President's Message for 2018

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:52
by Niels Espinoza

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m very excited for 2018 and everything the LA Chapter can do for you. I would like to begin the year by thanking the 2017 Chapter Board and Directors. It was a great year and we have our work cut out to make this year more amazing. I also want to take a moment to thank two amazing individuals who have played in integral part of our Board and Society.

Firstly, Mr. Thom Smith. He has been a part of our Board for years and we are indebted to his contributions, support and service to our Chapter and Society. Thom will be stepping down as a Board of Director but we are very lucky to continue having him as an active member in our Chapter.

The next person needs no introduction: she is the Legend herself, Ms. Betsey Brewer! She has been involved in every aspect of the Society from local, regional and national leadership roles. We are very lucky to have had her in our Chapter. This year, she will be moving to Nevada where she will continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Their shoes will be incredibly tough to fill but I implore each of us to take on something new. Betsey and Thom did and we, our Society, are so much better for it. We, the Board, are actively working hard to plan luncheons and events that are relevant, interesting and fun for everyone. We’ve imposed a challenge onto ourselves to connect with many CPCUs via numerous different platforms.

I challenge you to try something new in this new year. Come to an event, bring a colleague, get some CE, or all of the above. If this sounds like a CPCU multiple choice question, let me add one more option: Enjoy! We’re in this industry together. We are committed by our dedication and hard work. Collectively, we will continue to make the LA Chapter of the CPCU Society well-renowned.

2018 will invariably approach us at a fast pace. Let’s make this year amazing! But we can’t do it without you. If you haven’t paid your 2018 CPCU Society dues, please do so. You can click on the Society website, sign in at the top right corner and hit “Pay Dues Now” (found in the clear box under “Welcome Back”). You can also call The Society’s Member Resource Center at 800-932-2728. Your dues support the events we put on during the year. In addition, you will have access to a large database of technical and leadership webinars, InSights magazine (our quarterly journal), discounts on CE and Institutes materials, access to updated CPCU course information and much more. Detailed membership benefits can be seen here.

I hope I can personally meet you at our next function. I know, together, we can expand our knowledge, network and experiences.


Niels Espinoza

LA Chapter President


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