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Old 08-19-2019, 06:16 PM
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Any thoughts on the candidates? I value the opinions of my fellow AO members.
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I'm still working through the bios, etc.
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:43 AM
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Of the people on the list, only one do I have strong negative feelings about -- William "Flick" Fornia. This relates directly to my interest re: public pensions.

He has been on the Board for 3 years already (so this is him going for his second stint).

He has shown up in a few of my posts re: public pensions. Here's one, [posted in 2014, but written by him in 2009] on what would be an appropriate discount rate in Illinois [whether 8.5% was too high]
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...20#post7813320


A post from when he ran in 2016:
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...01#post8665201

That year, there was a seat reserved for somebody from the retirement field, and only he and one other person (Eileen Luxton) fit that bill. Both Luxton & Fornia are currently on the board.
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I know two of the candidates Robert Eaton & Lisa Kuklinski, all I can say is they are both good people and very bright. Other than that I know little aside from the bios.

Its funny I think of Lisa as one of the new students, to discover she is a 25 year FSA. Damn, I'm old
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I know Roy Goldman as a long time Education & Exams volunteer, conscientious and hard-working. I will be voting for him, even though I know little about his thoughts on other issues.
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Of the people on the list, only one do I have strong negative feelings about -- William "Flick" Fornia. This relates directly to my interest re: public pensions.

He has been on the Board for 3 years already (so this is him going for his second stint).

He has shown up in a few of my posts re: public pensions. Here's one, [posted in 2014, but written by him in 2009] on what would be an appropriate discount rate in Illinois [whether 8.5% was too high]
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...20#post7813320


A post from when he ran in 2016:
http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...01#post8665201

That year, there was a seat reserved for somebody from the retirement field, and only he and one other person (Eileen Luxton) fit that bill. Both Luxton & Fornia are currently on the board.
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I know two of the candidates Robert Eaton & Lisa Kuklinski, all I can say is they are both good people and very bright. Other than that I know little aside from the bios.

Its funny I think of Lisa as one of the new students, to discover she is a 25 year FSA. Damn, I'm old
It sounds like Fornia should be a definite no. I wish I knew more about whom to vote for instead, lest Fornia still come out in the top 5 voters after I go for someone who has little support.
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I know one candidate personally, Brian Louth. I think he's very competent, hard-working, and one of the nicest people you'll meet. I'm voting for him.
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I've worked with Robert Eaton and Greg Fann, and intend to vote for both of them.
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As many AOers know, I served on the SOA Board for nine years, 2001-10, including as president during 2007-08. During that long period, I knew or got to know just about everyone serving in any kind of leadership position within the SOA. As time goes by, the election ballot contains more and more names of people I don't really know or maybe just met somewhere for a minute. It gets more difficult to cast my votes. But that doesn't stop me!

At the top of the ballot, I do know the candidates for president-elect very well, having worked with both of them for decades. (And, of course, I know Tom Bakos extremely well, too, but he isn't on the ballot this year for the first time in a while.) Here are my thoughts on Roy and Jim:

Roy Goldman and I met during the 1970s, when we both worked for Prudential. He's a couple of years older than I am, so roughly 70. He and I were both very active in the E&E system, rising to positions of responsibility before running for the Board. He was a few years ahead of me in that area, too, so we had little overlapping service, but we stayed in touch. Roy is a very smart and conscientious guy. I have some concern that he's too much of a "company man" who won't have enough independence as president. Also, my view is that he has been too little involved in SOA activities for a number of years and may not be well-informed on the latest issues. Not big negatives, but....

Jim Toole is getting my vote, if the SOA is ever good enough to send me my voting credentials! Jim is also very smart and conscientious, like Roy, but he is 15 or so years younger and has been very actively involved with the SOA for at least the past 20 years, including right now. I know where he stands on all the important issues, and we agree on just about everything. Best of all, Jim is an independent, original, out-of-the-box thinker who has the potential to really move the SOA in some good directions, not just keep the president's chair warm for a year, like some of our presidents have done.

I urge my friends on the AO to vote for Jim Toole. You won't be disappointed.

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