Magazine article Risk Management

New RIMS Chapters Take Hold in the Sun Belt

Magazine article Risk Management

New RIMS Chapters Take Hold in the Sun Belt

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Surging business activity in the southeastern region of the United States has brought with it a rising demand for the formation of more RIMS chapters. This past April, the RIMS Executive Council approved the charters of three new chapters: the Greater Miami Chapter; the Smoky Mountain Chapter, based in Knoxville, Tennessee; and the Mississippi Chapter, based in Jackson. Only last year, RIMS welcomed the newly formed Northwest Arkansas Chapter to the Society. With this latest group, RIMS chapters now number 93.

The Greater Miami Chapter is a spin-off of the South Florida Chapter (which has since changed its name to the Broward Chapter). Originally, the South Florida Chapter encompassed Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties, according to the Greater Miami Chapter president and society director, Scott Clark (Dade County Public Schools). Palm Beach broke off to form its own chapter about five years ago. With meetings held alternately in either Broward or Dade counties, and traffic volume having increased significantly in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, deputy members were forced to travel several hours and use up an entire workday to attend monthly lunchtime meetings. As a result, Mr. Clark notes, "attendance suffered, and the idea of starting a new RIMS chapter began."

Since its charter was approved by the RIMS Executive Council earlier this year, the Greater Miami Chapter has grown to about 32 members. Bringing in more members and getting them involved is one of its priorities. The chapter's treasurer, Bill Coombs (University of Miami), is slated to attend the ALARYS (Latin American) Risk Management Conference in Mexico City in October, to "open the lines of communication with risk management chapters in other countries to exchange information and perhaps attend each others' meetings," Mr. Clark says. The Greater Miami Chapter also plans to continue its funding of the Wilson Scholarship, which is awarded to a student of risk management or insurance at the University of Miami. Preparatory courses for the Associate in Risk Management designation exams will also likely be offered this fall by the chapter.

The Smoky Mountain Chapter, the 92nd chapter of RIMS, originated from much more humble beginnings. Starting with a few risk managers who would meet occasionally to speak informally about their common concerns, this network of professionals soon grew to about a dozen people. It was at that point that the idea of formalizing the group and joining RIMS first started to take hold, recalls the Smoky Mountain Chapter's inaugural president, Jeffrey L. …

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