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The National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) came full circle on Feb 25-27 by returning to where the organization got its start—the Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach—for its Mid-Year Leadership Forum. Nearly 600 attendees gathered in the city where the association was birthed in 1974, when an ad-hoc board of directors was elected at the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Insurers.

Carriers, wholesale brokers, underwriting managers and associates spent most of their time networking in the brokers’ lounge, in hotel lobbies, at social events and on the golf course. The event was highlighted by a leadership panel that featured Bruce Kessler, division president of Ace Westchester; AmWINS President James Drinkwater; Stanley Galanski, CEO of Navigators Group; and RSUI CEO Dave Leonard.

Listening to the executive panelists’ recollections, it was obvious that Superstorm Sandy provided each of them a powerful reminder of the need for a versatile, fast response when such a large-scale catastrophe hits a densely populated area. 

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