Gamma Iota Sigma News                        
September 2014
In This Issue
2014 Conference is upon Us!
Thank You, 2014 Sponsors!
Student Spotlight: Rogelio Hernandez '15
GIS Career Center
Student Spotlight: Brittany Sakson '15
NEW Career Resources Hub
Student Spotlight: Zach Vasseur '15
Calling all GIS Alumni!
Seeking Scholarships
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Board of Trustees

Margaret Accordino, ARM


Khadine Adams


Meg Allwein*


Lauri Atkinson


Michael Boa


Alyssa Bouchard*


Brian Bowerman*


Noelle Codispoti, ARM*


Glenn Dorr


RB Drennan, Ph.D.*


Karen Epermanis*


Brittany Foye


Jacob Galecki


Wesley Griffiths


John Hammond*


Josh Hart*


Derek Hazeltine


Jeffrey D. Henry, M.Ed.


Alan F. Hoffmann*


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


William J. Hold


Cynthia Hornby


Mike Kelly*


Tim Kelly


Matt Kletzli


Julia Kramer


Jeff Lamb*


Lance A. Lancour


Tim Leman


Lyric Lewis, AIC, FLMI, AIAA, ACS


Steve Marohn


Stephanie McElroy


John Meder


Peter Miller, CPCU


Christopher Place, FSA, EA*


Paige Stiefel


William Tarinelli, Jr.


Jason Terrell


Jacob Timmins*


Jason Warden*


Dr. Alan C. Williams, Emeritus


Decker Youngman



* Executive Committee Member

43rd Annual International Conference
The Time Has Arrived!

Gamma Iota Sigma, along with co-host Beta Zeta Chapter at the University of North Texas, will kick off the 43rd Annual International Conference, Industry Legends Past, Present, and Future, this Thursday, October 2 in Dallas, Texas. This is the premier event for the insurance industry to engage the next generation, with 2014 shaping up to be the biggest and best conference yet. The agenda includes:
  • Two-day career fair
  • Keynote speakers
  • Educational sessions
  • On-site first-round interviews
  • Plenty of networking events
Last year, 405 students from 38 colleges and universities across North America participated, and we look forward to welcoming 475 students from 46 schools! This year's accomplished group is looking to meet you!

Thank You, Sponsors!



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





Atlantic Specialty Lines, Inc.

Brown & Brown / Hull & Company

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Lockton Companies

Markel Corporation



Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company 

Assurex Global

Burns & Wilcox

Casualty Actuarial Society

CNA Insurance

Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

RIMS Student Advisory Council

R-T Specialty, LLC


Society of Actuaries

Spencer Educational Foundation

Swiss Re


Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.



A.M. Best Company

ACE Group


American Association of Managing General Agents

Chubb & Son

The CPCU Society/The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation

Great American Insurance Group

The Institutes

The Insurance Institute of Canada

International Association of Insurance Professionals 

Lloyd's America

The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research

National Interstate Insurance Co.

Professional Liability Underwriting Society

The Surety & Fidelity Association of America

The Surety Foundation

Texas Mutual Insurance

Towers Watson

Westfield Insurance


Zurich North America



All Risks LTD


Arthur J. Gallagher

Auto-Owners Insurance Company

The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment

Farmers Insurance

Nautilus Insurance Group/Vela Insurance Services (a W. R. Berkeley Company)




Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

ACTEX Publications

AmWINS Group

Argo Group US

Arlington/Roe and Company

BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc.

Boyden World Corporation

EMC Insurance Companies

GAINSCO Auto Insurance


General Reinsurance Corporation

Gibson Insurance

Hoffman & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.

Insurance Accounting and Systems Association

Regional Excess Underwriters

State Auto Insurance Companies

Sponsor Listing as of September 24, 2014. View the list online.

Summer Spotlight: Rogelio Hernandez '15
St. Mary's University, Applicant Chapter


Rogelio Hernandez

St. Mary's University

Major: Financial Services and

Risk Management

Graduation: May 2015


You are fresh out of this year's Leadership Conference, which serves as a kickoff to a new academic year. What is your greatest takeaway?

