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.

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.

Cindy De Armond
Senior Managing Director - North America Insurance, Accenture

Cindy De Armond

Cindy leads Accenture’s Insurance practice in North America. She has deep experience in digital and operational transformation from platforms to distribution to core insurance underwriting, policy administration, claims, rating and pricing. With almost 4 decades in the insurance industry, Cindy has worked with many carriers across North America enabling their digital, data, M&A, Core Platforms including Underwriting and Gen AI transformation agendas.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and playing in a women’s hockey league in Chicago.

Lisa Wardlaw
President & Founder, 360 Digital Immersion

Lisa Wardlaw

Lisa is an innovative, highly-experienced insurance executive who combines her deep decades of experience serving as CXO (CFO, COO, CSO) for some of the largest insurance institutions (e.g., MunichRe, Famers/Zurich, ING/Voya, PwC) with her entrepreneurial drive to rapidly help startups succeed in the insurance industry in North America.  Her thought leadership, ability to create innovative and ingenuitive insurance solutions across P&C, life and health insurance marketplace provides targeted guidance and solutions to expedite launching insurance innovation and insurtechs across North America and globally.

Scot Barton
Chief Product Officer, Carpe Data

Scot Barton

Tigi Thomas
Director of Data Science, Farmers Insurance

Tigi Thomas

Tigi is a seasoned hands-on Data Leader with over fifteen plus years of experience pioneering transformative data strategies across multiple industry verticals. Currently, he leads a team of talented Data Scientists at Farmers Insurance (Commercial), focusing on strategic initiatives that leverage advanced analytics and AI, emphasizing scalability, reusability, and ethical use of Data. Tigi holds a Master’s degree in Data Science from UC Berkeley and brings a unique blend of hands-on expertise and strategic insights to the intersection of Data, AI and Insurance.

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.

Ray Reimer
SVP and Chief Actuary Bond & Specialty Insurance, Travelers Insurance Companies

Ray Reimer

In this role, Ray leads all actuarial, data science, reinsurance, business intelligence, regulatory, market conduct and underwriting compliance functions for Bond & Specialty Insurance. He is also a member of the Bond & Specialty Insurance Senior Leadership Team and a member of the Travelers Data & Analytics Leadership Council.

Ray joined Travelers in 1989 as an underwriter and over the last 23 years has held multiple Chief Actuary & Analytics leadership positions across Travelers.  Ray is a 1997 Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a 1989 graduate of Moravian College where he earned a BS in Mathematics.

Shane Barnes
Global Head of Pricing, Lemonade

Shane Barnes

Shane Barnes is a seasoned executive with a proven track record in the insurance and financial services industry, Shane is a dynamic leader and strategist known for driving innovation and profitable growth through pricing sophistication and the strategic application of data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Shane is currently Global Head of Pricing for Lemonade.  In this role, Shane oversees the pricing strategy and execution for all insurance products in the US and Europe.  Prior to his role, he led member operation analytics and P&C data science for USAA.  This role focused on driving key business insights to provide a best-in-class member experience for the organization.  Shane started his career at The Hartford and worked in actuarial and data science.  His last role was building out the data science function for Small Commercial and Specialty lines of business.  Shane is a Fellow fo the Casualty Actuarial Society and served as Vice-President of Marketing and Communications from 2016 to 2019.  Shane is a graduate of Doane University in Crete, Nebraska.

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.

Erik Roen
Senior Vice President & CIO, Travelers

Erik Roen

Erik Roen is Senior Vice President & CIO for Travelers and serves as a member of the Claim Senior Leadership Team as well as the Technology & Ops Senior Leadership Team. Erik’s leadership accountabilities span both business and technology functions and include the Technology, Claim Business Intelligence and Analytics (CBIA), Generative AI and the Business Delivery Organizations within Claim.  Erik is also co-sponsor for the Technology Leadership Development Program (TLDP). 

Most recently, Erik had responsibility for the Travelers Investigative Services organization in addition to leading CBIA. Prior to joining Claim, Erik served as Vice President of Business Intelligence supporting Middle Markets. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for Risk Control for five years and was responsible for establishing their analytics department.

Erik represents Travelers on the board of Carpe Data and previously sat on the board for the National Insurance Crime Bureau. 

Erik holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Wheaton College in Illinois and a MBA from the University of Connecticut. He joined Travelers in 1998 and is a graduate of the Financial Management Leadership Development Program.

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. 

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.


The onsite room block for the event has been filled, but not to worry! Check out these equally awesome options nearby:

Beachside: Mar Monte Hotel by Hyatt // Santa Barbara Inn

 Downtown: Hotel Virginia by Hilton // Courtyard by Marriott

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February 17th - April 27th


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April 28th & 29th


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