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MARCH 2018

Risk-Manager-in-Residence shares insights, industry trends

Jeff BrayThe Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance hosted Jeff Bray last month as part of the Spencer Educational Foundation’s Risk-Manager-in-Residence Program. The foundation provides grants to colleges wishing to host risk managers like Bray, awards scholarships to students majoring in risk management and insurance, and facilitates internships.

Bray, senior vice president and head of Global Risk Management for Prologis, spent three days on campus, participating in roundtable discussions with students, speaking in risk management/insurance and real estate classes and sharing professional insights and emerging industry trends. Prologis owns, operates and develops industrial real estate in global markets. Bray is responsible for Prologis’ risk management strategy, including insurance, disaster recovery, business continuity and enterprise risk programs. During the course of his career, he has worked in underwriting for multinational insurance carriers and was an environmental consultant.

Logan Knutson, president of the Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) business fraternity, had several opportunities to interact with Bray during his visit and was intrigued by Bray’s career path.

“It is valuable to have professional risk managers with us because we are able to interact with experts and learn about the broad and diverse opportunities available across the U.S. with an RMI degree,” Knutson said. “It was especially interesting to see how Mr. Bray’s career grew into what it is today. An RMI degree is customizable, so you really can tailor the job to your interests, like Mr. Bray has done.” After he graduates in May, Knutson will begin a job as a commercial underwriter in insurance giant AIG’s Atlanta office.

For his part, Bray was impressed with FSU business students and the risk management and insurance program, which U.S. News & World Report ranks as No. 4 among public institutions and No. 6 in the nation.

“The breadth of courses in the program has given students good exposure to the industry, and it was clear to me by the questions students asked that they had a strong background and handle on the industry,” he said. “With a lot of professionals retiring, I wanted to reiterate to them that risk management offers many job opportunities and a stable career.”

Cassandra Cole, the Dr. William T. Hold Professor in Risk Management and Insurance who chairs the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies and directs the Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI) program, said Bray’s visit accomplished what the Risk-Manager-in-Residence program was designed to do.

“The program exposes students to career opportunities they may not have considered and showed them how risk management relates to any number of businesses,” Cole said. “Jeff was very relatable to students and was able to demonstrate how exciting the industry and profession can be.”

By: Barbara Ash 

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