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RIMS and Business Insurance Present Risk Manager of the Year® Award 4/20/2009


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 20, 2009) — The Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) and Business Insurance magazine today announced the winner of the 2009 Risk Manager of the Year® Award at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando. Also announced were the members of the 2009 Risk Management Honor Roll®.

The 2009 Risk Manager of the Year is Fred O. Pachón, ARM, CPDM, WCCP, vice president of risk management and insurance at Select Staffing, Inc.

“It is an indescribable feeling and honor to be among the elite group of recipients of this prestigious award, one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” says Mr. Pachón. “This award is extremely special because it comes from my peers—it is the Oscar in our industry!"

Members of the 2009 Risk Management Honor Roll® are:

  • 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.

“Business Insurance is proud to join with RIMS to present these honors and celebrate the achievements of top practitioners in the field of risk management,” says Business Insurance Editor Regis Coccia. “It’s especially fitting that we recognize the honorees in a special way during RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition—the largest and most important conference for professional risk managers.”

RIMS and Business Insurance magazine announced in 2008 that they would collaborate on the annual awards, which recognize excellence in risk management. BI created the Risk Manager of the Year® award in 1977 and added the Risk Management Honor Roll® in 1981. Honorees are selected by an independent panel of judges, representing past winners, risk management educators, commercial insurance industry executives as well as the immediate past president of RIMS.

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   

About Business Insurance
Business Insurance is an international publication providing weekly news in print and daily online for executives in risk management, employee benefits and commercial insurance. BI, published by Crain Communications Inc., began publishing in 1967. 

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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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