Welcome to Program Manager

Conference & Awards 2024

In May of 2023, more than 550 industry executives representing over 200 leading companies converged in the heart of Manhattan for our second annual Program Manager Conference & Awards, in a strong reflection of the health and vitality of the MGA sector as it continues to grow at a rapid pace.

In just its second year, the Program Manager Conference & Awards solidified its position as a key date in the industry calendar for face-to-face networking, as well as exclusive updates on the US program insurance sector to help shape decision-making and strategy.

And we are delighted to announce the return of this unparalleled one-day experience in 2024.

Mark your calendars for 29 May as Gotham Hall once again takes centre stage.

It promises to be a landmark event, offering unmatched opportunities for networking, knowledge-sharing and celebration as we bring together the brightest minds and key players in the market.

The format will once again feature an informative half-day conference with keynote addresses, interactive panel discussions and engaging Q&A sessions. Speakers will share their insights, expertise and vision for the future. We’ll also look at some of the challenges that emerged in 2023 and how the sector responded.

The evening will unfold seamlessly into a reception and dinner-style awards ceremony, creating an ideal setting for networking with senior peers from both the US and overseas. We'll be recognising outstanding contributions and raising a toast to the achievements that continue to shape our dynamic industry.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate another year of excellence and gain a deeper understanding of the trajectory of this fast-growing market. Save the date, and stay tuned for more exciting details!

Keep an eye out for announcements in the coming weeks as we unveil details of our line-up of industry leaders and experts.

2023’s event in numbers

4.5*
average rating
550+
individual attendees in the morning and evening
200+
companies in attendance
19
senior-level speakers

About the conference

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The Program Manager 2024 Conference will highlight key trends, opportunities and challenges that are shaping the strategy and decision making of market participants, welcoming program administrators, MGAs, MGUs, program insurers, fronting carriers, reinsurers, wholesale brokers, insurtechs, M&A advisors, service providers and more.

Delegates will be treated to three insightful keynote speeches from leading industry experts, as well as interactive panel discussions and engaging Q&A sessions on the following topics:

  • Fronting carriers, collateral and the Vesttoo fallout
  • M&A, capital and capacity
  • The state of the market

 

Conference timings:

08:00 – 09:00 | Breakfast

09:00 – 09:05 | Welcome from Program Manager

09:05 – 09:30 | Keynote

09:30 – 09:55 | Keynote

09:55 – 10:40 | Panel: Fronting carriers, collateral and the Vesttoo fallout

10:40 – 11:10 | Coffee break

11:10 – 11:55 | Panel: M&A, capital and capacity

11:55 – 12:40 | Panel: The state of the market

12:40 – 13:00 | Keynote

13:00 | Conference close

 

Keynote Speakers

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Terrence McLean

Co-Founder & CEO
SageSure

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    William Pitt

    Partner
    Lexicon Associates

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      Kieran Sweeney

      Executive Chairman
      Dual Group

         

        Panel discussions

        Fronting carriers, collateral and the Vesttoo fallout

        This panel will look at the state of play in the crowded fronting carrier sector. We’ll explore the growth prospects as new arrivals continue to emerge; the potential for consolidation; the evolution of the pure front v hybrid model; what alignment of interest really means; the specter of tail risk; and, of course, the use of collateral mechanisms and the fallout from Vesttoo.

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        Desmond Bohan

        Managing Director, ProLink Solutions
        BMS Re (moderator)

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          Ryan Armijo

          President, Underwriting
          Amwins

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            David Cleff

            Executive Vice President,
            State National Companies

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              Dawn Puro

              Chief Underwriting Officer, EVP Casualty
              R&Q Accredited

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                Greg Williams

                Senior Director,
                AM Best

                   

                  M&A, capital and capacity

                  The MGA sector is increasingly dominated by large platforms, often owned by retail or wholesale brokers. The panel will explore changing and increasingly strategic relationships with carriers and capacity; Lloyd’s appetite; the future for independent standalone MGAs; M&A valuations and activity and how they compare to the broader distribution space; the capital raising environment in 2024; access to alternative capacity; and more.

