The North Carolina Surplus Lines Association (NCSLA) recently presented a $100,000 check to Appalachian State University's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in support of student programming, scholarships and travel.
Danielle Wade, a Boone native, chair of the NCSLA Stamping Office and chief operating officer at Jackson Sumner & Associates, presented the check to Walker College of Business Dean Heather Hulburt Norris and Brantley Center Director Dr. David Marlett on Appalachian's campus last month.
"The North Carolina Surplus Lines Association is proud to support such a great program," said Wade. "As the talent gap continues to grow with the ever-increasing retirement of baby boomers, we feel our investment in the future workforce of our industry is important, and we look forward to seeing where these students end up in our industry."
Through cocurricular programs teaching complementary skills such as interviewing, resume building and networking skills, the Brantley Center offers Appalachian students majoring in risk management and insurance (RMI) versatile skills with which to excel in the industry.
"(NCSLA's) contributions help us recruit the best and brightest talent to the industry through their innovative High Performer Scholarships and funds the annual London and Bermuda trips for our International Insurance Markets class students," Marlett said.
"The NCSLA truly makes transformational educational experiences possible for our students, which inspires them to become the next generation of industry leaders, both locally and globally."