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Goodell Award winner not content to rest on his laurels

Posted On: Apr. 11, 2016 12:00 AM CST

Though he received what's considered a lifetime achievement award, Christopher E. Mandel, a former Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. president, told an audience of several hundred who stood to applaud his success that he's “far from done” in the industry.

“We're going to keep going,” he said Monday after receiving the Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award at RIMS' annual awards luncheon at its conference in San Diego.

The award, named for RIMS' first president, honors individuals who have furthered the goal of the society and the risk management discipline and is considered the organization's top honor.

Mr. Mandel, Nashville, Tennessee-based senior vice president of strategic solutions for Sedgwick Claims Management Inc. and Business Insurance's 2004 Risk Manager of the Year®, told the group he was humbled by the award and went on to thank those who he said helped him.

He also bestowed words of wisdom to the group: “Be willing to take risks. You can't achieve without that. (And) always do the right thing.”

He was one of nearly a dozen professionals honored at the awards luncheon.

RIMS President Julie Pemberton helped present the awards.

“Their contributions have advanced our society and industry,” she told attendees. “They are examples of what can be accomplished when you go beyond.”

The Ron Judd Heart of RIMS Award, which honors individuals who keep their chapters vibrant and relevant, was given to Robin Joines, senior vice president of risk management for Sedgwick and an active member of RIMS' Memphis Chapter.

The Cristy Award, which acknowledges the person who receives the highest marks on the three exams required for the Associate of Risk Management designation, was presented to David Engel, director of risk management for AT&T Inc.

New this year, the RIMS Ambassadors Group award recognizes individuals for their continued service with RIMS, going above and beyond to help strengthen and support the society's strategic initiatives. Its first inductees are Darius Delon, South Alberta Chapter member and associate vice president of risk services at Mount Royal University, and Daniel McGarvey, Western Carolina Chapter member and managing director at Marsh L.L.C.

The RIMS Rising Star Award, which honors risk management professionals younger than 35 or who have seven or fewer years of professional experience in the industry, was given to Alumine Bellone, director of risk and insurance for Broward Health, and Kathleen Crowe, account specialist for Aon Risk Solutions, both honored for exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement and leadership potential.