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RIMS Presents Highest Honors at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition 4/20/2009


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 20, 2009) — The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) honored the industry’s shining stars at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition.
RIMS most prestigious award, the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, was presented to Carol A. Fox, ARM, senior director of risk management at Convergys Corporation. Named in honor of RIMS first president, Harry Goodell, 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.

Upon acceptance of the award, Ms. Fox said: “As risk leaders, we do make a difference in the lives of others. Our greatest professional achievements are the losses that didn’t happen and the opportunities that our organizations decide to take because of the skills we bring. Everything that RIMS involved me in—from chapter leadership to enterprise risk management—made me a better risk practitioner and leader. Thank you to those who nominated me for this award.”

During RIMS 2009 Award Luncheon, the Society recognized other outstanding risk practitioners. The Richard W. Bland Memorial Award was presented to Robert Cartwright, Jr., CRM, member of RIMS board of directors and loss prevention manager at Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. 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 Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award was presented to Marley Drainville, CRM, risk manager at Enerplus Resources Fund; and Al Gorski, risk manager at the Orange County Transportation Authority. The award pays tribute to the legacy of Ron Judd, who served as RIMS executive director for 22 years. Individuals are nominated by chapters for outstanding performance in furthering risk management at the chapter level.

The Arthur Quern Quality Award was presented to Lawyers Insurance Fund, the Law Society of British Columbia for its Beat the Clock publication. This honor showcases innovation within the risk management industry that has contributed to increased quality in products, services and enterprise risk management within an organization.

The Cristy Award was presented to Lori Kahwache, ARM, corporate risk manager at BlueLinx Corporation. The award acknowledges the individual who earned the highest marks on the three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation.

RIMS and Business Insurance magazine presented the 2009 Risk Manager of the Year® Award to Fred O. Pachón, ARM, CPDM, WCCP, vice president of risk management and insurance at Select Staffing. Also announced were members of the 2009 Risk Management Honor Roll®:

  • Raymond J. Alletto, ARM, CIC, vice president of risk management at United Rentals, Inc.
  • Lori Jorgensen, senior director of finance/risk management at Microsoft Corp.
  • Gary W. Langsdale, ARM, university risk officer at Pennsylvania State University

RIMS also recognized the exceptional work of some of its 80 Chapters for Outstanding Chapter Programming, Advancing the Risk Management Profession, Outstanding Member Services, Overall Chapter Excellence and the new Membership Growth Awards. A complete list of RIMS chapter award winners is available here.

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About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition
Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts thousands of 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 five-day event offers more than 120 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Exhibit Hall with more than 400 exhibitors. Future conferences will be hosted in Boston in 2010 and Vancouver in 2011. For more information, visit   

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to educating, engaging and advocating for the global risk community, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 11,000 risk practitioners who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information about the Society’s world-leading risk management content, networking, professional development and certification opportunities, visit

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For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, RIMS communications manager, (212) 655-6059 or



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