caesersThis past week the annual PLUS International Conference took place at the sprawling Caesar’s Palace complex in Las Vegas. Given the mass of confusing pathways and corridors and vast distances between the various event venues at the hotel, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to hear that a few conference attendees are still wandering around inside the Caesar’s Palace grounds, dazed into a trance by the blaring music and the slot machines’ flashing lights. Just the same, it was unquestionably a very successful event.


The high point of the event for me was the presentation of the PLUS1 award to my good friend Aruno Rajaratnam, of the Ince & Co. law firm in Singapore, whom I interviewed in a Q&A I posted on this site last week. In the first picture below I am standing outside the conference ballroom with Aruno. The next picture shows Aruno delivering her acceptance speech. In the third picture, Aruno stands with incoming PLUS President Jim Skarzynski and immediate Past PLUS President Dave Williams. The final picture was taken at the dinner in celebration of Aruno’s award; shown from left to right in the picture are Dave Williams of Chubb; Aruno; Ann Longmore of Marsh; Shasi Gangadharan of Chubb (Singapore); Joe Montelone of the Rivkin Radler law firm; and me.










The PLUS International Conference is always a good opportunity to reunite with old friends. In the picture below, I am standing with my former colleague and good friend, Diane Parker of AWAC, together with Robert Chadwick of the Campbell Chadwick law firm in Dallas.




This final picture was taken at the opening night reception. From left to right, Corbette Doyle of Vanderbilt University; me; Pete Herron of Travelers; and Jeff Lattman of Beecher Carlson.