Jim is a consulting actuary known for innovative retirement plan design, and for explaining technical topics in a way that’s clear and…wait for it…fun. He’s pretty extroverted, for an actuary.
Jim started the firm in 1991 after spending 12 years at the national chains. Our firm reflects his positive can-do outlook.
Jim and his wife Ellen live on the Minneapolis lakes with their still-puppyish lab mix Callie. Their two daughters are happily launched in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Jim loves to be on the steep end of the learning curve in his work and hobbies, which include viola (and viola jokes), surfing, paddling, cycling, golf, bowling and cross-country skiing. He’s the Treasurer for Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, a former board member for the Loppet Foundation and a founding board member for Nice Ride, the Twin Cities bike sharing system.
Jim is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), an Enrolled Actuary (EA), a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA), and former chair of the Minneapolis Pension Council. The first college graduate in his family, he earned a B.S. in math with highest honors from the University of California, Riverside (UCR). And at a CCA meeting a few years back he won the hotly contested “ERISA Jeopardy” tournament. Pension regulations for $500, please…
Mark is a consulting actuary and a co-owner of the firm. He’s known for his teaching skills, and loves helping others understand and solve tough problems. He keeps us up to date on new developments in the pension and retiree medical fields, blogs on national pension issues, and speaks frequently at retirement conferences. His latest quest is to develop new ideas for modernizing our nation’s public sector pension systems.
Mark joined the firm in 2009 after almost 10 years at the national chains. We sought him out for his enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit.
Mark and his wife Sarah live in the Twin Cities with their two delightful daughters. He’s an avid cross-country skier, gardener, and cross-fitter who can do an impossible number of pullups.
Mark is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), an Enrolled Actuary (EA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He earned a B.A. in math, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College.
Sandi is a consulting actuary known for producing an incredible amount of quality work. We still can’t quite figure out how she does it. She’s patient, thorough and generous with her knowledge.
Sandi joined the firm in 2002 after many years of insurance company experience in pensions and variable annuities.
Sandi and her husband Ben live in the Twin Cities. She goes off to knitting conventions every year, and creates outfits for every new baby in the firm. She occasionally talks about retiring but we talk her out of it, because we know how she loves to work and we’d miss her too much.
Sandi is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), an Enrolled Actuary (EA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She earned a B.A. in math from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Pete is a consulting actuary known for his diligence and technical expertise. He enjoys developing creative solutions and helping his clients to optimize their retirement plans. When he talks we all listen, because he’ll bring a thoughtful new perspective to the discussion.
Pete joined the firm in 2001, a first round pick in the college draft. He joined us, in part, for the flexibility: he could both work here and coach the University of St. Thomas football team, which he did for a couple years.
Pete and his wife Lindsey live in the Twin Cities and home school their six kids. As you might guess, family is a major priority for Pete. They are very involved in the home school community and youth education in their church.
As an outlet for his busy home and work life, Pete started a family Ultimate Frisbee league and plays twice a week. He also loves hiking and losing to his wife at ping pong.
Pete is an Enrolled Actuary (EA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He earned a B.A. in math, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas.
Brenda is a consulting actuary known for her focus and business acumen. She led our firm into public sector retiree medical work, years before GASB issued its first statements, and she specializes in large employers’ financial reporting.
Brenda joined the firm in 2000, after many years of experience in insurance and managing the Twin Cities retirement practice for one of the national chains.
Brenda and her husband Jim live in St. Paul with their two very athletic yet academic sons. They can often be found at hockey and baseball practices and games.
Brenda is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), an Enrolled Actuary (EA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She earned a B.S. in math, summa cum laude, from Winona State University.
Emily is a consulting actuary known for fast turnaround and quality work. She supervises the development of our “latest and greatest” actuarial templates, and she’s had a hand in just about all of our reports.
Emily joined the firm in 2001, a first round pick in the college draft.
Emily and her husband Bosco live in the Twin Cities with their two active and inquisitive young sons. She’s home every Friday to be with the boys as they grow up.
