How to Start Your Career and Thrive in the Insurance Industry

Success in the insurance industry requires both academic and professional commitment. “Focus on how you can develop yourself outside the classroom,” says Jeff Brzozowski, university relations manager for Travelers field programs. “A lot of employers want to see a balance between academics and experience outside the classroom, such as internships, volunteerism and on-campus involvement.”

Success in the insurance industry requires both academic and professional commitment. “Focus on how you can develop yourself outside the classroom,” says Jeff Brzozowski, university relations manager for Travelers field programs. “A lot of employers want to see a balance between academics and experience outside the classroom, such as internships, volunteerism and on-campus involvement.”

How can you get started and thrive in careers in the insurance industry? Professionals from Travelers Insurance, one of the nation’s leading carriers, discuss what it takes to have a rewarding and versatile career in underwriting or claims. Check out their tips and info on internships with the company.

An aging population, regulatory changes, increases in meteorological disasters and a booming economy make insurance one of the growth sectors of the American economy. While insurtech – the use of technological innovations to maximize efficiency in the insurance process – is changing the landscape of the industry, today’s college graduates are prime candidates for positions such as underwriters and claims professionals as older generations retire.

Mihaylo College’s Center for Insurance Studies (CIS) is committed to providing education and networking opportunities for Cal State Fullerton students seeking insurance careers. Among their main annual events is iDay, which draws thousands of students and company representatives to the largest insurance career fair in Southern California.

This year’s event on Oct. 18 featured 30 companies, as well as three speakers from sponsor Travelers Insurance, including Nicky Nguyen ’09 (business administration), middle market commercial lines underwriter; Jeff Brzozowski, university relations manager for Travelers field programs; and Kenneth Harrison ’07 (MBA), managing director of commercial accounts for Travelers. They discussed the current state of insurance markets and how students can best leverage themselves for careers in the field. Continue reading

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Will Economic Growth Continue? Mihaylo Forecast Anticipates Continued Growth as the Expansion Matures

Former Mihaylo College Dean Anil Puri and Associate Professor of Economics Mira Farka reported that the long-term future of the economic expansion is tenuous, but in the near-term, the recovery should continue. "The good news is that in the near term, the current expansion is set to continue with the economy firing on more cylinders than at any point since the start of the recovery," they said.

Former Mihaylo College Dean Anil Puri and Associate Professor of Economics Mira Farka reported that the long-term future of the economic expansion is tenuous, but in the near-term, the recovery should continue. “The good news is that in the near term, the current expansion is set to continue with the economy firing on more cylinders than at any point since the start of the recovery,” they said.

Former Mihaylo College Dean and CSUF Interim Provost Anil Puri and Associate Professor of Economics Mira Farka presented the 23rd annual economic forecast to local business and academic leaders at The Hotel Irvine on Oct. 25, an event co-sponsored by the Orange County Business Council. The report, which examines the global, national and regional economies, anticipates a continuation of the economic expansion in the short term.

With increases in the gross domestic product (GDP), declining unemployment, increases in median household income, record homeowner equity and an improved economic outlook in other parts of the world, the U.S. economic expansion is continuing, at a slow but steady pace.

As director of the Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting Anil Puri and Associate Professor of Economics Mira Farka note, if the expansion continues through mid-2019, it will set a record for the longest such period in the post-World War II era.

“Odds are that it may make it, provided the policy environment is calibrated prudently,” they report. “Predictably, as time goes on and the current expansion advances in age, concerns grow about its longevity. In recovery terms, this expansion is practically geriatric: currently in its ninth year, the recovery is the third longest in the post-war era, shy of only two predecessors: the 120-month-long expansion of the 1990s and the 106-month-long expansion of the 1960s.” Continue reading

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Matthew Slagle ’15 Launches an Entertainment Career in the Video Game Industry

Matthew Slagle ’15 believes working in the entertainment industry is all about gaining from the perspectives of others. “Always try to learn from those around you. Never stop asking questions,” he says.

Matthew Slagle ’15 believes working in the entertainment industry is all about gaining from the perspectives of others. “Always try to learn from those around you. Never stop asking questions,” he says.

With an $18.4 billion market in the U.S., the video game industry is big business in today’s economy, propelled by technological advances that make games more interactive and popular among users of all ages.

