Insurance students to compete in semi-finals of international case competition

A team of four Appalachian State University students have advanced to compete in the semi-final round of the 2024 Spencer-RIMS Risk Challenge, an annual international case competition for the enterprise risk management field.

The students — Carolina Davidson, Tom Phillips, Caroline Reeder, and Ashley Weisser (captain) — are advancing to the semi-finals along with seven other teams, each that stood out from a field of teams from more than 40 universities.

The students will continue to research the case and then present their final report live at the Annual RIMS (RISKWORLD) Conference in San Diego on Sunday, May 5.

"I am incredibly proud of our team for their diligence, focus and work," said team coach and Department of Finance Banking & Insurance Chair, Dr. Lori Medders. "I am so happy for them to receive this great news after incredible effort!"

About the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk & Insurance Center enhances the academic experience of business students at Appalachian State University by providing space and staff to assist with networking, job placement preparation and contact with faculty members outside the classroom. It provides students opportunities to participate in professional designation and licensing programs and invites industry leaders to participate in classes and speak to student organizations. It also fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of continuing education programs, and helps educate the public about the insurance industry. Learn more at

Clockwise, from top left, are Carolina Davidson, Tom Phillips (not pictured), Caroline Reeder, and Ashley Weisser.
Published: Feb 5, 2024 11:31am