Gamma Iota Sigma Newsletter                           
September 2013
In This Issue
2013 Annual International Conference
2013 Sponsors
Spotlight on: Sharvis Dawkins
Spotlight on: Mike Kelly
Chapter News: Alpha Iota
Chapter News: Lambda
Call for Scholarships
Alumni Update Form
Quick Links

Board of Trustees

Margaret Accordino, ARM


Khadine Adams


Meg Allwein*


David Bigger


Mike Boa


Brian Bowerman*


Luke Charlton


Noelle Codispoti, ARM*


RB Drennan, Ph.D.*


Stephen Fino, CPCU, CLU


Jacob Galecki


David Goodwin, CPCU, CIC


John Hammond*


Josh Hart*


Derek Hazeltine


James Heuker*


Alan F. Hoffmann*


Peter Hohman, FCIP, CRM, CAE, ICD.D


William J. Hold


Tim Kelly


Matt Kletzli


Julia Kramer


Jeff Lamb*


Lance A. Lancour*


Tim Leman


Lyric Lewis, AIC, FLMI, AIAA, ACS


Stephanie McElroy


John Meder*


Peter Miller, CPCU


Joseph Pizza


Christopher Place, FSA, EA*


Doug Rogers


Rajiv Sagewan


Paige Stiefel


William Tarinelli, Jr.


Jason Terrell


Jacob Timmins


Jason Warden


Jason Wells, ARM


Alan Williams, Ph.D., CPCU, CLU*


Decker Youngman



* Executive Committee Member

"Get Your Motor Running" at the 
 42nd Annual International Conference

Gamma Iota Sigma boasts the best and brightest students preparing for careers in the insurance industry. Come and meet them! See you in Charlotte, North Carolina October 3-5.
2013 Participating Schools:

Appalachian State University 

Ball State University 

Bradley University

Butler University

California State University, Fullerton 

Central Michigan University 

Drake University 

East Carolina University 

Eastern Kentucky University

Fanshawe College

Ferris State University 

Florida State University 

Georgia State University 

Howard University 

Illinois State University 

Indiana State University 

La Salle University 

Middle Tennessee State University 

Missouri State University 

Morgan State University 

Northern Michigan University 

Ohio University

Olivet College

Saint Joseph's University 

St. John's University 

Temple University 

Troy University

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of Alabama

University of Central Arkansas 

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Colorado Denver

University of Georgia 

University of Iowa

University of North Texas

University of South Carolina

Virginia Commonwealth University 


The 42nd Annual International Conference is co-hosted by the Rho Chapter from Appalachian State University.
Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors!



Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers / The Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME)





Brown & Brown / Hull & Company

The Hartford Financial Services Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Lockton Companies

Markel Corporation



Amerisure Insurance

Casualty Actuarial Society

CNA Insurance

Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation

RIMS Student Advisory Council

Spencer Educational Foundation

Swiss Re

Wells Fargo Insurance Services




A.M. Best Company

ACE Group

American Association of Managing General Agents

Assurex Global

Atlantic Specialty Lines, Inc.

The Institutes

International Association of Insurance Professionals

Lloyd's America

Munich Re

The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research

National Interstate Insurance

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.

Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Towers Watson

Westfield Insurance

XL Group plc



All Risks, Ltd.



BB&T Insurance Services, Inc.

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

General Reinsurance Corporation


The Insurance Institute of Canada

Nautilus Insurance Company

State Farm Insurance




Zurich North America



Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

ACTEX Publications

AmWINS Group, Inc.

American Risk & Insurance Association

Arlington/Roe & Co.

EMC Insurance Companies

Erie Insurance Group

Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment

Farm Bureau Life Insurance


Great American Insurance Group

Griffith Insurance Education Foundation

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Motorists Insurance Group

Quirk & Company

Scottsdale Insurance Company

State Auto Insurance Companies


Sponsor Listing as of September 30, 2013
Spotlight on: Sharvis Dawkins '14
Middle Tennessee State University/Omega Chapter; Finance Major (Insurance Concentration)

Tell us about your summer internship.

How did this MTSU student hit the internship jackpot?! Well it all started when went in to my Insurance Chairman's office, sat down and explained to him my excitement about the opportunity for insurance in the corporate/ business to business arena. Dr. Hollman sat there a minute glancing at the ceiling and I thought the silence was his hint to tell me to get out of his office. However, as I tried to leave he asked me whether I would like to do an internship this summer with Caterpillar Financial Insurance Services. I did not know anything about the company or the internship; all I knew is that I had to call GIS alumnus Danielle Steizack to set up my interview and that's exactly what I did. Danielle ended up being one of the two individuals that conducted my preliminary interview. I received such a boost in confidence knowing that a fellow Omega Chapter graduate was sitting across the table. As the interview went on I began to learn exactly how amazing the opportunity with Caterpillar Financial was going to be. As the insurance arm of a Fortune 100 company like Caterpillar, I learned that I would be able to see how the "big boys" do insurance. Needless to say, I would be in a completely different world than the personal property casualty and life insurance intern programs I'd already participated in. Sounds like a good time to me! 


