and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter
L.A. RIMS NEWS
The newsletter for
Risk and Insurance Management Professionals
RIMS News January 2004
Happy New Year!
Hope you enjoyed our Holiday Dinner Dance and Installation. Thank you for
your attendance and support. Michelle Darringer and Rae Knapp deserve
many thanks for organizing this wonderful event. I would also like to
thank the Marines for assisting us with the Toys for Tots campaign. We
collected a barrel full, plus more, of toys to give to those who deserve
This year we had the opportunity to have the RIMS National President,
Lance Ewing, join us for this great event as well to swear in the board
for 2004. Hopefully you had a chance to meet him and enjoy his sense of
would like to thank the 2003 Board for a wonderful year. There is a
tremendous amount of work that is done by the Board to maintain our
Chapter and we often forget to say thank you. I would also like to welcome
the 2004 Board and I look forward to working with you during the next
For 2004, our Chapter intends to continue to our fundraising efforts
through our annual golf tournament as well as charitable events, broaden
our educational efforts, award scholarships to our local college students,
and co-chair the Western Regional Conference in Newport Beach this fall.
We hope you will join us in this endeavor.
Knight Management Insurance Services, LLC
Knight Management Insurance Services, LLC
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Los Angeles Mission Donation
Chapter wishes to thank all of our Members who supported the Thanksgiving Food
Drive in November. In addition to the food that was donated, our Chapter
donated $1,000 to the Los Angeles Mission. Thanks to you, many homeless
and less fortunate individuals were able to have a warm, Thanksgiving meal.
Please see the thank you letter from the Los Angeles Mission, below.
Chapter Risk Insurance
1804 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
Dear RIMS L.A. Chapter:
Thank you for your generous donation of $1,000 dated November 3, 2003, which
will touch the lives of thousands of homeless men, women and children of our
community Skid Row.
The dedicated staff and volunteers who attend to the needs of these homeless
people are continually challenged to deal not only with hurting bodies, but also
with broken spirits and shattered lives. Healing starts with love and
recovery - sometimes just one act of kindness away.
We have confidence that, with help from partners like you, lives can be
restored and hope for the future can be realized. Men and women can have
the chance to return to society as productive citizens - on the tax role instead
of the welfare role.
Thank you again for your very generous giving, and I sincerely hope that you
will find our cause is an encouragement for your continued support.
In His service
Ezell W. Williams
Major Donor Office
L.A. RIMS Holiday Party
L.A. RIMS would like to thank
the following Sponsors for the Holiday Party:
Arthur J. Gallagher
We would also like to thank
those of you who generously donated additional raffle gifts.
Below is a list of winners of the raffle prizes:
Barbie Doll - Betsy Berger
Scott Ritto, Metropolitan Stevedore
Thomas Buckley, American Appraisal Assoc.
Michelle Darringer, Fox Entertainment
$20 Starbucks Gift Card - Sherry Perry, AIG
Sushi Basket - Roger Plotkin, Beckman Coulter
Cocoa Basket - Bill Witt, Fremont General
Movie Basket - Dennis Healy,
Los Angeles Newspaper Group
Chip/Dip - Ruth Lindstrom, Jacobs Engineering
Macy's $50 Gift Card - Randall Yang, East West Insurance Services
Pasta Basket - Vincent Takas, The Walt Disney Company
Tea Basket - Mike Carlin, Jacobs Engineering
Disneyland Tickets - Thomas Brown, Thomas Brown Property Mgmt.
Cheese Basket - James McCullough
Ice Cream Maker - Bob Broome,
Martini Basket - Shirley
Griffith Bourke, Aon/Albert G. Ruben
911 Book - Bob Remmel, AON
Marilyn Hatch, AON Risk Services
Best Buy $75 Gift Card - Lindy Hardman, Zurich American
Red Wine Basket - Kathy Merkovsky, Port of Los Angeles
Nordstrom $100 Gift Card - Nurit Shehan, Arthur J. Gallagher
Helicopter Ride - Amber Brown, EMA
Dinner Cruise - Gail Portray, ABS Consulting
Champagne Basket - Paula Ferrini, Los Angeles Times
Beer Basket - Kirsten Dial
Grand Prize: Del Mar Resort & Spa - John Pinner
collect Toys for Tots Donations)
L.A. Chapter's Heart of RIMS Award
The Los Angeles Chapter has instituted the Chapter’s Heart of RIMS Award.
