Update - Fall 2006
FASI E-Newsletter
Fall 2006
November 9, 2006
Inside This Issue:

FASI's 37th Annual Exhibitor Showcase Reception

2006 Session Incentives

Annual Casino Party

As the Claim Turns

FASI Annual Golf Outing 2006

Golf Sponsors 2006 - Thank You!

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2007 Winter Conference Scheduled Jan. 25-26
--by Sean Tobin, FASI President, Heritage Consultants-Professional Administrators

The 2007 Winter Conference of the Florida Association of Self Insurance will be held Thursday and Friday, January 25-26, 2007, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary (greater Orlando area), Florida.

Once again, we are encouraging all members to attend. This important meeting provides an excellent forum for you to voice your concerns and needs as a member and to offer input on the future direction of our Association. If you already serve on a FASI committee, this is your chance to have direct input on future Association goals and objectives. If you are not serving on a FASI committee, this is an excellent opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with and hopefully become actively involved on a committee that deals with a topic of interest to you. Click here to see the preliminary agenda for the Winter Conference.

To register for this meeting, you'll need to do two things: 1) reserve a hotel room, and 2) send in the attendance registration form to FASI Headquarters by Friday, January 12, 2007. The registration fee is $95. To reserve a room, call 407-995-1100 (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm) or 800-380-7724 (any time) and ask for accommodations in the FASI room block. The special group rate for this meeting is $123.00 per night, single or double. Cut-off date for guaranteed room reservations has been extended to Friday, December 22, 2006, so we strongly urge you to make reservations immediately. Reservations can be cancelled with no penalty up to 72 hours prior to arrival. Please register NOW.

37th Annual Convention & Trade Show, 2006
--by Bethan Hyde, York Insurance Services Group, Inc.

The FASI 37th Annual Convention & Trade Show, was held Sunday, July 23, 2006, to Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at the Ritz Carlton, Naples, Florida. FASI’s annual golf outing was Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club (see golf article below for details). Special thanks to Angela Patman and Cypress Care for the great bags!

The Welcome Reception was in the Club Room. Attendees and guests were greeted by the FASI officers and Board of Directors as they entered the recently remodeled Club Room. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and socialize, all the while anticipating an excellent educational program focusing on the self insured industry.

Monday began with FASI’s Annual Business Meeting. The 2005-2006 Board of Directors were recognized for their contributions this past year. The new slate for the 2006-2007 Board of Directors was read and approved. Sean Tobin will continue as President and retain ownership of the Presidential Gavel. Thank you to those who have served and to those who are about to serve.

The Convention Committee deserves a big applause as the sessions at this Convention were timely and informative. The Florida Association of Self Insurance was pleased and honored to have Senator Tom Lee, Florida Senate President, Brandon, FL, open the meeting as the Keynote Speaker. Senator Lee is running for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer this year and came to share his vision of helping Florida’s financial security – an important issue as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer regulates and monitors Florida’s insurance market.

Other speakers at the Convention included James Hillman, MD, Associate Medical Director and Senior Consultant of the Florida Poison Information Center, Tampa, FL, who spoke to us about “Indoor Air Quality and Respiratory Symptoms”; Dennis Ross (R), Florida House of Representatives, Ross, Vecchio & Trussell, P.A., Lakeland, FL, Greg Jenkins, Division of Workers’ Compensation, Tallahassee, FL, and Gail Shuffler, City of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL, who discussed the recent legislative session; Kevin Cooper, NCH Healthcare System, Inc., Naples, FL, Randal Thomas, Esq., Bonita Springs, FL, and Brian Wolff, MD, Collier Neurological Specialists, LLC, Naples, FL, offered their experiences and insights in “Spend Money to Save Money” – pay a little more for quality healthcare which results in lower costs overall; Jeffrey Fieldson, Marsh USA, Nashville, TN, gave an in-depth view of the cost of hurricanes and natural disasters; Patrick Curtin, Mahoney & Associates, Fort Lauderd ale, FL, and Don Bourasso, Wachovia Insurance, Tallahassee, FL, spoke about “Beyond Self Insurance”; and the cast of “As the Claim Turns” (see separate article below). Thank you to each of these speakers for their contribution to a successful Convention!

