The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

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Contact Viana Rockel, 335-1015

Headlines April 2010

Vaughan Institute Announcements

  • Create a new email address and join LinkedIn
  • IIAI Sponsored Licensure Class-It's not too late
  • Fall 2010 Industry Mentoring Program Applications Accepted
  • Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews
  • Industry News

  • RIMS Meeting, April 14, 2010
  • Dana Ramundt Golf Outing, August 19, Finkbine. Sign up.
  • Gamma Iota Sigma Events and News

  • April 18: Kim Weaver, President, Financial Architects, Des Moines
  • April 21: GIS Initiation and Recognition Ceremony
  • May 2: Aaron Mikulsky, VP & Regional Business Manager, ARCH Insurance, Chicago
  • Successful Blood Drive
  • Employment and Internships

  • Sentry Claim Rep., Davenport, IA
  • EMC Underwriter I, Des Moines, IA
  • TrueNorth Companies, Summer Internships, Cedar Rapids
  • Risk Strategies, Summer Internship, NorthField, IL
  • FBL Financial Express Claims Service Rep
  • Career Development Panel Discussion by the Hubbard Group
  • Grinnell Mutual, Grinnell, Iowa, Full-Time Positions
  • Country Financial, Iowa City Area, Financial Representative Openings
  • State Farm Regional Office Position, West Des Moines, Apply by Monday, April 19
  • Vaughan Institute Announcements


    Create a new email account and join LinkedIn

    When you graduate, you will lose your @uiowa.edu email account. Please create a permanent email account now using Yahoo, Gmail or some other service. Even if you're not graduating in May, it is a good idea to create an account. Your new email can be used to help us keep in touch and to help you extend your network. For example, we can use it to get you connected to the Vaughan Institute's LinkedIn group.

    Once your permanent email has been established, please email Viana with the address for inclusion in our LinkedIn group.

    LinkedIn is a professional networking site that helps you find past and present colleagues, discover inside connections when you are looking for a jog and get answers to important business questions. It is an important way to stay connected to the University and the Institute.

    IIAI Sponsored State Licensure Class

    We have room for a few additional students in the state licensure study course sponsored by the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa. The course will be held all day on April 9, 23 and 24. Contact Viana for more information. The course is free of charge, but you will need to make arrangements and pay the fee for the test, if you decide to take the test. The course will prepare you for the combined Iowa Personal Lines and Commercial Lines licensure test. After completing the test, you will need to apply to the Iowa Insurance Division for licensure.

    Fall 2010 Industry Mentoring Program: Applications Accepted Now

    Would you like an industry mentor to help you develop as a professional before you graduate? Check out the Vaughan Institute's mentoring program co-sponsored by Gamma Iota Sigma and the Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management Society. For more information, contact with TJ Anderson or Viana Rockel. This is a program to help you with college-to-work life transition and provide guidance and mentoring on the industry and your career.

    We'll accept applications again in the fall, but if you sign up before the end of the semester, we'll have more time to recruit your mentor. The program is selective and interviews may be required.

    Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews

    If you're graduating in May, please contact Viana to schedule an exit interview. We identified important issues about the Institute and the curriculum during previous exit interviews. This is your chance to talk about your experiences and to have a positive impact on future graduates.

    During the interview, if you haven't found a job, you will learn more about the Institute's new careers database. The data base links directly to more than 100 industry career websites.

    Industry News


    Risk and Insurance Management Society Meeting, April 14, 2010

    • Location: Geneva Golf & Country Club, 3100 Bidwell Rd, Muscatine, IA
    • Speaker: Alex Soulis, FM Global
    • Topic: Business Continuity and Supply Chain Management
    • Time: 5:00 p.m. networking, 5:30 Speaker, 6:30 Dinner

    The Greater Quad Cities Risk and Insurance Management meetings are normally held the second Wednesday of every month. Dinner is free for the first two students to register. Check their website for more information. Contact Stephanie Romagnoli. The meetings are held in different locations each month, including Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, Davenport and Iowa City. Attending association meetings is a great way to network for a job or internship.

    Dana Ramundt Golf Outing, August 19

    The 4th Annual Dana Ramundt Insurance Education Foundation Golf Outing will be Thursday, August 19, 2010, at Finkbine Golf Course. This is the Thursday before fall classes begin. The outing brings together insurance executives and RMI students to raise funds for scholarships. Last year's event netted over $24,000 for the Dana C. Ramundt Insurance Education Foundation. Executives from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio attended. Don't miss your opportunity to network with nearly 50 golfers. Email Matt Baker if you are interested in attending this summer's event.

    Gamma Iota Sigma Events


    Kim Weaver, President, Financial Architects, Des Moines, IA

    • April 18, 2010
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 P.M.
    • C121 PBB
    • Contact: Jon Raftis

    The Gamma Iota Sigma speaker series will feature Kim Weaver, President at Financial Architects in Des Moines. Following Kim's presentation, GIS will hold elections for fall officers.