How has GIS helped prepare you for where you are now?

GIS has not just helped prepare me for where I am today, it would be much more fitting to say that GIS propelled me to the successful experiences and opportunities I have enjoyed as a young professional. When I got involved in GIS, I immediately began learning about the industry, meeting people, and making key connections. Also I got to engage the insurance industry with everything I had in me. Success in such a competitive job market is only as possible as the passion and drive a candidate presents for his or her craft. Passion will almost always elevate the quality of work done by one candidate above another, and employers know this. GIS is a place where students can cultivate, strengthen, and display personal qualities such as passion that are necessary to become great industry professionals.


How do you spend your free time?

I have played the piano for about ten years now, I do mostly jazz and I look forward to expanding my repertoire of scales and ridiculously fat chords to make sure that my sounds keep crowds hungry for more.

Spotlight on: Mike Kelly '14
University of South Carolina/Lambda Chapter; Finance and Insurance & Risk Management Majors 

What were your best take-aways from the summer?

Summer was great. I worked two jobs and did a lot of traveling. During the week I worked as an Insurance Broker/Intern for my father's company, Kelly Benefits and Financial Advisors. Our broker dealer is Transamerica, which I am sure most people are familiar with. I also spent the weekends and some weeknights waiting tables at a well-known crab house in Maryland named Jimmy Cantlers Riverside Inn. I was lucky enough to do a lot of traveling as well. In May I went to Argentina and Chile for 5 days each for an International Business class. I also had the opportunity to spend a few days in London and Adare, Ireland. Camping was also a big part of my summer, as I spent two weeks at my family's property in Covington, Virginia. I would say my best learning experience was experiencing an international side of business. It was something that I had never seen before and it was amazing 


What are your expectations for your senior year?

I would really like to obtain my dream job with The Capital Group Company in the Associates Program or one of my other top companies. Finding a good job is definitely the number one priority right now. As for the Lambda Chapter, I am excited to hopefully see our membership increase to over 75 members this year. I am also excited to announce a board expansion, bringing our board up to either 12 or 13. Finally, it will be great that the Lambda Chapter will be in attendance for Gamma Nationals this year and the other events we plan to execute for the first time.


What does GIS mean to you?

Gamma has honestly changed my life. After freshman year I wanted to get more involved with something. I never would have thought that I would become this involved, but every aspect is just great. All the conferences are a complete blast, but I think just the networking aspect of this fraternity is insane. I can't wait to see where #GammaIS in the next 10 years.

Chapter News: Alpha Iota
Annual Membership Drive
On Friday, September 13, the Alpha Iota Chapter at St. John's University held its annual Membership Drive. This is how the chapter kicks off every school year. It is basically one big social night on campus that allows old and new members to meet before all of the Gamma Iota Sigma events get underway.


To start off the night, there were brief introductions with personal questions attached that allowed everyone to hear the members' favorite musicians, go-to place in New York, and even their most embarrassing moment so far at St. John's. The Executive Board then explained all of the reasons everyone should join this great business fraternity and showed a video to highlight the amazing journey they have had to date that tried to put everything that was said in words into context.


To end the event, there were 10 rounds of Speed Networking that allowed everyone to make at least five substantial relationships in their field of study. Freshman Tianya-Sophia Yu felt "very relieved about her career choice of Actuarial Science after talking to upperclassmen in a greater capacity." Everyone was very happy about the fact that they met new members and began to learn valuable information. They are hoping that these friendships will grow more and more as Alpha Iota gets deeper into the semester.


Submitted by Brittany Sakson, Secretary 

Chapter News: Lambda
Academic Year Kick-off  

Over the last few weeks, the Lambda Chapter has geared up for a new year. With two job fairs and multiple information sessions, the chapter is looking to be strong yet again. At the first board meeting, the goal of 75 total members was set, and it is looking like it will be very close to attaining that. The executive board at the Lambda chapter really worked hard to pull off a great recruiting season. Our first chapter meeting was on September 25th with representatives from the Innovation in Insurance Technology Program. We had great speakers from companies such as Arthur J. Gallagher, MetLife, and Preferred Specialty. Some of these speakers were members of the Lambda Chapter at the University of South Carolina.


We are also pleased to announce the addition of 5 new board members, which will bring our total executive board up to 12 now. Also this week, we were proud to announce Alexandra Fierszt as our President Elect. Planning for the future was a main focus at the Presidents' conference and we feel that we have taken a great step towards that. We will be sending 8 members to Gamma Nationals in Charlotte and look forward to seeing everyone there!


Submitted by Mike Kelly, President 

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