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Mark Spansel Receives Words of Wisdom Award at 27th IRMI Construction Risk Conference

Release Date: Nov 7, 2007

Release Date: November 8, 2007
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ORLANDO—Mark Spansel, Partner, Adams & Reese law firm in New Orleans, was honored with IRMI’s Words of Wisdom Award here during the 27th IRMI Construction Risk Conference. The Words of Wisdom, or "WOW,” Award recognizes a speaker who has made an outstanding contribution to the construction and insurance industries by unselfishly sharing his or her risk and insurance expertise with exceptional delivery skills at the annual Conference hosted by International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI).

The award was presented to Mr. Spansel before an audience of almost 1,700. IRMI President Jack Gibson explained why Mr. Spansel was chosen to receive the prestigious award.

"Mark has presented at the IRMI Conference many times over the past 20 years, usually on the subject of maritime law and its application to the construction industry. His evaluations have consistently ranked among the top 5 percent of speakers, which is quite an accomplishment since we have 60 or more speakers on the program each year. And last year he took the honor of highest-rated speaker,” Mr. Gibson said. "Frankly, this recognition is probably overdue.”

Mr. Spansel is the eighteenth winner of the WOW Award. Previous recipients include John Alberici, Alberici Group; Tim Carter, CB Richard Ellis; Jim Costner, Willis; Steve Davis, McGriff Seibels & Williams; Diana Eichfeld, ACE USA; Bill Ernstrom, The Walsh Group; Jack Gibson, IRMI; Jerry Katz, Katz & Stone, L.L.P.; Dan Knise, Ames and Gough; Steve LaShier, Los Angeles Unified School District; Mike Loulakis, Capital Project Strategies, LLC; Jeff Masters, Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP; Tom McCarley, J. Smith Lanier; Mike O’Neill, American Contractors Insurance Group; Bill Perkins, Florida Association of Insurance Agents; Jeff Segall, CNA; and Rick Shamis, Aon Risk Services.

The IRMI Construction Risk Conference is the only national symposium devoted exclusively to insuring, bonding, and managing the risks of construction projects. The 28th IRMI Construction Risk Conference will be held October 27–30, 2008, in Las Vegas.

For information concerning the 28th IRMI Construction Risk 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).