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The Institutes CPCU Society Announces Program and Keynote Speaker for 2018 Annual Meeting

MALVERN, Pa. – June 25, 2018 -- The Institutes CPCU Society is pleased to announce that registration is now open for The Institutes CPCU Society 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held in San Diego, Ca., from October 13-16, 2018. The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 risk management and insurance professionals from across the world to discuss the latest industry trends.

Professionals who have recently earned The Institutes' Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation will be recognized at The Institutes' Conferment Ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Jose Rene ("J.R.") Martinez. As The Institutes’ premier designation, the CPCU provides insurance professionals with the training they need to meet the changes and challenges of a demanding risk management and insurance marketplace with confidence and professionalism.

Martinez is an American actor, author, speaker and U.S. Army veteran who, just one month after his deployment to Iraq, hit a roadside bomb and sustained severe burns to over 34 percent of his body. During his recovery, Martinez discovered the positive impact that sharing his story could have, and he has since traveled the world, inspiring others. Martinez is known for his role on All My Children, his winning performance on Dancing with the Stars, and his New York Times bestseller Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit.

"We are very excited that this year's program offers attendees the opportunity to learn the skills and strategies essential to career advancement from leading industry experts, as well as each other," said Peter L. Miller, CPCU, president and CEO of The Institutes and chairman of the CPCU Society Board of Directors. "It is also a great honor to host J.R. Martinez, whose experience is sure to be inspiring to the many professionals attending our conference."

This year's meeting will provide attendees with technical education and professional development through more than 30 educational sessions led by over 60 expert speakers. Topics that will be explored include:

  • Cyber risk
  • Leading diverse and remote teams
  • Artificial intelligence and smart technology
  • Blockchain
  • Personal branding

As a new benefit this year, attendees can earn up to 15 credit hours toward The Institutes' Continuing Education (CE) for CPCUs program.

"Once again, the CPCU Annual Meeting provides a great opportunity to reinforce the need for ongoing professional education in the risk management and insurance industry," said Troy H. Baldwin, MBA, CPCU, AU, president and chair of the CPCU Society Leadership Council. "As emerging issues and technology rapidly reshape the insurance landscape, we are excited to shine a spotlight on the technical and leadership skills we all need to support our industry and succeed on a professional level.”

For the latest updates on the 2018 CPCU Society Annual Meeting and to register for the event, please visit

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Connie Hofmann
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