The reasons we join RIMS and the value we get from membership may vary, but the journey and the ultimate goal for many of us is virtually the same. Career advancement, professional development, organizational growth, networking and knowledge drive member engagement and allow RIMS to deliver the best resources for risk management professionals around the world.
In the waning days of 2019, RIMS headquarters could not be busier. Educational events, programming and planning for 2020 initiatives are in full throttle as we continue to innovate to meet your expectations.
In its second year, RIMS Risk Forum India attracted more than 100 attendees and delivered cutting-edge content to support India’s thriving risk management community. Several big announcements from the event included the presentation of the India ERM Award of Distinction honor to Cognizant Technology Solutions, as well as two important personnel announcements. The first, we proudly appointed of N.K.V. Roop Kumar to Chair of RIMS Regional Advisory Group India. Second, due to the outstanding demand for RIMS resources in the country, the Society hired its first overseas full-time staff. Gopal Krishnan, based in Mumbai, joined as the Associate Director / Head of RIMS India Operations this November. We look forward to continued success under their leadership and direction.
This week, RIMS will host a webinar that will explore the challenges of quantifying risks and best practices for working with your actuarial team. Webinars are a fantastic opportunity to gain insight and strategies at times that fit your schedule. The Quantifying Risks: The Actuarial Perspective webinar and 15 other RIMS webinars – which are all free for members – are archived on the Opis-Ed platform.
RIMS Risktech Forum is next week. Registration numbers are exceeding all expectations. While there are many insurtech conferences out there, this one is centered on the risk professional’s perspective. Just as technology will change the future of our profession, so will the next generation of risk leaders. We are so grateful to the Spencer Educational Foundation for their sponsorship that has paved the way for more than 30 students to attend.
Once again, the RIMS-CRMP certification continues to show great promise with more than 30 new holders in the last two months. Our congratulations to: Lindsey Adams (North Carolina), Ronaldo Dy-Liacco (Texas), Janelle Adrianne Graf (Colorado), Christopher William Johnson (New York), TJ Scherer (Arizona), Jeffrey Strege (Texas), William Ryan Talmage (Colorado), Timshel Tarbet (Oregon), Cher Ann Trentini (Virginia), Bonnie Winters (New Mexico), Zeeshan Arif (Dubai, UAE), Mark Benedict (Virginia), Christopher D. Boehm (Illinois), Yanis D. Fernandes (Colorado), Yuerong Ji (New York), Cory Reid Mangum (Texas), David Stone (Utah), Chittaranjan Sahoo (Bangalore, India), Yogesh Babanrao (Pune, India), Felix Cheng (Illinois), John MacDonald Gordon (Alberta, Canada), Charles Tineyi Washoma (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe). New RIMS-CRMP-FED holders include: Jerold Gidner (Virginia), Hugh Livengood (Washington DC), Mary-jean Buhler (Washington DC), Karen Hardy (Washington DC), Christopher Calfee (Washington DC), Joie Hayes (Virginia).
Finally, as I reflect on my year as president of this extraordinary Society, I can’ begin to tell you how grateful I am for the support of the Board of Directors, the RIMS staff, and the RIMS members. I had some amazing experiences this year and met some truly wonderful people. To those chapters that I had an opportunity to visit with this past year, thank you for welcoming me into your chapter community. To those members that I was able to speak with one-on-one, I hope you know that I enjoyed our conversations immensely. Thank you all – please reach out to me if I can help you in any way. May each of you enjoy safe and Happy Holidays and may your risk management journeys continue to be rewarding.