January 2020 Member Spotlight

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 11:23
by Sandy Crayton


Stephen Thomas


  1. How long have you been in the industry? 22 years

  2. What is your current position and employer? My current position is Manager of the Foreign Financial Analysis Section with the Virginia State Corporation Commission – Bureau of Insurance

  3. How long did it take you to obtain your CPCU? 4-5 years.  It wasn’t a requirement for my job so I wasn’t trying to finish quickly.

  4. What do you like most about your job?  I enjoy the variety.  My team of 5 analysts and I monitor the financial condition of over 1,500 foreign insurers and 16 Virginia domestic insurers.   It is also rewarding knowing that we are protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  5. Why or how did you start in the insurance industry?  I separated from military service in August 1997 and was looking for a new job to utilize my business/accounting degree.  I came across a job posting for a financial examiner with the Bureau of  Insurance.  I started in November 1997 and the rest is history. 

  6. Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of getting the designation?  Don’t be intimidated by the amount of material and the number of exams required for this designation.  The Institutes has great tools to help you be successful.  Read the materials, complete the workbooks and use the online practice exams.  One test at a time!

  7. What book did you read last? Uprising: Days of Want Series Book 4.  It’s a Post Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller by T.L. Payne.
  8. What is your favorite restaurant?  Absolute overall favorite is J. Michael’s.  It’s a local seafood restaurant in Panama City Beach, FL where we vacation every summer.   Locally, I would probably go with Texas Roadhouse.
  9. What college/university did you attend? Saint Leo University
  10. Tell us something about yourself outside of your insurance career. Prior to joining the Bureau, I served in the U.S. Navy for ten years as a Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator.  I served onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

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