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Original Broadcast Date:
November 27, 2012, 2 pm EDT
60 minutes

As the nation’s construction sector slowly recovers, many contractors are trying to capitalize by bidding for work in states and regions outside of their usual markets.  While the proliferation of contractors into unfamiliar geographic regions is vital to the overall health of the construction industry, a construction firm choosing to explore contract offers in states hundreds of miles from their own HQ must recognize the litany of legal and financial exposures that await them.

This free Business Insurance webinar, sponsored by Zurich Insurance, will explore the regulatory differences between states, including insurance laws, workplace safety standards, litigation trends and medical cost inflation that contractors account for in order to avoid jeopardizing the safety of their workers, the likelihood of successful project delivery and the long-term viability of their companies.

Our panel of construction risk management experts will address common legal complications, insurance solutions and best practices contractors can use to minimize their exposure to the risks of pursuing work in unfamiliar regions of the country. Additionally, the panelists will be available to field questions from our online audience.

Lending their insight and expertise during the webinar will be: Paul Becker, construction practice chairman at Willis North America, based in Nashville; Randolph Ruff, a Chicago-based shareholder and head of the construction law practice at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; as well as Daniel Sielicki, director of risk management at Monroe, Ohio-based Baker Concrete Construction Inc.

The webinar will be moderated by Business Insurance Associate Editor Matt Dunning

About the speakers:

Paul BeckerPaul Becker was appointed chairman of the Willis Construction Practice, based in Nashville, in 2011, Willis North America’s largest practice group. The group has significant construction teams in more than 70 offices in North America that service clients in all areas of construction. Previous to Mr. Becker’s appointment, he worked with the National Construction Team at Willis beginning in 1993, heading up the Construction Risk Management Group which spearheads the insurance services of the group as well as safety, claims and alternative programs. From 2005, he was the president of the construction practice until 2011, when he assumed the role of chairman.

Randy RuffRandolph Ruff has been representing general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other participants in the construction industry since 1986. As the chair of Ogletree, Deakins' construction practice group, Mr. Ruff prosecutes and defends claims arising out of public and private construction projects involving construction and material defects, improper or non-conforming work, extra work, changed conditions, warranty, delay, disruption acceleration and contract interpretation. In addition, he assists contractors in negotiating construction contracts with owners, design builders and architects, as well as preparing subcontract programs.

Dan SielickiDan Sielicki is the director of risk management at Baker Concrete Construction Inc. He began his career in insurance as a loss prevention consultant with Aetna Life & Casualty, and has worked as a senior risk management professional for companies including Greyhound Corp and North American Van Lines Inc. He is also a former vice president of the Broward Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society.

Matt DunningModerator Matt Dunning is associate editor of Business Insurance, based in New York, and a contributing editor of's Mid-Market Executive channel.
Matt holds a B.A. in English with a minor in journalism from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and co-founded the college's arts and entertainment magazine, Generator. Prior to coming to New York in 2008, he worked as a staff reporter for a handful of titles under the Gatehouse Media New England umbrella. Matt joined Business Insurance as an associate editor in April 2011.

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