From the President, NJRIMS – December 2019
On behalf of the New Jersey Risk and Insurance Management Society’s (NJRIMS) Board of Directors, greetings! As we conclude another exciting calendar year, this one was as fulfilling as ever. A tour of the Secaucus Meadowlands earlier this year turned out to be very insightful. We learned what was once an environmental nightmare has evolved into an ecological wonder through the efforts of many NJ stakeholders who are dedicated to its continuous improvement. Throughout the year, we provided timely educational sessions ranging from Blockchain, Cyber and #MeToo while our annual Market Update was very well timed due to the uncertainty of a hardening commercial insurance market. In October, we hosted our most successful golf outing to date. Despite reduced attendance, we were able to maximize profits by emphasizing expense reduction, which will allow to us to more readily meet our charitable commitments to the Spencer Foundation.
With further regard to the Spencer Foundation, NJRIMS continues to be a strong supporter of their mission and has been an advocate and supporter for well over ten (10) years now. Their mission of supporting the educational development of aspiring Risk Management professionals continues to be the benchmark for such support and has benefited many in our profession. By the end of our current pledge commitment in 2021, NJRIMS will have donated over $197K. We remain proud recipients of the Spencer Foundation “Diamond” contributor status.
The expansion of our Board of Directors who have contributed energetic ideas, efforts to engage our Spencer Foundation recipient, and consistently acknowledging member/visitor support are all goals that we achieved in an effort to positively impact the NJ Risk Management community. Membership and attendance have remained steady, and although membership is important, we continue to prioritize member engagement. As we reach out and encourage the participation of our chapter members, we feel engagement and feedback is vital to our ability to respond to the needs of the professional community we serve. The NJ Chapter remains a great place to network and strives to offer a welcoming environment for all who seek professional growth. Once again, thorough planning has yielded an exciting schedule of events for the 2020 calendar year and we are very excited about what’s in store. Some of our planned endeavors and session topics will be a first for NJRIMS and we are confident they will not disappoint.
As I wind up my second and final year as the 2018/19 NJRIMS President, I extend my sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the NJRIMS Board of Directors and members whose contribution and never-ending support continue to be the driving forces of our success. I am confident that NJRIMS will continue to grow and improve due largely to the passion we all share for the profession and our collective desire to make this chapter as successful as we can. Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Ira (Ike) Jenkins
NJRIMS Chapter President 2018/19