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

Featured Volunteer: Brian Shanahan, Sr. Financial Analyst, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, IASA's Indiana Chapter President

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Shanahan: The National Conference in Dallas. A colleague suggested I go to see what IASA was all about. I enjoyed it and learned more than I thought was possible at a 2 ½ day conference. I also met many amazing people from other companies.

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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Shanahan: IASA is the best opportunity to obtain quality education and to network with co-workers and professionals throughout the insurance industry at an excellent price. 

eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Shanahan: I have always wanted to volunteer for Habit for Humanity on a regular basis. There is nothing more satisfying than to help others that may not have the means to obtain a house on their own.

eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? 
Shanahan: About the most dangerous activity I participate in is cutting down trees on my property.  When you have 5.5 acres of trees, there is always a tree that needs to be taken down and cut up for firewood to be used during the winter.

eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Shanahan: I am on the Board of Directors of Hoosier United Credit Union.  Before starting with Farm Bureau I had a banking background.  18 years ago I was asked to serve on the board and have enjoyed every minute.

eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
Shanahan: My dog, Brody (25 pounds of joy), golf clubs, and my tool bag.

How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Shanahan: My dad worked in insurance for 30 years, so I was already introduced to the insurance industry. After working in banking I decided I wanted to get more into an auditing /accounting function. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance hired me as a Field Auditor. I traveled the state of Indiana. I approached each visit to our county offices as an opportunity to build a positive relationship between the home office and county office by being a positive, friendly visitor.

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?
Shanahan: It is a great opportunity to get inexpensive CPE credits and to get to know other professionals in the industry. Not to mention the great networking events that IASA hosts.

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Shanahan: I am a Senior Financial Analyst at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. I am responsible for creating and reporting on the corporate expense and capital budgets. It is most rewarding when I help the 100+ Budget Center Managers navigate through the budget process, explain and forecast for the year and in the end come in at what we forecast as a company. This gives our upper management team accurate and timely information to make decision that is best for the company. 

eInterpreter: So after a tough your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Shanahan: My dog, Brody, he loves to retrieve a tennis ball. The best way to relax after a tough day is to throw the tennis ball (using a launcher to protect the shoulder) for thirty minutes while Brody retrieves. It also helps to have Willett's bourbon over ice.

Pictured: Brian, Janell, & Dog (Brody)