Conference Speakers & Session Information

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Monday, September 12th, 1:30-4:30 PM

Ethics Baby – By Veronica Stevens, Cochrane and Company: 3 CE and ethics

Ethics Baby!!!  Three amazing true stories starring cops, wanna-be cops, and attorneys with ethical dilemmas at every turn.  Don’t miss this class.  Film clips are included and audience participation is a must!!  Click here for the PDF

Veronica has been a big supporter of the Joint conference over the years, helping us both arrange speakers and presenting herself. Veronica has worked at Cochrane & Co since 1982.

Tuesday, September 13th, 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Current Legislative Issues with Representative Chris Corry  (1 CE)

Update on credit scoring proposed rule and possible legislation for next legislative session.

Report on the status of the proposed transparency rule.
Washington Cares Act and other health care issues.


Rep. Chris Corry

Sworn into office in 2019, Chris Corry represents the 14th Legislative District in the state legislature. He has worked in the insurance industry for over fourteen years. Chris advises clients on risk management and how best to protect their employees and businesses. A volunteer with a variety of non-profits, such as the West Valley Citizens for better schools, he is also a board member of SW Rotary and Crime Stoppers of Yakima County. He has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Washington.

Tuesday, September 13th, 10:30- 11:30 AM

The Current and Future State of the Insurance Industry with Tyler Asher, Safeco
Steve Patterson, Oregon Mutual (1 hour CE)

This panel will discuss a number of issues from prepared questions and also questions from the audience. Issues that will be discussed include:

  • Insurance trends
  • Credit scoring, transparency, and other proposed laws/regulations
  • Telematics
  • Future underwriting trends
  • Impact of the pandemic on the insurance industry
  • Impact of big data on customers
  • Future of insurtechs in the industry


Tyler Asher is the president of Safeco Insurance which is part of Liberty Mutual. Asher most recently was Safeco’s vice president, Distribution Insights, where he led strategy, planning, and innovation, in addition to managing operational and advanced analytics. During his nearly 18-year career with Safeco, Asher has served in a variety of roles spanning finance, accounting, management reporting, and analysis.


Steve Patterson is President & CEO of Oregon Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiaries Western Protector’s Insurance Company and the Oregon Mutual General Agency, located in McMinnville Oregon. Steve was both the former Chief Legal and Financial Officer for Oregon Mutual. Steve joined Oregon Mutual in 2006 after 12 years in the Legal Department of State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, having worked at State Farm’s Home office on institutional Bad Faith cases and served as Legislative and Regulatory Counsel for California, Michigan, Canada, and Texas. 

Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Portland State University and his Juris Doctorate in Law and Dispute Resolution from Willamette University in Salem Oregon. He has served on various state insurance trade association Boards, was chairman of the legal committee for the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds for a decade, and has served on the Guaranty Association Boards of both Texas and Oregon, where he currently serves as the Chair.   Steve is currently on the Board of Governors for the American Property & Casualty Insurance Association. He has two grown children and he and his wife Mindy are active in their community