Wednesday, September 13

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Women in Surety (WIS) SHE Golfs Clinicsponsored by Travelers Bond
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
NASBP Registration Desk Open
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
Thursday, September 14

7:30 am - 11:00 am NASBP Registration Desk Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am General Session
  Welcome Remarks and President's Address
  Patrick Pribyl, NASBP President
  “Update on CCIFP Designation from CFMA”
  David Pesce, CFMA Executive Committee
  "The Lessons of Enron: The Importance of Ethical Corporate Leadership"
Sherron Watkins, Leadership and Ethics Advocate

Lauded in the press for her courageous actions, Sherron was named as one of TIME magazine’s three 2002 Persons of the Year for being someone “who did just right by doing their jobs rightly.” Sherron discusses ethics and leadership, and the lessons to be learned from the collapse of Enron, where she served in a variety of executive positions for 8 over years. Sherron has seen firsthand the cost of an erosion in values. Her journey through the Enron crisis has inspired many, and has crystallized her focus to share and to improve the lot of whistleblowers and would-be whistleblowers.

10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm General Session Continued - Panel Session
"The Legacy of the Enron Scandal:  A Cautionary Tale of Greed, Fraud, Hubris, and Self-Delusion and the Lessons for the Surety Industry"

Moderator: Martha Perkins, NASBP General Counsel

Panelists: Robert Cristiano, Everest Insurance
Steve Haney, Chubb Surety
Paul Rodriguez, Lockton Companies, LLC
Armen Shahinian, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC


The name “Enron” is synonymous with massive corporate fraud and corruption.  From its meteoric rise to acclaimed success in the 1990s to its catastrophic implosion and bankruptcy in 2001, Enron presents a complicated tale of high-flying corporate cowboys, a macho culture, dislodged checks and balances, an disdain for corporate ethics, and a corporate culture of egregious self-interest.  This expert panel will explore how the surety industry was involved in this grand debacle.  Eleven companies issued surety bonds to guarantee alleged oil and gas deliveries set up by J.P. Morgan Chase for Enron.  The sureties ultimately paid hundreds of million dollars to settle with the bank. The panelists will address the sureties’ scope of underwriting, what kinds of bonds the sureties issued, the impact on the reinsurance market, and the ultimate fallout and lessons of the Enron scandal for the surety industry.  And much more.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Optional Event - Downtown Nashville Food and History Tour
  additional registration fee applies
Friday, September 15

8:00 am - 11:00 am
NASBP Registration Desk Open
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast Buffet - All registered attendees and spouse/guests welcome
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote Session: "ALL IN in Music City" 

Kelley Ann Williams, Singer & Songwriter

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Refreshment Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
General Session Continued
"Woodward on Washington: An Economic, Policy and Political Outlook"
Joan Woodward, Executive Vice President of Public Policy, Travelers Bond

Will share her economic, public policy and political outlook in this data-driven analytical presentation.  She will also discuss the most pressing challenges facing Congress and the Biden Administration in 2024.  What do higher interest rates, coupled with elevated inflation mean for your business and can the U.S. avoid a recession?  Will legislation recently passed by Congress, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS Act, bring relief to consumers and businesses?  Joan will explore those issues, as well as what the upcoming election might mean for insurance, tax policy, and the economy. Also, as President of the Travelers Institute, Joan will give a preview of the Institute’s 2024 initiatives.

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Closing Reception - offsite at Martin's BBQ Joint
Beverages and food will be served