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BMS enters into exclusive partnership with RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes

BMS Group recently entered into an exclusive partnership with RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes, to offer clients award-winning Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) services that have a proven track record in managing complex business operations.

The concept of ERM is nothing new. For decades, organizations have been using a variety of methods and processes to intelligently weigh and manage risks against opportunities. ERM provides a framework for this risk management – which typically involves identifying particular events or circumstances relevant to an organization’s objectives, assessing them in terms of likelihood and magnitude of impact, determining a response strategy and monitoring progress. By identifying and proactively addressing risks and opportunities, businesses protect their interests and create value for stakeholders.

But, as highlighted by Solvency II in Europe and ORSA in the U.S., in recent years ERM has evolved in response to the needs of an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace, with more varied and complex businesses and stakeholders who want to understand the broader spectrum of risks so they can be managed effectively. No longer limited to owners, customers and employees, these stakeholders have come to include regulators and rating agencies, which have also increased their scrutiny of risk management processes.

What does all this mean? ERM, which used to be considered a global business trend, has become a recognized best practice. And that’s where the BMS/RTI relationship comes into play.

Close collaboration between BMS brokers and our analytical and technical professionals lets us give clients a superior level of analysis, modeling and strategic guidance,” says David Spiegler, Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary at BMS. “That talent, combined with sophisticated analytical tools, methods, and award-winning risk management processes as provided by RTI, means that we are able to take a truly holistic look at a client’s risk, which is what businesses need today.”

The strength of a business and its reputation is based in large part on management’s ability to properly identify, assess and manage risks. A properly implemented ERM program will help deliver a better-performing organization by allowing us to identify and address risks before they become problems,” says Ward Sax, Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer at RTI. “Our applied research in ERM has resulted in award-winning best practices we can share with clients.”

“ERM absolutely includes the capital modeling and analytics, but that’s just one part of the equation,” says Kurt Johnson, EVP of Analytical Services at BMS. He explains that beyond making sure a building and computers are safe, true ERM is about smart business planning and breaking down silos within an organization. “There’s a huge element of common sense to ERM, and we can help demystify it for clients,” Johnson adds. “You can’t eliminate chaos, but you can plan for it.”

 

Click here to visit the BMS Analytical Services ERM page

 

 

About RTI:

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis. For more information, visit rti.org.

 

 

Philippines Review, Reactions Magazine – Andy Siffert

Andy Siffert, BMS’ resident Meteorologist, featured in Reactions Magazine online discussing the challenges the Philippines faces in it fragile recovery from the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

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Inside Medical Liability Magazine – Dave Spiegler

BMS’ Chief Actuary Dave Spielger featured in PIAA’s Inside Medical Liability, 4th Quarter edition, discussing the MPL Sector.

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Reprinted from the fourth Quarter 2013 issue of Inside Medical Liability, Physician Insurers Association of America. Copyright, 2013.

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BMS Tops 2013 List of Best Places to Work in Reinsurance

BMS, the specialist independent broking and underwriting group, has been selected as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Insurance, ranking 8th in the top 10 small companies category (25-249 U.S. employees), and winning the Reinsurance Broker category in the 5th annual survey organised by US publication Business Insurance Magazine and Best Companies Group.

This marks the second year in a row BMS has received the designation. The award was collected at the October 15 award recognition luncheon in Chicago by a delegation of BMS employees who were instrumental in encouraging employee engagement.

Dane Douetil, BMS Group CEO, said:

We are extremely proud of this accomplishment; it demonstrates the commitment our staff has to the company and reflects the genuine passion everyone at BMS has for delivering outstanding client service in a creative and entrepreneurial way. In the reinsurance brokerage world, standing out is no easy task, and this award highlights that BMS has something special to offer.”

James Hartley, BMS Group HR Director, said:

This award recognises that creating the right environment, hiring talented people and placing personal development and empowerment at the heart of your culture does work. By finding innovative ways to communicate to staff, BMS have more engaged responsive employees who can offer a better overall customer experience.”

BMS has more than 30 years of growth and a balanced portfolio of business. It has made significant investments in expanding its US platform, with offices in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Santa Monica and Minneapolis. Alongside exceptional brokers, BMS has augmented its client offering by appointing industry-respected actuaries, catastrophe modelers, claims and contracts experts. BMS also operates an underwriting business, Pioneer Underwriting, which offers a variety of risk-bearing platforms that give clients a wide range of underwriting vehicles.

 

 

 

What makes BMS stand out in the crowded reinsurance arena?

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BMS Sponsors Brand-New reCharge Lounge at NAMIC Annual Convention 2013

We are pleased to announce BMS’ sponsorship of the reCharge Lounge at the 2013 NAMIC Annual Convention, Sunday, September 22 – Tuesday, September 24.

The reCharge Lounge is one of the newest offerings at NAMIC. Located in the South Lobby, Level Four, Washington State Convention Center’s Main Concourse (Across from the NAMIC registration area), the lounge will provide a place for attendees to relax and recharge themselves as well as their devices – with chairs, tables, and a tall charging tower to power portable electronics.

The lounge will be available for the duration of the convention and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILW pricing falls against alternative rivals – Reactions

BMS’ Stefano Nicolini, SVP of our Reinsurance – Retro/ILW division featured in Reactions Magazine online discussing ILW pricing falls against alternative rivals and how the competitive environment has cut pricing on industry loss warranties in 2013.

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Max Taylor – Appointed Chairman, Pioneer Underwriting

BMS Group has strengthened its underwriting growth plans by hiring former Lloyd’s chairman Max Taylor to its MGA business. Insurance Day magazine covered the appointment of Mr Taylor as Chairman of Pioneer Underwriting.

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Or alternatively, click here to read the full article at www.insuranceday.com (registration may be required)

Artemis Blog – BMS planning capital markets broker-dealer, BMS Capital Advisory

BMS featured in the Artemis Blog discussing plans to launch a unit dedicated to taking advantage of the growing opportunities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space. The unit will be named BMS Capital Advisory and will offer a full range of capital market ILS products.

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Kurt Johnson Joins BMS Intermediaries as Executive Vice President

BMS Intermediaries has hired Kurt Johnson as Executive Vice President. Johnson will be responsible for providing actuarial support and related services for BMS’ client base. Johnson brings more than 25 years of industry expertise, primarily in the area of reinsurance, to BMS. He has extensive experience in ratemaking, loss reserves, commutations, capital modeling and management reports.

Johnson joins BMS on the heels of a two-year stint at Christopher Gross Consulting, where he provided clients with a broad scope of actuarial consulting services. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Guy Carpenter, as Managing Director and Regional Manager of the Minneapolis office. He was responsible for all analytical functions for the mid-American region, including actuarial, cat modeling, financial modeling and capital modeling. He was a member of Guy Carpenter’s Actuarial Best Practice committee, which was responsible for setting worldwide actuarial standards.

Before joining Guy Carpenter, Johnson served as a Senior Vice President at E.W. Blanch, where he provided analysis for reinsurance pricing, reinsurance structure analysis, and commutations. He spent the first 10 years of his career at General Reinsurance, attaining the title of Second Vice President. In this role he was responsible for a variety of functions, including loss reserving, IBNR reporting, financial reporting, commutations and reinsurance pricing.

Kurt brings tremendous experience and a well-deserved reputation for his expertise within both the reinsurance and the actuarial communities to BMS. With his background, we expect him to be able to hit the ground running in support of our existing clients and production efforts,”

said David Spiegler, Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary at BMS.

Johnson has a B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from St. Olaf College, and has completed the coursework for a Master’s in Statistics from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).