The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management Announces Opening of Greater Houston Church Safety Roundtable

The Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM) has announced the establishment of the Greater Houston Church Safety Roundtable based out of the greater Houston, Texas area. ICSARM continues to grow nationally and is excited to announce their newest addition to their Church Safety Roundtable program.

Tupelo, MS, March 01, 2010 --( During the past several months ICSARM’s Executive Director Michael Boutot has been conducting various church interest polls and has held national teleconference calls with over twenty leaders in the church safety, security and risk management arena. The result is the announcement of launching this new initiative of local Church Safety Roundtables. “We are excited about the opportunity to expand our presence across the United States and Canada with the advent of these new Church Safety Roundtables” said Boutot.

Jay Banks has been selected to serve as Chapter President for the Greater Houston Church Safety Roundtable. Jay brings to the Roundtable extensive experience in risk management and insurance in the senior housing and real estate industries, working with both publicly-held and privately-owned entities. His experience includes insurance need assessment and placement of coverage for a variety of disciplines, including general and professional liability, property and casualty, workers compensation and directors and officers. He has also been actively involved in quality improvement and litigation management.

Mr. Banks attended the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in public relations journalism, and Alvin Community College, where he was enrolled in the mental health curriculum. He is currently taking classes which will lead to the Accredited Risk Manager (ARM) and Chartered Professional and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations.

Jay has been involved with congregations at St. Thomas the Apostle in Nassau Bay, Texas, where he was married in 1983, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and currently with St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he is a member of the Education for Ministry Program and the Order of St. Luke’s. He is continuing to explore options for the ordained ministry.

Jay has been married to his wife, Helen, a corporate real estate consultant, for almost 27 years. They reside in Houston, Texas, with no children but two terriers who provide them much love and comfort. His wife Helen is a member of the Spirituality in Art Program at St. Martin’s, pursuing her interest in art history and spirituality.

In accepting the appointment as Chapter President of the Greater Houston Area Church Roundtable, Jay stated, “It seems that every day we read or hear about churches experiencing risk management issues – crimes against the church, assaults of parishioners, liability due to physical plant issues – that they are not equipped to deal with, primarily due to lack of knowledge.” He continues, “Our society has unfortunately become not only litigious, but one in which crimes against entities which previously seemed to be relatively immune are increasing.” “I look forward to working with ICSARM, as well as other Chapter Presidents, to develop and educate churches in the region on programs and options that are available to them to reduce their exposure and allow them to concentrate instead on their primary mission” concludes Banks.

With over 600,000 churches reported in America and a growing concern over church safety and security, churches are looking for opportunities to ensure they are providing a true safe environment for all their church members. The local Church Safety Roundtable provides membership for local churches as well as safety and security service providers to those local churches. Local meetings include discussion on best practices to what to select for proper insurance coverages to what security system is best for a particular church. In addition to providing education and training for local churches, the Church Safety Roundtable is also designed to evaluate service providers to local churches to make sure the best service provider is being selected by the local church and at the best rates.

About the Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management, LLC (ICSARM)

The mission of ICSARM is to promote the highest level of professional competence to churches and para-church organizations in the area of church risk management by providing programs of study, service, training, exchange of information and problem-solving discussions, leading to more effective and efficient utilization of church facilities and resources for the overall protection of the church building and her ministries, to include church staff, volunteers and members. General Membership for church leadership is free.

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