Jerry Blanchard, Kevin McQuade, Chris Peterson, Travis Hall and Dana Frentz attended ASIS 2014. The ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2014) was held September 29 – October 02, 2014 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. ASIS 2014 is recognized as the security industry’s most comprehensive education and networking event, ASIS 2014 is the showcase for the latest in technology and solutions . ASIS International is a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information.Continue reading
Rusty Gilmore spoke at the Insurance and Risk Management Seminar sponsored by the NC Association of Insurance Agents a division of the NC Department of Insurance/Risk Management. The seminar was help on September 30, 2014 held at the offices of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. Rusty had the opportunity to speak to the agents on Computer Forensics with emphasis on intrusion cases and protective measures.Continue reading
On September 16, 2014, the ASIS Chapter 119 held their monthly meeting at the Wake County Detention Center in Raleigh, NC. The meeting opened with Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison welcoming the attendees to the detention center, giving an introduction to the detention center facility and who the facility supports, and concluding with the threat of terrorism in this country. Next, Sam Pennica, Director of CCBI, was introduced along with Andy Parker, Deputy Director of the CCBI. After a brief description of the services they provide to all of the law enforcement agencies located in the County, the group was given a tour of the crime lab area and administration area, both located in the Wake County Detention Center. Continue reading
The second quarterly ASIS Chapter 119 and Region 4B Women in Security meeting was hosted by Risk Management Associates on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Anita Jelley of ProNet Systems was instrumental in setting the meeting. Russell Gilmore CISSP, CISM, EnCE of RMA gave an informative presentation on Computer Forensics. RMA had a big turnout of attendees that included Christine Peterson, Dana Frentz, and Tasha Dyson. Christine Peterson, provided registration/handouts to the group for the upcoming NC Piedmont Chapter 82 seminar being held October 27-28. For more information on ASIS Chapter 119 Women in Security, please contact Dana Frentz.Continue reading
Nia Singletary has joined the staff of Risk Management Associates as part of an internship opportunity through Meredith College. Nia will be assisting with background investigative services, including maintaining FCRA compliance, conducting employment verification, gathering historical information about applicants, creating complete and accurate reports, and other tasks as needed.
Meredith College, an independent, private women’s college located in Raleigh, NC, offers a transformative educational experience. The College’s rigorous curriculum and leadership development programs prepare graduates for successful lives as engaged global citizens and leaders. Since its opening in 1899, Meredith has expanded to become one of the largest private women’s colleges in the U.S. Campus life at Meredith is shaped by more than 2,100 students representing 35 states and 45 countries.Continue reading
Risk Management Associates, Inc. was a Gold sponsor of the Wake Up! With TFS held on September 4th, 2014 at the PNC Arena. The event was an issue oriented conversation with leaders in the greater Raleigh community about issues affecting our society including: family safety, financial stability, and mental health. The proceeds from the event are being used at Triangle Family Services to support programs that provide a safety net for families in crisis. The agency provides services to over 5,000 people each year and has been doing this for 77 years. For more information on Wake Up! With TFS and all services provided by Triangle Family Services, visit: www.tfsnc.org.Continue reading
Christine Peterson, President, Risk Management Associates and Vice Chair of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business and Membership Services committee presented awards to exhibitors who were selected by the attendees at the Business Showcase held August 26, 2014. Attendees had the opportunity to vote for exhibitors in the categories of “Best Food,” “Best Product,” and “Best Service.” The awards were donated by Phillip Simson, President, Spy Glass Promotions,.com/, who assisted in the presentations. This year’s winners were Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, (Best Food), Papa Murphys Take N Bake Pizza (Best Product), and Refresher Training, (Best Service). All the exhibitors were honored for their participation at a reception immediately after the Business Showcase.
The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Showcase on August 26, 2014 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. Sometimes referred to “speed dating” for business, the showcase provides a venue for over 120 area businesses to connect with client and potential clients. This year’s event includes nearly 1000 attendees. Prior to the event, Chris was interviewed by Brian Freeman, 680 WPTF about the event.Continue reading
As the Vice Chair of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business and Membership Services department, Christine Peterson, President, Risk Management Associates, attended the Chamber’s Summer Leadership Conference. This year’s conference was held in Pinehurst, NC, on August 19-21, 2014. The conference provided a format and opportunity to bring regional business leaders and government officials together to foster public/private cooperation and relationships that will support economic development and prosperity in the Raleigh area. The conference was led by Ed Willingham, President, First Citizens Bank, who is the 2014 incoming board chair.
The conference began with a focus on public education in the region, and attendees heard from Dr. Jim Merrill, Superintendent, Wake County Public School System and Christine Kushner, Chair, Wake County Board of Education. The primary and secondary education update was followed by an overview and impact for private higher education discussion that included Dr. Everett Ward, Interim President, Saint Augustine’s University, Dr. Debra Townsley, President, William Peace University, J. Rich Leonard, Dean, Campbell School of Law and Dr. Hope Williams, President, NC Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, NC State University, led the discussion: The Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute – Exploring our Newest Frontiers.
Afternoon session provided attendees the opportunity to explore issues associated with:
• Modernizing Redistricting
• Selling a Smart Market
• Big Times for Big Data
• Finding the Smart Money
• Planning the Next Phase of Downtown
• Gigabit Internet Service in the Triangle
• Changing with the Times
Attendees were also able to meet the candidates running for office as Wake County Board of Commissioners and the North Carolina General Assembly.
On the second day of the conference, attendees were able to hear from Dr. Stephen Scott, President, of Wake Technical Community College who spoke about Wake Tech as Your Smart Business Partner followed by a Chamber Board of Director’s meeting and individual department meetings.Continue reading
Risk Management Associates completed the commissioning of the security systems for the new Wake County Vernon Malone College and Career. This facility, which is a learning center focused on vocational trades for high school students, was a renovation of the old Coca-Cola plant located on Wilmington Street in Raleigh. As part of the original design team, RMA had the opportunity to see the project from beginning to end and participate in the transformation of this facility. The General Contractor and all trades involved in the project did a marvelous job transforming this very old bottling plant into a state of the art learning center. One item in particular was a great touch to the project was that the old Coca-Cola sign that was on the front of the building was refurbished and is now located in the common eating area of the College and Career Center. Everyone that was a part of this projected has commented on how wonderful the building looks as well as how functional it will be. The new facility is a learning center for Wake County Public High Schools and a partnership with Wake Technical Community College which will hold classes in the new facility. It was a pleasure to see that in lieu of building a new building, an older building with perfectly good bones and a lot of history that has been abandoned for years can be turned into such a great facility.Continue reading
Christine Peterson, President, Risk Management Associates has been accepted into the Harvard Governing for Nonprofit Excellence program. The focus of the program is critical issues for board leadership. The program is intended to develop board leadership that focuses on strategic planning and organization transformation. The program will be held October 26-29, 2014, in Boston, MA. Chris was selected for the program due to her involvement with Triangle Family Services. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Triangle Family Services, and is the Co-chairman of the 2014 Gingerbread Benefit that will be held December 7, 2014, at The Umstead Hotel and Spa.Continue reading