About Risk Skills Center

Risk Skills Center was founded by Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Ed Kempkey, author of the book Balancing Risk. As a veteran of the industry, Ed observes that insurance does not cover all costs of an accidental loss, nor is it a substitute for good risk management practices. He believes that in the long run, the only answer to reducing the total cost of risk, whether insured or otherwise handled, is to reduce or control losses.

Large companies have full time risk managers whose job it is to identify, assess, and mitigate the organization's risks. The challenge faced by most mid-size and smaller organizations is a lack of resource, namely time and talent, to accomplish this. Meanwhile, the evolution of risk management concepts and tools during the past decade has progressed to the point where they can be adopted as a best practice for use by organizations of all sizes.

Recognizing the need, Ed created Risk Skills Center to be an educational resource for small to mid-size companies. Based upon his many years of helping companies implement effective risk management programs, the range of offerings includes executive coaching on program design, board briefings and training, management and risk oversight committee training, and facilitating risk assessment workshops.

Ed has presented numerous seminars on a variety of risk management topics including safety and health, enterprise risk management, root cause incident investigation, business continuity planning, and human resource related subjects.

Ed has earned the designation CT31000 – Certified ISO 31000 Lead Trainer. This means he has demonstrated knowledge, proficiency and competence, and the skills and ability to train others about the ISO 31000 Standard. His picture has appeared on the front cover of a national risk management magazine in connection with a story on his work with the wine industry.

Ed is an experienced pilot and enjoys flying for pleasure and business. He holds a commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. In addition to flying, he enjoys riding his motorcycle on the back roads of the California North Coast.

Contact information:

Ed Kempkey, CRM, CT 31000
1500 Third Street, Suite B
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 265-2188
Email ed@kempkey.com