James Washer, CEO of The Infinite Actuary, graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Applied Mathematics. He received his FSA in 2006 after passing all of his exams on the first attempts. He is the instructor for TIA’s Exam FM and LTAM courses. He has instructed at TIA since 2006 and helped thousands of students in that time.
James lives in Helena, AL with his wife, Laura, and their two sons, Thomas and Carson.
Shep Tapasak has 25+ years underwriting experience with healthcare professional liability. His background includes both home office and field operations leadership roles in several large property/casualty insurance companies. Shep began his insurance career as an actuary. He received his B.S. from SUNY-Binghamton, and J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. Additionally, he completed his CPCU.
I am a native of Louisville, KY, with a degree in Economics and Management from Centre College in Danville KY (we beat Harvard in 1921 for the greatest upset of the century). I have over thirty-four years of total life underwriting experience with three companies. I have been employed with Protective Life for over 26 years where I am currently the technical lead working with the Direct Writing Team.
Twice I was president of the Alabama Home Office Underwriter’s and Claims Association. I have been married for 36 years to my wife Susan and we have three children- two girls and one boy. My interests include reading, working with men from The Fire House Ministries in Birmingham, running and participating in triathlons.
Kevin Burke, PhD, ARe, CPCU, AU, FCAS, MAAA is an actuary at Alfa Mutual Insurance Company and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Prior to working at Alfa, Kevin worked at Southern Farm Bureau Insurance Company and Florida Farm Bureau Insurance. He has a PhD in mathematics from the State University of New York University at Albany and a BA from the Massachusetts College for the Liberal Arts.
Brennen Slaney is originally from Cincinnati, OH and attended the University of Alabama from 2016-2019. He majored in Finance with a specialization in Actuarial Science. He also completed the AMP program in Applied Statistics. During his time at UA, Brennen was involved in the Alabama Insurance Society and was a Culverhouse Ambassador. He interned at Western & Southern Life in Cincinnati during summer 2018, working on their Forecasting & Risk Analysis team. In 2019, Brennen interned at Cigna in Nashville with their AEDP in Individual & Family Plans, and returned to Cigna full time after graduating in 2020. He works in Medicare Advantage Pricing, and prices the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast markets for Cigna. Brennen also is involved in the Intern Committee and Campus Recruiting for the AEDP. When not working or studying, Brennen enjoys working out, hiking and finding new restaurants.
Cory Reamer is a former American football linebacker who played for the New York Jets in the NFL. Prior to that, he graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Finance. With over 10 years of experience in financial markets he is the Vice President of Capital Markets for Bryant Bank in Huntsville, Alabama.
W. H. “Skip” Cooper, CPCU, served as president of Amwins for 11 years before transitioning into his current role as vice chair. With 35 years in the industry, Skip has extensive knowledge of large property account structures and placement management, as well as product research and development. His expertise in customer, client and market relationships has helped drive Amwins to its position as a leading specialty brokerage and underwriting organization.
Prior to joining Amwins, Skip had served as executive vice president of CRC Insurance Services, a company he joined in 1985 as its 12th employee. During his time at CRC, Skip formed the Property Department, along with AmRisc Underwriting, and held many leadership positions within the firm. Prior to 1985, he worked in various industry positions including underwriting at Fireman’s Fund and internships at Lloyds of London. Skip graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Finance.
Corinne Anderson is a Product Development Actuary with Protective Life’s Retirement Division in Birmingham, AL. With a background in annuity product pricing and competitive intelligence, her focus is on design and creation of new products to address consumer’s retirement needs. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst through the SOA, and member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She graduated from The University of Alabama in 2014 with a Master’s Degree in Applied Statistics and a Bachelor’s in Finance and Mathematics.
Nick Zito is a Director, Actuary at Unum Group, where he leads the Experience Analysis function for the Voluntary Benefits (VB) products lines. In this role, he partners with Underwriting, Pricing, and Valuation teams to provide data insights on voluntary Accident, Critical Illness, Cancer, Hospital, Disability, and Life insurance products. He currently resides in Chattanooga, TN, and is a graduate of the University of Alabama (2011) and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Phillip Stano‘s 40 years of experience—as a state insurance regulator, chief litigation counsel and lobbyist for for the nation’s largest life insurer trade association, and law firm partner—enabled him to achieve positive outcomes in complex class action and other financial services litigation and regulatory, legislative, and compliance disputes. Phillip represented many of the nation’s insurers, which write all lines of insurance. Phillip appeared on their behalf in administrative hearings and state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide on a variety of regulatory, compliance, marketing, and legal issues.
Prior to his career as a partner at two law firms, Phillip served as chief litigation counsel at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), where he filed more than 350 briefs on “first impression” issues affecting all aspects of the insurance industry’s practices. He organized and directed ACLI’s class action, state tort/judicial reform, insurer legal privileges, arbitration and insurance anti-fraud legislative reform efforts. Before ACLI, Phillip was assistant attorney general and general counsel to the Alabama Insurance Department, where he litigated numerous civil and some criminal matters at the administrative, trial and appellate court levels. He has extensive experience from insurer formation/ acquisition to rehabilitation/liquidation, along with all facets of insurer, agent, and insured activity.
Scott Huisinga is an Assistant Pricing Manager for Allstate Insurance, leading personal lines pricing for Oklahoma and New Mexico. He joined Allstate in 2016 and has worked primarily on Home and Auto pricing in many states across the country, most recently focusing on the Southwest region of the United States. Scott has experience with traditional and predictive modeling ratemaking techniques, covering a variety of topics including catastrophes, telematics, and usage-based insurance. Scott is a 2016 graduate of The University of Alabama and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Danny Bentley, President of BrightBenefits, is a leader in fostering innovation, driving organizational change and strategic planning. Prior to leading BrightBenefits, he served as President of Davis Vision, the nation’s third largest insurer with approximately 22 million members.
Bentley began his career at Protective Life where he created and pioneered the voluntary, ancillary benefits products industry by introducing the nation’s first voluntary dental product. He later joined A.G. Edwards Investment Banking, serving as a Managing Director and Head of the firm’s Insurance Practice before rejoining the insurance industry.
“Our goal for BrightBenefits is to be a trusted partner and leading provider of employee benefits products and services that help employers and their employees protect their families,” said Bentley.
Lee Bowron’s practice focuses on extended warranty, F&I products, personal and commercial lines, and environmental reserving.
Lee has been in the insurance industry since 1990 and has been a consultant since 2001. Previously, he was the Chief Actuary for The General auto insurance. He has written articles on GAP insurance, Vehicle Service Contracts and other topics for journals and magazines, including Best’s Review.
He is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Denny Hughes concentrates on the defense of bad faith, fraud and punitive damage actions and other insurance defense matters at the trial and appellate levels, as well as the defense of class actions and complex litigation. He also assists insurers in coverage evaluations and the litigation of coverage issues. In addition, he represents employers in the defense of employment discrimination claims and advises employers on preventive employment law.
Mr. Hughes was appointed to the Board of the Alabama Insurance Planning Commission at the University of Alabama in 2012, for which he has been elected to serve as Chairman for 2021—2022. He is an Associate Member of the Board of the Association of Alabama Life Insurance Companies and a member of the Alabama Association of Arson Investigators. In 2001 Mr. Hughes was appointed as a Deputy Attorney General to represent the State of Alabama in the defense of civil actions against state agencies. He is a past member of the Board of Directors (President 2011—2012) of Camp Smile-a-Mile, which provides year-round programs for children with cancer and their families.