The inaugural Texas RIMS on the Hill Legislative Conference was held March 2-3 in Austin, Texas. Twenty members—representing all four Texas chapters—united to discuss state policy issues affecting the risk management profession in the Lone Star State.
RIMS members interacted with state legislative representatives and senators to introduce the Society, provide education on the risk management profession and encourage legislative support for the contract certainty issue.
"Representatives are now aware we represent a coalition of nearly 1,000 risk managers across Texas who purchase billions of dollars in coverage for our many organizations," says Charles "Buddy" Gillenwater, RIMS Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter member and risk manager of the City of Mesquite, Texas. "Each attendee witnessed the impact that their presence in front of our representatives can have on the financial health of the insurance marketplace and state business climate. This legislative conference not only represents change we can believe in, it represents change we will benefit from with active participation in making our profession's concerns known to the elected and appointed officials within the state of Texas."
Speakers at the event included Carol Cates, associate commissioner of government relations at the Texas Department of Insurance; Robert Stokes, attorney at Flahive, Ogden, and Latson; Darrell Wells, legislative liaison for the Texas Public Risk Management Association; and Lee Ann Alexander, assistant vice president of public affiars and senior legislative counsel at Liberty Mutual.
Are you interested in holding a Legislative Conference in your state? Contact Nathan Bacchus, RIMS State and Regulatory Affairs Associate, at 212-655-6215 for more details.