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I started my conference circuit last month at the NAMIC Claims Conference in Arizona, and will continue my sojourn to three other conferences before the end of this month. As I visited with claims professionals from across the country, I realized just how important it is to attend industry events.

In our technologically advanced society, the benefits of meeting and spending time with colleagues cannot be underestimated. Our industry is constantly changing — there are new risks to be addressed, new technology that will change the way we do our jobs, and new opportunities to pursue. Presentations, plant tours, field trips and other experiential learning events provide knowledge unavailable elsewhere.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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