The Convention ended with FASI's 37th Dinner Party, featuring music by Don Juceam and his orchestra, delicious cuisine and desserts. There were more than 20 door prizes provided by FASI which all guests had an opportunity to win (everyone received a drawing ticket at the door). Thank you to Woodall & Broome Investigative Services for donating prizes along with FASI for the bidding with casino winnings on more than 10 prizes auctioned off at the end of the evening. Lots of bidding wars ensued, with bids as high as $2 million. Wow!

Thank you to all of our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for making this convention a success. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Mark your calendars for July 22-25, 2007.

Convention Sponsors 2006 -- Thank You!
--by Bethan Hyde, York Insurance Services Group, Inc.

Platinum Sponsor Summit Consulting, Inc.
Gold Sponsor York Claims Service, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors Lauderdale Orthopaedic Surgeons
Midwest Employers Casualty Company
Premier Sponsors CorVel Corporation
Haas, Dutton, Blackburn, Lewis & Longley
Heritage Consultants/Professional Administrators
Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox, Waranch & Westcott, P.A.
Johns Eastern Company
Miller, Kagan, Rodriquez & Silver, P.A.
Quality Resource Management, Inc.
Reemployment Options, Inc.
Sports & Orthopedic Rehab Team
Woodall & Brome Investigative Services
York Special Investigations, Inc.

FASI's 37th Annual Exhibitors Showcase Reception
--by Tammy Roy, Sports & Orthopaedic Rehab Team

Tammy Roy, Director of Client Services, Sports & Orthopedic Rehab Team shares her company’s experience with our readers.

The Exhibitor's Showcase Reception and prize drawings were held Monday evening in the Plaza Ballroom. The festive atmosphere offered an excellent opportunity for camaraderie amongst the exhibitors, attendees, and guests who filled the room.

Although we have been a long time member and supporter of FASI and have attended numerous conferences, this was the first year that Sports & Orthopedic Rehab Team chose to exhibit. We did so mainly because we are re-branding our name and wanted the additional exposure.

It was a huge success! Miriam and I were able to debut our new display...ok, with some help!! Thanks to Claude, Dan, and everyone who helped us put it together! In the meantime, we provided several people with some invaluable entertainment! Did I mention it was a NEW display??

We were able to show our new give-a-way items, but our fitted women's t-shirts proved to be most popular, once Bethan showed off her retail skills and showed us the best way to display them! 

Some of the exhibitors chose a prize to give to blind draw winners at the end of the evening! Names of registered attendees were placed in a bucket and the exhibiting company representative drew the names and presented the winner with that company's door prize. Miriam made one of her famously beautiful baskets and there were plenty of other really great giveaways!

Not only did we make some solid contacts (even with other exhibitors!), we had fun with the exhibit. We were able to meet people we wouldn't have otherwise and enjoyed the evening. There were a total of 18 exhibitors and I'm sure they too would say the Florida Association of Self Insurance Exhibitor Showcase was a great success! 

We're looking forward to 2007!

2006 Session Incentives...
--by Nita Chisari, Quality Resource Management, Inc.

For every session attended, each person received a drawing ticket. Sometime during each session, a drawing was held for a $50 American Express Gift Cheque (hence the drawing ticket). Thank you to Quality Resource Management, Inc. (QRM) for sponsoring all of the drawings for each of the sessions.

Nita Chisari, President & CEO, QRM, shares her company’s experience with our readers: “QRM had a great experience at this year’s FASI 37th Annual Convention & Tradeshow.

"We really enjoyed the idea of drawing tickets at each session to see who won the $50 American Express gift cards. I feel that this not only encouraged attendance at each session, but also provided an exciting end to each training session.

"For QRM, it gave us the exposure that we wanted from a sponsorship. This allowed us a unique opportunity that every vendor wants. With this exposure, QRM was able to distinguish ourselves as one of the nation's leaders in 24/7 claim reporting.

"It is always a pleasure to participate in FASI’s Annual Tradeshow & Convention. We look forward to next year’s 38th Annual Tradeshow & Convention and would be pleased to sponsor this opportunity again.

"My calendar is marked for July 2007!"

Annual Casino Party
--by Susan Theis, Commercial Risk Management, Inc.

The FASI Convention ended with our Annual Casino Party. As usual, the event was a huge success. The entertainment this year was Olde Blue Eyes, Don Juceam and his orchestra performing the hits of Frank Sinatra. After an outstanding buffet dinner, the games began!
As usual, Bethan did a great job selling tickets for our charity, American Heart Association, and great prizes were given away. The money winners had a great time bidding on numerous items that were donated.
The children even joined in the fun with their own bingo games and prizes. It was a wonderful family evening.

