Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter


 The Newsletter for Risk and Insurance Management Professionals

L.A. RIMS News February 2004

President's Message

As the New Year begins, I look to Los Angeles RIMS 2004 Board Members with great excitement, ambitions and gratitude.

 Since I mentioned our Board, I thought I would give you a general understanding of its structure and purpose. The Board is generally made of thirteen to fourteen Risk Management professionals that volunteer their time, energy and knowledge to help support our Chapter.  The Board includes employees from Automobile Club, Castle & Cooke, City of Los Angeles, DWP, Decurion, Disney, Fremont General, Jacobs Engineering, Mattel, LA Times, Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Lowe Enterprises and the Port of Los Angeles.  So as you can see, all the Board members have full time positions with large companies or municipalities but some how are able to find time to volunteer their time.

We meet once a month generally for 2 hours and discuss topics such as the Chapter’s finances, upcoming luncheons, upcoming events like the golf tournament and the holiday party and what is the latest legislation impacting the insurance industry. The meetings are usually well attended even though they can be lengthy. The interesting thing from my perspective about the Board is that even though there are varying opinions from each Board member, we generally discuss issues of importance and arrive at a consensus of the Board that is in the best interest of the Chapter.

During the next year, it is likely you will be contacted by a Board member to either help with a committee, attend a monthly luncheon, help sponsor or attend a special event or be asked to provide an opinion on a subject that impacts the Chapter. I hope you will make time to talk and provide  input because if we all do a little bit, the Chapter will continue to develop and support the Los Angeles area.

Michael Carlin

L.A. RIMS President



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Calendar of Events

February 18, 2004
-L.A. RIMS Luncheon
Speaker:  Joe Manetta, Director of Safety for ABC
Topic:  L.A. Fires and Difficulty Dealing with Employee Safety

March 17, 2004
-L.A. RIMS Luncheon

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

February 18, 2004 L.A. RIMS Luncheon Meeting


Welcome New Members

John Davies
Smart & Final

Yvonne Morgan
M.G. Skinner & Associates

Jessica Seward

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc.


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

Copyright 2003,
Risk and Insurance
Management Society,
Los Angeles Chapter


RIMS 2004 Western Regional Conference

It was previously announced that the RIMS 2004 Western Regional Conference would be at the Newport Beach Marriott at Newport Center/Fashion Island.  Unfortunately, we were recently notified that due to the scheduling of the hotel’s renovations project, all of their meeting rooms will be unavailable during the time of our event.  However, we were able to keep the same dates and move the conference to the Hyatt Newporter.  The Hyatt is also undergoing major renovations but everything will be completed by this spring.  So mark your calendars for September 28th – October 1st to reserve these days for this important event. 

The Hyatt Newporter offers 26 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the Back Bay area of Newport Beach and presents a great opportunity for a local getaway since the conference guest room rate of $130 per night (yes, $130!) also applies to stays three days before and three days after the conference.  Amenities include three outdoor pools, bicycle rentals, jogging paths, a fitness center, tennis courts and an on-site 9 hole / par 3 golf course.  Fashion Island and Balboa Island are within reasonable walking distance but complimentary transportation is provided.

The four Southern California RIMS Chapters (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Inland Empire) are hosting the conference and we’d like to involve as many people in the planning process as we can.  The planning committee is working on the agenda and is looking for ideas.  What would you like to hear about?  Have you heard any really good speakers lately?  Would you like to be a speaker?

As a reminder, while we anticipate some of the speakers at the educational sessions will be service providers, attendance at this conference is limited to risk managers (current deputy members of RIMS or those eligible for deputy membership), as this is a closed meeting.

