San Francisco, CA -(BusinessWire)- Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies (BHHC), Workers Compensation Division recently announced the addition of Rick Fineman to the Senior Leadership team as the Vice President of Loss Control. In collaboration with Danny Engell, Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting and Data Analytics Officer, Rick will lead the company’s loss control strategy, advancing the organization’s growth in safety and risk management.
With decades of experience in insurance and occupational safety and health, Fineman brings his expertise to further enhance BHHC’s industry-leading loss control program, which is supported by a team of certified safety professionals with a diverse range of industry backgrounds. With the addition of Rick’s leadership in the insurance industry, BHHC will continue to strengthen its service offerings by providing consultative workplace safety education that emphasizes preventing accidents and injuries, thereby helping customers manage their workers compensation costs. This strategic hire reinforces BHHC’s position as an industry leader in workers compensation insurance products and services.
“Rick is a seasoned occupational safety and risk management professional with substantial experience working across a broad range of industries. He brings a depth of leadership and knowledge to our company that strategically positions us to deliver market-leading safety solutions and drive operational efficiencies – which are key to our continued operating strengths,” said Rob Darby, President and CEO of BHHC. “He has a breadth of experience and talent with risk management programs that supports BHHC’s goal of maintaining its competitive enterprising loss control market advantage.”
Before joining BHHC, and for over three decades, Rick held various management roles, including most recently Vice President & Manager, Risk Management Services for ICW Group, Safety Director for the Port of Tacoma, Risk Manager for a large industrial contractor, managing the industrial hygiene lab, Research to Reality Group, and regional Vice President Underwriting and Distribution and AVP, field loss control operations for Liberty Mutual.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rick to our organization,” said Danny Engell, Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting and Data Analytics Officer. “His extensive risk management strategy and operations experience with industry-specific risk identification, evaluation and analysis to help clients reduce risk exposures, injury frequency, and severity is a great asset as we continue to grow and diversify to meet the needs of our policyholders.”
Rick earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Central Washington University and completed graduate work in toxicology at the University of Arkansas. He holds several professional certifications, including Certified Safety Professional, Associate in Loss Control Management and Associate Risk Manager. Rick has presented at various state and national conferences, including the National Safety Council Safety Congress, and The American Society of Safety. Rick sits on several advisory boards including ANSI Code committees, MākuSafe® Wearable Technology Advisory Board, and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals test question development group. He resides in Southern California and will work out of the BHHC San Diego offices.