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"The 5-15 Committee includes people who've been in the business for at
least five years, but fewer than 15,"
Hecker explained. Agencies nominate
people they believe have the potential
to be industry leaders. NASBP leadership gives special attention to those
members as they attend its meetings
and schools, provides a mentor, and
creates opportunities for access to
the executives of many surety companies. "We're developing a whole
group of young all-stars. They're
ready for the national stage, and I
can't wait for everyone to see what
we can see," Hecker said.
Two of the emerging leaders,
Bryan Ayres with LA Surety Solutions
in Louisville and Chad Martin of TIS
Insurance Services in Knoxville, will
serve as her annual program cochairs. "Part of the 2016 program at
The Broadmoor will be devoted to
these young people," she said. "We
want to show their employers how
their investment in NASBP is benefitting their companies, and how the
5-15 is helping their employees grow,
which hopefully will result in a thriving business."
Hecker is planning a Leadership
Conference on October 22, the
day before NASBP's Mid-Year
Board Meeting at the Omni Hotel
in Nashville. Rick Ciullo, Chief
Operations Officer at Chubb Surety,
has agreed to sponsor facilitators for
the event. "We're using a consulting
firm, which is working with several
of our Past Presidents to get feedback, so the program will be tailored
towards surety professionals. I'm
really excited about it," Hecker said.
She emphasizes this conference is
not geared just to emerging leaders
but is open to everyone. "I'm trying
to create ways people can further
develop so they can build their own
thriving businesses-a component
necessary to have fully engaged
people working on behalf of industry issues."
Members' success is essential to
the association's success, she added.
"You have to be working for a thriving business or you have no time to
be out there doing the activities that

move the industry forward. I want to
get the message out that we're providing tools to better our companies."
In the closing paragraphs of her
acceptance speech at the San Diego
Annual Meeting, Hecker made a
special request of the NASBP's
affiliates to help create their own
5-15 Committee for emerging surety
underwriters: "In closing, I have a
request for our affiliates here in the
room. Your young leaders want to
engage with ours. We hear it on a
regular basis not only from our side,
but also from yours. I really do understand your reluctance to form your
own Affiliate Committee to mirror
our 5-15 out of fear that, when you
identify your up-and-coming all stars,
it may make it easier for people to
poach them. But I'm going to challenge your thinking."
"Be brave," Hecker said. "Trust in
your own thriving businesses and
leadership to develop their potential
so they will want to stay with you.
We have a tremendous amount of
collective knowledge amongst us to
transfer to a new generation. Only
when that's done will our legacies
be complete."
She concluded, "Our business is
now and always has been about the
people. The best way for us to protect
it is to invest in our people to their full
potential and engagement together. I,
for one, look forward to the journey."
Hecker is happy to report that evening she had four surety company
executives come to her and each
committed to nominate several
employees for the new committee,
with several others following suit
since the Annual Meeting. "I'm very
encouraged we're going to provide
the platform for the next generation
to begin building better relationships
with each other, which hopefully will
result in many more thriving business
opportunities for all."
Limitless opportunities
Hecker knows the year ahead will be
a busy one, but her family-husband
Jeffrey, daughter Stephanie and
two grandchildren, Morgan and
Devin-are accustomed to her hectic

Hecker with, from left, William Painter,
Cory Bentley and Joshua Etemadi

Hecker serving as a panelist at the 2014
NASBP Annual Meeting

schedule. Hecker is a charter member of the CFMA and a member of
the Beavers, a heavy engineering
construction association.
Hecker is a Producer Advisory
Board Member for Liberty Mutual
Surety and regularly writes articles,
speaks to construction industry
groups and represents the surety
industry on panel discussions.
As an 11-year breast cancer survivor, Hecker knows how to overcome
obstacles to reach her goals. She
sees the surety industry as offering
many opportunities for success for
people who are willing to work hard
at achieving their own objectives.
"There are no limitations on
what you can do or where you can
go," Hecker said. "Whether you're
a young  man or a young woman,
it's a wonderful industry with a lot
of opportunity."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015

NASBP Upcoming Meetings & Events
2015-2016 NASBP Executive Committee
From the CEO - There is Poetry in Surety Claims, Surely
Practical Insights: What You Need to Know - Hiding in Plain Sight: Specifications as a Source of Risk
Profile: President Susan Hecker
Developing Your Leadership Vision
Liability Issues - Can Public Owners be Held Liable to Subcontractors and Suppliers for Failure to Require General Contractors to Obtain Required Payment Bond?
An Introduction to Probate Bonds
Class Act - Surety Team’s Cooperative Efforts Enable School to Open on Time
NASBP’s Attorney Advisory Council - Participants Opine on Current Risk Management Challenges and Business Opportunities
The AIA Describes Updated and Expanded Design-Build Documents Family
Contractor Practices That may Result in Construction Claims to Recover for Delays and increased Costs
NASBP Annual Meeting Speakers - Veterans can benefit private sector, but need help finding jobs
Index to Advertisers
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - cover1
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - cover2
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 3
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 4
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 5
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 6
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 2015-2016 NASBP Executive Committee
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - From the CEO - There is Poetry in Surety Claims, Surely
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 9
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Practical Insights: What You Need to Know - Hiding in Plain Sight: Specifications as a Source of Risk
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 11
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Profile: President Susan Hecker
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 13
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Developing Your Leadership Vision
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 15
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Liability Issues - Can Public Owners be Held Liable to Subcontractors and Suppliers for Failure to Require General Contractors to Obtain Required Payment Bond?
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 21
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - An Introduction to Probate Bonds
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Class Act - Surety Team’s Cooperative Efforts Enable School to Open on Time
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - NASBP’s Attorney Advisory Council - Participants Opine on Current Risk Management Challenges and Business Opportunities
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 31
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - The AIA Describes Updated and Expanded Design-Build Documents Family
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 33
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Contractor Practices That may Result in Construction Claims to Recover for Delays and increased Costs
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - 35
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - NASBP Annual Meeting Speakers - Veterans can benefit private sector, but need help finding jobs
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - Index to Advertisers
Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - cover3
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Surety Bond Quarterly - Summer 2015 - outsert1
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