Breakout for Risk Management

Steve Rissman, WCI Program Chair

For some time now, the WCI Conference has boasted of having the best risk management breakout in the country. This year continues that tradition. The Breakout for Risk Managers, which takes place on Monday and Tuesday, is quite literally a “who’s who” of the top risk managers in the country.

On Monday, David Stills from Walmart, Michele Adams from Disney, Mark Salm from Publix, and Mike Fenlon from UPS present a sophisticated program on the combination of risk management and finance. That one program is worth the price of registration. That leadoff session is followed by a second program with Michele Adams, Joan Vincenz from United Airlines, and Beth Randolph from Automation Personnel Services discussing creative innovation in your risk management program. There is clearly a theme in the risk management program discussing the future.

The Tuesday program is highlighted by Dave North, CEO of Sedgwick, discussing the unique topic of “choices” – life choices and business choices. Max Koonce from Sedgwick moderates a panel composed of Sharon DelGuercio from Disney, Michelle Middendorf from Stanley Steemer, and Nermine Demopoulos from Marriott analyzing how you define value for your risk management program.

The afternoon is topped off with a sophisticated technology panel moderated by Scott Westman from Sedgwick. The group discusses new technologies and how they have shaped our workers’ compensation world. The panel is composed of Nathan Hughes from Safelite and Dave Loyless from TBC Corporation.

Finally, the day is concluded with a risk management/wellness panel devised by frequent speaker Greg McKenna from Gallagher Bassett. He is joined by Bradley Reese from Asbury Automotive, Paul Koziatek from Cocoa Cola Beverages, and Marti Dickman from Advanced Disposal. With 60% of the claims dollar now involved with medical treatment, having a sophisticated wellness component to your business is a real money saver.

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