Appalachian Team Advances to 2019 Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge Presentation Round

Appalachian State’s Risk Management Challenge team has been chosen to advance to the next round in the 2019 Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge and present at the RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Boston.  The annual Risk Management Challenge is an 8-month long competition where university teams develop and present a risk management analysis addressing the company’s major issues.  A panel of risk management professionals judge each submission and select the top eight scoring teams to advance to presentation round.  This year’s case sponsor is IKEA®.  Thirty teams from Universities in the United States, Canada and China participated.  Eight teams advanced to compete at the Conference.

The Appalachian team is comprised of Seniors Avery Fink, Catherine Lattimore, Joshua Johnson, and Brandon Wilkerson.  Dr. Karen Epermanis serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Challenge team.  Appalachian Challenge Teams won the competition in 2015, and finished 2nd in 2017.

2019 Spencer RIMS challenge team

(L – R:  Joshua Johnson, Catherine Lattimore, Avery Fink and Brandon Wilkerson)  


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: Feb 27, 2019 10:08am