Dave Poms, President of Poms & Associates, Wins Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Award for Business, Named 2020 Executive of the Year

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Dave Poms' award recognizes his leadership in risk management for public entities and his advocacy of protections and safeguards for children.

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Poms & Associates, an independent, full-service insurance brokerage and risk management firm, announced today that its founder and president Dave Poms is the recipient of the Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Award for Business and has been named 2020 Executive of the Year. Poms’ award recognizes his leadership in risk management for public entities and his advocacy of protections and safeguards for children in schools and extracurricular activities.

“This award is a fantastic honor,” said Dave Poms, founder and president of Poms & Associates. “It’s a tribute to everyone who’s striving to be a better leader, tackling complex solutions with creative thinking and taking initiative to bring about meaningful, positive change.”

Poms has been a driving force behind the creation of many public entity pools in the western U.S., including the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority (NMPSIA), which helps New Mexico’s school system provide unique coverages that are not commercially available in the insurance market.

Within the past year – and under Poms’ leadership – Poms & Associates achieved a number of major accomplishments, including implementing an innovative risk management program in New Mexico schools that provided active shooter training and the tools for school administrators to make safe decisions and quickly report incidents to authorities. This training led directly to lives saved in shooting incidents in both Roswell and Aztec, N.M. Poms also helped write two school safety legislative bills that define and limit who can be armed in New Mexico’s public schools by requiring certain qualifications before an individual can become an armed security employee.

As the issue of sexual abuse continues to present a serious challenge for the insurance industry, Poms is a vocal advocate for the need for a major cultural change within companies and institutions – one where processes and tools are put in place to improve the safety of young people, and training and education are made central to enabling quick action that protects them when potential issues arise. In 2019, Poms successfully built bipartisan political support in New Mexico for legislation that created a task force to address the issue of child predators in the state’s public schools. The task force serves as a national model for schools in other states.

Poms supports the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a federally authorized nonprofit organization that is working to end all forms of abuse in sports. He also serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. In both 2019 and 2020, Poms was named to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s “Valley 200” list of the most influential people whose involvement, commitment and contributions help improve the local economy and quality of life. In 2020, Poms was inducted into Insurance Business America’s Hall of Fame for his pioneering career in problem solving for public entities.

About Poms & Associates
Poms & Associates is a leading independent, full-service insurance brokerage and risk management firm with a proven track record of providing innovative and customized solutions to businesses in high-risk industries. Founded in 1991, the company was built on the premise that knowledge is the best insurance – that is, the best way to help businesses and organizations is to serve not only as an insurance broker but also as an educator about best practices in how to reduce risk and prevent loss before an incident occurs. Poms & Associates today offers a wide range of products and services, including property and casualty insurance for commercial organizations and public entities, risk control, human resources and employee benefits and private services for high net-worth individuals. Among the top 50 independent brokerage firms in the U.S., Poms & Associates is headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calf. It maintains branch offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Calif., the San Francisco Bay Area, Albuquerque, N.M. and Dayton, Ohio. For more information, visit https://pomsassoc.com/.

About Business Intelligence Group
The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

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