President’s Message

Welcome to the IRUA. We hope that you are staying safe during these challenging and difficult times. The IRUA has adapted to offer virtual events in order to meet the needs of our membership and the industry in the core areas of education and information sharing. As always, we will strive to continue to provide you with both valuable and up-to-date information during these tenuous times.

We started 2020 strong and did manage to hold several in-person events at the beginning of the year before everything closed down. Now we are holding more events than ever before – virtually rather than in-person. Currently planned are nine in total plus two in co-operation with BRMA.

While our 2020 Annual Members Meeting & Conference was canceled due to the current pandemic, we are happy to say that we have been able to convert several of our conference topics into virtual webinars. Please check the “Events” tab and drop-down menu on this homepage for the current roster.

Please know that we continue to monitor the current climate and, while the health and safety of all our members and attendees is in the forefront of our minds, we have already begun the planning process for our 2021 Annual Members Meeting & Conference slated for April 3-4, 2021 at the Marriott Harbor Beach location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Despite all the current uncertainty, our core mission is unchanged and we continue to deliver quality events and our quality e-publication, the Journal of Reinsurance, as normal. In addition, our well-regarded Newsletter continues to be circulated every two weeks. Unfortunately, this year one core area – our Scholars Essay Program – was not offered for practical reasons. This program is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member companies and all amounts donated will be carried forward to 2021.

Going forward we need to continue to work together as a group to solve the ongoing challenges our industry faces. We can accomplish this by sharing ideas, networking, and building on the educational expertise our peers and industry professionals bring to the table. One of several initiatives the IRUA started in 2020, and to be increasingly emphasized, is expanding our membership offerings to all organizations within the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Historically, the IRUA has focused its initiatives on the Reinsurance Intermediary and Reinsurer segments of our industry. By expanding the IRUA membership to other segments within the insurance/reinsurance segment to include Insurance Carriers, Managing General Agents/Underwriters, Third Party Administrators and Capital Providers, we can unlock the knowledge base within the entire risk tower and thereby increase the educational and networking offerings our member partners will ultimately benefit from.

In closing, we would like to thank our current member partners for their continued support of the IRUA. For those of you who are not yet members, we hope that you will consider membership in 2021 and help drive the creation of quality educational programs and networking opportunities the IRUA is known for.

We look forward to a successful future together!

Andrew Downing IRUA President