IASA Happenings

Meet IASA's New Executive Director - Kerry Crockett

By: IASA Publications Committee
A not-so-widely known hobby for Kerry has been riding motorcycles. But certainly no surprise to those who do know her!
Meet Kerry Crockett, IASA’s new Executive Director.  

What was your background prior to joining IASA? / How did your career path lead you to IASA?

I started my professional career as an Occupational Therapist working with the geriatric population for 15 years, eventually moving into a District Manager role. From there, I made the transition to association management and served as Executive Director for the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). In this role I also served concurrently as Executive Director for the Pediatric Pathology Society and the Hematopathology Society. After almost 10 years with USCAP, I joined the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) as Associate Executive Director where I served as Executive Director for their affiliate organization, the Society for MR Radiographers and Technologists (SMRT). After a move back to Georgia to help care for ailing in-laws, the opportunity to lead IASA became available and I was thrilled to have been selected. 

Who have been your mentors in your professional life?

Two always immediately come to mind – Jim Crimmins and PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association). Jim Crimmins served as Executive Director for USCAP when I was hired to replace him due to his impending retirement within the year. He was an accountant by trade and a gentleman by nature. He was gracious and generous with his time and knowledge and spent many hours introducing me to the association world and accounting practices. 

PCMA was the resource I desperately needed as I navigated my way and I quickly became involved as a volunteer. The friendships, information and tools I garnered from my involvement with them has served me well over the course of my career in association and convention management. 

In your short time here, what are your initial thoughts on the organization?

First, I’m in awe of the passion and dedication I see in the staff team. Their willingness to do whatever it takes to not only get the job done, but move the organization forward, is amazing. Second, I see tremendous opportunity for growth and a willingness from the Board of Directors to embrace the changes needed to support that growth. 

What challenges do you see for the IASA and other similar educational associations?

Many associations, IASA included, are struggling to maintain their relevancy in an ever-increasingly crowded field of associations. For small associations in particular, this becomes a tougher battle when you have limited resources. Associations used to own the space for professional continuing education, but corporations, with their vast resources, have now invaded that space and are now providing the same content, often for free. Another challenge which goes hand in hand with widely available educational content, is the shift from the traditional membership model to a constituent-based model. For generations, education was the value proposition that kept dues revenue rolling in but now with it so readily available, that value has diminished. Individuals are now looking for intangible value – they want to be engaged but in specific areas that are of value to them when its convenient for them. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Are you able to hint at any upcoming changes for the organization?

IASA is on the cusp of transformational change. Leadership is proactively taking steps to invest in the future of our organization, to identify our value proposition and to understand why we are doing what we’re doing. The result of that process will allow us to refocus our efforts and resources to drive impactful outcomes not only for our organization, but for our constituents and community as well. 

What’s your most-used productivity hack?

I’m able to focus on what my priority is at that moment.

How do you balance your work and home life?

Admittedly, working remotely can be more challenging than working from the national office when it comes to work/life balance. However, I’ve found that if you love what you’re doing it no longer feels like work and there is no internal struggle. I’ve also made it a practice to take one week off in the year where I completely disengage from work – no email, no phone, no watch. Usually I spend this week on a beach (in the shade) just reading and relaxing. It really allows me to push the reset button and focus on my own mental health.

What are your hidden talents or hobbies? / What would someone who knows you be surprised to learn about you?

Those who know me, know I love to travel so this may not be a surprise. I’ve only been to six of the seven continents, 36 countries and 48 states – so you can see I have a lot more traveling to do! 
One surprise may be that I used to ride Harleys, but with the increase in distracted drivers on the road, I switched to a convertible 😉.

If you were able to start your work career over, what would you be doing today?

I would be a wildlife veterinarian traveling internationally to focus on the health and well-being of some of our most endangered species. It’s the combination of my two biggest passions.

 What’s your favorite sports team?   Holiday?  Best concert?

I don’t really follow sports much but while living in California, I did become partial to the Golden State Warriors. It was thrilling to see them take the championship in ’15, ’17 and ’18.

My favorite holiday is Christmas. It’s such a great time to connect with family and friends and reminisce about special memories. Decorating our Christmas tree is especially fun for my husband and me because our ornaments are from places we’ve visited. Each one we un-wrap and hang brings back wonderful memories of our time spent there. 

