The Risk Management Hall of Fame (RMHF) is home to those risk professionals who have made exceptional contributions to advancing the risk management discipline. RMHF is a joint venture of RIMS (the risk management society™) and AIG, and was created to preserve the history and tradition of the profession. Founded in 2011, nominees are considered from around the globe and inductees are selected by the RMHF Selection Committee, which is comprised of both RIMS and AIG representatives. New members to the Risk Management Hall of Fame are announced yearly at the RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition.
Announcement of the 2019 inductees took place on Monday, April 29th at the RIMS 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Boston. Criteria considered by the Selection Committee for membership in the RMHF included considerable contributions to the field; significant achievements, innovation and trend setting; demonstrated leadership, character and service; and the highest caliber of ethical and professional conduct.
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Throughout her more than 35-year career practicing risk management, Deborah Luthi delivered forward-thinking programs that encapsulated her passion, energy and excitement for the profession.
Deborah developed and employed strategic-level processes and frameworks for identifying potential risks that may adversely affect organizational success, as well as facilitating the transformation of those risks into opportunities that advance missions and achieve strategic objectives.
William (Bill) Mather was a dedicated, committed, passionate and influential risk management leader for over three decades.
Bill joined The Gillette Company in 1963 and would work within its insurance and risk management practice for the next 35 years. He held numerous positions within the Fortune 500 company, culminating as Administrator of Risk Management in 1971 – a position he held until his retirement in 1996. At Gillette, he was responsible for insurance and security, including development of a consolidated and refined risk management program to protect Gillette’s assets, its people, property, as well as sales and operations located around the world.
Berry Griffin, Jr.’s risk management career spanned more than 30 years and he remains active in the profession, attending RIMS Annual Conferences & Exhibition each year.
Berry served as the Risk and Insurance Manager for both Baker International and Hughes Aircraft where he was highly regarded for his contributions.
P. Richard Hackenburg’s (Dick or Hack) legendary risk management career spanned more than 45 years.
He began as an insurance manager at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1967. It was there where he gained the professional foundation on which he built an illustrious risk management career.
Throughout Glen Frederick’s nearly 30-year career in risk management, he demonstrated an immeasurable and selfless commitment to giving back to the profession that he loved.
As an integral member of a senior management team within the Government of British Columbia, Glen helped to establish a benchmark for risk management programs among Canadian Provinces.
Bill was a risk management pioneer. He was one of the first Canadian risk managers to establish a full-service risk management department that included loss prevention and statistical support at NOVA Chemical Corporation in Alberta. His unique and integrated approach to this business function that combined risk management, safety, health and environment and could be considered a premature version of Enterprise Risk Management.
David Mikulina, retired Vice President of Risk Management for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, was a member of the risk management profession for almost 35 years. Dave graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967 and shortly thereafter entered the Army, serving with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. He later embarked on a career in risk management and insurance, holding positions in such companies as GATX, Kraft, Alexander and Alexander, and, in 1984, Hyatt, from where he retired in 2007.
Gary E. Bird, CPCU, ARM
Gary E. Bird was a member of the risk management and insurance community for more than 19 years. His last position was as senior vice president in Construction Risk Management at Marsh & McLennan. Previously, he was the director of risk management at Phelps Dodge Corporation where he spent most of his career. Gary looked at risk on an enterprise-wide basis before “enterprise risk management” became the industry buzz-phrase. He identified risks outside the usual physical hazards and collaborated with his firm’s finance, credit and international operations to identify and set strategy for insurable and non-insurable risks.
Reginald A. "Reg" Pitchford
Reginald A. "Reg" Pitchford was the most prominent mentor and advocate of risk management in Manitoba and RIMS Manitoba Chapter (MARIMS) – a risk management legacy that began even before Manitoba achieved official RIMS chapter status in 1976.
James D. "Jim" Hinton
James D. "Jim" Hinton retired in 2012, having worked for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and its predecessor companies for 33 years, the last 23 of which he was the Vice President of Risk & Insurance. He was also the President of Health Care Indemnity, Inc., HCA’s captive insurance company. In these capacities, Mr. Hinton was responsible for overall management of HCA’s insurance, claims management and loss prevention programs.
Charles J. Magazine (1949-2013)
Charles J. “Chuck” Magazine’s career in risk management began in 1971 with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. His more than 40 year career included experiences in the fields of risk management, insurance, claims, as well as positions at a major insurance company, a state health agency, private healthcare systems, a nationwide restaurant franchise operation, and most recently, the City of Boynton Beach, Florida. In those roles, Mr. Magazine developed and implemented claims programs in the areas of workers’ compensation, property, and casualty insurance.
David C. Sterling
David C. Sterling joined The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. in 1964 after serving two years with the U.S. Army at Fort Kobbe, Panama Canal Zone. He retired from The Hartford after 42 years as assistant vice president and senior risk manager, where he managed The Hartford’s world-wide risk programs and exposures to accidental loss including the placement of all insurance and non-insurance programs designed to protect the organization.
David R. Haight
David Haight's career in risk management spanned more than 35 years and included positions at Gould Inc. as a Manager of Risk Management, Ceco Corporation as the Director of Risk Management and, most recently, as the Director of Risk Management for CF Industries, Inc. where he retired in 1998.
Ronald E. Strine
Ronald Strine retired from Aetna Life & Casualty in 1992 after 26 years of service -- 14 years as senior casualty underwriter for Fortune 500 companies and 12 years as the Director of Corporate Risk Management.
Cheri J. Hawkins, CPA
Cheri J. Hawkins, CPA, was retired from her position as assistant treasurer and director of insurance for Weyerhaeuser Company, the international forest products company, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.
John was born in 1928 in Berlin, Germany. He came to the United States with this parents and brother Karl in 1939 and with brief stays in New York City and San Francisco came to Los Angeles in 1941.