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The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award recognizes innovation in construction
risk management. The award is named in honor of Gary E. Bird, a
nationally known risk management expert lost in the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001. Gary expanded the risk management horizon
as he searched for new and innovative ways to approach the risks
associated with large construction projects. Learn more about Gary
in this speech from the 2002
Conference. Download a promotional flyer listing the prizes
and benefits of the
Gary E. Bird
The submission deadline is August 17 each year.
Nominate yourself or a colleague.
Go back to IRMI Construction Risk Conference website.
The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented to Michael W.
Bennett, Vice President of HSE & HR, and Scott Knowlen,
Corporate Health, Safety, Security, & Environmental Manager, of
Cianbro Corporation. The honor, presented at the 34th IRMI
Construction Risk Conference, recognized the team for its
innovative loss control program. Read the
learn more about their program, and see the
previous winners of the award.
Learn More about the Award
To promote the awareness of innovative risk management
processes and techniques that are cost-efficient and effective in
the construction industry. The identification and communication
of these best practices will assist others in the risk management
community to review and develop their own best practices.
Winner receives roundtrip coach airfare, free
hotel accommodations during the Conference, complimentary
registration, and an elegant
award for office display
All qualified candidates (and if applicable, the person nominating them) are recognized at a General Session attended
by over 1,200 industry leaders. The winner is announced at the same General Session and at a Luncheon
held to honor the winner.
Qualified candidates and their innovative concept are also recognized in a printed Awards Program,
given to all attendees.
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The award is open to all full-time business professionals charged
with managing construction risks for their employers (including
but not limited to risk managers, chief financial officers, safety
managers, loss control specialists, claim managers, and risk management
teams). Nominees must have been in their current positions at least
3 years at the time of application for the award and have been involved
in the development of a construction-oriented risk management technique,
process, or program that is innovative, cost-efficient, and effective.
Nonprofit construction industry trade groups are also eligible based
on their development of innovative techniques, processes, or programs
for implementation by their members.
The award is presented to one representative of the winning company
or team. In the event the award is a joint submission from multiple
unrelated companies, no more than two individuals will receive the
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In order to get the word out to the industry about the
importance of risk management innovation, IRMI will produce the
following items about the winning technique, process or program:
- Press release to industry publications
- Announcements on IRMI.com and in our e-mail
newsletter, IRMI Update
- Summary or detailed description of the winning
technique, process, or program available on IRMI.com
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Read about the innovative programs of past winners of the award
To learn more about the award submission process, how to prequalify
a candidate, and to download a submission packet click on the topics
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