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.