Beginning at LIMRA International's 1997 Multilines Conference in Orlando, Darlene Catan and Marion Gardiner will pick up where Win Chesley leaves off.
Chesley, 69, started LIMRA's hospitality suite concept 42 years ago when LIMRA was LIAMA, the Life Insurance Agency Management Association. "It's been fun, but it's time to slow down," he says. His retirement creates an opportunity for Insurance Meetings Network (IMN), a new hotel representation firm launched this summer by Catan and Gardiner, both experienced hotel sales executives who have been closely involved with the insurance market. IMN expects to host the majority of the hotels that had previously called the Win Chesley suite home, adding entertainment and some splash to the events.