Nahua Maunakea, director of global risk management for IHS Inc. and president of RIMS' Rocky Mountain Chapter, recalls an interesting exchange upon first moving to Colorado from his native Hawaii.

It involves shopping for a snow shovel. In February.

"I go to Home Depot, and ask where I can find a snow shovel. The guy starts asking me, 'are you shoveling it, or are you pushing it? Is it wet heavy snow, or dry fluffy snow? What kind of surface? Is it brushed, or textured? Do you need an ergonomic handle, or a straight handle?'

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Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected].