Press Release - SEPTEMBER 06, 2019

AM Best Associate Directors to Speak at APCIA’s Surplus Lines Conference

 Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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AM Best will participate in a discussion on the excess & surplus lines insurance segment at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association’s (APCIA) Surplus Lines Conference, which will take place Sept. 17-18, 2019, in Chicago, IL.

David Blades, CPCU, and Robert Raber, AIAF, both associate directors, will address the conference on Sept. 18. They are the co-authors of a recent Best’s Market Segment Report on the surplus lines segment, titled, “Surplus Lines Insurers Achieve Impressive Growth, Improve Operating Profitability.” Their presentation will include key themes from the report, including the segment’s financial and operating performance, availability and coverage trends, and the competitive state of the surplus lines landscape.

Blades is part of the Credit Rating Criteria-Research and Analytics Department at AM Best. He leads the development of special reports, market segment reports and commentaries, which provide valuable information and insights on current trends and issues within the property/casualty insurance industry, and incorporate AM Best’s exclusive research and analysis.

Raber has worked as a lead analyst and serves as a team leader in AM Best’s property/casualty ratings division. He oversees a diverse portfolio of insurers, including companies within the excess and surplus lines segment.

Blades will also participate in a complimentary AM Best webinar on the report, co-sponsored by the WSIA Education Foundation and Lexington Insurance. This webinar will be on Friday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. (EDT). Register at .

AM Best is a trusted source of insurance market insight and data, and the only global credit rating agency with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Best’s Credit Ratings are a recognized indicator of insurer financial strength and creditworthiness.