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

Featured Volunteer: George Creed, President, Southern California Chapter, IASA

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Creed: The first event I ever went to was a Los Angeles Chapter Regional at Rancho Bernardo near San Diego probably around 1992 as a vendor for Merrill Corporation when we first started to approach the insurance industry regarding printing Annual Statements. 

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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Creed: After a while of attending regionals and attending classes, it gave me a better insight into the corporate workings of insurance companies. The people who attended were also very nice and open to new-comers, even though we were associate members and not accountants. 

eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Creed: My dream has always been to be a stand-up comic--no seriously, if money were no object, it wouldn't matter how good or fantastic I was, because I love to make people laugh. 

In fact, how does an accountant stay out of debt?
-He learns to act his wage!

But seriously, why do economics exist?
-So accountants have someone to laugh at!

What's the definition of an "accountant"?
-Someone who solves a problem didn't know you had in a way you don't understand!

I'll be headlining next year's IASA Conference...

eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? 
Creed: I am probably the most boring person you know--and easily insurable.


eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Creed: 
Only one group at a time can take me...

eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
Creed: 
a. My Model Building Hobby
b. Laughter
c. A Good Steak


eInterpreter:
How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Creed: 
I was actually picked by a mentor manager at Merrill to be the "insurance guy" for the West Coast and I've been that guy for over twenty years, volunteering for the Los Angeles/Southern California Chapter. In fact, I am the historian for the group. I remember when we went to Shell Beach, I believe, and I have never seen so many stars in my life. There were no city lights to compete! We had Bruce Jenner as a keynote motivational speaker!

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?
Creed: 
The best way to get involved and get your CPE's is to come and group our group. The networking alone is worth the price of admission and this is a group you will be with for your entire accounting career!

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Creed:
Right now, I am an agent at New York Life. The most rewarding aspect of my position is the people--it's that simple! I have known this group for almost twenty years and have developed business and personal relationships with a large group of very nice people.  

eInterpreter: So after a tough day...is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Creed: Nothing exciting--just building models, ballroom dancing, and Law & Order Marathons...


 
Pictured: George and His Daughter, Susanna