2014 Intersection of Risk and Finance Symposium
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2014 Intersection of Risk and Finance Symposium

The third annual Intersection of Risk and Finance symposium, presented by the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, in partnership with Corporate Risk Solutions, LLC, the preeminent global independent risk management and benefits advisory firm, took place on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

These symposiums offer an informative and dynamic look at the interrelationship between the fields of insurance and finance; the current trends, issues, and business solutions in those areas; and the engaging career possibilities that await today’s college graduates.  Watch a digital stream and see photos
This year’s speakers included:


Joe Coughlin '80, Founder and CEO, Corporate Risk Solutions


Timothy J. Fazio, Managing Partner, Atlas Holdings, LLC
Robert S. Schimek, Senior Vice President and CEO, The Americas, AIG Property Casualty

Joseph P. Coughlin

Joe CoughlinJoe Coughlin, a 1980 University of Hartford graduate and a current member of its board of regents, is CEO and founder of Corporate Risk Solutions, LLC (CRS). He has more than 30 years of experience in the consulting, advisory, underwriting, and brokerage segments of the insurance industry. Coughlin has completed many complex engagements and provided ongoing stewardship for many of the largest and most intricate transactions within the private equity and distressed debt markets.

Before forming CRS in March of 2002, Coughlin had founded and served as president of JFC Consulting, Inc., the first truly innovative risk advisor to the sponsored alternative capital sector. From 1985 to 2000, Coughlin aggregated the largest centralized block of private equity insurance buying power in the industry before selling to a large insurance brokerage firm in 2000.

Coughlin has been an active investor in a number of private equity and venture capital partnerships. He has also been an active individual investor in a host of start-up companies and has served on many for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He currently sits on the Board of Regents at the University of Hartford, the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the University of Notre Dame Arts and Letters Advisory Council. 

Coughlin was a three-sport athlete while attending the University of Hartford, and has served as a University regent since 2011. He also has been a member of the Board of Regents Athletics Committee since July 2012 and the Athletic Development Committee since July 2013.  
He is an Eagle Scout.

Timothy J. Fazio

Timothy Fazio co-founded Atlas Holdings LLC in 2002 and serves as a managing partner. Atlas Holdings LLC is an industrial holding company and private equity fund headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, employing approximately 12,000 people at more than 100 facilities worldwide. Atlas operates in a number of industrial sectors, including automotive supply, building materials, energy, capital equipment, steel fabrication and mill services, pulp and paper, tissue products, and packaging. Atlas acquires businesses embroiled in complex transaction environments, including bankruptcies, restructurings, and challenging corporate spin-offs, including litigation and environmental issues, operating problems, and challenged relations with government or other community stakeholders. Atlas resolves such complexities and challenges, allowing the acquired business to stabilize, then works to transform the business into a high-performance company that generates attractive investment returns for the long term. 

Before cofounding Atlas Holdings, Fazio was a principal of Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P., a private investment partnership with approximately $2 billion of capital under management, focusing on control investments in middle-market companies at points of stress or significant change. Fazio joined Pegasus in 1999 after three years with Interlaken Capital, Inc., a private equity concern focusing on contrarian style investments in middle-market companies.

Fazio is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Robert S. Schimek

Robert S. Schimek Robert S. Schimek is senior vice president of American International Group, Inc. and president and chief executive officer of the Americas for AIG’s property/casualty business. He is responsible for the division’s insurance business in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Previously, Schimek was located in London, where he served as the president and chief executive officer of EMEA. Before that, Schimek was chief financial officer of the division, responsible for all worldwide financial operations.

Before joining AIG, Schimek was a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP where, for 18 years, he used his public accounting experience to serve global financial institution clients, including MetLife, The Prudential, and Merrill Lynch.

Schimek is a certified public accountant. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Rider University in New Jersey and sits on the Rider University Board of Trustees.

Schimek is a member of the board of directors of BritishAmerican Business.