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Risk Management/Workers' Compensation Collaborative Session

  • 24 Feb 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Dunwoody, GA 30346
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Event Logistics:

Maximum Attendees: 40 people

Format: Plated lunch service

Fee: $45

Agenda and Format:

Agenda Topics to include: 

  • Pandemic pause - vaccines, masks, testing, etc.
  • Retention of talent, succession planning, hiring, and training 
  • Return to work during the pandemic
  • Cyber concerns and best practices
  • What keeps you up at night about your program for 2022?
  • One goal for your program that you want to accomplish in 2022 
  • Resources worthy of sharing with your peers


  • Panel Discussion - Risk professionals from Inspire Brands, Shaw Industries, Cox Enterprises, and Koch Industries
  • Facilitator - Wendy Sumrell, Gallagher Bassett

Panelists' Bios: 

Keri Rhodes, Director of Risk & Claims Management, Inspire Brands, Inc.

About Keri: Keri Rhodes serves as the Director of Risk & Claims Management of Inspire Brands, Inc., a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 31,600 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Jimmy John’s, Sonic, Dunkin’, and Baskin Robbins locations worldwide.  She leads a team of 8 professionals and has overall responsibility for claims management and the design and implementation of risk financing and risk transfer/insurance programs.    

Prior to Inspire, Mrs. Rhodes was the Director of Risk & Claims Management of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.  Prior to Arby’s, she held various risk and claims management positions at Choicepoint Inc., Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and Travelers Insurance Company.   

She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Risk Management and Insurance.  She also holds the Associate in Risk Management designation and has served the Atlanta RIMS Chapter in various positions.

About Inspire Brands: Inspire Brands is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 32,000 Arby's, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin', Jimmy John's, Rusty Taco and SONIC Drive-In restaurants worldwide.

Bill Brueckner, Director, Risk Management Health Services, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

About Bill: Bill spent 23 years in various Human Resources roles with Shaw Industries Group, Inc. before moving to Corporate Risk Management eight years ago working with Occupational Health Team of Nursing.   Currently, Bill is responsible for all Shaw’s Corporate Workers’ Compensation Program and Occupational Health Team, working hand in hand with the EHS Team.

About Shaw Industries Group, Inc.: Shaw is a global flooring provider, supplying carpet, resilient, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone, synthetic turf and other specialty products to residential and commercial markets. Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than 20,000 associates worldwide. 

Rachel Azriel, Director of Risk Management, Claims,  Cox Enterprises

About Rachel: Rachel has worked for Cox Enterprises Risk Management department for 25 years in various roles and has been involved with claims since 2003.  Currently she manages the ERM Program. 

About Cox Enterprises: Cox Enterprises' major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Automotive. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Cox is a global company with nearly $20 billion in annual revenues and brands that include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Cox Homelife.  Founded in 1898 by Ohio Governor James M. Cox, the company is a family-owned business committed to its people, communities and the planet.

Elizabeth Wynacht, Senior Claims Manager, Koch Industries

About Elizabeth: Elizabeth has 30 years of insurance experience, ranging from Claims Examiner to Assistant Risk Manager to Claims’ Manager. She has spent the last 14 years working for or with Georgia-Pacific//Koch Industries  overseeing nationwide claims program.

About Koch Industries: Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries is one of the largest private companies in America. A diverse set of businesses and industries across the world, including Polymers & Fibers, Fertilizers, Electronics, Software & Data Analytics, Automotive Components, Forest & Consumer products, Minerals, Glass, Process and Pollution Control Systems, Refining Chemicals & Biofuels, Commodity Trading, Investments. 


Wendy Sumrell, VP of Business Development, Gallagher Bassett

About Wendy: Wendy has 29 years of workers' compensation, managed care and TPA sales experience. She has been with Gallagher Bassett Risk Management for 4 years and serves on the Atlanta RIMS Program Planning Committee. Wendy also facilitates employer forums in Atlanta, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Florida.



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