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In Uncertain Times, Effective Risk Management is Key 1/5/2009

RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition unveils rich program outlining latest leadership strategies and techniques

NEW YORK (January 5, 2009) — Amidst the recent turmoil in the financial markets, the risk management industry has been placed into the spotlight and risk practitioners are being asked to re-evaluate their risks and exposures. The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition, taking place April 19-23 in Orlando, Florida will provide risk managers and other executives charged with risk management responsibilities with proven leadership strategies and techniques to successfully navigate this time of economic uncertainty, and the surfacing global threats. The conference will take place at the Orange County Convention Center.

"Risk professionals today face a very challenging economy with tough decisions to make for their organization. Now more than ever, it is vital that practitioners stay connected and informed," says Mary Roth, ARM, RIMS executive director. "What practitioners will learn, see and hear at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition should not be missed. This is the conference for risk professionals to question industry partners about business tactics, learn from experts about the latest leadership strategies and hear how peers are addressing challenges in their own organization."

The Keynote speaker at the conference General Session is Dr. Dennis N.T. Perkins, leadership consultant and author, who will present his 10 strategies for success based on effective leadership in demanding environments. Other speakers include Harvard Business School professor, change consultant and author John Kotter, who will share the secrets to aligning business goals and embracing effective change management; and financial journalist and author Roger Lowenstein, who will discuss the downfall of U.S. hedge fund company Long-Term Capital Management and the issues facing the current global credit crises.

Educational Lineup
RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition boasts more than 400 speakers who will lead some 120 workshops in the 10 category areas of claims management, employment risks, ERM, finance, industry, insurance, international, legal legislation, loss control and risk management. Sessions cover current issues such as tactics that will help to improve an organizations risk management approach, and how to address the risks involved in using products and materials from developing countries as well as traditional trading partners. "Hot Topic" sessions will be announced in January to offer attendees forward-looking content based on current events.

Networking Events
RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition will offer several opportunities for risk practitioners to meet with peers in a relaxed atmosphere. RIMS will host its third Community Service Day, once again supported by Aon, at Give Kids the World—a 70-acre resort that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at central Florida's attractions. Other networking events include the Spencer Educational Foundation's annual golf and hockey tournament fundraisers, an internationally inspired Opening Reception held at Walt Disney World's Epcot® Center, a special Wednesday evening entertainment—SeaWorld Spectacular, and an Exhibit Hall wine and cheese reception.

RIMS Goes Green
RIMS will be working closely with the Orange County Convention Center to support and execute an environmentally-friendly event throughout the week. For example, to reduce energy consumption, the center's lights, heat and air conditioning will be turned off in rooms not in use. Also, many conference materials such as banners, carpeting, signage, badge holders, among others will use recyclable materials and soy-based inks.

The deadline for the Early Bird discount is February 20. More information on RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition, travel arrangements and registration are 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 some 10,000 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 325 exhibitors. After Orlando, the event 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 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


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


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