AWARDS & HONORS: RIMS 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition

April 27, 2015

NEW YORK (April 27, 2015) — RIMS, the risk management society™, today announced the winners of its series of industry awards presented during RIMS 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition Awards Luncheon in New Orleans.

RIMS’ most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Janice Ochenkowski, international director, global risk management for Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago. 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 Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award pays tribute to the legacy of Ron Judd, who served as the RIMS Executive Director for 22 years. Individuals are nominated by chapters for outstanding performance in furthering risk management at the chapter level.   This year’s Heart of RIMS recipient is Victoria Nolan, risk and benefits manager, Clean Water Services and an active member of RIMS Oregon Chapter.

The RIMS Rising Star Award honors up-and-coming risk management professionals under the age of 35 or who have seven or less years of professional experience in the industry.  This year, Anna Bendgen, risk management specialist at Sedgwick, Andrew Bent, senior advisor, EH&S risk at Suncor Energy Inc., and Yelena Urcia, senior global insurance analyst at The AES Corporation were honored for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement, and leadership potential.

The Richard W. Bland Memorial Award was presented to Richard Rabs, immediate past chair of RIMS External Affairs Committee. 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 Cristy Award was presented to Michael Grosso, risk analyst, Bimbo Bakeries USA. 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 2015 Risk Manager of the Year® Award to Kathleen M. Ireland, vice president of global risk management, IBM Corp.

RIMS also recognized the exceptional work of its chapters for outstanding chapter programming and conferences; advancing the risk management profession; outstanding member services; as well as membership growth. Details about chapter award recipients are available at 

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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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