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 2017 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

Pinnacle Entertainment’s VP of enterprise risk management says he’s inspired by Disney’s approach to risk management.
By: | November 1, 2017 • 4 min read

R&I: What was your first job?

Bus boy at a fine dining restaurant.

R&I: How did you come to work in this industry?

I sent a résumé to Harrah’s Entertainment on a whim. It took over 30 hours of interviewing to get that job, but it was well worth it.

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

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The Chinese citizen (never positively identified) who stood in front of a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. That kind of courage is undeniable, and that image is unforgettable. I hope we can all be that passionate about something at least once in our lives.

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

Cyber risk, but more narrowly, cyber-extortion. I think state sponsored bad actors are getting more and more sophisticated, and the risk is that they find a way to control entire systems.

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

Training and breaking horses. When I was in high school, I worked on a lot of farms. I did everything from building fences to putting up hay. It was during this time that I found I had a knack for horses. They would tolerate me getting real close, so it was natural I started working more and more with them.

Eventually, I was putting a saddle on a few and before I knew it I was in that saddle riding a horse that had never been ridden before.

I admit I had some nervous moments, but I was never thrown off. It taught me that developing genuine trust early is very important and is needed by all involved. Nothing of any real value happens without it.

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

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Setting very aggressive goals and then meeting and exceeding those goals with a team. Sharing team victories is the ultimate reward.

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

Disney World. The sheer size of the place is awe inspiring. And everything works like a finely tuned clock.

There is a reason that hospitality companies send their people there to be trained on guest service. Disney World does it better than anyone else.

As a hospitality executive, I always learn something new whenever I am there.

James Cunningham, vice president, enterprise risk management, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.

The risks that Disney World faces are very similar to mine — on a much larger scale. They are complex and across the board. From liability for the millions of people they host as their guests each year, to the physical location of the park, to their vendor partnerships; their approach to risk management has been and continues to be innovative and a model that I learn from and I think there are lessons there for everybody.

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

We are doing a much better job of getting involved in a meaningful way in our daily operations and demonstrating genuine value to our organizations.

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

Educating and promoting the career with young people.

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

Being able to tell the Pinnacle story. It’s a great one and it wasn’t being told. I believe that the insurance markets now understand who we are and what we stand for.

R&I: Who is your mentor and why?

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John Matthews, who is now retired, formerly with Aon and Caesar’s Palace. John is an exceptional leader who demonstrated the value of putting a top-shelf team together and then letting them do their best work. I model my management style after him.

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

I read mostly biographies and autobiographies. I like to read how successful people became successful by overcoming their own obstacles. Jay Leno, Jack Welch, Bill Harrah, etc. I also enjoyed the book and movie “Money Ball.”

R&I: What is your favorite drink?

Ice water when it’s hot, coffee when it’s cold, and an adult beverage when it’s called for.

R&I: What does your family think you do?

In my family, I’m the “Safety Geek.”

R&I:  What’s your favorite restaurant?

Vegas is a world-class restaurant town. No matter what you are hungry for, you can find it here. I have a few favorites that are my “go-to’s,” depending on the mood and who I am with.

If you’re in town, you should try to have at least one meal off the strip. For that, I would suggest you get reservations (you’ll need them) at Herbs and Rye. It’s a great little restaurant that is always lively. The food is tremendous, and the service is always on point. They make hand-crafted cocktails that are amazing.

My favorite Mexican restaurant is Lindo Michoacan. There are three in town, and I prefer the one in Henderson as it has the best view of the valley. For seafood, you can never go wrong with Joe’s in Caesar’s Palace.




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