2020 PLUS Founders Award and PLUS1 Award

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The 2020 PLUS Founders Award Winner

The Founders Award recognizes a member of PLUS who have made lasting and outstanding contributions to PLUS. The award is presented in honor of PLUS Founder Angelo J. Gioia.

Criteria used when selecting the Founders Award recipient include membership in PLUS, participation in PLUS activities, creativity and innovation when needed to address PLUS tasks, amount of time and effort dedicated to the organization, promotion of PLUS in the industry and to the public in general, or other contributions to the image of PLUS, and involvement in developing, implementing, improving and/or continuing PLUS programs.

The winner of this year’s Founders Award is David B. Williams.

David B Williams
Senior Vice President at Liberty Mutual and the Global Risk
Solutions (GRS) Multinational Chief Underwriting Office (CUO)

Getting his start as a D&O underwriter at Chubb in Boston and New York David first joined PLUS when he was working in San Francisco and became a member of the Northern California Chapter. When David returned to his hometown of Boston to manage a financial lines regional P&L operation he served on the New England Chapter eventually becoming Chapter Chair in 2005. Click here for full profile.

Watch David accept his award during the 2020 Virtual PLUS Conference.

The 2020 PLUS1 Award Winner

The PLUS1 Award is presented to a person whose efforts have contributed substantially to the advancement and image of the professional liability industry.

Criteria used when selecting the PLUS1 Award winner include reputation and success in the professional liability industry, history of lectures and service on panels addressing topics in the industry, current activity in professional liability, activity and involvement in PLUS, longevity in the insurance industry, and measure of impact on the professional liability industry.

The winner of this years PLUS1 Award is Tony Galban.

Tony Galban
Chubb
SVP, Product Manager
North America Financial Lines

Tony Galban is Senior Vice President and Product Manager, responsible for the Chubb’s North American Financial Lines Directors & Officers (D&O) business.

Widely sought as an industry speaker, author, and commentator on D&O liability, Tony served as a co-chair of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s (PLUS) D&O Symposium from 2008 to 2011. He was also named Advisen’s U.S. D&O Industry Person of the Year in 2015. Click here for full profile.

Watch Tony accept his award during the 2020 Virtual PLUS Conference.

 

2020 PLUS Emerging Leader Award Winners

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PLUS Emerging Leader Award  

This award, in its inaugural year, is given annually to young professionals who excel in their profession and exhibit the attributes to become future leaders in their organization and the professional liability insurance industry.  

We had 26 outstanding nominees put forth by industry colleagues and then invited PLUS members to participate in a voting process to give their input on our industry’s emerging leaders.  

After a thorough review of all nominees and the voting results, the Future PLUS Subcommittee made their recommendation for three award winners.  

We are now pleased to share with you, on behalf of the PLUS Nominating Committee, the 2020 recipients of the PLUS Emerging Leader Award: 

Jahan Cedenio
Broker
Marsh & McLennan

Jahan is an alum of the Diversity Leadership & Mentoring Program (LAMP) and has been highly engaged with PLUS ever since: speaking at PLUS events and volunteering on Future PLUS Task Forces and the PLUS Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is now starting his tenure on the PLUS Foundation Board of Directors.

Chelsea Laing
Vice President
Gallagher

Chelsea is not only regarded as a next generation leader in her company, but she is also a very active and engaged volunteer with PLUS having served on Future PLUS Task Forces, the Southern California Chapter Steering Committee, and has helped plan Women’s Leadership Network events for the PLUS Foundation.

Courtney Maugé
Vice President of US FINPRO Cyber COE
Marsh

Courtney has demonstrated an excellence in thought leadership, writing white papers on COVID-19 and the Phishing Evolution, and speaking at the Security in Risk Conference and for Gamma Iota Sigma. She was also named a 2020 Willis Towers Watson Horizons Innovation Finalist. 

The three PLUS Emerging Leader Award winners were announced during the PLUS Virtual Conference on November 9th, 2020. Below is a clip from the Conference that includes an acceptance speech from each award winner. Congratulations to Jahan, Chelsea, and Courtney!

PLUS Converts Annual Conference to Virtual

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is being felt across the world. Our hearts go out to all who have struggled with the virus or lost a loved one. Undoubtedly, this crisis has brought significant uncertainty to the industry and the lives of PLUS members, and it remains unclear when we will be able to return to our pre-COVID-19 routines. As a result, PLUS felt it necessary and appropriate to provide our members and the larger PLUS community with certainty now regarding the 2020 PLUS Conference. And so today we are announcing that, for 2020, we are converting the PLUS Conference from an in-person event to a virtual event.

What does that mean?

Although we know everyone will miss the in-person interactions, PLUS is confident in being able to deliver an outstanding virtual experience. The good news is PLUS has been developing virtual content for years and has delivered two very successful virtual events already this year, including quickly pivoting the content from the 2020 PLUS Healthcare & Medical PL Symposium from in-person to virtual. This is one of the core competencies of our association, and our volunteer committees are enthusiastic about finding innovative ways to bring all PLUS members and industry supporters together.

How and when is the virtual PLUS Conference?

We are still working out all the details, but the virtual conference will be held over the same dates as originally planned – November 9-11, 2020. Sessions, information, and education will be spread over the three days and will of course include high-quality speakers and relevant content.

What should I do?

First, mark your calendars today for the dates of the PLUS Conference: November 9-11, 2020.

Second, please provide us with any comments or suggestions on what you would like to see from a virtual PLUS Conference. Please submit your comments and suggestions to Director of Engagement Programs Erin Stephens at estephens@plusweb.org by May 28th.

Third, we will soon be sending out Request for Proposals (RFP), so please complete an RFP if you have a presentation idea or would like to present at the PLUS Conference.

Finally, we sincerely hope you will support PLUS in this effort. PLUS is our association, and the PLUS Conference is our industry event. Even if we cannot be in-person, we hope you will continue to support PLUS – our industry’s sole non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and careers of its members – by participating in the virtual 2020 PLUS Conference.

We look forward to providing you more information about the virtual PLUS Conference in the coming weeks and months.

Todd Greeley, President, PLUS Board of Trustees

Susan Angelo, 2020 PLUS Conference Chair & Incoming President, PLUS Board of Trustees

Robbie Thompson, PLUS CEO