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Joseph A. Herbers

Joe Herbers is Pinnacle’s Managing Principal and has over 31 years of consulting experience. His practice is concentrated in providing loss reserving and funding studies for a wide variety of entities – both traditional insurance companies and alternative market entities. Mr. Herbers’ areas of focus include policyholder owned group captives, large deductible and/or self-insured entities, lawyers’ professional liability carriers, Florida property writers and nonstandard auto writers.

His skill set includes loss reserving for all lines of business, hands-on interaction with policyholder-owned group captive insurance companies, networking with service providers and traditional ratemaking for all types of entities with insurance exposure. Mr. Herbers is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He served as long-term member and Chair on the American Academy of Actuaries Committee on Property Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR) as well as several other professional committees. He is a regular speaker at industry events.

Publications and Media

August 2017 APEX Webinar
Actuarial Considerations for Allocating IBNR Reserves
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.

January 2017 APEX Discussion Series
Statements of Actuarial Opinion Year-End 2016
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.

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Case Studies

Cayman Captive

Cayman Captive

Pinnacle serves many of the largest group captives in the world, many of them domiciled in the Cayman Islands. These reserve analyses are typically produced twice a year and serve multiple purposes. First, they provide a range of reasonable estimates which management uses to determine their best estimate of ultimate losses and unpaid claims liabilities. Second, these reserve estimates can then be allocated to individual members to determine the outstanding liabilities and potential future assessments, if any. Finally, the allocated ultimate losses become the basis for renewal pricing estimates for each member. Pinnacle’s approach to estimating and allocating reserves in group captives is unique in the industry and sets our alternative practice apart with its efficiency and accuracy.

Funding Study

Funding Study

Pinnacle was approached by an aircraft manufacturer to provide recommended funding for various aviation and liability coverages. Pinnacle’s initial steps included discussing coverages to be provided and what data was available to complete the funding study. The captive was a start-up with no loss information on which to determine appropriate funding levels. Pinnacle was able to determine that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had a database of aircraft incidents that recorded both the manufacturer and model of the aircraft involved in the incident. Since the manufacturer was able to provide the number of units produced, Pinnacle was able to determine the frequency and severity of the incidents and project ultimate funding levels. The captive is currently operational after receiving regulatory approval.

Management Consulting

Management Consulting

Pinnacle was approached by a major regional, predominantly commercial lines insurer to perform a holistic review of the insurer’s overall operations with an emphasis on determining the company’s personal lines strategy. The review included an historic analysis of industry profitability by line of insurance including various risk diversification scenarios. In addition, we performed a review of the company’s organizational structure with particular focus on the company’s marketing and distribution systems. Pinnacle’s recommendations provided a roadmap which would allow the company to grow more profitably, improve retentions, operate more efficiently and assure that the right personnel were in the right places within the organization.

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