Emily is an Enrolled Actuary (EA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She earned a B.A. in math and actuarial science from the University of Minnesota.
Laura is a consulting actuary known for her inquisitiveness, infectious laugh and pride in her work. She’s played a major role in streamlining our valuation processes and is our first homegrown health actuary.
Laura joined the firm in 2008, with a short break to tour Europe after college graduation.
Laura lives in the Twin Cities with her partner Patrick and their German shepherd Lucy. They always have an enviable social calendar – weddings, trips to the cabin, etc. And if there’s a big concert or sporting event going on in town, they’re probably in attendance.
Laura is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) . She earned a B.A. in math and actuarial science from the University of Minnesota.
Gina is a consulting actuary known for her classy professionalism and passion for quality. She keeps us all focused on producing an accurate and elegant work product.
Gina joined the firm in 2006, after being honored as the outstanding graduate of her college’s math & statistics department.
Gina lives in Minneapolis and loves to travel. She often comes back with stories from exotic places the rest of us have never even heard of. We all enjoy traveling vicariously through her. She also fills the role of social director for our group. If we’re all out to lunch or happy hour, it was probably her idea.
Gina is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). She double majored in mathematics and statistics, earning a B.S., summa cum laude, from Winona State University.
Aaron is an actuarial analyst known for his problem solving skills and can-do spirit. He’s the internal tech guy who keeps our systems running.
Aaron joined the firm in 2013 after a stint as a bartender. He’s the kind of solid dude you’d want to tell your troubles to.
Aaron lives in Minneapolis and loves the outdoors. He recently fly fished his way to the Pacific Northwest.
Aaron earned a B.S. in mathematics from North Dakota State University.
Emily is an actuarial analyst known for her efficiency, amazing memory and health insurance knowledge. She’s updated our health claim analysis tools to be the best they’ve ever been.
Emily joined the firm in 2015 after several years with a health insurance company. She wanted to apply her knowledge in our consulting environment.
Emily lives in Minneapolis with her partner Toby and their golden retriever Zoe. Like true Minnesotans, they love being outdoors. Their idea of a great vacation is finding a new area to camp and explore.
Emily double majored in mathematics and statistics, earning a B.S., cum laude, from North Dakota State University.
Ben is an actuarial analyst known for his ability to learn quickly with a positive attitude. He is currently picking up all sorts of knowledge on public pension plans.
We were happy to have Ben start as an intern in the spring of 2017 and transition to full time employment upon graduation in May.
Ben lives in Minneapolis and when he isn’t working or studying for actuarial exams, he teaches group fitness classes.
Ben earned a B.S. in actuarial science from the University of Minnesota with a minor in finance and risk management from the Carlson School of Business.
Sean is an actuarial analyst known for his calm approach to solving complex problems. He’s our database guru and systems geek.
Sean first joined the firm in the 1990s, moved to California and luckily for us, returned in 2013.
Sean lives in the Twin Cities with his three equally calm sons.
Sean is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA). He earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.
Dane is an actuarial analyst known for his diligence and efficiency. He’s our go-to analyst for Minnesota public pension plans.
Dane joined the firm in 2015; we were lucky enough to have him intern with us his senior year so he avoided the college draft altogether. He’s enjoying his time out of the pool after four years on the varsity swim team.
Dane and his wife Meg live in downtown Minneapolis. They’ve recently celebrated their first anniversary.
Dane earned a B.S. in actuarial science from the University of St. Thomas.
Carla is our office administrator. She takes care of all of us, and effortlessly handles the administrative details so we can focus on our clients.
Carla joined the firm in 2000, bringing with her years of experience with another actuarial firm.
Carla and her husband David live in the Twin Cities. They’ve raised a daughter and two sons, all out on their own. They are taking full advantage of their empty nest; there aren’t many movies that Carla and David haven’t seen or restaurants they haven’t enjoyed.