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

Featured Volunteer: John Dame, VP of Sales, GB Collects LLC, IASA Mid-Atlantic Chapter VP of Exhibits

eInterpreter: What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
Dame: The first event I ever attended was a Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting in Philadelphia, PA in 1999! My boss hated to travel and was poor at networking, so I volunteered to go in his place. I've been attending ever since.

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eInterpreter: What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
Dame: It is really great and important to see our local clients. I do not require the CPE credits; however, my wife, Rita, often attends and as a CPA, she does need the CPE credits. 

eInterpreter: If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
Dame: If money were no object at all, I would love to own and operate a hot dog stand at the beach. A bike rental business at the beach would be an alternate choice as well. Anything involving beach life would be great for me. 

eInterpreter: Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums? 
Dame: I do not have any hobbies that could affect my personal insurance premiums; however, my golf game is occasionally hazardous to other players!

eInterpreter: Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Dame: Yes I do. My wife and I volunteer at St. Joseph's Shelter in Camden, NJ. It feels good to help whenever we can.

eInterpreter: Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
Dame: iPhone, iPhone, and iPhone!

eInterpreter: How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
Dame: I got started in the insurance industry by working for a firm that provided audit premium and deductible collection services to the insurance industry. From that moment on, I knew that the insurance industry was a natural fit for me.

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?
Dame: I would absolutely suggest getting involved with an IASA Chapter event. The time and investment is well worthwhile. You meet and work with a great group of individuals in the IASA. The organization continuously keeps you up to date on accounting changes and industry trends. 

eInterpreter: What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
Dame: My current position is VP of Sales for GB Collects. I enjoy knowing that our firm provides highly professional and effective collection solutions to our insurance clients. 

eInterpreter: So after a tough day...is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
Dame: During the summer, my favorite after work release is enjoying a cold beer while watering my vegetable garden.

   
    Pictured: John Dame
  


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