Earlier this year, Mihaylo grad Matthew Slagle ’15 (entertainment and hospitality management) joined the overwatch team at Blizzard Entertainment, a major Irvine-based video game developer and publisher, as coordinator of global publishing.

The former member of Cal State Fullerton’s Behind the Scenes entertainment and hospitality club and director of corporate relations for the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) discusses what it’s like to work in the video game industry, how his previous career and academic experience has prepared him for his current role, and tips on how to get started in the entertainment industry. Continue reading

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New Scholarship Supports Supply Chain Management Students

Chair of the Department of Management Gerard Beenen (left), Mihaylo College Interim Dean Morteza Rahmatian (second from left) and president-elect of APICS Nick Testa (center) met to finalize the Roly White Scholarship.

Mihaylo College leaders and APICS officials, including chair of the Department of Management Gerard Beenen (left), Interim Dean Morteza Rahmatian (second from left) and president-elect of APICS Nick Testa (center) met to finalize the Roly White Scholarship.

The Orange County chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) has established an endowed scholarship to honor the late Roly White, a local supply chain educator and leader. The award will be given to one or more Mihaylo College student recipients studying operations and supply chain management.

In December 2016, Roly White passed away after a brief illness. White was a supply chain professional who had advanced the industry for more than 40 years through the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), one of the world’s premier professional and certification organizations.

White, who was 73, is remembered by many students and professionals as the driving force behind their decisions to pursue careers in the rapidly growing supply chain field.

In honor of his legacy, friends and colleagues established the Roly White Scholarship, which will benefit one or more high-achieving Mihaylo College students with concentrations in operations and supply chain management. The $25,000 endowed award from APICS will be distributed to students according to the discretion of the Department of Management over a multiyear period.

Nick Testa, president-elect of the Orange County Chapter of APICS, notes that White was supportive of education. “He’s always been very enthusiastic about getting the material out and getting students certified,” he says. “We have a warm spot for the business school, because we believe it is an important way to educate leaders.”

Gerard Beenen, chair of the Department of Management, sees a connection between the scholarship and the opportunities in this industry. “The digital economy is revolutionizing how goods and services are configured, selected and ultimately delivered to consumers. This is true in both online and physical retail venues,” he says. “The Roly White Scholarship will help us identify and reward our most promising operations and supply chain management students, who are ready to lead in this new hyper-competitive business environment.”

APICS has long had a close relationship with Cal State Fullerton’s business program, first partnering with the college to develop a supply chain certificate program. The 43,000-member global society, which relies largely on volunteers, offers three respected certificate programs – CPIM, CSCP and the new CLTD – providing endorsement and education for professionals in the field.

For more information on Mihaylo College’s operations and supply chain concentration, visit the Department of Management online or at SGMH 5313.

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Pitch Your Startup Idea and Compete for a $1,500 Scholarship at the Titan Fast Pitch Event

The Titan Fast Pitch provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and business networking. “This is a fun way to develop your startup pitch while competing for scholarship money and networking with local business leaders,” says Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence for the CSUF Startup Incubator.

The Titan Fast Pitch provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and business networking. “This is a fun way to develop your startup pitch while competing for scholarship money and networking with local business leaders,” says Travis Lindsay, entrepreneur-in-residence for the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Hundreds of students from local universities, colleges and secondary schools will gather at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 21 for the annual Titan Fast Pitch, in which the entrepreneurs of tomorrow will present their innovative concepts in a 60-second elevator pitch judged by local business leaders. Register today to enter and compete for scholarships! 

In sixty seconds, you can drive one mile on a Southern California freeway (assuming no traffic) or listen to about a third of your favorite song. You can also forge valuable networks, funding and support for your business concept with a so-called 60-second elevator pitch. Articulating your plan in just one minute can be your ticket to success when meeting with investors, corporate executives or prospective partners. You never know where you’ll meet a potential investor, so be prepared!

Prepare for Your Pitch

Students from Cal State Fullerton and other Orange County schools will hone their delivery at the Titan Fast Pitch on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. More than 60 judges, including Michael Sawitz of FastStart.studio, entrepreneur and consultant Bill Taormina Sr., executive vice president and chief financial officer of Royal Business Bank David Morris, Karl Freels of the Dan Black Family Trust, My-Ngoc Allred of Wells Fargo, and Ash Koumra of Youngry, will provide personalized support for aspiring entrepreneurs in a light-hearted but competitive atmosphere. Continue reading

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