A Thank You from Spencer Educational Foundation

All - please see letter below from Andrew Miller, Development Director of Spencer Educational Foundation:

On behalf of Spencer Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Foundation’s many beneficiaries, I also would like to thank you and the RIMS Carolinas Chapter for its $10,000 donation earlier this year. We appreciate the chapter’s continued investment in education and your contribution will support the Foundation’s programs and initiatives, including scholarships, internship grants and Risk Manager in Residence programs.

Speaking of those programs, as you may be aware, we are currently accepting application for our internship grants; the deadline for that program is January 9th. Applications can be found online at www.spencered.org. I would ask that you please share this information with your chapter members.

Again, thank you for your support. Your chapter’s contribution further assists us funding the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any information about the Foundation.

Best regards & happy holidays,

Andrew Miller
Development Director
Spencer Educational Foundation

November Luncheon: Liability Medicare Set-Asides: Best Practices for Managing Risk Today

Join us Thursday, November 13th to hear Drew Bret of Gerretson Resolution Group speak to us on the very current topic: “Liability Medicare Set-Asides: Best Practices for Managing Risk Today”. 

Andrew “Drew” Brett is a Senior Client Relationship Manager with Garretson Resolution Group.  Drew works with clients nationwide with respect to Medicare Secondary Payer compliance. His work allows clients to verify and resolve in full any conditional payments made by Medicare on behalf of a claimant, as well as determining when/how to address Medicares future interest by identifying where Medicare Set-Asides (MSAs) should be considered as a part of workers compensationliability and no-faulsettlements.

Drew graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Government, with a specialization in Pre-Law and received his diploma in Paralegal Technologies from South Piedmont Community College.

Date: Thursday, November 13
Where: Renaissance Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte NC, 28217
Cost: $30 members, $35 Non-Members
Registration: 11:00 - 11:30 // Lunch and Program: 11:30 - 12:45


Also, Bring a Coat! Carolinas RIMS is working in coordination with Community Matters, an organization assisting The Crisis Asistance Ministry with a goal of providing children and young adults with gently used/new coats for this Fall/Winter.  If you would like to help support  this cause and have a coat you would like to donate, please bring  it with you to the November meeting.   

October Luncheon: The Use of Social Media in Investigating Workers' Compensation claims

Please join us on October 16 at 11:30am for a luncheon and a presentation by Nicole Tackett, Esq. of Vernis & Bowling of Charlotte, LLC.


Nicole is an Ohio native, but has called North Carolina home since she was twelve years old. After graduating from UNC-Charlotte in 1992, Nicole taught world literature and served as community service coordinator in the International Baccalaureate program, which, at that time, was a newly integrated magnet program in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district. Following the birth of her first son, Nicole attended law school at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating in 2000. She has exclusively practiced workers’ compensation defense since that time. Prior to joining Vernis & Bowling in 2013, Nicole was a partner in the Charlotte office of Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, LLP.
Nicole manages and defends cases through all stages of the workers’ compensation process, from the initial determination of compensability through settlement. Additionally, Nicole litigates cases at the hearing level and at various stages of appeal, including appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Nicole has mediated well over 300 cases and has taken dozens more to hearing.
*UNC Charlotte will also do a brief presentation regarding the addition of a RMI concentration in the Risk & Insurance Master’s program.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Where: UNC Charlotte, Charlotte City Center, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC  28202, Room 1104
Cost: $30 members, $35 Non-Members
Parking: Paid by RIMS (use this parking permit)
Registration: 11:00 - 11:30 // Lunch and Program: 11:30 - 12:45

Network Security and Privacy - Are you prepared?

The heart of a company is its network and information technology infrastructure. Every business, regardless of the product or service it provides, has some exposure to network risk and privacy liability. The failure to prevent a computer attack or to safeguard personally identifiable or corporate confidential information in any format, can lead to significant financial costs for any business.

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Dena Magyar is Wells Fargo Insurance Services' Vice President Technology, Privacy, and Network Risk Practice. She serves as in-house resources for professional liability, technology E&O, network security, and privacy-related lines of coverage. She provides consultative services, market negotiations, policy analysis/administration, and claims advocacy services.

RIMS invites you to attend our breakfast seminar focusing on these risks and other exposures relating to network security and privacy risk. You will learn about present-day claim scenarios, the current state of the litigation environment, incident response tips, and how to transfer risk in the event of a breach. We look forward to seeing you there.

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where:  Snyder's Lance Corporate Office, 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place (Harris Building), Suite 900, Charlotte, NC

Cost: $30 Members / $35 Non-Members

Registration: 8:00am – 8:30am

Breakfast and Program: 8:30am – 9:30am