PULLMAN, Wash. – Bob Brandkamp, risk manager for Avista Corp., will present “Risk: Another Four‑Letter Word I Learned in School,” from 5–6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the Carson College of Business, Todd 130, on the Washington State University campus.

The presentation is the 27th annual Walton Lecture, free to the public.

Brandkamp is responsible for managing Avista’s corporate insurance and enterprise risk management programs. He will talk about personal risks, risk management in the business sector and how Avista uses risk management to achieve its goals. He’ll also discuss how knowledge of risk management is valuable to a career path.

Prior to joining Avista in 2012, Brandkamp worked in the insurance industry, primarily in personal lines underwriting and in auditing roles in the banking sector. He currently serves on the loss control task force for AEGIS Insurance, which is the utility industry’s primary insurance company. He helped found the Spokane chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society and currently serves as chapter president.

Avista was founded in 1889 in Spokane as Washington Water Power. The company’s name was changed to Avista in 1999.

Avista provides service to more than 600,000 natural gas and electric customers over a 30,000‑square mile area in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and parts of southern and eastern Oregon. Through its Alaska Electric Light and Power Company subsidiary, Avista also provides electrical service in Juneau, Alaska.

Avista trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AVA. The company reported $1.4 billion in total revenue last year.

Each fall, the Walton Lecture brings a distinguished leader in insurance and risk management to campus to share professional perspectives. The lecture is hosted by the WSU Carson College of Business’s Department of Finance and Management Science and made possible through an endowment from the Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington. The endowment honors Max Walton, the group’s past president.


  • Michael McNamara, finance professor, Carson College of Business, 509‑335‑5632, mjmcnam@wsu.edu
  • Becky Kramer, communications manager, Carson College of Business, 509‑335‑3977, becky.kramer@wsu.edu