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In April 14, 1928, representatives from eight life insurance companies and the Illinois Insurance Department met in Peoria, Ill., to discuss the uses of the John Hollerith’s tabulating machine. The group toured the Peoria Life Insurance Company and had lunch. And so began the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association.

From those eight founding firms, the IASA has grown to become the world’s largest organization of its kind, with over 1,500 member companies in all lines of insurance. Yet despite the many changes that have taken place over 83 years of growth at the IASA, one thing has stayed the same.

“Simply put, the IASA is focused  on how to do things better,” says David Skup,  controller, Guarantee Insurance Company, who served as IASA president the last time its conference was held in Nashville in 1998.

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