Appalachian’s College of Business Students and Professor Parson Attend 2020 Big I Level Up Agent Summit

Three Appalachian College of Business majors, and Dr. Jamie Parson participated in the 2020 Big I Level Up Agent Summit on January 14-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  While at the conference the Appalachian students met with Stephanie Piimauna, Diversity and Inclusion Executive Director of MGM Resorts and opening keynote speaker.

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(L-R:  AppState RMI Senior Kimberly Aguirre, Stephanie Piimauna, AppState Senior Sara Lafferty and RMI Junior Gilberto Ramirez)


AppState Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) major Gilberto Ramirez was asked to be a panelist in the “Fireside Chat” session with other RMI majors from the University of Georgia, and Florida State University, along with Gamma Iota Sigma President and CEO Noelle Codispoti.

Gilberto and group

(L-R: Noelle Codispoti, students from the University of Georgia, Florida State University and AppState’s Gilberto Ramirez)


About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist risk management and insurance majors with networking, job placement preparation and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs, and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at

Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance Program is the sixth largest in the country according to Business Insurance magazine. The college's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, founded in 1988 with support from the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, supports research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of training and continuing education programs, and facilitates interaction between students, faculty and the professionals in the insurance industry. Appalachian is designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society. For m

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Published: Jan 21, 2020 8:16am