Faculty NameMary LaPorte
Mary is president of LaPorte Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services and education for the insurance industry. With over 30 years of agency experience, she has held positions of agency Claim Manager, Personal Lines Manager, Excess & Surplus Lines Manager and agency principal. She is licensed as a Property & Casualty Agent and Licensed Insurance Counselor in the State of Michigan.
She attained the CPCU designation in 1987, the CIC designation in 1992 and the CPIA designation in 2010. Mary currently is on the national faculty for the Society of CIC and is an active member of the American Association of Insurance Management Consultants. She conducts a variety of continuing education classes and moderates CPIA and E&O loss control seminars. Mary acts as a consultant in the area of agency operations, workflow and Errors & Omissions loss control. She writes a column called "E&O Q&A" which is published in several association periodicals and has authored a book titled "Mission:EXCELLENCE - Creating an Internal E&O Loss Control Program".
Faculty NameJ. Christopher Bunbury
Chris Bunbury is an Environmental Strategist and President of Environmental Strategist, Inc. (ESI), located in LeLand, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources. In 1988, he worked in the commercial property and casualty insurance industry as a retail commercial insurance producer. As the environmental insurance industry evolved, it was a natural transition for Chris to move into this evolving field.
Chris has worked with a wide variety of entities from business, to government, education, and environmental service providers. In 1996, he set out to develop an educational training program to assist insurance agents to proactively address the environmental issues that impact their clients and prospects. In 1998 after two years of research, which included meeting with over 300 independent insurance agencies, Chris created ESI. The mission is to train agents about the environmental issues that impact their commercial insureds and the solutions available.
Faculty NameTim McClendon
Tim McClendon began his insurance career in 1972. His training included several years with a major carrier in all facets of the property and casualty business.
Tim is Managing Partner of Hertel McClendon, L.L.P. in Fort Worth, Texas. The agency maintains an additional location in Austin, Texas. The agency is affiliated with Insurors Group, L.L.C., comprised of twelve professional agencies in Fort Worth, Austin and all over Texas.
Tim earned the Certified Insurance Counselor professional designation in 1977, the Certified Workers Compensation Advisor designation in 2004, and is a licensed risk manager. His clients include manufacturers, printers, law firms, technology, retail and contracting risks.
A graduate of Texas Christian University, Tim holds a BBA degree in Management. He is a member of the TCU Lettermen's Association and the TCU Alumni Association.
As a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors National Faculty, Tim teaches insurance courses throughout Texas and around the country including Certified Insurance Service Representatives, Certified Insurance Counselors and Ruble Seminars. Tim was chosen as one of seven charter members of The National Alliance's Distinguished Faculty in 2014.
He is a past chairman of the Board of Governors for the Society of CISR. Tim recently served as Chairman of the Technical Affairs Committee for the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and is a past chairman of Mid-America Insurance Conference.
He is a past "Teacher of the Year" for Professional Insurance Agents of Texas and has been a member of the adjunct faculty teaching insurance and risk management courses for the M. J. Neeley School of Business at TCU. He has taught classes for the University of Dallas MBA program, the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, CPCU Society, CFP program and in-house classes for many insurance carriers and agencies. Tim also serves as an expert witness in insurance-related litigation.