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Chapter Volunteer Profile
By Patrick Raleigh, Merrill Corporation, IASA Land O' Lakes Chapter Past President
Brian Shanahan, Sr. Financial Analyst, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, IASA's Indiana Chapter President
What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
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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What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
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.
If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
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.
o you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums?
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.
Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
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.
Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
My dog, Brody (25 pounds of joy), golf clubs, and my tool bag.
How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
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.
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?
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.
What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
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.
So after a tough day...is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
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)
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