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Blue Ribbon Conference

Attend The 31st Annual Conference
April 30 - May 4, 2017

Mauna Lani Resort & Bungalows
Big Island, Hawaii

The Industry’s Most Unique Business Meeting 

The 2017 Blue Ribbon Conference, "Innovate to Elevate," will be held at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, located on the sunny Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Nestled oceanfront on a sandy beach, each day will start with cutting-edge discussion focused on solving the challenges of running a successful business in California’s dynamic insurance marketplace. For more than 30 years, the Blue Ribbon Conference has brought IIABCal’s top insurance agencies and their company partners together to work – and play – on the Big Island.


Your afternoons are free to enjoy a round of golf, snorkeling, or the myriad of activities at the Mauna Lani … or do nothing at all and enjoy a hammock on the beach.  Evenings are best spent with new and old friends at the many scheduled receptions and dinners.


The Blue Ribbon Conference is a unique mix of business and pleasure with your insurance agency partners.  Whether you’re a conference veteran or this will be your first time – make plans today to attend.


Registration Fees

IIABCal Member - Regular & Associate  *  $1,399.00
IIABCal Member - 2nd & Multiple Attendees *  $1,199.00
IIABCal Member - First-Time Attendee *  $1,149.00
IIABCal Member - Retired *  $1,049.00
IIABCal Member - Individual Attendee    $849.00
Relatives/Guests    $600.00
Child Age 13-20    $400.00
Child Age 12 & Under    Free

* Includes member & spouse registration fees.

Registration fees include Aloha & Mahalo Receptions, Daily Full Breakfasts, Daily General Sessions and CE Classes.

Must be an IIABCal member to register for the Blue Ribbon Conference. Call 800-7728998.

Retired agents need to all 800-772-8998 to register.

Attendees, including multiple attendees from the same firm or company, must register separately and not as a “spouse” or “relative” or “guest” of a primary registrant. 


Discover Your Own Hawaiian Paradise...

... At The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is located on the sunny Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. Nestled oceanfront on a sandy beach you'll discover a myriad of activities to enjoy or you can relax and do nothing at all. On the beach you'll find swaying hammocks and private cabanas.

Explore the historic Kalahuiupua'a fishponds, play a round of golf, venture into the Pacific on a catamaran and then have a soothing treatment at Mauna Lani Spa. For the ultimate Hawaiian vacation relax in a private ocean Bungalow with your own private pool.

Come and discover your own Hawaiian Paradise... Aloha


2017 Conference Program

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Ballroom Lanai

Aloha Welcome Reception
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Poolside Lawn

Join fellow attendees with the kick off the 2017 Blue Ribbon Conference. Enjoy some great tastes of the island while enjoying live Hawaiian music with beautiful ocean views before you head off to dinner. 

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Breakfast Alfresco
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Canoe House

7:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
Ballroom Lanai

Hawaiian Blessing & Welcome
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Business Session 1:

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

The world of insurance is being altered regularly by new technologies, products and distribution models.  All industry participants including carriers, brokers, agents, insureds and policyholders are impacted – often positively, but not without some pain associated with change. This business session discusses a number of the market changes, approaches to staying on top of them, and ways to build a culture that fosters innovation by encouraging your staff and teams to ask “why not” rather than “why.”

Davidson Pattiz
Chief Operating Officer
Zenith Insurance Co.

Business Session 2:

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

The digital information revolution is shifting everything. Markets are moving, fields of value are changing and the danger of being rolled over is more hazardous than ever. The avalanche of information and data has found its way into our use of time, making us feel like instant experts. With this perceived authority, we feel invincible and our need for help dwindles. We want direct access to everything. We want everything in one click!

Creative Ventures is bringing a strategic solution to this One-Click Armageddon in two simple and powerful parts. Relevance:  Discover new areas of relevance and build core strategies around them. Value – Create new strategic platforms that deliver a sense of “magic” for your clients, that make doing business without you unimaginable. 

Steve Harvill
Founder & President
Creative Ventures

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Breakfast Alfresco
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Canoe House

Business Session 3:

8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

Insurance agencies often struggle with the most effective ways to correctly onboard employees in various generations. This session will be packed with information on what new hires expect, ‘must have’ onboarding elements, training today’s learner, adult learning and technology in 2017, leading and delivering feedback to today’s team, and more.   At the completion of this session, attendees will have the necessary information and suggested tools to successfully onboard, educate and coach various generations in an insurance agency. 

Nancy Langton
Founding Partner
New Level Partners, LLC

Jennifer Andriany
Director of Marketing, Business Development & Client Engagement
New Level Partners, LLC

Business Session 4:

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

Most organizations know the metrics used to judge the success of their sales force.  What they don’t know is a missing piece, it’s what their sales force does.  What actions or behaviors generated those sales and which, if any, can be repeated to generate the same success.

Steve Harvill
Founder & President
Creative Ventures

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Breakfast Alfresco
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Canoe House

Business Session 5:

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

The legal cannabis industry is growing immensely and there are now more than 33,000 cannabis related businesses in the United States.  Just like any other business, cannabis businesses owners need and in many cases are required by state law to maintain insurance.  As an independent insurance agency, understanding cannabis insurance can increase your ability to serve this new industry.  In this webinar we will cover many topics including the size of the market, challenges facing insurance agencies, how to asses cannabis risks, is writing cannabis insurance right for your practice, what coverages are available, size of premiums, and how to effectively market to cannabis industry professionals, new developments in cannabis cyber and where to go to find coverage.

Erik Allison
Chief Executive Officer
EMRLD Risk Management

Darrick Cole
Vice President & Shareholder
EMRLD Risk Management

Luke Stanton
Frontera Law Group

Business Session 6:

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

T. Patrick Byrnes
Locke Lord LLP

Closing Session: 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Mauna Lani Ballroom

When Melissa Stockwell woke up in the Baghdad ER on April 13, 2004, the furthest thing from her my mind was being a Paralympian.At the time, she didn't even know what that word meant. After 24 years of having both her legs, she was suddenly missing one, taken from her by a roadside bomb on the streets of Iraq.Her initial thoughts were being thankful to have her life and then the endless questions on what my life would be like moving forward.   Life has definitely changed for Melissa. Come and hear her motivational story of how she turned tragedy into a life of confidence, competition and gratitude.

Melissa Stockwell
War Veteran, 2x Paralympian, Bronze Medalist,
Triathlon Coach, Dare2tri Co-Founder

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Breakfast Alfresco
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Canoe House

6:30 -  10:00 p.m.
Poolside Lawn

Don't miss out on the Mahalo Reception & Dinner as we wrap up another great Blue Ribbon Conference.  Enjoy an oceanfront Clam Bake and Luau followed by live dance music and dance the night away.