Chapter Volunteer Profile: Monica Gutierrez-Altenholf, IASA National Volunteer, Carolinas Chapter Member

What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go? Carolinas Winter Meeting 2015--it was here on campus and the rest of my team was going.

What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company? We are able to get CPE in a convenient form. North Carolina Ethics are hard to come by...I am told.

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If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living? I would love to be an elementary school teacher; probably 2nd grade.

Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? I love to do mud runs. I have my 17th Spartan Race scheduled for April.

Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without? The gym, my phone, and an automobile of some sort; I need my freedom.

How did you first get started in the insurance industry? This was my first/only accounting job out of college.

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? IASA makes a great effort to schedule engaging and interesting speakers. Networking with others from different companies has been great for me since accounting is a recent career change for me.

What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding? I am an Internal Controls Analyst, making sure our company is in compliance with SOX. I love that every day is different; one day I may be testing treasury controls and the next, real estate controls.

So after a tough day, is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice? I prefer to workout first thing in the morning, so after a tough day I need sweets (cake, cookies, ice cream).

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