WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE OR PRACTICE AREA?
Rate Modeling / Insurance Regulation
WHAT LED YOU TO BECOME AN ACTUARY? AND WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE PROFESSION?
Although I had a quick first introduction to actuarial science through some exam problems my dad showed me when I was in high school, it wasn’t until my sophomore year in college when I realized that being an actuary was a viable career option. I remember a friend telling me about exam P while waiting for our linear algebra class, and I found the topic intriguing. Afterward, I started doing research into the profession and the combination of math and business aspects appealed to me. I ended up passing the first two exams that year and then decided to do two semesters abroad during my senior year at a university that had an actuarial program. Although my alma mater was very supportive of me taking the exams, it was very helpful to be among other actuarial students and industry professionals, which further solidified my decision to pursue an actuarial career.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH YOU WERE GIVEN WHEN YOU WERE AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CAREER?
While not actuarial-specific, advice on succeeding at work versus school is crucial. Progressing in my career made me realize that executing responsibilities well remains very important, but what truly matters is always keeping an eye on the big picture.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER?
Always be diligent with your work. Every small project/task affects the broader picture either directly or indirectly.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST ABOUT YOUR ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP?
Although the educational and networking opportunities are excellent, what I value the most is being part of an organization that is instrumental in maintaining the reputation of the actuarial profession.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ANYTHING ELSE WITH ASPIRING OR NEW ACTUARIES, OR THOSE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE ACADEMY?
Make sure to sleep well the days leading to an exam!
SHARE A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES OR OTHER PERSONAL INTERESTS?
Like many others, I started running during the pandemic. I now make sure to go on a run whenever I visit a new town or country. Running through the streets of Prague a few months ago was an amazing experience! On another note, I’m very into genealogy, which is something I have been doing since high school; I continue to uncover new information to this day. However, above all, I love spending time with my wife Allie and my two cats, Arthur and Theopholis.