PULLMAN, Wash. — Gerald P. Schmidt, CEO and president of Mutual of Enumclaw insurance company, is the Fall 1998 Walton Lecture Series guest speaker at Washington State University. He will present “Issues of the Day” at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in Todd Hall, Room 276.
In his presentation, he plans to cover such insurance topics as dynamics in the primary market, Year 2000 and the insurance industry and corporate governance in the new millennium.
“We are deeply honored to welcome Gerald Schmidt to WSU,” says Nancy Bell, chair of the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) Department in the WSU College of Business and Economics. “He continues the Walton tradition of featuring significant insurance leaders to present contemporary issues to an eager campus audience.”
Schmidt became Mutual of Enumclaw’s president and a member of its trustee board in July 1995 and its chief executive officer in February 1995. He joined the company in 1975 as a claim adjuster and served in several positions before becoming a senior vice president in 1990 and an executive vice president and general manager in 1993.
He is active in the community of Enumclaw’s civic organizations and is president of the board of directors of the Enumclaw Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a trustee of the Washington Insurance Council.
Schmidt is the fifth featured guest in the Walton Lecture Series, sponsored each fall by the Independent Insurance Agents of Washington to honor its past president, Max Walton. Former lecturers have included the Washington State Insurance Commissioner, the national president of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, a university chair of insurance and financial services from Arkansas, a retired Weyerhaeuser Company executive and an insurance company executive.
The Walton Lecture is open to the public. On Oct. 8, a program, “Insurance Industry Evening,” will feature a panel of industry professionals who will discuss career opportunities in risk management and insurance. It is set for 7 p.m. in Todd 276.
For more information on either event, contact FIRE Dept. Secretary Sandie Boyce at 509/335-8727.

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