Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance Henry B. Tippie College of Business
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The University of Iowa

Networking

By Dana Ramundt

Dana Ramundt The 3rd Annual Dana C. Ramundt Insurance Education Golf Outing was held on Thursday, August 20, at Finkbine Golf Course, which brought 56 insurance industry leaders and 12 RMI students together. What an event it was!

Over $24,000 Raised
The primary purpose of the event is to introduce executives of the insurance industry to the talented students currently enrolled in the RMI program at the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance, and conversely, give the students the opportunity to meet these future employers in a venue not inhibited by corporate HR directors. Secondly, the event raises money for student scholarships whose career plans include the insurance industry. This year’s event netted over $24,000 for the foundation.

Exceptional Pool of Talent
The outing drew golfers from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio, all of whom are involved in the insurance industry at either the company or agency level. While the economy has somewhat diminished the immediate need for more people in the industry, the industry faces a looming crisis with replacing retiring baby boomers. Everyone in attendance was elated about the future talent pool as represented by the students there.

Kevin Steiner, president of West Bend Mutual in West Bend, Wis., stated, “Wow! I am so impressed with the maturity and communication skills of these kids. Their character and passion, combined with their strong insurance and finance academic background, leads me to think the future of our industry is in great hands, as long as we can recruit some of these students.” These students were incredible examples of the product coming out of the Vaughan Institute, and with RMI enrollments up, it looks like we have only scratched the surface.

Final arrangements are being made for the 4th annual event, which will be held August 19 at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. For more information, contact Dana Ramundt.