IASA is Excited to Announce the Launch of IASAlert

Our mission at IASA is to keep you updated with the very latest information about the insurance industry, accounting standards, and technology solutions. We are excited to announce IASA’s digital newsletter, IASAlert, created to keep you in the know about changes in the insurance industry and to keep you informed on what we are doing here at IASA.  The IASA website has been updated to provide you with a link to the IASAlert page, which will give you access to helpful content that you previously received monthly in our e-Interpreter email.


IASAlert will bring you easy access to all of our content, including information about the upcoming annual conference, links to upcoming and archived webinars, announcements of chapter events, member company announcements and a library of our most recent insurance industry articles, along with an archive of the best of our older content.

 
As always, we welcome your contributions to the newsletter.  Keep up-to-date with your company’s announcements and let us know if you would like to submit an article for publication in a future IASAlert post. Please send your submissions to Tricia Stillman, tstillman@iasa.org.   

We look forward to IASAlert becoming your one stop click to all things IASA.  Check it out now! 


       Scott D. Bowen
IASA VP – Publications
AVP – Regulatory Compliance – IAT Insurance Group
Scott.bowen@IATinsurance.com 

 

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IASA Announces Laurie Macklosky as IASA President 2020-2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DURHAM, NC JULY 2020 -- IASA is proud to announce Laurie Macklosky to serve as IASA President for the 2020-2021 term, effective July 1, 2020.  

“Laurie Macklosky is a dynamic leader within the Insurance Industry and has made countless contributions to IASA, and she will be a tremendous asset to IASA during transitional times in her role as President,” said Kerry Crockett, IASA Chief Executive Officer. “She is taking the helm during unprecedented times, and her vision coupled with calm and steadfast leadership is paramount to IASA’s continued growth and successes for our members. I look forward to partnering with her as, together with the IASA Board of Directors, we will create a new vision and strategies that will chart a new path for IASA and our community for years to come.”

Laurie Macklosky has expertise in launching Lean Portfolio Execution practices, including Strategy, Capability Management, Business Architecture, and Product Management. Macklosky is currently AVP of Business Execution at The Hartford leading Small Commercial and Personal Lines portfolios with a focus on the adoption of Agile practices. Prior to joining The Hartford, she helped build a Business Insurance Operating Model organization leading transformation initiatives for CMP, Property, GL, and Umbrella through multi-year scaled Agile programs. Macklosky has been an IASA volunteer for well over ten years, most recently holding VP of Executive Education, CIO, and President-Elect positions. She resides in Bristol CT with her husband of 32 years, Rick, and they have two adult children, of which they are extremely proud.

“I am excited to be IASA President during this amazing time of change we are about to embark on. We are identifying new opportunities for growth, innovation, efficiency, and engagement, and I look forward to seeing our plans come to fruition,” said Laurie Macklosky, IASA President.  “We are focused on providing more services to our members with enhanced high-quality education programs. We will expand on these while introducing new initiatives, as we further define IASA as the leader in sharing industry trends. By building new and strengthening existing relationships with like-minded insurance organizations throughout the US, we will expand our footprint by developing cutting-edge educational content presented by the leading experts in their fields for new sectors of the insurance industry.”

About IASA:
IASA is a non-profit, education association that promotes and encourages the knowledge of insurance professionals, and industry partners by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information. IASA is one of the insurance industry's largest, and most well-represented trade associations. IASA’s membership consists of thousands of individual members and nationally recognized insurance companies of all types (Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Fraternal, HMO and others), as well as industry partners serving the insurance industry, regulators and other organizations more broadly representative of the financial services industry, including banks and investment brokerage firms.  In addition to its annual conference, IASA supports 24 regional chapters, a wide variety of online learning opportunities and publishes two textbooks, Life & Health Insurance Accounting and Property & Casualty Insurance Accounting.

To find out more about IASA, visit our website at www.iasa.org.
Contact: Parshy Phillips
Director of Marketing & Communications, IASA
Email: pphillips@iasa.org

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IASA is proud to announce Laurie Macklosky to serve as IASA President for the 2020-2021 term, effective July 1, 2020.

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IASA Announces Laurie Macklosky as IASA President 2020-2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DURHAM, NC JULY 2020 -- IASA is proud to announce Laurie Macklosky to serve as IASA President for the 2020-2021 term, effective July 1, 2020.  

“Laurie Macklosky is a dynamic leader within the Insurance Industry and has made countless contributions to IASA, and she will be a tremendous asset to IASA during transitional times in her role as President,” said Kerry Crockett, IASA Chief Executive Officer. “She is taking the helm during unprecedented times, and her vision coupled with calm and steadfast leadership is paramount to IASA’s continued growth and successes for our members. I look forward to partnering with her as, together with the IASA Board of Directors, we will create a new vision and strategies that will chart a new path for IASA and our community for years to come.”

