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Monday, September 10th

3:00 – 3:45                         

3:45 – 4:00 

4:00 – 5:00 
Keith Fawcett
Captives 101

5:00 – 6:30
Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, September 11th
7:30 – 8:30
Breakfast @ Winston's

8:30 – 9:20
Sean Duke
State of the State
Norman Chandler
Association Update

9:30 – 10:20
Dan Labrie
Long term Sustainability of a RRG

10:30 – 11:20
Mike Mead
Choosing a Domicile:  What’s Important

11:30 – 12:00
Davis Smith
IRS v Captives

12:00 – 1:00
Lunch @ Winston's

1:00 – 1:50
Ryan Work
National Update

2:00 – 2:50
Greg Price
Cybersecurity Myths and Truths

3:00 – 3:50
John Cassell
Employee Benefits in Captives

Wrap up!
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Keith Fawcett  

Keith began his career as a Lloyd’s broker in London and has over 30 years of experience in commercial insurance and reinsurance business. Within the Brentwood Services organization Keith has focused on the development and management of self-insurance and alternative risk transfer (ART) programs.  Adapting to market changes these programs now include captive insurance, risk retentions groups and mutual insurance companies.

Keith established BrentRe in 2005 to serve the needs of ART market clients and broaden the range of reinsurance products outside of the core workers’ compensation products and services that Brentwood Services provides. Prior to his move to Nashville in 1992, Keith served as Vice President for American Insurance Managers, Inc., a medical stop-loss provider and workers’ compensation broker based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Keith earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional insurance designation awarded by the American Institute for CPCU. He has also holds the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) and Associate in Commercial Underwriting (AU) designations awarded by the Insurance Institute of America. Keith currently serves on the board of the Alabama Captive Insurance Associations.
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Scott Stone

Scott  has 20 years of experience in the captive industry ranging from the day-to-day management of captives to consulting on program structures. He has experience with a variety of captive types ranging from Risk Retention Groups to Single Parent captives. Although he has worked directly in the Vermont and Tennessee domiciles, he has managed captives in multiple on-shore domiciles.

Scott began his career in the audit practice with Deloitte & Touche, specializing in regulated entities and SEC reporting.  He also worked in the internal audit practice for National Life Insurance Company of Vermont.

Scott is a graduate of Babson College and member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Captive Insurance Association.
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Sean Duke

Sean has 20 years of experience in insurance regulation with the Alabama Department of Insurance in the financial regulation functions.  He currently serves in the role of Insurance Examinations Coordinator supervising the following regulatory functions.
  • Captives
  • Preneed
  • Company Admissions
  • Market Conduct
  • Managing General Agents
  • Risk Retention Groups
  • Accredited/Certified Reinsurers
  • Service Contract Providers
  • Vehicle Protection Product Warranty
Sean was heavily involved in Alabama’s captive regulatory processes since the passage of the Act in 2006. 
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Noman Chandler

Norman has over seventeen years experience in directing auditing, accounting, compliance, and taxation engagements for insurance organizations in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. He has achieved the highest designation within the insurance industry, CPCU, and has earned the exclusive Associate in Insurance Accounting & Finance (AIAF) certification, a certification that very few CPAs have obtained.  In addition, he holds the CFE, ARe, ARC, and ACP certfications.

His strengths are client relationships and personal attention and responsiveness to client needs. He invests a great deal of time in continuing professional education in order to maintain the expertise required to work and consult with insurance organizations. He currently is the President of the Alabama Captive Insurance Association (ACIA), Co-chairman of the Governmental Relations committee of the Tennessee Captive Insurance Association (TCIA), and a member of the Governmental Relations committee of the North Carolina Captive Insurance Association (NCCIA). He is a member of the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) and served on the Excess/Surplus/Specialty Lines Section of the CPCU Society.

Norman holds the CPA designation in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. He is a member of the Society of Financial Examiners (SOFE), and a member of the Alabama and Georgia Societies of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He is also a former member of the Pike County (AL) Board of Education.
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Dan Labrie
Dan is a seasoned insurance executive with substantial experience in building highly-success niche businesses.  For nearly 19 years he served as President and CEO of HAI Group.  Under his leadership, revenues grew from $50M to $150M and assets increased from $150M to $600M and increased of surplus from $50m to $400m.  He also increased market share from 25% to 55%, expanded the aggregate payment of policyholder dividends from $5M to $100M and successfully converted two group captives to licensed multi-line insurance companies in 49 jurisdictions (including Washington, D.C.) in order to provide insurance directly to members and customers.  Other companies under his leadership included a Risk Retention Group, an insurance agency license in 50 states, a software company, a group captive to provide financial guarantees on tax credit housing, an association, a surplus-excess lines company and a long distance learning company.

