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 NameLance Ewing
Lance J. Ewing has extensive executive experience in the field of risk management and insurance including his role as EVP Global Risk Management for Cotton Holdings, Inc. Previously he was the VP Real Estate and Hospitality & Leisure Industry Practice Group Leader at AIG with a portfolio of $1.4B of GWP. Prior to this position he served in senior global risk management capacities for Caesars Entertainment, GES Exposition Services/VIAD and for the City of Philadelphia School District. Mr. Ewing additionally worked for various insurance companies including Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, Pennsylvania Hospital Insurance Company (PHICO) and New York Lumberman's Insurance Trust in risk management, underwriting and risk control capacities. He also was President of three insurance captives.
Mr. Ewing received his Master's degree in Law & Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his second Master's degree in Occupational Safety Engineering. In addition to his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation and his International Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation, he is a matriculated Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) candidate and has completed his Enterprise Risk Management Professional designation (ERMP).
Lance was National President in 2003-2004 for the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and was also their Chief Risk Officer (CRO). He teaches risk management as a faculty member for the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. He also served as a Board member for the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Board. In 2004, he was privileged to have a scholarship in his name (Lance J. Ewing Educational Scholarship) for the Certified Risk Management International designation which grants educational scholarships. He serves on the University of Mississippi Business School (Risk Management) Advisory Board, where a scholarship was created "Ewing Endowment for Business Excellence in Risk Management and Insurance".
Mr. Ewing was honored as the Real Estate Insurance Leader in 2014-2015 for Globe Street and was the 2008 Risk Innovator of the Year. In 2007, Lance was named Risk Manager of the Year (Business Insurance). He has authored several articles on insurance, risk management, crisis management, and workers' compensation. He is a frequent speaker on enterprise risk management, global claims, disaster recovery, and risk financing issues for organizations including Claims Litigation Management (CLM), USLAW, Harmonie Legal Group, RIMS, Willis Real Estate Symposium, and AON Conference. Mr. Ewing is an expert witness as part of the Insurance Expert Network.
Lance has worked and spoken internationally to promote insurance and risk management as well as developed unique risk transfer and claims settlement opportunities for his companies and clients. Mr. Ewing continues to be a strong and outspoken supporter of the risk management/insurance profession.