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Apr 16, 2019

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Writer at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today’s episode is featuring two award-winning guests — Keesa Garcia and Gary Raymond! Keesa is the Risk Manager at NALS Apartment Homes, RIMS Oregon Chapter Secretary, and this year’s RIMS 2019 Rising Star award recipient. Gary is the Lead, Risk and Insurance at FedEx Ground; as well as the recipient of the 2019 Richard W. Bland Award. Many RIMS members also know him as the Vice Chair of the RIMS Risk PAC.


In this episode, Keesa and Justin speak about her passion for real estate and risk management, her overall philosophy on risk management, the specific ERM or SRM frameworks she has implemented at NALS, the top items she addresses at NALS, and what it is like for to be a full-time, remote-based risk manager. Gary and Justin discuss his background as a risk professional, the risks that the transportation industry faces, his experience at RIMS, and his advice to the next generation of risk managers!


Key Takeaways:

[:11] About today’s episode and guests.

[:53] Justin welcomes Keesa to the podcast!

[1:02] Where Keesa’s passion for real estate stems from.

[1:55] Once Keesa landed her first role in NALS did she find that she more intrigued by risk management? Or was she always just as intrigued by risk management?

[2:30] When did Keesa start at NALS?

[2:35] How critical risk management is to the commercial leasing industry.

[3:19] Does Keesa see things in her own life that she can apply to her work at NALS?

[3:54] Keesa’s overall philosophy on risk management.

[4:40] At NALS, are there specific ERM or SRM frameworks that she has implemented?

[5:42] Did she find that the other department heads were receptive to the changes she made at NALS?

[6:03] The top items Keesa addresses at NALS.

[6:15] Keesa speaks about some of the results at NALS she is proud of.

[6:53] What it is like for Keesa to be a remote-based, full-time risk manager.

[8:30] Some of the programs and initiatives that Keesa was involved with, in the past year, that have generated positive results.

[10:11] Goals Keesa has for the Oregon Chapter that she would like to see come to fruition.

[11:03] Justin welcomes Gary to the podcast!

[11:22] Gary’s background as a risk professional.

[12:18] Some of the risks that the transportation industry faces and how Gary has continued to solve them.

[14:27] How long has Gary been the Vice Chair of the RIMS Risk Pac?

[14:40] Gary’s experiences at past RIMS Legislative Summits.

[16:13] Was last year’s RIMS Legislative Summit particularly impactful?

[18:16] Gary speaks about what receiving the Richard W. Bland Award means to him.

[18:55] What Gary’s RIMS membership and leadership experience has been like.

[19:58] Gary’s advice to the next generation of risk managers.

[20:57] Will Gary be at the 2019 RIMS Legislative Summit?

[21:17] Justin thanks Gary and Keesa for joining him this podcast.

[21:24] About upcoming RIMS events and where to keep up-to-date.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS 2019 Annual Conference

Questions about the RIMS 2019 Annual Conference? Email

RIMS NeXtGen Forum: June 14th, 2019 in New York City

RIMS ERM Conference 2019: Nov. 4-5 in New Orleans — submit a session by April 19th


RIMS 2018 Legislative Summit Roundup

Upcoming RIMS events

NALS Apartment Homes

RIMS Rising Star Award

RIMS Richard W. Bland Award

FedEx Ground

RIMS Oregon Chapter

Risk Management Magazine


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Follow up with Our Guests:

Keesa Garcia

Gary Raymond