CAS Fellows will vote on a slate of candidates for the CAS Board of Directors and CAS president-elect, with online voting beginning on August 1, 2018. On that day, the CAS will email Fellows a link to the online ballot. Paper ballots will be mailed on August 1 to those Fellows who do not have an email address on file with the CAS office. Completed ballots must be submitted online or returned to the CAS office by August 29, 2018.
In the following pages, readers can learn about the candidates through the 100-word summaries they provided regarding their interest in running for CAS leadership positions.
More details about each candidate can be found in the Meet the Candidates section of the CAS website. Please contact Mike Boa (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or comments about the election process.
Meet the Candidates
Steven D. Armstrong
I want to bring refined focus and renewed energy to those things that the CAS needs to pursue as a growing global organization. I want the organization to feel momentum. I do not want to see our volunteers, staff, and the board stretched too thin. I want to ensure that the future we envision is met by properly prioritizing the six strategic plan goals while recognizing that we will need to work with other organizations to achieve these goals. And I want to dare us all to be different!
Board Director Nominees
I recently completed a three-year term as CAS VP for Research & Development and a member of the CAS Executive Council. As a CAS Board member, I will be committed to serving and strengthening the growing CAS community. As the CAS and The CAS Institute continue to grow, one of our key challenges is to continue to enhance the collaboration, learning and relationships that make the Society valuable to our members and our employers. The CAS will become even more valuable as we foster an even more dynamic and diverse community for casualty actuaries and related professionals.
I have spent over 10 years in traditional pricing and reserving roles, and over 10 years in enterprise risk management. I have also led product development, customer service and claims. In my current role as CFO at Grange Insurance, I have responsibility for accounting, audit, investments, actuarial, data science, strategy and risk management. I believe my training as an actuary made this progression possible. The Casualty Actuarial Society gave me the professional skills to ask the questions that need asked and think through problems analytically. The Society has given much to me, and I would like to give something back.
I am honored to be a member of the CAS and am indebted to the Society and the profession for what has transpired in my career. As a board member, I will continue to pay off this debt. The CAS is at a crossroads with how the society will look and perform going forward. The role of the board is to work with the staff and dedicated volunteer-based committees to shape the future and pick the correct fork in the road. The road to travel is the one of being proactive and building upon our foundation, creating an incredible dwelling.
Stephen J. Mildenhall
The CAS is facing many challenges. New tools are replacing actuarial judgment and actuaries must learn new skills to remain relevant. Our education process must reflect the best research and current practice, ensuring all actuaries are equipped with the tools necessary to compete successfully with other practitioners. My experience in education, research and 25 years of practice, encompassing the introduction of statistics into ratemaking, simulation modeling into ERM and catastrophe risk assessment, and computers into everything, gives me the ability to effectively help the CAS move forward. I am eager to serve on the board and ask for your support.
Matthew C. Mosher
I want to serve on the CAS Board to ensure the CAS and our designations remain the leading P&C designation in a changing insurance world and to expand risk without expanding travel time. While the high standards of the CAS are important standards to uphold, as we continue to see the sophistication of risk expand, the CAS must also remain focused on travel time for actuarial students taking exams. If we look to continue to expand the topics covered without acknowledging the overall breadth of the topics, we will begin to develop jacks of all trades, but kings of none.
Julia Causbie Stenberg
As an enthusiastic, energetic CAS volunteer who has held leadership roles in critical areas of the organization, including three years as a vice president, I understand the issues facing the CAS. As a pricing actuary at an insurance company managing a talented team of actuaries, I see how the demand for our services has changed in recent years and how we might shape that demand in the future. I would love the opportunity to bring my experiences and unique point of view to CAS Board discussions as it sets the strategic direction for the organization.
Remaining relevant is our biggest challenge. We need to become just as good at outreach as we are at actuarial science! My experience as the chair of the University Engagement Committee and knowledge of the many CAS committees and programs will enable me to provide strategic direction to the CAS. The more rooted I become in the CAS community, the more I appreciate our diversity and wide range of opportunities. We need to tell our story and give our members more visibility to the many initiatives. There are so many great things going on that people need to hear about!
We as actuaries underestimate ourselves sometimes. Insurance is the promise to make someone whole after a difficult time, and actuaries are stewards of this promise. This is awesome work. It is prudent to remain aware of how the world changes around us, but we don’t need to feel insecure or morph ourselves into data scientists, digital disruptors, etc., if that’s not who we are. I’ve always felt I make my greatest impact when I am who I am and, as a member of the CAS Board, I would like to help us practice this mindset as a profession.