Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tips for a Better Travel Experience in Rome

The recipient of a bachelor's degree in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia, Scott G. Sink has served as senior executive vice president of Birmingham, Alabama's McGriff, Seibels & Williams since 1994. When he isn't working, Scott G. Sink enjoys traveling with his family and counts Rome, Italy, as one of his favorite destinations.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and you certainly can't see all the sights you might want to in a single day, either. That's why it's important to prioritize what you want to see and do while you're there, especially if your stay will only be a week-long or shorter. One of the more prominent tourist attractions in the city is the Colosseum, but it can take hours waiting in line just to see the ruins of its lower levels. Instead, you can ignore the crowds and still look upon it in awe from a distance while saving your time for other experiences.

If you are set on doing tours of well-known landmarks such as the Pantheon or the Vatican, visit late in the afternoon or first thing in the morning. Similarly, the Trevi Fountain is almost always crowded, but it will be less busy later in the evening. The Sistine Chapel is best viewed just before closing, as at this time the artificial lighting is shut off and the paintings on its ceiling can be viewed in natural light as originally intended. Other lesser known attractions and areas worth visiting include the Testaccio neighborhood, the Vatican gardens, Santa Maria della Vittoria, and the catacombs near Villa Ada.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Old Overton Club - Renowned Alabama Golf Venue

Scott G. Sink brings more than three decades of experience in the insurance industry to his role as senior executive vice president at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., in Birmingham, Alabama. When not busy leading the insurance brokerage firm’s 60-person Energy and Marine Division, Scott G. Sink is an avid golfer who has played all over the world, and at local venues such as Old Overton Club.

Old Overton Club sits southeast of Birmingham in the heavily wooded hills of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Built on the site of a former strip mine, the picturesque course is the product of a collaboration between Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio, who together incorporated several aspects of the local topography in their design. A rock wall comes into play on the 426-yard fourth hole, while Lake Overton presents a challenge to golfers on several of the back nine holes.

Since opening in 1993, Old Overton has garnered acclaim from publications like Golf Digest, which recognized the club as having the eighth-best course in Alabama for 2017-18. Outside of golf, Old Overton offers activities such as swimming, tennis, and dining.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Namesakes of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business

Before beginning his career in the insurance industry, Scott G. Sink earned a BBA in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia (UGA). The father of two UGA alumni, Scott G. Sink supports his alma mater as a member of the Alumni Board of the Terry College of Business.

For more than a century, the Terry College of Business has focused on providing students with a quality business education. Founded in 1912 as the School of Commerce, the school adopted its current name in 1991 following a sizable, record-breaking gift from C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry.

A 1939 graduate of UGA, C. Herman Terry enjoyed a successful career in insurance that saw him build Dependable Insurance Co. into a major corporation. Prior to his death in 1998, he gave back to his alma mater as a UGA Foundation emeritus trustee.

Mary Virginia Terry, a UGA Arch Foundation emeritus trustee, has a long history of providing significant support to education. Over the years, UGA has presented Mrs. Terry with the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award and recognized her with its highest honor, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

The generosity of the Terry family has fundamentally transformed the Terry College of Business. Through the family’s financial assistance, the college has awarded scholarships, endowed faculty chairs, upgraded its facilities, and taken other steps aimed at raising the quality of its business education.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Scotland’s Best Golf Courses

Birmingham, Alabama-based energy insurance executive Scott G. Sink has worked with McGriff, Seibels & Williams since 1994. Scott G. Sink, one of the firm’s top producers, is a golf enthusiast who cites Scotland as his favorite golf destination. 

Scotland is home to over 500 golf courses, and many are considered among the best in the world. Here are some of the most notable Scottish courses for golfers of all levels.

St. Andrews - Golf has been played on this historic course for over 500 years. This history combined with the course’s notoriously challenging bunkers attracts golfers from around the world.

Muirfield - Located in East Lothian, known as the sunniest corner of Scotland, Muirfield has welcomed novice and professional golfers to its 7,245 yard course since the late 1800s. As of 2010, 42 championships had been held on the legendary course.

Kingsbarns - At just over 18 years old, Kingsbarns is one of Scotland’s newest courses. The course snakes along the rugged coast of the North Sea and offers breathtaking views.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Brit Crowned First USGA Senior Women’s Open Champion

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A Brief History of the Louvre

Drawing on over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Scott G. Sink serves as senior executive vice president of the energy and marine division at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. In addition to his professional pursuits, Scott G. Sink enjoys traveling. He and his family have visited several locations around the world, including Paris, France.

With 8.1 million visitors per year, the Musee du Louvre in Paris is the most visited museum in the world. The Louvre houses some of the world’s most recognizable pieces of art including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix. Well-known sculptures from antiquity such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo also reside in the Louvre.

The Louvre itself has an extensive history. Originally commissioned in 1190 by Philippe Auguste, the building was intended to be a strategic garrison to defend the city against Viking raiders. The building served as a fortress for many years until the sixteenth century, when King Francois began to use the structure as a residence. He began a series of renovations and building projects that continued for centuries.

Louis XIV transformed the Louvre into a center for the arts when he began housing the royal academies of architecture, science, painting, and sculpture in the building. There, scholars and artists gathered to further their crafts, exhibit their work, and conduct important studies. 

During the French Revolution and in the years following, the Louvre developed into a museum for the public. For the first time, all citizens were able to see the royal collections as well as a number of works seized from the nobility. In later years, during the reign of Napoleon, additional antiquities were added to the museum.

During the late 20th century, the Musee du Louvre was completely renovated and reorganized. As a part of this process, artwork completed after 1820 moved to the Musee D’Orsay. I.M. Pei’s iconic glass pyramid was added in 1989, creating a new entrance that could accommodate the Louvre’s visitors.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition

For nearly 25 years, Scott G. Sink has managed 60 employees as senior executive vice president and practice leader of the energy and marine division at McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc. In addition to his work at the firm, Scott G. Sink attends relevant industry meetings, such as the annual Risk and Insurance Management Conference.

The Risk Management Society (RIMS) provides insurance professionals with a depth of resources and services, including the RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition. Designed to showcase the latest offerings from trusted industry partners and vendors, the conference also provides RIMS members with opportunities to exchange information with peers and potential leads, network, and hold meetings with existing clients. The annual event regularly draws an excess of 9,500 attendees, not to mention a number of special guest speakers.

The 2019 RIMS Annual Conference and Exhibition has been scheduled for the end of April in Boston, Massachusetts. Insurance professionals can learn more about the upcoming event and review sessions from past conferences by visiting www.rims.org.