’90 Recreational & Leisure Studies/Sport Management
Biggs Insurance Services, President
Insurance and Risk Management Board
Why Do You Volunteer Your Time to Be a Member of the National Board of Advisors?
WSU provided me with so many opportunities, both academically and socially, that I feel a strong desire to give back to a school that had such an impact in my life. As a Cougar, you are part of something so much bigger than the classrooms, the sporting events, or the places where you lived and socialized on campus. You are part of a family and network of thousands of other Cougs who, like me, have a desire to make sure all Cougs are successful in whatever they wish to pursue. Being able to connect with the teams of Cougar supporters who all are pulling together to drive those successes is very satisfying to me.
How Has Your Education Helped You Meet an Important Milestone or “First” In Your Career?
I minored in insurance and knew I had access to being part of an industry with many different avenues to benefit from. My insurance professor, Irv Fields, was very instrumental in helping me to better understand what opportunities were ahead for me in the insurance industry. His ability to network with insurance contacts and supporters was very valuable to his students. I have had the opportunity to share my talents as an industry supporter with the WSU Insurance and Risk Management advisory board for over 20 years.
What Advice Do You Have for Current Students?
Connect with leaders in the field you want to pursue. Ask questions, and get your feet on the ground doing internships in those areas you think you have a passion to pursue. Experience is so valuable and can either confirm your career ideas or allow you opportunities to try other areas you might not have thought of before. Find mentors or centers of influence you can reach out to that will allow you some insight to your career and personal development.