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: Greg Ness (’79 Psych.) Chairman, president, and chief executive officer of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and Standard Insurance Company
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Sponsor: Department of Finance and Management Science
Greg Ness (’79 Psych.) is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and Standard Insurance Company. From July 2009 through November 2011, he served as president and chief executive officer and was elected chairman of the board in December 2011. He previously served as president and chief operating officer from September 2008 until June 2009.
Ness joined Standard Insurance Company in 1979 and has held a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities, including senior vice president of the Insurance Services Group, senior vice president of the Employee Benefits division, senior vice president of investments and president of StanCorp Mortgage Investors, LLC and StanCorp Investment Advisers, vice president and corporate secretary, and vice president of Retirement Plans Sales and Marketing.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington State University, has earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Portland State University and holds the Leadership Institute Fellow designation from the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA).
Ness chairs the board of directors of the Armory Theater Fund. He is a member of the board of directors of Oregon Business Council and Oregon Health & Science University Foundation. Ness is also Trustee Emeritus and past chair of the Portland Center Stage board of directors, and a member of the SOLVE Founder’s Circle.
2016: Brian Steffel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Mutual Insurance Group
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.