The Houston Marine & Energy Insurance Conference attracts a wide range of industry professionals, including:
US insurance companies
A Brief History of the Houston Marine & Energy Insurance Conference
Over 50 years ago, Henry Bayard, a young Underwriter for Marine Office of America, returned from an impressive Marine Cargo Insurance Seminar in New Orleans, to ask several friends “Can Houston sponsor a Marine Insurance Seminar?” The answer was a resounding “YES!” And the Houston Marine Insurance Seminar was born.
The first Houston Marine Insurance Seminar was held at The Continental Houston Motor Hotel at Main Street & Commerce Streets in downtown Houston where University of Houston – Downtown is today. The Seminar was organized by the first Planning Committee consisted of:
Henry Bayard Underwriter – Marine Office of America
John Cook Surplus Lines Broker – J.E. “Ev” Pike & Associates
Jack Roberts Marine Surveyor and Houston Mariner’s Club Skipper (1965)
Tom Staton Marine Claims Adjuster – Beggs & Staton
Jim Ross Admiralty Attorney
Registration cost for the first Seminar was $10 per person and there were 50 registrants. Since then the Conference, like its host City, Houston, Texas, has flourished into an international meeting place for the marine and energy insurance and legal communities.