DENVER, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockton Companies' Dustin Richartz, Senior Loss Control Consultant, has been named the 2015 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). This award distinguishes him the top safety professional among ASSE's 37,000 global members for 2015. Richartz was recognized for his outstanding achievement in the safety field while making significant contributions that advance the safety profession.
"Receiving this prestigious award is a great honor and I am very humbled," said Richartz. "Although this award may have my name on it, it is a thank you to everyone who has fostered my participation in the profession, invested in me both personally and professionally, and who has taken the time to have the tough conversations, when necessary, to help move my career forward."
Richartz's personal motivation stems from his desire to help people and from two tragic incidents: the loss of a friend due to an on-the-job accident, and his own on-the-job injury. "Both of these events are a reminder of how short life is and motivate me as a professional to continuously learn and grow," explained Richartz.
Based in Lockton's Denver office, Richartz assists clients by identifying cost-drivers in their property and casualty risk management programs, as well as implementing processes to minimize their overall risk.
Along with Richartz's role with Lockton and membership in ASSE, he also participates in the ASSE Oil and Gas Practice Specialty. He served on the executive board of the Colorado Chapter and is a past Colorado Chapter President. He serves on the ASSE Regional Leadership team and on multiple national-level committees. He is also a member of the National Safety Council Young Professionals Division, in which he was named a 2014 Rising Star of Safety.
"The opportunity to participate in both ASSE and NSC while at Lockton allows me to remain current on new and upcoming trends in the profession, as well as find new and innovative ways to protect people, strengthen the profession, and reduce exposure to people and businesses," said Richartz. "I look forward to many years of continuing to partner together to help our clients and move the profession forward."
More than 5,600 professionals at Lockton provide 48,000 clients around the world with risk management, insurance, employee benefits consulting, and retirement services that improve their businesses. From its founding in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri, Lockton has attracted entrepreneurial professionals who have driven its growth to become the largest privately held, independent insurance broker in the world and 10th largest overall. For six consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance." To see the latest insights from Lockton's experts, check Lockton Market Update.