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2013 Gary E. Bird Horizon Award Bestowed on Team from Duininck, Inc.

Release Date: Nov 17, 2013

San Diego, CA, November 18, 2013—The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award was presented at the 33rd IRMI Construction Risk Conference to the Duininck, Inc., team of Rick Maursetter, Risk Manager; Lynn Skordahl, RN Wellness Coordinator; and Cindy Vander Well, Benefits Manager. The honor recognized the team for its innovative employee wellness program.

The Duininck team created and implemented the award-winning "A Corporate Wellness Program" to impact employee wellness, productivity, workers compensation, and medical costs but most importantly to improve the health and well-being of the company’s employees and their families. Watch a video highlighting the award and the Duininck innovative wellness program.

The Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, sponsored by Travelers, is presented annually by IRMI to recognize a demonstrated commitment to improving construction risk management through the implementation of innovative, cost-effective, and efficient risk management techniques.

Rick Keegan, President, Travelers Construction, said, "This risk management approach is very innovative and addresses one of the more significant issues for contractors and the industry, and one that will continue to create cost and productivity challenges as the workforce continues to age."

The other finalists for the award were Robert Herbein, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Services, on behalf of the American Infrastructure Risk Management Department; Nocona Schulz, Corporate Insurance Director, on behalf of the Clayco Inc. Risk Management Department; Carole Fried, Corporate Director, Health and Safety, of Gilbane; and Hendrik van Brenk, Chief Environmental, Health, and Safety Officer, of Skanska USA Inc.

About International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI)

International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI), is a Dallas-based research and publishing firm specializing in insurance, surety, and risk management. In particular, IRMI focuses on providing risk and insurance solutions for the construction industry and producing leading-edge books, seminars, webinars, the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) CE program, and the IRMI Construction Risk Conference for the industry. This Conference typically draws 1,000 or more risk managers, agents, brokers, underwriters, attorneys, and others. Learn more about IRMI.

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