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2016 Risk All Stars

The 2016 Risk All Stars

Creativity and a passion for risk management mark the winners of the 2016 Risk All Star award.
By: | September 14, 2016 • 3 min read

Scott Clark: Withstanding the Storm

09152016_1CS_AllStars_SClarkRisk and Benefits Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (recently retired)

When FEMA reduced assistance, Scott Clark put together a new storm policy that protected his school district and saved money as well.

Christopher de Wolfe: Risk Management’s Sweet Spot

09152016_1CS_AllStars_CdeWolfeGlobal Director of Risk Management, Mars Inc.

Christopher de Wolfe leveraged his company’s marketing savvy to help the organization buy in to the risk management mission.

Carlos Dezayas: Freeing Cargo From Captivity

09152016_1CS_AllStars_CDezayasSenior Manager, Corporate Risk Management, The Kraft Heinz Co.

When a captive structure didn’t serve the needs of a post-merger cargo program, Carlos Dezayas built a new one.

Timothy Fischer: Managing U.S. Nuclear Fuel Risks

09152016_1CS_AllStars_TFischerChief Risk Officer, BWX Technologies

Timothy Fischer makes the complicated job of managing risk for the sole producer of nuclear fuel to the U.S. government look easy. It’s not.

James Colorado Robertson: A-Plus in Risk Management

09152016_1CS_AllStars_CRobertsonAssistant Director, Risk Management, Louisiana State University

James Colorado Robertson used innovation, persistence and love of his alma mater to help create Louisiana State University’s risk management program.

Susan Hiteshew: A Winning Strategy

09152016_1CS_AllStars_HiteshewSenior Manager, Global Insurance and Risk Financing, Under Armour Inc.

Susan Hiteshew built a risk management playbook to stay ahead of Under Armour’s challenges and fast growth.

Chauncey Fagler: An ERM Mantra

09152016_1CS_AllStars_CFaglerExecutive Director, Florida College System Risk Management Consortium

Chauncey Fagler’s risk management successes stem from his conviction to create “the best consortium” for Florida colleges.

Susan Tukel: Revolutionizing the Organization

09152016_1CS_AllStars_STukelPresident, Locomotive Engineers and Conductors Mutual Protective Association

Susan Tukel brought her 100-year-old organization back from the brink.

David Jewell: Balancing Act

09152016_1CS_AllStars_JewellVice President-Risk Management, Dollar Tree

David Jewell’s focus and experience helped guide a successful $9.2 billion acquisition, despite a staggering array of obstacles.

Kristy Harris: Flipping Coverage on Its Head

09152016_1CS_AllStars_KHarrisRisk Manager, Southwest Airlines

Southwest’s Kristy Harris engages underwriters as she searches for creative solutions during a soft market.

 

Michael Brown: Looking at the Upside

09152016_1CS_AllStars_MBrownVice President and Property Department Manager, Golden Bear Insurance Co.

Michael Brown brought enterprise risk management to his company, while working to close the talent gap facing the industry.

The R&I Editorial Team can be reached at [email protected]

More from Risk & Insurance

More from Risk & Insurance

The Profession

Curt Gross

This director of risk management sees cyber, IP and reputation risks as evolving threats, but more formal education may make emerging risk professionals better prepared.
By: | June 1, 2018 • 4 min read

R&I: What was your first job?

My first non-professional job was working at Burger King in high school. I learned some valuable life lessons there.

R&I: How did you come to work in risk management?

After taking some accounting classes in high school, I originally thought I wanted to be an accountant. After working on a few Widgets Inc. projects in college, I figured out that wasn’t what I really wanted to do. Risk management found me. The rest is history. Looking back, I am pleased with how things worked out.

R&I: What is the risk management community doing right?

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I think we do a nice job on post graduate education. I think the ARM and CPCU designations give credibility to the profession. Plus, formal college risk management degrees are becoming more popular these days. I know The University of Akron just launched a new risk management bachelor’s program in the fall of 2017 within the business school.

R&I: What could the risk management community be doing a better job of?

I think we could do a better job with streamlining certificates of insurance or, better yet, evaluating if they are even necessary. It just seems to me that there is a significant amount of time and expense around generating certificates. There has to be a more efficient way.

R&I: What was the best location and year for the RIMS conference and why?

Selfishly, I prefer a destination with a direct flight when possible. RIMS does a nice job of selecting various locations throughout the country. It is a big job to successfully pull off a conference of that size.

Curt Gross, Director of Risk Management, Parker Hannifin Corp.

R&I: What’s been the biggest change in the risk management and insurance industry since you’ve been in it?

Definitely the change in nontraditional property & casualty exposures such as intellectual property and reputational risk. Those exposures existed way back when but in different ways. As computer networks become more and more connected and news travels at a more rapid pace, it just amplifies these types of exposures. Sometimes we have to think like the perpetrator, which can be difficult to do.

R&I: What emerging commercial risk most concerns you?

I hate to sound cliché — it’s quite the buzz these days — but I would have to say cyber. It’s such a complex risk involving nontraditional players and motives. Definitely a challenging exposure to get your arms around. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll really know the true exposure until there is more claim development.

R&I: What insurance carrier do you have the highest opinion of?

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Our captive insurance company. I’ve been fortunate to work for several companies with a captive, each one with a different operating objective. I view a captive as an essential tool for a successful risk management program.

R&I: Who is your mentor and why?

I can’t point to just one. I have and continue to be lucky to work for really good managers throughout my career. Each one has taken the time and interest to develop me as a professional. I certainly haven’t arrived yet and welcome feedback to continue to try to be the best I can be every day.

R&I: What have you accomplished that you are proudest of?

I would like to think I have and continue to bring meaningful value to my company. However, I would have to say my family is my proudest accomplishment.

R&I: What is your favorite book or movie?

Favorite movie is definitely “Good Will Hunting.”

R&I: What’s the best restaurant you’ve ever eaten at?

Tough question to narrow down. If my wife ran a restaurant, it would be hers. We try to have dinner as a family as much as possible. If I had to pick one restaurant though, I would say Fire Food & Drink in Cleveland, Ohio. Chef Katz is a culinary genius.

R&I: What is the most unusual/interesting place you have ever visited?

The Grand Canyon. It is just so vast. A close second is Stonehenge.

R&I: What is the riskiest activity you ever engaged in?

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A few, actually. Up until a few years ago, I owned a sport bike (motorcycle). Of course, I wore the proper gear, took a safety course and read a motorcycle safety book. Also, I have taken a few laps in a NASCAR [race car] around Daytona International Speedway at 180 mph. Most recently, trying to ride my daughter’s skateboard.

R&I: If the world has a modern hero, who is it and why?

The Dalai Lama. A world full of compassion, tolerance and patience and free of discrimination, racism and violence, while perhaps idealistic, sounds like a wonderful place to me.

R&I: What about this work do you find the most fulfilling or rewarding?

I really enjoy the company I work for and my role, because I get the opportunity to work with various functions. For example, while mostly finance, I get to interact with legal, human resources, employee health and safety, to name a few.

R&I: What do your friends and family think you do?

I asked my son. He said, “Risk management and insurance.” (He’s had the benefit of bring-your-kid-to-work day.)

Katie Dwyer is an associate editor at Risk & Insurance®. She can be reached at [email protected]