Chicago RIMS


Upcoming events

    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • The Westin Boston Waterfront

    APRIL 28 - MAY 1 | BOSTON


    Join your friends from Chicago RIMS in Boston!

    We hope you'll join us for our Chicago RIMS Happy Hour during the RIMS2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition, sponsored by Frasco Investigative Services, Access On Time and LEF, Ltd. 

    Monday, April 29, 2019

    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    The Westin Boston Waterfront - City Bar (located in the lobby)
    425 Summer Street
    Boston, MA 

    There is no fee to attend.


    • 15 May 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Union League Club of Chicago

    2019 Annual Hines Symposium
    "Intellectual Property:  Risk Landscape"

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    2:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    Union League Club of Chicago

    Sponsored by:

    Intellectual property (IP) is one of the most important intangible asset classes driving the modern global economy. Intellectual property includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and know how, all of which factor ever more prominently in the above companies’ success and other organizations’ ability to succeed. The global expansion of IP has also increased the rise in the number of lawsuits filed claiming infringement of intellectual property rights. Despite the significant risk these lawsuits present, many companies have struggled to properly manage this risk, potentially resulting in loss of revenue, business disruption or even bankruptcy, and damage to brand and reputation.

    The potential costs, disruption of revenue streams and damage to brand make intellectual property one of the greatest areas of risk a company faces in the current environment. With this broad scope of risk, companies are recommended to institute best practice processes and governance to help ensure that they are sufficiently protected.

    Please join us on May 15th for what promises to be a worthwhile event with valuable take home information for all that attend.  Sign up today.

    2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Registration
    3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Program
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Cocktail Reception

    The 1.5 hour panel discussion will focus on the risk landscape of Intellectual Property, including:
    ·         IP risk assessment
    ·         How to model IP
    ·         IP litigation
    ·         Protection of trade secrets
    ·         Emerging IP exposures–patent infringement, employee theft, and source code vulnerability
    ·         What sorts of risks does IP involve of which a risk manager may not be aware?

    The panelists will share unique perspectives, best practices, and innovative strategies to help organizations ensure that their IP development plan aligns with their organization’s overall goals while protecting against infringement claims and theft.

    Speaker Panel to include:

    ·         Gavin Souter, Editor of Business Insurance (Moderator)
    ·         Nick Chmielewski, Head of Aon IP Broking
    ·         Risk Manager (Liz Walker, Groupon)
    ·         Michael Friedman, CEO of Hilco IP Merchant Bank
    ·         Grant Drutchas, Managing Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff

    The Union League Club of Chicago

    65 West Jackson Blvd.

    Chicago, Illinois  60604

    This meeting is open to RIMS Members, Associates and Non-Members.  Non-members are required to pay a user pay fee of $50.00 to attend this event.  Payment is due upon registration on this website.
      All fees are non-refundable.

    Who should attend:  
    Risk management professionals, General Counsels, IP professionals, In-House IP Counsel

    Cancellation Policy (Members)
    If you need to cancel, please do so on or before Friday, May 10th, to avoid a cancellation penalty of $50 per person. Please email Maggie at  If you do not show up for this event after registering, you will be billed a no show fee of $50.00.


    Self-parking in neighboring parking garage is available, as well as valet parking.  Parking is at your own expense.

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    • White Eagle Golf Club

    Chicago RIMS Annual Golf Outing

    Monday, July 8, 2019
    White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville
    (Registration to Open Soon)

    The Chicago RIMS Chapter is pleased to invite you to its 2019 Golf Outing, which will be held once again at the beautiful White Eagle Country Club in Naperville on Monday, July 8th.

    All golf outing proceeds go towards the sponsorship of college scholarships and educational grants for students majoring in Insurance and Risk Management programs at Midwestern colleges. Your support to help recruit young leaders into the insurance industry is a win for all!   Sign up today!

    Support of Chicago RIMS may be deductible as a business expense.


    White Eagle Golf Club
    3400 Club Drive
    Naperville, Illinois 60564

    Event Schedule

    8:30 - 10:45 am            Event Registration
    9:00 - 10:45 am            Putting Contest
    10:00 - 10:45 am          Brunch
    10:45 am                      Call To Carts
    11:00 am                      Shot Gun Start
    5:30 pm                        Dinner (approximately)

    If you are playing golf, please register on this website no later than June 28, 2019. Space is limited and registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    We have numerous options available to support this golf outing by sponsorship.  Even if you're not playing golf (and if you are playing golf), you can sign up for an item to sponsor on this website.  And new this year - Sponsor a Risk Manager to play in your foursome!  To sign up for any of our sponsorship opportunities just click on the REGISTER button on this page.

    You may register for any of the following options:

    • Dinner Only @ $50 per person
    • Individual Golfer @ $250 per person (includes Dinner)
    • Foursome @ $850 per foursome (includes Dinner)

    Here's what's included in your golf fee:
    Whether you register as an individual golfer or are part of a foursome, the following amenities are included in your golf package:

    • Brunch
    • Beverage Cart
    • Green Fees and Golf Carts
    • Cocktail Tickets
    • Dinner
    • Practice Range
    • Locker Use
    • Split the Pot Raffle
    • Door Prize - Everyone is a winner if you stay for dinner!

