DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - IASA, one of the insurance industry's largest and most well-represented trade associations, is pleased to announce that Louise Ziemann of State Farm has been elected to serve as president of the association for the 2012 - 2013 fiscal year.
Each year, at the business meeting for IASA, which is held during the association's Annual Educational Conference & Business Show, the members elect a new volunteer president. During the recent conference in San Diego, California, Ziemann took the stage to accept the honor bestowed on her by her fellow members.
"Louise has been an involved volunteer for IASA for many years serving in capacities as a regular volunteer and a member of our management team," said Joe Pomilia, IASA Executive Director. "She's done everything within the organization from running our Publications to the association's Membership Committee. It's really gratifying to see someone with the values and drive that Louise has rise through the ranks not only at IASA, but within her own organization as well. I am very much looking forward to working with Louise during the coming year."
Ziemann holds both the CPCU and CLU designations, and is a finance manager for State Farm in the company's Financial Reporting and Analysis Department at the Bloomington, Illinois headquarters location. Ziemann joined State Farm in 1978 as a Deposit Control Clerk in the Accounting department in the West Central Regional Office, moving to an Accounting Supervisor position in 1984. Prior to being promoted to her current position, Ziemann also held positions as Accounting Analyst, Accounting Superintendent, and Superintendent.
In 1997, she moved to the Insurance Support Center in Phoenix (ISC West) as the Payment Center Manager and helped open that operation before returning to the State Farm Corporate Headquarters as Finance Manager of General Accounting Services. During 2009, she assumed her current role as a Finance Manager in the Financial Reporting and Analysis Department. Ziemann is a graduate of University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a major in Accounting.
"I see this position and the work next year as an honor and a privilege," said Ziemann. "It is an opportunity for me to give back to the IASA organization and the Insurance Industry. Both have provided numerous opportunities for me to learn and grow in my profession. Working closely with our dedicated volunteers and the excellent IASA Staff will position us to put action behind our theme, knowledge.innovation@work."
In addition to the election of Ziemann as IASA president, the association's members nominated Beth Mercier of Travelers Companies as president-elect, Forrest G. Mills Jr. of Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company as Chief Financial Officer, Steve Boyd of Arrowhead Insurance Group as Chief Information Officer, and Tom Ewbank of The Ewbank Group P.C., Connie Jasper-Woodroof of StoneRiver, Ed Kruger of Indiana Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, Rod Travers of The Robert E. Nolan Company and Celeska Fredianelli of North Pointe Insurance Company, as board members at-large.
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The Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Inc. (IASA) is a non-profit, education association that strives to enhance the knowledge of insurance industry professionals, and participants from similar organizations closely allied with the insurance industry by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information. IASA is one of the insurance industry's largest, and most well represented trade association. IASA membership includes insurance companies of all types (Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Fraternal, HMO and others) as members, as well as companies serving the insurance industry, regulators and also organizations more broadly representative of the financial services industry, including banks and investment brokerage firms. Learn more about IASA by visiting our website at www.iasa.org, or by calling (919) 489-0991.