Monday, June 09, 2008

Self Imposed Blog Blackout

Last week saw many changes and challenges, which is why I put myself on a blog blackout. Some folks from work read this blog (at times) and I didn't want to talk about the goings on until they were announced. The announcement came this morning (see previous blog posting for the actual announcement). My promotion to Director of Risk Management was made public this morning. It is effective 5/20/2008 -- the first day my boss left. It took a couple days of discussion to get the details hammered out (title, total compensation, office, staff, structure, etc). So I have an office now. It's nothing fancy, just a nice internal office -- decent size, no window, but it is my office. I have a door. It feels good.

I have had a couple people come up to me and say that they are surprised that I got yet another promotion (I've been promoted two times in the two years I have been with the firm). Another person said that I am the youngest person to be promoted to Director at the company. I like the idea of that -- whether or not it is true, who knows.

I am looking to buy some art for my office walls -- probably some photograph that I took myself. Perhaps an architectural print, or a landscape from OR or Napa, or something like that. Any ideas? Speaking of my office, I will bring my camera to work tomorrow (well, I will bring my CHARGED camera to work tomorrow) and take pictures of my office to show it off. Things like an office don't really mean that much to me-- it is nice, but not really something that makes me so excited.

What does really excite me -- TRAVEL. I was invited to attend a Risk Management Conference in New York. Only 100 people get invited to attending this conference -- quite an honor, I think. So my current trips are: YYZ, DEN, LGA, BDL. I have a PDX trip or two in the mix, and maybe a trip to LAS some point in September (for a birthday party). I'd also like to hit MSY this year too. Send me an email if any of you are looking to take a trip to LAS or MSY in the early fall.

Risk Resource Center - Organizational Announcement

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Tim *SNIP* to Director of Risk Management. Tim joined in *COMPANY* May of 2006 as a Risk Analyst, and subsequently was promoted to Associate Risk Manager in July of 2007. Prior to joining *COMPANY*, Tim had worked as a commercial insurance broker for 4 years with a large regional brokerage firm in Chicago.

In his new role, Tim will be responsible for managing the corporate insurance program and risk analytics, with the goal of ensuring that our insurance program is the most comprehensive and competitive program in the marketplace. Tim also will oversee our Safety and Loss Control Program, and therefore MV, our Loss Control Manager, will report to Tim. When we fill our open Risk Analyst position, that individual will report to Tim as well. Tim will report to MS, our Senior Vice President, as will JO, our Director of *SNIP*

Any requests for information or assistance that previously were directed to BAD should be sent directly to Tim.

Please join me in congratulating Tim on his well-deserved promotion.

Mike *SNIP*

-- Edited for confidentiality (names of people and company, etc)--