I’d have to say the best concert I went to was also my first – Queen in 1980. I went with my older brother and two of his friends. The show was amazing but more importantly, they didn’t treat me like the tag-along little sister! 

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

I’d have to say spending it exploring somewhere new with my hubby and pups with a long leisurely lunch at an outdoor bistro.

What historical figures would you most like to meet?

When I was young, I read the diary of Anne Franke, then my family and I visited the home in Amsterdam in which she and her family hid for two years during the war. It was a powerful experience and story that I’ve never forgotten. 

Provide any closing remarks you would like to convey to the IASA membership base….

We’re in a challenging time right now, not only as an organization, but as individuals as well. I know that together we can pull through this and come out stronger on the other side. Steps that we’re taking now and throughout the remainder of the year will serve to build a solid foundation on which we can grow IASA to become the leading resource for our community. I’m excited about the journey ahead and look forward to our future success!

IASA's new, and first female, Executive Director, Kerry Crockett, was hired in December 2019. Join us as we get to know her, both personally and professionally, and learn about her vision for IASA.

IASA Virtual Leadership Series

By: IASA e-Learning
IASA Virtual Leadership Series
As our industry responds to the effects of COVID-19, many of our preconceptions for managing teams are changing. We'll dive into topics that matter most in leading remote teams, including communications, teamwork, cultural implications, and trust.
In our first episode, Navigating Change, we look at how COVID-19 is changing organizations, key leadership challenges that need to be addressed, and how technology can be leveraged to help address those challenges.
You can watch the first episode on demand here:

Visit IASA's YouTube Channel weekly for additional installments to this 9 week series!
We’d love your feedback! Please feel free to share thoughts and ideas, or pose questions you’d like us to address in future episodes!
IASA presents a new e-Learning initiative designed to help our members navigate our rapidly changing business environment. Join us weekly for a short, 15-minute conversation with industry leaders Cathy Ellwood and Kerry Crockett.

COVID-19 - A Message from the IASA National Office

By: Kerry Crockett, IASA Executive Director
Dear IASA Members,
We know that you are currently inundated with emails, news reports and messages related to COVID-19. We also know that this is not just impacting you professionally, but personally too. IASA prides itself on being a family of industry professionals who support each other through everything, especially during a time like this. I can assure you; we are in this together, navigating our next steps day by day, making decisions that are in the best interest of our members and partners. This pandemic has impacted us in every aspect of our lives - professionally, personally, financially and mentally. We empathize with you as all of us go through this together.  
Presently, we are advancing with planning the Annual Conference, working with vendors, contractors, the city and our leadership to make the decision that best fits the needs of our members. We are well aware that travel bans and company limitations on travel are impacting your decisions related to your participation in this year's meeting. We are exploring all options, taking into account the latest news and information available to us, keeping the health, safety and well-being of our members top of mind. 
IASA will keep everyone updated on decisions and news related to all aspects of the Conference. Communication is being distributed via email and social media regularly with members being the first to be notified of any noteworthy points. 
Should you have questions at any time, please reach out to our team at info@IASA.org. Messages are checked and answered throughout the day.
On behalf of the IASA Leadership and Team, I send wishes of good health and safety to you and your family.
Kerry Crockett
Executive Director 
IASA Executive Director Addresses Members Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak

IASA Celebrates Insurance Careers Month

Most people don’t realize the many different jobs in the insurance industry.  Actuaries, underwriters and claims adjusters are just a few that come to mind. But just like any company, insurance companies need people in accounting, compliance, human resources, marketing and of course technology. The list goes on. There are so many areas to choose from to show your creativity and be challenged.

With a lot of employees reaching retirement age, insurance companies are in high demand to fill positions. Besides a stable place to work, many insurance companies are recruiting talented people by offering great benefits and fun work environments. 

Come join us and learn more at www.insurancecareerstrifecta.org!
Did you know there was an "Insurance Careers Movement" and that you could be a part of it? IASA is celebrating Insurance Careers Month and you can, too!

