Insurance Accounting & Systems Association (IASA) members last week elected James Keal of Accident Fund Insurance Company of America (Accident Fund) and United Heartland as president of the association for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

"Jim Keal brings a great deal of industry experience to bear as IASA president," said Joe Pomilia, IASA executive director. "The energetic approach to industry issues and association initiatives he has demonstrated in the past was part of the reason he has risen to this level. Everyone at IASA is looking forward to working closely with Jim during the coming year."

Keal joined United Heartland from Houston Casualty Company in 2006, where his role was expanded to include accounting operations for United Heartland and Accident Fund in 2007. He currently serves as VP of finance for both companies.

He also has extensive insurance industry experience. He has held senior leadership positions at ACUITY Insurance Company and SECURA Insurance, as well as Coopers & Lybrand. In addition, he has held various management team positions during the time he has volunteered for IASA and he has been heavily involved in IASA's local chapters, most notably serving as president of IASA's Wisconsin Chapter.

"The key to finding value in these challenging times is identifying the levers that help us succeed and break boundaries," said Keal. "The IASA provides its members an array of levers to make informed technical and business decisions. As IASA President, I am very much looking forward to helping move the association's efforts and initiatives forward and helping our member companies continue grow and prosper."

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