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Gene McKeever

Gene McKeever and Chris Richmond, marine insurance specialists from Allen Insurance and Financial recently attended the 41st annual Tall Ships America Annual Conference in San Diego where they led a well-attended panel discussion on best practices for dealing with shock losses such as ship sinking and weather disasters.
Members of the panel included Rob Wells, president of Seacoast Specialties, Setauket, N.Y.; Captain Jan Miles, executive Director of the Pride of Baltimore Organization, Baltimore, Md. There was a comprehensive discussion and lively audience participation.
Events such as Superstorm Sandy and several ship disasters have created shifts in the appetite of insurance carriers, said McKeever.
“We wanted to help ship owners learn about the proactive steps they can take to help maintain a viable insurance position while working with their insurance agent,” he said.
Participants at the 41st Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, held Feb. 3-5 discussed maritime issues, learned about new regulations in the industry, networked with sail trainers from around the country and left feeling inspired, motivated and eager to implement all they learned within their own organizations.
Chris Richmond

Chris Richmond

The conference ended with the Gala Sail Training Awards Dinner, sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial, and the presentation of the 2013 Sail Training Awards which honor a select group of sail trainers and supporters who have been recognized by their peers and fellow sail trainers for their outstanding contributions to the world of sail training.
Allen Insurance and Financial, the employee-owned insurance and financial planning services agency based in Camden, has worked with Tall Ships America as their exclusive endorsed agency world wide since 2007 to provide a comprehensive vessel insurance program for association members, who include many of our nation’s most historic vessels.
Founded In 1973, Tall Ships America serves as the hub for tall ships activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by Congress as the Sail Training Organization representing the United States in the international forum. In addition to organizing the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® series, Tall Ships America supports the people, ships and programs of sail training through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, public events and advocacy. The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail. Online: sailtraining.org