Events & Webinars

July 13, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

July APEX Webinar - Causes of Recent Adverse Development

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central)

Registration is now open for the Pinnacle APEX Webinar, Causes of Recent Adverse Development.

Join Consulting Actuaries Erich Brandt and Greg Fears with Senior Actuarial Analyst Amanda Conklin as they analyze groups who have had adverse loss development, and discuss how the industry performed this past year compared to the last several years. To further enhance this study, Erich and Greg have teamed up with Professor Kevin Ahlgrim from Illinois State University to analyze risk of material adverse deviation and thresholds as observed in the past few years’ statements of actuarial opinion.

We encourage interaction with our presenters; please feel free to submit questions before the webinar to We will address them during the presentation as time allows. You will also have the ability to submit questions in real time during the session.

This webinar may qualify for up to one hour of continuing education.


Erich A. Brandt, FCAS, MAAA, is a senior consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources in Bloomington, Illinois. He has worked in actuarial consulting since 1997. He has considerable experience in assignments involving loss reserving, funding studies, cost allocation mechanisms, loss cost projections, competitive analyses, captive feasibility studies and financial analyses of insurance companies. Erich has made numerous presentations to brokers, corporate risk managers, and CFOs regarding loss reserving, future loss projections and how company characteristics impact actuarial calculations. He currently serves as a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Examination committee.

Gregory W. Fears, Jr., FCAS, MAAA, ARM, is a consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources in the Bloomington, Illinois, office. He has been in the property/casualty industry since 2001. Greg has considerable experience in assignments involving loss reserving, funding studies, loss cost projections, captive feasibility studies, risk margin calculations, simulation methods, deductible analyses, cost allocation mechanisms, financial analyses of insurance companies, commercial lines ratemaking and competitive analyses. Greg has made numerous presentations to industry professionals regarding loss reserving, future loss projections and how how company characteristics impact actuarial calculations. Greg’s research interests lie heavily in the analysis of industry annual statement information to identify prevailing reserving trends among industry sectors.

Kevin Ahlgrim, Ph.D., ASA, MAAA, is the chair of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Law at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Kevin has been at ISU for 18 years and has taught courses in insurance and finance, including property insurance, financial risk management and insurance company analysis. His research interests include the risk management practices of insurers, interest rate modeling and subrogation. Prior to his academic career, Kevin worked as a health actuary and is an associate of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Amanda L. Conklin is a senior actuarial analyst at Pinnacle with five years of experience in the property/casualty industry. She is actively pursuing membership in the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS). Amanda  has experience with insurance industry data to develop benchmarks in workers’ compensation, liability lines, general and professional liability for senior care facilities and commercial auto. She often works on funding recommendations for emerging coverages and assists in predictive modeling assignments for personal lines.

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources offers webinars to provide relevant, thought-provoking and practical ideas and information on current issues in the insurance and financial services industries. Pinnacle's monthly APEX webinars are typically available on the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET free of charge. Participants may submit questions electronically during the sessions.

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. is an independent actuarial and management consulting firm that’s large enough to provide a wealth of expertise and world-class solutions—yet small enough to be flexible, timely and cost-effective. Owned by our professional staff, Pinnacle ranks among the largest property-casualty actuarial firms in North America. Our Commitment Beyond Numbers philosophy is built on four foundational pillars, empathetic customer service, superior communication, expertise and better business decisions, that guide us to find the right solutions for our clients.


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