Risk All Stars

Risk All Stars Overview

AllStars-250What is a Risk All Star?

Risk & Insurance® strives to identify emerging risks and mitigation strategies, while covering the fascinating people who drive the industry forward. Our goal is to inform and help our readers succeed in their careers as well as to inspire and motivate them.

Risk & Insurance® All Stars embody this credo. They stand out from their peers by overcoming challenges through exceptional problem-solving, creativity, perseverance and/or passion. By presenting their stories, we strive to recognize outstanding accomplishments while also providing our readers with ideas, solutions and motivation to overcome similar challenges.

Who is eligible for the award?

Eligible nominees include any individual with responsibility for managing risk or claims for their employer. For example:

  • Risk Manager
  • Claims Manager
  • Workers’ Comp Professional
  • COO
  • CFO
  • Owner/CEO/President
  • Any other professional responsible for risk management or claims

Who selects the winners?

Risk All Stars are selected by editors at Risk & Insurance® magazine.

What criteria are used to select winners?

Winning applicants are selected based on the compelling nature of their story and accomplishments. The central question is, “Does the applicant’s story inform and/or motivate others?” While a compelling story is most important, winners also will exhibit success in any of the below:

  • Problem-Solving
  • Creativity
  • Perseverance
  • Passion

Nomination process

Applicants can apply directly or be nominated by a colleague, broker, insurer or service provider.

Risk & Insurance® editors review all applicants and narrow the pool down to finalists based on the application. Each finalist is then interviewed by a staff member. A summary of the interview along with an evaluation form is completed by the editor performing the interview.

Important Note Regarding Confidentiality: We are very conscious of the sensitive nature of the information provided. Client references listed on applications and contacted by judges may choose to be on or off the record. This includes the client name, company name and additional identifying information. All other information on the application will be considered on-the-record unless specified otherwise.

Judging process

Once all interviews are complete, the judging team meets to review the interviews and evaluations. Winners are selected.

There is no limit on the number of winners. Each Risk & Insurance® All Star is chosen based on the compelling nature of their story.

Publication

Winners will be announced in the September 15th issue of Risk & Insurance®. The information will also be featured on the Risk & Insurance® website, and via eNewsletter, magazine digital edition and App platforms. A profile highlighting each Risk All Star’s story along with a head-shot is presented by industry category.

Award Boxes

A few weeks after the winners are announced, each Risk & Insurance® All Star receives a copy of the print issue, an award plaque and additional items.

Download the 2016 Logo Usage Agreement and PR Statement.

2017 Application Deadline: July 7, 2017

Winner Announcement Date: September 15, 2017 Issue

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Risk Management

The Profession

After 20 years in the business, Navy Pier’s Director of Risk Management values her relationships in the industry more than ever.
By: | June 1, 2017 • 4 min read

R&I: What was your first job?

Working at Dominick’s Finer Foods bagging groceries. Shortly after I was hired, I was promoted to [cashier] and then to a management position. It taught me great responsibility and it helped me develop the leadership skills I still carry today.

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

While working for Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel, one of my responsibilities was to oversee the administration of claims. This led to a business relationship with the director of risk management of the organization who actually owned the property. Ultimately, a position became available in her department and the rest is history.

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

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The risk management community is doing a phenomenal job in professional development and creating great opportunities for risk managers to network. The development of relationships in this industry is vitally important and by providing opportunities for risk managers to come together and speak about their experiences and challenges is what enables many of us to be able to do our jobs even more effectively.

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

Attracting, educating and retaining young talent. There is this preconceived notion that the insurance industry and risk management are boring and there could be nothing further from the truth.

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

In my 20 years in the industry, the biggest change in risk management and the insurance industry are the various types of risk we look to insure against. Many risks that exist today were not even on our radar 20 years ago.

Gina Kirchner, director of risk management, Navy Pier Inc.

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

FM Global. They have been our property carrier for a great number of years and in my opinion are the best in the business.

R&I: Are you optimistic about the US economy or pessimistic and why?

I am optimistic that policies will be put in place with the new administration that will be good for the economy and business.

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

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The commercial risks that are of most concern to me are cyber risks, business interruption, and any form of a health epidemic on a global scale. We are dealing with new exposures and new risks that we are truly not ready for.

R&I: Who is your mentor and why?

My mother has played a significant role in shaping my ideals and values. She truly instilled a very strong work ethic in me. However, there are many men and women in business who have mentored me and have had a significant impact on me and my career as well.

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

I am most proud of making the decision a couple of years ago to return to school and obtain my [MBA]. It took a lot of prayer, dedication and determination to accomplish this while still working a full time job, being involved in my church, studying abroad and maintaining a household.

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

“Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. I loved the book and the movie.

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

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A French restaurant in Paris, France named Les Noces de Jeannette Restaurant à Paris. It was the most amazing food and brings back such great memories.

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

Israel. My husband and I just returned a few days ago and spent time in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Jericho and Jordan. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We did everything from riding camels to taking boat rides on the Sea of Galilee to attending concerts sitting on the Temple steps. The trip was absolutely life changing.

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

Many, many years ago … I went parasailing in the Caribbean. I had a great experience and didn’t think about the risk at the time because I was young, single and free. Looking back, I don’t know that I would make the same decision today.

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

I would have to say the relationships and partnerships I have developed with insurance carriers, brokers and other professionals in the industry. To have wonderful working relationships with such a vast array of talented individuals who are so knowledgeable and to have some of those relationships develop into true friendships is very rewarding.

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

My friends and family have a general idea that my position involves claims and insurance. However, I don’t think they fully understand the magnitude of my responsibilities and the direct impact it has on my organization, which experiences more than 9 million visitors a year.




Katie Siegel is a staff writer at Risk & Insurance®. She can be reached at [email protected]