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RIMS awards recognize past, present and future of risk management

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The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. bestowed several awards during its annual conference in New Orleans, including the coveted Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award.

The Goodell Award, which is named for RIMS' first president and honors individuals who have furthered the goals of RIMS and the discipline of risk management, was presented to Janice Ochen-kowski, international director of global risk management at Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. in Chicago.

During an awards luncheon, RIMS President Richard Roberts said Ms. Ochenkowski, who was the society's president in 2008, has advanced the goals of risk management and has been a role model for ethical behavior.

“It is truly humbling to be honored by my peers in this way,” Ms. Ochenkowski said.

In conjunction with American International Group Inc., RIMS also honored three individuals who made significant contributions to the profession of risk management during the course of their careers by inducting them into its Risk Management Hall of Fame:

? Reginald A. Pitchford, known as Reg, was the corporate risk manager at United Grain Growers Ltd. and was instrumental in maintaining the Manitoba, Canada, RIMS chapter known as MARIMS. He died in 2014 at the age of 92.

? James D. Hinton, who retired as the vice president of risk and insurance at Hospital Corp. of America. Recognized as Business Insurance's Risk Manager of the Year® in 2005, Mr. Hinton died in 2012.

? Gary E. Bird spent most of his career at mining firm Phelps Dodge Corp., where he served as director of risk management. He authored the first three editions of The Wrap-Up Guide, a series exploring strategies and best practices to manage liability policies designed to serve as all-encompassing insurance for all contractors and subcontractors. He died at the age of 51 in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Ron Judd Heart of RIMS Award, which honors an individual who keeps their chapter vibrant and relevant, was given to Victoria Nolan, risk and benefits manager at public water utility Clean Water Services and an active member of RIMS' Oregon chapter.

The Richard W. Bland Memorial Award, which recognizes a member's commitment in the area of legislation or regulation, was presented to Richard Rabs, immediate past chair of RIMS' external affairs committee.

The Cristy Award, which acknowledges the person who earns the highest marks on the three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation, was presented to Michael Grosso, risk analyst at Bimbo Bakeries USA.

RIMS this year introduced a new award, the Rising Star, to honor professionals younger than 35 or with less than seven years of industry experience.

Saying it was impossible to select just one winner, Mr. Roberts said three people had been chosen as Rising Star winners.

They were Anna Bendgen, a risk management specialist at Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee; Andrew Bent, a senior adviser for environmental health and safety risk at Suncor Energy Inc. in Calgary, Alberta; and Yelena Urcia, senior global insurance analyst at The AES Corp. in Arlington, Virginia.