Laurie Macklosky has expertise in launching Lean Portfolio Execution practices, including Strategy, Capability Management, Business Architecture, and Product Management. Macklosky is currently AVP of Business Execution at The Hartford leading Small Commercial and Personal Lines portfolios with a focus on the adoption of Agile practices. Prior to joining The Hartford, she helped build a Business Insurance Operating Model organization leading transformation initiatives for CMP, Property, GL, and Umbrella through multi-year scaled Agile programs. Macklosky has been an IASA volunteer for well over ten years, most recently holding VP of Executive Education, CIO, and President-Elect positions. She resides in Bristol CT with her husband of 32 years, Rick, and they have two adult children, of which they are extremely proud.

“I am excited to be IASA President during this amazing time of change we are about to embark on. We are identifying new opportunities for growth, innovation, efficiency, and engagement, and I look forward to seeing our plans come to fruition,” said Laurie Macklosky, IASA President.  “We are focused on providing more services to our members with enhanced high-quality education programs. We will expand on these while introducing new initiatives, as we further define IASA as the leader in sharing industry trends. By building new and strengthening existing relationships with like-minded insurance organizations throughout the US, we will expand our footprint by developing cutting-edge educational content presented by the leading experts in their fields for new sectors of the insurance industry.”

About IASA:
IASA is a non-profit, education association that promotes and encourages the knowledge of insurance professionals, and industry partners by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information. IASA is one of the insurance industry's largest, and most well-represented trade associations. IASA’s membership consists of thousands of individual members and nationally recognized insurance companies of all types (Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Fraternal, HMO and others), as well as industry partners serving the insurance industry, regulators and other organizations more broadly representative of the financial services industry, including banks and investment brokerage firms.  In addition to its annual conference, IASA supports 24 regional chapters, a wide variety of online learning opportunities and publishes two textbooks, Life & Health Insurance Accounting and Property & Casualty Insurance Accounting.

To find out more about IASA, visit our website at www.iasa.org.
Contact: Parshy Phillips
Director of Marketing & Communications, IASA
Email: pphillips@iasa.org

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IASA is proud to announce Laurie Macklosky to serve as IASA President for the 2020-2021 term, effective July 1, 2020.

A message from the President - Carlos Correa

 
2019-2020  IASA President - Carlos Correa
A “Time of Change” that was the message in my speech at the conference last year. I was referring to the innovation and advancement occurring in our industry. This is how I started my year as President. Who knew at the time how much of a “Year of Change” this would become?

The year began with the departure of the Executive Director and the search for a replacement. This search took several months culminating successfully in the hire of Kerry Crockett.

IASA then started our strategic initiatives, which included changes and improvements to the annual conference. Our goal is to increase engagement on the show floor by bringing stages with content into the “Hive”. As the year progressed, we were all impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic which forced us to shelter in place and change the way we work and live. I hope that everyone has been safe and healthy during these times and my condolences to those who have suffered a loss.   

"May you live in interesting times" is an English expression which purports to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically; life is better in "uninteresting times" of peace and tranquility than in "interesting" ones, which are usually times of trouble. I have come to not like this saying very much. This year of my presidency has been altogether too interesting. 

The Pandemic has forced us to pivot as a result IASA Exchange was born. We are excited to offer this virtual conference during what has become our new normal. We look forward to bringing the same great content to our members and thank all the staff and volunteers for their hard work in making this event a reality. 

My time as president is now coming to an end. I am grateful and proud of how IASA has navigated these interesting times and I look forward to the great future the association has instore. As I said last year we can adapt to survive or innovate to thrive. IASA has done a great job of innovating during this challenging year. I look forward to the next time we can see each other in person, and I thank Kerry for her leadership this year and in years to come. Thank you all. 

Carlos





A Message from IASA President - Carlos Correa.

And the winners are....

 



Congratulations to ALL 2019-2020 

IASA Volunteer Nominees and  

 

Winners!

 

 

New Volunteer of the Year

 

Winner:

Haley Bourke

The Hartford

 

     
JoLayna Arndt
JLK Rosenberger 
Edward Banks
OBRIEN Insurance Solutions 
Haley Bourke
The Hartford
 


 


 

 

Jeff Flannery
Content Critical Solutions
 
Dan Gallegos
West Bend Insurance Company
 
Kit Kovacs
Federal Home Loan Bank 
Indianapolis
 


Volunteer of the Year


Winner: 


Ryan Hanson
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation


     
Margo Andersen Maria Bifulco Emily Brawley
Larson & Company
  

Prudential Financial Clearwater Analytics

     
Geoff Edwards Sylvia Grotowski Brian Haberman
Church Mutual
Insurance Company

Union Standard 
Insurance Company
Western & Southern Life
     
Ryan Hanson Terry Olejnik Rachel Perlmutter
  Mortgage Guaranty 
Insurance Corporation 
      
  Plante Moran     Mortgage Guaranty 
Insurance Corporation

     
Rod Van Genderen    
Securian Financial Group

               
 

 


Chapter Excellence Volunteer of the Year

 

IASA Recognizes All Chapter Excellence Nominees!

