Actuarial Science Advisory Board
The BYU Actuarial Advisory Board is a collection of actuarial professionals with industry experience and a broad range of exposure to hiring practices and company actuarial student programs. Its mission is to assist BYU’s Statistics Department and Actuarial faculty in raising the level of effectiveness of the actuarial program by:
• providing feedback and recommendations that help shape the direction and future of the educational experience and career opportunities that students receive in connection with their studies in the BYU actuarial program;
• identifying opportunities to enhance BYU’s ability to produce competitive actuarial graduates as well as promoting the visibility and reputation of the Program; and
• encouraging alumni involvement with the actuarial program as well as assisting with fundraising efforts.
Rob Bachler, FSA, FCAS, MAAA
BYU – BS IN STATISTICS/ACTUARIAL SCIENCE • BYU – MS IN STATISTICS
Rob Bachler is a Principal in Milliman’s Seattle Health Practice. His primary clients include Medicare Advantage plans and companies in the reinsurance and employer stop loss industries. He provides these clients with assistance in areas of expertise such as pricing, reserving, business analytics, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Milliman in 2008, Rob spent several years at Munich Re America, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the U.S., where he was responsible for actuarial management of clients covering several product lines. Rob served as the lead actuary at Educators Mutual Insurance Association in Murray, Utah before joining Munich Re.
Rob is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He earned a Master’s degree in Statistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics (actuarial emphasis), both from BYU.
Jonathan Blake, FCAS, MAAA
BYU – BS IN STATISTICS ∙ BYU – MS IN STATISTICS
For over twenty five years, Jonathan Blake has been employed in a variety of actuarial roles. He is currently the Vice President and Lead Actuary at The Hanover Group. In this position, he assesses the financial strength of over three billion dollars in domestic reserve position, as well as leads various corporate actuarial initiatives. He also partners with the Personal, Commercial, and Specialty businesses units, where he helps the units engage in profitable growth strategic initiatives.
Jonathan graduated magna cum laude with B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Statistics in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at BYU. He has previously worked in Ohio, Texas, and Massachusetts and served as president, vice president, and board member of the Casualty Actuaries of New England. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Jonathan and his wife, Julia, have six children.
Mark A. Brown, FSA, MAAA
BYU – BS IN ACTUARIAL SCIENCE
Mark Brown is currently Business Operations Director at PEHP, a nonprofit trust providing health, life and disability benefits to Utah’s public employees (the state of Utah, its counties, cities, school districts, and other public agencies), and is responsible for overseeing all operating functions including actuarial, analytic and reporting functions, for the company.
With over 32 years in health, life and disability insurance and consulting, Mark has held a variety of responsibilities for overseeing and directing actuarial, financial and operational functions while working at regional and national insurance carriers, actuarial consulting and insurance brokerage companies.
Mark is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has served in the community and industry on various boards and committees. Mark currently serves as the Chair of BYU’s Actuarial Advisory Board.
Lee D. Gold, ASA, EA, FCA, MAAA
BYU – BS IN STATISTICS
Lee Gold is a Principal and Consultant in Mercer’s Denver office. He has been with Mercer for over 17 years and has over 25 years of employee benefit consulting experience. Lee works with a variety of clients including hospitals, manufacturing and transportation companies, and government contractors.
Earlier in his career, Lee was a corporate actuary and had the opportunity to design and develop valuation software for both pension and retiree medical plans. Lee now consults with employers regarding plan design, funding strategies, and risk management strategies for their pension, defined contribution, and retiree medical programs. Lee’s passion for helping employers design retirement programs that best meet their objectives has led to creative and innovative solutions, as well as numerous speaking engagements, primarily on the topic of risk-sharing plan designs.
Lee graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics. He is an Associate in the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, a Fellow in the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Dave Sandberg, FSA, CERA, MAAA
BYU – BA IN ECONOMICS
Dave Sandberg is a Senior Consultant with Charles Rivers Associates, specializing in expert witness work on life insurance topics. He is a former VP & Corporate Actuary with Allianz Life in Minneapolis and previously was the appointed actuary for LifeUSA Insurance Company, a major writer of deferred and equity indexed annuities, where he worked from 1989 until LifeUSA’s purchase by Allianz Life in 1999. Additional responsibilities have included GAAP & Statutory Reporting, Crediting Rate & Investment Strategies, Experience Analysis, Government Relations and Reinsurance.
Since the late 1990’s, Dave has been actively engaged professionally in developing principles for insurance statutory reserve and capital requirements, as well as emerging risk management principles, in the US and abroad.
He is a past President of the American Academy of Actuaries and a current Board member of the Society of Actuaries. He graduated from BYU with High Honors in 1981 in Economics with a minor in Philosophy and lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.
Steven B. White, FCAS
BYU – BS IN MATHEMATICS • BYU – MA IN ECONOMICS
Steven White currently serves as the Global Chief Actuary at Guy Carpenter. Current responsibilities include overseeing the development of all actuarial tools and advanced catastrophe modeling portfolio management tools. He also is responsible for standards and compliance within the actuarial area.
Prior to joining Guy Carpenter in 2000, he was a senior actuary for Swiss Re in its Chicago and Phoenix offices, responsible for all business underwritten in his business unit. He began his insurance career with the Allstate Insurance Company at its research and planning center before transferring to the firm's reinsurance division.
Steven is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and serves on the Casualty Actuaries in Reinsurance (CARe) meeting steering committee. He has also served on the CAS Committee for Professionalism and Ethics.
Trevar K. Whithers, ACAS, MAAA
BYU – BS IN STATISTICS/COMPUTER SCIENCE • BYU – MS IN STATISTICS
Trevar Withers is a Director at Willis Towers Watson. His expertise includes pricing and reserving traditional property & casualty lines of business. He also has extensive experience estimating asbestos liabilities and pricing extended warranty contracts. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson he worked 12 years at Westfield Insurance in leadership roles including: Personal Lines Pricing Actuary and Reserving Actuary. Trevar also worked at Travelers Insurance.
Trevar is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society and the American Academy of Actuaries. He served as Chairperson of the Mass Torts Subcommittee of the American Academy of Actuaries and coauthored a 2007 public policy monograph, “Overview of Asbestos Claims Issues and Trends.”
Aaron A. Wright, FCAS, MAAA
BYU – BS IN STATISTICS ∙ UTSA – MS IN DATA ANALYTICS
Aaron leads the Modernization, Development, and Modeling teams for Personal Lines Pricing at USAA. He has held several roles within USAA, including roles in Pricing, State Management, Catastrophe Management, Comparative Pricing and Analysis, and leading the P&C Modeling Center of Excellence.
Aaron graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's of Science in Statistics. He also has a Master's of Science in Data and Analytics from UTSA. He is an AIR Certified Catastrophe Modeler, a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics.