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.   

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