His accomplishments in the captive industry speak for themselves.  Dan served as a board member for the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (2003-2008), was Chair and Board Member for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (1995-1999) and received the Honorary membership award.  He was the Chair and Board member for the Captive Insurance Company Association (2000-2005) where he received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award.  Currently Dan is the Chair and Board member for the National Risk Retention Association.

Accomplishments and Professional Development

  • Chair and Board member for the National Risk Retention Association (NRRA), 2011 to Present
  • Chair and Board member for the Captive Insurance Company Association (CICA), 2000 to 2005
    • Received 2012 Distinguished Service Award
  • Chair and Board member for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA), 1995 to 1999
  • Transformed the Board, business strategy and operations of VCIA, which became the premier Association of the captive insurance industry in the U.S.
  • Received VCIA Industry Service Award in 2004 and Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in 2015
  • Board member of International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE), 2003 to 2008
    • Initiated strategy and development of an educational center for professional development
    • Faculty member, teaching a class on ethics
  • Recipient of Certificate of Director Education from National Association of Corporate Directors
    • NACD member, 2006 to 2014
  • Vistage (TEC) member, CEO leadership development organization, 2002 to 2015
  • Advisory Board member, Western New England University School of Business, 2009 to 2015
  • Regular speaker and presenter at trade association conferences
  • Regular contributor of trade articles to insurance publications
  • Received ARM designation, 1989
  • Founder and partner of www.captive.com, 1995 to 1997
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Mike Mead
Mike is a veteran of the insurance industry having served as an underwriter, broker, manager and consultant.

He is currently the Editor of Captive Insurance Company Reports, a publication of the International Risk Management Institute, and the President of M.R. Mead & Company, Inc., a captive consulting and management company with offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, Wisconsin and Nashville, TN.

Previously he served as President of Lionheart Insurance Group, Advantage Life and Annuity Company, National Insurance Partners, Inc., and Crusader International Management, all captive insurance related firms, with offices throughout the US and in the Cayman Islands. He has also served as President of Fred. S. James & Company of Illinois and Regional Director of Sedgwick James.

Before that he was a fidelity and surety bond underwriter with The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company. He was a long standing member of the Young Presidents Organization and the World Presidents Organization.

He is Past President and founding Director of the Missouri Captive Insurance Association, “MoCIA”, Past Director of the Texas Captive Insurance Association, “TxCIA”, and Past Chair and Director of the Captive Insurance Companies Association, ”CICA”,  Past President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association, “AzCIA”,  Past Vice President and Director of the International Center for Captive Insurance Education, ”ICCIE”,  and Past Director of the Captive Insurance Council of the District of Columbia, “CIC-DC”.

He is a member of the Tennessee Captive Insurance Association, and formerly a member of the Delaware and South Carolina Captive Insurance Associations.

As President of Fred. S. James & Co. of Illinois he managed James’ largest US office, and their largest production office of business for Lloyd’s of London and London underwriters. He served on and chaired several James committees firm wide including their Alternative Risk Task Force.

He was a member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, a Founding Director of the Surplus Lines Association of Illinois and Chair and Director of the LaSalle Street Club. He has lectured at the University of Wisconsin on captive insurance and risk management topics and at several other insurance and captive related associations, including CICA, the Western Region Captive Insurance Conference, the National Risk Retention Association, CIC-DC, the Delaware Captive Insurance Association conference, the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association conference and for the Heartland Institute in Kansas City, MO.

He is a current member of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

He has served as an Expert Witness in several insurance cases. Most remain under confidentiality agreements, but include several litigations involving Bancroft Life and Casualty and Intuitive Captive Management, among others.

In 2011 he received the CICA Distinguished Person Award for his years of service to the captive industry, and in 2014 the Crystal Cactus Award for Distinguished Service from the Arizona Captive Insurance Association. He has also been noted by the Illinois Surplus Lines Association as a Founding Director, and Coe College as a Distinguished Alumnus.

He is a graduate of Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a BA majoring in political science. He has attended the Wharton School for classes in risk management, and received the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation from the American Institute. He studied insurance in the Home Office of The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company as an underwriter.

In his career he has formed and managed numerous captives and risk retention groups covering manufacturing, professional liability, nursing homes, public housing, convenience stores, auto warranties, home warranties, construction firms and trucking companies.
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Davis Smith
Davis is a Shareholder and member of the Taxation and Business Organizations & Transactions practice groups of Gilpin Givhan, PC. He counsels clients on tax and business strategies in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on participants in the financial services industry, including insurance companies and investment advisors, and the professional services industry, including accounting firms.  

