Oregon RIMS Scholarship winner wrap up essay 

2014 - Peri Tharp

2016 - Mark Jennings: 

"Eva – I wanted to write to express my appreciation for the Oregon RIMS scholarship to the annual conference in San Diego this year.  I apologize it has taken some time to send this to you.

This was the first annual RIMS conference that I have ever attended.  Without this scholarship I would not have been able to attend so I am extremely grateful.  I was very impressed with how well organized the event was and the multitude of class options available.  The absolute highlight for me was the Awards Luncheon with Vinh Giang as the keynote speaker.  It was great to see the various members recognized for their efforts and Vinh made quite an impression on me with his presentation.  When he talked about surrounding yourself with people who bring out the best in you it really hit home.  I also really enjoyed the main RIMS event/mixer.  In spite of the fireworks display that went slightly awry it was a great way to network with other insurance professionals.  Lastly, the exhibit hall was a lot of fun and I was able to build some relationships with vendors who I do not normally have the luxury of meeting on a regular basis.   

It was educational, it was beneficial, it was busy and it was a lot of fun!  Thank you again for providing the scholarship.  I hope I can attend this event every year going forward and that next year’s scholarship winner gets as much out of the experience as I did.