Patrick Sterling Named 2022 President of RIMS

January 03, 2022

NEW YORK (January 3, 2022) RIMS, the risk management society®, today announced that Patrick Sterling will lead the Society as president for the 2022 term, effective January 1. 

Mr. Sterling is Vice President of Legendary People at Texas Roadhouse in Louisville, Kentucky. A 34-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Patrick oversees executive and management staffing, benefits and compensation, human resource administration, risk management, asset protection and employee relations. Prior to joining Texas Roadhouse in 2004, Patrick served in several leadership positions for Ruby Tuesday.

He has been a member of RIMS for 17 years and was actively involved with RIMS Kentuckiana Bluegrass Chapter, as well as volunteering on RIMS External Affairs, Finance and Audit, and Annual Conference Programming committees.  Mr. Sterling joined RIMS global board of directors in 2018 and has served as the Society’s Board Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. He was a Risk Manager of the Year Honor Roll inductee in 2016 and a “Risk Innovator” award winner in 2009.

“The risk management profession has reached a pivotal moment in its history,” said Patrick Sterling. “As organizations moved quickly to address tremendous volatility and uncertainty, the value of strong risk management has never been more apparent to business leaders. It’s up to us to keep this momentum going.

“To do this, risk professionals must be courageous; unafraid to step-up to lead strategic conversations and deliver answers that pave the way for growth and innovation. I am beyond proud to serve as RIMS 2022 President and can’t wait to work with this outstanding Board, as well as the Society’s dedicated volunteers and staff to continue to create opportunities for risk professionals around the world.”

Officers on RIMS 2022 Board of Directors:

President: Patrick Sterling, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Vice President, Legendary People, Texas Roadhouse.
Vice President: Jennifer Santiago, MBA, RIMS-CRMP, ARM; Director, Risk Management and Safety, Wakefern Food Corp.
Treasurer: David E. Arick, ARM; Assistant Treasurer, Global Risk Management, International Paper Company.
Secretary: Kristen Peed, AIC, ARM-E, CPCU, CRM, RPLU; Director of Corporate Risk Management, CBIZ, Inc.

New Board Members:
Manuel Padilla; ARM, AIC, SPPA, CPRM, Vice President, Risk Management & Insurance, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated.
Christie Weinstein; Director, Risk Management, Honeywell International Inc.

Incumbent Board Members:
Kevin Bates; Group Head of Risk & Insurance, Lendlease.
Penni Chambers; Vice President, Risk Management, Hillwood a Perot Company.
Barry Dillard; Vice President, Risk Management Services, The Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line.
Twane Duckworth; Managing Director – Risk Management, City of Garland, Texas.
Tina Gardiner; Manager, Risk Management Services, The Regional Municipality of York (Ontario).
Christy Kaufman, CPCU; Vice President of Risk Management, Zillow Group.
Ex Officio: Ellen R. Dunkin, Esq.; Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer, Amalgamated Life Insurance Company, a Member of the Amalgamated Family of Companies.

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About RIMS

RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global professional association committed to advancing the practice of risk management throughout the world. We bring networking, professional development, certification, and education opportunities to our membership of 10,000 risk management professionals in over 60 countries. Founded in 1950, the Society represents more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. To access RIMS Risk Knowledge resource library and for additional information about the Society, visit

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About RIMS

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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