Chapter Volunteer Profile
By Patrick Raleigh, Merrill Corporation, IASA Land O' Lakes Chapter Past President
Featured Volunteer: Margaret Horn, VP of Statutory Reporting, Everest Global Services, Inc., VP of Exhibits, IASA, Chapter Treasurer of the IASA Metro NY/NJ Chapter
eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Horn: The first IASA Chapter meeting I attended was a Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting in Baltimore, shortly before the creation of the Metro NY/NJ Chapter. One of the VP's in our department always attended IASA events and knew they were good training and networking opportunities. That was a long time ago!
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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Horn: Attendees at Chapter events can hear firsthand what the latest hot topics and trends are in the industry at that moment, and get answers directly from the experts to questions pertinent to their company. It is also an opportunity to share best practices with peers, and earn low cost continuing education credits for those that need them.
eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Horn: The first thing that always comes to mind is I would paint (pictures, not rooms)! I would not ever call myself a great painter, but I love to do it and never have the time or a convenient place to set everything up (the clean-up is the worst part). I get a lot of satisfaction from creating something beautiful (at least to me). Either that, or I would have a farm because I love to grow vegetables – every summer the folks at work enjoy the fact that I always grow way more than I need!
eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums?
Horn: I would not call this a hobby but a characteristic - my husband gave me the nickname Margie-o Andretti a while ago, implying a trait that could affect my auto premiums!
eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Horn: I do not regularly volunteer for any other organizations other than IASA, but do help out with lunch break at our local church on the weekends when I can.
eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
1. Fresh air and the ability to go outside on a beautiful, sunny day
2. A pet to take care of
eInterpreter: How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Horn: My first job right out of college was with Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Company in Holmdel, New Jersey. I was a tax accountant doing federal, state and premium tax returns (I know, exciting stuff). I moved over to financial reporting after a few years and have been doing some form of that ever since. Someone early on in my career once labelled me a “lifer” (meaning I’d be doing this work forever), and they were right. Call me a geek, but I love it!
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?
Horn: I would tell them that my involvement with IASA has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. Besides the obvious educational benefits, I’ve been able to practice skills (like public speaking) that have helped me on my job, and in life. To top it off, the people involved with this organization are the best! I’ve met so many people that I now consider friends.
eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Horn: My current job is VP of Statutory Reporting for Everest Reinsurance Company. What I find most rewarding about my position is that I like being an expert at something, and helping others learn. I am a numbers and “rules” person, and this type of work suits me perfectly.
eInterpreter: So after a tough day...is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Horn: Judging by my picture, I think you can figure that one out! The glass was a Christmas present from my staff…I would say they know me well.
Pictured: Margaret Horn