  

 







 
Harika Crabtree
Southern California

Farmers Insurance 

John Doran
Northeast

The Travelers 
Julie Leitschuck
M
idwest
Great West Casualty
 










Joe Nielsen
Michigan

Ernst & Young 

Steve Nikander
Southern California 

Mercury Insurance 
Caitlin Proudfoot
Midwest 

EMC 
 









  Tim Reinert - Midwest  Ben Remke - Carolinas
Curi 
Brian Shanahan - Indiana
Indiana Farm Bureau Ins Cos
 






 
Brian Smith
Sunshine

 
Rod Van Gendren
Midwest 

Securian Financial Group 
Alicia Williams
Show-Me

Columbia Insurance Group  
 
 

         
           
           
And the winners are.....

In-person Chapter Meeting Cancelled
Hold On......We have an Alternative!

By: Rod Van Genderen, Chapter President, IASA Midwest Chapter
Have you ever been the first one to try something new, forged an uncharted path, took a big risk, stepped into the unknown? That is what the Midwest IASA Chapter did when they held the first IASA Virtual Conference on April 23 and 24.   

The Midwest Chapter had to cancel its in-person Spring conference due to recent events related to the Covid-19 pandemic but felt it was important to its attendees to provide an alternative educational opportunity.  With the help of the IASA staff, the Chapter was able to pull together a two-day conference comprised of 3 to 4 hours of sessions per day over two days utilizing the Zoom platform. 

Was it flawless?  Of course not, no conference is.  What it successful?  From the feedback given by attendees, we’d give it a resounding YES!   Was the virtual/online conference engaging?   Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions to the presenters through the Chat and Q&A features and they took full advantage of these features!   In fact, we had the most questions ever asked at one of our conferences.     Overall, the conference accomplished what we had hoped and brought value to the attendees.  

The attendees themselves summed that up best in their responses: engaging, informative, smooth, impressed.   A few of the actual comments were: 
“Great job for everyone putting this together for a virtual conference.  I was very impressed at how smoothly it went!”
“Thank you so much for putting this together! Really appreciate all the hard work and flexibility.”
“You all did a fantastic job with this, thank you for the time and effort you no doubt put into it.”, “Engaging and informative. Thank you!”
“I thought the format worked really well.”
“Huge thanks to everyone responsible for making this happen!”
“Great presentations! Great session, very timely”

At the end of the day, pivoting to a virtual offering was a lot of work, but the experience was exhilarating, full of opportunity and well worth the effort!  

From our family to yours.  Stay safe.  Stay healthy.
 
Think you have no alternative for industry CPE due to safe distancing guidelines......Think again! IASA has you covered for "VIRTUALLY" all of your CPE needs!

IASA Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week!

IASA is celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week, April  20 - 25th.  Join us daily as we take this opportunity to recognize our volunteers, past and present, for all they do to make IASA the industry resource for excellence in insurance education.  Our volunteers give of themselves week-in and week-out, all year long and it's our privilege to take this special week, to say THANK YOU and WE APPRECIATE YOU, for all you do and all you mean to IASA.  We couldn't do it without you!   Check these and more out on the Volunteer Appreciation Week page, not just this week, but anytime!

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Tuesday

A Message from the Executive Director



                         

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Thursday







                         
Friday




Volunteers are the lifeblood of IASA. Join us every day this week as we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week and our AMAZING volunteers!

Volunteers - Moving IASA Forward

 
IASA Volunteers getting work done and having fun, virtually!
Volunteers – Moving IASA Forward

The IASA national volunteers are still hard at work planning for all possible outcomes of the 2020 Conference in St. Louis, MO. The national volunteer base was recently scheduled to come together for our annual spring planning meeting to work on the details of the conference, share ideas for future events and brainstorm marketing and communication ideas, but calls from government leaders for social distancing caused us to cancel our in-person meetings.  The planning meetings are typically held over a weekend which combine several committee sessions with the pleasure of having fun with fellow colleagues who over time have become life-long friends.  

While the disappointment of not physically gathering was felt, the IASA staff pulled together two days of successful virtual meetings.  Ideas were shared, plans were made, contingencies were discussed, and the volunteers were able to catch-up with each other.  There were even random acts of on-camera silliness providing for laughs all around.  

Staying connected with family and friends during this unprecedented time is essential to our well-being and for the volunteers, and the IASA family is an essential part of that equation. While the status of the conference in St. Louis is still unknown, we openly invite you to join our IASA family as a volunteer to help us shape and direct the organization as it moves forward.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email Tricia Stillman, tstillman@iasa.org.

Once again, the IASA hopes you and your families remain healthy and safe.
Amid COVID-19 restrictions, IASA leadership moves their spring meeting to all virtual, getting the job done and STILL keeping it fun!

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