Chapter Volunteer Profile
Featured Volunteer: Kara Thome, OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc., IASA Indiana Chapter

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Thome: 2015 Central States Regional in St. Louis--I was inspired to go to network with other professionals in the insurance industry as well as participate in quality continuing education sessions.

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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Thome: Staying abreast of hot topics across the industry. It's very easy to only focus on the insurance segment you work in on a day to day basis; IASA provides me with the opportunity to not lose site of what is important in all of the segments.

eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Thome: Traveling the world to experience all the different cultures and of course, the food!

eInterpreter: How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
I had an internship while I was in college at a company that conducts the financial condition examinations on behalf of state insurance departments. I have been in the insurance industry my entire professional career.

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?
You are missing out. IASA is providing insurance professionals with many opportunities, locally, regionally, and nationally to obtain quality continuing education and deepen professional relationships. Through the meetings I have attended and volunteering opportunities I have had the pleasure to meet and work with some wonderful individuals.

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
The people that I get to work with each and every day.

eInterpreter: So after a tough your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Thome: Actually, my two dogs are what I look forward to after a rough day.