Angelo BastianpillaiFCAS, MAAA
Angelo graduated from Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) with a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Science). Angelo is an instructor for TIA's Exams 6 and 9 seminars. He has been with TIA since 2008, having taught portions of the Reserving Seminar in Los Angeles prior to that. Angelo became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuary Society in 2006. He is currently working at AIG where his main responsibility is to price commercial insurance. Prior to that, he had worked in consulting, where his responsibilities included calculating and explaining reserve need to clients, creating Statements of Actuarial Opinion, and ERM work. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, son, and two dogs.
Jeff BlackerFSA, MAAA
Jeff is the editor of Actuaries in Microinsurance, published by Actex in 2015. He is also an independent consulting actuary and actuarial exam instructor for the Group & Health exams. Most of his career has been in the U.S. supplemental health insurance market. He worked 10 years in financial reporting and product development roles for a U.S. insurer prior to becoming a consultant in 2007.
Jeff graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis and became a Fellow of the SOA in 2004. He has 18 years of supplemental health insurance experience, including product development, financial reporting, and asset/liability management. Jeff was a managing actuary at Conseco prior to starting Global Insurance Consulting, Inc. He lives with his wife, daughter, and son in Indianapolis.
Derek works as a consulting actuary in Atlanta, GA. With over ten years of experience as a consultant with Aon Hewitt, Derek's career has spanned pension, healthcare and global employee benefit consulting. He currently works in the Global Benefits group, advising large multinational clients on employee benefit plans including healthcare, life, accident, disability, pension and other plans in locations spanning the globe.
Derek graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk management/Insurance, a minor in Spanish and a specialization in Mathematics. In his quest to help actuaries through the difficult exam process, he has served as a mentor and exam coach for a number of students in both upper and lower level exams. He has also written sample exams for the Group Health courses prior to becoming an instructor.
An obsession with foreign travel led Derek to take a few years away from the working world in the middle of his career, in which he was able to visit every continent and a vast number of countries along the way. When not traveling, he enjoys playing soccer, running and getting outdoors whenever possible.
Peter ChongFSA, FCIA
Peter is the current co-instructor of the ILA LFV-C seminar. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in Actuarial Science and currently works at Great West Life in Toronto in risk management modeling. Prior to that, he spent 3.5 years at Manulife Financial, where he worked in variable annuity hedging and US life valuation. He also spent 3.5 years at Royal Bank of Canada Reinsurance, where he worked in retrocession pricing and valuation.
Peter was once a student on the SOA's Canadian Individual Life and Annuity Track, and used TIA's online seminars to pass both of his FSA exams. He currently lives in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and their new baby daughter, Chloe.
Ken graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a BS in Mathematics and became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 2000. Ken has served as President and Education Officer for the Midwestern Actuarial Forum, worked on the CAS Exam Committee for six years, and served on the Task Force on Basic Education Internet Modules. He has taught over 40 seminars covering ratemaking, reserving, accounting, regulation, and reinsurance over the past 12 years. Ken has 18 years of actuarial experience. He currently is the Executive Director for The Infinite Actuary and oversees all of TIA's CAS Exam Seminars. Ken and his wife live in Indianapolis with their three children.
Zachary FischerFSA, CERA, MAAA
Zak works as a consulting actuary in Chicago, IL, where his work primarily involves hedging variable annuity risk for insurance companies. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics, and he became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 2014.
Zak has a strong background as a QFI track exam instructor. He passed his actuarial exams very quickly and works with investment-oriented insurance products as a consulting actuary. Before becoming an actuarial exam instructor, Zak was a teaching assistant for many different college classes, including Computational Probability and Statistics, Investments, Corporate Finance, and Discrete Structures in Mathematics. He has also written practice exams for TIA.
Beyond Zak's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship track exams, he enjoys swimming and piano. He just finished his first triathlon this summer at the Chicago Triathlon.
Lee's early interest in math lead to a Ph.D. from Cornell University, after he completed a Bachelor's at the University of Kentucky and a Master's from the University of Louisville. He is a fourth generation Kentucky educator with a deep enjoyment for helping people to learn. Lee has taught many undergraduate math courses at Cornell, the University of Louisville, and at Indiana University Southeast. Lee was frequently named as a faculty mentor or a faculty favorite while teaching college courses, and was the first ever recipient of the Cornell Math department Graduate Student Teaching award.