I learned that every member in this organization is willing to help and provide the necessary support to help each chapter succeed. It is a fraternity that will be of great value for the students at St. Mary's.


What do you hope your soon-to-be chapter will accomplish this year?

I am confident that with our advisor, Dr. David Sommer, and student leadership we will be able to successfully establish a GIS chapter. Students who might not have originally considered a career in risk management or insurance will be able to see the vast opportunities available.


What was your highlight of the summer?

Through my on-going internship with Marsh, I was fortunate to visit the headquarters in New York and office in Philadelphia. The visit included individual meetings with several colleagues from numerous areas within the company. I truly had an amazing time getting to know everyone and learning about the different types of risk solutions.


What is something personal that you hope to accomplish this academic year?

I am planning on taking a course next semester on business environment and public policy in the United Arab Emirates, which includes a trip to Dubai. Before the trip I would like to learn a basic level of Arabic.


What was a pivotal moment in deciding to pursue a career in insurance?

The thought occurred through discussions with Dr. Sommer, but my internship with Marsh affirmed my appreciation and passion for this industry.


What would you say to students considering joining GIS?

I would tell students about the many benefits of GIS, including opportunities for internships, scholarships, and conferences. 


Have you benefitted from scholarships or other resources from any GIS partner organizations?

I have received scholarships and awards from Spencer Education Foundation, Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program, South Texas RIMS Chapter, Dallas/Fort Worth RIMS Chapter, Insurance Council of Texas, and Houston Marine Insurance.


What is your hometown?

I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. This city is filled with friendly people and great food.


A city where you would love to work...

Last year I studied a semester in Madrid and fell in love with the city. I could see my workdays ending with a nice scenic run through Parque del Retiro.


A place you would most like to visit...

It would be a great experience to visit Mexico City and embrace its history and culture.


Little-known fact about you...

I know the full lyrics to every song on The Killer's Hot Fuss album.

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Summer Spotlight: Brittany Sakson '15
Alpha Iota Chapter

Brittany Sakson

St. John's University

Alpha Iota Chapter

Executive Vice President

Major: Actuarial Science

Graduation: May 2015


What is your greatest takeaway from the Leadership Conference?

My greatest take away was definitely the network I created within those three short days. I listened to so many discussions and heard so many point of views that I now see GIS in a whole new light and not only having tunnel vision on my own chapter. There were so many great events and ideas shared that I definitely would want Alpha Iota to follow after. It is amazing that there are so many people who are willing to help each other to succeed, and I believe I now have an endless network.


What do you hope your chapter will accomplish this year?

After coming back to St. John's University from the Leadership Conference, I hope that we will take our chapter to new heights and limits. Being selected as a Superior Chapter for the first time builds much hype and excitement with many returning executive board members. I hope that we now have more confidence that we can accomplish many feats no matter how daunting, even capturing the Bower's Award at the National Conference in Dallas. Our chapter continues to grow and I hope some new members can really grow much interest in GIS and take this organization to new level of greatness.


What was your highlight of the summer?

The highlight of my summer was definitely traveling to Europe with a select group from St. John's School of Risk Management as a part of a Global Destination Leadership Class. We visited Germany, Switzerland, and ended on our Rome Campus. During our trip we visited Munich Re, Zurich Insurance, and Partner Re, where we saw and learned about their companies along with hearing how to become leaders in the insurance industry. This experience gave me the desire to finish my last year of college strong and to then strive to one day work abroad.  


What is something personal that you hope to accomplish this academic year?

I truly hope to enjoy my senior year. As most people can relate, I spent most of my college career trying to do everything and anything. This year I hope to have fun while supporting St. John's Basketball team at Madison Square Garden, attend several Broadway Shows, and experience as many new things as possible, especially in New York City.


