I got my BA from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1995. My father was a maritime lawyer in both Houston and New Orleans and I had originally intended to follow in his footsteps. Instead, after graduation, I went to work as summer intern with Alexander & Alexander (“A&A”) between my junior and senior years of college, which evolved into a six-month “secondment” to A&A’s London subsidiary following graduation. After returning to Houston in 1996, I worked in the insurance industry for five years before returning to school for my MBA.
My father attended HMIS throughout his career, so I grew up knowing about it, but I first understood its importance while working in London in 1995, when a number of my colleagues returned from HMIS talking about the networking, speeches and presentations that had occurred in Houston earlier that week.
I attended Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in Houston for two years, graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2002. It was while I was an MBA candidate at Rice that I attended the Houston Marine Insurance Seminar as a Student Guest.
My favorite part of attending the seminar was the networking that took place during the student reception and cocktail parties and the connections I made were essential to the development of my career (plus, it was a lot of fun!). While I had an advantage because I already knew people in the insurance industry, attending the Seminar enabled me to reconnect with a number of key contacts who facilitated my re-entry into the Marine/Energy insurance sector.
16 years later, the contacts I have made through the Seminar also opened countless doors for me in my career. The Houston Marine Insurance Seminar remains THE premier educational and networking event of our industry segment worldwide. Senior executives have come from all over the world to speak at the Seminar every year – and have done so for over 50 years! Attending the Seminar has bolstered my career tremendously – not only when I was as Student Guest but also throughout my career as an insurance broker. I have been to many other marine/energy/insurance seminars over the years, and while they all bring different value propositions and can be beneficial, I think that HMIS brings a “higher level” of both networking and content to its attendees.
– Ted Dimitry, Rice University MBA in 2002, 2001 HMIS Student Attendee.