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Walton Lecture

Annual fall event

About the series

The Walton Lecture brings a distinguished leader in the insurance and risk management field to campus to share professional perspectives with students. The lecture is hosted by the WSU College of Business’ Department of Finance and Management Science and made possible through an endowment from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington. The endowment honors Max Walton, the group’s past president.

Our Next Event:

Keynote speaker: Brian Steffel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Mutual Insurance Group
Date: Monday, Oct. 17
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: Todd 216
Sponsor: Department of Finance and Management Science

brian-steffelBrian Steffel leads the oldest independent mutual insurance company west of the Mississippi. Oregon Mutual Insurance Group serves the personal, business and farm insurance needs of people in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho since 1894.

Brian joined Oregon Mutual in 2006 and currently serves as president and chief executive officer. He has served on the industry’s national trade advocacy organization, PCI, as a member of the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee, and has chaired PCI’s Finance Committee.

Brian began his 42-year insurance career in underwriting. He held various leadership and executive positions with Sentry, Hartford, Oregon’s State Accident Insurance Fund, and Marsh USA before joining Oregon Mutual. He completed the Executive Leadership program at the UC-Berkley Haas School of Business and earned the CPCU professional designation 30 years ago. He has successfully led insurers in diverse situations, including financial turnarounds and cultural reformations.

Past speakers

2015: Thomas Marra, president and chief executive officer, Symetra Financial
2014: Dellanie Fragnoli, assistant vice president of risk management, Costco
2013: Molly Seaburg, senior risk manager, Microsoft
2012: David Lavergne, president, Traveler’s Insurance, south central region
2011: Eric P. Nelson, president and CEO, Enumclaw Insurance Group
2010: Doyle J. Williams, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Country Financial
2009: Robert V. O’Brien Jr., executive vice president, Group Health Cooperative, Health Plan Division
2008: Mike Keyes, president and CEO, Oregon Mutual Insurance Company
2006: Stan McNaughton, CEO, PEMCO Insurance
2005: Harold Gray, senior vice president, State Farm Insurance Co., Pacific Northwest Zone
2004: Lance J. Ewing, vice president, Caesar’s Entertainment
2003: Mike McGavick, chair, president and chief executive officer, SAFECO Insurance Co.


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