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

An Invitation to All Chapters

 Dear Chapter Presidents,

The Planning Committee for the Western Regional Conference is delighted to invite you and your membership to the RIMS 2004 Western Regional Conference, being held in sunny Southern California from September 28 through October 1, 2004.  To entice you and your membership further, here are a few things you can look forward to…

  • Easy airline access and transportation to and from the Conference hotel

  • Wonderful weather

  • Charming accommodations overlooking the Back Bay of Newport Beach

  • Beautiful sunsets

  • A sterling Conference with a casual atmosphere…business suits are not required

  • The Conference Hotel’s exceptionally reasonable rate is available for specified days before and after the conference (from check-in on Saturday, September 25 through check-out on Monday, October 4)

  • Networking with your risk management peers

  • A relaxed environment

  • Delicious meals and first class food service

  • A top Quality Conference that won’t make you feel guilty for taking time away from the office

  • Computer hook-ups for those who have to work while away

  • Bringing your spouse? Family?  A friend or a group?  Please do, and enjoy the many activities available… 

  • Shopping at some of the most fashionable retail shopping centers

  • Amusement just minutes away at Disneyland and Disney’s California Resort, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Legoland. (Did we mention that the exceptional Conference hotel rate will be available for the three days before and after the Conference?)

  • Take in the pleasures of breathing fresh sea air

  • Boating, watersports, and yacht charters are available

  • Enjoy specialty restaurants…and diet the following week instead

  • Quality golf courses with guaranteed great weather

  • Orange County Museum of Art for the fine art aficionados

  • Sand and surf just steps away

  • Balboa Island, Balboa Pier and the Fun Zone Pavilion

  • Orange County Performing Arts Center

  • And much, much more

Please share this information with your corporate members at meetings, by newsletter, or through your website.  Please remember that this is a closed conference, and only corporate deputies are invited to attend.  To help us publicize this conference, we are requesting that you please send contact information for your Chapter’s corporate members to Kathy Merkovsky at kmerkovsky@portla.org by February 1, 2004.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in promoting the 2004 RIMS Western Regional Conference.


 Kathy Merkovsky

RIMS 2004 WRC Publicity Director                                                                   

RIMS L.A. Chapter 2004 Directory

RIMS L.A. Chapter is in the final stages with the 2004 directory.  We would like to ask our members if you would like to have your e-mail listed in the directory.  The directory will be e-mailed to all L.A. RIMS members.  If you would not like your e-mail address listed in the directory, please reply to this link:  amber@emaoffice.com.
Please respond by or before February 13,2004

Los Angeles Chapter Seeks Student to Sponsor

The Los Angeles Chapter of RIMS is currently searching for a student for sponsorship to attend the RIMS National Conference in San Diego.  This Chapter had a wonderful experience sponsoring Kristina Behrens in 2002, and we are looking to provide continued support to this program this year.  If you are aware of any outstanding and deserving students that are looking to attend the National Conference, please send an e-mail to Scott Ritto at sritto@decurion.com or contact him at (310) 855-8438.  The Board of Directors of the Chapter will develop criteria for selecting the candidate for sponsorship and make a selection from the individuals wishing to participate.  Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide as we continue to promote the educational benefits of the local Chapters of RIMS and RIMS National as an organization.  The RIMS National Conference is quickly approaching, so we will need to move quickly to find a candidate.

RIMS National 2004 Conference  

Attend the Most Influential Event for Risk and Management Insurance Professionals. 

April 18-22, 2004 • San Diego, CA

NEW Features Include:

  • DAS Pavilion featuring 

  • Network Security and Storage                  


    Risk Management Symposiums

  • Visits to High Risk Sites

For the latest information on conference sessions, keynote speakers and the enormously popular Gala Opening Reception, visit http://www.rims.org/rims2004

Register today and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!

Special Offer—RIMS members receive up to $300 additional discount! If you are not a member, become one now at:   www.rims.org/jointoday

Easy online registration at:  www.rims.org/registernow

Job Opportunities  

The Walt Disney Company has an open position for a Risk Management Analyst responsible for various risk management programs, financial analysis and risk information systems.  Experience in a risk management position with financial and technology exposure related to the job is sought.

