Department of Risk Management & Insurance
The Georgia State University Risk Management & Insurance Hall of Fame is dedicated to Dr. Kenneth Black Jr., the founder of the risk management program at Georgia State University. He would be proud today of the accomplishments of his colleagues and students and the impact they have made throughout the world. We recognize and thank him for his enduring strategic vision that brought us to this moment.
GSU Risk Management & Insurance Hall of Fame inductees are chosen from Georgia State University alumni and faculty who have outstanding careers and exemplify the ideals and mission of the Department of Risk Management & Insurance.
This award recognizes the brightest individuals with significant career accomplishments who have been associated with the RMI Department throughout its more than 60 year history.
Take a moment to learn more about our Hall of Fame inductees by clicking on any of their names below.
Mike Anderson is Chief Operating Officer of Assurant Solutions. Prior to his role as COO, Mike was President of the company’s International locations. He oversaw the extended protection programs and services, mobile protection and credit protection, and managed international support in Atlanta and Miami. Mike created the International Business Board in 2007, as a risk management group with global presence.
Mike began his career in automotive sales and for a time owned and managed a Chevrolet dealership in Kentucky. In 1993, he became Senior Vice President of Marketing, Service & Training at MS Diversified Corp, and through an acquisition in 1998, MS Diversified became the core of the Assurant Solutions vehicle service business.
Jeffrey T. Bowman is a President and CEO of Crawford & Company headquartered in Atlanta. Jeff, who has worked in the insurance industry for 30 years, qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom in 1983. Jeff was part of a team that implemented a buyout of the Graham Miller Group, attracting the attention of Crawford & Company. Crawford purchased Graham Miler Group in 1990. Jeff served as financial director for Crawford’s overseas operations until 1995. He then moved to Crawford’s headquarters in Atlanta and was promoted to Vice President of International Operations, then COO of Global Property and Casualty Services. He is a passionate advocate of ongoing adjuster education. Jeff is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institutes. He is a Board member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and writes a quarterly column for Claims Management magazine.
James C. Brooks, Jr., FSA, MAAA is retired and a former President and CEO of Life Insurance Company of Georgia (ING, North America). Jim’s impressive career at Life of Georgia spanned 29 years. In 1998, he left ING and started several successful ventures – Mullingbrooks, LLC, Efficient Markets Corp, Brooks Financial Management, Bragg Associates, and Actuarial Innovations, LLC. Jim has served on the GSU Risk Management Foundation Board of Trustees and has also served on the Board of Visitors for Emory University, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Kiwanis Club, as well as for numerous industry groups and associations. Jim graduated with a degree in mathematics from Duke University, where he began his lifelong avocation as a classical clarinetist, recently playing a reunion concert there. He also holds an MBA in Actuarial Science from Georgia State University. With his wife Karen, he recently established The James C. “Jim” and Karen W. Brooks Award which supports travel activities for members of GSU’s Department of Risk Management and Insurance faculty.
Mary Ann serves as Executive Vice President of Corporate at Pacific Life Insurance Company and served as its Executive Vice President of Corporate Development since April 2010. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Select funds (Pacific Funds – PL Large – Cap Growth Fund) and Pacific Funds – PL International Large – Cap Fund since January 1, 2010. Her responsibilities include overseeing Corporate Information Technology, Enterprise Risk Management, and Pacific Life Re, headquartered in London.
Mary Ann’s actuarial career began at Canada Life Assurance in Atlanta in 1980. She was employed with Tillinghast/Towers Perrin from 1983 to 1996, consulting in most areas of life, annuity, and health insurance industry products, strategy, and actuarial appraisals. She was the lead principal for variable products and Managing Principal of the New York and Washington offices. In 1996, she joined Swiss Re New Markets as Director of Worldwide Life Reinsurance and CEO of Atlantic International Reinsurance Company.
In 1998, Mary Ann joined MetLife, Inc. as President of New England Financial Products and Services, heading product management for individual life, annuity, and small group products for all MetLife companies. She also chaired Security First Group and MetLife’s reinsurance companies, serving on the boards of RGA and separate account funds. In 2002, she was appointed Chief Actuary of MetLife, heading Risk Management an Valuation of over $250 billion of liabilities worldwide. From 2000 to 2007, she served on the board of the National Association of Variable Annuities and was its Chairman in 2004 and 2005. In 2015 she was inducted into the Insured Retirement Institute’s Hall of Fame for “outstanding leadership and vision to advance the retirement income industry.”
