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“Biggest Little City in the World” Home to RIMS Newest Chapter

In June, RIMS announced its newest addition, the Northern Nevada chapter, located in what’s known as the “Biggest Little City in the World”—Reno. RIMS Northern Nevada Chapter offers its members a chance to meet other risk professionals who come from surrounding towns and cities, covering some 200+ miles!

“Besides the benefits of networking, regional members have the opportunity to learn the latest developments and trends that affect the risk and insurance community,” says David Cisneros, ARM, chapter president and director of risk management at International Game Technology.

“At our first meeting, we brought in Kevin Pekowsky, a managing director at Marsh, San Francisco, who discussed the current state of the property insurance market and what members can do to prepare for a successful renewal. Judging from the response we received from members, I’m sure we’ll have no problem lining up similar presentations and educational offerings in the future. We hope our meeting programming attracts more risk managers from the area.”

One might wonder, why create another chapter in Nevada when there’s already one in Las Vegas?

“Interestingly enough, most people think that everything in the state is within easy driving distance to Las Vegas, and that’s simply not true,” David is quick to point out. “In fact, Reno is actually some 400 miles from Las Vegas. Members who live in, say, Carson City or Sparks wouldn’t be up to driving to Las Vegas for a monthly meeting. Another reason is because Reno and the surrounding communities have a variety of industries, allowing us to attract new members from the academic community, healthcare institutions, gaming, government agencies and winter sporting industry.”

RIMS Northern Nevada Chapter officers are:

President: B. David Cisneros, ARM, Director, Risk Management, International Game Technology

Vice President: Jerri Eby, Risk Manager, John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Secretary: Bill Prentiss, ARM, SCLA, Risk Analyst, International Game Technology Treasurer: Maureen Martinez, Acting Deputy Risk Manager, State of Nevada Risk Management Division

RIMS Delegate: Karen Caterino, Risk Manager, State of Nevada Risk Management Division

Northern Nevada signifies RIMS 81st chapter, including 68 others in the U.S., 10 in Canada, and one each in Japan and Mexico. Mexico was the last chapter chartered in 2004. For more information about RIMS Northern Nevada Chapter, visit


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  • In 1929, thanks to the winner of a slogan contest, the Reno arch advertises Reno as the “Biggest Little City in the World.”

The University of Nevada, Reno, was founded in 1874 as the State University of Nevada in Elko, approximately 300 miles northeast of its present-day campus. The university is the state leader in education and research.

“Hot August Nights,” an event showcasing vintage classic cars and music from the 50’s and 60’s, attracts some 800,000 visitors every year.

At a 4,500-foot altitude, the Reno area offers four distinct seasons with few extremes. Average temperatures range from winter lows in the 20's to summer highs in the 90's.

Located in Washoe County, the geographic area surrounding Reno boasts 18 world-class ski resorts, 40+ golf courses, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing and gaming at more than 60 locations, including some of the top casinos in North America.


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