2020 Preferred Safety & Risk Management Award Recipients


Submitted by Public Risk Underwriters of Florida, Inc. – Loss Control Department

Every year Preferred Loss Control provides recognition to Preferred Members that have exemplified, fostered, and promoted sound safety and Risk Management practices within their organization.

This year’s Member selection is especially significant due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how Members of Preferred have responded to the unique challenges associated with this pandemic.

Preferred Members are eligible for two types of awards and are nominated by their respective Regional Loss Control Consultant. The Risk Management Professional of the Year Award is awarded to the Risk Manager that has demonstrated outstanding performance in the practice of risk management as well as the promotion of the risk management profession. The Safety and Risk Management Member of the Year award is awarded to a Member that has demonstrated continuous improvement through the best practices of accident prevention and claims management as measured by the performance of their organization’s insurance program. This year’s award recipients are as follows:

Risk Management Professional of the
Year 2020
Safety and Risk Management Member of the
Year 2020

Melinda Huser, HR Director/Risk Manager – City of Cape Canaveral


Risk Management Professional of the Year – 2020

Melinda Huser, HR Director / Risk Manager for the City of Cape Canaveral, was recognized for this award due to her rapid, effective and collaborative efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before mass shutdowns began in March and Florida’s own stay-at-home order in early April, the City began procuring PPE, supplies and additional technologies to allow for easier remote working and the development of an Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparedness and Response Plan to guide staff and elected officials as the pandemic unfolded.

The City was also the first in Brevard County to issue a Declaration of Emergency.

In addition to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic Ms. Huser maintained a continuity of excellence in the execution of her daily risk management and safety activities to ensure workplace safety and liability exposures were mitigated. Ms. Huser is highly regarded by her peers in the risk management profession as evidenced by her dedication and passion for safety and risk management which are attributable to her previous military career, education and credentials.