A Conversation with IAIABC NextGen Recipients a Hit at Association's 103rd Convention


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At the IAIABC 103rd Convention on Wednesday, October 4, ten of the eleven IAIABC NextGen recipients shared insights into workers’ compensation and personal stories with over 300 conference attendees during the session, “A Conversation with the NextGen.”

The IAIABC NextGen recipients, all workers’ compensation industry leaders under the age of 40, discussed issues such as engagement opportunities for the next generation of workers’ compensation professionals; access to information and how that impacts workers’ compensation processes and outcomes; maintaining system balance in policy-making; changing employment relationships and how workers’ compensation can respond to the collaborative economy; and the human stories workers’ compensation can tell.

One particularly personal story was shared by Al Faber of ISO. His mother’s own work injury following nearly 30 years of dedicated employment helped him understand more fully the impact workers’ compensation has on individual lives. As many in the industry can attest to, the opportunities to positively impact the lives of injured workers and the employers they work for is one of the most compelling reasons people stay in the industry for so long.

“The dialogue was reflective and meaningful,” commented Jennifer Wolf Horejsh, IAIABC Executive Director, “the intelligence and empathy of these individuals was clear, they each are advancing workers’ compensation.” In recognition of their achievements, the NextGen recipients were recognized with a standing ovation at the end of the session.

NextGen recipients will be highlighted in IAIABC Perspectives, a quarterly digital magazine; the issue will be available Thursday, October 19, 2017 at www.iaiabc.org/perspectives.

Recipients of the IAIABC NextGen awards were:

Amanda Aponte, Actuary and Director of Analytics, SFM Insurance Company
Kendra DePaul, Other States Coverage Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Alfred Faber, Director, Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO)
Brian Holmes, Director, Mediation/Ombudsman Services, Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Stevi Leech, Management Analyst, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication
Neil McSheim, Senior Business Advisor, Strategic Analytics, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (Ontario)
Harte Pricer, Manager, EDI, Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Tina Queen, Manager, Business Systems Analysis, Mitchell
Crystal Ricciuti, Project Manager I, New York State Board of Workers’ Compensation
Jessica Stimac, Director of Compliance Records and Training, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Sarah Tayts, Claim Support Manager, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group

About IAIABC NextGen
Successfully engaging and developing new, young leaders is critical to the ensuring the industry adapts and thrives in a changing world. To recognize rising workers’ compensation leaders, the IAIABC introduced its “NextGen” initiative in March 2017, an awards program for those under the age of 40 who are making their mark on the industry.

The lack of younger talent, particularly in the insurance industry, has been identified as an important issue within the workers’ compensation community. The insurance industry as a whole faces 400,000 open jobs by 2020 and IAIABC jurisdictional members note 40-50% of their workforce is eligible for retirement within 5 years. With NextGen, the IAIABC brings together workers’ compensation leaders to move the industry into the future through collaboration and innovation.

About the IAIABC
The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions is a not-for-profit association representing government agencies charged with the administration of workers’ compensation systems as well as other workers’ compensation professionals in the private sector. Its mission is to find solutions to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses. Learn more about the IAIABC at www.iaiabc.org.


Contact: Heather Lore, IAIABC Senior Manager, Membership and Communications
Phone: (608) 841-2017
Email: hlore@iaiabc.org