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October 30 & 31, 2012

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Experts gathered to develop actionable items to advance the disaster safety movement in the United States.

Our Facing the Challenge Leadership Forum looked at climate change challenges in the U.S. with particular focus on the coordination of disaster safety experts to prepare for future disasters. The forum explored topics like the latest technologies, techniques and research for building safety and strengthening homes, how we best use new communication technologies and social media to take the disaster safety movement to the next level, and the appropriate role of government in disaster safety strategies.

Mr. Tillman serves as President of RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences, which monitors and quantifies global geophysical risks across insurance business segments. He leads a dedicated team of scientists with deep expertise in meteorology, oceanography, seismic risk, structural and wind engineering, data science and numerical simulation.

Mr. Tillman is also President of RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation which supports advanced scientific research in atmospheric risks, the development of risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities, and efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters. He also currently serves as an Executive Director for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), an industry organization dedicated to reducing the impact of disasters on property exposures.
Mr. Tillman has been associated with RenaissanceRe since 1996. He was previously Chief Underwriting Officer for Glencoe Insurance Ltd., a former RenaissanceRe subsidiary, and he also led RenaissanceRe’s risk modeling group.

Mr. Tillman has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Mathematics. He also has the following designations: Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Certified Catastrophe Risk Management Professional (CCRMP). He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), the International Society of Catastrophe Managers (ISCM) and the CAS Institute (iCAS).

Attendees of “Facing The Challenge” Leadership Forum


Associated Industries of Florida

Association of State Floodplain Managers


Institute for Global Florida Wildlife

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federation Environmental Strategies

Florida Center for Environmental Studies

Florida Chamber of CommerceFlorida Insurance Council, Inc.

Florida Wildlife Federation

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Lingerfelt International

National Building Museum

National VOAD

National Wildlife Federation

Sea Turtle Conservancy

Smart Home America

Southern Strategy Group

State of Florida Division of Emergency Management

The Florida State University

The Walt Disney Company

University of Florida

Walt Disney Imagineering