Without TIA, I doubt I would have passed the ERM exam. Eddie and Zak both did a great job covering the material and explaining it in a way that I could grasp. They were both very approachable by email and willing to help clarify concepts when I got stuck. The tools and resources the online seminar provides - video lessons, handouts, detailed study manuals, flash cards, practice problems, and mobile apps - were instrumental in helping me prepare for the exam. TIA recognizes the importance of using multiple methods of studying, and this greatly helped me to solidify my understanding of the exam material. I highly recommend TIA for not only the ERM exam, but any actuarial exam.
Derek Brace Contact meFSA
Derek works full-time as an instructor with TIA and enjoys helping students get through difficult exams. Prior to TIA, Derek worked 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. His most recent role was 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 also wrote 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, during which time 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.