IASA Member Announcements

By: IASA Publications Committee

IASA’s mission is to bring together the worlds of accounting, education, and technology in the insurance industry. Our member companies are constantly integrating new systems, services, and innovations that can give you insight into the solutions today’s modern insurance companies need. Read on for news and announcements from companies across the nation. Does your company have an exciting announcement? Send your press release to tstillman@iasa.org.

Coface North America Insurance Company Selects Clearwater for Increased Portfolio Transparency and Insight

Johnson Lambert Announces 2020 Leadership Promotions

Our member companies are some of the industry’s finest. Click here to see news, press releases, and announcements from IASA members.

Membership Renewal: Time is Running Out

By: IASA Membership Committee
Keep your member benefits in place, Renew Online Today!
Durham, NC – Membership renewal is well underway!  IASA is recognized as an industry leader in delivering educational content through webinars, local chapter events, OnPOINT and innovative sessions at the annual conference. Plus, don’t miss out on the peer to peer networking opportunities at the Annual Educational Conference and Business Show.  Printed invoices have been mailed!  The March 1 deadline is almost here.  Avoid a lapse in member benefits by going online and renewing now.
Durham, NC – Membership renewal time is now. If you haven't renewed your company's membership, check out the benefits and renew today!

Chapter Events Quickly Filling 2020 Calendar

By: IASA Chapter Committee
Find Education Opportunities in Your Own Back Yard!

There are 24 IASA Local Chapters.  Each IASA Chapter is an autonomous entity working cooperatively with the International IASA organization.  Joining a local Chapter is a great way to meet other professionals within your general area and obtain education and information critical to your career. IASA Chapter events are some of the best values in the industry.


Chapters typically hold either luncheon, half-day, one-day or multiple day meetings.  Some Chapters join together for regional events that typically are two-day meetings.  Local Chapter events often include state regulators as either speakers or attendees.  Also, some Chapters include an Exhibitor Show as part of their Chapter meeting.


All in all,  IASA Chapter meetings are a great networking opportunity on the local level while you earn CPE credits at the best possible value.  Visit the Chapters Home Page for updates on upcoming chapter meetings and find one near you today!

Find Education Opportunities in your own back yard with IASA Local Chapter Events. 24 Chapters covering the United States, from California to New York/New Jersey and everything in between.

Key 2019 Annual Statement and Risk-Based Capital Changes Top Webinar in 2019

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NAIC Liaison, Connie Jasper-Woodroof, StoneRiver, presented the Key Annual Statement and Risk-Based Changes webinar in the e-Learning Webinar Series on December 17, 2019.  This will be the final Annual Statement webinar for Connie in the e-Learning Webinar Series prior to her upcoming retirement in 2020.  This webinar provides format updates for individuals involved in the preparation of the 2019 NAIC Statutory Annual Statements and Risk-Based Capital Reports, as well as the related accounting changes. The latest information from the NAIC December National Meeting regarding ongoing projects are also be included. Visit the e-Learning Webinar archives for the On-Demand version today!
Connie Jasper-Woodroof, NAIC Liaison for StoneRiver, delivered her highly popular Key Annual Statement and Risk-Based Changes webinar December 20, 2019.

Executives Take the Spotlight in November Webinar

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Peter Drucker, one of the greatest influencers of management practices of all time, was credited with saying “Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch.”  At the time he said it, leaders were focused on creating strategic plans and trying to figure out how they were going to achieve their goals in the next 3 to 5 years.  Today, most of those plans remain in the binders on the shelves in the collecting dust or have been thrown away.  Digital transformations have intensified competition.   The main strategy for success in many organizations involves differentiation; often in the form of creating innovative customer-centric experiences or by leveraging advances in technology to bring new products and services to market faster.  Success often requires a fundamental shift in the mindsets and capabilities of those who are charged with delivery. It also requires a culture with the values and motivation to do so.  This session focuses on what it takes to build and sustain a high-performing culture.  It addresses some of the challenges leaders face trying to change cultures within their organizations and it provides insights organizations that have.

Login to the Member Archives for the On-Demand version now.
Cathy Ellwood, President of Ellwood Enterprises, delves into Executive Culture and its importance to overall company culture, in IASA's e-Learning Webinars Series, presented November 20, 2019.