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April 28,2015

‘RIMS 2015 Annual Industry’ Awards presented

New York, NY--RIMS, the risk management society™, has announced the winners of its series of industry awards presented during RIMS 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition Awards Luncheon in New Orleans.

RIMS’ most prestigious honour, the ‘ Harry and Dorothy Goodell Award’, was presented to Janice Ochenkowski, international director, global risk management for Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago, IL. Named in honour of RIMS’ first president, the award pays tribute to an individual who has furthered the goals of the society and the risk management discipline through outstanding service and achievement.

The ‘ Ron Judd “Heart of RIMS” Award’ pays tribute to the legacy of Ron Judd, who served as the RIMS executive director for 22 years. Individuals are nominated by chapters for outstanding performance in furthering risk management at the chapter level.   This year’s ‘Heart of RIMS’ recipient is Victoria Nolan, risk and benefits manager, Clean Water Services and an active member of RIMS Oregon Chapter.

The ‘ RIMS Rising Star Award’honours up-and-coming risk management professionals under the age of 35 or who have seven or less years of professional experience in the industry.  This year, Anna Bendgen, risk management specialist at Sedgwick, Andrew Bent, senior advisor, EH&S risk at Suncor Energy Inc., and Yelena Urcia, senior global insurance analyst at The AES Corporation were honoured for demonstrating exceptional initiative, volunteerism, professional development, achievement, and leadership potential.

The ‘ Richard W. Bland Memorial Award ’ was presented to Richard Rabs , immediate past chair of RIMS External Affairs Committee . The award was created by RIMS Kansas City Chapter in 1974 to recognize a member’s dedicated commitment in the area of legislation or regulation.

The ‘Cristy Award’ was presented to Michael Grosso , risk analyst, Bimbo Bakeries USA. This award acknowledges the individual who earned the highest marks on the three exams required to earn the Associate of Risk Management designation.

RIMS and Business Insurance magazine presented the 2015 Risk Manager of the Year ® Award to Kathleen M. Ireland, vice-president of global risk management, IBM Corp.

RIMS also recognized the exceptional work of its chaptersforoutstanding chapter programming and conferences; advancing the risk management profession; outstanding member services; as well as membership growth. Details about chapter award recipients are available at  





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