hilton AnatoleThe D&O Diary was on assignment last week at the annual PLUS International Conference at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (pictured left) in Dallas, Texas. As always, the PLUS Conference involved a busy mix of meetings and receptions, and was highlighted by a surprisingly entertaining keynote address by former President George W. Bush.


I was fortunate while at the PLUS Conference to see many old friends and make many new friends. I was also absolutely delighted to meet many conference attendees who told me they read the D&O Diary. I have included a representative sample of the many pictures I took at the conference below. There are interesting excerpts from several of the sessions and presentations from the Conference on the PLUS Blog, here.


My congratulations to Conference Chair and Incoming PLUS President Heather Fox of ARC Excess & Surplus LLC for a very successful conference and to outgoing PLUS  President Jim Skarzynski of the Skarzynski Black law firm for his successful year leading the organization. Congratulations also to Jeff Lattman of Beecher Carlson for being awarded the PLUS Founder’s Award and Mike Sapner of TransRe for receiving the PLUS1 Award.


At the Opening Night Reception. In the first picture, I am standing with Incoming President Heather Fox and Carl Metzger of the Goodwin Proctor Firm. In the second picture, I am joined by Stacey McGraw and Jennifer Mathis of the Troutman Sanders law firm.






Following the RPLU Conferment Ceremony. In the first picture, I am with pictured with Thi Lee of the Hanover Insurance Group and Antonia Lam of Chubb, and in the second picture I am standing with Jayne Carver of Chubb and Nicholas Prassad of Chubb Insurance Company of Australia.







Meeting a D&O Diary Reader: Christina Geller of Axis Capital:




With an illustrious group of Past PLUS Presidents. To my left, Jeffrey Lattman of Beecher Carlson; Pat Kelley of the Wilson Elser law firm; Dan Standish of the Wiley Rein law firm; Jim Skarzynski of Skarzynski Black; and Robert Hansen of the Affinity Insurance Agency.  A complete list of all of the PLUS Presidents can be found here.