Students From Nine University Teams Selected to Compete at RIMS 2019

​Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge Aims to Inspire Future Industry Leaders with Real-World Business Experience

March 18, 2019

RIMSthe risk management society®, selected nine universities to compete in Boston for the 2019 Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge top honor. Twenty-eight university teams entered the competition. Based on the solutions they developed for a case-study provided by IKEA, the top teams have been invited to present their findings at RIMS 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Boston – April 28th – May 1st.  

The nine university teams chosen to compete at RIMS 2019 are:

  • Appalachian State University
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Butler University
  • Florida State University
  • Fudan University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Temple University
  • University of Georgia

The case study provided by Robert Zhang, RIMS Board Director and IKEA China’s Risk and Compliance Director, asks the university teams to identify the top five risks of integrating new physical and digital commerce opportunities for customers. A panel of risk management professionals will score the teams’ success in developing a Risk Assessment method, presentation skills, professionalism and innovation.

On April 29, the final three teams will be selected after the first round of presentations. The finalists will present one last time at the conference on April 30 and the winner will be announced at the Spencer reception later that evening.  

To learn more about the Spencer-RIMS Risk Management Challenge and other opportunities, resources and content for risk management and insurance students, visit RIMS Student Resource Center at

About Spencer

Spencer was founded in 1979 and to this day remains the premier organization funding the education of tomorrow’s risk management and insurance leaders. Since its beginning, Spencer has awarded more than 1,050 scholarships totaling over $6.9 million, and $3.25 million in grants to universities and professional institutions for educational programs and conferences. To learn more about Spencer, visit​ 

About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition

Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The four-day event offers more than 160 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Marketplace Exhibit Hall with nearly 400 exhibitors. Following Boston, the event will be hosted in Denver in 2020. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, Director of Communications, (212) 655-6059 or

About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to promoting the profession of risk management, RIMS, the risk management society®, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS is committed to advancing risk management capabilities for organizational success, bringing networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 10,000 risk management professionals who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit

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