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An Informative and Dynamic Look at the Interrelationship between Insurance and Finance

Posted 10/14/2014
Posted by David Isgur

Join the Barney School of Business at the third annual Intersection of Risk and Finance Symposium, sponsored by Corporate Risk Solutions, LLC, the preeminent global independent risk management and benefits advisory firm. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Millard Auditorium. The symposium will offer an informative and dynamic look at the interrelationship between the fields of insurance and finance; the current trends, issues, and business solutions in those areas; and the engaging career possibilities that await today’s college graduates.

Speakers will be Timothy J. Fazio, managing partner, Atlas Holdings LLC; and Robert S. Schimek, senior vice president and CEO, The Americas, AIG Property Casualty. The moderator will be Joseph Coughlin '80, Corporate Risk Solutions, LLC founder and CEO.

To attend this event, please register online at

Coughlin, a 1980 University of Hartford graduate and a current member of its board of regents, has more than 30 years of experience in the consulting, advisory, underwriting, and brokerage segments of the insurance industry. Coughlin has completed many complex engagements and provided ongoing stewardship for many of the largest and most intricate transactions within the private equity and distressed debt markets. Before forming CRS in March of 2002, Coughlin had founded and served as president of JFC Consulting, Inc., the first truly innovative risk advisor to the sponsored alternative capital sector.

Fazio co-founded Atlas Holdings LLC, which is an industrial holding company and private equity fund headquartered in Greenwich, in 2002. Atlas operates in a number of industrial sectors, including automotive supply, building materials, energy, capital equipment, steel fabrication and mill services, pulp and paper, tissue products, and packaging. Atlas acquires businesses embroiled in complex transaction environments, including bankruptcies, restructurings, and challenging corporate spin-offs, including litigation and environmental issues, operating problems, and challenged relations with government or other community stakeholders. Atlas resolves such complexities and challenges, allowing the acquired business to stabilize. It then works to transform the business into a high-performance company that generates attractive investment returns for the long term. 

As president and chief executive officer of the Americas for American International Group, Inc.’s property/casualty business, Schimek is responsible for the division’s insurance business in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Previously, Schimek was located in London, where he served as the president and chief executive officer of EMEA. Before that, Schimek was chief financial officer of the division, responsible for all worldwide financial operations. Before joining AIG, Schimek was a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP where, for 18 years, he used his public accounting experience to serve global financial institution clients, including MetLife, The Prudential, and Merrill Lynch.

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