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Managing your risk by Michael Kelly

NCACC Risk Management Director Michael Kelly writes a regular column on risk management for CountyLines. With more than 41 years of risk management/ insurance experience, he holds the CPCU - Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter, ARM-P - Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities, CRM - Certified Risk Manager, ARe - Associate in Reinsurance and CIC - Certified Insurance Counselor Professional Designations. He can be reached at michael.kelly@ncacc.org or (919) 719-1124.  For archives of this column click here.

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May 23

Frank Bonner Scholarship offers access to learning opportunity

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM by Chris Baucom

Obviously, the process of being a good risk manager is made easier through education and association with others performing the same task. Typically during the month of May each year, I outline the chance to participate in an excellent educational opportunity offered through the Public Risk Management Association – the PRIMA Institute – courtesy of the NCACC Risk Management Pools' annual Frank Bonner Scholarship.  

Since 2004, the NCACC Risk Management Pools has offered this opportunity for county staff to apply to receive additional risk management training through the Frank Bonner Scholarship Award. This scholarship honors the life of Frank Bonner, a dedicated and long-serving commissioner from Beaufort County who passed away in February 2004. Frank was a successful insurance agent in the Aurora and Washington area for many years and was instrumental in establishing the NCACC Risk Management Pools in the early 1980s. He served as both a Trustee and the Chair of the NCACC’s Board of Trustees for many years.

This year, our 2014 award will pay for registration and associated necessary fees, hotel and travel expenses to attend the intense five-day PRIMA Institute taking place in Louisville, Ky., in November (hinstitute.primacentral.org/general). The program has been expanded this year and is an excellent learning opportunity geared for both beginning and seasoned risk managers. The program uses case studies that examine real-life scenarios that provide examples that may be used to develop templates for risk management tools by the participant when they return to their offices. In addition, attendance will provide the chance to meet others in the field of risk management – many with years of experience. Taking away a single, proven tool can reap huge rewards. For example, developing a process and program for returning employees previously injured out on workers’ compensation benefits will be a huge, positive driver to controlling this cost of risk and improve overall employee productivity.

In order to be eligible to apply and attend, applicants must be employed full-time by a county that participates in the NCACC Liability & Property Pool or the Workers’ Compensation Pool and be assigned to work at least 20 hours per week on either workers’ compensation and/or property and liability issues, as well as be principally responsible for their county’s risk management and/or insurance administration. 

To apply:

Submit a written statement that addresses the following three questions: 
Explain what risk management responsibilities your current job description includes and outline your experience in acting as the risk manager in detail.

What areas of risk management would you like to enhance/develop through additional training?
Why do you believe you should receive this opportunity to further your risk management education?

Submit a letter of recommendation from your County Manager that includes a statement affirming approval of the individual’s time away to attend the 2014 PRIMA Institute for the five days of the first week of November

Applicants may download and complete an application form from the NCACC Website at: http://www.ncacc.org/DocumentCenter/View/807

The application deadline is Monday, July 14. Applications should be e-mailed to RMP@ncacc.org; mailed to NCACC, Attn: NCACC Risk Management, 215 N. Dawson Street, Raleigh NC 27603; or faxed to (919) 719-1101.

Knowledge is a powerful asset, and the NCACC Risk Managements Pools, through the Frank Bonner Scholarship, are offering an excellent opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit you as a risk management professional, and your county’s risk management program.