The NASBP Annual Meeting in Palm Desert Shows We Are "Better Together"

The 2022 NASBP Annual Meeting & Expo at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, CA, was a breath of fresh air after the cancelation of two consecutive in-person Annual Meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 Annual Meeting, with the theme of "Better Together," took a look at where the surety industry is and where it is headed with informative speaker sessions. There was also lots of fun, concluding with the final event, NASBP County Fair. The Meeting had near record-breaking attendance, showing how much we all missed being "Better Together."

See memorable moments from the Meeting in the photos below. Check out the 2022 NASBP Annual Meeting & Expo Highlights including presentation slides, photos, video, and more.

Welcome Reception

The Meeting kicked off with a Welcome Reception at the Oasis Pool Decks of the JW Marriott Desert Springs.

Tracy and Marla Tucker The Tuckers enjoyed being "Better Together" at the Annual Meeting!

Chad Martin and Brian Ayres

Annual Meeting Program Committee Co-Chairs Chad Martin, left, and Brian Ayres, right, began the Opening General Session with welcome remarks.

2021-2022 NASBP President Tracy Tucker

Then President Tracy Tucker thanked attendees and presented awards during his President's Address. See the related articles in this issue of Pipeline about the awards presented at the meeting and the Affiliates who participated in the Affiliate Entertaining event.

Owen Morse and Jon Wee, The Passing Zone

Keynote presenters Owen Morse and Jon Wee of The Passing Zone wowed the crowd with "Teamwork: Winning Teams Work Better Together."

Better Together Panelist record a podcast The panelists from General Session presentation "Better Together, None of Us Are As Smart As All of Us" got together after their presentation to record an episode of NASBP Podcast "Let's Get Surety." Pictured, left to right: Kat Shamapande, NASBP Director of Professional Development; Mark McCallum, NASBP CEO; Dan Fordice, III, Fordice Construction (President, Associated General Contractors of America); Nick McFayden, Pro-Craft Construction (Chair, Southern California Associated Builders and Contractors); Tom Borgia, J. Raymond Construction Corp. (Chairman, Construction Financial Management Association); and Courtney Little, Ace Glass (Past President, American Subcontractors Association). Not pictured is the moderator of the panel discussion, Monica Donatelli of NASPB Member firm IMA, Inc.

 David Jean Presentation

The second day of the General Session began with David Jean's presentation "Exit Strategy: Begin With Where You Want to End." Jean is Principal of NASBP Associate firm Albin, Randall & Bennett.

Robert Coon and Greg Davenport

The General Session continued with "What the Hell is Blockchain and Why Do We Keep Talking About It," a presentation from Robert Coon, of NASBP Member firm Scott Insurance, and Greg Davenport, of NASBP Affiliate Liberty Mutual Surety. 

Mimosas with Marla -- Spouse and Guest Event

At the Spouse and Guest Event—"Mimosas with Marla"—attendees enjoyed a delicious brunch and then had an interactive styling presentation from guest speaker William Squire, stylist to the stars.

Past Presidents Larry McMahon, Bob Shaw, and Steve Cory

NASBP Past Presidents Larry McMahon, Bob Shaw, and Steve Cory were ready for a sunny afternoon on the links at the NASBP Golf Tournament!

Golf Tournament

Start your engines! NASBP Golf Tournament participants lined up to get started at the beautiful JW Marriott Valley and Palms Golf Courses.

NASBP County Fair

The final event, NASBP County Fair, was an evening of delicious fair foods, fun games, and music!

County Fair games

Step right up! NASBP Annual Meeting attendees did their best to make their racecar win!

Brian Ayres and Chad Martin

Annual Meeting Program Committee Co-Chair Brian Ayres tested his strength as his Co-Chair Chad Martin cheers him on!

NASBP County Fair Ferris Wheel

The ferris wheel was a big attraction at the NASBP County Fair final event, and the band, the Spazmatics, had everyone singing and dancing. 

Leadership Transition

During the final event, the Tucker's passed the baton to incoming NASBP President Nick Newton.

NASBP is grateful for the generous support of the meeting sponsors, the NASBP Affiliates that participated in the Affiliate entertaining events, and the exhibitors of the NASBP 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo. This amazing NASBP event would not have taken place without your support and participation!