May 01, 2023

NEW YORK (May 1, 2023) RIMS, the risk management society®, today announced the winners of its series of industry awards presented during RISKWORLD® in Atlanta. The awards were presented by RIMS leadership during the conference’s Awards Luncheon and Leadership Keynote.

RIMS most prestigious honor, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Joan Schmit, American Family Insurance Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance at The Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison. This honor 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 Risk Manager of the Year is Theresa Severson, Vice President – Insurance and Risk Management for Kite Realty Group. RIMS Risk Management Honor Roll inducted Anne Marie Bitta, Director, Global Risk Management at Abbott Laboratories.

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 Judy Silverman, Insurable Risk for Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (ret) and a leader with RIMS Chicago 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, Emily L. Bloedel, Manager, Contracts and Legal Affairs for Merrick & Company, was honored for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement and leadership potential.

The Risk Management Hall of Fame, sponsored by AIG, was created to preserve the history and tradition of the profession. This year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame were innovators who dedicated their careers to advancing the profession. The 2023 inductees include Roger Andrews, formerly of E.D. Bullard Company, Daniel H. Kugler, formerly of Snap-On, and Jim Green, formerly of Justin Industries.  

RIMS Chapter of the Year Award was presented to RIMS Upstate New York for going above and beyond to deliver exceptional resources, programming and opportunities to local members in 2022. Accepting on behalf of the chapter was Upstate New York Chapter President Anne Askloff, Risk Manager at Moog Inc.

RIMS ECHO Awards – Enhancing Chapter Outcomes – honors chapters that have successfully aligned their programming with RIMS strategic priorities to innovate, develop, engage and advocate for the global risk management community. RIMS 2023 ECHO Award chapters are RIMS Chicago, RIMS Dallas/Fort Worth, RIMS Rocky Mountain and RIMS Saskatchewan.

Launched in 1963 as RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, the annual event 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 learning and networking experience. The four-day RISKWORLD experience offers more than 150 learning opportunities, keynote presentations, special events, and an expansive Marketplace with hundreds of solutions providers – all with countless opportunities to engage and grow your risk network. RISKWORLD 2023 is scheduled for April 30 – May 1 in Atlanta. RISKWORLD 2024 is in San Diego from May 5-9.

About RIMS
RIMS, the risk management society®️, empowers risk professionals to make the world safer, more secure, and more sustainable. Through networking, professional development, certification, advocacy, and research, RIMS and its 80 chapters serves more than 200,000 risk practitioners and business leaders from over 75 countries. Founded in 1950, the Society publishes the award-winning Risk Management Magazine and produces RISKWORLD®️, the largest annual gathering of global risk professionals. RIMS embraces diversity, equity and inclusion and welcomes all risk professionals to connect and learn, explore the online Risk Knowledge library, tune into the RIMScast podcast series, and engage via LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook. To learn more, visit www.RIMS.org.

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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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