Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter


 The Newsletter for Risk and Insurance Management Professionals

L.A. RIMS News April 2004

President's Message

In developing the Boards 2004 goals and objectives, it allows me to reflect on what we’re doing well as a Chapter and what areas we need to work on. One area we’re seeing good results from recently is our membership. Since 1997, we have averaged approximately 120 company members, 200 deputies and approximately 70 Friends of RIMS. The Los Angeles Chapter is one of the largest Chapters within the Society with an annual budget of over $100,000. Our membership dues represent a large portion of the Chapter’s revenues.  After a few years of stagnant membership growth, we have managed to start increasing our membership so that we now are getting consistent year over year growth.

We’ve achieved this through a number of initiatives.  The following are just a handful of the improvements that allow us to grow our membership:

  • Our RIMS National Membership Data Base allows us to efficiently approve new members.
  • We redefined our membership initiation program.
  • We redesigned our membership roster
  • We have instituted an electronic version of our membership roster

We improved our membership program extensively during the last several years while containing costs, increasing usability, and keeping everything accurate and timely. This allows us to serve our membership better, makes it easier for our Board Members to do their jobs, and makes our membership happy when they see the results.

Becky Smith of Castle and Cooke, Inc and Dennis Healy of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group were instrumental in making the above a reality.

Again, I hope to see many of our LA members at the upcoming RIMS National Conference in San Diego.

Michael Carlin

L.A. RIMS President



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Calendar of Events
April 18-22, 2004
RIMS National
Annual Conference
San Diego, CA

May 10, 2004
L.A. RIMS Annual
Charity Golf Tournament
Brookside Golf Course
Pasadena, CA

Register for the L.A. RIMS Golf

Welcome New Members

Steve Colman
Century Housing Corp.

Michael Dunham
Unocal Corporation

Kenneth Elkinson
Nestle USA, Inc.

Michael Hercz
Amgen, Inc.

Karen Mayo
Harbor-UCLA Research & Education Inst.

William Taylor

Natalie Warwick
Unocal Corporation

Laura Young Daetz
CEL & Associates, Inc.

LA RIMS Board Officers 2004

Michael Carlin, ARM, CPCU

Executive V.P.
Dennis Healy

Rae Knapp, CPCU, ARM

RIMS Delegate
Kathy Merkovsky

Tanya Karn, ARM, ALCM
Stacy Stevens, CPCU, ARM, AIC

Paula Ferrini
Becky Smith, ARM

Facilities & Communication
Diane Wren, ARM

Scott Ritto, ARM

Legislation & Compliance
Ruth Lindstrom, ARM

Public Relations
Madeline Ramirez, ARM

Todd Marumoto
Bill Witt

L.A. RIMS Office
Amber Brown


If you would like to submit articles for the monthly newsletter, please note that articles must be received by  the 15th of each month.   Submit articles to RIMS@emaoffice.com

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Risk and Insurance
Management Society,
Los Angeles Chapter


Chapter Clips

Golf Tournament May 10th, 2004 Brookside Country Club

Have you signed up?  Better hurry, you don’t want to miss this years LA RIMS/Zurich Charitable Golf Tour. Take advantage of our online registration at  http://larims.org/golf_04.html The deadline is fast approaching and you need to register today. We are asking that you bring your business card to qualify for the prize raffle. Can’t miss this event…..sign up now!!!!

Volunteers and Prizes

Would you like to help out the annual golf tournament?  Would your company like to donate a prize for the evening raffle?  How about a small item for the golfers goody bag. Contact LA RIMS office at (818) 842-6096.


What a better way to advertise than by sponsoring a hole at the annual golf tournament. The cost is $1,500 which includes a sign displayed on the course to let every player and businesses know that you are helping support our local RIMS Chapter. In addition, your company will be recognized in the program at the event and on our website, www.larims.org.  For more information, contact the L.A. RIMS office at (818) 842-6096.

John to be Awarded Heart of Rims!

As many of you know, John Pinner has been a longtime member and advocate for the RIMS L.A. Chapter, and recently retired from Mattel as well as from our Chapter's Board of Directors.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that John Pinner has been selected as the winner of the Ron Judd Heart of RIMS award.  Each year the committee receives a number of qualified and worthy submissions for this highly prestigious award.  This year was no different.  We understand that scoring the submissions was a difficult and complex task.  The committee carefully weighed each area of accomplishment and John's hard work and dedication was deemed exceptional.

John will be presented the award at the Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 19th, from 8:00a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Ballroom 6.  Please join us in applauding John and his acceptance of this award.


Stacy Stevens, our Chapter's Co-Director of Programs, was recently promoted to Senior VP of Risk Management at Lowe Enterprises, Inc.  Stacy is responsible for all of the risk management programs for Lowe's commercial properties and hospitality units, oversees the company's loss control and prevention, and claims management programs.  Congratulations Stacy!

Marine Underwriters of Southern California

Kathy Merkovsky, the Delegate for the L.A. Chapter, recently spoke at the Marine Underwriters of Southern California meeting.  She spoke of current maritime insurance concerns the Port is addressing, her role as Risk Manager for the Port of Los Angeles, and she promoted upcoming events on behalf of RIMS.

RIMS San Diego Conference

Tanya Karn of Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. and Co-Director of L.A. Chapter’s Programs will be chairing the Entertainment Industry Session at the RIMS Conference in San Diego.