Direct inquiries to Tim East
Phone: 818-553-4383
Fax:     818-553-4344
Email:  Tim.East@disney.com  


Job Title:  Director, Corporate Risk Management (W/M job title is Management - Other)

Job Description:  Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage a staff of five professionals in overseeing the company's global risk management department.  Essential skills are knowledge and experience in insurance, finance and accounting, and an understanding of commercial and federal contracting requirements.

Along with the company's Senior Management, develop risk management strategies to meet the Company’s goals and objectives.

Identify and analyze risk exposures in acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, outsourcing agreements, commercial and government contracts and property and equipment leases; coordinate with the company's legal, contracts, finance, human resources, environmental, and facilities departments as well as outside counsel, contractors and suppliers.

Manage the placement of the company's global insurance programs with brokers and insurers.

Prepare and monitor corporate insurance budgets; oversee premium and claim allocations to the operating units.

Provide executive management support by preparing studies and analyses on risk management related topics.

Monitor the insurance marketplace and developments in the company's industry.

Education/Professional Affiliations:
College degree with emphasis in risk management and finance preferred; 10+ years risk management experience in a corporate environment would be beneficial; ARM or CPCU a plus.

There is also a potential bonus, however that percentage is unknown.

Keys to Hire:    Essential skills are knowledge and experience in insurance, finance and accounting, and an understanding of commercial and federal contracting requirements. College degree with emphasis in risk management and finance preferred; 10+ years risk management experience in a corporate environment would be beneficial; ARM or CPCU a plus.

           Note that this is a management position.
Benefits:          Dental
                        Paid Holidays
Benefit Details:   PPO or HMO, prescription drugs, dental, life insurance, disability, 401K, tuition refund, relocation, employee assistance program, pension plan.

Skills/Tools:  ARM or CPC

Debbie Hiner
Direct Hire Division
4637 Chabot Drive suite 101
Pleasanton, CA  94588
925 847 7300
"To Hire superior people, you must define superior performance"



Management responsibilities include:  (a) to identify and control risks and losses, purchasing insurance programs for the corporation and its employees, and the daily managerial administration and implementation of such programs;  (b) to provide direct leadership and authority over the Insurance Department in managing day-to-day claims administration operations for both self-insured losses and third party administration; (c)  to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and to remain abreast of issues related to risk management.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Bachelors (or advanced) degree with a minimum of 5 years experience in risk management

  • CPCU &/or ARM certifications preferred

  • Knowledge of Workers’ Compensation Laws of California and Longshore and Harbor

  • Workers’ Compensation Act a plus

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as thorough knowledge of  underwriting requirements and brokerage operations

Benefit package includes: Medical, Dental/Vision, Life/Disability Insurance, 401(k) and Pension Plans. 

Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Send resumes to: Human Resources Department

PO Box 547 Wilmington CA 90744-0547

Email: hrdept@metsteco.com

Fax: 310-816-6563


Outstanding Opportunity For Right Safety Professional

San Diego, CA
Date: 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 branch. This would provide an outstanding opportunity for the right person.

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: www.thezenith.com.

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
mailto: lbishop@thezenith.com 


Legislative Updates  

U.S. Study Links Repetitive Work and Bone Damage

Another recent study, by researchers at Temple University, suggests that highly repetitive work tasks can cause bone damage.  The study, published in the November 11 issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, is the third in a series that has also shown the link between repetitive, low-force movement and inflammation in the muscles, bones, nerves, and connective tissue.

The goal of the inquiry, say researchers, was to investigate impact alone as a cause of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  Scientists acknowledge that multiple factors, including home activities and medical conditions, play a role in the development of these disorders.  The Temple researchers say that although they were not surprised at the link between movement and tissue damage, they were surprised at how early it began.

Stated chief study author Dr. Ann Barr:  "Carpal tunnel syndrome usually takes a long time to develop, yet we started seeing evidence of tissue damage within three to six weeks.  This finding suggests that we may be able to intervene earlier in the development of the disorder and prevent further, more severe damage.