New:  Rising Star Award


    Meril Philip
    Safety Coordinator
    City of Sugar Land


Meril Philip began his career with the City of Sugar Land in 2011 as a safety intern, transitioning to a full-time employee at the end of his internship. During this time, the City of Sugar Land was in the midst of developing a comprehensive safety program. Philip assisted with the development of policies and procedures concerning workers’ compensation, safety training, safety committee, accident review board, safety audits and inspection, and others. These policies and procedures remain the cornerstone of the City’s current safety program.

Philip earned his bachelor of science from Texas Southern University and is currently working on a master’s degree at Columbia Southern University.

previous honorees — Risk Associate of the Year:

2015 – Bruce Berry, Klein ISD
2014 – Mark J. Vacek, CSP, Port of Houston Authority

2013 – Laurel S. Ferri, Corpus Christi ISD
2012 – Carlos Garcia, City of Corpus Christi
2011 – Billy E. Moore, ARM, City of Grand Prairie
2010 – John Palm III, ARM, Mesquite ISD
2009 – Raul Vasquez, City of Corpus Christi
2008 – Barbara Russell, ARM, Garland ISD
2007 – Jeffery McMurray, City of Rowlett
2006 – Cindy Conyers, City of San Marcos
2005 – Cindy Purinton, Travis County
2004 – Martha Rider, Fort Bend County
2003 – Judyann Robinson, Mesquite ISD