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Chapter Volunteer Profile
By Patrick Raleigh, Merrill Corporation, IASA Land O' Lakes Chapter Past President
John Dame, VP of Sales, GB Collects LLC, IASA Mid-Atlantic Chapter VP of Exhibits
What was the first IASA Chapter event you attended and what inspired you to go?
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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What is the biggest benefit of having access to insurance education locally to you and your company?
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.
If money was no object...what would you love to do for a living?
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.
Do you have any hobbies that could affect your personal insurance premiums?
I do not have any hobbies that could affect my personal insurance premiums; however, my golf game is occasionally hazardous to other players!
Do you volunteer for any other organization other than the IASA? If so, which organization and why?
Yes I do. My wife and I volunteer at St. Joseph's Shelter in Camden, NJ. It feels good to help whenever we can.
Besides family and friends, what 3 things could you NOT live without?
iPhone, iPhone, and iPhone!
How did you first get started in the insurance industry?
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.
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?
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.
What is your current job and what aspect of your position do you find most rewarding?
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.
So after a tough day...is your release a good workout, a certain food, or something over ice?
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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