Sterling Risk Advisors, 2500 Cumberland Parkway in the Cumberland area, promoted Karissa M. Thigpen to client executive and hired Kristen Wise of Smyrna as a client analyst.

KARISSA M. THIGPEN

Thigpen, who joined Sterling Risk Advisors in 2014, provides risk management and commercial insurance solutions to clients across a wide range of industries.

“Karissa’s dedication to our clients has earned her this promotion. She is a valuable member of our team,” said Doug Rieder, president of Sterling Risk Advisors.

Thigpen has experience in a variety of risk management settings including — working directly with producers to manage existing accounts and facilitate new business; marketing new business and renewal accounts for all lines of business in various classes of insurance; negotiating coverage and rates with underwriters; understanding of Standard and Non-Standard markets and their rating appetites; identifying needs and providing clients with relevant risk management and insurance recommendations; using online rating systems for 30-plus carriers/brokers; preparing finance agreements; and keeping up with industry trends to continually provide solutions to emerging coverage exposures.

Immediately prior to joining Sterling Risk Advisors, she worked for River Club Apartments as a community assistant, where she gained sales experience with an emphasis on relationship building. She is currently working on her chartered property casualty underwriter designation.

She received her bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance with a Certificate in Legal Studies from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. While at UGA, she was a member of Gamma Iota Sigma, an international risk management, insurance and actuarial sciences collegiate fraternity, and was publicity chair of The National Society of Leadership and Success.

KRISTEN WISE

Wise will provide risk management and commercial insurance solutions to clients across a wide range of industries.

“Kristen worked for Sterling earlier in her career, and we are delighted to have her back,” said Rieder.

Her skills include in-depth knowledge of the restaurant, entertainment and construction industries, marketing new business and negotiating with insurance companies, proficiency in customizing client orgs using the Force.com platform, building reports to analyze the sales processes and suggesting methods to improve the sales cycle and a strong ability to identify and meet customer needs.

Immediately prior to joining Sterling Risk Advisors, she worked for Riskonnect Inc as a sales adviser. Before that, she worked for Sterling as an assistant account executive. She has obtained her Georgia Property and Casualty Insurance license.

Wise received her bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. While at UGA she was also a member of Gamma Iota Sigma.

Sterling Risk Advisors is a full-service risk management and insurance brokerage firm serving the commercial, professional and personal needs of clients across a diverse spectrum of industries.

For more information, visit www.sterlingra.com or call 678-424-6500.

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