Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer,
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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Regulator Spotlight - Karen Vourvopoulos
Karen Vourvopoulos is the License Division Chief of the Ohio Department of Insurance and a long-time member and friend of SILA. Karen was born in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area. Karen began her career somewhat by accident. After college, someone suggested she look into insurance. The industry intrigued her so she became a licensed insurance agent. A short time later, she learned about a job opening at the Ohio Department of Insurance that interested her. She honestly did not plan to work for the state more than a few years, but enjoyed what she did and never left.
Karen has been married to her husband, Terry for 31 years. She has two sons, Michael and Nicholas. Michael works for Amazon. Michael and his wife, Elena currently live in Chicago while she completes Optometry school. Nicholas works for Midstate Tools and lives in Columbus Ohio.
Karen enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. A safari adventure is on her bucket list of things to do. One of her joys is volunteering. Assisting her community and giving back is the right thing to do and it makes her feel gratified that she is doing something that helps others. In fact, her dream job is one that has a positive impact on others.
Something you may not know about Karen is that she is an identical twin. She said that her poor mother and father did not know they were having more than one baby until after they were born.
When asked about the best advice she received, she said it was never to ask someone to do something you would not do yourself. She tries not to ask someone to do something for her that she is physically and/or mentally capable of doing herself.
Karen wanted to share with SILA members to take advantage of the opportunities SILA offers and when needed, reach out to fellow SILA members for assistance. Like her, get involved with SILA’s subgroups, conferences, website, etc. SILA offers the ability to connect with so many different people in the insurance industry. SILA’s “Latest News” offers regulators a convenient means to communicate regulator updates. SILA’s structure facilitates open communication among its members to discuss industry issues. For ways to get involved with SILA, contact email@example.com.