OneBeacon Technology’s John Wurzler Facilitating Panel at Cyber Liabilities Summit

If you’re attending the 4th Annual Cyber Liabilities Insurance ExecuSummit, consider attending the session titled “Cyber Liability Underwriting, Coverage Issues” that will be moderated by OneBeacon Technology President John Wurzler. This educational event targets cyber liability insurance professionals. The conference runs April 21-22 in Uncascville, CT. For event details, visit the conference website

Illinois State Disaster Declaration: DeKalb and Ogle Counties

The severe weather system that moved through Illinois April 9, 2015 prompted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to declare DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas.  In light of Governor Rauner’s declaration, the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) issued Company Bulletin 2015-08 to provide certain safeguards to consumers impacted by the April 9, 2015 severe weather.  OneBeacon policyholders impacted by these storms should contact their insurance agent or broker.  Policyholders can reach OneBeacon by email, fax or telephone:

OneBeacon policyholders may contact the Illinois Department of Insurance to file a complaint regarding any disaster-related dispute or issue at 1-866-445-5364 or online at

Where We’re Sharing Our Specialty Expertise This Week

From Government Risks to Technology, our groups are in the midst of an active spring conference season! Here’s a preview of where our businesses will share their specialty expertise this week. And if you’re attending any of the events mentioned below, we invite you to connect with us!

  • On Tuesday, OneBeacon Design Professionals’ Bruce Demeter will moderate a panel on ethics at the American Institute of Contractors Annual Forum in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Government Risks’ Denver group will host a Colorado PRIMA meeting on Wednesday; while Joe Garcia will present at the Missouri/Kansas PRIMA Annual Conference in Lake Ozark, Missouri on Friday.
  • Our Technology group will be in Madrid, Spain for the European Alliance of Insurance Companies (Eurapco) conference on Thursday and Friday.
  • And finally, Keith Fruechte & Lisa Phillips of Financial Services (OBFS) will exhibit Wednesday and Thursday at the Texas Bankers Association (TBA) Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. Visit our team at the Texas Bankers Insurance Agency booth #424. Pictured below, the OBFS graphic featured in the TBA program book!

Healthcare’s Hughes Presenting at Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference

OneBeacon Healthcare’s Patty Hughes, Senior Vice President of Risk Management will participate as a panelist in the Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference on Monday, April 13.

Hughes’ session, “Emerging Malpractice Exposures: What’s Coming Up Around the Bend,” will offer insight into emerging malpractice exposures and describe solutions policyholders may use to understand these exposures and mitigate losses

The session will take place from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami, Fla.  For more information on the conference, please visit the event website.

The Delta Queen- an IMU insured- to be refurbished

The Delta Queen, an American sternwheel steamboat and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, set sail last week for New Orleans to undergo refurbishment. The ship, insured by  International Marine Underwriters, has an extensive history dating back to 1924, but has spent the last 6 years docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee serving as a floating boutique hotel. When the ship recently came under new ownership, it was announced that the Delta Queen would be refurbished back to her original glory and once more act as an operational cruising ship in 2016.  We wish the ship and crew a safe journey as she makes her way down the Tennessee River.

For more updates, videos and photos on the progress of the voyage, check out the official Facebook page.

Wearable Convergence: Where Fashion and Technology Meet

Imagine wearing a jacket that taps you on the left or right shoulder indicating where to turn to reach your destination, or a ring that lights up when you have an incoming call or text message. Well these thoughts are already reality as technology becomes increasingly integrated to clothing and accessories. This emerging trend is the topic of our latest whitepaper titled “Wearable Technology: Function, Fit, Fashion Fun” authored by OneBeacon Technology risk control specialist Robert Morris. In this whitepaper, you will learn how various industries are weaving miniaturized computers into textiles and more to personalize technology. Bob also describes the current challenges such as battery life and privacy concerns, as well as directional opportunities. Even if you can’t see yourself wearing a health-tracking device, we’re confident that you’ll appreciate being aware of the power and functionality delivered through wearable technology.

OBGR’s Sarah Schmitz to Present at Claims & Litigation Management Conference

Sarah Schmitz, Claims Examiner at OneBeacon Government Risks, will be among the featured speakers at the upcoming Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Conference. Schmitz will join a panel of four to discuss, “Municipal Law: The Legal and Insurance Ramifications of the Militarization of Police Departments.” We invite you to join her session on Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. PST.

The annual CLM conference brings together claims and litigation professionals for a mix of educational sessions and networking events. The conference takes place March 25 – 27 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, Calif. For more information, visit the event website. 

John Wurzler: Panelist at ACI Cyber & Data Risk Insurance Conference

If you’re attending the American Conference Institute’s Cyber and Data Risk Insurance conference in Chicago this week, we invite you to attend the cybercrime session today, featuring OneBeacon Technology President John Wurzler as a panelist. Titled: “Emerging Perils, New Risks and Cyber Crime Eclipsing Terrorism as the Principal Domestic Threat” the group will discuss new threats, corporate espionage, employee hacks and more. The session begins at 4:50 p.m. Central Time.

OBGR Exhibiting at South Carolina PRIMA March 22-24

Our Government Risks group (OBGR) is exhibiting this weekend at the South Carolina Public Risk Management Association’s (PRIMA) annual conference. If you’re in Greenville for event, please visit with OBGR’s VP of Business Development Bradley York at exhibit booth #3.

Beginning on Sunday, March 22, the three-day conference features speaking engagements, presentations and classes focused on the topic of risk management. The event is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. For more information, please visit the conference website.