Dan Asbell

Fortune 50 Career

Dan Asbell's Story

As a financial analyst at State Farm, a Fortune 50 company one of the largest insurance companies in the U.S., Asbell is responsible for the accounting of the company’s investments in joint ventures, real estate partnerships and commercial mortgage investments. “My focus is on the synthesis and reporting of investment information for upper management decision making,” he said. “I also actively research and coordinate efforts to comply with various statutory accounting guidelines.”

“My experience with Phi Delta Theta, and especially my time as president, really helped me with communication, setting goals and planning ahead.”

Asbell cited two classes, in particular, for helping to make him a better student and a more valuable prospect to employers. One of them was¬ his senior year Citizenship class. “I took Building Communities with Dean David Timmerman. There were lots of productive conversations and discussions about trying to make a difference.” Intermediate Accounting II, which many students feel is the most difficult course in the major, certainly challenged Asbell, and he even felt he was behind for most of the semester. “But when I was done with the class, I looked back at everything that had happened and everything that I’d learned, and I think it turned out well,” he said. “I learned so much from the class.”

Tying it all together

“When I became a junior, there were fewer quizzes and tests, and my performance in class was based more on my ability to figure things out,” said Asbell. “I learned how to learn. I’m confident that whatever job I have, I’ll learn faster thanks to the education I received.”

  • Resident president
    Asbell not only rose to the lofty position of president of his fraternity, but he also gained leadership experiences as a head resident in Winbigler Hall. He believes both experiences helped prepare him for the work force.
  • A walk in the park
    Asbell works at State Farm’s corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Ill., where the company maintains a 99-acre park for its employees and their families.
When I became a junior, there were fewer quizzes and tests, and my performance in class was based more on my ability to figure things out, I learned how to learn. I’m confident that whatever job I have, I’ll learn faster thanks to the education I received.


Dan Asbell ’13
Major: Accounting & Business