Anthony “Tony” Burger is currently an Enterprise Risk Advisor/Principal in the Property & Casualty Department for Pritchard & Jerden Insurance and Risk Management. Throughout his more than 40 years long career, he has had experience including state regulatory responsibilities with the Georgia Insurance Department, insurance company underwriting management with Continental Insurance Company and Amica Mutual Insurance Company, and insurance brokerage operations including management, sales, and service with Pritchard & Jerden. After serving as Chairman of Pritchard & Jerden for a number of years, Burger is now focused on providing risk identification and risk treatment solutions for business organizations in a variety of industries.
Burger received his BBA in Risk Management and Insurance from Georgia State University. He is also recognized with a Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter Designation, an Associate in Risk Management – Enterprise Risk Management Designation, an Associate in Risk Management Designation, and an Accredited Advisor in Insurance Designation. Burger is a past president of the Georgia State University National Alumni Association and of the Georgia State University Risk Management & Insurance Alumni Club. He was also a trustee of the Georgia State University Athletic Board.
Harold Cohen retired from Cohen Financial, LLC as a Senior Consultant with John M. Bragg and Associates in 2016. Prior to working as a consultant, Cohen held a variety of positions with ING/Life Insurance Company of Georgia over the course of 35 years. He began as a Product Actuary and completed his career with the company as the Head of Transition Services. His vast skills and experience with ING included strategic planning, merger & acquisition support, expense management, litigation defense support. Additionally, Cohen has served as a volunteer tax preparer with the AARP Tax Aide program.
Cohen earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University in 1971, and was a recipient of the Floyd S. Harper Award. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1975, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries in 1978, and a Chartered Life Underwriter in 2002.
Richard Corbett retired in 2012 as the Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company Professor in the College of Business at Florida State University. He was the Director of Master’s Programs at the College of Business at FSU for several years. Corbett initially worked for a life insurance company in Atlanta, GA before earning his advanced degrees. He then taught at The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, The University of Iowa, Seattle University, and Florida State University. He held multiple titles, and taught a variety of courses and topics in a range of educational venues.
Corbett earned his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State University. His professional designations include Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, and Associate in Risk Management. Corbett chaired the Risk Management Advisory Committee for the City of Tallahassee for ten years and received two commendations from the city for his work. He has also served on or chaired several other advisory committees, including the ARM Advisory Committee for the Insurance Institute of America, the Southern Risk and Insurance Association, and the United Way Campaign at Florida State University.
Michael Crowley is President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Markel Corporation. Mike joined Markel in February 2009 as President of Markel Specialty, and he was promoted in May 2010 to his current role. Mike has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Markel, he served as President of Willis/HRH North America and as President and COO of Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs, which was acquired by Willis in 2008. In 1974, Mike began his insurance career with Johnson & Higgins and served in several leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Virginia operations. In 1991, he joined Palmer and Cay in Savannah, where he serviced as President and COO, prior to being named Vice Chairman. Mike earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He serves on Wake Forest’s Board of Visitors as well as the Richmond Board of the First Tee Organization. He is a former member of the Young Presidents Organization and has served on numerous community boards.
A native Atlanta, Means attended UNC Chapel Hill, was called to active duty in the Naval Reserve, and served in the Vietnam War before returning to Atlanta. Married, he found what was then Georgia State College the right place to get his Marketing degree. He joined Haas & Dodd in 1966, a large insurance agency and continued at school receiving his Master of Insurance degree from Georgia State University. Means received the CPCU designation in 1972, and in 1974 was the youngest CPCU to be a speaker at the CPCU Annual Meeting & Seminars having co-authored Risk Management in Construction.
While in graduate school, Means was asked by Noah Langdale to find insurance coverage for the University System of Georgia. It took four years, changes to the Georgia Constitution, and led to a very broad manuscript policy. Throughout his career, Means specialized in difficult casualty coverage.
As a member of the Georgia Association of Independent Insurance Agents, Means was a founding member of the Young Agents Committee, which set about changing the insurance environment in Georgia through education and licensing laws. Through that association, he co-authored a two-volume book polished by the National Underwriter Company on how insurance agencies could recognized to be able to utilize computers effectively.
In 1977, Means joined the GSU Alumni Board of Directors and became president of the association in 1983. In 2003, he retired as a trustee of the GSU Risk Management Foundation (formerly Educational Foundation, Inc.), having served on that board and others at GSU continually since 1977. In 2015, Means’ daughter, Tarasa Davis, honored her father and his commitment to GSU with the establishment of the R. Means Davis Jr., CPCU Endowed Professorship.
