Twelve risk management and insurance students who are enrolled in FIN 4800 - International Insurance Markets - travelled to London over Appalachian State University's spring break.
Delegations of business students traveled to China, Cuba, England and Iceland over the break, March 13-17, 2017.
While in London, the group visited the iconic Lloyds of London, met with underwriters and brokers, and enjoyed a night at the theatre watching Les Miserables.
The group was led by Professor David Marlett, who explained that "the purpose of the travel is to provide a first hand experience of how risk is transferred across the globe to the London market. Students were able to sit with underwriters at Lloyds of London who were assessing high risk policies such as Caribbean resorts, satellite launches and concert cancellation by famous performers."
Aubie Knight, CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina and the trip co-leader, added "it was a fantastic experience, both professionally and personally. The students were engaged, asked thought provoking questions, and represented the university exceptionally well."
In addition to visits to XL Catlin, Markel, Beazley, THB, Bell & Clements and WR Berkley, the students watched the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, toured the Tower of London, viewed the city from the London Eye, and toured the city in a double decker red bus.
Appalachian alumna and Brantley Center advisory board member Rumbi Masamvu hosted the group at XL Catlin.
"It was a pleasure for me and my colleagues to host the International Insurance Markets class from Appalachian State," said Masamvu. "They were professional and stayed engaged with each speaker, and it was refreshing to see their interest and hear their questions. As a graduate of the RMI program, I am very impressed that the Brantley Center continues to provide opportunities for its students to travel to places such as London and Bermuda. The chance to travel, learn and engage with other business cultures will have a lasting impact on each student, and help them see the numerous career possibilities they have as young professionals starting out in this exciting industry."
The travel was financially supported by the North Carolina Surplus Lines Association and Lloyds.