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                  Michael Halsband

                  Partner
                  McDermott Will & Emery LLP (moderator)

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                    Tony Ursano

                    Managing Partner/Co-Founder
                    Insurance Advisory Partners LLC

                      Steven Nigro

                      Managing Partner,
                      TAG Financial Institutions Group

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                        Denise Walsh

                        General Counsel
                        Galway Holdings LP – Wholesale & Specialty Markets

                          Miles Wuller

                          President and CEO, Ryan Specialty Underwriting Managers

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                            Joe Zuk

                            Operating Partner
                            Altamont Capital Partners

                               

                              The state of the market

                              The programs sector has been one of the fastest growing in the P&C industry. Our panel will look at the tailwinds propelling it forward; ask whether momentum will slow as headwinds emerge; look at the relationship with the wider market cycle; examine the role talent and technology is playing in driving the sector forward; identify emerging opportunities and threats; and more.

                              Erik Matson

                              Chairman & CEO
                              Transverse Insurance Group (moderator)

                                Simon Hedley

                                CEO
                                Acrisure Re

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                                  John B. Horton

                                  Chief Market Officer, EVP
                                  AmRisc

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                                    Kate Monahan

                                    Head of Digital Partners, Insurance Programs
                                    Munich Re

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                                      Tracey Sharis

                                      President, North America Programs
                                      Liberty Mutual Insurance's Global Risk Specialists Group

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                                        Amber Wayne

                                        SVP, Professional Specialty Programs
                                        Nationwide E&S/S Programs

                                           

                                          Register

                                          Earlybird rate: $1,095 per person (until 29 March only – $1,145 thereafter)

                                          Subscriber rate: $995 per person (applicable to subscribers to The Insurer)

                                          3 delegates package: $2,500 in total (applicable to bookings of three tickets from the same company)

                                          5 delegates package: $4,000 in total (applicable to bookings of five tickets from the same company)

                                          To secure your subscriber rate, or a group discounted rate, get in touch with Beatrice Boico at: beatrice@wbmediagroup.com

                                          Conference tickets do not provide admission into the evening awards ceremony. If you wish to attend the awards, please get in touch with Spencer Halladey at spencer@wbmediagroup.com or Andy Stone at andy@wbmediagroup.com to book a table.

                                          About the awards

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                                          Following the morning conference, we’ll reconvene in the evening for the prestigious Program Manager Awards reception and dinner-style awards ceremony, providing a perfect setting for networking with senior peers both from the US and overseas.

                                          This is an opportunity for you to shine and for us to recognise excellence in the market. It’ll also be a great environment for existing relationships to be nurtured and new ones to be formed.

                                          For further details about the categories and how to enter, scroll down below or click here to download the entry brochure.

                                          Members of the judging panel will be announced in due course.

                                          Awards Timings:

                                          17:30 – 19:00 | Champagne reception

                                          19:00 – 21:30 | Three course meal and awards ceremony

                                          21:30 – 23:00 | Drinks and networking

                                          Attending the 2024 Awards:

                                          Conference tickets do not provide admission into the evening awards ceremony. If you wish to attend the awards, please get in touch with Andy Stone andy@wbmediagroup.com to book a table.

                                           

                                          Judges

                                          Matt Beard

                                          President - Global Programs, Howden Tiger

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                                            David Bull

                                            North American editor,
                                            The Insurer

                                              Tracey Carragher

                                              Founder, Managing Partner
                                              TCH Holdings, LLC

                                                John Colis

                                                President and CEO
                                                Euclid Insurance Services President,
                                                Target Markets Program Administrators Association

                                                  Jeremy Hitzig

                                                  Co-founder,
                                                  Starfish Specialty Programs

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                                                    Tracey Sharis

                                                    President, North America Programs
                                                    Liberty Mutual Insurance's Global Risk Specialists Group

                                                       
                                                       

                                                      Categories

                                                      INDIVIDUAL MGA OF THE YEAR

                                                      Entries to this flagship Program Manager award category will be MGAs, MGUs and Program Administrators in the US P&C marketplace, including those operating on larger platforms as well as independent players. Candidates must demonstrate a strong track record of delivering for their (re)insurance capacity providers in 2023 as well bringing specialty solutions to their distribution partners. Judges will consider evidence of premium growth and underwriting performance metrics where they can be provided (these will be treated as confidential information unless entries specify otherwise). The judging panel will also assess the impact of candidates on the sector through bringing new product, access to new markets for carrier partners, and providing a platform for entrepreneurial underwriting talent.

