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CRIS Continuing Education Program Bestows Certification to 1,000th Designee

Dallas, TX, August 2, 2007International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI), is pleased to announce 1,000 construction risk and insurance professionals have earned the CRIS certification since it was introduced 2 years ago. The Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS™) certification and continuing education program was launched in March 2005. Karen Frey of Ashton Tiffany, LLC, in Phoenix, AZ, is the 1,000th person to receive the certification.

"In my role as a full-service Risk Management Consultant, it is critical to stay up-to-date on all facets of construction risk management," said Ms. Frey. "Obtaining the CRIS certification was important to me, because it is essential to have a more thorough knowledge to serve my clients to the best of my ability."

The CRIS certification also has a continuing education component, which can be satisfied by other related construction risk and insurance courses, seminars, or conferences. Ms. Frey added, "I believe the continuing education component of CRIS will help me stay current on any changes that occur in the construction risk management field."

IRMI President Jack P. Gibson, CPCU, ARM, CRIS, agreed and personally congratulated Ms. Frey. "Having 1,000 CRIS professionals in the marketplace will certainly help strengthen construction insurance programs from all angles. Karen and her fellow CRIS designees have made a strong statement to the construction community that they understand and are focused on solving the unique risk and insurance problems contractors face," said Mr. Gibson. "If I were a contractor, I would want to know my agent, broker, or consultant had this specialized expertise."

The CRIS continuing education program and certification is endorsed by the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). For more information or to use the free construction directory go to CRIS-certified insurance agents and brokers.

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For more than 40 years, IRMI has helped our customers save lives and livelihoods as the premier provider of risk management and insurance information, tools, education, and training. IRMI helps risk management, insurance, and legal professionals make better decisions for their companies and clients with unbiased expertise and balanced, comprehensive content. 

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