General Session

Prepared to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired during Friday morning's 9:00 a.m. General Session.

To start things off, Violectric will perform as you enjoy a continental breakfast before the doors of the General Session open. Then, Element will perform the National Anthem and delight you with an opening number honoring our frontline workers in a moving tribute.

This year's general session will feature InsurBanc's David Tralka and Robert Pettinicchi, discussing Harnessing a Disrupted Market and Turning Opportunity Into Growth. Agencies have weathered the pandemic storm thus far and have demonstrated that they can adapt to grow both organically and inorganically as they navigate 2021. Smart agents will prosper if they can adjust and create opportunities within the industry changes. What can your agency do to stay on top in 2021? As president and Chief Executive Officer, David is responsible for keeping the bank focused on being an innovative provider of financial products and services for the independent agency community. Robert, a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, directs all lending activities for InsurBanc and Connecticut Community Bank, NA. He is the architect of InsurBanc's highly-successful lending products directed to the independent agency community.

SmithA_CAASpeakers_photo.jpeg Our keynote speaker this year is NFL Quarterback Alex Smith. In his first year as starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team, Alex suffered a severe leg injury. The injury became more life threatening and almost resulted in the amputation of his right leg. After countless surgeries and months in the hospital Alex was able to go home to begin rehab. Although he was overjoyed with the ability to return to his family and live a normal life, he did not let that stop the hope he had of playing football again.

In the 2020 season, after two long years of rehab Alex Smith was able to return to the same field where his injury occurred as the starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team. Not missing a beat, Smith went on to lead Washington to win the NFC East Division. After his unbelievable comeback Smith won the NFL 2020 Comeback Player of the Year Award. Smith is the founder of the Alex Smith Foundation, dedicated to sending foster kids to college. The organization has been praised for its financial planning, donating 91% of its proceeds to the cause. Since its inception, the foundation has donated almost $1,000,000.