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

Featured Volunteer: Timothy W. Flaherty, Senior Manager, Johnson Lambert LLP, Midwest Chapter Secretary/Treasurer

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Flaherty: My first event was the Midwest fall golf outing and I couldn't have imagined a better way to be introduced to IASA than with golf and cold beer.

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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Flaherty: You won’t find a better opportunity to obtain quality education about topics affecting the insurance industry at an excellent price like you do at IASA.  Also, the opportunity to network with your co-workers and colleagues throughout the industry is both insightful and fun. 

eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Flaherty: Tough call. Try to become a professional golfer is what comes to mind first, with the key word being “try”.  Realistically, I would go to culinary school and become a chef since I really enjoy cooking.

eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? 
Flaherty: To be honest, I am very accident-prone by nature, so just walking and chewing gum at the same time could turn into a catastrophic event at any moment.  I decided to get into woodworking recently (thanks to my wife’s Pinterest problem) and am constantly reminded to be careful to not lose a finger… I am proud to say my woodworking work space has been accident-free for 45 days now. 

eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Flaherty: I don’t volunteer at an officer-level for any other organizations, but I am an active member of the IL CPA Society.  The CPA Society provides networking opportunities and allows me to interact with accounting experts across various industries.

eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
Flaherty: My dog, Holly, who would be happy to know I listed her first, golf clubs, and fantasy football.

How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Flaherty: Insurance is in my blood.  My dad started off in public accounting, auditing insurance companies, before moving into the industry.  After I spent a year working for a small, regional accounting firm, I was offered the opportunity to join a newly formed Johnson Lambert office with a primary focus on auditing insurance companies.  I then learned quickly that I really enjoyed the complexities and nuances of the insurance industry, which continue challenge me every day. 

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?
Flaherty: It is a great opportunity to get to know other professionals and gain perspective on the various roles within the insurance industry… but if that doesn’t interest you, the chance to golf on a work day should be very persuasive!  

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Flaherty: I am a Senior Manager at Johnson Lambert and specialize in auditing insurance companies, employee benefit plans and non-profit organizations.  What I find most rewarding is when my team and I are able to beat a deadline and make the audit feel seamless from the client’s perspective.  My hope is to make the audit process a positive experience rather than an annual headache, like filing your taxes.

eInterpreter: So after a tough your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Flaherty: Do I have to pick just one? My tough days are best cured by watching sports, ordering pizza, and drinking a glass of Jameson on the rocks.

Pictured: Timothy, Wife, & Dog (Holly)