    Kim Weaver, CFP, CLU, ChFC attended the University of Northern Iowa from 1973 to 1975 prior to pursuing his financial planning certification, through the College for Financial Planning, Denver, Co. and his career in the financial services industry with Penn Mutual Life. He spent 12 years developing his practice in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls marketplace during which time he received numerous industry awards including the National Quality Award, National Sales Achievement Award, and the Million Dollar Round Table's Lifetime Membership Award. He was also active in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, going through the local Waterloo chairs from 1983 - 1986. He began his own financial services firm, Financial Architects, Inc., a General Agency for Guardian Life, in September of 1995 located in Clive, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. After 15 years the firm has grown to over 40 associates and become one of the leading Guardian Agency's in the country and a premier financial services firm.

    GIS Initiation & Recognition Ceremony

    • Wednesday, April 21
    • S401 PBB
    • 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

    We hope all Gamma Iota Sigma members will attend this event to recognize new members. New members will receive their certificate of membership. Two speakers will help commemorate the occasion, and food and refreshments will be served.

    May 2: Aaron Mikulsky, VP & Regional Business Manager, ARCH Insurance, Chicago

  • May 2, 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 P.M.
  • C121 PBB
  • Contact: Jon Raftis
  • Join Gamma Iota Sigma for their last speaker the semester, Mr. Aaron Mikulsky. Aaron has worked in the property casualty insurance industry for 15 years. He joined Arch Insurance in February 2007 as an Assistant Vice President and Regional Operations Manager for the Central region and is currently Vice President, Regional Business Manager.

    GIS DeGowin Blood Drive

    by Renee Vavroch

    On Wednesday, March 10 Gamma Iota Sigma worked with DeGowin Blood Center and held a blood drive at the Tippie College of Business. This event was part of a larger initiative created by the Gamma Iota Sigma Grand Chapter to challenge all of the GIS chapters to collect as many units of blood as possible across the United States.

    Thanks to the generous help of many GIS members the Tippie College of Business blood drive was very successful. GIS recruited 42 donors, 21 of whom were first time donors. DeGowin collected a total 36 units of blood, each of which can be used to save up to three lives. On behalf of Gamma Iota Sigma we would like to thank all members who donated blood, recruited donors, helped set-up, and worked the snack table at the event.

    Many lives were touched and this wouldn't have been possible without all of your help.


    Employment and Internships


    Sentry Claim Rep, Davenport, IA

    Sentry is looking for a Claim Representative II in their NonStardard Auto Unit. Interested candidates should contact Javier Sotelo or submit an application.

    EMC Underwriter I, Des Moines, IA

    EMC Insurance is hiring an Underwriter I - Commercial Lines at their Des Moines office.

    Send Your Resume to:

    • EMC Insurance Companies
    • Linda Heintz
    • 700 Walnut St Ste 900
    • Des Moines IA 50306-0884
    • Fax: 888-992-8212
    • Linda.A.Heintz@EMCIns.com

    Qualifications: College degree in insurance or business administration preferred; Excellent communication and organization skills; Strong problem solving skills; and IIA/CPCU coursework preferred.

    Responsibilities: Assists underwriters in obtaining information needed to property evaluate new and renewal submissions and endorsement requests; Prepares rating and issue instructions; Communicates as needed with agents and outside vendors; Develops proper file documentation

    TrueNorth Companies Summer Internships, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Please send your resumes to Callie Pederson if you are interested in either of the two internships below.

    Transportation Claims Internship

    TrueNorth Companies, L.C. one of the largest insurance and financial services firm in eastern Iowa, has an opening for a summer Transportation Claims Intern in our claims advocacy department. This position will work a minimum of 32 hours per week with an option to work up to 40 hours per week depending on work load.

    This internship will learn and assist in their process which include, but are not limited to: filter phone calls and answer/return and route as needed, assist claims advocate in gathering information and coordinating claim reviews, update/maintain our markets claims reporting database, assist in reporting claims for clients, process Personal Property, Deductible Buyback, and Gap claims, Assist with loss runs and loss, process incoming mail, and other duties as they arise.

    The qualified candidate will need to be at a junior or senior status pursuing your four year degree in business, finance, or insurance. You will need to demonstrate leadership qualities through schooling and community and have a genuine interest in the insurance industry. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, etc.). To apply for the Transportation Claims Internship please email your resume to cpederson@truenorthcompanies.com.

    Transportation Internship

    TrueNorth Companies, L.C. one of the largest insurance & financial services firm in eastern Iowa, has an opening for a summer Transportation Intern in our agency’s Transportation division. This position will rotate between departments (Fleet, Primary, Marketing, Placing) in the Transportation division and work a minimum of 32 hours per week with an option to work up to 40 hours per week depending on work load.

