Scenes from the first day of WCEC 2016.
Byline: Caterina Pontoriero, PropertyCasualty360.com
The Workers' Compensation Institute's 71st annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference, held Aug. 21 to 24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida, once again saw record attendance numbers.
The event opened Aug. 22 with its general session, during which WCI General Chairman Jim McConnaughhay welcomed the crowd, and Steven A. Rissman, WCI's program chairman, gave opening remarks.
Scholarships were awarded to students whose families were affected by work-related injuries, and National Underwriter Property & Casualty honored its Excellence in Workers' Compensation Risk Management winners for their stellar accomplishments.
Kimberly George, senior vice president of corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and health care for award sponsor Sedgwick, and Mark Wilhelm, CEO of award sponsor Safety National, were on hand to present the winners -- Seaboard Foods, SMS Holdings Corp. and Stater Bros. Markets -- with their award statuettes.
Doug Clark, director of client services, special investigation unit for Sedgwick CMS, presented a donation of $50,000 to Mayor Clayton of Give Kids the World, a "storybook" resort in central Florida for seriously ill children.
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Click through for pictures from the first day, and check back tomorrow for pictures from WCEC 2016's showroom floor:
Shawn Moynihan and Jim McConnaughhay at the WCEC 2016 general session.
Dave Clark presents Mayor Clayton of Give Kids the World with a $50,000 check of donations raised by this year's conference volunteers and attendees.
Mark Wilhelm and Kimberly George presented the National Underwriter Property & Casualty Awards for Excellence in Workers' Compensation Risk Management to Tamara Ulufanua-Ciraulo, director of insurance administration at Stater Brothers Markets; Greg Mangan, director of safety, employee health and benefits at Seaboard Foods; and Greg Lorenzi, senior vice president at SMS Holdings Corp.
The industry keynote was delivered by Vincent T. Donnelly, president and CEO of PMA Cos.
The guest keynote was delivered by Steve Spurrier, the winningest football coach in school history at both Florida and South Carolina.