Virtual Seminars

The NASBP Virtual Seminar program is now in its sixth year. We have offered over 100 of these live telephone presentations to NASBP members, affiliates, and associates. In 2014 we will offer at least 24 seminars on topics of immediate interest to the membership. Under the direction of the Professional Development Committee and led by an Editorial Board, NASBP Virtual Seminars focus on timely and important topics of broad interest to our industry. Upcoming Seminars are listed below.
Each Seminar is one hour in length, including time for Q&A. Supporting documentation is provided for reference to supplement the topic under discussion. We are pleased to offer an impressive line-up of presenters, including but not limited to surety professionals, attorneys, academics, and consultants.
At $69 per phone line this program is priced to make it accessible to all NASBP members and affiliates. We encourage you to gather as many people around a speaker-phone for each presentation to maximize your organization’s benefit. If you cannot be in the office the day of the seminar, you can easily participate from your cell phone or listen to the recording of the presentation soon afterwards.
As we face changing and growing business challenges, NASBP seeks to add value to your membership by communicating timely information on issues, trends, and strategies. Topics for Virtual Seminar are identified to help you through these challenging times. I believe everyone should consider including Virtual Seminar participation in their organization’s plan for success. If you have not yet participated, I recommend you register for a Seminar in the near future.


Lawrence F. McMahon, NASBP President

NASBP Virtual Seminars

Telephone briefings are an economical and effective way for you and your staff to get up to the moment information on the issues of the day and hear from experts about items critical to your business success -- without anyone having to leave the office. All you need is a phone. Or, if multiple people at your location plan to participate, all you need is a speakerphone and enough chairs for everyone to gather around.
  • Cost-effective – $69 per phone line per seminar
  • Convenient – Information, expertise, and practical insights come directly to you
  • Time-saving – Eliminates travel and time out of the office

Key Benefits

  • Need-to-know information you can benefit from immediately
  • Presented by recognized authorities in their fields
  • Useful presentation materials highlighting main ideas and key points
  • Live Q&A - the experts answer your questions
  • Real-time insights that give you a competitive edge
  • Very accessible to everyone in your organization –a low cost, no travel professional development opportunity

Who Should Participate

  • Only NASBP Members, Affiliates, and Associates may register for Virtual Seminars
  • Agency/Company Management
  • Producers/Agents
  • Underwriters
  • Claim Representatives
  • Account Administrators/Customer Service Representatives

Upcoming Virtual Seminar

Worlds Collide – Federal Small Business Programs: Opportunities and Requirements, and the False Claims Act.
Tuesday, May 6 at 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight

In this presentation, Tom Kelleher and Steve Reed of law firm of Smith, Currie & Hancock will discuss the recent developments in small business laws and regulations, including how imperfect implementation by contractors creates false claims exposures, as well as topics and risks to be explored with contractors.

Thomas J. Kelleher Jr.
is a Senior Partner for Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP.  He has extensive government and construction contract experience on the spectrum of issues involving bidding, changes, differing site conditions, delays, and terminations.  He has represented clients on hospital projects, airport facilities, research laboratories, convention facilities, prisons, federal and state courthouse and office complexes, and resort hotels and has practiced before various federal government boards of contract appeals, as well as federal and state courts.  In addition, he has represented clients in mediations, as well as arbitration proceedings. Due to his extensive experience in federal government contracting, Mr. Kelleher served as Chair of the Federal Acquisition Regulation Committee for the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. (“AGC”) from 1999-2003 and remains active in the leadership of AGC's Federal & Heavy Construction Division.  In addition, he is also a member of the AGC’s Corps of Engineers Committee, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, and the AGC Contract Documents Forum.

Steven L. Reed
is a partner in the Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC offices of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP. He joined Smith Currie in 2007 and opened the firm’s Washington, DC office in 2008. Prior to this he was an Administrative Judge, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) where from 2000-2006, he mediated, otherwise resolved, or adjudicated 136 appeals involving all types of contracts awarded by the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Justice, the Washington Metro bus and rail system, and the Panama Canal Commission. During 1994-2000, as an Administrative Judge with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Board of Contract Appeals (ENG BCA) and from 1988-1994, as a Hearing Examiner with the ENG BCA, Mr. Reed’s docket included 225 appeals addressing matters related to the Corps’ Civil Works program (locks, dams, navigation, and flood prevention), the Washington Metro rail system, the Panama Canal, and Saudi Arabian military facilities and foreign military sales transactions.  

If you register but find you are not able to participate in a live presentation, you will still be emailed links to the recording within a few days.  

Online Registration and Information

Before each Virtual Seminar, call-in instructions and supporting documents/handouts will be emailed to registered participants.

To Register

Online: Click here to register online.

Cancellation Policy

Virtual Seminars registrations are non-refundable.



Please call NASBP Professional Development at 202-686-3700.

Future Virtual Seminars

  • Why Even Good Contractors Can Fail - May 20
  • NASBP Fly-In: Instructions for a Successful Visit - May 29
  • Unlocking Your Cash with Single Premium Life - June 10
  • Avoiding Claims by Managing Change to a Construction Contract - June 24
  • Subcontractor Administration - July 8