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Michael Chen

When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Being ready when opportunity knocks.

When Preparation Meets Opportunity
My colleague at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., Gary Wang, often says that he’s lucky. As a consulting actuary in the field of predictive analytics, Gary lives the exact life he envisioned for himself when he was a kid. I understand how Gary feels. We are fortunate to work in an exciting and expanding industry absolutely filled with opportunity. We get to work with great clients and tackle interesting projects on a daily basis. It’s an exceptional time to be in predictive analytics and I agree with Gary: We are incredibly lucky.
Actuaries in Audit Support
Jing Liu June 03, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, Audit Support, News
At the end of 2018, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) implemented several amendments to their existing standards. One of the changes strengthened requirements for evaluating the work of company specialists. Prior to the change, PCAOB guidelines did not expressly require auditors to evaluate the appropriateness of methods and assumptions used by company specialists. Auditors were merely required to obtain an understanding of the methods and assumptions used. 
The Actuary as Strategic Partner
Aaron Hillebrandt September 01, 2016 Posted in: Blog Posts, General
I commonly run into situations where the actuary is viewed simply as the supplier of a commoditized product. I would submit that the actuary’s role has been expanding and evolving in recent years, and this trend will continue – as it should. 
Pinnacle’s Commitment to Developing the Next Generation of Actuaries
Nicole McArdle May 05, 2016 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Community Involvement
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently less than 27,000 accredited actuaries in the United States. But that number is expected to grow substantially over the next ten years. At Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. we’re committed to ensuring that actuarial students are fully engaged in the roles and responsibilities of accredited actuaries well before graduation. When I was an actuarial student at Illinois State University (ISU), I had the opportunity to benefit from the unique partnership between Pinnacle and ISU that provides students the chance to meet and work with professional actuaries throughout their college years.
The Adventures of an Actuarial Intern
Rachel Howell April 29, 2016 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Community Involvement
I walked into Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.’s Atlanta office four months ago to begin the first day of my actuarial internship. After moving seven hours from home, this would be my first professional experience in a purely actuarial role. I was also starting with Pinnacle right in the midst of opinion season, the busiest time of the year for consulting actuaries. To say I was intimidated was an understatement, but on that first day I was greeted with nothing but kindness and immediately put to work.

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