RIMS Harry & Dorothy Goodell Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to GB Specialty's Pamela Popp

April 14, 2021

NEW YORK (April 14, 2021) RIMS, the risk management society®, announced the winners of its series of industry awards including the risk management profession’s most prestigious honor the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award to Pamela Popp. This year’s risk management standouts will be presented with virtual awards during RIMS LIVE 2021. Details about our award winners are available in RIMS Risk Management Magazine’s Award issue.

RIMS’ most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Pamela Popp, Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at GB Specialty, a division of Gallagher Bassett. 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 Michael Harrington, Vice President-Risk Management and Assistant Secretary at Lockheed Martin Corporation. RIMS Risk Management Honor Roll inducted Cheryl Lloyd, Associate Vice President & Chief Risk Officer and Interim Vice President, Systemwide Human Resources at the University of California.

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 advancing RIMS at the chapter level. This year’s Heart of RIMS recipients are Mark Habersack, an active member and leader of RIMS Nevada Chapter and the Director of Risk Management at MGM Grand; and Sue Mepham who is a retired risk professional and a leader with the RIMS Saskatchewan 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, Elliot Long, US Risk Management Consultant for Aflac, was honored for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement and leadership potential.

The Richard W. Bland Memorial Award was presented to Lynn Haley Pilarski, Risk Manager at General Motors. 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.

To continue to celebrate innovation in risk management, RIMS has transformed its Annual Conference into the RIMS LIVE 2021 virtual conference experience. The 10-day event scheduled from April 19 – 30 will bring the world’s risk management community together, delivering 175 education sessions, advanced network-building capabilities and game-changing solutions in its digital Marketplace. Launched in 1963, the in-person RIMS Annual Conference normally attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers. RIMS 2022 Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco. For more information about RIMS LIVE 2021, visit www.RIMS.org/RIMS2021.

About RIMS
RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit 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 www.RIMS.org.


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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