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?
Only one group at a time can take me...

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

How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
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?
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?
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 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