Each year through a grant provided by the Spencer Educational Foundation, the Katie School hosts one risk manager from the insurance industry to further educate students and discuss various topics with faculty and staff. The risk manager holds an hour-long session one of the two evenings in residence for students and anyone else interested in the industry. This session generally consists of an in-depth look at what the professional's specific position entails, as well as pertinent issues dealt with in his/her department.
Claims, litigation, and liability are topics covered, and their incorporation with the risk manager position is also covered. In addition, these subjects are presented to students in the classroom as the risk manager gives presentations to them throughout the stay. All of the above give students the capabilities to learn about risk management firsthand from a professional, and a deeper sense of knowledge about the insurance industry as a whole.
Gail Kiyomura, CPCU, ARM is currently the Deputy Director of Human Resources for the City of Stockton. Her career in risk management has been varied from the retail grocery industry (Safeway) to public utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric) to federal contractor (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) to city government.
She has been involved with claims ranging from fender benders and bee stings to one of the worst gas explosion in the public utility space. Gail considers the job of a risk manager as "part lawyer, part doctor, part negotiator, and always a good listener."
Julie is the Director of Risk Management & Compliance for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority which operates John Glenn International, Rickenbacker International and Bolton Field airports in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Julie leads the Administration Department that includes the Office of Contract & Procurement, Business Diversity, Internal Audit, Legal Services, Compliance, Business Insurance and Enterprise Risk Management functions.
Before joining CRAA, Julie led the Enterprise Risk, Insurance and Safety functions for Outerwall Inc., a leading provider of automated retail solutions. Prior to that, she was the Risk Management department leader for Chiquita Brands International Inc. Julie has held various volunteer leadership roles for the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS) including committee membership, board appointment and, most recently, she served as the society’s president in 2016. Julie has an Associate in Risk Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America and is a RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional, and she is a graduate of Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky.
David is the Director of Risk Management for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. In summer of 2016, David joined San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) as Director of Risk Management and is a key member of the executive team responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of enterprise risk management programs to identify, measure, monitor, and control risks. Prior to SMBMI,
David was Senior Director of Risk Management at California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), implementing and directing enterprise/strategic risk management program after several years of an operational risk management only department function.
Jason Peery is the Resident Managing Director and head of the Account Executive Practice in the Aon Newport Beach office. In addition, he is an Executive Client Contact and Account Executive for a core book of business.
His major functions in this capacity include client relationship oversight, strategic risk management planning, understanding and interpreting client needs, coordinating the delivery of appropriate Aon resources and services, sorting through challenging insurer discussions, and overseeing the completion of critical deliverables.
Debbie Rodgers is the Senior Vice President, Global Risk Management at Aramark. She started her risk management career in 1988 when she joined the risk management department at CertainTeed. In the ensuing years, she has held positions of increasing responsibility in many facets of risk management. Since 2003, Debbie has led the global risk management function at Aramark, with responsibility for safety & risk control, insurance placement, analytics and insured claims management. Aramark is a leading global provider of food, facilities and uniform services to education, healthcare, business & industry, sports, leisure and corrections, and other clients. The company had sales of $15 billion in 2014. Aramark has 270,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Debbie received the ARM designation in 1995.
She has a MBA from Villanova University and a B.S. in Education from the University of Delaware.
Jeff recently joined insurance broker IMA, Inc. as a Producer and Risk Management Consultant. Prior to his affiliation with IMA, Jeff was Senior Director of Risk Management for CEC Entertainment, which owns and operates 523 Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants in the United States and Canada. He began his career in 1985 as a Texas multi-lines claims adjuster with Employers Insurance of Texas and made the transition to corporate risk management at Sysco Corporation in Houston in 1993.
Mari-Jo Hill has been a Risk Manager at SAS Institute, Inc. since 1987. SAS is the world's largest private computer software company with 2012 revenues of $2.87B. SAS was also #1 on Fortune magazine's "Best Companies To Work For" list in 2010 and 2011. She earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Penn State University and holds ARM, AAI, CPCU and INS certifications.
Larry Jenchel has been in the Risk Management & Insurance industry for over 25 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in Insurance & Risk Management from the Wharton Business School and an MBA in Risk Management and Corporate Finance from the University of Georgia.
Rick Roberts, the Corporate Risk Manager for Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. Rick Roberts has worked in the risk management field for nearly 23 years and has experience in the financial services (Aetna), manufacturing (Ensign-Bickford) and real estate industries (both companies).
Al Gorski has been employed by the Orange County Transportation Authority in the Risk Management Department since 1997. Mr. Gorski manages a staff of six full time staff and is currently responsible and accountable for the organization’s workers’ compensation, loss control, casualty, property and litigation management needs.