Before becoming an actuary, Brian ran his own home improvement business. Once he had his fill of manual labor, he went to college and decided to become an actuary.
Brian joined Watson Wyatt in Cleveland, OH, and he naturally gravitated toward working on the pensions of working class people — multiemployer plans. After a few years, Brian transferred to Watson Wyatt’s Washington, DC office to focus on multiemployer plan consulting. Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC was spun off from Watson Wyatt and first started doing business five years ago, on February 1, 2008. We all were excited for this opportunity, perhaps Brian most of all.
Brian passed his actuarial exams very quickly, becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. Even though he had been an actuary for only about ten years, his knowledge and skills were equivalent to those of someone who had been in the business for twenty years or more.
Brian served on the Multiemployer Subcommittee of the American Academy of Actuaries. A special method he suggested to handle an unworkable provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 was adopted by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and is now being used throughout the multiemployer plan community. Brian also actively assisted the National Coordinating Committee of Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) on matters related to the Pension Relief Act of 2010.
To those of us at Horizon, Brian was a great friend, co-worker, and leader. We will miss his attention to detail, his innovative thinking, and his sense of humor.
Brian is survived by his wife Heidi, his son Connor, and his daughter Dilana.