Thornton Tomasetti Lenny Alexander

The RIMS 2016 Conference & Exhibition attracted an exclusive group of risk managers, senior executives and other decision makers from all corners of the industry. With attendees receiving the most up-to-date content and networking opportunities in the industry, the RIMS 2016 conference is a date for the diary each year which is certainly not to be missed!

This year, eight Thornton Tomasetti team members attended this year’s conference in San Diego from April 10-13, 2016.

Our Vice President and PLC London Office Director, Lenny Alexander ​answers 5 insightful questions about his experience at the event below:

What are your remaining career plans or goals?

I have always believed that if you help and support others, you get what you need in the process. This has been my mantra in business to date and something I want to continue to do.

Working for a structural engineering company as a service provider to the insurance industry provides the opportunity to blend our unique technical offering with an industry that is crying out for partners who can bring to the table new ways to use technology to solve insurance problems. Our company holds the key to some of these problems. I get a lot of pleasure from showing how we use engineering principles to provide solutions to seemingly lost causes and otherwise difficult situations. It helps to be surrounded by the talented colleagues I have.

I would like to develop a working environment where we are seen to be the go-to unit for professionals associated with the management of risk by using the services that we offer.

How did you become interested in Risk Management?

I spent most of my career working in the insurance broking environment and very quickly became accustomed to having to meet the expectations of Risk Managers, particularly following large catastrophic events and quite literally around the world. The buzz that you get from the knowledge that your small contribution can help businesses to get back on their feet never goes away. I suppose there was a point in my career when I started to understand that the ability to think on your feet and be flexible enough to adapt to complex conditions would become a valuable commodity.

I still enjoy the cut and thrust of doing deals that lend themselves to broker and insurer relationships. The challenge of offering support that eases the pressure on these parties to show added value to their Risk Manager clients is an exciting one, and it always feels great when our opinions are sought and respected by people who are linked to many household names as clients.

What did you hope to learn at RIMS 2016?

The networking opportunities at a gathering like RIMS is invaluable. It is always interesting to measure one’s own progress up against competitors and re-evaluate the evolving needs of clients. With RIMS 2016 being in San Diego, I also got the pleasure to meet in person with California-based colleagues that I have admired via email.

RIMS 2016 showcased many of the challenges faced by the current millennials. It was really good to witness the enthusiasm that our young people have for business. Their thirst for information never ceased to amaze me.

What’s your favourite TV show or movie?

Continuing the theme of millennials, I watched a movie on the plane on the way over to San Diego called The Intern. It starred Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

For anyone who has not seen it, the plot follows seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), a retired executive from a phone book company, as he applies to a senior citizen intern program after retirement has become too boring for him. The company he applies to is a fast-growing e-commerce fashion startup called About the Fit, whose founder and CEO Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) had previously agreed to a community program where seniors would intern at the firm. Ben impresses everyone and is one of four hired. It’s not that I want to be working when I am 70 years of age, but the thought of remaining in-crowd in the fast-paced digital age later on in in life could be pretty cool. I recommend this movie if you haven’t already seen it.

What’s your favourite book?

Like millions before me, I have read “How to Win Friends and Influence people” many times. I simply never tire of it. People and Relationships – it’s what life is all about.

You can take a look at the other events that Thornton Tomasetti will be attending here.