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2022 February Monthly Meeting

February 16 @ 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MEETING DAYS CHANGING THROUGH MAY
January, February, March, April and May meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4:30-7 PM at 32 Shea – 10626 N 32nd St in Phoenix.

TOPIC: “Fire Investigation in a Post Covid World”

RSVP by the Monday prior the event. Any cancellations or questions should be sent to treasurer@aicaonline.org. In order to provide an accurate count for dinner, we will be unable to provide a refund for cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the event.

Event & Speaker(s) Details

Event Details:

This educational yet entertaining program provides Claims professionals with a multitude of insights and tips for navigating the hidden dangers lurking beneath the surface of a claim investigation.

Among the realities of the pandemic was a measurable spike in fire activity and arson. Investigating these cases has required a combination of ‘old school techniques’ and ‘new school tools’. This program combines decades of experience from the perspectives of Claims & SIU investigations and forensic expertise. Actual cases will be utilized to challenge the participant as to cost effective use of investigative tools, case direction and claim resolution.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the core elements crucial to successful resolution of a claim when the investigation reveals potential insured involvement by examining how “Guiding Lights” can improve your investigation and results.
  • Evaluate the reliability of experts’ methodology against appropriate professional standards, as illustrated with visually compelling forensic evidence in the form of videos, 911 calls, social media and photographs.
  • Identifying investigative “Forks In The Road”, and how the “Guiding Lights” can improve your decision-making and documentation of communications, both internal and external.
  • The program is loaded with practical tips and solid “take aways” that can be immediately put to use by Claims professionals.

Speaker(s): ULISES CASTELLON, CPCU RPA & JON C. SPEZZACATENA, IAAI-CFI

Ulises Castellon, CPCU, RPA has worked as a claims professional for over thirty five years. In 1996, he associated with Fire Cause Analysis, a premier forensic investigation and engineering firm, and is currently Chief Executive Officer. He is also the principal of a consulting business, Claims Analysis. As an insurance consultant and expert witness, Ulises has managed numerous first and third party cases through litigation and has extensive deposition and trial testimony experience. In addition, he regularly teaches courses on issues ranging from Arson and Fraud Investigation to Fair Claims Practices. Ulises is a co-author of Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony, Chapter 6 – Origin and Cause of Fire and is a contributing author of The Institutes Associate In Claims (AIC) 31 Insurance Designation on Investigating Losses Caused by Fire, Lightning, Smoke, and Explosion, The Fire Investigation Team & Investigating a Suspicious Fire Loss. Ulises is also bilingual and has acted as a media spokesperson for local news and information programs, including Spanish-speaking television.

Jon Spezzacatena is a Certified Fire Investigator with Fire Cause Analysis’ Arizona division and he is the fire captain of Ak-Chin Fire Department in Arizona. With his public sector experience, he provides a well-rounded perspective in determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions in his investigations. In his work as fire captain, Jon oversees day-to-day operations of fire crews on emergency responses and daily activities. He has previous experience working as a battalion chief, public information officer, fire marshal, and training captain.

“BRING A FRIEND”

The Board encourages each of you to bring a friend to every meeting. All meetings are informative and provides networking opportunities – let’s get the word out!

Interested in being a guest speaker? Or have questions regarding an upcoming speaker? Contact Us at speakers@aicaonline.org

To sponsor a future meeting social hour, please contact Ron Vinyard at Vicepresident@aicaonline.org

RSVP by the Monday prior the event. Any cancellations or questions should be sent to treasurer@aicaonline.org. In order to provide an accurate count for dinner, we will be unable to provide a refund for cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the event.

Details

Date:
February 16
Time:
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Category:

Organizer

Andrea Morin
Phone:
(623) 824-5848
Email:
pr@aicaonline.org

Venue

32 Shea
10626 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85028 United States
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Phone:
(602) 867-7432
Website:
http://www.32shea.com/