As I reflect upon my years in underwriting, I can’t help but think about the people and choices that shaped my career.
One of my most important choices came early on when I decided that underwriting was going to be a career and not just a job. That decision meant I was committed to becoming a professional underwriter, which led to becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriters (FALU) and eventually serving on the Academy of Life Underwriting (ALU) and Association of Home Office Underwriters (AHOU) committees.
Through participation in these professional organizations, I met remarkable people, made lifelong friendships, and became part of something much bigger than myself. What we do as an industry is vital to the lives of countless individuals and families. We help people stay in their homes, send children to college, and recover financially after the loss of a loved one. By giving our time to advance this industry, we all become better: better actuaries or underwriters or claims professionals, better leaders and managers, and ultimately, better able to protect the people we serve.