Chapter Volunteer Profile:Dennis Loveridge, Sr. Financial Analyst, State Farm Insurance Company, VP/Secretary of the IASA Central Illinois Chapter
By Chuck Gunkel, VP of Business Development, IASA
eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Loveridge: It was the Central Illinois Chapter's Spring Conference. I had recently agreed to join the Chapter as Program Director and that was the first major event.
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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Loveridge: My company, as do most companies, encourages professional designations that require CPE. IASA provides a great source of quality continuing education at a very reasonable price.
eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Loveridge: I've thought for a number of years that Kirk Herbstreit has a great "job" -- getting paid to attend the best college football games in the country each week. And between games he has to work hard at (guess what) watching more college football games.
eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums?
Loveridge: Not really. About as daring as I get these days are the occasional roller coasters and zip lining. I've started running again to prep for a few 5K races this summer, so maybe my medical expenses will increase a little.
eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Loveridge: Nothing right now...I recently retired from the Army National Guard after 25 years of active and reserve service. That was always my "volunteer" activity, but now that those weekends are freed up, I will look for other volunteer opportunities.
eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
Loveridge: Coffee, Pizza, Ohio State Football
eInterpreter: How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Loveridge: While I was in my last quarter of college (yes, we were weird and had quarters instead of semesters), the person I was dating at the time worked at an insurance company and told me they had an opening in their Accounting Department. I hadn't thought about that as a career option, but once I found out more about the company, the work, and the starting salary, I decided to apply.
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?
Loveridge: I would encourage them to start with a local event and get to know the chapter leadership. I think they would quickly find there's a lot more to IASA than just the cheap CPE and good food. You get to network with some really great people, build upon your career skills, and gain a great deal of business acumen around a variety of insurance-related topics. And if they can get to the National Conference, that's always a great event with even more networking opportunities and tremendous session speakers.
eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Loveridge: I am a Financial Analyst, supporting the company's Deferred Compensation and Supplemental Benefits programs. I find it rewarding to find ways to help the team be more productive and responsive to customer requests. I've also been involved with some significant projects, and it's always rewarding when the projects are on time, on budget, and accomplish all of the established goals.
eInterpreter: So after a tough day…is your release a good work out, a certain food, or something over ice?
Loveridge: All of the above, and preferably in that order. But if it's a really tough day, I might only get to the second two things!
Pictured: Dennis and Family