Davis regularly advises captive insurance companies, risk retention groups and self-insured funds on transactional, regulatory and tax matters. Davis is a frequent speaker and writer on tax planning for businesses, including strategies for captive insurance companies.  

Davis holds a B.A. in Management Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, a J.D. from the University of Alabama, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.
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Ryan Work
Ryan currently serves as the vice president of government relations for the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) where he heads up the association’s federal advocacy and political activities related to captive insurance, self-insurance and other alternative risk issues. In this role, Ryan is responsible for developing and managing strategic outreach and policy development before Congress, the Administration and various federal regulatory agencies. For this work, he has been recognized on Captive Review’s 2015 & 2016 Enterprise Risk Captive Pioneers List.
Prior to joining SIIA, Ryan directed government affairs activities for S&P Global, where he represented brands including Standard & Poor’s, Platts and J.D. Power.
Ryan has served in a number of senior staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, most recently as Legislative Director for Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA). He previously served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Katherine Harris (FL) and in various staff roles with the Committee on Ways and Means and the Office of the Speaker of the House.
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Dr. Greg Price
Dr. Greg Price is the Chief Technology and Security officer for Troy University and the Director of the Alabama Computer Forensics Institute. In 2002, Greg founded the first regional digital forensics lab in the nation with the U.S. Department of Justice. Greg developed the Cyberkids Awareness Program for the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

He has authored five books on information technology, served as a member of many CyberSecurity task forces, holds two provisional technology patents and is a frequent speaker at security conferences. Greg is an advocate of child protection programs and participates on a number of child advocacy councils.  He is an elected member of the Pike County Board of Education, the district three representative for AASB. 

He serves on the board of several captive insurance companies and is the designer of the ADMIT framework.
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John Cassell
John Cassell is the Senior Partner at Spring Consulting Group, LLC. He is responsible for the strategic focus of the group and for corporate development. John has over 25 years experience in the healthcare and financial services sector. John is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has contributed articles and papers to a number of publications and journals. He is an associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.

John has recently been involved in assignments including:
  • Creating a unique health insurance program for an employer association
  • Designing a multinational healthcare benefit funding strategy for a global bank
  • Building a strategic alliance to offer employers captive based pension funding solutions
  • Developing a new corporate market strategy for a major insurer
  • Developing segment focused strategies for a leading mutual fund company
  • Designing an HR outsourcing strategy for a leading global insurer
Previously, John was a partner in Watson Wyatt from 1997-2003. During this time, he set up and ran the employer healthcare consulting practice in the UK and headed healthcare industry consulting globally. Most recently he was Executive Vice President of Watson Wyatt’s US Insurance and Financial services consulting practice.

Prior to Watson Wyatt, John was healthcare practice director at Sedgwick responsible for building their employer health consulting and health administration business in the UK. In 1995 he established a Group Strategic development function at Sedgwick which fulfilled the role of a worldwide strategic and organizational advisory group to the board.

In 1994 John set up a new employer healthcare consulting practice for Noble Lowndes and partners, a major UK benefits consultancy. Prior to this he was managing director of Strategic Healthcare Associates (SHA), a leading UK healthcare consulting firm. His U.S. experience also includes six years with American Medical International where he was Vice President and Director of Development.

“Evolution of Employee Benefits,” Captive Review Employee Benefits Supplement, 2013
“Lured by the Group Captive,” Risk & Insurance, March 2012
“Operational Risk,” Risk Center.com, November, 2010
“Can Health Co-ops Cure Health Insurance Woes,” National Underwriter P&C, August 2010
“Employee Benefits Captives,” Captive Review, March 2009
“Health Problems,” Captive Review, December 2009

“Navigate the Stormy Seas Ahead – A Case Study of a Creative Funding Vehicle for the New Health Care Reality,” ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium, September 2013
“Health Insurance Opportunities for Captives: A New Frontier,” CICA Conference, March 2012
“Funding Employee Benefits in a Captive,” Assurex Innovative Risk Event, May 2011
“Healthcare Reform,” CIC-DC Beyond Healthcare Reform, June 2010
“Healthcare Cooperatives,” CICA International Conference, March 2010
“Voluntary Plans,” JHA Dynamics Seminar, March 2009
“The New Age of Voluntary Benefits Products,” EBA Summit, September 2009
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2018 Conference Sponsors

Please take time to thank these sponsors as you see them at the conference.  Without their generosity, this event would not be possible.  If you have the opportunity, please consider patronizing their businesses!









Hotel Information

The official Alabama Captive Association Conference hotel is:

201 Tallapoosa Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

Map of conference area
Parking information     

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CPE Information


TaylorChandler, CPAs is the official sponsor of conference continuing education.


TaylorChandler, LLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org

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