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Faculty and Staff: Risk Management and Insurance

Administrative Team

​Ajeyo Banerjee PhD, CMA​

Director of the Risk Management and Insurance Program, and Director of Finance and Risk Management. He joined the university as an Assistant Professor, after completing his Ph.D. in Finance and Econometrics and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before he moved to USA, Ajeyo worked as a credit analyst at the State Bank of India, the largest commercial bank in India. In addition to a Master's degree in Physics, Ajeyo is a Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Banker. He has held visiting professorial positions at the edhec Business School, Lille, France, and the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India.

Ajeyo's research interests are in Mergers and Acquisitions, International Corporate Finance, Governance Structures in Organizations, and the impact of risk on value. He has published in top economics and finance journals e.g. The American Economic Review, The RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial ​Management and Managerial & Decision Economics.

In 2007, Ajeyo received the Business School's Dave Laube Community Impact Award. In 2004, he was awarded the Business School's Jim Basey Term Professorship Award for Leadership and Innovation. In 2005 and 2006, The Denver Business Journal invited him to be in a panel of academic M&A experts to select the best business acquisition in the state of Colorado. Dr. Banerjee's profile

Lori Genuchi or call 303-315-8153​

Lori is the Program Manager and joined the RMI team in June 2011. Lori has a bachelor's degree in Dietetics and has worked in K-8 education administration for many years. She started a charter school in Jefferson County and worked for the Colorado Department of Education so is very familiar with new program development and management. She accompanies RMI students to study Global Risk Management in London during Maymester.

Lori is in the office (BUSN 5008) and can help you with anything related to the RMI Program.

Barbara Sidwell

Barbara joined the RMI team in October 2014 as External Relations Manager. She has a background in commercial insurance as a broker with J&H Marsh & McLennan of Washington and as an independent agent/broker. Most recently, she has worked as Senior Career Acceleration Specialist at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and as Assistant Director at Utah State University Career Services. Barbara has a Master in Science in Human Resource Management from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Whitman College. She has taught graduate and undergraduate business classes, had led student groups to London and German, and has taught at Yunnan University in Kunming China and in Tokushima Japan. She is active in Colorado CPCU and Bridgerland SHRM.

Barbara is looking forward to help connect students with internship, shadow day and many other industry opportunities. Please stop by her office 5007 or connect with her via email to discuss RMI opportunities 


Jeungbo Shim, Ph.D.

Dr. Shim is an Assistant Professor in the Risk Management and Insurance Program at University of Colorado-Denver. He received his Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance and his M.S. in Actuarial Science from Georgia State University. He was on the faculty of the Department of Business Administration at Illinois Wesleyan University from 2007 to 2013.

His research interests include diversification, capital structure, quantitative risk measurement, workers compensation, and regulation of insurance markets. His research has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Financial Services Research, among others. He was a co-winner of the Geneva Association/International Insurance Society (IIS) Research Excellence Award in 2007. Dr. Shim teaches FNCE 4809 Property and Casualty Insurance and FNCE 6809 Principles of Risk and Insurance in the Risk Management and Insurance undergraduate and graduate programs.​​

John Daley, Ph.D.

John has been teaching finance at the University of Colorado at Denver since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1999. He has been with the RMI program since its inception in Spring 2011. John was  awarded the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty, CU Denver Business School​. He has earned the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford University, Master of Music in Trombone from the University of Southern California, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Together with James Morris, he co-authored Introduction to Financial Modeling for Management and Planning, published in April 2009.

John teaches FNCE 4909 and FNCE 6909 Corporate Risk Management, as well as other finance classes. Professor Daley's profile

Cindy Baroway


Cindy joined the CU Denver Business School Risk Management and Insurance team in fall 2011 as our Program Facilitator and lecturer.

Cindy's academic credentials include M.Ed. from Regis University, and her CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation from The Institutes. Cindy is the current president of the National CPCU organization and past president of the Colorado Chapter of CPCU.

Cindy was recently honored with the Laube Community Impact Award. The award is designed to build connections between the Business School and the greater business community by recognizing Business School faculty and staff who have engaged in activities that promote visibility and the reputation of the Business School within the business community.