    Preferred form of payment is by credit card on this website.  Payments are due upon registration and are non-refundable

    Whether you pay by credit card or by check, you MUST REGISTER on this website to golf or sponsor an event. You may skip the payment section by leaving the boxes blank.  The registration system will save your form awaiting payment.  You are not confirmed for the outing until we receive your check or other payment.  Do not delay; we will sell out.  Make checks payable to Chicago RIMS Chapter and mail to: Maggie Divarco, Chicago RIMS, 318 Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove, Illinois  60089.

    The following sponsorships include 2 comp dinner tickets and marketing email blasts:

    • Dinner
    • Brunch
    • Cocktails
    • Golf Carts
    • Halfway House

    This event has sold out every year, so please sign up early to confirm your slot.  Due to expected heavy demand, RIMS Members will take priority if space is short.  Sponsors – if you have golfers, you must register them also.


    Golfers, please contact:
    Carlos Sintes

    (847) 484-4459

    Sponsors, please contact:
    Steve Boss
    (312) 961-5045

    Website/registration questions please contact:
    Maggie Divarco
    (847) 543-4842

    Chicago RIMS Golf Outing Committee
    Julie Bean
    Steve Boss
    Chris Dineen
    Amy Hollis
    Charlene Kress
    Katie Parker
    Richard Rosicky
    Carlos Sintes
    Debbie Sommesi
    Jennifer Wright




    • 23 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

    The Chicago and Mid-Illinois RIMS Chapters are proud to host the 5th Annual Chicagoland Risk Forum!

    This two-day conference promises to be an outstanding educational and networking experience. Hear from dynamic industry leaders on hot topics facing risk managers. Two full days of compelling speakers, with many excellent opportunities to connect with industry professionals. Once again, this year's CRF will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile Hotel. We are working hard to make your 2019 event the best ever!

    September 23-24, 2019 (Monday and Tuesday)

    Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
    540 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60611

    A room block at the Marriott Mag Mile is available Sunday, September 22 and Monday, September 23 for $294 per night (plus applicable taxes). Reservations may be made directly with the Marriott by calling 1-877-303-0104. Identify the group as the RIMS Chicagoland Risk Forum. Marriott Rewards Members earn
    DOUBLE POINTS! Reservations must be made no later than September 1, 2019. 

    Click here to make your reservation online.

    2019 Chicagoland Risk Forum Registration Fees

    .  Risk Manager or staff within a Risk Management department – RIMS member:  $295

    .  Risk Manager or staff within a Risk Management department – Non-RIMS member:  $350

    .  All other* – RIMS Member:  $425 

    .  All other* – Non-RIMS Member:  $450

    * All other refers to vendors, servicing companies or other entities or organizations that provide support to the Risk Management community.  This could include brokers, lawyers, RMIS providers, insurance companies (underwriters, claims, legal, etc.), risk solution providers, claims service providers (surveillance, estimatics, TPAs, etc.), etc.

    2019 Chicagoland Risk Forum Agenda

    Sunday, September 22, 2019
    6:00 pm - Exhibitor Set-Up Available in the Conference Lounge
    8:00 pm - Set-Up Ends

    Monday, September 23, 2019 - Day One
    8:00 am - Registration Opens
    8:30 am - First Timers/Newer to Industry Introductions
    9:00 am - Conference Lounge Opens
    9:00 am - Breakfast & Networking
    10:15 am - Risk Professionals (only) Round Table Session
    10:15 am - Student Mentor Session (only students)
    10:15 am - Associate Member (Vendor) Session
    12:00 pm - Lunch & Industry Leadership Panel
    1:15 pm - Professional Development Sessions
    4:15 pm - Rapid-Fire Learning – Attendees
    5:30 pm - Reception in Conference Lounge

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - Day Two
    8:00 am - Registration Opens
    8:30 am - New to Industry/Students Meet-Up
    9:00 am - Conference Lounge Opens
    9:00 am - Breakfast & Networking
    10:00 am - Professional Development Sessions
    12:30 pm - Lunch & Keynote Speaker
    1:45 pm - Professional Development Sessions
    3:00 pm - Rapid-Fire Learning – ALL attendees
    4:00 pm - Thank You Happy Hour

    The 2019 Chicagoland Risk Forum Committee
    • Andy Adams, Donnelley Financial Solutions
    • Ross Amend, State Farm
    • Deborah Babcock, Katie School of Insurance & Financial Services
    • Robert Benvenuto, Marsh
    • Toni Herwaldt, Navistar
    • Karen Lemanski
    • Mandy Manalli, BELFOR Restoration
    • Jaci Mennenga, COUNTRY Financial
    • Gail Odland, Nouryon
    • Ellen Michael, TUV SUV GRC
    • Jason Mezyk, GLP
    • Michael Skweres, Ankura
    • Chris Sullivan, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
    • Lisa Ulrich, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
    • Liz Walker, Groupon

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