The AHOU and Other Underwriting Organizations
believes that a healthy, thriving, cooperative network of underwriting
associations is good for the underwriting profession and promotes future
opportunities for all associations. The AHOU celebrates the diversity and
independence of all professional underwriting associations while recognizing that each
association's primary responsibility is to its own members. In an effort to
provide more value to its membership and the profession, AHOU
will focus its collaborative efforts with these organizations in areas
that respect the independence of all associations, honor the AHOU's
responsibility to its own members, and
appear to be mutually beneficial to all parties.
Some of these ongoing efforts will
1. Maintain a website section that will permit international, regional, state and local
underwriting associations and conferences
to have a presence on the AHOU website should they choose to do so. It is the responsibility of these other
organizations to build and maintain
their own websites or avail themselves
of the AHOU's website tools in order to
promote their presence on the site. The
AHOU also considers it the responsibility of these other associations to inform
it of changes in its leadership and other important information.
and when appropriate establish and maintain, social media venues and/or other vehicles to
facilitate an ongoing exchange of ideas
between the officers of the various organizations during the year.
3. Facilitate a discussion group during the annual Conference dedicated to the
concerns of these associations and the mutual concerns of them and the AHOU.
4. Promote membership and participation in underwriting associations at all levels
- local through international (including
the AHOU). In addition to its own
efforts, the AHOU will seek opportunities for cross-promotion of events, membership and programs with these other
5. To the extent that it can do so without
compromising privacy or confidentiality commitments, exchange useful
information with these other underwriting organizations. The AHOU may also periodically survey the
officers of these other associations and seek opportunities to do joint surveys
of their members.
6. The AHOU will seek and consider other
collaborative opportunities as appropriate with the guiding principle that the
activities be either directly or indirectly beneficial for all parties.
will not attempt to manage, interfere in
the internal affairs of, absorb or fund
other underwriting organizations with
the following possible exceptions
1. The AHOU may consider possible scholarship
opportunities for members or officers of
these other associations.
2. The AHOU may consider participating
financially in an activity (an event or membership or charity drive for
example) in a situation where there is a
clearly-perceived benefit to both the AHOU and the other organization(s) in
Although the AHOU will not
attempt to establish new state or local underwriting associations or revive
defunct ones, its officers may make
themselves available as information resources and discussion facilitators for
groups and individuals attempting to
establish a new association in a geographic area not currently served by
one as well as for individuals attempting to revive