and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter
L.A. RIMS NEWS
The Newsletter for
Risk and Insurance Management Professionals
RIMS News April 2004
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.
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
We have instituted
an electronic version of our membership roster
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.
Smith of Castle and Cooke, Inc and Dennis Healy of the Los Angeles
Newspaper Group were instrumental in making the above a reality.
hope to see many of our LA members at the upcoming RIMS National
Conference in San Diego.
Risk and Insurance
Los Angeles Chapter
Tournament May 10th,
2004 Brookside Country Club
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
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.
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
John to be Awarded Heart of Rims!
Asmany 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
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.
California Workers' Comp--Where do we go from here?
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Los Angeles
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
10am - 2pm
3 Downtown - Los Angeles Convention Center (West
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
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
ZENITH INSURANCE COMPANY
Right Safety Professional
San Diego, CA
Date: January 21, 2004
This is an available position for a highly skilled, highly motivated
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.