Newest SAS Users Group: Insurance and Finance SAS Users Group (IFSUG)


Contributed by Rex Pruitt, IFSUG Chairman ~

During SAS Global Forum 2011 in Las Vegas, a small group of users gathered to organize the first IFSUG (Insurance and Finance SAS Users Group). Today, there are more than 370 enrollees in IFSUG Constant Contact, 60 members in the IFSUG LinkedIn group and 20 followers of @IFSUG on Twitter.

Rex Pruitt, IFSUG Chairman


Now that communication and basic organization have been established, the Steering Committee's focus has shifted to finding people to fill key leadership roles and planning our inaugural conference. Here is a list of some of the roles we need to fill:

  1. Steering Committee
  2. Treasurer
  3. Membership Committee
  4. Event and Activity Planning Committee
  5. Communication Committee
  6. Conference Volunteer Committee

If you are interested in being a part of the leadership team for IFSUG, please contact us.

We have also created a very short survey to help start the planning process for our conference and to identify people who would like to help as volunteers at all levels. Please take a moment to fill out the survey.

Tips, Tricks and Connections
Another important objective of IFSUG is providing value-added information that is shared through many channels. A conference is a wonderful way to share knowledge, but conferences are infrequent. Members need to give and receive industry-related tips and share connections throughout the year. In addition to the IFSUG LinkedIn group and Twitter presence, IFSUG has a monthly newsletter. Submit your industry or SAS story, event, or hints and tips to

There are many individuals to thank for all of their hard work in planning and organizing IFSUG. Special thanks to the IFSUG Steering Committee and SAS Institute for their persistence in supporting the development of IFSUG.


About Author

Waynette Tubbs

Editor, Marketing Editorial

+Waynette Tubbs is the Editor of the Risk Management Knowledge Exchange at SAS, Managing Editor of sascom Magazine and Editor of the SAS Tech Report. Tubbs has developed a comprehensive portfolio of strategic business and marketing communications during her career spanning 15 years of magazine, marketing and agency work.


  1. Thank you for publishing this very nice Blog! IFSUG is very appreciative of any communications and promotions that will stimulate interest and ultimate supporters of this SAS Special Interest Users Group.

    • Waynette Tubbs

      Rex, thank for sending it in. SAS has a diverse user community, and it is so wonderful to have the opportunity to see this grassroots effort flourish. I'm happy to lend this small level of support.

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