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Newly created endowment helps RMI students participate in industry conferences, out-of-town internships

Aug 22, 2017
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Andy Kroupa knows that students who are able to travel to insurance conferences and internships outside of Tallahassee gain an invaluable perspective on risk management/insurance (RMI) – a profession in which he has thrived for 25 years. To open up these opportunities to Florida State University business students – and help prepare the next generation of professionals, he recently established the Kroupa Family Endowment in RMI.

“When students can participate in these activities, they learn the variety of career options available, from claim and underwriting to risk control and actuarial,” said Kroupa, a 1992 graduate of the college’s risk management/insurance program and the Orlando-based operations manager for the worldwide Travelers insurance company. “There is so much going on in many areas of the field, including numerous job opportunities, which is exciting for those pursuing this career path.”

Kroupa thinks FSU’s College of Business students are worth his investment because over the years he’s gotten to know the high-quality of graduates produced by the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance. One of his roles at Travelers is overseeing recruitment at universities, and for the past two decades he has represented the company on FSU’s campus during Insurance Days.

Kroupa says the two- and a-half-day annual event is an excellent pipeline for new hires and offers an opportunity for students to learn how to interview and speak with recruiters. It also helps seniors find employment after graduation and other RMI majors connect with companies seeking interns.

“I’ve been impressed by the knowledge these students possess, by their awareness of the industry’s breadth and of what they want to do specifically in the field,” said Kroupa, who credits RMI faculty members with acquainting students with the multitude of insurance niches available to them. He also recognizes that conferences and internship experiences help students stand out among their peers.

Kroupa, who has risen through the ranks over his long career with Travelers, frequently attends industry conferences himself, as well as Florida State and College of Business alumni networking events. It was at one event held in Heathrow, Fla., that he ran into fellow alumni, John Crossman (REE ’93), Brent Lindquist (FIN/REE ’83) and John Rivers (MAR ’93), all who have contributed financially and otherwise to the college. He said seeing what they have done to support the college inspired him to also want to give back. His friend and 1994 finance graduate Rob Trott suggested he consider endowing scholarships, and Kroupa followed through with the family’s endowment benefiting RMI students.

Kroupa’s wife, Michele Plant Kroupa, a graduate from the University of Central Florida and founder of Michele Plant Communications, LLC is on board with the endowment because she sees the value of it to students. She also is happy to support the college since the Kroupa’s son, Andrew Jr., a senior in high school, plans to major in finance at FSU. Their other son, Ethan, is in middle school.

Kroupa has been active in his Orlando community through the Civitan Club, for which he is a past president, the Travelers Employee Giving Campaign and other local charities in which he gets his family involved. He is also a competitive swimmer, medaling in nine U.S. Masters National Championships in the past five years.  Andy is looking forward to becoming more involved in his alma mater by sharing career insights with RMI students as a speaker. 


By Barbara Ash

 

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