Message from the President

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:02
by Brent Hathaway, CPCU

Reflecting back over my insurance career (as I am sure some of you can identify), I recall ‘computer-less’ work environments rather than ‘paperless’, manual rating forms versus integrated management systems, stenographer pools versus e-mail, pencil-colored risk maps by city block versus Bing Maps street-level view.

In recent years, the CPCU Society has embarked upon great change which I am confident will enable support in mentoring and development of new talent for our industry. However, the true benefit lies within each of us shepherding the interest of individuals coming out of college, mentoring the young talent within our respective offices, and providing an apprentice-like working relationship. Whether you are a seasoned industry veteran who may have sat for her last CPCU exam in 1978 or a college student registering for his first insurance related course, we all have a duty to remain connected to one another, sharing our learned insight while encouraging each other to become better in our daily insurance discipline. How will you enable professional change within your network of professionals?

As a new Board of Directors assumes their role for 2014, we are proud of the responsibility that you have entrusted with us to facilitate opportunities for learning and networking. We have planned an active calendar holding dinner meetings on the third week of most every month. Please take a moment to assure that your contact information is correct with the Society so that we can offer reminders of upcoming meetings, that you set your profile to easily access our new website that the Society has enabled for your use, and that you also check out our Linked In site. We are newly focused on our ways of staying connected via social media and the internet and hope that we provide you with broader tools to stay in touch with your industry connections.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on January 23rd, 2014 at 5:30 at Westwood Tavern, 1385 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg. The emphasis will be on networking and communication. As such, this meeting is gratis for members and industry guests, so we encourage you to bring someone within your office or otherwise who is pursuing or considering a CPCU designation. Look for your electronic invitation soon as well as postings on the website. Lastly, if you wish to contact us via e-mail, feel free to direct your comments to the Board via


Brent Hathaway

2014 President, Chicago-Northwest Chapter

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