Risk Retention Reporter
Third Karen Cutts Memorial Visionary Award
Awarded at NRRA Conference
The winner of the third annual Karen Cutts Memorial Visionary Award is industry veteran Bob Larson. The Karen Cutts Memorial Visionary Award is given annually by the National Risk Retention Association at their annual conference to an individual in the risk retention industry who has shown outstanding leadership.
Larson is the president and CEO of Member Services Group, Inc., as well as a sought out insurance consultant. A founding member and past president of the National Risk Retention Association, his history with risk retention and purchasing groups began with the Product Liability Risk Retention Act in 1981. He was instrumental in helping to get passed the Liability Risk Retention Act of 1986 by testifying before Congress on the benefits the Act would offer to consumers. He guided the formation of the first risk purchasing group in 1987 and has remained involved and influential in the industry ever since.
Presented by current NRRA Board Chair, Sandy Elsass, Larson was genuinely surprised by the award and in his acceptance speech he expressed his appreciation for the honor.
Past honorees were Karen Cutts, posthumously, and Len Crouse, former captive regulator for Vermont and currently with JLT Towner.
(Photo, from left to right: Risk Retention Reporter Publisher Jim Cutts, Honoree Bob Larson, NRRA Board Chair Sandy Elsass, NRRA Executive Director Joe Deems)