National Alliance Designates the 1,000th CRM

August 3, 2004

Austin, Texas-based The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research announced that Joseph R. Buick, account executive with Hylant Group in Toledo, Ohio, made his mark in risk management education history, becoming the 1,000th individual to earn the prestigious Certified Risk Managers (CRM) designation.

The CRM designation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated advanced risk management knowledge and expertise by attending five, 20-hour courses and passing rigorous examinations in the areas of Principles of Risk Management, Control of Risk, Analysis of Risk, Finance of Risk, and Practice of Risk Management.

Buick will receive recognition of his status as the 1,000th CRM at a special presentation during the CRM conferment at the James K. Ruble MEGAbration Seminar in Dallas, in October. Hylant Group will be given a scholarship to a future CRM course.

Buick graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan and began his career working in the chemical field as a sales representative. He entered the insurance/risk management industry with Hylant Group eight years ago.

The larger, middle market accounts he now focuses on require a risk management approach and having the most up-to-date, practical knowledge available, Buick explained.

“Awarding our 1,000th designation marks a milestone in the growth and development of the Certified Risk Manager Program,” said William T. Hold, Ph.D., co-founder of the CRM Program. “The individuals who are responsible for protecting the companies they represent must have the most current knowledge available, and continually strive for professionalism. Attaining the CRM designation is proof of that dedication.”

“Pursuing the CRM designation was a natural progression for me as I developed professionally and built my book of business,” Buick said. “And the courses are a great place for networking with others in the same field while getting up to speed on emerging risk management techniques.”

The CRM Program, which originated in 1996, is an independent education and designation program designed for professionals in risk management and related fields, such as accounting, finance, insurance, loss control, legal, and claims. Certified Risk Managers International is a member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. For additional information, call (800) 633-2165, or visit

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