Bright and early Sunday morning, I depart with four Ferris State RMI students to attend the 2017 RIMS Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I confess that at this stage of my career – having endured 30 years of planes, trains, and automobiles – business travel has little appeal to me. Yet, I am enthused to accompany four students to this very large and impressive industry event.
It’s difficult to convey the vast scope of the RMI industry within a classroom. Some things just have to be experienced and witnessed firsthand. The immensity of the RIMS conference, with its thousands of attendees and vast array of exhibitors that includes many household names of the insurance industry, certainly drives home the point with students. The educational sessions show the students that there is much more for them to learn and a cornucopia of career opportunities awaiting them.
My first RIMS conference was 26 years ago, and I still learn something new every year. I am truly excited for the opportunities awaiting my four students. I know that they will meet new and interesting professionals at the conference events, learn of concepts that will spark their interest, generate new ideas for their careers and personal ambitions, and yes, have some fun.
It’s going to be a great week and I will relish the opportunity to watch my students take it all in. It may even make the planes, trains, and automobiles tedium of business travel worthwhile. Maybe.