William Berkley to deliver keynote address at marine underwriters meeting

(NEW YORK) — William R. Berkley, executive chairman of W.R. Berkley Corp., will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual meeting of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) in New York City.

The meeting will commence at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the TKP New York Conference Center located at 109 West 39th St. (on Sixth Avenue).

Berkley, who founded the Greenwich, Conn.-based Fortune 500 property-casualty insurance holding company in 1967, will discuss a broad range of economic and industry issues.  

Berkley was chairman of the board and chief executive officer since the company’s formation in 1967 and became executive chairman in October 2015. He also currently serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of New York University, his alma mater. He has served as vice chairman of the board of directors of Georgetown University, where he helped create the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, which is devoted to fostering inter-religious dialogue with a goal of improving global cultural understanding, and is a former chairman of the American Insurance Association.  

With total assets of over $23 billion at June 30, 2016 and annual revenues over $7 billion, W.R. Berkley operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business, insurance and reinsurance, and is one of the largest commercial lines writers in the United States.

The meeting will feature a report on issues in the U.S. marine insurance marketplace by AIMU Chairman Frank Costa and a review of AIMU programs by the association’s president, John A. Miklus. There also will be reports by AIMU’s legal counsel, Joseph Grasso and education/training specialist Eileen Monreale. Other speakers will include Karla Scott, president of the Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco and Isabelle Therrien, president of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters.

The American Institute of Marine Underwriters, based in New York City, has over 100 years of service as the trade association representing and promoting the United States ocean marine insurance industry as an advocate, educator and information resource.

By Professional Mariner Staff