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ATLANTA-The Atlanta chapter of the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. celebrated its 40th year at its annual educational conference this month.

The conference, in its 14th year, drew a record 450 attendees to the Inforum in Atlanta Feb. 6-7.

Risk managers, brokers and insurance industry professionals discussed topics including violence in the workplace, ethics and the insurance professional, and employment practices liability.

The Atlanta chapter will host this year's national RIMS conference April 13-18.

New York-based RIMS is helping attendees learn more about the city and the event with its World Wide Web site, http://www. The site also has a link to information on Atlanta.

The RIMS page is expected to list information on conference exhibitors later this month, according to Anne Weathersby, executive vp of Information Inc.

Ms. Weathersby, who helped create the Web site and the RIMSNET system for the national organization, said information also will be available on conference sessions and exhibitors.

The Atlanta chapter presented its Walter H. Buce Jr. Memorial Award to Sandra Gustavson, a University of Georgia professor and department head of insurance, legal studies, real estate and management science.

The award, which recognizes excellence in risk management and insurance, was created last year to honor a longtime chapter member who was killed in a 1995 car accident.

Next year's chapter conference will be Jan. 29-30 at the Inforum. For information, call Art Kirchoffer, property risk manager at BellSouth Corp., 404-249-2951.