We live in a world filled with risks. Whether political, operational, safety, reputational, catastrophic, financial, environmental or economic, risk is complex and dynamic. Its effects can instantaneously rattle decision-making processes and shift markets. As a result, we need professionals who understand risks and can manage them across varying industries and sectors.

Focused on this need, CRMER's staff leadership and advisory council draw on their own experiences to shape programs and initiatives that position student-fellows and industry stakeholders to manage risk.

Center Leadership

Leadership for CRMER is provided by K-State's Department of Agricultural Economics as well as faculty in the departments of Finance and Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.


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Emily Garwood

Managing Director

Alice Roach

Research Associate

Advisory Council

The CRMER Advisory Council provides leadership to strengthen the center and its programs. Members are volunteers who commit time, share knowledge and provide resources to enhance risk management education and research at Kansas State University. The council advises center and university leaders, assists in advancing the center's mission and advocates for the center.


Ed Prosser

Council Chair, SVP, Emerging Business, Scoular

Del Adcock

Origination Manager, Bartlett

Lee Borck

Chairman, Innovative Livestock Services

Max Fisher

Chief Economist and Treasurer, National Grain and Feed Association

Eric Hummell

Engineer, Strategic Systems Programs

Scott Jimison
Scott Jimison

General Director of Revenue Management, BNSF Railway

Renee Laird

Senior Managing Director, R.J. O'Briend

Tegan Louw

Senior Consultant, FTI Consulting

Tyler Norris

Vice President, Lockton Companies

Mike O'Dea

Risk Management Consultant, StoneX

Rebecca Robinson

CEO, K-State Innovation Partners

Greg Salton

SVP and Chief Risk Officer, Farm Credit Services of America

Derek Samman

Senior Managing Director, CME Group

Ken Selzer

Former Kansas Insurance Commissioner

Larry Strecker

Adjunct Professor, IMSE, Kansas State University

Ryan Turner

Regional Director, StoneX

Lance Zimmerman

Senior Beef and Cattle Market Research Analyst, Rabo, AgriFinance