                                                       

                                                      MGA PLATFORM OF THE YEAR

                                                      This category is open to platforms that house multiple MGAs, MGUs and Program Administrators, including established underwriting divisions of large intermediaries, start-up MGA platforms and incubator or infrastructure as a service platforms. The judging panel will assess the track record of candidates during the evaluation period (2023) in bringing new programs/MGAs to market, delivering consistent product and capacity to distribution partners, and providing a home for entrepreneurial underwriting talent. Judges will assess speed to market, infrastructure efficiencies, and for those platforms that are part of large intermediaries will evaluate the strategic role they play in their respective organizations. Judges will also consider any financial/underwriting performance metrics where they can be provided (these will be treated as confidential information unless entries specify otherwise).

                                                       

                                                      PROGRAM INSURER OF THE YEAR

                                                      This category is open to all insurance companies writing program business in the US P&C sector as a traditional carrier. Successful candidates will be those that can demonstrate their commitment to the sector, the strategic importance of program business within their portfolios, strong underwriting performance and the provision of outstanding service to their distribution partners in the past year. They will also be assessed on their ability to innovate and develop unique specialty solutions that are the cornerstone of the US programs sector. Judges will consider any financial/underwriting performance metrics where they can be provided (these will be treated as confidential information unless entries specify otherwise).

                                                       

                                                      FRONTING CARRIER OF THE YEAR

                                                      This category is open to pure fronting carriers and the growing number of hybrid fronting carriers operating in the sector. Candidates must demonstrate the value they bring to their reinsurance panels and MGA partners and must be able to clearly articulate what differentiates them in a crowded marketplace. They will be assessed on their ability to show that their growth and onboarding of programs is based on tight underwriting controls and due diligence, as well as the processes that provide their reinsurance partners with transparency around the performance of the programs they support. The winning candidate will be able to show that it is a long-term strategic partner that has the best interests of the health of the program sector at its core. Judges will consider any financial/underwriting performance metrics where they can be provided (these will be treated as confidential information unless entries specify otherwise).

                                                       

                                                      PROGRAM INSURTECH OF THE YEAR

                                                      This category is open to insurtechs underwriting in the program sector that can demonstrate their use of new technology to bring product to the market. This can include the application of technological innovation to underwriting processes as well as distribution processes. Candidates must be able to show that the technology is at the core of their operating model and strategy and that its use is enabling programs to be written or distributed more efficiently and effectively, or to bring innovative new products to clients. They must also show traction and take-up in the market.

                                                       

                                                      PROGRAM LAUNCH OF THE YEAR

                                                      This category is open to any new program launched in 2023. Candidates will be expected to articulate the unmet need their new program is designed to meet, the specialty aspect of it, any innovation involved bringing it to market, support from insurance and reinsurance capacity providers and take-up in the market post-launch. The winner will be the candidate that can best demonstrate the positive impact their new program has had on the marketplace and the specialty expertise and innovation behind it.

                                                       

                                                      M&A ADVISOR OF THE YEAR

                                                      After another year of active M&A, fundraising and start-up activity in the US programs space, this category will award the advisory firm that made the most impact on the sector. Candidates will be expected to highlight the transactions they have been involved in and their role in bringing a successful outcome for all parties. The judges will not only look at the quantity and size of deals, but also their significance to the marketplace.

