationwide Commercial Surety. Pat began his surety career at Liberty Mutual as a Senior Underwriter for the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mid-Atlantic regions where he handled a commercial surety book of Fortune 500/1000 and large private/non-profit organizations. He obtained a BS in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and holds an AFSB designation.

    Doug Schmude

    Regional Director, Commercial Bond - Midwest and Northwest

    AXA XL

    Doug Schmude has nearly 15 years of brokerage experience, bringing a unique perspective to the team and understands the high level of service and efficient processes expected in today's marketplace. Doug began his career in the insurance industry with Zurich in 2002.  Prior to joining AXA XL in January 2019, Doug was a Vice President and Account Executive - Lead for a national brokerage firm.  In this role, he worked closely with clients and carriers to establish tailored bond programs, developed creative solutions for emerging exposures, proactively managed and expanded a book of commercial and real estate accounts, and provided valuable advice on risk exposures and reduction.  Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Eastern Illinois University and holds the Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB) designation.

    Richa Shah

    Senior Underwriter, Commercial Bond

    AXA XL

    Richa is a Senior Underwriter with AXA XL’s Political Risk, Credit, and Bond team.  She transitioned to a Commercial Bond underwriter in 2021 and prior to that, supported the team in managing the credit risk analysis function, portfolio management, and limits management. She brings eight years of risk management experience from a variety of industries, including insurance, fintech, and investment management. Previously, Richa developed and commercialized credit products for StreetShares, a fintech startup, and also worked as a Financial Analyst for XL Catlin with the US based Global Surety team. Richa holds an MBA in finance from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and two bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Maryland.

    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Today’s cybersecurity and data privacy landscape is constantly evolving. As threat actors become more sophisticated and legislators continue to introduce regulations governing privacy, organizations must shift their priorities to prepare for and address sweeping changes in the space.

    Today’s cybersecurity and data privacy landscape is constantly evolving. As threat actors become more sophisticated and legislators continue to introduce regulations governing privacy, organizations must shift their priorities to prepare for and address sweeping changes in the space.

    Construction companies present big, lucrative targets for threat actors looking to extort money through unauthorized access. Even so, many of these entities lag behind in data security and privacy programs. In this virtual seminar, Beckage attorneys, Myriah Jaworski and Patrick McNally, will cover some of the basics of prevention and preparation for cyber incidents and compliance with new and emerging privacy regulations including incident response and privacy planning, employee training, and the hardening of the cyber insurance market.

    Myriah Jaworski, Esq.

    Privacy Litigation Team Leader, Former DOJ Trial Attorney

    Beckage

    Myriah leads Beckage’s Privacy Litigation Practice Group where she represents clients in data breach actions, technology vendor disputes, and the defense of consumer class actions and related regulatory investigations. Recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star – Litigation, Myriah practices in many jurisdictions throughout the United States in both state and federal courts. Myriah has represented businesses in defense of claims brought under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), website accessibility claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, and New York’s Human Rights Law, data breach standards, state law unfair business practices acts, privacy tort claims (invasion of privacy, misappropriation of information), and biometric information acts. Beckage attorneys, including Myriah, are involved in defense of one of the largest consumer privacy class actions in the country.

    Myriah has experience representing clients in business disputes relating to technology contracts, including cloud/SaaS and e-commerce and AI or Machine Learning vendor disputes, wherein she has obtained favorable monetary and injunctive relief. Myriah has represented clients in wire fraud and payment diversion matters throughout the country. She also represents clients in response to regulatory inquiries and investigations arising out of data incidents, including before state Attorney General offices and the Department of Human and Health Services -Office of Civil Rights.

    Patrick D. McNally, Esq.

    Incident Response Team Member

    Beckage

    Patrick McNally has served in multiple capacities as a senior government, policy, and legal advisor, including as a Presidential-appointee in the Biden-Harris Administration. He also has experience as a litigator, representing businesses, hospitals, physicians, and municipalities in state and federal litigation.

    His career has tracked the intersection of technology and democracy, serving as National Technology and Data Manager for Voter Protection for Biden for President, associate counsel to the Democratic National Committee, and other legal roles on presidential campaigns.