Wesley Devoto most recently served as President of Devoto and Company, Inc., a private international mergers and acquisition firm based in Atlanta and London. Devoto and Company, Inc. specialized in U. S. and other international acquisition (and occasionally divestitures) by U. K. companies in the $5 to $120 million price-range. Prior to working with Devoto and Company, Inc., Devoto worked at Georgia Life and Health Insurance Company, starting as Assistant to President and eventually becoming President. He was a co-founder, director, and served as President of the British American Business Group. Because of this position, he has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire for his work.
Devoto earned his undergraduate degree, a B.S.I.M. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He attended graduate school at Emory University and Georgia State University, ultimately earning an M.B.A. and an M.I. He has lectured at the graduate business schools of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Mercer University, and Emory University.
After graduating with his MBA from Georgia State University in 1968, Gordon joined Fireman’s Fund/American Express and was appointed President and COO in 1977. In 1984, he was appointed President and COO of American Security Group, apart of the Holland based AMEV. In 1990, after years of sales growth and profitability, the company was merged into Fortis. Fortis operated six holding companies and later merged with Mutual Benefit Insurance Company. The USA operations were later spun off as Assurant.
In 1995, Gordon co-founded Insweb.com – one of the first transaction based internet insurance business. In 1998, he joined Real Life Benefits – a web based suite of employee benefits services and became Chairman and CEO in 2000.
Gordon retired in 2002 and lives in California. He served on the board of trustees of the GSU Risk Management Foundation and has served on a number of civic and philanthropic organizations.
After 30 successful years in the insurance market, Janet approaches everyday as a new opportunity to build. A passionate learner, Janet draws form her innovative energy to constantly analyze and discover possibilities in the product world. She came to Transamerica in March 2013 and has immediately embraced the product innovation atmosphere and hopes to bean integral part of the growth of the Transamerica business. In her current role, Janet is responsible for developing life and health products that enable Transameirca to deliver on tis financial objectives, as it becomes the most trusted insurance organization for helping families protect against financial risk.
Her naturally competitive style and holistic approach to challenges allows her to visualize the bigger picture – and to create it. Before joining Transamerica, Janet held the role of SVP, Life Product at Genworth. During her three years at Genworth, Janet had overall strategy and P&L responsibility for the Life product line. Before her time at Genwroth, she held the role of SVP, Insurance Services at National Financial Partners. She spent more than seven years building g out the insurance platform for that major insurance distributor. Prior to NFP, she was in a senior leadership role at Canada Life Assurance Company and Prudential where she managed the individual line of business and developed innovative products. Janet began in the insurance industry as an actuarial student with First Colony. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Janet has two boys – one pursing a Ph.D. in Physics at Case Western University and the other studying Classics and Art History at Rice University. She enjoys biking, running, hiking, baking, live music and is a voracious reader.
After serving 3 years in WWII in the 20th Armored Division, Fred enrolled in Georgia Evening College in 1947, while working full-time with Commercial Union Insurance, starting as a file clerk. He majored in insurance, and real estate, and was very involved in many school organizations, including Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity. He was instrumental in starting the school’s Alumni Association—actually, the first Alumni Association letter went out under his signature in 1950. During Fred’s time in college, the school raised funds to hire additional personnel including, Dr. Ken Black, who eventually founded the Risk Management Program for the college. Today, Georgia State University is one of the top Risk Management Universities in the world. Fred graduated in 1951, from Georgia Evening College. The college eventually grew into Georgia State University, with over 52,000 students today.
After graduation from Georgia State, Fred spent 44 years in the insurance industry in Atlanta. He began with Knight Rives General Agency in 1950, eventually becoming a partner in that firm, with the name changing to Rives, Massey & Hedges. Later, Fred became a partner at Manry & Heston Insurance in 1976. He retired in 1990 after 14 years there. During his career, Fred was involved in the Independent Insurance Agency System in Georgia. In addition, he spent many years conducting seminars on the perpetuation of agencies and counseled agents on evaluating, selling and buying agencies. In this capacity, he helped many small and family-owned agencies survive difficult financial troubles.
