|[January 22, 2013]
Hurricane Forecaster Dr. William Gray to Address 2012 Season And His Outlook for 2013 at 14th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference
ORLANDO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
The concerns of property insurance and the perils facing the industry
and consumers are some of the key issues to be addressed at the 14th
Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, set for January 28 - 31, 2013, at
the Renaissance Sea World in Orlando, Florida.
Hurricane season forecaster Dr. William Gray, professor emeritus,
Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, will be
among the keynote speakers. His presentation, (Wed. Jan. 30, 2013, 8:30
- 9:45am), "Past and Likely Future Variations in Hurricane Wind Damage,"
will discuss the unusual hurricane season of 2012 (including Hurricane
Sandy), and give his outlook for the 2013 season.
In addition, Reed Timmer, star of Discovery Channel's now cancelled
"Storm Chasers" television show and current web series, "Tornado
Chasers," will present (Tues. Jan. 29, 2013, 8:30 - 10am) his first-hand
experience of chasing deadly tornados. His armored storm chaser vehicle,
The Dominator, will also be on display at the conference.
More than 1,200 property insurance professionals are expected at the
three-day event, which is hosted by the Windstorm Insurance Network,
Inc. (WND) (website: www.windnetwork.com.)
The conference is designed to provide a variety of general sessions and
workshops for all segments of the windstorm insurance industry,
including insurance agents, insurance company claim managers, adjusters,
risk managers, attorneys, accountants, contractors, engineers, and other
experts and consultants.
By bringing together all segments of the occupations that deal with the
aftermath of a windstorm, the 2013 WIND Conference seeks to develop and
promote a greater understanding of windstorm issues among property
insurance professionals. Approximately 1,500 people attended the 2012
WIND Conference in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to keynote presentations, more than 25 professional
workshops will focus on important issues and developments arising out of
past hurricane seasons. Topics include building code updates, wind vs.
wave, wind and building damage assessments, sinkholes, appraisals,
insurance fraud, and property insurance law updates, among others.
The 2013 WIND Conference will offer an expanded continuing education
(CE) program with general sessions and workshops that provide credits to
insurance agents, adjusters, attorneys, contractors, engineers, and for
several professional disciplines in multiple states. Windstorm Insurance
Network Umpire and Appraisal Certifications also will be offered.
Log on to www.windnetwork.com
for a complete schedule and for instant downloading of the 2013 WIND
The Windstorm Insurance Network is the first educational member
organization for property/windstorm claims industry professionals. It
was formed in 1999 with the goal of bringing a diverse industry group
together to review and discuss windstorm-related insurance issues and
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