The Heart of RIMS Award is given to a Chapter member who exhibits
qualities that further risk management within our Chapter. Through this
individual’s actions, they keep the Chapter and the discipline of risk
management alive and strong as well as provide a solid foundation to which
the Chapter can rely upon. Our first recipient for this annual award is
John Pinner, who recently retired from Mattel as its Assistant Treasurer.
been the Chapter’s solid rock for many years. We have turned to him for
guidance, experiences, mentoring, and problem solving as not only a Chapter
member but also a Chapter leader. He has provided sound advice to many in the
risk management community and has earned a grand reputation as a true risk
Chapter’s installation, John not only received the Chapter’s Heart of RIMS Award
but a well-deserved standing ovation for his years of volunteerism and
contributions to the Chapter and its membership. Thank you John!
The Los Angeles Chapter’s RIMS Stars were
recently awarded to Becky Smith, of The Walt Disney Company, and Dennis Healy,
of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. To earn the Chapter’s RIMS Star, the
recipient is a Chapter member who has brilliantly served the L.A. Chapter the
past year. Representing the Chapter in a professional manner, a willingness to
get the job done, making valuable improvements, and being a team player are some
of the qualities of a RIMS Star recipient.
Our chapter is lucky to have two board
members who have co-chaired the responsibility for our Chapter’s membership.
Becky and Dennis’ enthusiasm for the role they have shared and the enhancements
they have made are most appreciated by the Chapter’s board of directors and its
members. Kudos to Becky and Dennis!
Our January Speaker will be speaking on Workplace Violence. He will
beExploring work place violence with real life situations, suggestions
and solutions. You won't want to miss this one!
Donald W. Lyon Vice President, Marsh Risk
Consulting Security and Emergency Response
Management Denver, Colorado
Current Responsibilities: Consultation
services in the following venues: prevention of workplace violence and school
violence; emergency response planning; crisis management and recovery; threat
management; physical security assessments of buildings, manufacturing
facilities, power generation plants, water treatment facilities etc.;
transportation security; professional sports security and safety; hiring and
termination practices; client consulting -international travel;
Director of Security & Safety for Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Inc.,
Denver, CO, since inception in 1992. Assisted in design and installation of
CCTV camera systems, intrusion alarms, and card access systems at Coors Field.
Designed and implemented Day of Game security procedures, and hired off-duty
Denver Police Command Officers to staff and ensure safety of fans. Deals
closely with the ownership group on numerous personal and professional
security matters, and with the coaches and players on issues of stalking,
theft, gambling, and illegal and unethical social concerns.
1992 to 1999, Don was the Director of Safety, Security and Training for
Nationsway Transport, and was responsible for all DOT and OSHA compliance
issues; loss prevention; accident and injury prevention and investigations;
Workmen Compensation claims; and the Modified Return to Work Program. Also
responsible for the developing and implementing a safety culture in the 4
trucking companies operating under the N.W. Company umbrella.
Prior to 1992, Don spent 23 years with the U.S. Department of Justice –
Federal Bureau of Investigation, during which time he spent 16 years as a
Hostage Negotiator and Crisis Management Instructor. From 1990 to 1992
he was the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Intermountain Division,
Billings, Montana, and was responsible for the management of 9 FBI offices
located in Montana. Created first Federal and state multi agency Drug Task
Force. Worked closely with the Governor's office and heads of other Federal
Law Enforcement Agencies to prioritize crime problems and manpower
From 1987 to 1990 Don was assigned to the FBI Headquarters, Washington, D. C.,
Counterterrorism Section, Middle East Unit. In concert with the CIA, U. S.
Department of State and the military, coordinated U. S. Government efforts to
locate and recover hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon. Also coordinated
government investigations to identify and apprehend terrorists involved in the
hijacking of U. S. aircraft and the kidnapping and killing of U. S. Citizens
During his FBI career, Don was a member of or performed the following:
Hostage Negotiator and Crisis Management
Instructor in seven state area and Canada. Primary negotiator in numerous
hostage situations and several as advisor to local law enforcement.
