Congratulations to Vilma Palma-Blackmon, Gallagher Bassett SVP of Claims Operations, on her election to the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute Hall of Fame, class of 2018. One of only a handful of claims professionals, Ms. Palma-Blackmon’s unparalleled commitment to the Florida workers’ compensation community and her support of philanthropic organizations makes her uniquely qualified for this honor.
“There are 35 members in the Hall of Fame” said Steven A. Rissman, President of the Florida WCI Hall of Fame, comprised of regulators, judges, attorneys, and industry professionals. "These members are the elite of the elite of the workers’ compensation arena.” With industry the least represented of the group, Vilma’s inclusion is a special honor. “We think it is important to include those with the great responsibility of running a TPA.”
The Florida WCI Hall of Fame was started in 2012 to recognize those “devoting their distinguished careers to the betterment of the workers’ compensation system in the state of Florida and for providing leadership, dedication and service to advance the highest philosophy and practice of workers’ compensation,” explains Rissman.
“It is humbling to be included amongst the giants of our industry,” says Vilma. Only a member of the Florida Hall of Fame may nominate and vote upon membership. To be recognized by the elite of the elite in the Florida worker’s compensation field is particularly breathtaking for her. “These were the giants that I admired for my entire career. To be considered worthy of membership in the Hall is truly awe-inspiring.”
Vilma considers her career at Gallagher Bassett a privilege that has laid the foundation of her accomplishments. “Our people and commitment to our industry and community has allowed me to create the programs to benefit the injured workers.” And as Bob Gallagher would say, “she’s just getting started!”