Highlights of 2017 Events at the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

Dr. David Marlett
Brantley Center
Managing Director

As 2017 reaches conclusion, it is time to reflect and look back at the past year.  This has been a year of transition and growth in the Brantley Center with team members moving into new roles and accepting new responsibilities.  We continue renovations to our physical space to make it more welcoming to students. We launched new initiatives on attracting students from diverse backgrounds,  supporting applied research projects and revitalizing the Insurance Symposium Series.    

It has been a productive and exciting year and I've truly enjoyed working with my colleagues, students and industry professionals.  The Brantley Board of Advisors has provided guidance, support and resources to help create one of the top RMI programs in the nation.  In particular, I want to recognize outgoing Board Chair Ray Tedder for his thoughtful leadership and strong commitment to the success of our students.  

We Wish You a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy 2018!
RMI Program Named a Global Center of Insurance Excellence

The Appalachian State Risk Management and Insurance Program has been awarded a  Global Centers of Insurance Excellence (GCIE) designation by the  International Insurance Society (IIS) for its highly ranked program.

The designation is awarded to universities with  outstanding risk management and  insurance programs , and in selecting designees, the society considers such factors as accreditation, curriculum, involvement with industry and faculty qualifications. With 200 majoring students, Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) Program is the seventh largest in the country.  Read More
New Faculty

Dr. Lori Medders joined the faculty as the  Joseph F. Freeman Distinguished Professor of Insurance at the start of 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Medders comes to us from Florida State University where she served as director of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center and a professor of risk management and insurance within the College of Business at Florida State University. Prior to joining the center, Dr. Medders taught risk management and insurance at Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University.
Inclusion Excellence Initiative

Earlier this year, the Brantley Center team decided to revitalize the Building Insurance Talent program which was developed in 2010 to attract and support students of diverse backgrounds. The program includes mentoring, networking opportunities and career development. While in the beginning stages of its new era, we are developing a robust program to introduce diverse students to opportunities  in risk management and insurance and provide the students with the tools and resources to succeed in this industry. 
Brantley Center Modernization Continues

The entrance to the Brantley Center received a welcome update and is now much more inviting to students.  The style is consistent with other recent renovations in the Walker College of Business.  The new larger glass doors and conference room wall brighten the workplace and create a more modern atmosphere.  We appreciate the financial support from the IIANC that made the renovations possible.

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IIANC Continues Support of Brantley Center

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 recently presented the check to Walker College of Business Dean Heather Norris while on campus.
Appalachian State RMI Students Place Second at 2017 Spencer RIMS Risk Management Challenge

A team of students from Appalachian State  placed second in the 2017 Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge, held during the RIMS 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition April 23-26 in Philadelphia, PA.  The students, accompanied by Dr. Karen Epermanis,  presented their case-study on PayPal Inc.                  Read More
RMI Students Win Second Place in Inaugural PriSim Agency Management Competition

Four Appalachian State RMI seniors participated in the first PriSim Agency  Management Competition held in spring 2017. The  students earned second place and received a $1500 award.  The competition featured an online business simulation that allowed  students to manage an insurance agency as a team.  
$100,000 in Scholarships Awarded

Thanks to generous financial investments from alumni and industry partners such as the IIANC, NCSLA, Carolinas RIMS, NCAMIC, Spencer Education Foundation and CPCU chapters, AppState RMI majors received more than $100,000 in scholarship assistance during the 2016-17 academic year.    To make your personal investment in our AppState students  Give Here

RMI Majors Attend 2017 Big I Legislative Conference

Dr. Marlett led a group of 5 Appalachian State RMI majors to the 2017 Big I Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 3 - 5.
Travel to London 

Twelve risk management  & insurance students enrolled in FIN 4800 - International Insurance Markets - travelled to London over Appalachian State University's spring break, with Dr. David Marlett.

Travel to Bermuda

In May 2017,  a select group of students traveled to Bermuda to study Risk Management and Insurance (RMI), with a particular focus on risk connected to climate change. 
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Appalachian State GIS Wins Awards at 2017 International Conference

Twelve Appalachian State students traveled with Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) Faculty Advisor Dr. Karen Epermanis to Dallas, Texas on  September 28 - October 1  for the international GIS conference.  While in Dallas the students attended educational and professional development sessions, networked with industry professionals and 500+ students from around the country who attended, and participated in the Career Fair.  At the closing event, the Appalachian State GIS Rho Chapter was recognized as a Well-Rounded Chapter and won awards in Alumni Relations, Chapter Management, Community Service, Membership Development and Public Relations.

The Appalachian State GIS Rho chapter was established in 1979.  Read more about the GIS chapter on the Brantley Center website.
RMI Faculty and Students visit NC Dept of Insurance

A dozen Risk Management & Insurance and Actuarial Science majors, along with Professors Dr. Jamie Parson and Dr. Lori Medders, traveled to Raleigh October 6 to meet with the new NC Department of Insurance (NCDOI) Commissioner Mike Causey and his staff.  


Thanks to title sponsor, Liberty Mutual, and more than 3 dozen sponsor organizations, 150+ golfers, countless students and volunteers, the 2017 App State Brantley Center - Liberty Mutual Golf Tournament was another tremendous success.

Plan to join us again on June 5, for the 2018 Tournament.     Details Here 
Fall RMI Career Fair Hosted Record Number of Recruiters

More than four dozen organizations participated in the 2017 Fall RMI Career Fair and thanks to this record turnout, we're  moving the February 22 RMI Career Fair to the Holmes Convocation Center.     
Insurance Symposium Series

In conjunction with the Travelers Institute and the IIANC, Appalachian State hosted "Every Second Matters."  The 2017 Insurance Symposium was attended by 130+ students, faculty, law enforcement and insurance industry representatives  featured a panel discussion focusing  on the causes of  driver distraction and   ways to combat the issue. 

For the 2018 Symposium Series, the Brantley Center is partnering with UNC Charlotte and the University of South Carolina to present a symposium on InsureTech.  The Symposium is scheduled for June 20, 2018 in Charlotte.  Read More about the Insurance Symposium Series.
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The primary goal of the Brantley Center is to develop the strongest possible program in risk management and insurance, consistent with the mission of the Walker College of Business.  Specific objectives of the Center are found here.