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Ed Lacina

Lacina, Ed

Job Title: Controller
Company: AAA Washington
Industry: Member Services, Insurance, Travel
Mentor Since: Fall 2021
Will Mentor: Graduate Students, Undergrad Students

Job Description

As Controller, I lead the accounting, financial reporting and payroll functions. My teams are responsible for the maintenance of a strong control environment, compliance, tax, treasury, financial system administration and process automation.

Company Description

AAA is the nation's preeminent and must trusted emergency road service organization. AAA Washington has been serving members and the traveling public since 1904. The organization provides a variety of exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts, maps and personalized trip planning, to its 1.2 million members. In addition, its full-service travel and insurance agencies provide products and services for members and the public.

Employment History

AAA Washington 2017-Present
Cambia Health Solutions (Regence BlueShield) 2000-2017
Grant Thornton 1997-2000


Seattle University, MBA
Pacific Lutheran University, BBA
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

I strongly value the relationship of a mentor to provide coaching, support and guidance for someone else. As a past participant of the program, I was introduced to mentors that shaped me personally and helped advance my career objectives. I expect the mentee to put in what they want out of this program and I am here to coach and support that person's objectives.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

No strong preference, but if in-person, my office (Bellevue) or if virtual, I prefer using Teams. Early afternoons or lunch time is preferred.