The commitment of alumni and friends was greatly in evidence as,
for the third consecutive year, St. John’s School of Risk
Management raised more than $2 million at its 18th Annual Insurance
Leader of the Year Award Dinner. Proceeds from the dinner, which
drew more than 1,400 attendees to New York City’s Marriott Marquis
Hotel, support scholarships, programs and academic resources for
School of Risk Management students.
The event honored Dr. Nikolaus von Bomhard, Chairman of the
Board of Management of Munich Re, one of the world’s leading
reinsurance companies based in Munich, Germany.
In accepting his award, von Bomhard noted that he was “truly
overwhelmed and touched by this honor. There have been few
non-Americans, and no Germans, who have been afforded this
distinction in the past, and for that I am humbled. I have learned
the business from the bottom up, and it has become my
Brandon W. Sweitzer, Dean of the School of Risk Management, had
high praise for this year’s honoree.
"Nikolaus is a champion of those qualities that St John's and
its School of Risk Management strive to instill in our students at
all times: ethical leadership, steadfast determination and a
thoughtful approach to all important matters at hand,” he said. “We
are delighted to honor him with this award, and our students will
benefit by learning from his example and great leadership of Munich
The Insurance Leader of the Year Award has been presented
annually since 1995. It recognizes the contributions of outstanding
leaders in the worldwide insurance and financial services industry,
and is traditionally awarded to an industry professional for
distinguished achievement over a long career, or for special
achievement in the year of recognition.