11th Annual Golden State Risk Management Authority Training Conference
By all accounts, the 11th Annual Golden State Risk Management Authority Training Conference was another great success. We held the event on October 22nd, at Rolling Hills Resort in Corning, CA. The 123 people that attended the conference represented 51 of our member agency districts. Based on feedback throughout the day and after the event, this was one of our best annual workshops ever!
The day began with attendee registration and a continental breakfast. Assistant Risk Manager, Jennifer Peters, who emceed the event, kicked off the conference with a welcome message. She then introduced Risk Manager, Scott Schimke, who provided an overview of the “State of GSRMA”.
Jennifer then welcomed Gordon Graham, the main speaker for the day. In his always entertaining style, Mr. Graham provided attendees with some basic risk management foundational ideas. He then addressed the topic of “Non-Punitive Close Call Reporting.” Implementing this type of program at a district allows its staff to adjust behavior based on the mistakes of co-workers, often preventing serious injury. Mr. Graham reminded us to not become complacent when it comes to safety in both the workplace and in our lives.
At noon we broke for an exceptional buffet lunch. Once again, the Rolling Hill’s chefs outdid themselves with a fabulous array of fresh food and delectable desserts. Attendees spent time networking with friends and colleagues, as well as making new acquaintances.
After lunch, Gordon Graham provided us with his ten rules for workplace safety in his presentation “Occupation Safety – Tips for Success”.
After a quick break and raffle, Attorney Robert Hunt, of Hunt Jeppson & Griffin, LLP, spoke on “Public Employment Liability Pitfalls: Ways to Avoid Litigation”. His presentation was interactive with the audience as he described situations based on calls received through the GSRMA HR Legal Hotline. Mr. Hunt had very relevant suggestions on how organizations can avoid many employment practice pitfalls.
We wrapped up the day with a raffle for an iPad and more networking. Later that evening, many of the conference’s participants attended the Public Cemetery Alliance dinner which was held co-sponsored by Golden State Risk Management Authority.
All in all it was a great day. We are very grateful for our event sponsors, Alliant Insurance Services and the Law Offices of Richard Montarbo, who underwrote the
prize drawings and the lunch. The speakers were top notch and the facility and staff were simply the best.
Of course, we have already begun planning for next year’s conference! Stay tuned as we will distribute more information as details are finalized. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!