    This internship will learn and assist in their process which include but not limited to: working on specified projects for sales & marketing team as they arise, assist placer in completing applications, prepare pro rate exhibits, prepare loss summaries, completing certificates, assist fleet team with owner operator administration in CBA, coordination of renewal certificates, creating Excel spreadsheets for drivers & equipment lists, preparing policy binder, and other duties as they arise.

    The qualified candidate will need to be at a junior or senior status pursuing your four year degree in business, finance, or insurance. You will need to demonstrate leadership qualities through schooling and community and have a genuine interest in the insurance industry. Must have advanced knowledge in Microsoft Excel and Power Point. To apply for the Transportation Internship please email your resume to cpederson@truenorthcompanies.com.

    Risk Strategies, Northfiled, IL

    Risk Strategies is a national brokerages firm offering services to both privately held and publicly traded commercial clients. They provide high level, consultative support on insurance, risk management, human capital and executive liability matters. The company is offering an internship this summer for 10-12 weeks in their home office in Northfield, IL. Apply today. For more information, contact Andy Royce.

    FBL Financial Express Claims Service Rep.

    FBL Financial currently has three openings in their express claims service unit. Responsibilities include taking the first notice of loss (FNOL) from personal and commercial lines customers.   The claims representative will also investigate, evaluate, and promptly conclude personal lines auto and property claims that do not require field investigation.  Candidates are expected to project a positive image of Farm Bureau by fairly and efficiently negotiating and settling claims with all customers. They assist in training claims personnel as requested.For more information check out the qualifications. Then click here to apply.

    Career Development Panel Discussion by the Hubbard Group

    An INROADS, Inc. representative will discuss Summer 2010 paid internships in Accounting, Business, Finance, Information Systems and Engineering on thursday, April 22, 2010 in 1505 Seamans Center.

    Grinnell Mutual, Grinnell, Iowa, Full-Time Positions

    Grinnell Mutual has 12 openings now and will be adding additional new positions this year. They encourage our student to check out their website for opportunities. They are expecting numerous job announcements between now and June. Grinnell is about 50 miles from Des Moines, if you are looking for a job near Des Moines.

    Country Financial, Financial Representatives, Iowa City Area

    Country Financial has multiple openings at three agencies near Iowa City. They are looking for Financial Representatives and they offer a salary plus commission until the agent becomes a full representative, which takes up to five years. They don't guarantee a book of business.

    They are holding an information session:

    • When: Thursday, April 22, 5:30-7pm
    • Where: Iowa Room, University Athletic Club, 1360 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City
    • *Dinner will be provided*
    • Please RSVP by Thursday, April 15th to:
    • Abbie.smith@countryfinancial.com
      Dan.woessner@countryfinancial.com or
      319-626-3520

    State Farm Regional Office Position, West Des Moines, Apply by Monday, April 19

    State Farm is looking for a person to fill a very unique position in their regional office in West Des Moines, IA. The person will work directly with Terry Barton, Vice President of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota region. Unfortunately, State Farm Headquarters doesn’t have a job description that does this position justice. It has been classified as Executive Secretary/Assistant; however, the duties are more comprehensive than described in the position announcement. Don’t let the job description influence your decision to apply for this important position.

    They are looking for a person who will be expected to perform above the duties described. They want someone who can make a great contribution to the organization and will become a vital part of their group. The position will work with different levels of leadership on many and various tasks. They want someone with strong organizational and social skills and who is an "impact player" and "fearless" (their words).

    This is a developmental position and previous people who have held it have been promoted to very important roles. Terry views this position as his 'chief utility officer' and hopes to develop the person into an agency field leader.

    To complete an application, start at www.statefarmc.om/careers and select:

    • *Find your path *search jobs *apply now *register now
    • Create a user name and password and include an email address.
    • Once registered, you will need to complete the resume/application section, so have your resume available. If you are in the licensure class or licensed, be certain to include that information.
    • Enter job number 21318.

    You won't find this position by searching the list. If you have questions, contract Chris Wisnieski, Human Resources Representative, Heartland Zone, 402-327-5123, 402-309-5860. If you are interested, I wouldn't hesitate to call her for more information. You can also email her at: Christine.wisnieski.nwpx@statefarm.com. Since the time is short, I would suggest calling her.

    Pomerantz Career Center Interviews and Mock Interviews

    Meet company representatives and practice your interview skills by signing up for interviews and mock interviews with companies registered through the career center. Check out the April Calendar for information about the companies that will be on campus during the month.

    Viana Rockel
    Associate Director
    The Emmett J. Vaughan Institute
    of Risk Management and Insurance
    Henry B. Tippie College of Business
    Department of Finance
    108 John Pappajohn Business Building, Ste S230A
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000
    319-335-1015 Fax 319-384-3585
    viana-rockel@uiowa.edu