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Industry Mourns Passing of Wendy Fisher

Mourning Loss
January 22, 2016

Wendy FisherThe risk retention group community is mourning the loss of one of its leaders, Wendy Fisher, former National Risk Retention Association (NRRA) board chair who died unexpectedly on January 16, 2016. 

"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a dear friend and colleague, Wendy Fisher,” said Joe Deems, NRRA executive director. "For nearly 25 years, Wendy skillfully brought her leadership, insights, calm demeanor and friendship to our industry. We have all lost a well-respected leader and the insurance community has also truly lost one of its finest contributors.

"On behalf of everyone at NRRA, we extend our deepest sympathy to Wendy’s family," Mr. Deems said.

Mr. Deems, who gave a eulogy at Ms. Fisher's funeral on January 21, 2016, told afterward that the industry's high regard for Ms. Fisher was evident in the many who attended the service.

Ms. Fisher served on the board of directors of NRRA from 2001–2010, with two terms as board chair (2003–2004 and 2008–2009), and was a member of the Government Affairs Committee since 2000 (committee chair 2001–2003 and 2006–2008). She was a frequent speaker at NRRA, Captive Insurance Companies Association, and Hawaii Captive Insurance Council annual conferences and authored articles for the Risk Retention Reporter. She was also on the faculty of International Center for Captive Insurance Education.

"Wendy was a great person and model for us to follow as a leader," said Dan Labrie, NRRA chairman. "She cared very much about the industry, but more importantly about each of her colleagues. Her smile gave everyone around her an immense sense of joy and she will be missed by all of us."

For 27 years, Ms. Fisher was employed by Home Buyers Warranty in Aurora, Colorado, most recently serving as director of regulatory affairs. In her role, she oversaw regulatory compliance, corporate recordkeeping, and governance for the organization and its 18 affiliated companies, including New Home Warranty Insurance Company, A Risk Retention Group. She was also responsible for procuring and managing the companies' corporate insurance coverages.

Ms. Fisher held the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations, a resident property and casualty insurance producer license in Colorado, and nonresident producer licenses in 42 other states. 

In addition to her professional work, Ms. Fisher was also dedicated to volunteer work and organized her company’s MS Walk team, helping to raise over $1.3 million over the last 27 years to end multiple sclerosis.

She is survived by her husband, Geoff, five daughters, and multiple grandchildren.

Photo of Ms. Fisher courtesy of NRRA.

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