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Teddy Awards

2018 Teddy Application

This online form CANNOT BE SAVED. Once you start your application you will need to finish it. We strongly suggest you download and use this worksheet and copy the information into the online form. If any changes are needed after you have submitted, please contact Kris Kaloupis ([email protected]) and let her know what needs to be changed.

Teddy Award Sponsor:

PMA Companies

Once the form is submitted, you should receive an email confirmation. If no confirmation is received, please contact Kris Kaloupis ([email protected]) or Michelle Kerr ([email protected]) for assistance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: July 20, 2018

Please read the Teddy Award Overview before proceeding.

  • Application Data

  • Person preparing this application
  • Primary person directly responsible for the workers' comp program
  • Share Your Success

  • At some point, your organization had an "A-Ha moment" and decided it was time to make some changes. That’s where your story starts. Tell us about the workers' compensation challenges you were facing — both pre-injury and post-injury.

    Then describe your journey toward identifying and implementing innovative solutions to those challenges. The judges are interested in a 360 degree view of your program, so please include, where applicable, your accomplishments in claims management, return-to-work, pharmacy management, and injury prevention. How did you achieve it?

    We love details: tell us about tough claims successfully resolved or initiatives that have been a game-changer for your program. If you're proud of it, we want to know about it.

    Tell us why your program should be designated as a Teddy Award winning program:
  • Numbers are always a part of the story too. Which of your numbers are making the top brass smile? Share the trend data that best represents the results of your workers' comp program improvements during the past five years. Examples include but are not limited to reductions in:

    • Injury frequency

    • Lost time days

    • Total claims costs

    • Medical costs

    • Indemnity costs

    • Experience mod

    (Please note any shifts in employee population that may have impacted these loss trends.)

    Numbers don't lie. How are your efforts impacting the bottom line?

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    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, xlsx, xlsm, txt.
  • Thank you for sharing your workers' comp journey with Risk & Insurance. We may contact you if the judges need clarification about your program details. If you have any questions about the contest or the application, please call Michelle Kerr, Associate Editor, 215-784-0910, ext. 6216; or e-mail [email protected]

    Confidentiality Information*: This information provided will be used solely for the purposes of evaluating the entries for the award. Copies of the applications will be available to the judging panel only. Award winners will be interviewed directly for a profile to appear in Risk & Insurance®, at which time the parties will be asked for data and commentary suitable for possible publication.

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]