And the 2017 RIMS Awards Go to…

PHILADELPHIA—At today’s RIMS 2017 Awards Luncheon, the society issued its top honors for achievement in the risk management and insurance industry.

Scott B. Clark, area senior vice president and enterprise risk management consultant at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., received the society’s most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award. Named after RIMS’ first president, the award recognizes outstanding service and achievement in furthering the goals of the society and the discipline of risk management.

Richard Hackenburg and Glen Frederick were this year’s inductees into the Risk Management Hall of Fame, presented in conjunction with AIG.

In his 45-year risk management career, including leadership roles at Willis and XL Insurance, Hackenberg’s received the 1993 Goodell Award and served as president of RIMS in 1985 and later as chairman of the Spencer Educational Foundation, where he remains a director emeritus.

Frederick, former director of risk management client services with the government of British Columbia, received the Goodell Award in 2011 and, the same year, the Donald M. Stuart award for outstanding contribution to the risk management profession in Canada. He served as chair of the RIMS Canada Council in 2006 and co-chair of the RIMS Canada Conference in 2003. Frederick’s 30-year career also included leading implementation of the enterprise risk management strategy for the Vancouver organizing committee (VANOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to manage risks associated with the 2010 Olympic Games—the first to use an ERM strategy, which is now required for all Olympic games.

“Industry heroes like Richard Hackenburg and Glen Frederick were selfless, giving back to the risk management community and paving the way for future practitioners,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “It is an honor to join AIG in inducting these risk management stalwarts into the Risk Management Hall of Fame.”

The RIMS Rising Star Award, issued to risk management professionals who are under 35 or have less than seven years of experience in the industry, was given to William Lehman. An insurance specialist at Cook Group Incorporated, Lehman was recognized for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement, and leadership potential.

Debra Samuel, manager of insurance and risk management at Arconic Inc., was recognized for exceptional service to strengthen and support the strategic initiatives of RIMS with the RIMS Ambassadors Group award. This year’s Cristy Award for the highest marks on the three Associate of Risk Management exams went to Michael Ratto, risk procurement manager at Kraemer North America.

RIMS Presents Risk Management Industry’s Top Honors

RIMS16_Award_Winners-7SAN DIEGO—During today’s RIMS 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition Awards Luncheon, RIMS doled out its highest honors to several prominent members of the risk management industry.

The risk management society presented Christopher E. Mandel, senior vice president of strategic solutions at Sedgwick Claims Management, Inc., with its top honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award for outstanding service and achievement to the risk management discipline.

“The risk management community is filled with exceptional professionals but few have had the remarkable career achievements and broad industry impact as Chris Mandel,” said RIMS CEO Mary Roth. “To this day, Chris continues to give back to the profession through his involvement with RIMS and at Sedgwick. He is a wonderful example of the best this profession has to offer and it is our honor to present him with RIMS’ highest award.”

Mandel served as 2002 RIMS president, and has fulfilled 19 distinct roles for the society and delivered dozens of workshops for other risk professionals since becoming a RIMS workshop instructor 2010, with particular emphasis on enterprise risk management and strategic risk management.

This year’s Risk Management Hall of Fame inductees are David Mikulina and William H. (Bill) McGannon. Mikulina headed the risk management department at Hyatt Hotels Corporation for 23 years before his retirement in 2007, and still enjoys sharing his insights with rising and veteran risk management professionals alike as a longstanding RIMS member. McGannon was one of the first Canadian risk managers to establish a full-service risk management department that included loss prevention and statistical support at NOVA Chemical Corporation in Alberta. After his retirement in 1998, he frequently lectured at the University of Calgary and traveled to Scotland to participate in the Risk Manager in Residence program. While McGannon passed away in 2015, his legacy in the risk community lives on, particularly through the William H. McGannon Foundation, which provides scholarships, research grants and student involvement initiatives to advance risk management by way of education, research, mentorship and work experience programs.

“Although the risk management profession has evolved significantly, the achievements of its early pioneers continue to have lasting influence on the processes and strategies used today,” said RIMS Chief Executive Officer Mary Roth. “Whether it was enhancing their organization’s already complex risk program or devoting themselves to supporting the promising careers of future risk management leaders, this year’s Risk Management Hall of Fame inductees have unquestionably made substantial contributions to the profession and RIMS.”