As the facilitator for the Risk Management & Insurance Program at the CU Denver Business School, Cindy Baroway has been instrumental in creating more internship, scholarship, and job placement opportunities for students, as well as increasing donations from business partners in the industry. Baroway also founded the RMI Shadow Day, an event that happens several time each year that allows students, whether in the RMI program or not, to visit companies in the industry in order to explore the industry, make connections, and learn what really is involved in a career in the RMI industry. In addition to her work creating alliances between the Business School companies in the industry, Baroway has helped the school build relationships with many prominent insurance industry associations.

Cindy teaches FNCE 1000 – Introduction to RMI Careers and FNCE4809 Property & Casualty Insurance.

Eric L. Reiner, M.B.A., M.S., M.A.

Eric was the first CU-Denver Business School faculty member to offer to teach in the Risk Management and Insurance Program when it was announced in 2010. Since the program's launch in Spring 2011 he has been teaching the introductory undergraduate risk management course in both on-campus and on-line formats. Consistently hailed as entertaining, "Mr. Eric" (his mid-'90s talk-radio handle that students still know him by) has been invited to address student groups at the Business School and was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Track Faculty, CU Denver Business School.

He is also a veteran financial writer who has published hundreds of articles over the last 20 years on taxes, investments, insurance and more. Currently he contributes to two magazines for financial-planning professionals, Financial Advisor and Private Wealth. For 25 years he operated his own tax-accounting practice, specializing in the self-employed. In the late '80s at an insurance company in the Northeast he handled training and technical writing. Before that he developed computer-based test-preparation courses for state-insurance-licensing exams and wrote study-texts for the Series 6, 26, and 63 federal-securities exams. He began professional life as an accountant at a public company, preparing the firm's financial statements as well as reports to senior management.

Mr. Eric teaches FNCE3809 Intro to Risk Management, as well as other finance classes. Mr. Eric's profile​

Yvette Connor​

Yvette Connor has been teaching Cybersecurity as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado since 2014, and is also a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) Insurance and Risk Advisory Services. Among advising clients on issues related to Cybersecurity, Ms. Connor comes to the University of Colorado with more than 20 years of experience building, quantifying and testing operational, financial, hazard and reputational risk frameworks. She is a thought leader on regulatory implications, including building and quantifying operational risk and effectively linking risk frameworks with governance platforms. Ms. Connor focuses on identifying opportunities for value creation, including building decision-driven models informed by risk factors and organizational behavior.

Prior to A&M, Ms. Connor served as the Director of Client Engagement for Marsh and a member of its analytics sales team in the U.S., supporting Global Risk Management clients through the delivery of enhanced analytics. Her primary focus involved leading a proprietary global servicing model to define clients’ business needs and priorities, designing optimal risk management responses, and delivering value-add solutions alongside exemplary team performance.

In Ms. Connor’s previous roles included, Director of Risk Management at Vulcan Inc., a privately held company with a diverse portfolio of over 200 operating companies, Vice President of Risk Management at Roll International, a global food producer, and Director of Insurance and Risk Financing at Sutter Health. Ms. Connor earned a master’s of science degree in risk management at New York University and an MBA in finance at University of California, Davis. In 2013, Business Insurance magazine named her as one of the “Women to Watch” in Risk Management and Insurance, and in 2008, Treasury and Risk magazine named her to their “40 under 40 list.”​

David Young

David Young joined the CU Denver Business School Risk Management and Insurance team in Fall 2012 as a lecturer.

David's academic credentials include a BA in Liberal Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completion of the Executive Education Program at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder. He has more than 25 years of experience working exclusively in the Property and Casualty insurance industry, specializing in large, risk management accounts and has worked for two of the world's largest insurance brokers. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Risk & Insurance Power Broker Award in the Hospitality category and a Liberty Mutual Responsibility Leader of the Year for his efforts to increase awareness of career opportunities in the insurance and risk management industry. Previously at Willis of Colorado, he ran the local intern program for the RMI program and has taught numerous insurance courses throughout his career.

David teaches FNCE 4169/6129 – Practical Enterprise Risk Management.


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