David Holland is retired Vice Chairman, President and CEO of Munich American Reassurance Company. His tenure at Munich Re began in 1969 and ran through 2008, a prestigious 39 years. David received his Masters of Actuarial Science and his Bachelors of Business Administration from Georgia State University. Over his distinguished career, David has served a variety of organizations as advisor and director. To name a few: Board of Directors of Georgia Association of Life Insurance Companies assisting as President and Vice President; LOMA Atlanta Board of Directors, assisting as Vice Chairman and Chairman; The Actuarial Foundation in Illinois; and the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington DC. David also supports Predisan USA and the Honduras Medical Mission. David’s activities with Munich Re and affiliates include: Director, Vice Chairman and CEO, Munich American Holding Corp.; Director at Princeton, LifePlans, Inc.; Chairman & CEO at Waltham, MA; Munich Atlanta Financial Corp., Chairman and CEO Atlanta.
Dave joined American International Underwriters (AIU), the international subsidiary of AIG serving clients with international exposures, as an underwriter trainee in 1970. He later served with increasing responsibilities in Houston, Washington DC, and Atlanta. In 1974, he was appointed AVP and the AIU Southeast Regional Manager based in Atlanta. In 1976, he was transferred to Chicago as AIU VP and Midwest Regional Manager. By 1979, Dave had been appointed President of the North American Division of AIU and Director of AIU Corp. in NY overseeing all AIU regional offices in the US and Canada.
In 1983, he took a position overseas as President of AIU Hong Kong Ltd. and Southeast Asia Region Manager, returning to Atlanta in 1986 with the AIG Domestic Brokerage Group as Southeast Regional President. He went overseas again in 1990 as President of AIG Europe SE based in Paris, with responsibility of Europe and Scandinavia.
In 1993, Dave returned to the Domestic Brokerage Group in New York as Director of Regional Operations and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada. In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President of AIG, Inc. In 2001, he retired to Atlanta with AIG Life and Health, Employee Benefits, Retirement Services and Property Casualty Companies. Finally in 2006, Dave became the President and CEO of AIG Aviation Inc. in Atlanta that covered aviation business across the globe. He retired from AIG in 2011.
Since 11986, Dave has served on the GSU Risk Management Foundation Board three times, totaling ten years as Trustee and one term as Chairman.
Terry Jacobs is a veteran leader with extensive experience as a Chief Executive Officer and as a member of multiple Boards of Directors. He served as CEO for more than twenty years of two companies that he founded and took public. In his career, he has held board positions for nine public companies, six private companies and nine charitable organizations. His successful management track record, background knowledge and experience with capital raising and allocation of financial resources are extensive. He has dealt with private equity, public equity and all forms of debt markets. The understanding he has gained as a public and private company CEO has provided him with insights and knowledge that are valuable in all areas of business and industry.
Terry’s career began by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school with 8 years in active service and reserve service was given an honorable discharge. He then completed his BBA and Masters in Actuarial Science from Georgia State. His exceptional career has translated into numerous awards, including induction into the Blue Chip Venture Company “Hall of Fame” for Midwest in 1998, the Ernest & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Midwest in 2001, and the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ohio Governor Robert Taft. Mr. Jacobs received numerous awards of recognition by Madeira Schools Board for efforts and contributions to the Madeira City schools.
William Loventhal will celebrate 46 years as a Northwestern Mutual representative and is working as a Financial Advisor. He has many professional designations and affiliations, including Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant, Accredited Estate Planner, Retirement Income Certified Planner, Atlanta Estate Planning Council member and more.
Loventhal graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Insurance. He has served as a Past Board Member of Temple Sinai, a Past National Board Member of ARZA, a Past President of B’nai B’rith Lodge, and as a Past Vice President of the Atlanta Alumni Club of Delta Sigma Pi. He is also a member of Scottish Rite, the Black/Jewish Coalition, the American Jewish Committee, and the Atlanta Advisory Council for State of Israel Bonds.
Gary Meggs is Director, Risk Management at Southern Company Services, one of the largest U.S. investor-owned electric utility holding companies. Since 1987, he has been charged with overall responsibility for risk financing, administering property, casualty insurance coverage, and for providing other risk management services to the electric utilities comprising the Southern electric system. Gary received his undergraduate degree (BBA, ’74) as well as dual Master’s degree in Business Administration (’78) and in Insurance (’83) from Georgia State University, and holds the CPCU and ARM professional designations. He serves or has served on the Tisk Management Advisory Committee of industry mutual insurer Aegis, the Strategic Plannig Committee for Energy Insurance Mutual and the Boards of the GSU Risk Management Foundation and Y-Mutual Insurance Company. He has served as a mentor to scores of Georgia State University students and established the annul GSU Bermuda Railway Trek, to raise funds in support of Bermudian student who wish to study risk management and actuarial science at GSU. Gary is an avid outdoorsman and has climbed mountains and has hiked locales all over the world. He recently completed a coast-to-coast walk across England.
