CICA Conference Unfolds with Sponsors

Scottsdale at night

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Scottsdale at night

The CICA Conference is just around the corner, set to unfold from March 10–12 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year's panelists will include a number of sponsor partners, including Captive Resources, Hylant, Johnson Lambert, Milliman, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, RiverStone, the South Carolina Department of Insurance, and the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation.

Opening Session, Awards Presentation, and Keynote Address

Join CICA's leadership, Dan Towle, CICA president, and sponsor partner Nick Hentges, CEO of Captive Resources and chair of CICA's board of directors, for welcome remarks, along with recognition of this year's CICA award winners and CICA Student Essay Contest finalists. The keynote address by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney will follow.

Small Session 101: Safety First: Enhancing Risk Control with Captive Strategies

This session will explore the combination of risk control practices and captive strategies, aiming to foster safer environments and drive down incidents. The panelists will shed light on the key aspects of leveraging captive offered resources to support and reinforce safety initiatives, ultimately ensuring a safer and more secure future.


  • Captive Resources ( sponsor partner): Dave Netti: senior vice president and director, risk control services
  • National Safety Council: William Lehman, business development professional
  • Environmental Risk & Compliance, J.S. Held LLC: Kim Logue, associate vice president
  • Stout Building Contractors: Rob Loose, CSP, director human resources and safety

101: CEO Discussion—Global Challenges

Even with recent improvements in the commercial insurance market, several sectors, such as property, are still experiencing difficulties, spurring further increases in the use of captive insurance to assume greater levels of risk retention. Join the panelists for a discussion with some of the industry's top leaders as they compare opportunities, challenges, profitability, alignment, and the trends they see across commercial and captive insurance programs.


  • Captive Resources ( sponsor partner): Nick Hentges, CEO
  • Arch Insurance North America: Brian First, president
  • AIG: Ryan Gustafson, head of captive solutions
  • Zurich North America: Dawn Hiestand, executive vice president

101: Captive 101—Utilizing a Captive for a Solution

Get ready for a session covering the basics of captive insurance, recent trends, and the potential benefits of utilizing a captive insurer to finance risk. With a panel featuring a captive insurance company owner sharing their story, this is a must-attend for newcomers and seasoned professionals.


  • Milliman, Inc. ( sponsor partner): Amy Angell, principal and consulting actuary
  • Hylant Global Captive Solutions ( sponsor partner): Claire Richardson, captive consultant
  • Starr Companies: Heather Graziani, global captive fronting
  • Kite Realty Group: Theresa Severson, senior vice president, insurance and risk

201: Combatting IRS Captive Challenges—2024

Each year, the IRS expands its assault on small captives. In addition to the IRS continuing aggressive auditing, the Treasury has newly designated some arrangements as "listed transactions." Several cases have been litigated and are awaiting opinion, and the IRS continues to collect more and more third-party information.

Will this affect large captives? How do taxpayers navigate these audits? Are the new regulations any different than the old notice? What new approaches are taxpayers using in litigation? Is the IRS challenging captive managers? This session answers these, and numerous other, questions on how to fight against the IRS and its multifaceted approaches.


  • Captive Resources ( sponsor partner): Amy Lewis, senior vice president and tax director
  • Woolston & Tarter: Kacie Dillon, partner
  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP: Charles "Chaz" Lavelle, partner

201: How To Prepare for a Soft Market Cycle—What You Need To Know

Explore the benefits of utilizing trend data to navigate an emerging soft market. Gain insights into making the most impact with capacity insurers and discover risk management techniques to ensure captive insurer longevity.


  • RiverStone ( sponsor partner): Marcy Van Stee, director
  • Alaska Air Group: David Beyer, director, risk management
  • Intercare: Amy Evans, executive vice president
  • Great American Insurance Group: Jennifer Guidry, divisional vice president

101: Property Captives: Challenges and Considerations

In the face of natural disasters, discover the challenges and considerations of insuring property in a captive insurance company. This session will delve into pricing, reinsurance, risk distribution, and more, providing valuable insights for those exploring property-focused captives.


  • Pinnacle Actuarial Resources ( sponsor partner): Rob Walling, principal
  • Captives.Insure: Nate Reznicek, president and principal consultant
  • ZG Companies: Lee Zieben, president and founder

301: What Captives Need To Know About Inflation

Unpack the impacts of inflation on captive insurance, including indicated reserves, capital levels, claim costs, and premium indications. This session will also discuss how inflation trends may continue to shape the captive insurance market.


  • Pinnacle Actuarial Resources ( sponsor partner): Derek Freihaut, principal and consulting actuary
  • Palms Insurance Company: Rob Anderson, chief risk officer and chief actuary
  • Brown & Brown: Matt Gravelin, senior vice president, consulting

101: Earned Not Learned: Building (and Keeping) Your Reputation

Join this panel of industry veterans for insights and advice on building a professional reputation in the captive insurance industry. Whether you're just starting or a seasoned professional, this session will provide attendees with valuable takeaways.


  • Milliman, Inc. ( sponsor partner): Kim Guerriero, principal and consulting actuary
  • Gallagher: Josh Clark, ACI, area vice president
  • PNC Institutional Asset Management: Dylan Feringa, CMSA, CSRIC, vice president—director, Insurance and Specialized Industries Group
  • IRMI: Rachel Moir, captive and risk finance product manager

201: Asset Management and Investment Insights for Captives Panelists

This panel will delve into the financial intricacies and investment strategies within captive insurance entities. Gain perspectives from a captive owner, manager, investment advisor, and regulator on risk management considerations, financial strength ratios, and more.


  • State of Vermont ( sponsor partner): Christine Brown, director of captive insurance
  • PNC Institutional Asset Management: Anjanette Fowler, managing director, Insurance Solutions Group
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ: Susan McCarthy, director, corporate insurance and risk
  • Willis Towers Watson: Alison Mullikin, senior account executive

301: The Sky Is the Limit: Hot Topics in Captive Growth Strategies

Explore when and how to expand your captive insurance program with this panel of professionals. Consider solvency, capital position, insurance program attributes, and corporate risk appetite in this conversation about maximizing the strategic potential of your captive insurance company.


  • Milliman, Inc. ( sponsor partner): Mike Meehan, principal
  • South Carolina Department of Insurance ( sponsor partner): Lauren Robertson, chief financial analyst
  • Hylant Global Captive Solutions ( sponsor partner): Anne Marie Towle, CEO—global risk and captive solutions
  • The Biltmore Company: Lee Scott, vice president of finance and technology

301: International Tax and Transfer Pricing: Keys to Success

Stay ahead of developments in the international tax arena and explore transfer pricing considerations crucial for captive insurers. This session will cover new developments and provide insights that are often overlooked but vital for a captive's success.


  • Johnson Lambert LLP ( sponsor partner): Allan Autry, partner
  • EY: Ted Clabault, managing director
  • Honigman LLP: Mike Domanski, partner

As the CICA Conference approaches, we look forward to seeing our sponsor partner service providers take the stage to share their expertise and contribute to the discussions shaping the future of the captive insurance industry. Learn more at Program Schedule | CICA (

Captive Resources , Hylant Global Captive Solutions , Johnson Lambert LLP , Milliman , Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. , RiverStone , South Carolina Captive Domicile , Vermont Captive Domicile | March 05, 2024