Appalachian students attend 2019 WSIA Extreme Risk Takers Symposium

Four Appalachian State Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) majors, along with Professor Kevin Huff, attended the WSIA Extreme Risk Takers Symposium in Chicago on March 29-31.  While at the event, the students participated in educational sessions and networked with industry professionals and RMI students from across the country. 

"From internet data breaches to the use of Artificial Intelligence in autonomous cars and trucks, the Extreme Risk Takers Symposium provided students an exciting view of emerging trends in areas of complex risk that traditional insurers will not cover,” said Professor Huff. “The level of student engagement was high, with Q&A sessions that were almost as lengthy as the presentations!"

Again this year the IIANC Educational Foundation provided funding to make this trip possible in support of our students and their insurance education.

WSIA Group

(L-R:  Professor Kevin Huff, RMI majors Tyler Lewis, Ben Todd, Susann Rivera and Baylee O’Connor)

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 more information about the Center, visit .


Published: Apr 2, 2019 1:33pm