About the Tournament & the

Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

The Brantley Risk & Insurance Center Liberty Mutual Invitational was created in 2012 as a way to financially support the mission of the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center, while involving the insurance industry, alumni, faculty, staff and students in the Center's mission.  

“Building Tomorrow’s Risk Management & Insurance Leaders”

Since 1988, the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center at Appalachian State University has been educating and preparing industry leaders. The Brantley Center is a privately-funded entity within the Walker College of Business that receives no state funding. The staff of the Brantley Center prepares the next generation of industry leaders by student interview guidance, resume production techniques and teaching networking and "soft skills" that complement the rigorous academic coursework. This intentional preparation sets AppState RMI students apart from other majors. AppState RMI majors make a commitment as students to become leaders within the Industry.

The RMI major at AppState prepares students for a wide variety of professions within the greater risk and insurance field including: General Management, Underwriting, Claims, Agency Sales & Operations, Brokerage, Surplus Lines, Employee Benefits, Risk Management, and Reinsurance Specialties.

​​Brantley Center "Points of Pride"

  • Top 10 RMI program in the US  (Business Insurance rankings)
  • Global Center of Insurance Excellence Designation  (May 2017)
  • 1,200+ RMI graduates from AppState in the last 25 years
  • 234 RMI majors in 2018-19, up from 130 just five years ago
  • 90% job placement rate for RMI majors 3 months after graduation
  • Majority of Juniors complete an internship in the industry prior to graduation
  • New Summit Certification program documenting extra-curricular activities and professional development
  • Inclusive Excellence and Women in Financial Services student recruitment and retention initiatives
  • AppRISE student research learning collaboration led by Professor Lori Medders
  • RMI Career Fairs each semester with 40+ organizations recruiting for interns and full-time positions
  • More than ½ of RMI Jrs. & Srs. travel to off-campus industry events each academic year
  • Spring Break trip to London financial district & Bermuda for International Insurance Markets class students
  • 30+ years of educating and preparing industry leaders at AppState