GAHOU, with the help of our sponsors, presents four meetings each year. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Meetings are held on Tuesdays in October, December, March, and May. The meetings begin at 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception and are followed by an education program led by various industry speakers.  Dinner follows the program.

We encourage you (or your company) to become a member of GAHOU. Then, reserve your place at our meetings by registering in advance. Meetings are $45 per person if paid online or by check in advance, or $50 per person if paid by check or cash at the door. Meeting Registrations should be sent to our Treasurer. (Non member meeting fees are $50 per person if paid online or $55 per person at the door.)

If you plan to pay at the door, please email at least one week prior to the meeting. Payments must be received by the deadline noted in each meeting announcement to qualify for the reduced rate. Reservations are nonrefundable, and if you reserve individually without making payment in advance, GAHOU will bill you or your company for the registration fee (this is necessary as we must pay for the meals we reserve).


GAHOU Dinner Meeting: $45

GAHOU Non-Member Meeting: $50


2018-2019 Meeting Dates and Locations

Aflac World Headquarters

1 Aflac Parkway

Columbus, GA 31907


(Free self-parking with ticket validation. Tickets will be provided at meeting)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Presentation by Cognizant – Medical Records Summaries And by  Michelle Privett from Munich Re
Topic: Mentoring Underwriters in a Shifting Paradigm


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Speaker Dr. Aslene Palmer from New York Life

Topic : Multiple sclerosis


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Speaker: To be Announced



2017-2018 Meeting Dates and Locations

Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia

4355 Ashford Dunwoody
Atlanta , GA 30346
(free parking is available)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 5:30 p.m. reception

Predictive Modeling: Why Underwriters Should Care
Speaker: Patrick Sugent, Vice President of Analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

We’re in the homestretch now! For our last meeting of this year, we’ll take a look at predictive models. You’ve probably heard the buzz over the past few years and may wonder what it’s all about. Patrick Sugent, VP Analytics at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, will be our presenter and will help us all understand not only the basics, but also how these tools can make an underwriter’s life better and improve a customer’s onboarding experience. . Patrick will share how life carriers today are successfully integrating real time data and analytics to help with risk classification. He’ll talk about important issues to consider if you’re contemplating use of predictive models, as well as how customer experience and expectations play into the use of analytics. He’ll help us understand the insights available to underwriters who leverage these tools to drive for efficiency and improved outcomes. Please register NOW and plan to join us. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 3.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m. reception

Topic: Pharmacology Red Flags for Cancer
Speaker: Scott Whitmore, RPh, Director of Clinical Services Milliman Intelliscript

We invite you to join us for our first meeting of 2018! We hope that one of your goals in 2018 is to continue to further your professional development, because GAHOU is here to help you meet that goal! Our March 13 meeting will include a presentation by Scott Whitmore, of Milliman Intelliscript and will focus on aspects of cancer treatment pharmacology and common drug therapies used to treat cancer. Scott will also help explain how underwriters can use Rx and an evidence based rules engine to unveil a clandestine cancer diagnosis, and help you learn how to stay current with new cancer drug therapies.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m. Reception

Topic: Virtual Reality: Practical Uses and Future Possibilities.
Speakers: Dr. Rob Lund and Owen Massey, Munich Re

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our holiday meeting! It’s always a lot of fun, with great networking opportunities, door prizes, and of course, great content! This month, our speakers will be Dr. Rob Lund, Vice President and Medical Director, along with Owen Massey, Underwriting Consultant, both of Munich Re. Their topic will be “Virtual Reality: Practical Uses, Future Possibilities.” And you thought virtual reality was just for video gaming, didn’t you? Come join us to hear their intriguing presentation and see how they envision a new frontier for this technology in our industry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:30 PM Reception

Topic: The Industry is Changing . . . Are you?
Speaker: Jeff Hasty, FLMI, ACS, Senior Vice President, LOMA

Our industry has seen more change in the past 5 years than in the fifty preceding. Automated underwriting, insure-tech, predictive models, electronic medical records . . . all of these may impact the way we do business and how consumers see us and whether our products meet consumers’ needs. Come join us Tuesday, October 10and learn from the latest LIMRA and LOMA research on where our industry is headed.Jeff Hasty, FLMI, ACS, Senior Vice President at LOMA, will share insight into the future of our industry, and why the changes ahead should matter to you. He’ll also provide an overview of professional development tools that underwriters can use to keep cutting edge skills, and remain relevant and integral to their department and company’s success in the midst of industry change.


March 13, 2018, 5:30 PM Reception

May 8, 2018, 5:30 PM Reception