BBA 2007 (Finance, Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance)
Specialist Coordinator, TrueNorth, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
As an undergraduate student majoring in finance, Peter Berg was one of the first students to recognize the value of the Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance offered at the Tippie College of Business. Before long, Peter took a leadership role as a founding member in Gamma Iota Sigma, the RMI-focused student organization, and served the organization as vice president of industry relations.
Today Peter is employed at TrueNorth, in the company's management training program.
"Things have come full circle for me in many ways. I used to work with others in the student organization to connect students with industry professionals, and today I still work with the students, only I'm sharing my experience in the industry and what it was like for me to transition into the workforce," explains Peter.
He also continues to be a leader for the institute by helping to locate and communicate with recent graduates, and he is exploring his industry connections to help find internships and jobs for students.
When Peter was a student, he worked on campus and at local restaurants while maintaining his studies. The demands of his work schedule and course work often kept him from participating in more of the College's events. Then Peter was awarded a scholarship and that made all the difference.
"Those funds made it possible for me to work a few hours less per week and that had a positive effect on my school work and my emotional psyche. I was able to participate in more of GIS's service projects like Tippie Build and serving meals at the homeless shelter."
Today Peter remains active in the community by managing the kitchen of the Young Parents Network in Cedar Rapids where he prepares weekly meals.
"I want to give back to the Vaughn Institute because I know what a difference that scholarship made in my life. I want to do the same for another student," Peter says.
His employer, TrueNorth, matched his gift, then, an anonymous donor contributed to Peter's scholarship and the scholarship continues to grow.
"My hope is that this scholarship will impact the life of a student so they may be able to dedicate more time to their studies and work to help their community through involvement with GIS."
In addition to creating the scholarship, Peter mentors a student in the Vaughan Institute Mentoring Program.
"The institute introduced me to many people who continue to be significant in my personal and professional development. The institute did a great job of creating an environment that challenged me to grow and encouraged my involvement."