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About NAPSLO & the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation

Incorporated in 1975, the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines is the authoritative voice representing the surplus lines industry and the wholesale insurance distribution system. It is an association of insurance brokers, agents and underwriters who are committed to the wholesale value distribution system and the surplus lines industry, and provides networking opportunities, education and career development programs, and regulatory and legislative advocacy on behalf of its members.

The Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation was formed in 1991 and is dedicated to encouraging the educational development of all those interested in the excess and surplus lines business, to creating and understanding and overcoming the misperceptions of the excess and surplus lines market.

Learning More about the Industry

NAPSLO and the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Foundation pursue a number of educational programs to drive awareness of the industry and the opportunities it presents for students. Whether through more formal, high-impact engagements like some or the regional symposiums we participate in, or through individual campus visits, there are a number of ways for you to learn more about the surplus lines industry.

Extreme Risk Takers Symposium — Chicago, IL — Spring

The Alpha Kappa Chapter at the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University hosts an annual Extreme Risk Takers Symposium. The annual symposium is an educational program sponsored by the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation on the surplus lines insurance market and offers sessions and networking opportunities with peers and industry professionals. Topics and panel discussions from past symposiums include:

  • Overview of the Surplus Lines Market
  • Introduction to the NAPSLO Internship Program
  • An Update on Regulatory Activity
  • The Underwriting Cycle
  • Placing Risks in the E & S Market — Industry Panel
  • Lloyd's and the Global Market
  • Surplus Lines Career Fair
  • Paths to Success in the Surplus Lines Market — Industry Panel

The Excess & Surplus Lines Symposium — Atlanta, GA — Fall

The Excess & Surplus Lines Symposium is presented by Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business each fall and students from several universities attend the event.

The annual symposium features a career fair, reception/dinner, and educational sessions with various presenters from the surplus lines industry, and receives sponsorship from the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Foundation.

Attendees hear from surplus lines industry representatives and the selection of speakers ensures that a variety of points of view are presented for a thorough discuss of the excess & surplus lines insurance industry. The symposium features a career fair and networking opportunities to allow students to begin building relationships to aid their transition to the professional world.

Campus Visits – Year-round

Interested in learning more about the surplus lines industry, but unable to make it to one of our symposiums? We make visits to a variety of college campuses year-round to bring NAPSLO’s perspective on the industry and what it can do for you directly to the classroom.

If you are a student and curious about where we will present next please check our listing of campus visits on our website to learn more.

If you are an educator seeking to schedule a classroom presentation about surplus lines, or interested in surplus lines curriculum materials for your classroom, please contact info@napslo.org for more information.

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