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was during this time that an opportunity in the actuarial consulting space
opened up. Initially, I found myself overwhelmed by actuarial models and technical
jargon. Thankfully I had mentors who guided me through my nascent years as my
role suddenly flipped from educator to student. I try to keep that feeling with
me, knowing that my clients are not exposed to actuarial science on a regular
basis. Throughout my 15+ years in the profession, I have found that an
engagement does not typically end once the final answer is derived and the
report is provided to the client. The true value of an engagement is to
translate the technical language embedded in the numbers into a form that
others can understand; this is arguably where the real work of a consulting
actuary begins. My most fulfilling engagements are those where my clients not
only understand the results of the actuarial report, but can explain the
results to others on their staff, their board of directors, their direct
reports and others.
Our ability to learn, to educate and to be educated is
something we should never take for granted. This gives each of us an
opportunity to grow and share our expertise with the world – a reward in and of
itself, even if we are looking at one another's shoes.
Danny Linton is a senior consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources working from Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Master of Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Danny has been in the
property/casualty industry since 2005, focused on loss reserving, loss
forecasting, captive feasibility studies, capital modeling and cost allocation
mechanisms. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
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