Awards & Honors at RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition

April 16, 2012

NEW YORK (April 16, 2012) — RIMS (The Risk and Insurance Management Society) today announced the winners of its series of industry awards presented during RIMS 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition Award Luncheon in Philadelphia.

RIMS’ most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Margaret S. Accordino, vice president-director of risk management for National Financial Partners in New York City. 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 outstanding service and achievement.

The Richard W. Bland Memorial Award was presented to Donald Lassaw, president/CEO at L.T.D. America Total Care. The award was created by RIMS Kansas City Chapter in 1974 to recognize a member’s dedicated commitment in the area of legislation or regulation.

The Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award was presented to Cheryl Berman, regional risk manager for ProBuild Holdings, Inc. and member of RIMS San Diego Chapter. The award pays tribute to the legacy of Ron Judd, who served as RIMS executive director for 22 years. Individuals are nominated by chapters for outstanding performance in furthering risk management at the chapter level.

The Arthur Quern Quality Award was presented to Larry Collins, vice president e-solutions for Zurich Services Corporation. This honor showcases innovation within the risk management industry that has contributed to increased quality in products, services and enterprise risk management within an organization.

The Cristy Award was presented to Susanna Chan, risk manager for the Clorox Company. This award acknowledges the individual who earned the highest marks on the three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation.

RIMS and Business Insurance magazine presented the 2012 Risk Manager of the Year® Award to John J. Marren, director, global risk and insurance management at CSL Ltd.

RIMS also recognized the exceptional work of its Chapters for Outstanding Chapter Programming, Advancing the Risk Management Profession, Outstanding Member Services, Overall Chapter Excellence and the new Membership Growth Awards.

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About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The four-day event offers more than 120 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Exhibit Hall with more than 400 exhibitors. Following Philadelphia, the event will be hosted in Los Angeles in 2013. For more information, visit

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As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit

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