Speaking Engagements

Missouri State University

“Risk Manager in Residence”

March 4 – 6,2019: Guest lecturer in several risk management and insurance course sessions. Offered presentation on my career path and lessons learned to local Ozark RIMS Chapter.

National Workers Compensation & Disability Conference

“Top Ten Best Claims Administration Practices”

December 7, 2017: Co-presented in panel discussion format “top ten” insights on workers’ compensation claims management learned over the course of my career. Audience was approximately 220 workers’ compensation claim professionals and service providers.

Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) National Conference

“Food & Agriculture Industry Session”

April 26, 2017: Panelist facilitating supply chain discussion from supplier, distributer, and restaurant owner perspectives. Audience was approximately 80 risk management professionals and service providers.

National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)


February 12,2015: Panelist presenting the industry perspective in discussion of the impacts of social media in identifying, defusing and proactively responding to foodborne illness incidents. Other perspectives include counsel and expert in an interactive roundtable format.

Illinois State University – Katie School of Finance & Insurance

“Adventures in Risk Management – From Chuck E. Cheese’s and Beyond!”

October 27-28, 2014: Chosen by the Katie School to be their “Risk Manager in Residence” via the Spencer Educational Foundation, I served as guest lecturer in two sessions of three courses: “Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance”, “Property Insurance”, and their Capstone “Risk Management” course. I also offered the captioned presentation to approximately 80 students and faculty at an evening gathering. In this presentation I shared some of the situations I have encountered during my career and encouraged the students to consider risk management and insurance as a viable career path for themselves.

Vernis & Bowling, LLP                                                                                                           

“What the Client Wants”

June 20, 2014: Guest speaker at this firm’s annual retreat in Orlando, Florida. Discussed client expectations, the reasons behind them, and how exceeding client expectations will differentiate V&B and it’s attorneys from their competitors. Audience totaled over 200 people, including attorneys, paralegals, and some support staff.

The Council on Litigation Management                                                                                          

“How to Better Handle Your Role in the Claims Management Process”

May 16, 2013: Participated as panelist in discussion of claims and litigation management best practices. Audience included approximately 200 attorneys, risk managers, and claims professionals.

National Restaurant Association Risk & Safety Study Group                                                    

“Best Practices in Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims”

February 7, 2013: Assembled and facilitated panel discussion. Panelists from various disciplines discussed claims management strategies from their perspective (broker, claims supervisor, corporate risk manager, attorney). Audience included approximately 60 risk management professionals.

Also facilitated the meeting agenda for the day.

California Workers’ Compensation Conference                                                                     

“The CEC Success Story”

September 19, 2012: Motivational and educational speech discussing how we manage risks and measure our results at CEC. Offered practical tips on how to influence organizational culture to achieve stated objectives. Audience included approximately 250 claims professionals, attorneys, and risk management professionals. Received superior ratings on participant feedback surveys.

Previous speaking engagements include:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society – Led the Staffing industry session at national RIMS conferences in 2000 and 2001
  • Numerous internal training seminars in the course of my employment 1993 – Present
  • First Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA – Served as substitute preacher during some pastoral absences
  • St Thomas Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX – Served as substitute preacher during some pastoral absences

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