ICA 2014: A Team Effort
By S. Michael McLaughlin, Chairperson, ICA 2014 Sponsorship Committee
In 1912, the Japanese government, in a gesture of friendship, donated 3,000 cherry trees to the United States. Every year, the beautiful pink flowers burst into bloom, announcing the beginning of spring. Before you know it, the cherry blossoms of spring 2014 will be here. So mark your calendars for 30 March through 4 April 2014 – the perfect time to enjoy the spectacular cherry blossom display – and join more than 2,000 actuaries and their guests, who will descend on Washington, D.C. for the 30th International Congress of Actuaries (ICA).
The ICA is held every four years and in 2014 it will be hosted by the five actuarial organizations in the United States. The previous Congress was held in 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa, and was a resounding success. Over 85 percent of attendees rated it highly, with value placed on both the scientific content and the social and networking opportunities. Based on personal experience, anecdotes, and surveys, the Congress is among the most valuable of all actuarial meetings that attendees have experienced. We expect ICA 2014 will maintain the tradition of excellence.
The technical content will follow the main tracks of the actuarial discipline, namely life, health, pension, general insurance, risk management, consulting, and professionalism. The scientific content is projected to be technically strong. Many sessions will consist of presentations by authors on papers submitted specifically to the Congress. Papers are refereed to ensure high quality. Some of the most eminent actuaries in the world will give presentations, and discussions will be particularly valuable because of the wide-ranging insights from actuaries in different countries. The ICA 2014 call for papers is open through 30 September 2012.
Behind the scenes, a small army of volunteers and staff is already busy planning the event. At least eight committees are hard at work, focusing on the scientific program, hospitality, logistics, sponsorships, marketing, special events, finance and risk management, and more. Of course, it also takes some funding to pull this off! The Marriott Wardman Park promises to be an excellent venue, but they do need to be paid! The cost of dinners, receptions, lunches and breaks adds up fast, not to mention planning costs, meeting space, equipment rental, and more.
Delegate and guest registration fees cover approximately 65 percent of total costs. Sponsors and exhibitors are needed to make up the rest. The Sponsorship Committee has already recruited a number of sponsors but needs more support. We are delighted that Swiss Re, D.W. Simpson, Milliman, Towers Watson, and RGA are supporting ICA 2014 as Platinum sponsors. Sponsorship benefits include complimentary registrations, exhibit space, broad exposure and unparalleled recognition. See the related article below for more reasons that your firm should consider ICA 2014 sponsorship opportunities.
Again, please visit the ICA 2014 website for much more information. Your hosts—the American Academy of Actuaries, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, Casualty Actuarial Society, Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and Society of Actuaries—invite you to attend the 30th International Congress of Actuaries.
ICA 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities
ICA 2014 offers four sponsorship packages—Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze—to accommodate a variety of marketing budgets. Each sponsorship level will accept a limited number of sponsors, with the Platinum level already sold out. Sponsors receive benefits commensurate with their investment.
Why Sponsor at ICA 2014?
- A sponsorship is a unique opportunity available to a limited number of companies who will enhance their stature through visibility and exposure at the Congress.
- Build and reinforce name recognition for your company and your products among 1,500 to 2,000 delegates from all actuarial disciplines and from around the world, as well as with visitors to the ICA 2014 website before, during, and after the Congress.
- Demonstrate your support for the actuarial community and commitment to education.
- Meet with your prospective customers and clients at your exhibit booth. Many of the delegates hold high-level management positions in their companies and are a major buying influence, and ICA 2014 sponsors can participate in ICA 2014 exhibit hall as part of their sponsorship package.