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Risk managers honored with RIMS awards

Risk professionals celebrated for skills, contributions

Risk managers honored with RIMS awards

PHILADELPHIA—The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. last week presented several awards recognizing achievements and contributions to the risk management profession.

The Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award, which is RIMS' highest honor, was presented to Peggy Accordino, vp-director of risk management for National Financial Partners Corp. in New York. The Goodell Award is named for RIMS' first president and is awarded annually to an individual who has advanced risk management as a discipline and has furthered the goals of RIMS.

During an awards luncheon last week at the society's annual conference in Philadelphia, RIMS also presented the Richard W. Bland Memorial Award to Donald Lassaw, president and CEO of L.T.D. America Total Care Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla. The RIMS Kansas City Chapter created the award in 1974 to recognize a member's dedicated commitment in the area of legislation or regulation.


In addition, the Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award was given to Cheryl Berman, regional risk manager for ProBuild Holdings Inc. and member of the San Diego Chapter. The award, which is given in tribute to longtime RIMS Executive Director Ron Judd, recognizes outstanding achievements in furthering risk management at the chapter level.

Also at the luncheon, Larry Collins, vp of e-solutions for Zurich Services Corp., accepted the Arthur Quern Quality Award, which recognizes innovation within the risk management industry.

In addition, RIMS and Business Insurance magazine presented the 2012 Risk Manager of the Year® Award to John J. Marren, director, global risk and insurance management at CSL Ltd.

Among other awards, the society also recognized several RIMS chapters for their outstanding work and recognized this year's inductees to the Risk Management Hall of Fame (see related story).