Island Insurance Executive First From Hawaii Elected to National Post of the American Society of Safety Engineers

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Jim Newberry

HONOLULU – The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Practice Specialty Leadership Group inducted Jim Newberry, Assistant Vice President and Risk Control Manager of Island Insurance, as its new Risk Management and Insurance Practice Specialty Administrator for 2011-2012.  ASSE is comprised of over 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members from across the nation.  The Practice Specialty Leadership administrators are leaders in the safety industry and serve as resource experts in their respective specialties.

Newberry has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Safety and Safety Management from Indiana State University and is an extension instructor for the OSHA Training Institute at the University of California San Diego.  He is a member of the American Society of Professional Safety Engineers and was the first Hawaii recipient to receive the ASSE Risk Management/Insurance (RM/I Practice Specialty (PS) Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award.


Founded in 1911, and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the nation’s oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety Film go to www/

Island Insurance Company, Ltd. is Hawaii’s largest locally owned and managed insurance carrier, offering a full range of property and casualty protection. Founded in downtown Honolulu in 1939, Island Insurance has been serving Hawaii’s families and businesses for over 70 years and is the only Hawaii-Based company to be recognized as one of the Top 50 property & casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for four consecutive years.  Island Insurance has earned financial strength ratings of “A” (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company and an “A” (Strong) rating from Fitch Ratings.  For more information, visit


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