From the Executive Editor

By Alan Stone • April 10, 2018 • 0 Comments

Hello all – I am sincerely honored to take over as Executive Editor of the ACOPA Monthly from Norm Levinrad. The way Norm speaks (and writes) his mind and how he is not afraid to display his great sense of humor has been a personal inspiration.

In this first issue, you’ll find a theme of volunteering. My own introduction to ACOPA was the 2010 Actuarial Symposium in Las Vegas. Annie (Voldman) Brown, a consulting actuary in South Burlington, VT, was the incoming President of ACOPA. She and Mary Ann Rocco (the outgoing President), approached me at the networking reception. Within a few minutes, Annie asked me if I would be interest in volunteering within ACOPA. I will never forget how welcoming Annie and Mary Ann were. 

I reached out to Annie to see what she has been up to, as I hadn’t seen her as much on the listserv or at annual meetings. The result is my first “Catching Up with…” article, and you can find it here.

Speaking of volunteering, Jeff Wadle, an actuary at Greenspan & Associates, Inc. in California, is arguably our biggest contributor to the listserv. He has provided so many of us with knowledge and insight and made us better actuaries. Jeff was kind enough to answer some questions regarding his vast knowledge and how he goes about answering posts in such a comprehensive way. You can find the inaugural “View from the Top” article here.

Our current President of ACOPA, Bill Karbon, has provided us with interesting information regarding our annual conferences and new educational opportunities. You can find the article here. 

It was a busy month for many of us, so there are no technical articles this month. Feel free to contact me at if you have any ideas or want to try your hand at writing an article. 

Finally, we have a call for volunteers for a new ACOPA subcommittee. You can find it here. If you don’t find this opportunity a rewarding experience, I will give you your money back.



Comments (1)

Alan - Great job on your first ACOPA monthly!
4/12/2018 4:33 PM
Ken Vollmer