“As the Claim Turns”
--by Susan Theis, Commercial Risk Management, Inc.

Tuesday's session ended with a panel skit, "As the Claim Turns." This panel took the audience through the life of a claim -- and what a claim! There were very complicated medical and legal issues, employment issues, guardianship issues, immigration issues, safety concerns, fraud, medication, and settlement issues. Although this was a large, complicated and expensive claim, it had a very positive ending. The entire panel did an excellent job of presenting this claim; however, the Academy Award goes to Ed Shaw, Caspers Company, playing the part of Hollywood!
The formal message we wanted to share was that the care and consideration of the injured worker is the most important part of the claim and the responsibility of the employer/adjuster.
The presentation was informative and one comment from the audience, from someone not involved in the day-to-day claims handling was, "I did not realize how much was involved in the handling of a claim."

FASI Annual Golf Outing 2006
--by Bethan Hyde, York Claim Services, Inc.

FASI’s Annual Golf Outing was held on July 23, 2006, at Tiburon Golf Club, a Greg Norman Course and home of the Franklin Templeton Golf Shootout in Naples, Florida. The format was a scramble with a requirement of using a minimum of two (2) drives per player, no matter how bad, and began with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Special thanks to Ross, Vecchio & Trussell, P.A., and York Special Investigations, Inc., for sponsoring the much needed beverages. Awards and prizes were given out at the luncheon, co-sponsored by Heritage Consultants, Inc. and Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. in the Sydney room at the end of play. Golf tee sponsorship signs were displayed at tee boxes, recognition and acknowledgment flyers placed on each golf cart; and a sponsorship sign was displayed daily throughout the conference. Each registered sponsor was given a ribbon recognizing their continued support and dedication to the Florida Association of Self Insurance.

Prizes were awarded for 1st Place; 2nd Place; 3rd Place; Last Place; Women’s and Men’s Longest Drive; Women’s and Men’s Closest to the Pin; and the Putting Contest. Prizes were awarded for the 1st & 2nd Best Golf Poker Hand and Worst Golf Poker Hand.

Throughout the 18 holes of play, golfers hoped their drive was in the fairway, their short game was good and they were on the green. Some shot par, others bogeyed, even birdied or made an eagle, while some just came to have fun and help. Thank you to all of the volunteers who were there early and throughout the day to assist with registration, cart goodies and the golf poker hand: Commercial Risk Management; York Special Investigations.

Thank you to everyone who participated for his or her commitment and loyalty to FASI. Without your dedication and continued support this event would not be possible.

Please see below for the complete list of Golf Tournament sponsors.

Golf Sponsors 2006 - Thank You!
--by Bethan Hyde, York Claim Services, Inc.

Access on Time Golf Tee Sign
Claims Verification Golf Tee Sign
Commerical Risk Management Golf Tee Sign
Coppins, Monroe, Adkins, Dincman & Spellman, P.A. Door Prize
Caspers Company/McDonalds Golf Balls & Tees
CorVel Corporation Golf Tee Sign
Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton, P.A. Golf Tee Sign
Edwin Watts Bags
FACTICON Women's Longest Putt & Winning Prize
FASI 1st Place Prizes, 2nd Place Prizes, Last Place Prizes, Proximity Prizes & Door Prizes
First Services Administrators, Inc. Golf Tee Sign
Free State Staffing, Inc. Women's Closest to the Pin & Winning Prize; Golf Cart Snacks; Door Prize
Forcon International Group Golf Tee Sign
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. Door Prizes, Golf Luncheon
Heritage Consultants/Professional Administrators, Inc. Door Prizes, Golf Luncheon
Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox, Waranch & Westcott Golf Tee Sign
Johns Eastern Company Golf Towels; Koozies; Golf Tee Sign
Kautter Management Group Golf Tee Sign
Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. Golf Tee Sign
Reemployment Options, Inc. Premier Sponsor
Ross, Vecchio & Trussell, P.A. Beverage Cart
SEA, Ltd. Golf Tee Sign
Sports & Orthopaedic Rehab Team Premier Sponsor; Putting Contest & Winning Prize; Water Bottles
Summit Consulting Golf Tee Sign
TechHealth Door Prize
Woodall & Broome Men's Closest to the Pin & Winning Prize; Door Prize
York Claims Service, Inc. Golf Balls; Golf Ball Marking Pens; Door Prize
York Special Investigations, Inc. Beverage Cart

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