Build it Better Leadership Forum

May 16

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Following Superstorm Sandy, working together to examine and encourage better construction practices to make communities safer in extreme weather is more important than ever.

At this Leadership Forum, the 9th in our series, we’ll bring together experts to identify and discuss mitigation best practices, public policy efforts, communication success stories, and emerging research to make communities more resilient.

Featuring a keynote address from Wayne Goodwin, North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance, and a free, private tour of the ground-breaking IBHS Research Center; limited to the first 100 attendees who sign up online.
There is no registration fee for this invitation-only event, but spaces are limited.


Register to secure a special $169 room rate at the Charlotte Marriott City Center Hotel.

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Speakers to include:
  • Rick Knabb, Ph.D.,* Director of the National Hurricane Center
  • Bill Read, Former Director of the National Hurricane Center; currently Severe Weather Expert at KPRC-TV, Houston
  • Margaret Davidson, Director of NOAA Coastal Services Center
  • Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, LEED® AP, Chairman of Disaster Assistance Task Force, American Institute of Architects
  • Frank Nutter, President of the Reinsurance Association of America
  • Ann Roberson, Program Manager, South Carolina Safe Home
  • Timothy Reinhold, Ph.D., P.E. Senior Vice President, Research and Chief Engineer at IBHS
  • Robin Westcott, Esq., Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate
  • Gavin Smith, Executive Director, UNC Center for the Study of Natural Hazards & Disasters
  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Diane Standaert, Legislative Counsel, Center for Responsible Leading
  • John Plodinec,Ph.D.; Associate Director, Resilience Technologies Community and Regional Institute
  • Mark Shelburne, Counsel & Policy Coordinator, NC Housing Fianance Agency
  • Peter Vickery, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Applied Research Asssociates
  • Christopher Lewis, SVP, Enterprise Chief Insurance Risk Officer, Hartford Financial Services Group
  • Sherrod Banks, Founder & Principle, Banks Law Firm
    (* Invited)  
Panels to include:  
  • Unique Meteorological Challenges of Sandy
    What were some of the unique characteristics of Hurricane Sandy? Was it truly a 'superstorm'? Was Sandy a worst case senerio or the way of the future? 

  •  Sandy: A Wake-up Call for Hurricane-exposed Communities
    Hurricane Sandy was devastating, but there were many surprising and unexpected results following the storm.

  • Post-Sandy Solutions: Which Communities Are Next and How Ready Are They?
    Which are the most and least prepared states for severe weather? Hear the perspectives from officials about how their states are increasing community resiliency.
  • Inventory Resilience: Commercial and Residential Exposures
    Experts in engineering, design and modeling outline lessons learned from storm-affected communities which building codes, natural protections, design and building science have helped some areas to be more resilient than others?
  • What Do We Do Now? The Path to Community Resilience
    How can communities become more resilient against natural hazards going forward? What best practices have emerged post-Sandy?
  • Unique Challenges of Low-income Communities in Natural Disasters 
    How natural hazard preparation recovery practices for low income housing differs from the rest of the market.

 Don't miss out on the Marriott Hotel special room rate is limited, book room by April 22nd

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