Also, Dennis Healy of L.A. Newspaper Group and Vice President of RIMS L.A. Chapter will be taking a role in the Printing and Publishing Industry Session.

Hot Topic: California Workers' Comp--Where do we go from here?

Expert update of the California Workers' Compensation changing landscape including a brief history of past legislative changes, a refresher on California's current situation, and an interactive discussion on new legislative laws/proposals that will affect all California employers. Find out what employers can do to combat the growing workers' compensation costs faced by companies doing business in California.  Todd Marumoto of Mattel and L.A. RIMS Board Director is coordinating this session with the assistance of Ruth Lindstrom, L.A. RIMS Legislation Director, Bernie Melchionne of Mattel and Maria Bayne of Bayne Consulting Group, Ltd.

RIMS 2004 Western Regional Conference

Please plan on joining us this fall for the RIMS 2004 Western Regional Conference at the Hyatt Newporter in the Back Bay area of Newport Beach hosted by the four Southern California Chapters:  Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Inland Empire.  This is the only closed conference remaining on the RIMS schedule and is quite a unique experience.  This means that, while we anticipate some of the speakers at the educational sessions may be brokers, underwriters, attorneys and other service providers, registration is limited to risk managers who are deputy members of RIMS (or those eligible for deputy membership) and to educational, student and affiliate members.  This leads to an open interchange with your peers to work towards resolving today’s challenges and preparing for tomorrow in a casual, relaxed environment.

The Hyatt Newporter offers 26 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with fantastic amenities including three outdoor pools, bicycle rentals, jogging paths, a fitness center, tennis courts and an on-site 9 hole / par 3 golf course.  The hotel is undergoing a $10 million transformation of all public rooms, meeting space and guest rooms which will be completed this spring so it will truly be a grand setting for our conference.  Fashion Island and Balboa Island are within reasonable walking distance but complimentary transportation is provided if you don’t want to bother with finding a parking spot.

Local attendees are not obligated to stay at the hotel but it’s a great opportunity for a getaway since the conference guest room rate is only $130 per night (that’s not a typo – it’s one hundred and thirty dollars!!!) and also applies to stays three days before and three days after the conference dates on a space-available basis.  A special conference registration rate will be available for spouses/guests so that they can join the group for meals while taking advantage of the surroundings for the rest of the day.

The planning committee is working on the program and is open to your suggestions.  What would you like to hear about?  Have you heard any really good speakers lately?  Would you like to be a speaker?

Please pass on any ideas, comments or questions to Kathy Merkovsky at
(310) 732-3971 or you can contact her at

Legislative Updates  
City of Los Angeles 13th Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair

April is Emergency Preparedness month. The City of Los Angeles is sponsoring their 13th Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair on the various dates and locations listed below. Please come to any of these events to receive free emergency preparedness kits, prizes and emergency preparedness literature, especially for school age children. See you there!

Prepare to Survive

                                     FREE ADMISSION!
                                          10am - 2pm

April 3     Downtown - Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall)
              1201 South Figueroa St.
April 10   Eagle Rock - Westfield Shoppingtown Eagle Rock
              2700 Colorado Blvd.
April 17   West Los Angeles - Westside Pavilion
              10800 West Pico Blvd.
April 18   Central Los Angeles - Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
              3650 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
April 24   West Valley - Westfield Shoppingtown Topanga
              660 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
April 25   East Valley - Balboa Park
              17015 Burbank Blvd.

Learn how to prepare your home, family and business for emergencies.  Participating Departments and Agencies include: Fire, Police, Emergency Preparedness, Building and Safety, Public Works, Water and Power, Disability, Housing, Community Redevelopment, Aging, Airports, Recreation and Parks, American Red Cross, County and State Agencies.

FREE sample emergency kits*, prizes and emergency preparedness literature!

*Limited to first 300 households (one per household) at each event.

                           Emergency Preparedness...it's an LA thing!
                www.lacity.org/epd - (888) 356-4661 - TTY: (213) 847-0652


Job Opportunities  


Outstanding for Right Safety Professional

San Diego, CA
January 21, 2004

This is an available position for a highly skilled, highly motivated Professional.

There is currently a rare Safety & Health Department opening at Zenith Insurance Company's
San Diego

TheZenith is a specialty insurance carrier with the reputation of providing the best and most complete services in the Workers' Compensation industry.  For more information about TheZenith see:

The position involves providing safety and health services for large and often technically complex accounts. The successful candidate will work as a key player with a team of seven other safety professionals.

Extensive related experience is required. A four year college degree and professional certification(s) are desirable.

The successful candidate will welcome the challenges and rewards of working in a dynamic environment, continually changing priorities, exposure to an unlimited variety of industries, and frequent interactions with insureds, ranging from company presidents to line employees, agents, and Zenith internal customers.

Well developed, excellent verbal and documented communication skills, including the ability to produce and deliver sophisticated safety and workers' comp presentations and technical reports, are essential as is competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc. This is a position which would suit an advanced safety generalist. However, the ability to research, and produce ergonomics and industrial hygiene reports would be an advantage for the successful candidate.

If you are qualified for this position or know someone who is, please respond via e-mail with a résumé and any questions. 

Larry Bishop, CSP
Safety & Health Department

Zenith Insurance,
San Diego