Magazine article Risk Management

Presidents' Letters

Magazine article Risk Management

Presidents' Letters

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Welcome to Chicago and the 41st RIMS & Exhibition. This city of international industry and trade plays a perfect host to the "New World, New Risks, New Solutions" program that the conference features this year. Chicago offers the business connections you need, the convenience of centrality and the pleasure of its history of blues, food, art and especially architecture--emphasized in the spectacular McCormick Place Lakeside Center where this year's conference is being held.

As we pursue world-class risk management in this new world of risks, the RIMS annual conference offers a perfect place to find support for this objective. Whether you are seeking new ideas, identifying best practices, training your staff, increasing your efficiency, reducing your cost of risk or garnering enterprisewide respect, you will find the people and events at this conference that will help you accomplish these objectives.

By joining your colleagues for this week of networking, education and debate, you are demonstrating your dedication to both your profession and your employer. You will bring back great ideas for your organization and enhanced respect for the risk management position as a core competency. Although each of our functions and responsibilities may differ, we can all learn to improve the quality in our work and work together to bring the risk management profession into the spotlight it deserves.

In addition to the in-depth and probing sessions and the ever-expanding exhibit hall, this year's conference includes dynamic keynote speakers, an array of fundraising events, special events in the exhibit hall and, of course, a wealth of information and news from RIMS. Be sure to stop by booth number 1405 to talk with Executive Council members and RIMS staff.

Do not miss the Cyber Station, where you can learn more about the online job bank and the enhancements that have gone into the newly designed RIMS Benchmark Survey. And pick up your copy of the RIMS Show Daily each day for updates, stories and pictures from the conference.

This schedule of outstanding opportunities is the handiwork of the hardworking and talented RIMS conference programming committee and RIMS vice president-conferences, Nancy Chambers. The CPC, along with the meetings and events staff spend considerable time selecting the most pertinent topics and the best-prepared presenters to create this annual event. If you see a CPC volunteer, be sure to pass on your appreciation. My thanks also go to the RIMS Chicago chapter volunteers for helping prepare for this great week.

As I told last years' conference attendees, by sharing with and learning from our peers around the world, we can only become better educated professionals with a more comprehensive body of knowledge. By attending the 41st RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition, you are contributing not only to your own professional enlightenment but also to the development of your peers. For that, I thank you for your invaluable participation and contributions to making risk management a better, more valued profession.

I will conclude by assuring you that RIMS is in great hands with both the outgoing and incoming Executive Council and Board of Directors. These men and women are dedicated to a partnership with RIMS staff and industry partners that will ensure RIMS continues to be the leading organization for risk professionals, driving risk management to new heights in our search for solutions in this new world of risks. …

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