■ INDUSTRY EXPERTS
National Underwriter’s Risk Managers Advisory Board members are some
of the industry’s most experienced and honored risk-management professionals. They serve as an essential resource, making sure we are delivering the most timely, accurate and actionable information to our readers.
As you’ll see from their bios below, this is an extraordinarily accomplished
group, and we’re thrilled that we can regularly showcase their knowledge,
expertise and insights.
Editor-in-Chief, National Underwriter Property & Casualty
Laurie J. Champion
Managing Director, Global Risk Consulting,
Enterprise Risk Management, Aon
Laurie’s responsibilities include leading Aon’s U.S.
ERM/governance practice and serving as a strategic
advisor for large corporate clients. Prior to joining
Aon in 2008, she served as the vice president of
risk management for Coca-Cola Enterprises and
as the director of risk management for Ford Motor Co., overseeing Ford’s
global risk management staff.
Director of Risk Management, The Walt Disney Co.
In his role at Disney, Tim is responsible for risk
financing, construction insurance, government
affairs and risk management for Disney’s
international theme parks. He is the past chair of
the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation,
the State’s employer coalition dedicated to workers’
compensation issues. He meets regularly with legislators, policy
advisors and the California governor’s office regarding insurance and
workers’ compensation issues.
Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Risk Management
At Snap-on, which he joined in 1979, Dan is respon-
sible for directing all risk-management activities
worldwide. He is also responsible for security and
loss-prevention programs for the parent and all sub-
sidiary companies worldwide. In 2009, Dan and his
risk-management team received NU’s Excellence in Workers Compensation
(Honorable Mention). He currently serves on the board of directors of RIMS.
Director of Risk Management and Insurance
New York University
Since 2006, Michael has held responsibility for the
global property and casualty insurance program at
New York University, one of the nation’s largest and
most prestigious private universities. Previously, he
was director of risk management, safety and security
at Bridgeport Hospital & Healthcare System Inc. in Connecticut for 18
years. During his tenure at the company, he single-handedly created the
risk-management department that supported the activities of five companies. Michael served as RIMS president in 2007-2008.
William J. Montanez
Director of Risk Management, ACE Hardware Corp.
At Ace Hardware Corp., the largest retailer-owned hard-
ware cooperative in the industry, William has overall
responsibility for the corporate risk-management program,
retail agency operations and captive management.
William, who has over 26 years of risk-management
experience, has served on the board of the Chicago RIMS
Chapter. At the RIMS national level, he is currently serving as a member of
the board of directors and is director of RIMS’ international efforts.
Sarah Elizabeth Pacini
Vice President, Risk Management and Insurance
Advocate Health Care
Sarah is responsible at Advocate for developing, imple-
menting and directing the system-wide risk-management,
claims-management, risk-financing and insurance pro-
grams to ensure a consistent and optimal approach to
minimizing liability and risk exposure. Sarah also has
worked as a trauma nurse at a Level I emergency department and, with her
Summa Cum Laude law degree, practiced as a prosecutor in the criminal
division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Vice President, Risk Management, Kelly Services
At Kelly Services, Inc., the global staffing company where
Gary has worked the past 19 years, he is responsible for
the risk-management, safety, workers’ compensation and
unemployment functions. In his career, he has also worked
at Marsh Inc. and Trinity Health. He is also a former president of the Detroit chapter of RIMS.
Risk Manager, City of Columbia, Missouri
Sarah Perry began her insurance and risk-management
career in the early 1980s with a major insurance broker.
She served as the risk manager for an Iowa hospital and
for a workers’ compensation trust in Missouri prior to join-
ing the City of Columbia in 1997 as the risk manager.
Sarah served as president of the PRIMA (Public Risk
Management Association) board from 2008-2009 and was on the board of
directors from 2003-2010.
Karl has worked as a risk manager at four Fortune 1000
companies and has acted as a client executive at one of
the largest insurance brokerage and risk-advisory firms. His
areas of specialty include risk-management program review,
claims management and captive management.