November 20 2008
Britt met with ISU students in open forum, which featured a discussion on the current financial crisis from an insurance industry perspective.
"I would say in terms of my everyday life, the biggest issue is distraction," Britt said, noting that he and his colleagues have been holding almost weekly meetings with clients concerned about the shaky financial markets.
Jacqueline Burkett, a senior business management major and insurance minor, attended the forum with Britt and said his personal approach helped her develop a new perspective on the financial industry.
"I didn't know much about insurance and brokers before this presentation," she said. "His examples from different companies and knowledge of the industry made me more aware of the insurance side of the financial equation."
Britt joined Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk advisor, in 1987. He is now managing director and a member of the MidSouth Partnership Executive Team where he is responsible for business development of five offices in the Carolinas and Tennessee that form the partnership. He spent his early career in agency and underwriting management with a major retail insurance underwriter, followed by several years in the regional brokerage business. He is an active speaker and the author of the book "Building Leaders One on One."
In addition to the forum, Britt's visit to ISU included presentations on financial services, commercial liability and employee benefits.
The Gongaware Center Leader in Action series brings top industry executives and leaders in insurance and financial services to ISU to share their expertise. The program was launched in 2007 as part of financial services being named an ISU Program of National Distinction. More information on the Gongaware Center is available online
Jim Britt, managing director of Marsh, was the 2008 Gongaware Center Leader in Action for the College of Business at Indiana State University. Britt recently spent a day on campus, meeting with students and sharing his knowledge about the insurance and risk management industry.