May 14, 2014
3:00 – 5:00pm
Board Meeting
Location: The Board Room
5:00 – 7:00pm
Welcome Reception
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Location: Florida Cookery Mezzanine
May 15, 2014
8:00am – 9:00am
Registration and Check In
8:00am - 9:00am
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Location: The Great Room West
9:00am – 9:15am
General Session: Welcome and Introductions
Location: The Great Room East
9:15am – 10:00am Opening Speaker
"Rethinking Weather" Paul Walsh, Vice President of Weather Analytics and Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
10:00am – 10:30am Networking Break
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10:30am – 12:00pm Oxford Style Debate: Is Trading Essential to the Weather Market’s Future?
This interactive debate-style session will position professionals against each other to argue their side on the future role of trading in
the weather market and where they see the market going.
Moderator: Stephen Doherty, Speedwell Weather
Josh Charnin-Aker, DRW Commodities
Marty Malinow, Endurance Global Weather
12:00pm – 1:30pm Networking Lunch
Brad Davis, MSI Guaranteed Weather
Bill Windle, Munich Re
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Location: The Great Room West
1:30pm – 3:00pm Real World Examples from the End User Perspective
Moderator: Heidi Centola, CME Group
Stuart Brown, Swiss Re
Hector Ibarra Pando, The World Bank
Ken Harper, Alinta
Claire Wilkinson, Willis
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Networking Break
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3:30pm – 5:00pm The Extreme of Winter 2013/2014: Blame It on the ENSO, MJO, QBO, PDO, AMO, WPO, EPO,
Sunspots, Typhoon Season, Eurasian Snow Cover, Extratropical SSTs, or Something Completely Different?
The severity of the past winter placed weather in the forefront of many mass media outlets and created a blame game of sorts as
markets/companies reacted to the extreme verifying weather anomalies (cold, blizzards, drought, etc.). In this session, three
leading experts from the private forecasting sector (CWG, MDA, and WSI) will discuss/elaborate upon:
 Verifying winter atmospheric/oceanic patterns (globally) and place these in proper historical context
 The anatomy of seasonal forecasts in advance of the winter and the adjustments/modifications made intra-season
(dissection and causation)
 Direct economic impacts of the observed patterns and/or specific event-driven sensitivities (energy, agriculture,
construction, retail, transportation, government, etc.)
 Lessons learned as atmospheric/oceanic scientists
Each participating member's outlook for the summer and beyond
Moderator: Brad Hoggatt, MSI Guaranteed Weather
Matt Rogers, Commodity Weather Group
Bob Haas, MDA Weather Services
Michael Ventrice, WSI
May 15, 2014 (continued)
5:30pm - 9:00pm Evening Event: Dinner at OLA Restaurant (See below for map)
5:30pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Cocktail Hour
Dinner with Food Stations
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May 16, 2014
8:00am – 9:00am
Location: The Great Room West
9:00am – 10:00am Insurance Linked Securities Market
The Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) market has experienced explosive growth over the past five years and has been a major driver of
capacity and pricing for reinsurance transactions. As this growth continues and ILS managers look for new uncorrelated opportunities, the
question for the weather market is to what extent these players will become active capacity providers on weather transactions.
Moderator: Marty Malinow, Endurance Global Weather
William Dubinsky, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory
Michael Halsband, Sirius Capital Markets
Steve Velotti, Principal, Pillar Capital Management
10:00am – 10:30am Networking Break
10:30am – 11:30am Regulatory Impacts: Updates in Regulation Impacting the Weather Market
Hear about the current and emerging regulations and how they are impacting the weather market.
Claude Brown, Partner, Reed Smith
11:30am – 12:00pm Annual Membership Meeting