Faculty NameRodney Smith
Rodney is Southeast Region Director for Lloyd's. Lloyd's is headquartered in London and opened the Southeastern office for Lloyd's in Atlanta in late 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Risk Management and Insurance degree and received his CIC designation in 2006 and CRM designation in 2013.
Rodney has over 31 years of Insurance industry experience. He is a prominent national speaker, frequently asked to address industry conventions and Universities. Rodney serves as an instructor at the WSIA courses and is a certified instructor approved to provide CE credits in multiple states.
Rodney serves on educational boards and industry committees including the National Insurance Industry Council, Georgia State University School of Risk Management Board, Troy State University School of Risk Management, University of Georgia RMI Board, International Society of Catastrophe Managers, WSIA Education Committee, and the Georgia Surplus Lines Association Executive Committee.
Faculty NameRonald Hicks
Ronald Hicks is Executive Vice President of Hicks Risk Consulting Inc., located in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The firm is a small risk management consulting firm that focuses on insurance coverages and loss control as a significant aspect of the risk management process. Prior to consulting, Ron was a licensed producer for 20 years. He has a degree in Psychology from Temple University, earned his CIC designation in 2006, and his CRM designation in 2012. He also holds the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation from IRMI. Ron is an OSHA authorized 10 and 30-hour construction trainer.
Ron works directly with companies to assist them in reducing their insurable and non-insurable losses. His work includes analyzing losses to determine trending concerns, working with companies to increase the results from their safety programs, facilitating safety committees, reviewing risk control techniques, assisting clients in strengthening contractual risk transfer language, and training. He also works with insurance companies as a contracted loss control consultant for property, general liability, workers compensation, auto, pollution, and professional liability.
Ron's experience with companies is broad in size and industry. They range from small family owned manufacturers to national railroads and global print media organizations. He brings a unique aspect of loss control to his clients. Having an understanding of insurance policy language, claims experience, and safety training; Ron is able to bring a unique perspective to the loss control process. He is just as comfortable walking on a construction site with a hard hat on as he is training workers how to perform their tasks in a safe manner.