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Jon Raftis

Jon Raftis

Business Development Lead


BBA 2010 (Finance), Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance


Professional Solutions Insurance Services, Clive, Iowa

What are the responsibilities of your current position?

I help with the creation of business plans for our existing lines of business. I also help with the planning and development of new lines of business.

How did receiving the RMI Certificate help you land your first job?

Receiving the RMI certificate helped me land my first job by affording me a foundational base of knowledge with regard to insurance and risk management. That basic knowledge was appealing to my first employer, and it was surely one of the reasons they elected to extend a job offer to me.

How are you able to apply what you learned in class to your work today?

I am able to apply what I learned in the Vaughan Institute by knowing some of the industry language, which helps me be better able to communicate with my peers and bosses. The analytical skills developed in me by Vaughan Institute instructors have also been helpful for me and allowed me to be a contributor at my present employer.

Why would you encourage other students to pursue the certificate?

I encourage others to pursue the certificate because it will open doors to an industry that needs young people. A significant percentage of the insurance workforce will be retiring in the next 10 years. By developing knowledge and skills in the Vaughan Institute, students will prepare themselves to be effective employees right out of the gate.

Why was attending the Tippie College right for you?

Attending the Tippie College was right for me because of the relationships that I built. Instructors, advisors, and student peers were all willing to visit and learn and grow together. The PEOPLE make Tippie College what it is today and what it will be in the future.