FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YARDLEY, PA, October 16, 2014 – Gamma Iota Sigma presented the 43rd Annual International Conference, “Industry Legends: Past, Present, and Future,” October 2-4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Co-hosted by Beta Zeta Chapter of the University of North Texas, it was the most successful conference yet, bringing together 460 students and advisors from 46 colleges and universities throughout North America, and over 200 industry representatives. This year witnessed a 20% increase in the number of schools participating, and Gamma Iota Sigma was pleased to welcome several that are in various stages of the application process to become new chapters or in the process of reactivating.
The 2014 conference was made possible through the generous support and partnership of sponsoring companies and organizations who are committed to developing the next generation of industry talent. The event spanned three days filled with programming and networking opportunities and culminated in a closing event at the AT&T Stadium. Among the scheduled events and activities were 3 keynote speakers: Bill D. Henry, Chairman and CEO of McQueary, Henry, Bowles, Troy, L.L.P. (presented by CIAB); Olympic swimmer and commentator Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines (presented by Liberty Mutual); and Bruce R. Jones, EVP and Chief Risk Officer at Travelers (presented by Travelers). The conference included a Cyber Security Panel moderated by Erik Matson, Partner with Boyden Worldwide, and featuring Casey Fleming, Chairman and CEO of BlackOps Partners; Matt Prevost, VP of Professional Risk with ACE USA; Eric Qualkenbush, VP of Corporate Development for Camber Corporation; and Sarah Sommario, Cyber Specialist with AIG. In addition, 35 leadership and professional development sessions were presented, and over 410 first-round interviews were conducted on-site. The 60 career fair exhibitors ranged from professional associations and trade organizations to agencies, brokers, and carriers.
In the Friday morning Opening General Session, sponsored by CIAB, Olivia Craig, President of Beta Zeta Chapter, announced the rollout of the new Gamma Iota Sigma Facebook page and also highlighted the GIS Career Center, unique in that it is the only job posting board to connect students with internships and entry-level opportunities within the industry. She then went on to introduce the Texas industry legends around whom the conference theme was based. The 2013-14 award winners were announced during the Friday night Awards Banquet, sponsored by Travelers, and on Saturday, Kit Mohler of Beta Lambda Chapter and Zach Vasseur of Chi Chapter were elected the 2014-15 co-International Student Representatives.
Gamma Iota Sigma’s Annual International Conference is the premier event for the industry to engage the next generation of industry professionals. At same time, it is the most comprehensive event for student attendees to develop professionally and expand on their industry acumen. Sponsorship of the conference is Gamma Iota Sigma’s primary source of funding to support programming delivered throughout academic year.
The 2015 conference will be held during the 50th anniversary celebration of Gamma Iota Sigma, and the alumni as a group will act as co-hosts. The Grand Chapter has been actively connecting with as many alumni as possible, as well as focusing on programmatic enhancements and expansion needed to serve the GIS member base during this critical growth phase. Several of these exciting initiatives will roll out in the coming months.
ABOUT GAMMA IOTA SIGMA
Incorporated in 1965, Gamma Iota Sigma promotes, encourages, and sustains student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions; encourages the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members; and facilitates interaction of educational institutions and industry through networking and by fostering research activities, scholarship, and improved public relations. Gamma Iota Sigma has an annual membership of over 2500 students at 60 colleges and universities throughout North America and an alumni network of more than 20,000 individuals. For more information, contact (484) 991-4471 or visit www.GammaIotaSigma.org.