Chapter Volunteer Profile
By Patrick Raleigh, Merrill Corporation, IASA Land O' Lakes Chapter Past President

Featured Volunteer: William E. Miller, Partner, Audit, KPMG LLP, President of IASA Ohio Chapter

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Miller: My first IASA event was the 2011 Ohio Chapter Fall Conference. Since that time, I've attended several other events nationally and other chapter conferences. I must say that a little bit of peer pressure from friends and colleagues prompted me to attend that first event and I haven't looked back ever since.

Continue Reading from eInterpreter...

eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Miller: For our members, the education component of our activities is critical to staying up-to-date on industry issues and hot topics as well as serving as a mechanism to maintain professional licensure requirements. The Ohio Chapter proudly hosts 25 break-out sessions at our Annual Fall Conference covering a variety of topics centered on the following five themes:
- Introductory Courses on Insurance
- Business & Industry Hot Topics (Investments, Pensions, Regulator Updates)
- Accounting Updates (Stat, GAAP, NAIC Annual Statement)
- Systems and Technology (Financial Transformation, Data & Analytics)
- Personal and Professional Development (How to manage your boss, Developing Leaders, Personal Finance) 


eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Miller: I would love to run a not-for-profit trust aimed at Community Giving in the Columbus and Central Ohio Region. There are so many needs in our communities from combatting homelessness to supporting the arts...our current funding structures could use all the private/public support possible. The joy each of us can bring others is a gift I wish I had more time to explore and invest. 

eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? 
Miller: I probably shouldn't answer this question - lots of vices! That said, I enjoy nature and particularly going to our family's cabin in Canada; no electricity. We drink lake water, etc. It's truly isolated. That said, I suppose I have a higher than average likelihood of dying from a bear than most.
 

eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Miller: I proudly serve or have served as a Board Member for Opera Columbus and Huckleberry House in addition to our Ohio Chapter of IASA. 

Opera Columbus is an organization aimed at cultivating local artists' talent and community education programs related to the art form. Opera is such a critical element of the performing arts community and so much of what we hear in movies, TV, and online today is influenced directly or indirectly from Opera. 

Huckleberry House is a shelter and counseling organization for homeless and runaway teens who don't yet meet the requirements for the adult homeless system. Such an important part of Huckleberry House's programming is providing safety, counseling, and personal development programs to help teens get on their feet and live a healthy and productive life. 

eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
Miller:
- My Dog, Lila
- Sunshine
- Ohio State Buckeyes (I was a proud member of the Marching Band and had the honor of dotting the "I" in Script Ohio several times) 

eInterpreter:
How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Miller: I began my professional career at KPMG in 1999 and immediately began working on insurance companies. My early experiences were classics--from butchering documents in the copying machine to getting a cramp in my forearm from footing trial balances for two weeks straight. I now serve as a partner in our financial services practice and serve both property & casualty and life insurance clients throughout the mid-west. 

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?
Miller: I've met many friends through IASA and maintained networks of friends and colleagues that otherwise I likely would have lost touch with. It's an organization that values education and networking and promoting personal development. Try it--you'll like it.

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Miller: KPMG Partner, Financial Services. The most rewarding and challenging part of my job is managing people and clients. It brings me incredible joy to build relationships, help people grow and develop into leaders and work with clients on business and accounting issues. It's also been incredibly rewarding to work with recruiting, diversity & inclusion initiatives and our firm's "Employer of Choice" counsel--helping create an environment where people want to start their career, grow their career, and launch their career. 

eInterpreter: So after a tough day...is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Miller: I always start my day with a workout and/or swim and end the day with a nice glass of port or wine (or both).  


Pictured: Bill Miller & His Dog, Lila