RIMS 2019 Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors: RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition

April 29, 2019

RIMS, the risk management society®, today announced the winners of its series of industry awards presented during RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition Awards and Recognition Luncheon in Boston.

RIMS’ most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Debra Rodgers, retired Senior Vice President, Global Risk Management at Aramark Corporation. 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.

RIMS Risk Manager of the Year and Risk Management Honor Roll aim to raise the profile of the risk management profession and the outstanding programs practitioners have implemented within their organizations. This year’s winner was Luke Figora, Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at Northwestern University. RIMS Risk Management Honor Roll inducted David Stills, Vice President, Global Risk Management for Walmart Inc.

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 Gordon Adams, an active member and leader of RIMS Orange County 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, Keesa Garcia, Risk Manager at NALS Apartment Homes, was honored for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement and leadership potential.

The Risk Management Hall of Fame is a joint venture of RIMS and AIG, and was created to preserve the history and tradition of the profession. This year’s inductee into the Hall of Fame include former RIMS presidents Deborah Luthi and William Mather.   

The Richard W. Bland Memorial Award was presented to Gary Raymond, Lead, Risk & Insurance at FedEx Ground. 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 Jessica Robb, Senior Financial Analyst at Nissan North America. This award acknowledges the individual who earned the highest marks on the three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation.

The J.D. Power 2018 Large Commercial Insurance StudySM conducted in association with RIMS, the risk management society®, has named XL Catlin now AXA XL as the top-performing insurer for 2018.  

RIMS also recognized the exceptional work of its chapters for their outstanding chapter programming and resources, as well as member engagement initiatives. Details about chapter award recipients are available at www.RIMS.org/newsroom.  

Stay current with all the news from RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition at www.RIMS.org/RIMS2019.

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 160 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Marketplace Exhibit Hall with nearly 400 exhibitors. Following Boston, the event will be hosted in Denver in 2020. For more information, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS2019.

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or JSalter@rims.org

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 www.RIMS.org

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