Daniel H. Kugler, former risk manager of Snap-on Corp. and longtime risk management educator, died suddenly on May 12. He was 68 years old.
Mr. Kugler worked in insurance claims after graduating from college in 1976 and joined Snap-on as a risk analyst in 1979. He has held various risk and benefits management positions at the Kenosha, Wis.-based equipment manufacturer and marketer and was named Risk Manager of the Year by Business Insurance in 2002.
In 2012, he received the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services Innovation and Leadership Award from Illinois State University’s Midwestern Insurance Innovation and Leadership Awards & Hall of Fame.
He retired as assistant treasurer of Snap-on in 2014.
He then served as Director of the Center for Insurance and Risk Management at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Business, and in 2016 was named Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management at REV Group, a specialty vehicle manufacturer in Milwaukee. He created his own risk management consulting firm in 2020.
For most of his career, Mr. Kugler – who earned an MBA and held numerous risk management-related designations – was involved in risk management education and promoting the management profession. of risk through his association with the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc., where he had served on the board.
He has taught various risk management courses for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Concordia University of Wisconsin, and Butler University. In addition, he was a long-time participant in a Spencer Educational Foundation program that brought working risk managers to college campuses.
The foundation, of which Mr. Kugler served as 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 is survived by his wife, Margie, four children and three grandchildren.