Lee lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Tina, and their two daughters, Laura and Greta, and struggles annually with the difficulty presented when two of his Alma Maters meet on the athletic field. Lee is the Director of Preliminary Exams at The Infinite Actuary and has also been an instructor since 2012.
Rick GroszkiewiczFSA, EA, MSPA
Rick received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Actuarial Science from Georgia State University in 1974. He received his FSA in 1978 and followed it up with his EA designation in 1979. He is a member of ASPA and COPA.
Rick is a leader in the field of actuarial education. He teaches public seminars (and on-site for actuarial firms) to prepare students for exams given by the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries. Rick has taught the Professor's Corner session at the national Enrolled Actuaries meeting, and has been a speaker at meetings of the American Society of Pension Actuaries.
From 1983 to 1996, Rick worked in software development for a global actuarial consulting firm. His involvement included all phases of software development, including programming, writing documentation, and training. He is currently an independent consultant and lives in Marietta, GA with his wife.
Alejandro OrtegaFCAS, CFA, MAAA
Alejandro is Regional Actuary for Chartis Insurance - Latin America, with operations in over 12 countries. His current role is primarily reserving, with support for pricing and risk management. In his prior roles, he did commercial lines pricing for Chartis, in Los Angeles and was a product manager for Farmers Insurance homeowners business in Nevada and New Mexico.
He graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2000 with a B.S. in Mathematics. He also studied finance and programming while an undergraduate. His ratings as a Teachers' Assistant for the undergraduate courses were always among the best. After receiving his FCAS in 2006, he received the CFA designation in 2007. Alejandro lives with his wife and two children in Miami.
Arlie ProctorFCAS, MAAA
Arlie graduated from Indiana University in December of 1989 and became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society in 1995. Arlie has 25 years as a practicing actuary with a specialty in database and system design and implementation. He has worked in primary insurance, consulting, and most recently for a large international reinsurer.
Arlie is an active volunteer for the Casualty Actuarial Society and has held many leadership positions including Senior Part Specialist on the Syllabus Committee, Chair of the Education Policy Committee, Chair of the Examinations Committee, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Branding Task Force, Member of the Board of Directors, and Vice President of Marketing and Communications. He has been responsible for the database work behind the annual travel time report since 2000.
Arlie brings a very practical approach to teaching actuarial science and techniques. His focus is on preparing students to both pass exams and at the same time be effective practicing actuaries who can combine theory with practical applications.
In his spare time, Arlie enjoys fishing and playing guitar in the blues, folk, and heavy metal genres.
Arlie lives in New Jersey with his wife and two boys (one already in college studying Computer Science).
David became interested in probability in high school while attending the 1988 (and 1989) Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics. He graduated from Harvard in 1996, majoring in mathematics, received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 2002, also in mathematics, and spent three years as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, in the department of statistics. He was a TA for a number of classes, including probability, at both Harvard and Cornell, and was the instructor for both Probability and Stochastic Processes while at Berkeley. His student evaluations for Stochastic Processes were tied for the highest of any instructor in undergraduate classes in the Berkeley Department of Statistics in the Spring 2004 semester.
David has been teaching the TIA seminar for Exam P since 2007, and the Exam C seminar since 2009. He and his wife live outside of Boston with their two children.
Roger RosalesFSA, CERA
Roger works as an actuary in Portland, Oregon. His current responsibilities include earnings analysis, enterprise-wide financial planning, enterprise risk management, and new product development. In 2012, Roger became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and received the Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst designation. He also served on an SOA exam committee after obtaining his FSA.
Roger is a proven innovator and has already taught hundreds of entry-level actuaries with his Technical Skills Course. Roger was born in Portland and continues to live there with his wife and young daughter. He enjoys playing basketball, playing golf, and visiting his extended family in the Philippines.
J. Eddie Smith IVFSA, MAAA
Eddie is the Director of SOA Exams at The Infinite Actuary and has also been an instructor with The Infinite Actuary since 2007. Before joining The Infinite Actuary full-time in 2012, Eddie worked with Athene Annuity (formerly Liberty Life) for ten years. He has worked in a variety of actuarial areas including asset-liability modeling, Canadian GAAP, valuation, and experience studies. Eddie also chaired the SOA Technology Section in 2012.
