Dria Jones

Dear HBCU Students,

My name is Dria Jones. I was born & raised in Vicksburg, MS. I attended high school at Vicksburg High & chose to participate at the University of Mississippi after graduation. I originally started my college career as a Computer Science major. However, during my junior year, I switched to the business school as a Management of Information Systems major. My first elective class in business school was a course that introduced me to insurance & I absolutely loved it. I then chose to join the RMI program soon after taking that class. The RMI program was one of the best things that have ever happened to me. This program prepared me very well & allowed me to have a promising career over the years in this industry. I am a Senior Loss Prevention Specialist for Summit Consulting & I’m based out of Metro Atlanta.

As a Senior Loss Prevention Specialist, I complete loss prevention surveys/physical inspections of commercial accounts. This provides underwriters with an accurate description of the operational details of our customers. I identify hazards & potential loss exposures, make recommendations, & consult with underwriters regarding account acceptability, exposures, and controls. I also conduct accident investigations & loss analysis to identify the cause of accidents. In this position, I develop relationships with agents, underwriters, & customers.

This industry can offer anyone a bright career through various career paths. There are numerous opportunities for growth, advancement, & for continuing education. Within this industry, you can find a place that will enable you to sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge, & grow as a person. My current position is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I really enjoy meeting with new people, helping customers improve their safety culture, and traveling all over Georgia. That would not be possible without the help & support of the RMI Program at Ole Miss.

The Certificate Program is an excellent opportunity for HBCU students considering a finance, business, risk management, or insurance career. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students from HBCUs to shine in an industry looking for bright young stars like yourself. I would recommend to anyone to take a chance & learn what this industry offers.

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