Meet Ken Williams, Staff Actuary

Welcome to the CAS Staff Spotlight, a column featuring members of the CAS staff. For this spotlight, we are proud to introduce you to Ken Williams.

  • What do you do at the CAS?
    I do a variety of tasks to support the staff and members, including speaking at different meetings, answering media requests and doing research related to actuarial science. I also work on projects related to admissions and exams, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ review of the appointed actuary credential.
  • What do you enjoy most about your job?
    I like traveling and meeting people while promoting the actuarial profession. Being an actuary is a great career, and I will discuss the profession to anyone who will listen.
  • What’s your hometown?
    I grew up in two small towns in Indiana: Washington and Ramsey.
  • Where’d you go to college and what’s your degree?
    I am a Boilermaker from Purdue University with a degree in math and statistics and a focus on actuarial science.
  • What was your first job out of college?
    I was hired as an actuarial analyst at Country Financial (then Country Companies) in Bloomington, Illinois. I worked there for 27 years before joining the CAS.
  • Describe yourself in three words.
    Friendly. Inquisitive. Adventurous.
  • What’s your favorite weekend activity?
    For the last eight years, many of my weekends have involved watching my daughter play travel softball.
  • What’s your favorite travel destination?
    Wow! This one is tough — probably San Diego.
  • Name one interesting or fun fact about you.
    My son and I have ridden almost all of Amtrak’s long-distance train routes. We have taken trains from Chicago to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Reno and Seattle.