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My cameo in the “real world”

January 6, 2009

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Email from Business Insurance reporter

Email from Business Insurance reporter

I received an intriguing email a few weeks back from a reporter for Business Insurance magazine, one of the insurance industry’s foremost publications. “Jeff” wrote that BI was planning on doing a profile of graduating college students (undergrad and MBA) describing their career goals, their reasons for joining the industry and where they saw the industry headed. And since UGA’s Risk Management Department is currently ranked #2 in the nation, Jeff called Dr. Hoyt for some student recommendations, and he suggested me!

So Jeff and I had a 15-minute phone conversation before Christmas, and he promised that the article would be published after the turn of the new year. So that time is now upon us! And despite the fact that I didn’t think my interview was very helpful or substantial, I actually got the lead in the story. Check out the full article here, and read the first few paragraphs below. Also check out the video companion at the top of this post.

When Eric Tonn took a summer internship with a major brokerage firm in Atlanta, he expected to handle copy machine duties for his first week. He was wrong.

Instead, the insurance broker put him to work on the account of a large client and asked him to put together a standard industry update presentation, which he would deliver three days later. After just coming back from a study-abroad trip in Europe, Mr. Tonn received a crash course in life after college.

“I was blown away,” said Mr. Tonn, 21, a senior at the University of Georgia’s Terry College in Athens, where he’s majoring in insurance and risk management. “They threw me right in there three days into my internship (to) sit there in front of the client and risk manager and present something to them.”

The presentation had a few minor glitches, Mr. Tonn said. Nonetheless, it gave him a taste of what’s to come in his career in insurance and risk management.

And to rub it all in, Kelli Sims sent a nice email to the Visitors Center staff listserv:

Kelli's email

Kelli's email

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