Mike is President of Nationwide Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Nationwide. He is responsible for investing in start-up operations, joint venture or other companies that are developing leading edge concepts, new ideas or products, or new technology. He was elected to this position in late 2015.
Mike began his insurance career in 1977 and joined Nationwide in 1985. He also spent three years as Senior Vice President for Finance with Nationwide’s Property and Casualty businesses. In 19995, he joined Scottsdale as Vice President for /Finance and Treasurer, subsequently serving as Scottsdale’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Administration. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide E&S/Specialty, formally know as Scottsdale Insurance Company, from 2005 to 2015.
Mike is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices HE also is on the Board and Treasures of the NAPSLO Education Foundation. Deeply committed to corporate citizenship he serves on the boards of the Defiance College, the Valley of the Sun United Way, ad the Winebrenner Seminary.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting & business administration from Defiance College and an MBA from Indiana University. His insurance designations include the CPCU, LCU, ASLI, ChFc, Are and FLMI.
Mike was instrumental in raising funds for the AAMGA Distinguished Chair in Risk Management & Insurance at Georgia State University.
Mac specializes in planning for estates and businesses in the affluent marketplace, and has been involved in some of the industry’s largest and most complex life insurance placements. As an adjunct professor Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, he has instructed courses in business insurance, executive benefits, and estate planning. He also has bee a special lecturer to the national legal, accounting and estate planning communities for many years and chaired the committee representing the insurance industry in meetings with the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. He authored the doctoral dissertation “Estate and Gift Tax Consequences of Third Party Owned Life Insurance.”
Mac has served numerous leadership roles in the insurance industry, including national president of the Advanced Association for Life underwriting, president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is the recipient for the Distinguished Service Award form Georgia Tech, the Lifetime Achievement Award form Georgia State, and was recently elected the to the Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils.
Mac is the Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Foundation, served a s director of the Educational Foundation at Georgia State University and sits on the boards of M Financial Group, M Financial Investment Advisors, M Funds, Inc., and numerous charitable and community organizations.
Mac is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in business and industrial management. HE has an MBA and a Ph.D. in business from Georgia State University and the CLU designation from The American College.
In the eight years that Dr. Bruce Palmer was Chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance (RMI), the department experienced unprecedented growth in faculty size and financial support. Under his outstanding leadership, the department raised over $2 million to endow two faculty chairs, three professorships, and several scholarship funds. Bruce led the transition of the RMI faculty to its current focus on both research and teaching excellence during his tenure, leading by example. His career spanned 30 years (with a brief stint at Texas Tech). His academic publication list is distinguished and covers book, journal articles, and monographs. He held leadership positions in the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA) and the Southern Risk and Insurance Professionals. Bruce was a Huebner Fellow at the Wharton School, where he received both Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees in applied economics. HE also holds an undergraduate degree from Drake University. Bruce collected numerous honors and awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Regents Teaching Excellence Award, honoring the entire RMI Department, and numerous recognition awards from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business (RCB). He is now retired and continues to be active in RMI and RCB activities.
Sam received Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Actuarial Science degrees from Georgia State University. While at Georgia State, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Outstanding Young Men of America. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Sam was a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, member of the American Academy of Actuaries, member of Actuaries in Public Practice, associate of the Institute of Actuaries in the U.K., and member of the Deusche Gesellschaft fuer Versickeringsmathematica (West Germany). Sam served as Senior Vice President (Emerging Markets) for Southland Life (ING – North America), as President and CEO of Life Insurance Company of Virginia, and as Director of Life Operations-Europe for ITT/Hartford in London, England. Over his career, he served on the boards of businesses, educational institutions, and charitable organizations alike. Sam has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of GSU’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business (formerly the GSU College of Business Administration).
Brady is a principal owner of Strategic Risk Solutions, Inc. and the firm’s President and CEO. Brady has over 25 years of captive insurance experience and has worked with U.S. and European companies in most industries to assess the need for and optimize the role of their captive insurers. He has been involved in the formation of numerous captives and has provided strategic and operational consulting to many of SRS’s clients.
Prior to joining SRS in 1993, Brady spent eight years with Tillinghast-Towers Perrin. As Principal in the firm, he managed the London, Boston, and Toronto risk management practices and worked on a variety of risk management and captive related assignments for corporations and groups covering a wide spectrum of risks and industries.
Brady has served with distinction as Chair and as Trustee of the GSU Risk Management Foundation over the past decade and is active with Robinson College initiatives.