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Nov 15, 2021

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


Joining Justin Smulison today to discuss fleet risk management is Susan Gillies, the new Executive Director of NETS, the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety.


Fleet safety is an international concern (and not just because we’re coming up on the 2021 year-end holiday season!) In this episode, Susan shares what risk professionals need to be aware of concerning fleet safety as we look to 2022 and beyond, the technology research and latest trends that could affect an employer’s fleet purchasing decisions, and key takeaways from their recent virtual conference, the Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’ Global Membership.

[:25] About today’s episode with Susan Gillies.

[:36] Upcoming RIMS current virtual offerings.

[1:32] About the upcoming 2021 RIMS India Forum.

[1:48] More about today’s episode with Susan Gillies.

[2:15] Justin welcomes Susan to the podcast!

[2:37] As the new Executive Director of NETS, Susan shares some of her goals.

[4:33] Susan shares about the success of their two international conferences and the issues they are aiming to address.

[6:42] What’s on the roadmap for NETS?

[7:11] Susan highlights key takeaways from NETS VIRTUAL Annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference.

[11:20] New findings from their Fleet Safety Benchmark.

[14:49] All about RIMS’s new Mobile App and the RIMS Buyers Guide. Justin also extends an invite to all RIMS members to submit an application to sit on a RIMS committee or council.

[16:15] The top supply chain risks on the NETS risk radar.

[19:48] Susan discusses the latest technology research and trends that could affect an employer’s fleet purchasing decisions and shares what she is personally most interested in, in terms of upside and downside risk.

[24:22] The next six weeks see a major rise in traffic in most parts of the world. Susan shares what she believes risk professionals should be cognizant of in 2021 when it comes to fleet safety.

[26:14] Justin thanks Susan Gillies for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to look out for in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS India 2021 — Virtual Two-Day Event! December 3rd & 4th — Register Today!


RIMS Buyers Guide

RIMS Advocacy

Upcoming Webinars:

November 18, 2021 | “Bermuda Captives — Turning Ideas into Reality” | Presented by the Bermuda Business Development Agency

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Virtual Workshops:

Contractual Risk Transfer: Dec. 7-8 — Registration Closes Dec. 3rd

Spencer’s Risk Manager on Campus Program — Volunteer Today!

Previous & Related RIMScast Episodes:

“Safe Holiday Travel Tips with IIHS President David Harkey” — 2020

“Distracted Driving Awareness Month 2020 with NSC’s Lisa Robinson” — Sept. 29th, 2020

“RIMS Advocacy Update and Driver Safety During COVID-19” — April 7th, 2020

“Safety Does Not Pause: Employee Hazards During COVID-19 with NSC President & CEO Lorraine Martin” — March 31st, 2020

“Fatigue Risk Management with NSC’s Emily Whitcomb” — March 19th, 2019

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year, Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring recent guests, Charles Vu and Steve Pottle!

Spencer Educational Foundation


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Susan Gillies’ LinkedIn

NETS links:

NETS Main Website: 

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

Conference and Sector Meeting Information: 

Events — Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

Resources (including toolkits, websites, and guides [top half of the page is Members Only but the bottom half is available to the public]):

Road Safety Resources — Network of Employers for Traffic Safety