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IRMI Presents Words of Wisdom Award at 21st IRMI Construction Risk Conference

Release Date: Nov 1, 2001

Release Date: November 2, 2001
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NEW ORLEANS—William H. Perkins, Instructor, Florida Association of Insurance Agents, was honored with the twelfth Words of Wisdom Award at the 21st IRMI Construction Risk Conference in New Orleans. The Words of Wisdom (WOW) Award was introduced by International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI) to recognize outstanding speakers at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference.

Mr. Perkins was selected for this honor based on his outstanding speaker evaluations, effective use of handout materials and audio/visual aids to supplement his presentations, and most of all, for providing practical information that audience participants can take home and put to use, sometimes immediately. "We attribute the success we have experienced with this conference to a number of factors, but without question, one of the most important is the quality of the presentations made by our guest speakers. We created the Words of Wisdom Award to recognize the substantial contributions these individuals have made to the construction and insurance industries," explained Jack Gibson, President of IRMI.

Mr. Perkins has been an instructor for the Tallahassee-based Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) since June 1993. His teaching responsibilities at the FAIA are concentrated on commercial insurance with interests in maritime compensation, employment practices liability, and fee-based income for insurance agents. Prior to joining the FAIA, Mr. Perkins was an agent for 12 years in his father's Orlando agency, during which he was an active member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Central Florida, serving as a board member, chairing its education committee, and serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Central Florida's Small Business Development Center. He graduated from Loyola University of the South in 1980 and holds the Accredited Advisor in Insurance designation.

Previous WOW Award recipients include John Alberici, senior vice president of J.S. Alberici Construction Co. Inc.; James H. Costner, senior vice president with Willis Advanced Risk Management Services; Steven D. Davis, director, Construction Practices, McGriff Seibels & Williams; Jack Gibson, president, International Risk Management Institute, Inc.; Gerald I. Katz, partner, Katz & Stone; Steven A. Lashier, Construction Division underwriting manager, Employers Insurance Company of Nevada; Michael C. Loulakis, partner, Wickwire Gavin; Jeffrey D. Masters, partner, Cox Castle & Nicholson; Thomas H. McCarley, senior vice president, Palmer & Cay; Michael J. O'Neill, president, ACIG Insurance Agency, and Richard J. Shamis, senior vice president, Willis.

The IRMI Construction Risk Conference is the only national symposium devoted exclusively to insuring, bonding, and managing the risks of construction projects. The 22nd IRMI Construction Risk Conference will be held November 11 - 14, 2002 in San Diego. For information concerning the 21st IRMI Conference, visit or contact International Risk Management Institute, Inc. at 12222 Merit Drive, Suite 1600, Dallas, TX, 75251 (phone 800-827-4242, in Dallas, 972-960-7693, or fax 972-371-5120).

International Risk Management Institute, Inc., is a Dallas-based research and publishing firm specializing in insurance, surety, and risk management. The company has done extensive research on the subject of construction insurance, surety, and risk management. IRMI's reference services provide practical information to help insurance buyers, risk managers, agents, brokers, and underwriters arrange comprehensive and cost-effective insurance, bonding, and risk management programs. Visit or call 800-827-4242 for more information about IRMI products or the annual IRMI Construction Risk Conference.