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September 12, 2016

2016 Policyholders’ Conference attracts an all-time record number of attendees

Our thanks to all of you who attended our annual Policyholders’ Conference in Boston.  There were more members and brokers at this year’s conference than there have been in eight years, and counting your families and guests, we set an all-time record for the total number of attendees.  What’s most gratifying is that with fewer member companies, in large part due to energy industry consolidation, more members attended this year.  This means the level of participation is up, and that’s important to us because it’s a reflection of the value you place on the conference.  In addition, more than 130 members and brokers were first-time attendees, which is an indication of the speed with which new people are joining your organizations, and we’re happy to welcome them to the mutual.  We were also pleased that 90% of members and brokers rated the conference as “outstanding” or “exceeded expectations” which is the second-highest score in the history of the conference.  Thank you for this tremendous support.

Many of the general session and breakout session presentations made at the conference are posted on our website and the AEGIS PHC 2016 app, including Bob Hartwig's report on economic and insurance market conditions, the cyber information provided by Neil Hershfield from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,  and the highly rated breakout session, What You Need to Know About Closing a Coal-Fired Plant

Public Safety Awareness Letter to AEGIS Member Company CEOs

Many member company risk managers are familiar with the services provided by AEGIS Loss Control, including assistance with comprehensive public safety education programs for the general public and other high-risk groups such as firefighters and contractors.  In order to help raise awareness of these services, and strengthen support at member companies for public safety programs, the Loss Control Committee of the AEGIS Board of Directors would like to reach out to AEGIS member company CEOs with this letter from Christopher Crane, Chairman of the Loss Control Committee and President & CEO at Exelon, and me.  If you are comfortable with this letter being sent directly to your CEO, no action is necessary.  If you would prefer to handle the letter in another way, please contact George Keefe, Senior Vice President – Member Relations, by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2797.

PHC 2017 in Vancouver, BC – save the date

We are grateful for the very positive feedback on the Boston conference, and hope you will save the date for the 2017 AEGIS Policyholders’ Conference, which will be held Monday, July 17 to Thursday, July 20 in Vancouver, BC. 

Please remember that U.S. citizens are generally required to present passports upon entry to Canada and return to the U.S., so you may want to take a moment now to check the expiration date on your passport in case it must be renewed. 

We look forward to seeing you, your family and guests in Vancouver!

2016 AEGIS Claims Seminar – October 17 to 19 – Scottsdale, Arizona

Please register now for the 2016 AEGIS Claims Seminar, which will be held Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In addition to the always popular natural gas and electric case studies, an impressive group of industry litigators and experts will share their insights on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • The mechanics of brain injuries

  • Combating the "reptile theory"

  • Directional drilling incidents

  • Drafting and enforcing indemnification provisions

  • Termination of service exposure

  • Effective use of structured settlements

  • Emerging industry risks

The seminar will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

AEGIS will sponsor a reception for all attendees on Tuesday evening at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, and The AEGIS Structured Settlements Company (TASSC), in conjunction with its partners at EPS Settlements and Mesirow Financial, will sponsor a golf outing on Wednesday afternoon.

The deadline for online registration is September 22, so we encourage you to register now and make your hotel reservations as part of the registration process.  Registration is limited to AEGIS members, members’ dedicated outside counsel and members’ brokers. The registration fee is $250 for AEGIS member company employees and $500 for those who are not employees of an AEGIS member company.

For more information, please contact Mark Bluestein, Vice President/Senior Counsel, by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2635.

Fire Protection System Training Class – OSU at Stillwater, Oklahoma – October 25 to 27

We are pleased to offer a very limited number of remaining seats at the popular Fire Protection System Training Class, which will be held Tuesday, October 25 through Thursday, October 27 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK.

This three-day training class provides AEGIS member company employees with both classroom and hands-on instruction on the various types of fire protection systems associated with power generation and natural gas operations.  In addition to traditional classroom instruction and practical exercises, attendees are encouraged to participate in the hands-on training sessions to gain familiarity with the fire protection equipment that’s typically used in the power generation and natural gas industry.  Casual dress is recommended for the hands-on training sessions.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Power generation and natural gas operations fire hazards

  • Fire pumps / water supplies overview and testing

  • Fire alarm and detection systems

  • Water-based extinguishing systems

  • Alternative extinguishing systems (i.e., CO2, FM200, etc.)

The registration fee is $450 for employees of AEGIS member companies, which includes the cost of the three-day training class, a copy of NFPA 25 (Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems code book), the AEGIS-sponsored group dinner on Tuesday, as well as lunches.

Attendance is limited to 25 people, so please register now.  For more information, or if you know of someone within your organization who would be interested in attending and would like to receive an invitation, please contact Cindy Baczynski by e-mail or Tom Clark by e-mail.

AEGIS Loss Control transitions  

After more than 40 years of service to the natural gas industry, the last 16 of which have been with AEGIS Loss Control, Ron Six retired at the end of August.  Ron trained thousands of natural gas company employees over the years, and he established an industry-leading training program at AEGIS.  We thank Ron for his many contributions and wish him all the best in his retirement. 

David Zak, a Senior Utility Consultant in AEGIS Loss Control, will assume Ron’s responsibilities.  David served more than 20 years at Ameren Utilities, working in the field, the training center, and in various management positions.  His responsibilities included serving as a natural gas foreman, contractor oversight, call center and dispatcher training, administering the Ameren Operator Qualification Training, Gas Apprenticeship and Quality Assurance Programs, as well as serving as the liaison for Ameren with state regulatory commissions.  

At AEGIS, David is responsible for the “for-fee” Natural Gas Operator Training that provides a variety of on-site training sessions and workshops covering the principles of operating and maintaining a safe and reliable system, and how to apply those principles in the field.  This training includes customer contact, first responder, natural gas leak pinpointing, incident investigation, leakage program management and utility locating.  To discuss training opportunities for your company, please contact David by e-mail or by phone at 201.665.5412.