Connect. Learn. Engage.
Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND®) is a professional association formed in 1999 to offer education and industry insight for professionals from all facets of the property/windstorm insurance claims industry.
WIND® is the only member association to bring together both defense and policyholder professionals to connect, learn and engage on important property/windstorm insurance claims issues.
WIND’s focus is to provide first-class professional development/continuing education events, member networking and credential programs to enhance the property/windstorm insurance claims professional.
We invite you to learn more about us, and become part of the only professional association dedicated exclusively to property/windstorm insurance claims issues.
Educating and Informing the Industry®
WIND’s founding resulted from the lack of qualify education and training on windstorm/property insurance claims issues arising from Florida’s hurricanes in the late 1990s.
There was simply no other association focused exclusively on property and windstorm/ insurance claims issues, and certainly not one that brought both sides together to connect, learn, and engage.
In September 1999, WIND® was incorporated as as a 501C(3) non-profit educational association to address the needs and interests of property/windstorm insurance claims industry professionals.
WIND members included representatives from all facets of the property/windstorm insurance claims industry, and other service professions that focused on the property/windstorm insurance claims market.
In its first year, WIND’s board of directors consisted of members from a diverse list of professional backgrounds in the insurance company, accounting, adjusting, agency, engineering, legal, reinsurance, residual market, and scientific communities. WIND’s membership the first year included more than 200 professionals.
WIND’s first outreach was to host a first-class conference to educate both defense and policyholder sides of the property/windstorm insurance claims industry.
The inaugural Windstorm Insurance Conference® was held in February 2000 in Orlando with a line up of keynote speakers, professional development workshops, continuing education offerings, evening receptions, vendor trade show and golf tournament.
Nearly 400 professionals attended the first conference proving that there was a clear demand for education and a discussion forum on property/windstorm insurance claims issues from a variety of industry perspectives.
WIND Credential Programs
In 2003, recognizing an industry need for a go-to listing of competent umpires in property insurance appraisal matters, the WIND Umpire Directory® and WIND Umpire Certification Program® were launched. Since then, some 1,000 professionals have completed the certification class.
In 2012, WIND® launched the WIND Certified Appraiser Program® which seeks to enhance the professionalism and ethics of property insurance appraisers.
In 2014, in conjunction with WIND’s 15th anniversary, the WIND Professional Designation Program was launched. The WIND Professional Designation Program is a distinct credential process to recognize individuals that demonstrate professionalism and technical knowledge in the field of property/windstorm insurance claims.
Advancing Members’ Knowledge Through Education, Networking and Professionalism®
Today, WIND® boasts a sizeable membership of property insurance claims professionals from across the nation, and an impressive group of officers and board members.
The annual Windstorm Insurance Conference attracts more than 1,000 attendees from across the United States, Canada and Great Britain for three days of professional development, continuing education, and networking opportunities.
Now in its second decade, long-range planning goals have been put into place to continue to grow and foster WIND® as the premier educational association for property/windstorm insurance claims industry professionals.
Bringing Windstorm Insurance Claims Industry Professionals Together®
We invite you to become a part of the only educational organization for property/windstorm claims professionals.
In addition to valuable networking and educational opportunities, members receive priority registration for the annual conference. If you are not a current member, you are encouraged to join today.
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