Medical Marijuana and Workers' Compensation

While many RIMS groups in the Carolinas take a break  for the summer, we found a great speaker with a very relevant topic and  wanted to provide an opportunity for all to attend.

Mark  your calendar and join us for Mark Pew of PRIUM and a candid discussion about Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation. 

This presentation will provide insight into what marijuana is, how it is used for medicinal purposes, the current evidence on its short/long term consequences, the unintended consequences of its legalization, the impacts on workers’ compensation and drug free workplaces, and risk management techniques.

In May of this year, legislation was approved to create Medical Marijuana programs in South Carolina.  Once this is done, it’s just Hop, Skip and a Jump to the overall legalization of marijuana (criminalized since 1937) with some states already on the band-wagon, legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.  “The South Carolina Medical Marijuana Program Act, H 4037, would allow patients suffering from a listed condition to use and safely access medical marijuana if recommended by their doctors. 

Cost is $20 for RIMS members and $25 for friends of RIMS. Please RSVP no later than noon on Monday, July 6th. Make sure you RSVP through the Western Carolinas RIMS website.

National RIMS Conference – Carolinas Rims and Appalachian State University Shine!

The Carolinas RIMS Chapter received the 2014 Chapter Achievement Award.  On April 27th, National RIMS recognized the exceptional work of its chapters for outstanding chapter programming and conferences; advancing the risk management profession; outstanding member services; as well as membership growth.  Marie Baird, Treasurer, (pictured 2nd from the left) accepted the award on behalf of Carolinas.

Students from Appalachian State University won the national Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge, a three month competition that began with a case for The Walt Disney Company.  Winning students were Eric Vickers from Whiteville, Bruce Thomas from Charlotte, Grant Jared from Winston-Salem and Wes McDaniel from Charlotte. They were accompanied by Brantley Risk and Insurance Center Director Karen Epermanis, who served as their faculty advisor.  For more information, please follow this link:


Carolinas RIMS Breakfast - Special Events Liability

At times, organizations host special events that contribute to the community spirit, quality of life, and the local economy. While these events offer opportunities for fun, they also create often overlooked liability exposures. Even if the organization is not directly involved in the planning or hosting the special event, it may still have liability exposure if the organization allows services, resources, or property to be used for the activity or event. For risk management purposes, special events may include parades, golf tournaments, festivals, celebrations, fairs and sporting events. Planning and evaluating proposed events are critical steps for identifying potential hazards and developing effective controls. Attendees will learn about the potential risks and claims that can arise against their organization and ways to mitigate those risks.

Dan Pliszka, ARM-P

Dan Pliszka, ARM-P

Please join us on April 23 for breakfast as Dan Pliszka presents Special Events Liability. Dan has more than 30 years of risk management experience with a career spanning coast to cast in a number of progressivily responsible positions. He has held positions such as safety specialist in a nuclear weapons manufacturing plant; safety, risk, and benefits manager for elarge metropolitan cities/counties; senior vice-president and client executive for a national insurance broker; and, independent consultant. Dan has held his current position on two separate occasions - the first time from 1992-2001 and the second time from 2008-present.

When: April 23, 8:00am Registration and sign-in / 8:30am Breakfast and Program
Where: Compass Group, 2400 Yorkmount Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Cost: $30 Members / $35 Non-Members
Registration: Click here to register and pre-pay for this event

RIMS Shadow Day 2015

Carolinas RIMS sponsored Shadow Day on March 20th.  Students from Appalachian State University, UNC Charlotte and Queens College were able to spend the day with a professional to gain a better understanding of the risk and insurance profession. At the end of the day, the students and sponsors met at Maggiano's Restaurant for a debriefing of what the students had learned during the day.  

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A check for $2,000 was donated on behalf of RIMS to assist both ASU and UNCC in sending a student to National RIMS for another year.  Students that were able to participate include: Heather Benz, James Betker, Sandra Cabra Nino, Yung Chiu, Somora Duverger, Reginald Bentley, Tran Gian, Joseph Howell, Thomas Hutson, Octavia Isom, Julie Kirsch, Darnell McKenzie, Daniell Orrey, Kelly Rankin, Rachael Robinson, Christopher Wescott all from UNC Charlotte. Attending from Apalachian State were Zachary Combs, Sims Crownover, Tyler Dillon, Hayden Garrison, Connor Gorham, Chad Henderson, Lauren Isley, Andrew Johnston. Jade McSheehan, Alyssa Nardi, Carly Parker, Parker Roberson, Cheyenna Sturgill, and Taylor Terrell.  Representing Queens College were Robert (Kevin) Anderson and Andy Nguyen. We extend a special thanks to our sponsor companies: Aon, City of Charlotte, Coca‐Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Compass Group, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, Gallagher Bassett Services, Hearst Corporation, Hendrick Automotive, Lockton, Lowes, Marsh, National Finance Professionals, Piedmont Natural Gas, Sedgwick, Snyders Lance, Travelers, Trinet Human Resources Corp, and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. 

We also thank our Education Chair, Martha Basco, for coordinating this event. We look forward to having this event again next year in March 2016. If you or your company would like to sponsor a student, please contact Martha Basco.