    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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    During this virtual seminar we will discuss some of the practical and legal issues a surety may have to consider and address when faced with a program default.

    Sureties routinely administer claims as part of their business.  Even a principal that has done everything “right” is subject to improper claims or unanticipated circumstances. What is not routine, however, is when a principal with open bonds on several projects in various stages of completion finds itself in a position where it is on the precipice of, or actually in, default on several or all of its pending projects. This is colloquially referred to as a “program default.”

    During this virtual seminar we will discuss some of the practical and legal issues a surety may have to consider and address when faced with a program default.  This program is not intended to provide a one-size-fits-all approach or set forth best practices for program defaults generally. It is intended to prepare and assist sureties to analyze and address potential areas of concern in the event an account experiences a full-blown program default.


    Amy Bernadas

    Senior Claims Professional

    Zurich North America

    Amy Bernadas is a Senior Claims Professional for Zurich North America where she has worked since 2018.  Prior to joining Zurich, she was in private practice for 15 years, primarily handling contract surety bond matters.  Amy obtained her JD from Tulane University School of Law and a BA in History from Baylor University.  

    Jonathan Bondy

    Member

    Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

    Jonathan Bondy is a member of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, with offices in New York City and West Orange, New Jersey. He received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and a J.D. degree in 1991 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. A former Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, he concentrates his practice in surety law and construction litigation, and has spoken on surety and construction law issues before the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the ABA, the Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute, and the Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference.

    Brian Kantar

    Member

    Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

    Brian Kantar is a member in the New York and New Jersey firm of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, where he regularly represents surety companies, contractors and developers in a wide variety of contract disputes, performance and payment bond claims, affirmative claims, loss recovery, bankruptcy issues and contractor workouts. He frequently writes and speaks on issues affecting the surety industry and serves as Managing Editor of the Surety Claims Institute Newsletter. Brian also serves on committees in the ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association. He can be reached at bkantar@csglaw.com or 973.530.2112.

    ​Rachel Walsh

    Senior Surety Counsel

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

    Rachel Walsh is Senior Surety Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Before joining Liberty Mutual, she practiced at Krebs, Farley & Pelleteri, PLLC in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she focused on surety and fidelity law and construction litigation. Ms. Walsh received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans in 2007 and a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Tulane University in 2004. She serves as an Assistant Bar Examiner for the State of Louisiana, routinely speaks at American Bar Association and industry events regarding various aspects of surety law, and additionally serves as a Vice President of the Philadelphia Surety Claims Association.

    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.

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    Of the many challenges the industry has faced in the past, none has proven as challenging as this modern-day pandemic.

    Of the many challenges the industry has faced in the past, none has proven as challenging as this modern-day pandemic.  The impact of this tragic and far-reaching time in our history has reached and will continue to reach deep into our lives, the economy, and the way companies do business.  Which industries have been impacted the most will tell the story of the future of business models.  When will we finally be “over” this pandemic, or at least when will it not be a headline, as it will continue to heavily influence future economic conditions.  This economic outlook session will focus on future economic productivity, monetary policy, and employment--with a focus on the areas of construction and development.

    S. Scott MacDonald, Ph.D

    Speaker, Strategic Planner and Consultant for Banks and Financial Professionals

    BFS Consultants Group

    Dr. S. Scott MacDonald is the former president and CEO of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation, director of the Assemblies for Bank Directors, and Adjunct Professor of Finance, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining SMU he served on the faculty of Texas Tech University and was a consultant at RRC Inc., an economics consulting firm in Bryan College Station. He received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

    Dr. MacDonald is a trusted consultant and advisor to financial institutions boards of directors and senior management. With over 38 years of professional and academic experience he is a nationally sought-after strategic planning facilitator, consultant and educator to the financial services industry. He is a frequent speaker at professional programs, banker associations and banking schools. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, and was inducted into the Independent Bankers Association of Texas’ Wall of Heroes and Legends. He has served as an expert resource witness before the Texas state Senate and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Texas financial institution. Dr. MacDonald is the co-author of the textbook on banking, Bank Management in its 8th edition, as well as author of numerous articles in professional and academic journals.

     

    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.