Workers Comp Industry Award Winners Announced in San Diego

SAN DIEGO--()--Awards were presented for outstanding contributions to the workers compensation industry at the 6th Annual Comp Laude® Awards and Gala, on Tuesday evening in San Diego, CA.

Over 250 attendees gathered on the 4th floor pool deck of the Manchester Grand Hyatt overlooking San Diego Bay. Attendees enjoyed dinner then a magical sunset cast a golden hue over the attendees and award winners as they received their awards.

“The Comp Laude® Awards were designed to highlight what’s right in our industry,” said Kristen Chavez, Director of Operations and Business Development. According to event speaker and attendee Chris Brigham, MD, “This event is like no other in the industry. It captures the heart and soul of David DePaolo’s vision for bringing all parts of the industry together.”

The Comp Laude® Awards, means “with honor” and were presented to individuals and companies representing many segments of the workers compensation industry, even injured workers. This year, awards were presented in 11 categories:

People’s Choice Award: Becky Curtis, Take Courage Coaching®
Employer, Dawn Watkins, Los Angeles Unified School District
Applicant / Claimant Attorney, Robert Keefe, Esq.
Defense Attorney, Dawn Traverso, Eraclides Law Firm
Claims Professional, Dorothy Albrecht, Sedgwick
Medical Professional, Nick Tsourmas, MD, Texas Mutual
Medical Facility, Craig Hospital
Service Provider, Rising Medical Solutions
Work Comp Philanthropy, Maria Henderson; Kids’ Chance of CA
Industry Leader, Abbie Hudgens, Tennessee Bureau of Workers Comp

Five injured workers received awards: Jeremy Romero, Julie Swan-Paez, Carlos Castaneda, Kayla Frederick and Carolyn Arambula.

The top two awards were presented to individuals selected for their career contributions to the workers compensation industry:

David Langham, Magna Comp Laude® (with great honor), Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims, Florida

Summa Comp Laude® (with highest honor) also known as the David J DePaolo Award, Kimberly George, Sedgwick

For a complete list of nominees and finalists, click here.

Next year’s Comp Laude Awards and Gala event is scheduled for October 9-11 in San Diego, CA.

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Yvonne Guibert, 813.245.0193