Leading up to Early Registration for our Annual Conference, I’ll be posting session previews.
Dealing With Shock Losses: How the insurance market reacts and what you can do about it.
Gene McKeever, Allen Insurance and Financial
Chris Richmond, Allen Insurance and Financial
Rob Wells, Seacoast Specialty
Captain Jan Miles, Pride of Baltimore II
After a major loss/claim event in the industry, operators can mitigate the effects of an event that is not “their fault”. Suggestions about proactive steps to demonstrate risk and safety management to reassure skittish underwriters. This will be an interactive panel discussion, with representatives from insurance agency, underwriters, and ship operators with real world experience.
Gene has been a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1980 as well as a licensed insurance agent and consultant. He has qualified as an expert witness in ocean marine insurance. Gene has also been a “subject matter expert” chosen by the State of Maine Insurance Department to help evaluate and write questions for the State insurance producer tests. He has done seminars annually for his ocean marine clients as well as for the US Coast Guard and the National Association of Marine Surveyors. Gene and the Allen Agency are officially endorsed as Tall Ships America’s insurance agents for vessel insurance, land based insurance, directors and officers coverage plus crew health insurance. He is the chairman of his town’s harbor committee. Gene is also the in house educator for the AllenAgency’s 70 employees. In 2008 he was chosen by the Maine Marine Trades Association to present the inaugural course of the Owner operators College (OOC) as well as presenting a half day session in October of 2010 entitled “Insurance 101”at the Marine Systems Training Center. Gene is an instructor for The American Boatbuilders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) teaching emergency preparedness. Gene has also taught ocean marine insurance to staff of Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) and Acadia Insurance Company. He is a monthly contributor to the national industry publication WorkBoat Magazine with a column called “Insurance Watch”.
Chris Richmond is an able-bodied seaman and former schooner captain. He holds a USCG 100-ton Near Coastal Masters license and AB with sail endorsement. He has captained the schooners Roseway, Appledore II, Mercantile and Mistress and was chief mate aboard the schooners New Way and Bill of Rights. As a licensed insurance producer in Maine, holding the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) and Associate in General Insurance (AINS) designations, Chris now works with his colleagues in Maine and elsewhere to help manage the risks and safety challenges he knows so well. Chris is a graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C and the Marine Systems Program at The Landings School in Arundel, Maine, and now serves on that school’s program advisory committee. He has also worked for Mastervolt USA and Victron Energy as North American Sales Manager. Chris lives in Camden, Maine with his wife and three children and is currently restoring a Lightning class sailboat.
Born and raised on Long Island, NY to a family with deep roots in the marine business. His first word was “boat”. Rob worked as a teenager at Greenport Yacht & Shipbuilding Co. in Greenport, LI as a welder/mechanic and subsequently at Richard Bertram & Co. in Miami, also later at Anderson & Cristofani Shipyard in South San Francisco before becoming a hull surveyor for Hull & Cargo Surveyors, Inc in New York. He became an independent marine surveyor specializing in passenger vessels and commercial fishing vessels before becoming a marine insurance agent in 1983. His formal education includes a degree in Mechanical Technology, another in Industrial Arts Education, and postgraduate work in counseling psychology, before again succumbing to the wonderful world of boats. Rob has owned and lived aboard a variety of vessels, most memorably the Thalassa, a 1946 wood schooner built by the Dauphinee Bros. He was granted underwriting authority by a major insurance carrier in 1997 and now is underwriting Hull and P&I for United States Fire Insurance Company, founded 1824.
Captain Jan Miles
A Captain with Pride of Baltimore, Inc., Jan has worked professionally as an officer or master aboard classic yachts & traditional working-sail vessels (tall ships) for the last 40 years. The majority of his career is aboard fore & aft rigged vessels, but also in square rig. Jan’s sailings have taken him across the Atlantic six times, down the length of the South Atlantic once & deep into the Pacific four times, three times via Panama, once from San Francisco (Hawaii three times, one time on the way to East Asia, plus one return from Japan to Seattle). Jan’s coastal experience is extensive and includes multiple transits on all three coasts of North America plus the equivalent of a dozen round trips deep into the Great Lakes along with several transits in the Caribbean Sea. Jan has also sailed more than once around the British and Irish Isles as well as numerous transits in all of the Seas & Channels of Europe west of Genoa, Italy in the Mediterranean and St. Petersburg, Russia in the Baltic. In East Asia his sailing was first south then north between Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. Most of the above experiences were since 1981 as master of one or the other of the two Prides.