                                                       

                                                      REINSURANCE BROKER OF THE YEAR

                                                      Reinsurance brokers are key to the process of launching programs and keeping them going by structuring reinsurance support and advising on almost all facets of the business. The category is open to all reinsurance intermediaries active in the US programs sector. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the role they have played in securing capacity and structuring deals for new and established programs. The judging panel will also assess the scope of the practices of reinsurance brokers with a presence in the space, their investment in services to support the sector and their involvement in bringing innovative product to the marketplace.

                                                       

                                                      INNOVATION IN PROGRAMS AWARD

                                                      This broad category is open to any participant in the US programs sector that can demonstrate they brought true innovation in 2023. Innovation could be in the form of product at the front end, providing infrastructure to rapidly launch programs, or new structures and sources of underwriting capacity from alternative capital providers. Candidates must articulate why their innovation was needed and the impact they expect it to have on the market. Judges will assess the level of innovation, the way it has been brought to market and the amount of traction it has gained in the market.

                                                       

                                                      PROGRAM MANAGER RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

                                                      Talent is at the very core of the future success of the US programs sector. This category is intended to recognize the best up-and-coming talent at MGAs, MGUs, program administrators, program carriers and other participants in the sector that will form the next generation of leaders. Companies operating in the sector may nominate rising stars from within their organization or at counterparties and will be expected to detail the skills and achievements of their colleagues that warrant their inclusion in this category.

                                                       

                                                      Program Manager outstanding contributor (no submissions)

                                                      The judging panel will grant this award to an individual they believe has made an outstanding contribution to the US programs sector in their career.

                                                       

                                                      How to enter

                                                      Program Manager’s 2024 Awards ceremony is open to anyone who thinks that they, their colleague(s), team, company or client deserve recognition for an outstanding contribution to the program sector in the last year.

                                                      To submit a nomination, simply choose your category, write your entry and email it to Isabelle Brooker on isabelle.brooker@wbmediagroup.com, indicating what category you are submitting for and the title of your submission.

                                                      Entries can be accepted from the nominee, or you can nominate a candidate. Each entry should be a maximum of 500 words and lay out succinct evidence of achievement or an explanation as to why the achievement is significant.

                                                      We encourage nominations to include testimonials from colleagues, clients and other market participants as part of the submission, as well as any materials providing evidence of performance or other factors in support of the entry. We recommend that where possible for company submissions financial metrics are included that help demonstrate relevance and performance in the marketplace.

                                                      You can enter as many categories as you wish, where applicable, although only one entry per category per company can be accepted.

                                                      Evidence within entries should be for initiatives that took place substantively in 2023 or the first months of 2024.

                                                      All the information contained in the entries will be treated as confidential and will not be released without the permission of the entrant/nominee.

                                                      Outstanding contributor of the year will be decided independently by the judging panel. Entries for this category will not be accepted.

                                                      For any questions about entering the Program Manager Awards, please contact Isabelle Brooker at isabelle.brooker@wbmediagroup.com.

                                                      All entries must be submitted before Friday, 12 April 2024.

                                                       

                                                      Venue

                                                      Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, United States
                                                       

                                                      Headline sponsor

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                                                      Sponsors

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                                                      Acrisure Re
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                                                      Amwins
                                                      BMS Re
                                                      Euclid Program Managers
                                                      Gallagher Re
                                                      IAP
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                                                      Nationwide
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                                                      Rein4ce
                                                      Ryan Specialty
                                                      Starwind
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                                                      TAG Financial logo
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                                                      For all enquiries regarding the conference and awards ceremony, please contact Beatrice:

                                                      For all enquiries regarding sponsorship or to book a table at the Awards ceremony, please contact Spencer or Andy:

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                                                      Beatrice Boico

                                                      Head of marketing and events

                                                      +44 (0) 20 3934 6685

                                                      beatrice.boico@wbmediagroup.com

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                                                        Izzy Brooker

                                                        Senior marketing and events coordinator

                                                        isabelle.brooker@wbmediagroup.com

                                                          Spencer Halladey

                                                          Spencer Halladey

                                                          Commercial director

                                                          spencer.halladey@wbmediagroup.com

                                                            Andy Stone

                                                            Andy Stone

                                                            Sales manager

                                                            andy.stone@wbmediagroup.com