“We are pleased to recognize Bill and Dave for significant achievement in their professional careers and their contributions to shaping the risk management discipline,” said Rob Schimek, CEO of AIG Commercial.

RIMS and Business Insurance presented Gus Fuldner, head of insurance for Uber Technologies, with the 2016 Risk Manager of the Year Award.

In recognition for her outstanding performance in furthering risk management with the RIMS Memphis Chapter, Sedgewick Senior Vice President of Risk Management Robin Joines received the Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award.

RIMS also announced its first inductees into the RIMS Ambassador Group, which recognizes individuals for their continued service with the organization. Darius Delon, South Alberta Chapter member and associate vice president of risk services at Mount Royal Univeristy, and Daniel McGarvey, Western Carolina Chapter member and managing director at Marsh, both recived this award for going above and beyond to help strengthen and support the society’s strategic initiatives.

The RIMS Rising Star Award was presented to Alumine Bellone, director of risk and insurance for Broward Health, and Kathleen Crowe, account specialist II for Aon Risk Solutions were honored for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement, and leadership potential.

David Engel, director of risk management for AT&T, received the Cristy Award, presented to the individual with the highest marks on the three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation.

And the RIMS Awards Winners Are…

DENVER— At today’s RIMS 2014 Awards Luncheon, the risk management society issued its top marks of distinction for leadership and achievement in the industry.

RIMS’ most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award went to Mark DeLillo, director of risk management for Taylor Morrison, Inc., in Scottsdale, Ariz (pictured above with RIMS President Carolyn Snow). Named in honor of RIMS’ first president, the award pays tribute to an individual who has furthered the goals of the Society and the risk management discipline through a lifetime of outstanding service and achievement.

Recognizing outstanding performance in furthering risk management at the chapter level, the Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award was given to Hal D. Larson, vice president and risk manager of the Kent Corporation and a member of the RIMS Greater Quad Cities Chapter in Iowa.

Scott B. Clark, risk and benefits officer with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, received the Richard W. Bland Memorial Award for commitment in the area of legislation or regulation. Melissa Swanson, a risk management analyst with California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, won the Cristy Award, presented to the individual who scored the highest marks on three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation.

RIMS also honored William M. Zachry, vice president of risk management at Safeway Inc., with the 2014 Risk Manager of the Year Award, issued in association with Business Insurance magazine.

Engagement in the risk management community continues to rise, and the awards highlighted the society’s growth over the past year. RIMS recognized 17 chapters across the country that notably increased membership—nine chapters grew by at least 9% in 2013, and another eight chapters expanded by at least 6%.

RIMS Inducts Two Industry Leaders Into Risk Management Hall of Fame

DENVER—Veteran practitioners Lucille “Lucky” Gallagher and Charles “Chuck” Magazine were honored today as the latest inductees to the Risk Management Hall of Fame. Presented by AIG and RIMS, “The RMHF serves as a means to maintain the history of the field of risk management and recognizes risk practitioners who have made significant contributions to advancing the discipline.”

“The prominence of today’s risk management profession is a credit to industry leaders like Lucky Gallagher and Chuck Magazine who, throughout their careers, have continuously gone above and beyond,” said RIMS Executive Director Mary Roth.  “It is an honor for us to announce this year’s Risk Management Hall of Fame inductees and recognize them for all that they have achieved for RIMS and the profession.”

In her 35-year risk management career, Gallagher served as vice president of risk management for ConAgra, vice president of operations for wholly-owned captive insurance company Weld Insurance Co., and CRO and managing partner of consulting firm Human Resource Risk Management. She was an active member of the RIMS executive committee, taking on the role of vice president of both government affairs and conferences before serving as president in 1994. Gallagher held positions on several state insurance bodies, including the State of Colorado Insurance Board and the Governor’s Workers Compensation Oversight Task Force.

Before his death last year, Magazine was a 40-year veteran of health care risk management and a prominent representative of the RIMS community in Florida. In addition to several positions held with the Palm Beach County Chapter, he served on the society’s Member Chapter Services Committee and was a proud supporter of the Spencer Educational Foundation, even serving as the organization’s Risk Manager in Residence at Middle Tennessee State University. After his work helming a committee to give local legislators a “boots-on-the-ground” perspective of risk management and partnering to create a statewide version of RIMS on the Hill for Florida, he was awarded the RIMS Richard W. Bland Award in 2008 for outstanding achievement in legislative and regulatory affairs.