NASBP 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo

April 29 - May 2
The Phoenician Resort
Scottsdale, AZ

Dear Colleague:

The NASBP 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo will be held April 29 – May 2 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Coming off the 75th Anniversary year of the Association, this year’s theme of: “Building on a Solid Foundation” will focus on taking a look at where the industry is and where it is going.

We could not ask for a better host location for the event. The Phoenician is currently finishing the third and final phase of the most extensive renovations the resort has experienced since its opening in 1998. By the time NASBP arrives in April the resort will have completed renovations that include the resort main lobby, multiple on-site restaurants, including the brand-new Mowry and Cotton, pool complex (which will include 8 pool areas and an adults-only pool), retail space, and a brand new three-level luxury spa.

The meeting kicks off on Sunday evening with the welcome reception, a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with new ones. We conclude on Tuesday evening with the final event, which will feature a selection of food stations, the return of the amazing band Emerald City from last year’s final event, and a separate lounge area for dessert and conversation. There will be some new additions to the meeting schedule this year, including a “Happy Hour” event in the Expo Hall on Sunday afternoon and an awards breakfast on Tuesday morning.

I encourage you to take a moment today to register for this year’s meeting and book your hotel room as soon as possible. The NASBP has secured almost the entire resort inventory of rooms and the block is filling up quickly. I look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!

Best Regards,

Howard Cowan, NASBP President


Expo Information - Online Expo

2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee

Monica Donatelli
IMA, Inc.
Program Co-Chair

Todd Loehnert
L A Surety Solutions, LLC
Program Co-Chair

Bradley Babcock
Babcock Solutions LLC

Robert Fricke

Markel Surety Corporation - Retired

Larry McMahon
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Thomas Padilla
HUB International Insurance Services, Albuquerque, NM

Christopher Parker
Chubb Surety

Josh Penwell
Merchants Bonding Company

Jennifer Salm
Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC

Jason Gusso
Gusso Surety Bonds, Inc.
Golf Chair

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Special Educational Session Offering Continuing Education (CE) Credit:

Session will be offered twice:
Sunday, April 29 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, April 30 - 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm

"Jump on the P3 Wave: The Value of Bonding in this Rapidly Growing Market"

Presenters: Michele Pavlik, Chubb Surety
Mary Jean Pethick, Zurich Surety
Frank Rapoport, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are becoming mainstream in the United States. Surety professionals and your clients need to understand and embrace this new and evolving model of project delivery. Expert presenters will dive into the history, structure, and usage of P3s. They will discuss the legislative landscape both on the state and federal level and examine surety underwriting of P3s, outlining different types of bonds, terms, and obligee(s) in the P3 space. During this interactive session, the speakers will share examples of P3 projects with which they have been involved. Be sure to attend and ensure your firm is not left out of this rapidly growing and changing market.

More information on credits by state CLICK HERE


The Phoenician
6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85251

NOTE: The NASBP Phoenician block has limited availability (Sold out nights: 4/27, 4/28 & 5/1).

An overflow block at the nearby JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort has been secured.

there will be complimentary parking offered at both the JW Marriott Camelback and Phoenician for NASBP attendees

BOOK ONLINE in the overflow block

There are also some additional options approximately 2 miles from The Phoenician in downtown Scottsdale, which may offer more budget conscious rates (NASBP is not holding blocks at these properties):

Hyatt House Scottsdale
Aloft Scottsdale
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale AZ, the 250-acre Phoenician is both a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Resort.
To make reservations, contact The Phoenician Resort at 480.941.8200 and mention that you will be attending the “NASBP Annual Meeting,” or book your hotel room online.

The NASBP Group rate offers different levels of accommodations:
Superior Deluxe Rooms are $299 single/double (plus applicable taxes)
Grand Deluxe Rooms are $329 single/double (plus applicable taxes)
Grand Deluxe Casita Rooms are $359 single/double (plus applicable taxes)

Even though NASBP has a block of rooms available at the special NASBP group rate, these rooms could sell out before the room cut-off date of Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Since rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis, NASBP cannot guarantee an accommodation once the room block is sold out. To avoid disappointment at not getting into the hotel please call immediately to reserve your hotel room. A one-night deposit is required at time of making the reservation. This deposit will not be refunded if the reservation is cancelled less than 48 hours prior to check-in.


Jason Gusso, Golf Chair

The NASBP Golf Tournament is sponsored by C_Horwath_2cSMALL2.jpg
The NASBP Golf Tournaments are scheduled on Tuesday, May 1 at 1:00 pm. The tournaments will be held at the nearby Cambelback Golf Club while The Phoenician golf courses are undergoing renovations.

CLICK HERE for more information on the golf tournament.