RIMS Vendor Appreciation Luncheon

For those who have received an invitation, please joins us on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room (1829 Cleveland Ave, Charlotte, NC) for our RIMS Vendor Appreciation Lunch. Registration begins at 11:30am and lunch is served at 12:00pm.  Valet parking will be provided.


Our featured speaker is Curtis Hughes. Curtis  is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author, as well as a Founder and Managing Partner of C5 Insight, a management consulting firm that helps organizations work together better. Curtis has nearly 20 years of experience consulting with businesses and government agencies across North America, Europe and Asia in the areas of collaboration, employee engagement, leadership, and personal and professional productivity.  His company has twice been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the United States, and has been recognized four times as one of the top 20 Best Places to Work in Charlotte, NC. He has served in a leadership role for the Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) for the American Red Cross, sits on the Advisory Board for the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics, and at the ripe age of 34, was named as one of Charlotte's prestigious "40 Under 40" in recognition of his business accomplishments and commitment to the community.  His topic for our meeting is:

“Failure to Connect: Why Organizations Aren't Getting More From Collaboration”

 Collaboration as we know it has changed dramatically over the years. It wasn't that long ago that we had to make a concerted effort to connect with one another; now that same effort is required to disconnect.  So why do organizations continue to struggle to connect with employees, customers and partners? Collaboration tools and technology are both numerous and sophisticated, but are we really better off? Are there any risks inherent to collaboration? On the other hand, what risks come from not collaborating?  If we have the tools, the technology and the will, then why aren't we doing a better job with collaboration in our organizations?  In short: Is a company that can truly work together better nothing more than a myth - a lofty goal to which we aspire but will never attain? In this session, Curtis will tackle these questions and more, taking an in-depth look into why collaboration fails to meet our expectations and what organizations can do today to forge new connections, become more productive, increase employee engagement, and build a culture of collaboration.

January Luncheon - Enterprise Risk Management

How does your organization manage risks and opportunities given the range of challenges that business faces? What are the risks that you are not aware of, and where could you be exposed? How do you prepare for incidents across a globally interlinked business? How do you prioritize and focus efforts with limited risk management resources?

Enterprise Risk Management – A Focus on a Strategic and Resilient Approach


Please join us on Thursday, January 15, 2015 as Belinda Berwick from Marsh Risk Consulting provides further insight into the practice of risk management.   With a particular focus on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Belinda will provide an overview of the differing techniques and approaches.  Areas of discussion will include 1.) Strategic Risk Management: Identifying, assessing, evaluating, monitoring, reviewing and managing strategic exposures (e.g. opportunity alignment, black swans, prioritizing risk efforts, etc) and 2.) Resiliency Risk Management: Identifying and assessing disruption exposures, and building resiliency programs that minimize impact to operations (e.g. Business Continuity Planning). Overall, attendees will gain a better understanding of the emerging trends in ERM; including the application of such techniques and approaches.  We invite you to this topical, yet informative discussion where we will further consider how organizations can minimize exposure and maximize opportunities and, consequently, balance the risk with the reward.

Belinda Berwick is a Senior Vice President in Marsh Risk Consulting based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Belinda has more than 10 years of international consulting experience and is skilled in the development and implementation of strategic risk management principles and practices, particularly in enterprise risk management (ERM), business continuity management, supply chain risk management, compliance management, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation claims management, and injury management. She has extensive industry and project experience. 

Where:Compass Group, USA, 2400 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
When: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 11:30am sign-in. Lunch and program 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 members, $35 non-members

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.