Please register now for PHC 2014, which will be held Monday, July 28 to Thursday, July 31, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California. The deadline to reserve hotel rooms and request tours and golf is Tuesday, July 1. The hotel room block is close to selling out so please contact Carrie White by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2840 if you’re not able to reserve your hotel room online.
We're hard at work on the conference agenda, which will include the annual management report, as well as sessions covering cyber risk management, analysis and insurance, wildfires, trends in member company losses, and evolving risks such as solar storms. San Diego is the hometown of Bill Walton, the NBA superstar and television sportscaster, and he will welcome us to his city on Wednesday morning. Bob Hartwig, President of the Insurance Information Institute, will join us again to present his popular overview of current economic and insurance market conditions, which always provides a useful context for other conference presentations and discussions.
Our keynote speaker will be General Keith Alexander, USA (Ret), who served over the past decade as commander of the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) and the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency (NSA). A four-star Army general, Alexander became head of the NSA and CSS in 2005, a pivotal time period for American security that coincided with the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the increased threat of cyber-attacks. General Alexander is considered by many to be one of the most strategic thinkers in the intelligence arena and he is widely recognized as an influential force in the domain of cyberspace. He will share his insights into the Edward Snowden leaks, discuss cybersecurity in the energy and utility industry, and offer solutions about what we can do to stay ahead of the curve to protect America’s most vulnerable targets.
Those of you who attended the PHC in 2004 will remember that the Manchester Grand Hyatt overlooks San Diego Bay and Seaport Village, as well as the hotel's easy access to the city’s many attractions, including the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Balboa Park. In addition, the hotel’s guest rooms have just been refurbished, and the floor-to-ceiling windows open to let in the fresh sea breezes. Our reception on Wednesday night this year will be on the beach at the iconic and historic Hotel del Coronado overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
We look forward to seeing you, your families and guests in San Diego at PHC 2014!