2019 Annual Meeting Plenary Session 1: Rethinking Risk and Resiliency

The 2019 ARIA Annual Meeting will feature two plenary sessions led and moderated by an all-star lineup of industry professionals and experts. Plenary Session 1 will be held on Monday August 5, at 8:35 a.m. The topic will be “Rethinking Risk and Resiliency”.


Frank Nutter is President of the Reinsurance Association of America (RAA).

Mr. Nutter currently serves on the Advisory Board of the OECD’s International Network for the Financial Management of Large Scale Disasters, the RAND Center on Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, and the Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management Board of Directors. He also serves on the Editorial Panel of Intelligent Insurer magazine. He has recently served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an adjunct to the Harvard University School of Public Health, Council of the American Meteorological Society, and the Board of the University Center for Atmospheric Research, a consortium of universities managing the National Center for Atmospheric Research sponsored by the National Science Foundation. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the Worker’s Compensation Research Institute, the Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice, a subsidiary of the Rand Corporation and on the Board of the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences. Mr. Nutter has a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Nutter was an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.


Samantha A. Medlock, CFM

Samantha Medlock is the President of Climate Risk Advisors, an independent risk management advisory firm for communities, infrastructure owners, and institutions seeking to reduce risk and prosper with greater sustainability and resilience. Sam is a veteran of the insurance and finance sectors with deep expertise in public policy, enabling clients to optimize public and private capacities and meet federal program requirements both before and after disruptive events. Previously, Sam was senior advisor in the Obama White House, coordinating across the Executive Office of the President and the administration to reduce the risks and costs of disasters by strengthening standards and creating incentives for cross-sector innovations. She has more than 20 years of experience in land use and disaster law, and has testified in Congress on flood risk, levee safety, and resilient recovery from disasters. She is a recipient of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service for her service on the National Committee on Levee Safety after Hurricane Katrina. In addition to supporting US resilience policy and practice, she has participated in numerous international technical exchanges. Sam is a certified floodplain manager, a Juris Doctor graduate with honors of Vermont Law School, and earned a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, contributor to the executive education program of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law.

Craig Tillman, President

Areas of Expertise: Natural Hazards Risk, Portfolio Management, Risk Mitigation Mr. Tillman serves as President of WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., a U.S.-based RenaissanceRe affiliate that provides intelligence on natural perils to a range of entities. WeatherPredict focuses on modeling natural hazards as well as quantifying their effects on the range of exposures at risk. Mr. Tillman leads a dedicated team of scientists with specialties ranging across oceanography, meteorology, wind engineering, structural engineering and earthquake risk. Mr. Tillman is also President of RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation which supports advanced scientific research in atmospheric risks, the development of risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities, and efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters. Mr. Tillman currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), an industry organization dedicated to reducing the impact of disasters on property exposures. Mr. Tillman has been associated with RenaissanceRe since 1996. He was previously Chief Underwriting Officer for Glencoe Insurance Ltd. (now renamed RenaissanceRe Specialty Risks Ltd.), and also led RenaissanceRe’s Risk Modeling group. Mr. Tillman holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mathematics, as well as the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Certified Catastrophe Risk Management Professional (CCRMP) designations. He is also a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the International Society of Catastrophe Managers (ISCM) and the CAS Institute (iCAS).