An Insurance EVENT Unlike any other

April 28 - 30, 2024

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Hotel

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Nate Silver

American Statistician and Author, Founder of FiveThirtyEight

Nate Silver is an America statistician who was mainly known for predicting outcomes in fantasy ballgames — until his technique hit a home run calling the outcome of the 2008 election primaries. Under the pseudonym “Poblano”, Silver published predictions related to the 2008 presidential elections of which he accurately predicted the winner of 49 out of 50 states. He revealed his identity after establishing his own website,  FiveThirtyEight, which was acquired by ABC News in 2018. Nate's latest thoughts can found on his near-daily newsletter, The Silver Bulletin.

Besides being just-damn-fascinating, Silver’s analysis is a decidedly contrarian gauntlet thrown before an unrepentant, spectacle-driven media. The up-and-coming pundit, who cut his teeth forecasting the performance of Major League Baseball players, has a fairly direct explanation of why most projections fail: “Polls are cherry-picked based on their brand name or shock value rather than their track record of accuracy.”

Max Drucker
CEO, Carpe Data

Max Drucker

For two decades Carpe Data CEO Max Drucker has led innovation for the insurance industry as a data visionary, always at the forefront of technological change. Before Carpe Data's launch in 2016, Max excelled as both executive and entrepreneur—in 1998 he served as CIO and co-founder of eCoverage, the nation's first online auto insurance company. Looking again toward the future Max founded Steel Card, one of the world's first InsureTech companies, which was acquired by ChoicePoint in 2006 and now owned by LexisNexis, earning him recognition by Insurance & Technology Magazine as one of the Top 10 Innovators of the Decade.

Scot Barton
Chief Product Officer, Carpe Data

Scot Barton

Shefi Ben-Hutta
Co-Founder, Coverager

Shefi Ben-Hutta

Shefi Ben-Hutta is the co-founder of Coverager, the go-to source for insurance innovation that both creates and curates coverage on the most pressing topics relevant to insurance executives. Shefi holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with a specialization in strategy and marketing.

Cheri McCourt
Vice President, Claims, Northwestern Mutual

Cheri McCourt

As Vice President of Claims, Cheri leads Northwestern Mutual’s group of claim professionals (for life, disability, long-term care and annuities) who are dedicated to delivering on the company's promise and assisting clients at some of the most critical points in their lives.   

Cheri joined Northwestern Mutual in 2014 in the Law Department as an attorney on the Insurance Products and Operations Team. She led that team of outstanding lawyers and paralegals who provide support to the company’s risk products (life insurance, disability insurance, long-term care insurance, and annuities) and the trust company. That support covered a wide range of issues from product design and manufacture to payment of benefits – and pretty much everything in between.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Cheri was a successful litigator. She began her career with Clausen Miller PC in Chicago where she did insurance subrogation litigation. Just prior to Northwestern Mutual, she was a partner at Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee where she focused on product liability litigation. Cheri is a native of Campbellsport, WI and earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Carroll College (now Carroll University) and attended law school at Valparaiso University School of Law.

Chris Reed
Director, Claims IT Delivery, CSAA Insurance Group

Chris Reed

Chris Reed is a director at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer.  He started as an auto adjuster many, many years ago, eventually ending up in IT supporting all things IT for Claims.  As an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara, he jumped at the opportunity to visit this beautiful city that holds lots of great memories.  He also has an MBA from St. Mary’s College and, in May, is completing the Agile Project Management program through UC Berkeley Extension. 

Cole Riccardi
CEO, Authentic Insurance

Cole Riccardi

Cole is the founder and CEO of Authentic, a platform that enables SaaS companies, franchisors, associations, etc. to start their own captive insurance programs. Prior to Authentic, Cole was an investor at Aquiline Capital Partners for 6 years where he spent time investing in fintech and insurtech.

Located just across from East Beach and one mile from the Funk Zone district, Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort is the ideal place to stay to experience Santa Barbara. Enjoy our 24-acre beachfront resort with tree-lined pool and tennis courts, on-site wine tastings, salon and spa, and much more.


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October 30th - February 16th


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February 17th - April 27th


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April 28th & 29th


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