Fall 2019 Conference Dinner & Events Details

The President’s Dinner will be held in the turn-of-the-previous-century mansion on historic Beacon Hill, where generations of Bostonians and their guests have wined, dined and danced the night away. The five story Georgian revival townhouse was lavished with Italian marble, carved oak paneling, crystal chandeliers and tall Palladian windows. Those windows not only looked out onto the Victorian elegance of the Boston Public Garden, but they also looked into the social world of Boston’s elite, as 84 Beacon Street became one of the most fashionable salons in the city. Gentlemen in top hats and tails and ladies in silk and satin ascended the grand staircase to the heart of the house for gala evenings in the Ballroom and Library.

Hampshire House is situated over the bar in the title scene in the long-running TV series, “Cheers.” The library shown in the link below will be where our dinner will be held.

The spouse/guest outing on Thursday at 10am will be a 2-hour private market tour (with tastings) of the North End (Boston’s little Italy) by renowned tour guide Michele Topor. After the tour, participants may wish visit one or more of the excellent many cafes and restaurants for lunch and refreshment. Download PDF of Tour here.

The Friday afternoon outing will be a tour of the amazing Isabella Stuart Gardner museum, which has something for everyone including being the scene of the single largest private property theft in the world, perpetrated by thieves disguised as police officers. The stolen works are valued at more than half-a-billion dollars, for which there is a $10 million reward for information leading to the recovery of the art.

There are paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli and Carpaccio, and thousands of works of art from the 21st century B.C. to today exhibited around Gardner’s “inside-out” Venetian palazzo on the Fenway, where we will walk through numerous rooms, hallways and an amazing indoor garden. The original building and objects d’art were left exactly as the rich New Yorker placed them, as specified in her will. Today empty frames remain hanging in the Museum as a placeholder for the missing works and as symbols of hope awaiting their return.


Have you registered for the Fall 2019 Conference yet?

Time is running out!

In six short weeks we will be kicking off the Fall 2019 Conference with our Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday (10/2) starting at 3 PM, and the conference sessions starting on Thursday, October 3 at 8:30 AM. The conference schedule is now available with conference topics and speakers.

This conference features topics on the #meToo movement, Cyber Security Breach Response, D&O Liability Trends, along with Climate Change Impacts and Risk Management Information Systems (RMIS) RFPs. Following on from the success of the Subcontractor Default Insurance session at the Spring Conference, we will be exploring a deeper dive into this topic.

This year's President's Dinner will be held at the Hampshire House. Built in 1910, Hampshire House is located in the heart of Boston's famous Beacon Hill, and features a five story Georgian revival townhouse lavished with Italian marble, carved oak paneling, crystal chandeliers and tall Palladian windows. We are excited to have share such a grand place for this dinner.

Chicago Hosts Spring 2019 Conference

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the


Gander Consulting Group, LLC is excited and proud to host the
Spring 2019 Conference for the Society of Risk Management Consultants!

Our Host City:

Our Host Hotel:

Downtown Chicago
600 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Visit our conference page for registration and details about the Spring 2019 Conference.

Christopher Franki Elected SRMC President

Chris Franki Elected SRMC President


Christopher Franki Elected President of the Society Of Risk Management Consultants

AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 5, 2018 – At the fall annual meeting of the Society of Risk Management Consultants (SRMC) held in Austin, Texas, Mr. Christopher Franki, CPCU, ARM, President and Principal Consultant of Insurance Buyers’ Council, Inc. (“IBC”), Baltimore, MD was elected to the office of President. Mr. Franki received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from Loyola University in Baltimore. Upon graduation, he entered the insurance industry. Mr. Franki was employed by Hartford Insurance Group. After completing a structured on-the-job training program, he was assigned to the Baltimore Regional Office as a Commercial Package Underwriter. Mr. Franki joined IBC in 1987 as a Principal Consultant, and later became president in 2016. Mr. Franki works with public, non-profit and corporate clients with a focus in the real estate and construction areas. Mr. Franki obtained the designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

SRMC also elected Mr. Joe C. Underwood, CPCU, ARM-E, Principal at Albert Risk Management Consultants, Needham, MA as President-Elect (after serving two-years as the Society’s Treasurer); and Mr. Roy M. Ivins, President of RMI Associates, LLC. in Woodbridge, CT as Treasurer.

Mr. Benjamin C. Few III, ARM, ARM-P, AAI, President and founder of Ben Few & Company, Inc. will continue to serve on the board in the role of Immediate Past President; and Mr. Christopher B. Moss, CPCU, AIC, ARM, President and Principal Consultant of Compass Risk Services LLC, Frisco, TX, continues as Secretary.

SRMC also elected two (2) new members and re-elected two (2) members to the Board of Directors: Ms. Joy Gänder of Gander Consulting Group LLC in Madison, WI; Mr. James R. Mahurin of Franklin, TN; Ms. Lori Ussery of Sigma Actuarial Consulting Group in Brentwood, TN; and Mr. Mark Di Nola, ARM of RyeRisk Consulting LLC in Manchester, NH. Due to the election of Mr. Ivins to the position of Treasurer, the board appointed Mr. David Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA, to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Ivins.

Other members continuing to serve on the Board of Directors will be: Mr. Arthur J. Proulx, President of Blades, Crout & Proulx LLC in Branchburg, NJ; Dr. Andrew D. Banasiewicz, President of Erudite Analytics in Bristol, RI and Mr. Joe L. Williams, Partner of PozmantierWilliams in Houston, TX.

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


For more information contact:
James Nunn
Administrative Assistant
Society of Risk Management Consultants

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.