The 2019 Capstone Award was announced at this year’s Forum and presented to Stephen Aryan from the City of Palm Desert. The Capstone Award is presented annually to an individual at a member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management.
Stephen, the City of Palm Desert’s Risk Manager, was selected from four finalists and chosen for his exemplary risk management efforts. Some of Stephen’s accomplishments include utilizing the Authority’s ADA Assistance Program to complete the city’s ADA transition plan, coordinating loss prevention efforts with the city’s affordable housing complex, creating standardized contract language and waiver language, and establishing risk-related checklists for all departments within the city. In addition, he is recognized for creating greater risk management awareness throughout the city.
During the presentation, the following individuals were recognized as finalists for this year’s Capstone Award:
- Shannon Buckley, Finance Manager for the City of Lake Elsinore
- Todd Mitchell, Human Resources/Risk Manager for the City of Goleta
- Arabo Parseghian, Division Manager for the City of La Cañada Flintridge
Assistant Executive Officer Norm Lefmann reflected on the presentation, saying “This is an important recognition of four outstanding individuals that work tirelessly behind the scenes. The Authority relies on these and others like them to effectively carry out our mission in forging strong partnerships with members.”
The 2020 Capstone Award will be presented at the 25th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum to be held October 14 – 16, 2020 in Santa Barbara.
Photo caption: Capstone winner Stephen Aryan with Norm Lefmann