Annual Convention

SAWCA Convention Is In-Person!
73rd Annual Convention: The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA July 12-16, 2021

The Omni Homestead Resort, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, is known for its Southern Hospitality and Charm. Designated as a National Historic Landmark it celebrates over 250 years as America’s “First Resort”. Take advantage of the varied educational and professional opportunities that will be yours as we bring the leaders of states and industry together for discussions … fostering avenues of agreement and improving workers’ compensation systems across the nation. The Homestead In 2021 !
For Hotel Reservations…call 1-800-838-1766…or reserve online here.

Tentative SAWCA Agenda Click here for the most recent update to the 73rd Annual Convention Agenda.

Do you have a revolutionary topic or idea that could change the workers’ compensation industry?

The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators (SAWCA) wants to give you an opportunity to share your expertise and innovative ideas with a wide range of workers’ compensation professionals during the Comp Talks session at SAWCA’s 73rd Annual Convention on July 12-16, 2021.Think TED Talks for the workers’ compensation industry. SAWCA is seeking presenters willing to share a short 7-10 minute talk on workers’ compensation trends and hot topics.  Presenters must share information in an educational, non-commercial and non-self-promotional manner. Presentations should be interactive and involve the audience, who will vote on the overall winner.
Apply To Be A Presenter At Comp Talks: July 13, 2021 @ 3:15PM-4:30PM … Application Deadline June 10th.

Exhibitors…You are invited to join us for the 73rd Annual Exhibitor Showcase that will be held at this summer’s annual convention.
Space is limited…register early. Additional information including the manual registration form is available here. If you wish to register as an exhibitor using the online registration & payment portal…click here.

Transportation…For those of you planning to fly to the SAWCA Convention, the closest major airport is in Roanoke, Virginia. Roundtrip ground transportation between the Roanoke Airport and The Homestead may be arranged through B & L’s Mountain Safe Transportation. They can be reached at 540-968-3335 …ask for Stacey or Brandon. Estimated costs – first person $100, each additional on same trip $50.

SAWCA Members enjoy discounted convention registrations for multiple attendees. Contact Gary Davis at 859-219-0194 or gary.davis@sawca.org for more information.
SAWCA Member Attendee Registration Form
SAWCA Credit Card Payment Form
73rd Annual Exhibitor & Attendee Registration Brochure.
SAWCA Non-Member registration is open…Click Here for the Registration Form.

To register as an attendee…either “Member” or “Non-Member…using the online process…click here.

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72nd Annual SAWCA Convention Goes Virtual…Airing July 29th & 30th

View the agenda here.

The Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, though disappointed that we were not “In-Person Together” for our 72nd Annual Convention, still convened “Virtually Together” for the first time since 1949 providing a truly unique and fun virtual experience.

Virtually duplicating the experience that was planned at the OMNI Plantation on Amelia Island was impossible…but with a little imagination and a few special surprises, we shared educational sessions that provided benefit for all stakeholders serving as a reminder of how important it is to remain connected during times that have the potential of reshaping our industry.

The SAWCA 2020 Virtual Convention consisted of 4 sessions over two days…approximately 90 minutes in the morning…and 90 minutes in the afternoon providing 6 hours of the very best discussions by state regulators and industry professionals focused on the issues and challenges we were all facing in a new environment. During each session the roundtable and panel participants were available for questions via a live chat room that was open providing attendees the opportunity to directly interact in real time with the panel members. And…as an added bonus each virtual attendee received a SAWCA Convention Care Package …shipped directly to their personal pandemic hide-a-way containing various items and treats reminiscent of the SAWCA welcome gifts and exhibitor give-a-ways. Just a little something extra from SAWCA to bring a smile to your face.
The agenda for SAWCA’s virtual convention is provided below:

2020 Regulators Roundtable – July 29th -Moderated By: Honorable Deneise Lott, Senior Administrative Law Judge, Mississippi.
Join regulators from across the nation as they discuss the regulatory issues and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Employers Panel – July 29th – Moderated By: Mark Walls, Vice President – Communication and Strategic Analysis, Safety National

2020 Carrier/Insurance Panel – July 30th – Moderated By: K. Max Koonce, Chief Claims Officer, Casualty, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Panelists include: Safety National, AIG, NCCI, SUNZ Insurance, & Pinnacol Assurance

Things That Make Bob Go “Hmm” – July 30th – Moderated By: Robert H. Wilson, President & CEO, WorkersCompensation.com
Panelists include: Abbie Hudgens (TN), Karl Aumann (MD), Kevin Tribout (Optum), Greg Gilbert (Concentra), & Wade McGuffey (Goodman McGuffey)



SAWCA In Savannah
Savannah, Georgia Was Our Host City For The 71st Annual SAWCA Convention.

The 71st Annual Convention was held July 29 – August 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in historic Savannah, Georgia. SAWCA once again brought together the industry and regulatory “Decision Makers”…Providing the best speakers sharing their expertise on the issues that matter…The Value Of SAWCA.  

SAWCA 2017 & 2018 Combined Attendee List
If you are wondering who attends the SAWCA conventions…it is easy…The “Decision Makers” from both the industry and regulatory agencies…but to be more specific we are pleased to share a combined list of attendees from the 2017 & 2018 Annual Conventions.   Please note that while many of those on the list attended both conventions, some only attended one.