Virtual Seminars

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 Seminars

Preventing Construction Defects and Mitigating Damages
Tuesday, September 9 at 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Construction Defect Claims are very complex and often result in significant costs and litigation involving multiple parties. This is not limited to one part of the country or a particular type of construction, as it can have an impact on any contractor, regardless of size, scope or geography. Types of losses include, but are not limited to moisture intrusion, vibration, soil settlement and many others. The panel will discuss how consistency, accuracy and availability of project documentation play a key role in claim mitigation. Lessons learned will help contractors prioritize their efforts in this area and discuss examples that include early, strategic claim intervention, cost impact of being unprepared, documentation needed to defend your company, and how state statutes have an impact.

By attending this session participants will be able to:
• Identify the inherent challenges and complexity associated with construction defect claims
• Identify the important documents needed to defend against construction defect allegations
• Explore opportunities to prevent or minimize construction defects during preconstruction, quality control and documentation, including use of technology

Kenton Wengert is currently serving as Regional Director for Construction Risk Control in the Northeast and Metro Regions of Travelers Bond. Prior to joining Travelers he held various leadership roles at a national insurance carrier, largely focused on contractors with loss sensitive and owner/contractor controlled insurance programs. Ken has worked with many construction firms engaged in a wide range of projects including infrastructure, education, healthcare, general building, heavy civil, semiconductor, steel, energy and biopharma construction. Ken has worked in risk control and safety management since 1992, dedicating his efforts to resolving complex client issues and providing technical insight for business partners in claim and underwriting.  Ken holds a Master of Public Health, Ergonomics & Safety from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Springfield College.

Michael Koppang is Director, Construction Claim Services of Travelers Bond. He is currently responsible for a group of 10 construction engineers, architects and forensic specialists located throughout the country. Mike and his team assist construction claim professionals and defense attorneys to understand complex aspects of construction defect claims through on-site investigations, products failure analyses and design validation. Results from these efforts are aggregated and leveraged in loss prevention efforts through customer interactions. Prior to joining Travelers, Mike spent eight years working for a high-profile construction management firm coordinating construction activities of high-rise buildings, laboratories, hospitals and schools. Mike’s eight years of experience as a Superintendent with the construction management firm included reinforced concrete construction, elevators, roof installations, vivarium construction, mechanical systems, life safety testing and code compliance. Prior to working in construction management, Mike worked in the Design Service Center for a national engineering consulting firm. Mike graduated from The University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

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.

Fraud in the Construction Industry
Tuesday, September 23 at 2 - 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

When things are going well in the construction industry and contractors are busy, management can take their eyes off the ball and fraud can occur. When things are going poorly in the construction industry and contractors are not busy, employees are looking for ways to make more money and fraud can occur. We will look at ways contractors can keep fraud from happening-in good times and bad.

Joel K. Bobo, CPA is an assurance partner and the firmwide industry director for construction. Joel provides assurance and advisory services to large privately owned companies. He serves on HORNE’s Board of Directors. Mr. Bobo has more than 25 years of public accounting experience providing assurance and advisory services to clients, including specific knowledge of construction, non-profits and small businesses. With several professional affiliations with one being Construction Industry CPAs/Consultants Association, President.

Online Registration and Information

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

To Register

Click here to register online.

Cancellation Policy
Virtual Seminars registrations are non-refundable.

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