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RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition to Address Emerging Risks and Economic Challenges 4/14/2009

Largest gathering of risk professionals takes place April 19-23 in Orlando

NEW YORK (April 14, 2009) — Emerging risks and the impact of the current economic situation will be two of the topics covered at the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, April 19-23. Other topics at the week-long conference will include the latest enterprise risk management (ERM) tools and techniques, the top 10 litigation traps for risk professionals and insurance contract negotiation.

"RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition has more learning and networking opportunities than any other event for risk professionals," says Mary Roth, ARM, RIMS executive director. "With the business spotlight focused on risk management practices, this is the time for risk professionals to stretch their knowledge, expand their resources and develop strategies to further their organizations' strategic business goals."

The conference features keynote presentations from some of the world's authorities on leadership and change including:

  • Leadership consultant Dr. Dennis N.T. Perkins, author of "Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition," who will present strategies for success based on effective leadership in demanding environments;
  • Harvard Business School professor John Kotter, change consultant and author of "Leading Change," who will share the secrets to aligning business goals and embracing effective change management; and,
  • Financial journalist Roger Lowenstein, author of "When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management," who will discuss the downfall of the U.S. hedge fund company Long-Term Capital Management and the issues facing the current global credit crisis.

Educational Lineup
RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition boasts more than 350 expert speakers who will lead 120+ sessions on a variety of critical risk management issues. Hot Topic sessions include Navigating the Financial Tsunami, Five Questions to Ask Before Switching Insurance Companies, Insurance Coverage for Subprime Mortgage Lawsuits and D&O Insurance During the Economic Crisis. RIMS 2009 will also offer Strategic Partner Sessions from the nation's leading insurers and brokers covering topics that address the needs and concerns of the risk management and insurance community.

Networking Events
There will be a number of networking opportunities for risk practitioners during the conference, including RIMS third annual Community Service Day, Spencer Educational Foundation's annual golf and hockey tournament fundraisers, an internationally inspired Opening Reception at Walt Disney World's Epcot® Center and an Exhibit Hall wine and cheese reception, to name a few.

The Exhibit Hall will feature more than 400 companies offering the latest in products and services for the risk management profession. For the first time, RIMS popular online ERM Center of Excellence sets up shop in the Exhibit Hall. The booth will be staffed by risk managers, including members of RIMS ERM Development Committee. The booth is also the place to pick up a copy of "Enterprise Risk Management for Dummies" guide, RIMS State of ERM Report 2008 and other reports. For those interested in learning more about RIMS Risk Maturity Model for ERM, the booth will have a computer to check out this valuable online ERM tool. Check out all of the Society's offerings at RIMS ERM Center of Excellence, located at booth No. 1129, right next to RIMS booth, No. 921.

Daily Blog and Twitter Provides Conference Highlights
RIMS is using technology to provide conference highlights for attendees and for risk practitioners who are unable to attend the conference. The editors of Risk Management magazine will be blogging every day, providing comments and critique of many of the 120+ sessions and other events. In addition, RIMS will be posting tidbits about the conference on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging site. Follow the action at

More information on RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition is available at

Interested in covering RIMS 2009 for your publication?
Accredited press may obtain a press pass by contacting Felicia Messimer, RIMS communications associate, at or (212) 655-6059.

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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