Richard Rudolph | Bio
Dr. Rudolph earned a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois-Urbana, where he also studied international monetary theory and insurance and risk management in graduate school. He attained his MBA in 1988 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in 1989, specializing in insurance and risk management. During his active working career, Rich worked from 1972 to 1990 in local, regional, and national insurance agencies and brokerages, 1990 to 1992 as president of a wholesale broker firm, and from 1992 through 2012 as an independent risk management consultant. Positions held included account executive, health insurance manager, package underwriter, workers compensation underwriter, director of risk management consulting, director of training and education, director of communications, and director of internal quality assurance. In 2003, he joined The National Alliance faculty specializing in risk management and later became an educational consultant.
Rich is the principal editor of The National Alliance Research Academy's Risk Management Essentials Handbook, and the author of Net Income Risk Management. In 2015, the Research Academy published his A Tedious Brief History of Insurance for the benefit of the Jerry Montgomery Memorial Scholarship Fund. Rich has written nearly 100 articles that have been published in the insurance trade press and newspapers, and professional journals, including Resources. He has also edited numerous insurance text books and study materials for various providers of insurance education.
He has been leading insurance and risk management courses since 1981. In 1996, he was the first recipient of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters/American Institute of America's Jack F. Derrickson Award for Outstanding Course Leadership, was listed on the American Institute's National Registry of Course Leaders and was recognized by the CPCU Society as a Distinguished Instructor. In April 2006, he was the first recipient of the Richard A. Gerrond Memorial Award recognizing commitment to professionalism, education, and ethical behavior presented by the CPCU Loman Foundation. He also served on the CPCU Society's Research Activities Committee and Ethics Committee. In October 2013, Rich was named to The National Alliance CRM National Faculty in recognition of presentation excellence and contributions to the CRM curriculum.
Rodney Smith | Bio
Rodney is Southeast Region Director for Lloyd's. Lloyd's is headquartered in London and opened the Southeastern office for Lloyd's in Atlanta in late 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Risk Management and Insurance degree and received his CIC designation in 2006 and CRM designation in 2013.
Rodney has over 31 years of Insurance industry experience. He is a prominent national speaker, frequently asked to address industry conventions and Universities. Rodney serves as an instructor at the WSIA courses and is a certified instructor approved to provide CE credits in multiple states.
Rodney serves on educational boards and industry committees including the National Insurance Industry Council, Georgia State University School of Risk Management Board, Troy State University School of Risk Management, University of Georgia RMI Board, International Society of Catastrophe Managers, WSIA Education Committee, and the Georgia Surplus Lines Association Executive Committee.
Ronald Hicks | Bio
Ronald Hicks is Executive Vice President of Hicks Risk Consulting Inc., located in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The firm is a small risk management consulting firm that focuses on insurance coverages and loss control as a significant aspect of the risk management process. Prior to consulting, Ron was a licensed producer for 20 years. He has a degree in Psychology from Temple University, earned his CIC designation in 2006, and his CRM designation in 2012. He also holds the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation from IRMI. Ron is an OSHA authorized 10 and 30-hour construction trainer.
Ron works directly with companies to assist them in reducing their insurable and non-insurable losses. His work includes analyzing losses to determine trending concerns, working with companies to increase the results from their safety programs, facilitating safety committees, reviewing risk control techniques, assisting clients in strengthening contractual risk transfer language, and training. He also works with insurance companies as a contracted loss control consultant for property, general liability, workers compensation, auto, pollution, and professional liability.
Ron's experience with companies is broad in size and industry. They range from small family owned manufacturers to national railroads and global print media organizations. He brings a unique aspect of loss control to his clients. Having an understanding of insurance policy language, claims experience, and safety training; Ron is able to bring a unique perspective to the loss control process. He is just as comfortable walking on a construction site with a hard hat on as he is training workers how to perform their tasks in a safe manner.