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Insurance and Risk Management Veteran Will Share Experiences with Students

Rich Johanson of General Dynamics to Give Presentation as Part of Risk Manager on Campus Program

Rich Johanson

For more than 20 years, Rich Johanson has worked in the insurance and risk management industry for some well-known companies. Now, will share his experiences with University of Houston-Downtown students as part of the Spencer Educational Foundation Risk Manager on Campus program at the Marilyn Davies College of Business.

Johanson, who serves as the Director of Risk Management at General Dynamics, will be giving a virtual presentation at Noon on Thursday, April 8, to describe the many responsibilities he has managing the risks and insurance program at General Dynamics and the profession of risk management. Registration is required for the event. A town hall discussion will also be held during the event.

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. From Gulfstream business jets and combat vehicles to nuclear-powered submarines and communications systems, people around the world depend on their products and services for their safety and security.

“We are honored and fortunate to have a speaker like Rich Johanson who brings a wide range of experience and knowledge that will be helpful to our students,” said Priscilla Oehlert, Director of UHD’s Insurance and Risk Management Center.

Prior to his career at General Dynamics, he held positions with Leidos/SIC, 24 Hour Fitness, Crawford & Company and Macy’s. His professional responsibilities include insurance policy placement and claims administration for property, primary and excess casualty, to aviation, marine, E&O/Cyber and other specialty lines of insurance.

Johanson earned a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University-San Marcos. He also holds the Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Claims (AIC) designations.

The Risk Manager on Campus speaker series began at UHD in 2013. Oehlert said students have benefited from hearing the experiences of veteran professionals in the risk management industry.

“These high profile risk managers provide students with an understanding of the many available opportunities the profession has to offer for them to have a successful career in risk management and the magnitude and importance of the risk management program to an organization,” she said. “They provide education related to the various exposures an organization faces and how they’re identified and the various methods of managing the risks.”

To learn more about UHD’s Insurance and Risk Management program, visit their website.


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.