If there was one theme running throughout the presentations at the 2017 Annual Conference, that theme was relationship building and the opportunities that we all have to reach out to organizations that participate in the work we do. As Phillip Krause of Ringler stated at the meeting, structured settlements are a financial solution that is undervalued in the current financial market, and educating stakeholders involved in settlement resolution is a critical mission for NSSTA.
This year’s NSSTA Annual Conference agenda included several speakers from outside of the structured settlement industry, who came to offer their valuable perspective on the future of structured settlements and issues that may arise in the future. One of these panels, hosted by Melissa Baldwin of Atlas Settlement Group, included Elise Sanquinetti, the incoming president at the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and Laurie Klimchock, the Chief Operating Officer for the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).
On April 19-21, over 225 structured settlement industry leaders attended the 2017 NSSTA Annual Conference in San Francisco. By all accounts, the NSSTA Education Committee produced one of the strongest educational program agendas in the Association’s history. The NSSTA Annual Conference agenda included eleven panel sessions and a combination of knowledgeable industry leaders and highly regarded professionals from outside the structured settlements industry.
Highlights from the 2017 NSSTA Annual Meeting include:
One of the topics that Eric Vaughn will be addressing at the 2017 NSSTA Annual Conference is tax reform. President Trump and other elected leaders have made it clear that tax reform is the top priority on their legislative agenda. It’s important that all NSSTA members are aware of the potential implications of tax reform, as well as the legislative process that will determine how and why changes are made.
The 2017 NSSTA Annual Conference will be held on April 19-21 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The full agenda will be posted soon on the event page.
The mission of the NSSTA membership is to promote the use of structured settlements as part of a comprehensive settlement plan. In doing so, we help provide financial security and long-term stability for injury victims and their families. It’s important for us to remember that financial planning is just one step in the process to help injury victims get back on their feet. There are numerous organizations that support and promote the needs of our claimants in other ways – through legislative initiatives, research funding and advocacy regarding specific illness and injury.
The 2017 NSSTA Annual Conference is scheduled for April 19-21, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA. We encourage all members available during those dates to attend – not only is this the largest NSSTA meeting of the year, but the meeting will include CE & CLE credit opportunities, the 7th Annual Bill Tocchi Memorial Golf Tournament, a reception honoring past presidents of NSSTA, committee meetings and Board of Director elections.
Last week, Donald Trump was inaugurated and began his term as the 45th President of the United States. Republicans hold the majority in both the House and Senate. Both President Trump and leaders in Congress have raised the possibility of major tax reform legislation. Even Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin brought up tax and IRS reform in his confirmation hearings last week.
In 2017, we encourage all of our members to resolve to be more involved with NSSTA. This year, and every year since 1985, our mission is to promote the establishment and preservation of structured settlements in order to provide long-term financial security to personal injury claimants and their families through periodic payment of compensation. We achieve these goals through public advocacy, legislative action, and educational programs. As a NSSTA member, we hope you will consider joining us – below are a few ways that members can help.