General Session

Prepared to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired during Friday morning's General Session—which begins at 9:00 a.m. this year! Off Kilter, a high-energy Celtic rock band, opens the session with its unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes and popular music (sponsored by Universal Property & Casualty Insurance). Tiffany Coburn, with Disney's Voice of Liberty, will perform the National Anthem.

Capitol Steps

This nationally acclaimed political satire troupe consists of former congressional staffers turned comedians who travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. Equal opportunity offenders, they leave both sides of the political spectrum equally satisfied in the other side’s skewering.

Sponsored by UPC Insurance

Dick Vitale

College Basketball Analyst, ABC Sports, ESPN

Dick Vitale joined ESPN just after the network’s September 1979 launch following a successful college and pro basketball coaching career. In 2008, Vitale received the sport’s ultimate honor when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate, and sometimes controversial—but never boring—style. 

“I’m living the American dream,” Vitale once said. “I learned from my mom and dad, who didn’t have a formal education, but had doctorates of love. They told me that if you gave 110 percent all the time, a lot of beautiful things will happen. I may not always be right, but no one can ever accuse me of not having a genuine love and passion for whatever I do.”

And while his knowledge, preparation, and enthusiasm are unparalleled, his catch phrases—“Awesome, Baby!,” “PTP’er” (prime-time player), “diaper dandy” (freshman star), and “All-Windex Performer” (ferocious rebounder), just to name a few—have unwittingly taken on a life of their own.

Sposored by Zenith Insurance Co.

Brian Cohen

Operating Partner, Altamont Capital Partners

All the experts have predicted the demise of the insurance agent as technology disrupts the traditional business landscape. Not so fast, says Cohen. In his presentation, "Act, Don't React: How the Independent Agents will Thrive in the Age of Tech Distruption," the former chief marketing officer of Farmers Insurance and former CEO of Clear Technology and Pacific Specialty will describe how technology is creating a “Golden Age” for the independent agent.


Door Prizes

Come early, stay late… and you may win a prize

Agent and company members with a full registration or a Friday day pass receive a General Session door prize ticket in their credential envelopes, along with instructions about how to use it. Then, on Friday:  

Take a (front rows) seat

At the beginning of General Session, one row out of the first 10 will be randomly chosen, and every person sitting in that row will receive a prize.

Stay until the end…

Door prizes valued at $200 will be given out at the conclusion of General Session. Agencies and local agents’ groups donate prizes for company members, and company members donate prizes for agents.