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The Intersection of Risk and Finance

crossword puzzle junction of the words risk and insurance

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 5–7 p.m. Wilde Auditorium

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The second annual 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, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5–7 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. Parking is available in campus lots C and D.  map

The symposium offers 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.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 


   Martin Roth, Dean, Barney School of Business


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


Paul Brown, Managing Director, Gallagher Energy–Power and Utilities
Ross Buchmueller, President and CEO, PURE Group of Insurance Companies
Brian Clarke, Executive Director of Business Management (North America), Industry Funds Management
John Keogh, Vice Chairman and COO, ACE Limited; Chairman, ACE Overseas General
Michael Price, Senior Vice President of Operations, Arch Insurance Group

Joe Coughlin 

photo of Joe CoughlinJoseph F. Coughlin, a 1980 University of Hartford graduate and a current member of its board of regents, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Risk Solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in the consulting, advisory, underwriting and brokerage segments of the insurance industry. Over the course of his career, Coughlin has completed numerous complex engagements, and has provided ongoing stewardship services 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 founded and served as President of JFC Consulting, Inc., which he built into the largest centralized block of private equity insurance buying power in the industry before selling to a large insurance brokerage. He is an active investor in a number of private equity and venture capital partnerships, as well as individual start-up companies. 

Paul Brown

Paul Brown, JD possesses 20 years of experience as a broker and consultant to the power generation sector. He has designed, implemented, and supervised comprehensive risk management programs for utilities, independent power producers, power marketers, operators, original equipment manufacturers, transmission and distribution companies, public authorities, and lenders. From nuclear to fossil to renewable power generation resources, Brown brings his expertise to a diverse portfolio of worldwide power assets that form the foundation of Gallagher’s Power and Utilities Practice. His expertise in complex property risks, familiarity with operations and equipment, creative authorship of widely accepted policy language, and reputation for ardent client advocacy on claims have earned him broking and consulting work on a global scale. Working with domestic and international insurance markets, Brown has developed risk management and insurance programs for various infrastructure projects across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Ross Buchmueller

Ross Buchmueller serves as president and chief executive officer of Privilege Underwriters, Inc., the holding company for the PURE Group of Insurance Companies.  He has overseen and continues to drive the long-term strategic growth and success of the PURE Group and serves as a member of PURE’s Subscribers’ Advisory Committee. In 1999, Buchmueller started AIG Private Client Group and served as its president until leaving to form PURE in 2006. He began his career at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, spending 12 years in various roles, including  senior VP of Chubb Insurance Company of Europe. In 2004, Crain's New York included Ross in its annual "40 Under Forty" feature of New York's rising stars. A member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Buchnueller serves on the Board of Directors for both the YPO-Fairchester Chapter and  the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. He lives in in Mamaroneck, N.Y., with his wife and two children and serves on the town’s selection committee for the School Board. 

Brian Clarke

Brian Clarke joined Industry Funds Management  in February 2011 to manage the Firm's business development, fundraising, and client relationship efforts in North America. Prior to joining IFM, he was senior managing director, head of sales in North America, with Macquarie Capital USA. Clarke has also held positions as senior vice president, head of sales, at Refco Alternative Investments; president and founder of Cornerstone Partners, LLC; vice president for advancement and secretary to the Board of St Mary's College of Maryland; and president of St Mary's College of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

John Keogh

An insurance executive with over 25 years of experience in the industry, John Keogh was named chief operating officer of ACE Limited in July 2011. In this role, he has responsibility for the company’s property and casualty (P&C) and accident and health (A&H) insurance operations globally, including the company’s two principal business segments: Insurance–North American and Insurance–Overseas General. Keogh also serves as chairman of ACE Overseas General, a position he has held since joining the company in 2006. He was appointed vice chairman, ACE Limited, in August 2010. Prior to joining ACE, Keogh held a range of positions with increasing responsibility during a 20-year career with American International Group (AIG). He serves on the board of trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships; the board of overseers for The School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science of St. John’s University; and the board of directors of British-American Business, the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, and the Brown University Sports Foundation. 

Michael Price

Michael Price joined Arch Insurance in June 2009 as senior VP of financial and professional liability to oversee P&L, product development, operations, and underwriting for several specialty lines of professional liability transacted through a staff of over 60 people in 13 U.S. locations. With nearly 20 years in the financial and professional liability industry, his product-line expertise includes private and public company D&O, private equity fund/venture capital fund liability, general partnership liability, employment practices liability, fidelity, kidnap ransom, and cyber liability. Earlier this year, Price was promoted to his current role, where he has oversight responsibility for underwriting workflow optimization, IT strategy, business process outsourcing, executive reporting, property-catastrophe modeling, and claims-payment processing. In addition to his work at Arch, Price is VP of the PLUS Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the professional-liability industry. He is the former education co-chair for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society’s (PLUS) Eastern Chapter, where he was responsible for continuing-education seminars for its 1,100+ membership of attorneys, brokers, claims and underwriting professionals. 

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