Team VCIA + Team DED + TEAM DFR = Team Vermont

2You may ask yourself (and others) just how is VCIA going to pull off a successful 100% virtual captive insurance conference this August. Well, we are still working out the details, but one BIG reason I feel confident it will be great is the support and brainpower we get from our colleagues at the State of Vermont’s Department of Economic Development (DED) and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR).

Often, when I go to captive insurance conferences, people talk to me as if I were a regulator from Vermont. Not surprising, many folks conflate our distinct organizations because we coordinate so well with each other. I will then explain that, no, I am not a State employee but staff the captive trade association. And even though we are separate organizations with our own missions, we absolutely work in tandem for the good of Vermont’s captive industry.

Now is one of those times I am truly proud of that essential teamwork. VCIA staff met yesterday via Zoom with Ian Davis from DED and the captive leadership from DFR: Dave Provost, Christine Brown, Dan Petterson, and Sandy Bigglestone, to discuss ideas on the best ways to make the VCIA Virtual Conference truly awesome. The State folks brought excellent ideas, innovative thinking, and, most importantly, terrific enthusiasm to the process. Their professionalism and broad perspectives underscored just how lucky we are to have their partnership.

So, keep an eye out for details. We plan to bring you a terrific conference – and could not have done it without Team Vermont!

Thank you and stay safe!

Rich Smith
VCIA President

1 thought on “Team VCIA + Team DED + TEAM DFR = Team Vermont

  1. Hi Rich,

    This is a great Blog and really is the differentiating difference of your relationship with the DFR and vices a versa!

    Ok so ‘conflate’ ….. I had to look that up!!! 😊

    Have a great weekend!!!

    And thanks so much for all the hard work and anxieties that you take on as part of our organization.

    Jan Klodowski
    Vice President
    Agri-Services Agency
    5001 Brittonfield Parkway
    East Syracuse, NY 13057
    Office: 866-826-0207 x 5605

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