When I first set foot in the pastoral environs of the insurance industry some dozen years ago, the producers of the ACORD conference, later to become the ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum, had grand visions for the event.

Specifically, they wanted the ACORD conference to become the insurance industry’s version of COMDEX, the long-running computer technology show that, at its peak, drew some 250,000 participants to its annual rite in the hotels and convention centers of Las Vegas . In many ways, ACORD sought to emulate COMDEX by providing spacious exhibit facilities, along with state-of-the-art information and sessions on the latest technologies to impact insurance, as well as the future technologies that would be a key to our industry’s growth.

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