NMBA conference plans focus on disaster preparations

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Because so many National Marine Bankers Association members felt the brunt of Hurricane Sandy last October, the group plans to focus on disaster preparedness at its annual marine lending conference in September.

The conference committee hired Norris L. Beren, executive director of Risk Reduction Education, to advise attendees about protecting their business in the event of a disaster. The author of two books, a Web-based training program and dozens of articles on disaster preparedness, Beren has provided preparedness training for many major corporations, such as CNA Insurance and Federal Express, and has worked with more than 1,000 companies.

Beren presents the value and potential return on investment in creating a culture of preparedness throughout a business, which includes keeping the company running after a disaster, protecting shareholder value and surviving the difficult environment that could follow.

This year's conference agenda will highlight the latest economic trends affecting the marine industry, provide updates on legislative issues that continue to shape the lending environment and feature a presentation on reducing risk without lowering reward.

The 34th annual NMBA Conference will be held Sept. 8-10 at The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Wis.

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