Member of FBI “Critical Incident
Negotiation Team,” a 20 man team formed to counter International Terrorism
with specialized training in Nuclear and Biological negotiations.
Received over 200 hours of training in
Crisis Management, Hostage Negotiation, and Abnormal Psychology.
1969, B. A. Degree, University of Toledo – Economics
Class Action Tort Reform
Could 2004 be the year that tort reform
legislation is passed? In late October, the Senate failed to garner the 60
votes needed to cut off debate and permit a vote on “The Class Action Tort
Reform” legislation. However, in mid-December, a bipartisan compromise was
reached and the legislation could be voted on early this year. Stay tuned……
you know that in 1982, Congress began debating the creation of a fund to
compensate workers who were sick by exposure to cancer-causing asbestos? The
courts were overwhelmed with lawsuits and asbestos manufacturers were going
Well, 22 years later,
Congress is still debating the issue. The number of asbestos-related claimants
are currently estimated at 600,000. There are estimates that the number could
reach 1.3 million to 3.1 million.1 In mid-July 2003, the Senate
Judiciary Committee approved S. 1125-The Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution
Act (FAIR), to create a system to resolve claims of victims for injury caused by
asbestos exposure. No doubt, the financial stakes for the parties involved in
asbestos litigation are high. The insurance companies and businesses don’t want
to pay any more than $110 billion in the asbestos-related claim fund and Labor
and the trial lawyers are demanding nearly $155 billion. Senate Majority Leader
Bill Frist, R-Tenn., released a statement at the end of last year which
expressed the desire of the Senate body to work toward consensus legislation.
Senator Frist will commence floor action on the asbestos bill by the end of
March 2004. Again, stay tuned and periodically check out the website of “The
Asbestos Alliance” for updated information on the asbestos litigation reform.
The year 2004 will also see round two in the
battle for workers’ compensation reform. This round will largely focus on how
the system determines the level of disability incurred by an injured worker.
Currently, the system is very subjective and inconsistent. Both the California
Chamber of Commerce and the California Coalition for Workers Compensation Reform
(CCWC) will be working with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his staff to
provide legislative input for workers’ compensation reforms.
Listed below are the major reform proposals
submitted by Governor Schwarzenegger:2
·Overhaul of permanent
·Reform of penalty
structures that give applicant attorneys incentives to file frivolous
·Streamlining of the
system to improve efficiency and save costs;
·Use of more objective
criteria in evaluating injuries;
·Reform of the
indemnity side of the system;
·Improvements on the
medical cost containment started in the session that just ended;
utilization controls; and
clarification of language in the bills recently passed.
Center for Legal Policy – Trial Lawyers Inc. Report. [See Endnote 69. Rand
Interim Report, supra note 67, at vi, 51; Deborah Hensler et al., Asbestos
Litigation in the U.S.: A New Look at an Old Issue 29 (Rand Inst. For Div.
Just., Aug 2001).
December 18, 2003 California Chamber of Commerce Press Release
DOL Site for People with
Disabilities Celebrates First Year
After a year in operation, the Department of Labor (DOL) website
been hailed a success. Speaking on the occasion of the site's first
anniversary, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said 1.6 million visitors from 165
countries have visited.
In an effort to remove barriers for people with disabilities, President Bush
issued an executive memorandum last August directing federal agencies to come up
with a comprehensive website with one-stop access to government information on
disability. The site includes assistance on civil rights, education,
employment, job accommodations, emergency preparedness, technology, and other
topics. It is managed by DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The acknowledged higher cancer rate among airline pilots and flight crews is
the subject of several studies published in the November issue of the journal
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. One study showed that female
flight attendants who have been flying 5 or more years have twice the risk of
developing breast cancer compared to those who have worked less.
Previously, it was only known that flight attendants generally had an elevated
risk. Another study showed that both male and female flight personnel have
a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin
Commenting on the studies - by researches in Iceland and Sweden - Dr. Elizabeth
Whelan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that doses
of cosmic ionizing radiation were found at higher altitudes, a possible reason.
She stated, however that additional research was required to clarify whether the
higher risk is due to work or other lifestyle issues. In the past,
researchers have offered other reasons for the elevated risk, including
irregular work schedules, higher altitudes, or the fact that flight personnel
may spend more time on the beach than other people.