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Oct. 17: Business lecture explores fair insurance pricing

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

brian-steffel-headshotPULLMAN, Wash. – “Exploring the Boundaries of Fair Pricing—What’s Legit?” will be presented 5-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Carson College of Business, Todd 216, Washington State University.

The 24th annual Walton Lecture, free to the public, will be presented by Brian Steffel, president and chief executive officer of the Oregon Mutual Insurance Group. He has over 40 years of property and liability insurance industry experience and has held various leadership and executive positions. He completed the executive leadership program at the University of California’s Hass School of Business and earned the chartered property and casualty underwriter professional designation.

Oregon Mutual, the oldest independent mutual insurance company west of the Mississippi River, markets personal, commercial and farm and ranch agribusiness insurance in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. Founded in 1894, the company has assets exceeding $220 million and $70 million in surplus. It received an A- financial strength rating from A.M. Best.

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

Media contacts:

Michael McNamara, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-5632,

Sue McMurray, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578,

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