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Speaking Engagements

SAA has been invited to speak at several events and conferences to further educate insurers and government risk pools on important issues.


CRL Pool Board Governance Conference | July 13, 2023

Presented by: Alton Cogert, SAA & Dan Byrnes, AAM
"Roles and Responsibilites of Investment Advisors"

NLC Mutual

NLC-RISC Trustees Conference | May 12, 2023

Presented by: Alton Cogert
"Are You Governing Your Pool’s Investment Process in the Best Interests of Your Members?"

Association of Government Risk Pools

AGRiP Governance & Leadership Conference | March 8, 2022

Presented by: Dan Smereck, SAA & Tito Villegas, TMLIRP
"(Re)Educating Governing Body Members to Understand Their Role in Investments"

A case study to review how a governing body addressed educating (and sometimes re-educating) current and new governing body members about the pool's investment process.


2021 Virtual Education Series | May 19, 2021

Presented by: Alton Cogert (SAA) & Ilene Kelman (Vanguard)
"Diversification: Risk Assets Through ETFs and Mutual Funds"

Association of Government Risk Pools

Risk Pool Investment Outlook: 2021 | December 8, 2020

Presented by: Dan Smereck

Dan Smereck, Managing Director, SAA, presented, “Risk Pool Investment Outlook: 2021” to explain how pools of different types are dealing with the uncertain investment environment and how today’s economy indicates where markets might be headed.

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NLC Mutual

NLC-RISC Trustees Conference | May 15, 2019

Presented by: Dan Smereck
"The Next Generation of Investment Strategies for Pools"


2019 Virtual Education Series | April 2, 2019

Presented by: Alton Cogert (SAA) & Kelly Sweppenhiser (Vanguard)
"The Next Generation of Investment Strategies for Mutual Insurance Companies"


IASA California Regional Meeting | December 13, 2018

Presented by: Alton Cogert
"Systematic Value Accounting + Bond SVO Ratings = Fixed Income EFTs on the Rise"

SAA’s President & CEO Alton Cogert recently addressed the systematic value accounting of Bond ETFs and identified which funds are marked as Bonds AND are eligible for SVO Ratings.

Association of Government Risk Pools

AGRiP Fall Educational Forum | October 1, 2018

Presented by: Dan Smereck
"Next Generation Investing for Pools"

As new generations move into the workforce as both pool employees and members, how might their life views change the way pools approach and management investments?

Association of Government Risk Pools

AGRiP Governance & Leadership Conference | March 6, 2018

Presented by: Dan Smereck
"Pool Investment Strategies for Today and Tomorrow"

Understand how public entity pools are investing right now, what they should be thinking about, and what is on the horizon.

NLC Mutual

NLC-RISC Staff Conference | October 16, 2017

Presented by: Alton Cogert
"How to Help Your Trustees Fulfill their Investment Responsibilities"

No matter how ‘conservative’ an investment portfolio may be, it is important that trustees view the entire investment process as an important part of the overall operations of the risk pool. That goes beyond reviewing performance. It means understanding the key issues and risks faced by all pools as they develop, measure and monitor an investment process focused on supporting the pool’s overall mission.


CIRMA Annual Meeting of Members | January 27, 2017

Keynote Presented by: Dan Smereck
"Managing Uncertainty: Investment Strategies in a Changing Global Environment"


American Fraternal Alliance Investment Midyear Meeting | June 6-8, 2016

Case Study Presented by: Alton Cogert


NAIC International Insurance Forum | May 21, 2016

Panel Participant: Alton Cogert
"Insurance Company Investing in an Increasingly Volatile Marketplace"

Extreme levels of volatility are exposing risks in even conservatively managed portfolios. Insurers are adapting to this environment in order to remain competitive and engaging in more complex investment strategies. Panelists will discuss the different perspectives of insurers and regulators during these increasingly volatile times and approaches that should be considered.

NLC Mutual

NLC-RISC Trustees Conference | May 5, 2016

Presented by: Dan Smereck
"Investment and Economic Outlook for Public Entity Pools"

Workers’ compensation pools are affected by many national trends, not all of which are specific to the workers’ compensation environment. Hear about these trends and some strategies for addressing them in the public sector workers’ compensation pooling environment. We will discuss the aging workforce, obesity and other co-morbidities, cancer presumption, creeping catastrophic claims, and other challenges.


ACLI SIMS 2015 | November 9, 2015

"How Are Your Competitors Dealing with Low Rates?"

The irresistible force has met the immovable object for many life insurers. Low interest rates have met the voracious demand for yield, from interest sensitive products. over the last five years, how have insurers - with varying product lines emphasized - met the challenge of this environment?

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