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This year's Pearlman annual conference will be held on September 6 - 8, 2017.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Sustaining Members of the Pearlman Association, you are cordially invited to attend the 24th annual Pearlman Gathering whose events will be held in the Seattle area from September 6-8, 2017.
The Pearlman event will kick off Wednesday afternoon with a hosted hospitality reception in the Gazebo and Patio area of the Willows Lodge from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Live music from local musicians Ernest Pumphrey and friends, scrumptious food and great friends make this a “must attend” reception, and we hope you are able to join us.
Thursday’s educational program will take place at the beautiful Columbia Winery, an incredible venue nestled in the Cascade foothills. The program is titled “Defense Wins Championships: Strategies and Ethics as Spearin Approaches 100” and focuses on important concepts dealing with defenses to performance bond claims, warranty claims, defective design specifications, and the damages caused from these. We have assembled various panels containing the leading surety attorneys, consultants, and company personnel to discuss several useful and informative aspects of claim handling with respect to performance and payment bond claims, as well as e-discovery and a touch of ethics as well. A hosted breakfast, buffet lunch, welcome reception and dinner will all be offered at the Columbia Winery on Thursday.
Friday’s half day program will consist of detailed panel discussions from lawyers, consultants, and company people regarding new discovery rules, the reptilian brain strategy, and ethical issues in dealing with electronic data. A hosted breakfast buffet will be offered at the Columbia Winery. This year will continue the tradition of having a hosted Bloody Mary bar with various fixings.
In addition to the seminar, Pearlman will follow a similar format to that of previous years which will include Thursday’s Dinner and the ever popular Hold ‘Em Tournament where participants can hone their risk management skills. Also included will be an 18-hole scramble on Friday afternoon at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo, WA. We intend to offer bus service to and from the course again this year. We strongly encourage all golfers to try this out. After the conclusion of golf on Friday, dinner will be hosted at the Harbour Pointe Golf Club during which time we will award golf prizes and conclude the events, save for Saturday’s elective activities.
Saturday will include your choice of two sponsored elective events which have been arranged by Pearlman and certain of its sustaining members including an exquisite wine tour through the Woodinville Valley or a day at the horse races at Emerald Downs. If your plans include a Saturday stay, please make sure to indicate your elective activity on the attached registration.
Team pairings for Friday’s golf event will be based on perceived handicaps as determined by the Pearlman Committee. Prizes will be awarded for KP’s, longest drives and other significant events. For those who may be interested, hole sponsorship and/or donations for prizes should be coordinated through Jeff Olson or Lih Hudson as soon as possible. Prize and hole sponsorship has historically filled quickly so if you have interest, please call or e-mail early.
As with previous Pearlman Gatherings, there are absolutely no fees for surety company employees. Registration, however, is required for all attendees of our events. Registration fees will entitle the registrant to participate in all of the Pearlman events. Greens fees and carts will be paid for by Pearlman. There is no fee for the Hold ‘Em Tournament. Spouses and significant others are welcome and encouraged to attend the social events at no additional cost. Please make your intentions (and those of your significant other) known on the attached registration and note that, historically, the popularity of each of the Pearlman events has them filling up quickly. Please don’t be left out by registering late.
We look forward to seeing you at this premier surety event. Please fill out the attached form and return it as soon as you can via e-mail as indicated on the form.
We appreciate the enthusiastic support you have shown over the years and are excited to have you and your associates, colleagues and peers join us for what will be the finest Pearlman gathering to date. See you in September!
R. Jeffrey Olson
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