September Virtual Event: Preparing for the Future Nationally and Regionally


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

See the agenda for program details.  All sessions will be interactive allowing attendees to ask questions in real-time throughout the presentation.

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/23/2020

    September Virtual Event: Preparing for the Future Nationally and Regionally, features two Keynote Sessions, one focused on what surety professionals should understand about business bankruptcies, and the second on an economic forecast as it relates to the 2020 Elections, current COVID19 concerns, and the future of lending.

    September Virtual Event: Preparing for the Future Nationally and Regionally, kicks off with a welcome and opening address from NASBP First Vice President Tracy Tucker and features two keynote sessions. The first keynote session titled, Chapters 7, 11, and 13 are not Just for Books: Understanding Bankruptcy as a Surety Professional will be presentation by Alana Porrazzo and associate with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP and Chad Schexnayder a Partner with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP and moderated by NASBP Second Vice President Nick Newton. This exciting session will be followed but a short 10-minute break with messages from our sponsors and followed buy our second keynote session titled, Unmasking Post-COVID Economic Conditions and will be presented by renowned economist, professor and President and CEO of the SW Graduate School of Banking FoundationS. Scott MacDonald and moderated by NASBP Third Vice President Patrick Pribyl.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    Breakout Session 1, 2 & 3: A Deep Dive Into The Recent Crosno Decision And Its Impact On Pay-When-Paid Clauses In California Presented by Jonathan Dunn and Ali Salamirad, Partners of the law firm Salamirad, Morrow, Timpane & Dunn LLP.

    Breakout Session 1, 2 & 3: 

    imageBreakout Session 1, 2 & 3: A Deep Dive Into The Recent Crosno Decision And Its Impact On Pay-When-Paid Clauses In California 

    Presented by Jonathan Dunn and Ali Salamirad, Partners of the law firm Salamirad, Morrow, Timpane & Dunn LLP.

    Jonathan J. Dunn

    Partner, SMTD Law LLP

    Jonathan J. Dunn is a partner in SMTD Law LLP’s Irvine, California office. Jonathan focuses his practice in construction practices, surety law, creditor's rights and remedies, including bankruptcy and work-outs, and transactions relating to construction, debtor/creditor and commercial matters. Prior to forming SMTD, Jonathan was a partner at an international law firm, an in-house attorney with two national bonding companies where he handled construction defaults in the Western United States, and active in his family’s construction business. Jonathan is asked to write and speak frequently, and has written numerous articles and presentations. Jonathan is a vice chair of the AGC-California Legal Advisory Committee, active in the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law section, a prior Vice Chair of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, as well as involved in numerous other construction and surety associations and legal bar organizations. Jonathan obtained his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law (formerly Univ. of Puget Sound L.S.), and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA in 1989. Jonathan is licensed to practice in California, as well as various federal, special and bankruptcy courts.

    Ali Salamirad

    Founding Partner, SMTD Law LLP

    Ali Salamirad is the founding partner of SMTD Law LLP.  Mr. Salamirad concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and surety law.  For over twenty years, Mr. Salamirad has counseled sureties in a variety of complex litigation and transactional matters.  Many of the nation’s leading surety companies and general and specialty contractors trust Mr. Salamirad’s guidance and counsel when dealing with the myriad of issues that arise in the construction industry.

    Mr. Salamirad has successfully handled a wide range of cases on federal, state and private construction projects, including bid disputes and protests, subcontractor substitutions, labor claims, extra work disputes, differing site condition claims, delay, productivity and efficiency claims, default terminations, takeover and completion efforts, and surety financing arrangements.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2020

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    John Bustard

    Sr. Vice President

    King & Neel, LLC

    Mr. Bustard joined King & Neel in 1976 and has been actively involved in providing bond expertise to their clients on a daily basis since he joined the firm. Born and raised in Honolulu, he is a graduate of Punahou School and the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (Finance). He has been an active participant in the NASBP for decades and is currently the NASBP Immediat Past President. As a member of several committees at the Hawaii Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (GCA), John stays in touch with issues impacting the construction business in the State.

    His primary responsibility at King & Neel is to provide advice to general contractors, subcontractors, and developers who rely on the often complex and misunderstood surety bond industry so they will be successful in maximizing their bond capabilities. An important aspect of this service involves developing and maintaining trusting relationships with all major surety companies who provide bonds to businesses operating in the Western Pacific, Hawaii and the US Mainland. John also remains abreast of the full range of bond-related products associated with the building industry, including, for example, bid, performance, payment, completion/subdivision, supply, and license & permit obligations.

    Mike F. Pipkin


    Mike Pipkin’s wide range of experience allows him to be creative when crafting strategies and solutions for his clients. Throughout his 30+ year legal career, Mike has represented clients in complex business, surety, construction, bankruptcy, fidelity, and insurance litigation and trials, as well as legal analysis and counseling to businesses of all varieties.

    Mike’s approach is to work with his clients to determine one or more desirable outcomes, then fashion the appropriate plan to achieve success. Throughout the course of the engagement, Mike and his team keep in close contact with the client, so that they are aware of current developments, and expectations are established and managed using the latest information.

    Mike is recognized nationally as a thought leader in the legal industry. Mike serves on the Council for the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, with his term concluding in 2022. Mike’s election to Council is a reflection of his years of leadership within TIPS, including as Chair of the ABA/TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee in 2014-2015, his continuing service as Co-Chair of the ABA/TIPS Book Publishing Editorial Board, Co-Chair of the TIPS Section Conference Task Force, and his contributions to the ABA/TIPS Content Management and Finance Standing Committees and CLE Board. Mike also serves as one of eight attorneys in the USA on the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) Attorney Advisory Council. Mike is also a member in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an organization comprised of leaders in the insurance and corporate defense bar. FDCC membership is selective and by invitation to those who have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction.

    In 2017, Mike passed the Louisiana State Bar Examination, allowing WRP to expand its base of services beyond Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

    Mike Heidrick

    Assistant Vice President of Hartford Bond

    Mike Heidrick is the AVP leader of The Hartford’s Surety Bond South and Central Regions. In this role, Mike is responsible for overseeing all underwriting, personnel, sales, training and staff development. He has overseen and driven the redevelopment of The Hartford’s corporate surety training program and field business plan. Hartford Bond is one of the largest writers of surety in the U.S. and has been in the surety industry without interruption for over 100 years providing consistent, reliable support to all types of businesses.

     Prior to joining The Hartford in 2002, Mike held management   positions with two other major surety companies and a bank.  Mike is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, B.S. Economics and Math, and received a M.B.A in accounting from St. Joseph’s University. He also holds the AFSB designation             from the American Institute of CPCU and is a qualified insurance continuing education instructor (AFSB). Mike is the    father of three and makes his home in Prosper, TX. He is a volunteer for Catholic Charities and has been a youth hockey coach for many years.


  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2020

    Considerations for ESOPs--What Flies and What Does Not in Today's Climate Presented by Benjamin Lord, CPA, CCIFP of the NASBP Associate firm Albin Randall & Bennett.

    Considerations for ESOPs--What Flies and What Does Not in Today's Climate 
     Presented by Benjamin Lord, CPA, CCIFP of the NASBP Associate firm Albin Randall & Bennett.

    Ben Lord

    Senior Manager at Albin, Randall & Bennett

    Ben Lord is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) and Senior Manager at Albin, Randall & Bennett (ARB). He specializes in providing financial accounting, income tax planning and business consulting services primarily to construction and real estate development entities. He also directs the Firm’s overall Employee Benefit Practice, with specialized expertise in 401(k) plans, ESOPs and executive deferred compensation plans.