Member Spot Light Carrie Willson

PARMA Member Spotlight
Meet Carrie Willson, Staff Risk Manager, 
State of California

Tell me about how you became a risk manager?

After my good friend tried to recruit me to a small managing general agency/surplus lines broker for about a year, I finally took her up on her offer. I left the hectic restaurant business thankful for the 9-5 business hours and holidays! I started as a file clerk, and I found myself very interested in the insurance industry. From there, I started volunteering for other job duties that lead to working 16 of my 17 years at this agency, identifying and analyzing risk as an underwriting assistant and commercial lines underwriter.

Member Spot Light Diane Caminite, CPCU, ARM

PARMA Member Spot Light
Meet Diane Caminite, CPCU, ARM

Tell me about how you became a risk manager?
I came to the risk management field the way many do – unintentionally.  I was originally planning to go into nursing and began my education with that focus.  Since I needed to work my way through college, I had also decided it would be a good idea to get a job in healthcare.  I ended up getting an administrative job in the risk management department with a local hospital group.  I had no idea what risk management was and ended up being exposed to insurance, risk mitigation, risk financing as well as an offshore captive for medical malpractice.  I found it quite interesting, and I decided that risk management was a better career choice for me.

PARMA Member Spot Light - Tony Giles, CPCU, ARM-P

Meet Tony Giles, CPCU, ARM-P
PARMA Member Spot Light

Tell me about how you became a risk manager?

Like most of my risk management colleagues, I came to risk management almost entirely by accident. More generously, I suppose we could say that fate intervened. I worked for the County of Santa Clara for several years in a variety of roles – most of them administrative. I accepted a job as the Senior Management Analyst for the County’s Director of Risk Management. At first, I saw my role as supporting the Director but not really doing risk management. After several years, I started taking on more tasks associated with risk management, ultimately accepting a division manager job doing actual risk work. A couple of years later, the City of Sunnyvale was recruiting for a Risk Manager, and I decided to take a shot at it. One grueling recruitment process later, I was a Risk Manager!

PARMA 2020 Call for Sessions Now Open

PARMA 2020, The Art of Risk

To submit a session for consideration for PARMA's 2020 Annual Risk Management Conference, The Art of Risk, please complete this form and then click the Submit Button at the bottom.  You will receive a copy of your submission sent to the email address you provide below.  If you do not receive a copy of your submission, the session did not get submitted correctly. The submission deadline is April 1, 2019.

PARMA Member Spot Light

Meet Tanesha Welch
PARMA Member Spot Light

The story of my path into Risk Management (RM) is one of unforeseen circumstances. RM was not my initial choice during my undergrad studies. I had a passion for Human Resources. My forte consisted of employee administration, training and development, and recruitment. Outside of my normal day to day assignments at work, I would spend my personal time mostly helping people prepare for gainful employment by critiquing their employment portfolios and assisting them with marketing themselves to potential employers. This is what I loved to do!


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