Risk and Insurance
Los Angeles Chapter
has arrived and the days are getting longer which I truly enjoy. The RIMS
National 42nd Annual Business Conference and Exhibition was
recently held in San Diego. The conference started on Sunday April 19th
and ended on April 22nd. The conference attracted more than
10,000 attendees and 400 exhibiting companies, offering the widest range
of insurance educational and networking opportunities available.
On Monday morning, the Annual Membership Meeting was held at the San Diego
Convention Center in downtown San Diego. The purpose of the meeting is to
look upon the past year and examine the future of the society. The
outgoing President, Lance Ewing, and the incoming President, Nancy L.
Chambers, provided excellent reflections on the society’s year-over-year
goals and objectives. I have listened to Lance speak several times during
his presidency and he always focuses on Leadership and Integrity – we were
not disappointed with his farewell address. One comment that I will
remember and hopefully continue to apply is never allowing your ego to
influence making good, sound decisions either at work or at home – this is
obviously easier said than done. Thank you Lance for a great year and we
look forward to an eventful year with Nancy.
meeting also includes performance awards to various chapters and
individuals. The Los Angeles Chapter was very proud to have our own, John
Pinner, retired Assistant Treasurer of Mattel, receive the Heart of RIMS
award for all his dedication and hard work for our Chapter. We had said
this many times, but here it is again: Thank you John, you will be missed.
The conference started on a high note and ended on a high note.
Angeles Chapter hosted a Thursday session titled California Workers’
Comp – Where Do We Go From Here? The session was a tremendous success
and was attended by over 250 participants. The panelists provided an
overview of the new workers’ compensation reforms and discussed how these
new reforms will benefit employers in reducing their workers’ compensation
costs. The panel was the Who’s Who in California Worker Compensation and
included Steve Brenner of Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Pearson;
Christine Baker of the Department of Industrial Relations; Lori Kammerer
of Kammerer & Company; Tim East the Chair, CA Coalition on WC and
Director, RM Disney; Earl Sherman from Ralph’s; Judie Tsanopoulos from St.
Joe’s; Vicki Galli from LMC; and David Holmquist from LAUSD. On behalf of
the Los Angeles Chapter, we extend our sincere appreciation to the
panelist for their perspective on this critical issue. I would also like
to thank Todd Marumoto, Maria Bayne of Bayne Consulting and Bernie
Melchionne of Mattel and Ruth Lindstrom of Jacobs that were instrumental
in the success of this session.
thank you for your continued support and as Lance Ewing would say, “Focus
on Leadership and Integrity.”
L.A. RIMS President
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
RIMS National Annual
Conference - April 18-22
John Pinner accepting the Heart of
Scott Ritto, Diane Wren and Michelle
Ellen Vinck, Diane Wren, Rae Knapp
and Kathy Merkovsky
Ms. Arranga is a seasoned
prosecutor for the LA County District Attorney's Office. She received her
BA from the UC at Berkley in 1984. Ms. Arrange has been a prosecutor for
the LA County District Attorney's Office for 20 years.
Workers' comp laws were created
to avoid disputes over the compensation of workers injuries. The laws
sought to expedite benefits to injured workers and avoid costly legal disputes
by creating a "no fault" system that eliminated the issue of negligence.
In the 80's and early 90's, insurance costs skyrocketed. This negatively
impacted our economy and caused many businesses to leave California due to an
inability to pay the excessively high premiums.
Find out how you can fight these
LA Chapter of
RIMS Becomes a Member of California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC)
The LA Chapter
of RIMS recently became a member of the CCWC. The CCWC is the largest statewide coalition of employers
in California that focuses solely on workers’ compensation issues. CCWC
provides legislative and regulatory updates to its members, evaluates and
provides input in areas of workers’ compensation policy to the legislature and
regulatory agencies, and on a regular basis, mobilizes its membership to effect
at the grassroots level, positive change to the workers’ compensation system in
importance of workers’ compensation to our employers, membership of CCWC will
prove to be a good value. CCWC provides consolidated information, mobilization
techniques and resources for concise, timely and informative materials in the
effort to effect workers’ compensation reform. This has been especially true
this year with the passage of the new workers’ compensation legislation.
A summary of
the 2004 workers’ compensation reform legislation has been completed by CCWC. You can access the
summary by going to their website.
by our LA RIMS President, Michael Carlin, the LA Chapter sponsored a session on
this topic at the RIMS National Conference and the panelists provided an
overview of the new legislation. It was the consensus of the panelists that the
reform legislation will provide marked improvement to our expensive system. The
slides from that session can be accessed via the LA RIMS website
Coordinator of Risk Management
International, Hollywood, CA
Duties: Receives, reviews and, if
applicable, reconciles loss runs from existing and expiring carriers. Maintains
files on all claims (e.g., workers comp, general liability and auto liability)
and processes requests for certificates of insurance. Assists in the gathering
and compiling of information for submission to the insurance carriers. Completes
insurance applications and maintains database of underwriting information.
Analyzes insurance quotes and premiums, and processes premium payments.
Maintains files relating to correspondence, binders, invoices and premium
quotes. Follows up for policies with insurance brokers and carriers and assists
in reviewing such policies upon receipt. Photocopies, scans documents for e-mail
capability, faxes, word processing and spreadsheets as required.
Requirements: 3-5 years related experience
in a major law firm or in-house legal affairs department. Strong Word, Excel,
and PowerPoint skills and typing speed of 80+ WPM a must. Good organizational
and communications skills, as well as solid attention to detail. BA/BS degree
Gemstar-TV Guide Corporate - Gemstar-TV
Guide International, Inc. is a leading media and technology company focused on
consumer television guidance and home entertainment. The Company's businesses
include: television media and publishing properties; interactive program guide
services and products; and technology and intellectual property licensing.
Additional information about the Company can be found at
Customer service oriented, strategic in nature, thinks outside of the box
5+ years experience in a Risk Management role.
Multi-Site location experience preferred
Somebody who can work with limited supervision
RISK CONTROL MANAGER
Kitchen, the winner of the "2002 and 2003 People Report™ Best People
Practices Award" for lowest management and hourly turnover, one of Forbes' Top
200 Small Businesses, and one of BusinessWeek's Top 100 Growth Companies, has an
excellent opportunity for a Risk Control Manager at our Restaurant
Support Center in Los Angeles.
The Risk Control
Manager will be responsible for mitigating the organization’s exposure to risk
by developing, coordinating, and maintaining risk management activities. The
position will provide leadership and support of the claims management process,
safety programs, and the administration of the Company’s insurance programs
Principal duties and
responsibilities will include:
and classifying risks as to frequency and severity
appropriate loss prevention techniques and implementing programs to minimize
the timely reporting, investigation, and settlement of claims
advise, and provide support to the restaurant’s Operations staff
the compilation and distribution of reports
to effectively interface with claims representatives, insurance broker, and
internal customers (including Operations, HR, Facilities, Accounting
the insurance renewal process (to assist with budget planning, evaluating
coverages, assimilating renewal information)
Qualified individuals must have:
·Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, or insurance
·3-5 years of equivalent work experience with training
in claims, risk management/insurance (preferably in a retail setting)
·Effective interpersonal and customer service skills
·Excellent written communications skills
·Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office
·Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented
·Strong analytical and quantitative skills
·Tremendously strong company culture and brand
·Competitive salary with annual bonus potential.
·Outstanding 401K plan with company match
·Complete Health Care Package
·Management and Employee Stock Purchase Program
...and the opportunity to advance your career
with a growing company!
If you think we might
be your type, fax a resume to (310) 568-7702, or forward your resume online at
RIMS 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
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