As I entered Rose-Hulman all those years ago, I was like most students. I had
declared myself to be an Electrical Engineering major and obviously selected Rose since
it was the very best place to get an engineering degree.
However, after a year at Rose, I figured out that it was really the mathematics that
I was interested in. So, at the start of my sophomore year, I changed my major
to math. At the time, I didn't really know what I was going to do with it. Just
figured I'd probably go to grad school and end up teaching, I guess.
But then, during my junior year, Dr. Kinney asked if anyone was interested in taking
actuarial exams. I raised my hand and said "Taking what?" After
that, I spent some time talking with Dr. Kinney about the career, and I was hooked. I
definitely was looking for a practical application of my mathematics knowledge, and
actuarial science seems to be a perfect fit for me.
Following graduation in 1991, I started working at American States Insurance in Indianapolis. I
did pricing for our Auto and Homeowners lines of business for six years. After
that, I moved into catastrophe modeling for a couple years before finishing up my time
in Indy doing loss reserving. In 1997, we were purchased by Safeco Insurance,
and then in 2001 Safeco closed our Indianapolis office.
At that point, I applied for a job with Allstate Insurance, and started here in August
2001. I spent the first three and a half years in our Research department doing
some economic modeling, followed that up with a stint as the pricing manager for our
North Central region (covering Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio), and now I am the lead
actuary for our Commercial Lines area.
After sixteen years as an actuary, I can honestly say that I can't think of a better
career fit for myself. I love combining the mathematics and economics of the
business world to try and come up with solutions to issues facing our company.