Empowering a confident, professional community
to shape tomorrow’s risk and insurance industry.

We are committed to creating professionals through practical education and technical guidance to lead the risk management and insurance industry of the future, for the common good.

Focusing exclusively on risk management and insurance professional development, Risk & Insurance Education Alliance provides a practical advantage at every career stage, positioning participants and their clients for confidence & success.


We lead through change; we see around corners for tomorrow’s growth.

We engage and encourage people at every stage of their career and celebrate their accomplishments.


We fearlessly embrace creativity, willing to experiment and try new ideas.

We act ethically, always accountable to ourselves and others.

Moving the Industry Forward

The Research Academy is a non-profit corporation funded entirely through publication sales and affiliation contributions.  Serving as the research and development branch of the Alliance, The Research Academy conducts and promotes practical research on all aspects of risk management and the insurance industry.  The Research Academy publishes insights within surveys and learning guides designed to provide critical data for agencies, companies, and professionals.  

William J. Hold,

President & CEO

William J. Hold is President and CEO of the Risk & Insurance Education Alliance.  His work with carrier representatives and agency associates helps to create education and training paths that ensure risk and insurance professionals earn the knowledge and skills necessary to meet their clients’ needs.

William serves on the Board of Trustees for Gamma Iota Sigma, the international business fraternity for students of insurance, risk management and actuarial science, and the Advisory Board of the University of Central Oklahoma Insurance and Risk Management Program.

William received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Alabama, and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Florida State University. He earned his Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation in 2013, and his Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) designation in 2007.

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