I’m pleased to announce two new keynote speakers for Xactware User Conference 2012. Reed Timmer, author of Into the Storm and star of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, and Kyle Beatty, managing director at Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), have both accepted invitations to speak at general sessions.
If you’ve watched Storm Chasers, you know that Reed is a fearless pursuer of violent weather, principally tornadoes and hurricanes. But Reed is not just a thrill seeker, he is a serious scientist whose close encounters with severe storms have provided new and valuable information for researchers. This research can ultimately help save lives as forecasters develop faster and more effective ways to predicts storms.
Kyle Beatty is also actively involved with the weather in his work at AER, a member of the Verisk Insurance Solutions group at Verisk Analytics and a sister company with Xactware. Kyle will talk about how insurance carriers and others are using meteorological data to make decisions about risk. He will also talk about the future of the science, including how weather risk management will be transformed within five years.
I’m excited for the addition of these leading professionals to the slate of industry experts who have agreed to present many of our breakout sessions. With three full tracks this year, there will be plenty of excellent sessions from the industry’s best and brightest.