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RIMS Western Regional Conference to Convene on September 22-25 8/5/2009

Early bird registration closes August 21

NEW YORK (August 5, 2009) — Top executives from Aon Risk Services and Marsh will address the current state of the insurance market and how companies can save money and look to alternatives to transfer and finance risk at RIMS Western Regional Conference on September 22-25 in Seattle, Washington. Risk managers will hear from Eric Andersen, CEO, ARS - U.S. Retail, Aon Risk Services and Joe McSweeney, president, U.S. & Canada Operations, Marsh discuss new and creative solutions to manage risks through an economic downturn. The conference, tagged "Fresh Ideas, Market Choices and Sound Decisions," is hosted by RIMS Washington Chapter. The deadline for early bird registration is August 21.

The conference features more than 30 educational sessions on a variety of industry issues such as the current macro and micro economic situation, the value of insurance in a recession, mergers and acquisitions, pandemics, piracy and sustainability.

"We want risk professionals to join RIMS Washington Chapter in Seattle and experience a conference that will help further their technical skills, focus on their professional development and create multiple opportunities to network with their peers," says Michael Mooney, RIMS Washington Chapter president and director of global claims and insurance operations at Expeditors International.

The keynote speakers at the conference include:

  • John Burnett, author, New York Times columnist and contributor to NPR radio and CNN News, who will discuss piracy and the impact it may have on the global economy and risk management;
  • Phyllis Campbell, Pacific Northwest chairwoman of JP Morgan Chase and president and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, who will discuss leadership principles to create a roadmap for professional success;
  • Joseph A. Restoule, CIP, CRM, RIMS president and leader of risk management at NOVA Chemicals Corporation, who will present an update on the state of the Society; and,
  • Dr. Steven N. Weisbart, senior vice president and chief economist at the Insurance Information Institute, who will discuss the impact of the global recession and provide a forecast into 2009.

Networking events include a golf tournament, cocktail reception and fundraising dinner for Farestart, a non-profit organization that trains and prepares individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds for a career in the culinary arts.

The deadline for early bird registration is August 21. Online registration closes September 8. On-site registration will be available on September 22. Complete details on RIMS Western Regional Conference may be found at

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing the practice 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 brings networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 11,000 risk management professionals located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit


For more information, contact:

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


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