Brantley Center Spring Highlights
A Note from the Managing Director
David Marlett
2018 Grad Peyton McAvoy and
Dr. Marlett at the Senior Sendoff Reception
Summer has arrived and the class of 2018 has moved on to their next adventure. One of the best parts of being a professor is getting to meet a new group of students each year. One of the toughest parts is watching them leave campus when they graduate. 

Recruiters often tell me that Appalachian students are different in that not only are they bright and prepared, but also they are friendly, thoughtful and engaging. We, the faculty and staff, find this to be absolutely true as we spend large amounts of time with the students in the Brantley Center and when they stop by the office to chat. As you will see in this newsletter, we also travel with them all over the US and the world. If you really want to get to know someone, travel with them for a week! 

We are deeply proud of our graduates and it is an honor to spend a few years helping them prepare for a career. We also appreciate and value their occasional updates and visits to campus as their careers progress. 

We look forward to welcoming a new group of students and another stellar year in the Brantley Center. Enjoy your summer!
Appalachian RMI Program Featured
Appalachian State University has been named a Strong Performer by Best's Review for its outstanding risk management and insurance (RMI) program.

Appalachian was noted for its RMI program's high 
industry engagement and graduates' strong work ethic 
and commitment.     Read More
InsurTech Symposium Attracts Capacity Crowd
Pictured from left are David Marlett (Appalachian), Faith Neale (UNCC), Bob Hartwig (USC), Greg Niehaus (USC), Gene Lai (UNCC) and Tom Marshall (UNCC).
On June 20, 2018, faculty members from Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) and the University of South Carolina (USC) partnered to present an InsurTech Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

 The collaborative event was attended by more than 200 individuals, including insurance professionals, regulators and students studying risk management and insurance. Read More
Pictured from left are Jamie Parson and Greg Langdon
Congratulations to Brantley Center team members, Jamie Parson and Greg Langdon, for their well-deserved recognition at the 2018  Walker College Day of Excellence Faculty and Staff Recognition Sywassink Dinner.  

Dr. Parson received the Service Award as acknowledgement of her many avenues of service and Mr. Langdon is the first recipient of the new Spirit of Walker award.

2018 App State Brantley Center - Liberty Mutual Golf Tournament
A Great Success
Thanks to our title sponsor Liberty Mutual, and more than 40 sponsor organizations, 140+ golfers and many students, alumni, friends and volunteers, the 2018 App State Brantley Center - Liberty Mutual Golf Tournament held June 5 at the Country Club of Whispering Pines, was another tremendous success.  The team from Johnson & Johnson won the 2018 tourn-ament with a low score of 19 under par. More Details
Brantley Center holds Inclusive Excellence Dinner
Rumbi Masamvu, Ndjo Shosola and Jamie Parson during the February 2018 Inclusive Excellence dinner
Appalachian State University students from underrepresented backgrounds interacted with insurance industry professionals in a February 2018 event.

Hosted by the  Brantley Risk and Insurance Center,  and organized by Walker College of Business Inclusive Excellence Chairperson Jamie Parson, the event aimed to inform and encourage students to consider risk management and insurance (RMI) as a major at Appalachian. Read More
NC State Representative Destin Hall Addresses Students
Representative Destin Hall speaks to RMI Students
NC State Representative Destin Hall addressed a capacity crowd of Appalachian State University students during an event in Appalachian’s Gamma Iota Sigma Guest Speaker Series.

The student attendees, risk management & insurance (RMI) majors in the Walker College of Business, learned about legislative and regulatory issues impacting the citizens of North Carolina and how Hall’s academic preparation at Appalachian prepare him for his role.
Student Achievements
Congratulations Class of 2018
Spring 2018 Student Travel
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MAY 2018
Students enrolled in FIN 4800 International Insurance Markets had the chance to learn about the profession first hand this spring when they traveled to London and Bermuda. Dr. David Marlett is the course instructor and leads the travel. Several Brantley board members also participated in the travel and attended the company visits. Josh Ammons (London), Neil Annas (London) and Daniel Heinlein (Bermuda) enriched the program by helping the students better understand insurance operations and professional etiquette in both formal and informal settings.
Students Attend 2018 IIABA Legislative Conference
Six Appalachian students and Professors Lori Medders and Jamie Parson participated in the 2018 Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) Legislative Conference in Washington DC. The
event is a forum for the independent agency system to educate members of Congress on issues important to agents and their clients.
Students Attend 2018 WSIA Extreme Risk Takers Symposium
Five Appalachian students along with Professor Lori Medders, participated in the 2018 WSIA Extreme Risk Takers Symposium in Chicago on March 23-25.  While at the event the students attended the Career Fair, networked with industry professionals and students from across the country, and attended educational sessions around the Excess & Surplus portion of the insurance industry.
Thank You to our Major Supporters!
The North Carolina Surplus Lines Association (NCSLA) made a $100,000 gift to the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University. Danielle Wade, COO of Jackson Sumner & Associates and chair of the NCSLA Stamping Office, presented the check to Walker College of Business Dean Heather Norris and Brantley Center Director David Marlett while on campus.

The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) has made another $70,000 gift to the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University. Aubie Knight, CEO of IIANC, and 2017-18 IIANC Chair Jeff Haney presented the check to Walker College of Business Dean Heather Norris while on campus.

Brantley Risk and Insurance Center
ASU Box 32058
416 Howard Street #3053
Boone, NC 28608