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IRMI Calls For Gary E. Bird Horizon Award Nominees

Release Date: Aug 11, 2002

Release Date: Aug 12, 2002
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DALLAS—International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) announced that it is seeking nominees for this year's Gary E. Bird Horizon Award, formerly known as the Construction Risk Management Best Practices Award, to be given at the upcoming 22nd IRMI Construction Risk Conference (November 11-14, 2002) in San Diego. The winner will be announced at a special awards lunch during the Conference on Wednesday, November 13.

The award is open to all full-time business professionals charged with managing construction risks for their employers who have been in their current position at least 3 years at the time of application for the award and who were involved in the development of a construction-oriented risk management technique or process that has proven to be innovative, cost-efficient, and effective.

Applications may be submitted for any of the following categories: Loss Control, Risk Financing, Risk Transfer, or Risk Analysis. Judging is based on innovativeness, adaptability, cost-efficiency, effectiveness, and current applicability. The judging panel will comprise leading construction industry specialists including an insurance broker, an insurance company representative, a risk management professional representing owners, a risk management professional representing contractors, representatives of professional construction organizations, and an IRMI representative.

Candidates may be nominated or may nominate themselves. The deadline to submit a candidate is September 1, 2002. See further information and submission packets or contact IRMI as follows: telephone 800-827-4242 (in Dallas 972-960-7693); fax 972-371-5120; or contact us.

Visit to obtain an award submission packet and read about our 2001 winner, Mr. TJ Lyons of Rifenburg Construction, Inc., who was honored with the Construction Risk Management Best Practices Award for adapting the OSHA Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) Accreditation for use in the road construction industry.

The winner will receive roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a complimentary registration to next year's Construction Risk Conference in Chicago November 17-20, 2003, as well as an award and recognition at this year's Conference.

For further information, contact the Conference coordinator at International Risk Management Institute, Inc., 12222 Merit Drive, Suite 1600, Dallas, TX 75251-2266. Telephone 800-827-4242 (in Dallas 972-960-7693) or fax 972-371-5120; or visit IRMI's website at

Founded in 1978, International Risk Management Institute, Inc., (IRMI), is a Dallas-based research and publishing organization specializing in risk management and insurance reference manuals, books, and newsletters. These references and the firm's website,, provide practical strategies and tactics for insurance buyers, human resources professionals, risk managers, agents, brokers, underwriters, claims adjusters, and attorneys. IRMI is also the sponsor of the annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference, which is the only national symposium devoted exclusively to managing and insuring construction risks. Visit, or call 1-800-827-4242 for more information.