Daniel H. Kugler, former head of risk for Snap-on Corp. and long-term educator in risk management, died unexpectedly on 12 May. He was 68 years old.
Mr. Kugler worked on insurance claims after graduating from college in 1976 and began on Snap-on as a risk analyst in 1979. He held various risk and benefit management positions at Kenosha, the Wisconsin-based equipment manufacturer and distributor, and was named Risk Manager for Years After. Business insurance year 2002.
In 2012, he was awarded the Innovation and Leadership Award at the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services at the Illinois State University’s Midwestern Insurance Innovation and Leadership Awards & Hall of Fame.
He retired as assistant treasurer for Snap-on 2014.
He continued as Head of the Center for Insurance and Risk Management at the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and in 2016 was named Vice President of Corporate Risk Management at REV Group, a specialty vehicle manufacturer in Milwaukee. He started his own risk management consultant in 2020.
For much of his career, Mr. Kugler – who took an MBA and held a number of risk management-related designations – involved in risk management education and promoted the risk management profession through his collaboration with Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc., where he had served on the board.
He taught various risk management courses for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Concordia University of Wisconsin and Butler University. In addition, he was a longtime participant in a Spencer Educational Foundation program that brought working risk managers to campus.
The foundation, of which Mr Kugler was a board member for 12 years, is developing a grant for its Risk Manager on Campus program in Mr Kugler’s name. A fundraising link will soon be available at www.spencered.org.
Mr Kugler leaves behind his wife, Margie, four children and three grandchildren.