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Academy Sports + Outdoors Executive Shares Insight With IRM Students March 29

Jeff Strege

Since 2013, Insurance & Risk Management students (IRM) at the Marilyn Davies College of Business have been afforded opportunities to gain valuable knowledge from successful industry executives through the Risk Manager on Campus Program sponsored by the Spencer Educational Foundation.

Jeff Strege, Senior Director for Risk Management for Academy Sports + Outdoors, will share his professional experience with students in IRM classes this week with the virtual presentation, “Risk Management: In the Trenches” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. RSVP is required for the event.

Presently, Strege is the President of the Houston Chapter of the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS). He has extensive experience as a national and international risk management professional working for companies including Sysco, IMA Financial Group, and CEC Entertainment. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Averett University and a bachelor’s from Concordia University. Strege holds RIMS Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations.

“Our students have benefited from hearing the experiences of veteran professionals such as Mr. Strege,” said Priscilla Oehlert, Director of the Insurance & Risk Management Center at the Marilyn Davies College of Business. “He is highly connected and respected in the national risk management community, and our future IRM professionals will gain first-hand insight into what the profession has to offer.”

Strege will also serve as the keynote speaker for an on campus and virtual presentation at 5:30 p.m.,  April 1, in Room B330 of the College of Business’ Shea Street Building. To attend via Zoom, participants should email their request before the event.

Founded in 1979, the Spencer Education Foundation is the premier organization funding the education of tomorrow’s risk management and insurance leaders. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships and over $5 million in grants to universities and professional institutions, impacting 60,000-plus students through its programs.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.