PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - The Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Inc. (IASA), with the volunteer support of Eide Bailly LLP, is revitalizing the Desert States Chapter of IASA. IASA, a not-for-profit educational association focusing on the finance and technology areas of the insurance industry, has 28 chapters throughout the United States that provide networking opportunities and peer-to-peer educational events.

Formally known as the Arizona Chapter, the Desert States Chapter consists of insurance industry professionals in Arizona and New Mexico. This chapter provides a critical link for insurance professionals in the area who need continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Eide Bailly LLP, a top-rated CPA firm providing a full-range of services to insurance companies as well as companies in other industries, is hosting a kick-off meeting for the Desert States Chapter on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the company's office located at 1850 North Central Avenue, Suite 400, in Phoenix.

The kick-off meeting will include a National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Update and a presentation on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Four hours of insurance-related CPE will be offered. The event is open to all interested professionals, and participants need not be a member of IASA to attend. Registration is required for this event. The cost is $25, and the registration fee includes both breakfast and lunch.

To register for this event, or for more information, please visit, click on Events/Calendar of Events/Desert States.

To join the Desert States Chapter of the IASA, contact Marlys Rulon, chapter president, at 602.264.8614 or visit the IASA website for more information.

About IASA

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 associations. 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 the IASA by visiting our website at or by calling 919.489.0991.

About Eide Bailly LLP

A top-25 CPA firm, Eide Bailly is ranked 6th in the United States by the Amount of Statutory Premiums Audited, according to A.M. Best, January 2009. Eide Bailly provides a full array of services, including assurance, tax, consulting services, employee benefits, financial services, forensic accounting and investigative services, technology consulting and training and development. The Firm has offices located in Phoenix, Ariz.; Boulder, Denver, Frisco, Golden, Grand Junction and Vail, Colo.; Boise, Idaho; Dubuque, Iowa; Mankato and Minneapolis, Minn.; Billings, Mont.; Fargo and Bismarck, N.D.; Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; and Sioux Falls and Aberdeen, S.D.

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