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Welcome Gamma Alpha at Gallaudet University!
Gamma Iota Sigma's 73rd Chapter!

2017 GIS Annual International Conference - September 28-30, 2017
General Sponsor Registration is Open, Be Inspired!
CEO Spotlight: 
Steve DeCarlo, CEO, AmWINS Group, Inc.

GIS would like to sincerely thank Steve DeCarlo, CEO of AmWINS Group, Inc., for taking the time to be interviewed by
 International Student Representative Sarah Rumon for the the first installment of Gamma Iota Sigma's CEO Spotlight.
This new segment will provide insight to members of GIS, as well as industry supporters, into the path to success that led the industry's leaders to their impressive positions today. 
Below you can find a portion of the interview. Please follow this link to the GIS website to read the full interview with Steve DeCarlo
Name: Steve DeCarlo    
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: AmWINS Group, Inc.
Years at Company: 16
Years in Industry: 36
How did you get into the insurance industry? Why did you stay? 

I answered an ad in a newspaper for an Internal Auditor, was lucky enough to be accepted for an interview, and off I went. I had never worked in insurance. I didn't go to college for insurance. I didn't know anyone in insurance. I needed a job! As far as why I stayed: I was fortunate to have a fabulous job to start my career, and it moved me forward. 
What do you think will be the biggest change in the industry over the next 20 years? 

It's easy to say technology, but technology will always be involved. Frankly, the biggest change will be how people look at information and analytics - recognizing that data sources will change how people view and value risk. It's a difficult thing to quantify, and the more information you are able to gather, the more comfort you have in the level of risk you are taking. What I don't think will change is the nature of people in the business. I am a firm believer in the skill of people to negotiate risk transfer better than machines can negotiate risk transfer.
RIMS NeXtGen Forum 2017
Save the Dates and Attend!

RIMS NeXtGen Forum 2017
Take your career to the next level at RIMS NeXtGen Forum. Join us in Austin, TX, from June 4-5 for this educational and networking event for rising risk professionals.
This event is an opportunity to discuss your experiences with other Rising Risk Professionals and network with experienced industry practitioners. You'll also learn about risk management theories and tools that will help you further add value to your organization and gain a competitive advantage. The agenda offers 201 level sessions for mid-career professionals:
  • Hallmarks of a Value-Added ERM Program
    Learn the elements of a successful enterprise risk management function through a case study of Hess Corporation.
  • The Kitchen Sink of Risk Finance
    Attend this session to gain a better understanding of risk tolerance, actuarial evaluation, trending analysis and allocation models.
  • Risk Taker vs. Risk Manager
    This session will explore how executives think about risk and how risk managers can benefit from adopting part of this worldview.
  • Risky Contracts
    Learn how to establish insurance requirements for most contracts and how to verify compliance with those requirements during the term and termination of the contract.
The RIMS member fee is $300; the non-member fee is $400. Consider becoming a RIMS member to save on this event and all other events. Learn more about RIMS member benefits.
Visit the website to view the complete agenda, learn about the speakers and get hotel/travel information. We hope to see you there!

GIS Career Center 
Find Millennial Talent for Your Organization Today!

The GIS Career Center is the ideal place to post insurance industry entry-level positions and internships to gain the attention of students focused on finding insurance careers.

If you are looking for the perfect hire, let the GIS Career Center work for you! Our brilliant students will find you! Post your opportunities in our career center and make the hiring process a breeze. 

Thank you, GIS Sustaining Partners!
Make an Impact and Provide Benefits to Your Organization and GIS!

Does your organization pride itself on making a direct and lasting impact on the development of the next generation of insurance professionals? GIS Sustaining Partners are crucial to success of Gamma Iota Sigma and receive exclusive benefits for their participation in the program. The current Sustaining Partners are listed below.   

Become a GIS Sustaining Partner, and with your support, GIS will be able to increase the number of strategic initiatives designed to promote the educational and professional development of collegiate students pursuing careers in the industry. Determine how your dollars are spent, while gaining benefits afforded exclusively to this category of sponsors. Click here to learn more and find out how you can participate in the sustaining partners program. 

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Contact GIS Executive Director Noelle Codispoti at  to hear the benefits today!
Student Newsletter
April 2017

Our student newsletter showcases what some of our 4,000+ talented student members and 25,000+ alumni are up to, provides updates on our active and applicant chapters, and shows how the industry and the Grand Chapter connect with our students.

Click the link below to read the Student Newsletter that was sent to students on April 3, 2017. 
GIS Alumni 
Enjoy Staying Involved!
GIS Alumni gather frequently to network, reunite and have fun, as well as to mentor, connect with and assist the next generation of GIS professionals. Join a chapter near you, or start one in your city! Please contact Alumni Council President, Jake Timmins at or Vice President, Sabrina Hanitz at for information on starting a chapter in your area! 

You can also visit the Alumni Council Webpage to contact your local leaders.

The Houston area alumni hosted an event on March 8. The group met at Axelrad Beer Garden in midtown Houston, Texas. Students from both the University of Houston's main campus and downtown campus were in attendance, joining the alumni council. Great job! Thank you for sharing your events with GIS! Pictured below.   

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Jake Timmins
Jacob Galecki
Industry Representative
Dr. RB Drennan
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Dr. Karen Epermanis
Faculty Representative

Celeste Azubuike
Student Representative
Sarah Rumon
Student Representative
Noelle Codispoti 
Executive Director