Chapter Volunteer Profile

Featured Volunteer: Lane Miller, Principal, Johnson Lambert LLP

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Miller: It was the Carolinas Chapter event in Myrtle Beach, SC.  It’s held at an amazing resort right on the beach, which made it difficult to attend every session, but I did of course.

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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Miller: There are so many benefits provided to myself and Johnson Lambert, as a service provider in the insurance industry.  First, the quality of education for the cost cannot be matched.  Second, it’s a great way to get together with clients, prospects and colleagues in a live setting to understand what challenges we are all facing in the current economic and regulatory environment that you can’t find through webinars or over email.

eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Miller: I would try my hand at being a boat tour guide or doing some sort of fishing charter in the Caribbean.  It would be nice to log off and live life like a Jimmy Buffet song.

eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? 
Does downhill snowboarding, competitive soccer, travelling to new countries and offshore fishing count? Our office joined a kickball league for fun,  which we all got into. I walked away uninjured although I can’t say the same for some of my coworkers. I just want to remind my insurance provider that I’m a CPA that services insurance companies, I’m really good with a 10-key, pivot tables and I am thrilled by SSAP pronouncements. 

eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
I have done a variety of volunteer work from reviewing not-for-profit financial statements for the United Way Certification Committee to more hands on, local service projects like  Habitat for Humanity .  I especially enjoy the Johnson Lambert-organized projects, because it not only “feels good”, but it gives our team a chance to blow off some steam and get some fresh air together. 

eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
As mentioned earlier, the beach, coffee, and my iPhone...

How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
I started at Johnson Lambert as an intern immediately after graduating from NC State University.  To be honest, I was a little hesitant about servicing the insurance industry, but after my first year working with our insurance clients, I found I really enjoyed the people and the industry.

eInterpreter: What would you say to a colleague, or even a peer at another company, who has never attended an IASA Chapter event about getting involved?
It really is a great way to give back, meet new people in the industry and get top-quality insurance specific education at a great price.  Was that too cliché?

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Miller: I am a Principal at Johnson Lambert LLP.  What I find most rewarding is helping current and prospective clients navigate their way through any new or complex accounting and financial  reporting  standards.  

eInterpreter: So after a tough your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Miller: After a tough day I enjoy all three, but the good work out tends to get skipped and I head straight for a  rare plus cooked piece of meat paired with a few glasses of red wine.

Pictured: Lane & Wife