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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Georgia Bulldogs an Early Favorite to Win National Football Title


An insurance executive, Scott G. Sink brings more than three decades of experience to his position as a senior executive vice president with McGriff, Seibels, and Williams in Birmingham, Alabama. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Scott G. Sink enjoys following the Georgia Bulldogs football team.

Coming off a stellar season that saw the football team fall just short in a heartbreaking national championship game, the Bulldogs are considered one of the early favorites to win the 2018 national title. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) projections, as of April 2018, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 3 in the country, behind top-ranked Clemson University and second-ranked University of Alabama.

According to the FPI projections, the Bulldogs are favored in each of their 12 regular-season games in the 2018 season, and it seems likely that Georgia and Alabama will meet in the SEC conference title game, setting up a rematch of a contest won by the Bulldogs in 2017. Though Georgia is ranked behind Alabama in the national rankings, ESPN prognosticates that Georgia will win the SEC conference title.

Friday, April 6, 2018

An Overview of Alabama’s Shoal Creek Golf Course


Friday, March 30, 2018

UGA Terry College of Business Enters Final Phase of New Construction


Scott G. Sink has worked in the insurance industry since 1984. For the past 24 years, he has served McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., where he is now the senior executive vice president. Prior to launching his career, Scott G. Sink earned a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia. He continues to stay connected to his alma mater as an alumni board member of the school’s Terry College of Business. 

In 2013, the Terry College of Business launched its “Building Terry” campaign to raise funds for new facilities and academic improvements. The campaign has exceeded its $90-million goal and advanced through the first two phases of a construction project to build its new 305,000-square-foot Business Learning Community. 

Along with new classrooms and labs, the Business Learning Community features new common areas, faculty and staff offices, and a number of student spaces, including an undergraduate commons and a career services center. After completing phase two of the project in 2017, the Terry College of Business began working on the third and final phase, which will add two new buildings of classrooms, offices, and conference rooms. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

2018 AEGIS Policyholders' Conference


An experienced insurance executive, Scott G. Sink heads the energy and marine division at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, where he leads a team that provides insurance programs for utility and power companies. Throughout his career, Scott G. Sink has attended numerous industry conferences, such as the annual AEGIS conference.

A top company in the field of mutual insurance, AEGIS encompasses a diverse range of policyholders across the continent. Every year, the company holds its annual Policyholders' Conference to support these members with education and networking opportunities.

The 2018 AEGIS Policyholders' Conference will take place from July 16th through 19th, with registration beginning in May. Beginning with a reception at the historic Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago, the event will provide four full days of talks from notable speakers, breakout sessions, and other learning opportunities at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center. Guests can also participate in a range of tours and recreational activities highlighting Chicago's cultural offerings.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Historic Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion in Greece


Scott G. Sink is a Birmingham, Alabama-based insurance executive who guides a team of 60 property & casualty insurance professionals at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. With a passion for travel, Scott G. Sink has visited locations such as Istanbul, Rome, and Athens with his family. 

In addition to the Acropolis and its adjoining museum, Athens offers a number of nearby historic sites, including Delphi and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Situated 45 miles south of the capital, the 5th century BC temple sits poised at a vantage point above the Aegean Sea. It was traditionally visited by seamen and coastal inhabitants in the hopes of appeasing the much feared god of the sea through worship and animal sacrifice. 

The architect Ictinus (or Iktinos) oversaw construction of a building with 16 massive Doric columns. These marble columns were gently tapered and fuller at the base than at the top, creating a sense of height and elegance. Fifteen of the columns remain standing to this day, with the remaining one housed at the British Museum in London. 

The hexastyle temple also featured a frieze that portrayed the classical myth Theseus and the Battle of Centaurs. Of the numerous original marble sculptures, the remnants are now largely exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. One piece of later vandalism is also extant: the poet Lord Byron’s name is carved on the base of a column, dating from his 1810 tour of Europe.