What was a pivotal moment in deciding to pursue a career in insurance?

In high school, I chose a career in Actuarial Science out of a love for math; I had no interest in dealing with insurance. However, last summer, I interned in Downtown Manhattan in Zurich's Global Corporate Department, and I realized that this is the industry I belong in. Until you see something in person and deal with it on a daily basis, you have no idea how you will feel about it. I never wanted that summer or for that matter, my career in insurance to end.


What would you say to students considering joining GIS?

My 30 second elevator pitch to someone who is considering GIS is where else can you make friends that could potentially be your classmates, best friends, and professional network for life! In addition to that, these relationships do not stop at your own school. I love that I can go to a job interview and GIS is something everyone knows about. GIS and the skill sets learned in it will be something I carry with me forever.


Have you benefitted from scholarships or other resources from any GIS partner organizations?

I am happy to say that I benefit from the Spencer Educational Foundation Scholarship and also the GEICO, Angus Robinson, and NJ CPCU Society Scholarship. I attended RIMS in Denver, Colorado, which was absolutely amazing.


What is your hometown?

Olyphant, PA (Near Scranton)


A city where you would love to work...

New York City :)


A place you would most like to visit...

After visiting parts of Europe, I would love to visit Lloyd's of London to build on my insurance visits and Paris for enjoyment.


Little-known fact about you...

I am only 5'2", but in high school, I lived for playing basketball and shooting 3 pointers. My school even made it to the Final 4 in the state of Pennsylvania my senior year!


NEW Career Resources Hub
#GammaIS Insuring the Future of Insurance

GIS has launched a comprehensive online Career Resources Hub, a widely collaborative effort carried out in partnership with trade groups and professional associations to avail the industry's collective resources to the next generation of insurance professionals.
Through a combination of dedicated career path pages, career tools, roadmaps, surveys, and quizzes, the new Career Resources section introduces students and young professionals to the many different insurance industry careers available and provides resources to help them find their fit. Not only can students access valuable career planning and professional development resources, they can also learn about the organizations offering these resources.

Thank you to the many partner organizations who generously availed their resources and extensive knowledge to this project!
Read the full press release here.

Summer Spotlight: Zach Vasseur '15
Chi Chapter 


Zach Vasseur

Drake University

Chi Chapter

Management Major/ Human Resources Concentration,

Economics Minor

Graduation: May 2015



What is your role within your chapter?

I helped recharter the fraternity at Drake and I was President for one year. I currently assist the Grand Chapter with planning student conferences and assist students with starting chapters.


What is your greatest takeaway from this year's Leadership Conference?

Seeing that GIS is bigger than me and my chapter; it is truly an international organization.


What do you hope your chapter will accomplish this year?

I hope that my chapter continues to grow and expand. Being a new chapter, not too many local companies are aware of GIS and the perks of being a member, so I hope to spread awareness to the surrounding industry. I can't wait to see where we are one year from now!


What was the highlight of your summer?

Going skydiving in the sunset of Kansas City!


What is something personal that you hope to accomplish this academic year?

I hope to organize a trip out west and a small hiking trip with a few of my friends.


What was a pivotal moment in deciding to pursue a career in insurance?

The insurance industry is always growing and changing. My major deciding factor was when I first discovered what insurance truly was and the career opportunities behind that. I know I wanted to be apart of the rapid growth while finding something that I enjoyed doing.


What would you say to students considering joining GIS?

GIS isn't just some boring insurance club, it is an organization that aids to your college experience. You get to learn more about your future career, meet friends that will last a lifetime, and have a great time doing so!


What is your hometown?

Fenton, MO (about 30 minutes SW of St. Louis)


What is your favorite hobby?

Grabbing coffee and catching up with old friends.


A city where you would love to work...

Charlotte, NC


A place you would most like to visit...

Either Seattle or Boston


Little-known fact about you...

I sailed a boat in the Bahamas and hope to get my captain's license after I graduate.


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Noelle Codispoti, ARM
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