Liabilities with drones, driverless cars, and cyber attacks discussed at Insurance Symposium


“Emerging Issues in Insurance and Risk Management” was the theme of this year’s Insurance Symposium, hosted by the Department of Finance and held in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Discussion topics included cyber liability, insurance issues with drones as well as driverless cars, and the future of the Affordable Care Act.  

After a welcome by BGSU College of Business Dean Ray Braun, Dean Fadel, president of the Ohio Insurance Institute, opened the symposium with an update of the insurance industry which is the third largest contributor to the Ohio economy and is responsible for $11.2 billion in Ohio wages. 

Students, faculty, and insurance professionals also heard varying viewpoints from a panel of successful industry professionals who discussed liability issues that involved technology and health care.  

Panelists included:

  • Amanda Sklavenitis - Ohio Insurance Institute
  • Richard Wallack - Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Jeannie Hylant - Hylant Group
  • Dianne Hipp - Knight Insurance
  • Spencer Timmel - Hylant Group
  • Rob Furia - Cincinnati Insurance
  • Drew Gunn - Willis Group

Moderating the panel was BGSU Executive-in-Residence Roc Starks, a faculty member who has more than 28 years in the insurance industry.

Student Tiana Williams learned a lot of useful information from attending the Insurance Symposium. “I was exposed to many aspects of insurance that I was not aware of before. I had always regarded insurance careers as jobs that involved soft skills and maybe a certification, but now I see just how involved insurance really is with finance and accounting as well as advisory.  Right now I am on course to become a public accountant, but this symposium has really caused me to think.”

Immediately following the symposium was a reception where students and faculty could network with insurance industry professionals. Later, a dinner for the BGSU Insurance and Risk Management Institute and its members was held.

Updated: 12/01/2017 10:59PM