Troy University to have 13th annual insurance symposium

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

TROY – Troy University’s Risk Management and Insurance Program will host the 13th annual Collegiate Symposium for Excess & Surplus Lines Nov. 2-3 in Birmingham.

The symposium brings together Troy University students with students from other universities, insurance industry executives and insurance professionals, who can earn nine hours of Alabama Continuing Education Credit.

Troy University, in association with the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, will offer symposium attendees sessions on “The Role of Lloyd’s of London in the Global Economy,” “The Future of Insurance Regulation,” “Surplus Lines Distribution Systems,” “Navigating the Uncharted Risks of China,” “Medical Malpractice Insurance,” and “The Necessity of Underwriting Profit.”

Featured speakers for this year’s symposium includes:

  • Patrick Talley, president of Lloyd’s of Kentucky
  • Richard Bouhan, executive director of NAPSLO
  • Marcus Payne, vice president of All Risks, Ltd.
  • Jessica Xie, client executive at the Hylant Group
  • Fran O’Connell, vice president of Shand Morahan
  • Nick Abraham, manager of business development at Essex Insurance and a TROY graduate

In addition to the education sessions, Cooper Gay Risk Services broker and TROY graduate Jonathan McKenzie will provide a NAPSLO presentation during a Friday night reception. Peachtree Special Risk Brokers Senior Vice-President Elizabeth B. White will provide the keynote address during a Saturday luncheon.

Dr. Carol Jordan, eminent scholar and director of TROY’s RMI program, said this year’s symposium also offered the first-ever Career Fair.

“Recruiters from the companies being represented will have an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the best students majoring in insurance in the country,” she said.

Some 98 students from 16 universities will attend at the symposium, and companies slated to attend the career fair include:

  • All Risks, Ltd
  • AmWins Group, Inc
  • Arlington/Roe & Co.
  • Bass underwriters
  • Cobbs, Allen & hall
  • Colemont Insurance Brokers
  • Cooper Gay Risk Services
  • CRC Insurance Services, Inc
  • EMC Ins. Companies
  • Farmer’s Insurance
  • ECC Insurance Brokers, LLC
  • Markel Corp/Essex Insurance
  • Maxum Specialty Ins. Group
  • Nautilus insurance Group
  • Partners Specialty Group, LLC
  • Peachtree Special Risk Brokers
  • Westrope & Associates

The symposium will be conducted at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 2300 Woodcrest Place in Birmingham. Industry professionals seeking the nine-hour CE certificate must pay a $140 registration fee to attend.

Jordan said the symposium’s purpose is to provide TROY students a chance to interact with insurance students from other universities, to introduce business students to insurance topics that are relevant but not generally covered in the classroom, to provide industry executives a platform to meet insurance students, to provide continuing education credit to insurance professionals, and to provide insurance students with a networking opportunity.

For more information on the symposium, contact Troy University’s Risk Management & Insurance Program at 334-670-5833.