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December 29, 2009
The International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE) finished up the second half of 2009 on several high notes - celebrating with two Fifth Anniversary events, conferring a record number of ACIs, awarding scholarships to students on and offshore, and marking the receipt of some extraordinary support from the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA).

Despite a challenging economy in 2009, ICCIE finished the year with a record number of students in the ACI program, more courses than ever before, and with a bottom line ahead of its projection for the year and well poised for a strong 2010.
The summer kicked off with the presentation of two full scholarships to the Associate in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation program during the Bermuda Captive Conference.  The full scholarships, offered through the Bermuda Insurance Managers' Association (BIMA), were offered to Tessa Douglas, from Alternative Group, and Khiatana Gibbons, from Cedar Consulting.  BIMA and ICCIE Board member Phil Barnes and ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor presented the scholarships during the conference. 

  Tessa Douglas receives her scholarship certificate:      Tessa Douglas @ BIMA
  Khiatana Gibbons receives her scholarship certificate:  Khiatana Gibbons @ BIMA  
  Only a few weeks later, at the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) annual conference, ICCIE unofficially kicked off the conference with its Fifth Anniversary Celebration sponsored by Dwight Asset Management, Marsh Captive Management, and TD Wealth Management.  During that event ACI diplomas were presented to nine graduates of the program:   ICCIE instructor Kathy Davis presenting an ACI to Jan Klodowski: Kathy Davis & Jan Klodowski @ ICCIE Party

ICCIE instructor Stephanie Mapes presenting an ACI to Karen Basso: Stephanie Mapes & Karen Basso @ ICCIE Party
ICCIE instructor Chaz Lavelle presents an ACI to Craig Bruder: Chaz Lavelle & Craig Bruder @ ICCIE Party  

ICCIE Board member and Instructor John O'Brien presents the ACI to Trevecca Hodge: John O'Brien & Trevecca Hodge  

ICCIE instructor Bill Bartlett presents an ACI to Brenda Pickering: Bill Bartlett & Brenda Pickering @ ICCIE Party

ICCIE Board member and Instructor Tom Jones presenting an ACI to Monica Klinke: Tom Jones & Monica Klinke @ ICCIE Party  

ICCIE Board member Nancy Gray Presents an ACI to Robert Gerber: Nancy Gray & Bob Gerber @ ICCIE Party
 ICCIE instructor Dan Kusaila Presents an ACI to Stacy Riley: Dan Kusaila & Stacy Riley @ ICCIE Party 

In addition to the ACI presentations, three scholarships to the ACI program were awarded during the conference.  VCIA's Distinguished Scholar Award was presented to Renea Louie (center, below) by VCIA President Molly Lambert and ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor.  The award, in recognition of the significant support VCIA has offered to ICCIE, provides a full scholarship to a professional in the industry, based on achievement and community service.

Renee Louie Scholarship


Also announced were two Harry House scholarships sponsored by Housing Authority Insurance Group.  The two scholarships are offered to outstanding minority students based on academic achievement and community service.  The Harry House full ACI scholarship was awarded to Amanda Littlejohn and the individual course (modular) scholarship was awarded to Alexandria McFarlane.


The VCIA conference also saw the launch of a new ICCIE course, Healthcare Captives Overview, taught live at the conference by Dan Fineran, Tom Jones, and Pamela Popp.


To put the icing on the (VCIA conference) cake, it was announced during the conference that the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) would be making a $10,000 donation in support of ICCIE and the ACI designation.    "This is a terrific and very significant contribution from the organization that represents the captive industry in every domicile," said ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor.  "We're extremely pleased to be receiving this level of support from CICA."

CICA President Dennis Harwick and CICA Board Chair Claude Parenteau present ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor with CICA's $10,000 donation at the ICCIE Booth at VCIA 2009:

CICA Donation  

There was little slowdown following the VCIA conference, as ICCIE was well represented in September atthe South Carolina Captive Insurance Association (SCCIA) and hosted a "Five and Ten" Anniversary Celebration - marking the 5th Anniversary of the launch of ICCIE and the 10th birthday of SCCIA.  An opening-night event at Mistral's, across from the conference hotel, was well-attended and featured a successful silent auction as well.  Thanks to event sponsor TD Wealth Management and event supporters Bartlett Actuarial, Johnson Lambert, Merrill Lynch (Dennis Johnson Group), and John O'Brien.  It was a success, by any measure, and will surely be back in 2010.


At October's Hawaii Captive Insurance Council (HCIC) annual conference,the state'snew captive insurance commissioner, George Sumner, was presented with his ACI, which he had recently completed while still at the Bank of Hawaii.  Sumner becomes the second captive domicile commissioner (along with DC's Dana Sheppard) to have earned the ACI.

Hawaii's Captive Administrator George Sumner receives his ACI from ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor at the HCIC Annual Conference:


George Sumner & Mitch Cantor at HCIC
  Upcoming new course.  Look for a new course in the first quarter of 2010, Investments and Captives, taught by industry experts Al Heeg and William Dalziel. This new course is being developed with the assistance of a Next Generation (Act 46) Grant from the Vermont Department of Labor.  In addition, ICCIE will be developing at least two more courses for 2010.  See the ICCIE website (www.iccie.org) for details.  


Recent ACI recipients:


For additional information on these or another matters contact ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor at 802.651.9051 or [email protected]


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