Workers’ Comp Institute Opens Registration for Top Orlando Conference

Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference is set for Aug. 17-24 at the World Center Marriott

The Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) has opened registration for the 69th annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC), to be held Aug. 17-24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida.

The four-day conference, presented by WCI, is the largest gathering of its kind devoted to workers’ comp issues. It features program tracks and break-out sessions from hundreds of national speakers for the benefit and education of risk managers, insurance agents and brokers, adjusters, employers, judges, lawyers, state administrators, safety professionals, nurses, doctors, representatives from the PEO and temporary employment industry, Medicare specialists, mediators, social security experts and Longshore specialists.

Additionally, attendees can earn continuing education units from numerous disciplines and more than 300 exhibitors will be on hand to present information on their products and services.

Scott Hudson, president and CEO of Gallagher Bassett Services Inc., will be featured as the conference’s keynote speaker. In his address, Hudson will discuss the opportunities and challenges of today’s workers’ compensation market, and how the political and economic climates are affecting the industry.

At Gallagher Bassett, Hudson oversees more than 4,700 professionals providing claims management, medical cost containment, analytical and consultative services to its worldwide client base. Prior to joining Gallagher Bassett in 2010, Hudson spent more than 25 years as a business consultant specializing in the insurance and financial services industries.

“We are delighted to have someone of Mr. Hudson’s experience and reputation as our keynote speaker,” says WCEC General Chairman James N. McConnaughhay. “His appearance is reflective of the national scope that our convention presents, and the importance that we place on presenting programs of significance from prominent industry leaders.”

To register for WCEC 2014, go here.

The Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that serves all members of the workers’ comp community—risk managers, insurers, brokers, agents, employers, employees, and claims, medical, and legal professionals.

During the conference, National Underwriter P&C will bestow its Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award, presented in conjunction with WCI and given to three winning organizations whose accomplishments in cost control, WC risk management and effective safety practices place them well above their peers. Entries are now being accepted for the award, and there is no fee for entering.

An entrant must be a risk manager or someone who works in a risk management department of a U.S. company, responsible at least in part for the firm’s workers’ comp program. The three winners selected will be featured in exclusive profiles in the August 2014 issue of National Underwriter Property & Casualty and on

The award is sponsored by Helmsman Management Services, a third-party administrator offering claims management, managed care, and risk control solutions for businesses with 1,000 employees or more.

To review the requirements for NU’s Excellence in Workers’ Compensation Risk Management Award or to enter, go here.