Fall 2018 Conference Activity Guide

POINTS OF INTEREST (Distance from SRMC Hotel, The Driskill):

  • Sixth Street Entertainment District
  • Texas State Capitol Building: 0.4 miles
  • Austin Convention Center: 0.4 miles
  • South Congress (SOCO) Bridge Bats & Shops: 0.8 miles
  • Lady Bird Lake: 0.8 miles
  • Rainey Street: 0.9 miles
  • The University of Texas at Austin: 2 miles
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library: 2 miles
  • Barton Springs Pool: 2.5 miles

As if that isn’t enough to get ya going. But wait, there’s more!  Check these events/festivals out!

10/25/18 - 11/1/18
Austin Film Festival
Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.

Austin Area Jazz Festival
Rosewood Park
Join the Austin Area Jazz Fest for a celebration of music, culture, diversity and the arts. The Jazz Festival showcases a set of national and local jazz legends, food, shopping and more in East Austin.

Viva La Vida Festival & Parade
Downtown Austin
Hosted by the Mexic-Arte Museum, Viva La Vida is Austin’s largest and longest-running Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival, and one of the few in the country with a parade. The festival features a Grand Procession, hands-on art activities and artist demos, and a celebration with traditional foods, local artist and retail booths, a low-rider exhibition, live music and performances throughout the day.

10/27/18 - 10/28/18
Texas Book Festival
Texas State Capitol Building
The Texas Book Festival has evolved into one of the premier literary events in the country and hosts about 250 authors each year. More than 40,000 book lovers of all ages attend the Festival annually, enjoying readings, panel discussions, signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children's activities and exhibiting vendors from across the state.

Austin Symphony Orchestra Presents: Halloween Children's Concert
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
This concert is a wonderful chance for you to introduce your children to the wonders of live orchestral music and also a great opportunity to wear costumes and have tons of fun. The concert hall will be decorated top to bottom to enhance your little one's concert experience.

Texas Fireworks Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Kreig Baseball Field
Light up your Halloween night with pyrotechnics at Kreig Softball Fields, presented by Planet K.


11/1/18 - 11/4/18
U.S. Vintage National Championships
Circuit of The Americas
Old meets new in Austin when more than 400 competitors test iconic racing machines on COTA's state-of-the-art track! Come see some of the craziest, most charismatic and passionate racing to hit Circuit of The Americas this year.

11/1/18 - 11/7/18
Christmas at the Caswell House
The Caswell House
Christmas at the Caswell House has been an Austin community tradition since 1983. The Austin Junior Forum transforms this historic home into a winter wonderland. For more than 35 years Christmas at Caswell has been raising funds to be distributed to local charities and non-profits through their grants program.

11/2/18 - 11/4/18
UTOPiAfest Down in the Oaks
Burnet, TX
What began as gathering of music lovers on a ranch, has evolved into a weekend of camping and live music featuring 35+ bands. Festival-goers will enjoy a curated culinary experience, a wine grove, a Texas craft beer garden, workshops, art installations and a kid zone for the little ones.

Benjamin C. Few III Elected SRMC President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Baltimore, Maryland - October 20, 2017

Benjamin C. Few III Elected President of the Society of Risk Management Consultants

At the recent annual meeting of the Society of Risk Management Consultants (SRMC) held in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Benjamin C. Few III, ARM, ARM-P, AAI, President and founder of Ben Few & Company, Inc. was elected to the position of President. Mr. Few began his career with United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company in 1974 and founded a successful independent insurance agency in 1979, specializing in large commercial accounts. On September 1, 1993, he saw a true need and made the move from the retail side of the insurance industry into fee based risk management consulting services, and launched his own company. Mr. Few attended Florida Southern College from 1970 to 1974 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition to the various educational requirements necessary to obtain proper industry licensing, he received the Associate in Risk Management professional designation and the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities professional designation from the Insurance Institute of America.

SRMC also elected Mr. Christopher J. Franki, CPCU, ARM, President and Principal Consultant of Insurance Buyers’ Council, Baltimore, MD as President-Elect; and Mr. Christopher B. Moss, CPCU, AIC, ARM, President and Principal Adviser of Compass Risk Services LLC, Frisco, TX as Secretary. Mr. Joe C. Underwood, CPCU, ARM, ARM-E, Principal at Albert Risk Management Consultants, Needham, MA, continues as Treasurer; and Mr. David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA, Principal Consultant at Risk Consulting & Expert Services, Birmingham, AL will serve as Immediate Past President.

SRMC also elected four (4) new members to the Board of Directors: Mr. Roy M. Ivins, President of RMI Associates, LLC. in Woodbridge, CT; Mr. Arthur J. Proulx, President of Blades, Crout & Proulx LLC in Somervill, NJ; Dr. Andrew D. Banasiewicz, President of Erudite Analytics in Bristol, RI and Mr. Joe L. Williams, Partner of Pozmantier Williams in Houston, TX.

Other members continuing on the Board of Directors are: Ms. Joy Gänder of Gander Consulting Group LLC in Madison, WI; Mr. Robert Duty of Charles Taylor Risk Services in Dallas, TX; Mr. Robert Bernens of CORE Risk Services in Oldenburg, IN; Mr. James R. Mahurin of James Mahurin Consulting in Franklin, TN.

The Society of Risk Management Consultants is an international organization of professionals engaged in risk management and insurance consulting. SRMC Members serve their clients and the public through research, education, exchange of information and the promotion of professional and ethical guidelines. SRMC Members are compensated exclusively by their clients on a fee-for-service basis and are held to rigid standards of education, experience, professionalism and code of ethics. More information can be found at our website


2017-10 Media Release Officer Elections (PDF)

Press Releases

The Society of Risk Management Consultants is an international organization of Risk Management consultants not affiliated with any insurance company, agent or broker. Members of the Society provide advice on insurance, risk and related matters and are compensated exclusively by their clients. Only those practitioners who have chosen to abide by its standards of education, experience, professionalism and code of ethics are members of the Society of Risk Management Consultants. The Society’s mission is to advance the profession of risk management consulting and to promote the benefits to be derived from the use of independent consultants. SRMC is pleased to provide updated information about our organization. For more questions or information about SRMC or any of the press releases included herein, please contact our Public Relations Committee.

News Releases

  • October 19, 2017:
    Election of Officers, SRMC Fall Conference, Baltimore, CA (PDF)
  • October 28, 2016:
    Election of Officers, SRMC Fall Conference, Montréal,  Quebec Canada (PDF)
  • December 17, 2015:
    Election of Officers, SRMC Fall Conference, Newport Beach, CA (PDF | Word Document)