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Christine Berry
Associate Professor
School of Management
HMPH 309
318-342-1157
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Christine T Berry, PhD
Associate Professor, Risk Management and Insurance
Risk Management and Insurance Program Coordinator

Education

Ph D

1995, Risk Management and Insurance
Florida State University

BS

1990, Finance
West Virginia University

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Biography

Christine Berry, Ph.D, CPCU, ARM, ARe

Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance

College of Business

University of Louisiana at Monroe

 

Dr. Christine Berry joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe in August 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and the Director of the Small Business Risk Management Institute.

 

Prior to joining ULM, Berry was a Risk Management Consultant and later the Director of Education with Reinsurance Brokers E. W. Blanch and Benfield Group in Minneapolis, MN and Dallas, TX. As Director of Education, she was responsible for the courses and materials for a widely recognized insurance and reinsurance educational institute.  Berry previously was an Assistant Professor of Insurance at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

 

In 2004, Governor Blanco appointed Dr. Berry to the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission on which she served until its abolishment at the end of 2006. Her work calling for the LIRC’s abolishment was published in the CPCU eJournal.  From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Berry worked on various research projects for the Louisiana Department of Insurance.  Her research findings on insurance taxation have been published in the NAIC’s Journal of Insurance Regulation

 

In 2007 Berry served on the Property and Casualty Insurance Commission and has since made several presentations to the Commission.  Also in 2007, Berry was first a member and later the Chair of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) which then administered the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.

 

In 2010, Dr. Berry began work with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) under a grant provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to study the condition of risk management among small businesses in Louisiana and to provide training and education to small businesses across the state. In December of 2011, Berry became the Director of the Small Business Risk Management Institute (SBRMI) which was established to research, educate, and advocate for small businesses in the area of risk management and insurance.  She has presented findings from the SBRMI’s research to the Louisiana Property and Casualty Insurance Commission (2010) and at the America’s SBDC Annual Conference (2012) and the National Hurricane Conference (2013).

 

In February of 2012, Berry presented the insurance operations and property and liability portion of an “Insurance 101” seminar to Louisiana state legislators through a cooperative effort of NCOIL and the Griffith Foundation.  In November 2012, Dr. Berry presented a similar presentation at NCOIL’s annual conference.  At the same conference, Berry presented a paper entitled “Flood Insurance: What Happens After a Disaster and Where do State’s Fit In?”

 

Berry is the advisor to two student organizations: the University of Louisiana at Monroe Risk Management and Insurance Society and River Oaks School’s Future Business Leaders of America.  She established the FBLA chapter at River Oaks in 2014.

 

Berry earned a B.S. in Finance from West Virginia University Berry and a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. She has also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.   

Licensure & Certification

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, American Institute for CPCU. (July 8 2002 - Present)
Associate in Risk Management, Insurance Institute of America. (January 19 1999 - Present)
Associate in Reinsurance, Insurance Institute of America. (October 23 1998 - Present)

Research Interests

Small business risk management, Cyber insurance, Insurance regulation, insurance premium tax structures, insurance education tools

Recent Publications

Berry, C., Strickler, C. S., Berry, R. (2009). A Review of Risk Management and Insurance Academic Programs (pp. 201-209). 2009 SWDSI Proceeding.
Clow, K., James, K. E., Kranenburg, K. E., Berry, C. (2009). An Examination of the Visual Element Used in Generic Message Advertisements: A Comparison of Goods and Services (pp. 69-84). Services Marketing Quarterly.
Berry, C., Dunn, J. P. (2010). Small Business Risk Management: An Agenda for Research and Education (pp. 2-7). Cullowhee, NC: Allied Academies International Conference.
Berry, C., McEacharn, E. M. (2011). An Analysis of the Complex and Subjective Nature of Retaliatory Insurance Premium Taxes. Kansas City, MO: Journal of Insurance Regulation.

Research Grants

Berry, C. T. (Principal), "Louisiana Retaliatory Tax Research" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Department of Insurance, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $30,000. (April 15 2015 - June 30 2015).
Berry, C. (Principal), "Legislative Reforms Research" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Department of Insurance, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $30000. (July 1 2012 - June 30 2013).
Berry, C. (Principal), "Insurance Professional Services 2009-2010" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Department of Insurance, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $33900. (July 2009 - June 2010).
Berry, C. (Principal), "Louisiana Small Business Risk Management Assistance" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Small Business Development Center, The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $45000. (June 2009 - May 2010).
Berry, C. (Principal), "Insurance Professional Services Contract 2008-2009" (Funded), Sponsored By Louisiana Department of Insurance, External to The University of Louisiana at Monroe, $49999. (July 2008 - June 2009).

Awards & Honors

October 2007 Nominee for Business and Professional Person of the Year.

April 2005 Insurance Person of the Year.

Courses Taught

ACCT 3019Insurance Accounting, 1 course(s)

BUSN 1001BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, 2 course(s)

INSU 2005RISK AND INSURANCE, 13 course(s)

INSU 3008Business Risk Management, 2 course(s)

INSU 3009Life Insurance, 4 course(s)

INSU 3011HEALTH & SOCIAL INSURANCE, 5 course(s)

INSU 3019Insurance Acct, 1 course(s)

INSU 3020Insurance Operations, 3 course(s)

INSU 4008SURPLUS LINES/REINSURANCE, 6 course(s)

INSU 4010Insurance Internship, 1 course(s)

MGMT 3008COMPENSATION & BENEFITS, 2 course(s)

RMIN 2005RISK AND INSURANCE, 21 course(s)

RMIN 3007PROPERTY CASUALTY INSURANCE, 4 course(s)

RMIN 3008BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT, 8 course(s)

RMIN 3009LIFE INSURANCE, 1 course(s)

RMIN 3011HEALTH AND SOCIAL INSURANCE, 1 course(s)

RMIN 3020INSURANCE OPERATIONS, 5 course(s)

RMIN 4008SURPLUS LINES AND REINSURANCE, 7 course(s)

RMIN 4010INSURANCE INTERNSHIP, 2 course(s)