Eddie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He also holds a master's degree in economics from NC State University. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 2007.
Beyond Eddie's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship track exams, he enjoys reading, writing about technology, golf, running, travel, and watching college football. He lives with his wife and their two children in Greenville, SC.
Josh is currently an instructor for the TIA seminars for CAS Exams 5 and 8, brought here by his passion for sharing learning with others. He brings significant experience in ratemaking to this role, having worked as a pricing actuary and product manager in both commercial and personal lines of insurance. As a product manager, he was sought out for his strength in explaining actuarial rate indications to non-technical stakeholders.
Josh's teaching philosophy focuses on helping students of all backgrounds to understand and feel comfortable with all exam material, prepare for difficult exam questions, and memorize material through summarized study guides and flashcards. He has been a student himself of online courses through various organizations, and has studied best practices for online education.
Josh graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Math/Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics with an emphasis in Actuarial Science. He spent 8 years working for Farmers Insurance, where he managed over $840M in commercial (P&C and Work Comp) lines business as a Senior Product Manager and over $240M in homeowners business as a Product Manager. In between those 2 roles, Josh created a new actuarial team in the claims organization, and was responsible for predictive modeling projects as well as estimating and booking reserves for all catastrophic events for all lines of business. Josh became a Fellow of the CAS in 2008, and currently serves on the CAS Open-Source Software Committee and sits on the UCSB Actuarial Program Advisory Board. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife Lolita.
James, CEO of The Infinite Actuary, graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Applied Mathematics. He received his FSA in 2006 after passing all of his exams on the first attempts. He is the instructor for TIA's Exam FM, LC and MLC online seminars. He has instructed at TIA since 2006 and helped thousands of students in that time.
James lives in Birmingham with his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Thomas and Carson.
Michael earned his BS in Quantitative Finance at the University of Alabama in 2001. He graduated summa cum laude in the University Honors Program and received the College of Commerce and Business Administration's Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award. In 2002, he earned a Masters in Banking and Finance from Alabama and was named the Beta Gamma Sigma Most Outstanding Masters Student in the C&BA. In 2007, Michael earned a PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded a University Pre-emptive Fellowship, the Bonham Fund Fellowship and a Continuing Bruton Fellowship. He currently holds the position of clinical professor of finance at Georgia State University, where he teaches upper-level investments and portfolio management.
In a short time, Michael has amassed an impressive collection of accolades for his teaching effectiveness. In each of his first three years as a professor at Auburn University, he received the Colonial Company Teaching Excellence Award, given annually to the top teacher in the business school as voted by the instruction committee. He is also the four-time recipient of the FMA Teacher of the Year Award, awarded annually by the Auburn Student FMA organization to the top teacher in the finance department. As a PhD student, he taught one semester of Principles of Finance and was awarded the Fred Moore Assistant Instructor Award for Teaching Excellence. In his evaluations at Texas, he received the highest composite rating for teaching effectiveness achieved by any professor or instructor in the department in a span of five years.
John has loved mathematics his whole life. He enjoys applying it to the world around us, and he loves teaching others about it. As an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, John majored in both mathematics and physics. Even as an undergrad, he was teaching both subjects in the classroom.
At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees in pure mathematics. As a graduate student, he taught a broad range of math classes and was given a Graduate Teaching Award by the Math department. He appeared on the university's "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" seven times.
After graduating, John taught full-time in the Math department at the University of Kentucky for four years. It was during this time that he found his passion for actuarial science. After an internship with The Infinite Actuary in the summer of 2013, John became a full-time support instructor in August of 2013.
John currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife Natasha and his young son Torben.
Jennifer WeltzinCustomer Service
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. With a career change in 2008 she began working for TIA as the customer service representative.
Jennifer lives in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband Shawn, and their three children, Jordan, Lynleigh and Olivia. She enjoys supporting her husband's high school wrestling team, teaching children's Sunday School and spending time with her family.
Andy ReeceMarketing Specialist
Andy graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business with a degree in Marketing in 2008. Andy did a short internship with The Infinite Actuary in the summer of 2007 and became full time member of the team in January of 2010. Andy's official position with TIA is Marketing Specialist and handles most of their marketing efforts. He also assists with the general administration and maintenance of TIA's website.
Andy lives in Indianapolis, IN with his wife Kelly. He enjoys biking, IU basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.