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Jonathan E. Stinson

FSA, MAAA, [IFRI Certified]
Consulting Actuary

Jon has over 25 years of experience in life, long-term care, and disability insurance with a focus on financial reporting, software conversions, and risk management.  Prior to joining Valani Global, he worked for several U.S. Fortune 500 companies.  Jon also worked for several smaller insurance companies and has experience in actuarial consulting.

Jon is an experienced project manager, including AXIS model conversions, mergers and acquisitions, and General Ledger software conversions.

Jon is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.  He has been involved with Academy workgroups, including the Individual Disability Tables Work Group, which developed updated incidence and claim termination tables for U.S. Statutory valuation purposes.  Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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My most valuable skill is an ability to see a problem from beginning to end and break it down into logical and reasonable pieces that are well-suited to the resources available. 

How did you begin your journey into actuarial science?
After my sophomore year of high school, I finished my last two years of high school concurrent with my first two years of college at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. While attending this program, I heard about the actuarial profession and decided that it was for me. I liked the idea of applying math in a business context so, after TAMS, I transferred to the University of Texas at Austin where I took classes in the Actuarial Science department. 

What led you to Actuarial modeling?
One of my early projects as a young actuary was to help migrate an actuarial model to a new version of the modeling software. By virtue of learning how to use the new actuarial modeling software, I was able to contribute to some of the more interesting projects in the company. Throughout my career, I have found that actuarial modeling has been great way to stay relevant and positioned for the most interesting projects of the future.

The key innovations, whether they be product, investment, or risk management techniques, are generally understood best by the actuaries who modeled them first. Precision of thought is honed by the modeling process.

What’s your background in AXIS?
I have experience with AXIS for modeling work such as financial planning, cash flow testing and embedded value reporting. I have also managed an AXIS conversion project for a large U.S. based life insurance company. 

Why did you join Valani Global?
I first met Nazir and Scott about a decade ago when I worked at a large client company that was migrating from legacy systems to AXIS. I managed the actuarial conversion workflows for the company and was always impressed with Valani in terms of modeling, communication, and the flexibility. Over the course of the project, I gained a very high level of respect for their expertise and straight-forward communication style. When the opportunity came to join Valani Global, I did not hesitate. 

Why should clients hire Valani Global?
Most clients only convert systems once a decade, making it very challenging to build and maintain expertise around an evolving process. Valani Global has a dedicated staff of talented and experienced AXIS developers who have performed more than 100 such conversions. Our team understands what it takes to successfully convert legacy systems to AXIS because of this experience, combined with an intense focus on modeling best practices. We have a strong partnership with Moody’s Analytics and work together closely to ensure AXIS remains a dominant modeling platform in the face of a rapidly changing environment.
Valani Global is committed to helping the client succeed by getting the most out their systems long after the conversion has been completed. 

What skillsets do you bring to the Valani team?
I have 25+ years of experience in the insurance business with a broad range of senior roles. I have managed a wide range of projects including actuarial system conversions, M&A initiatives, GL implementation, administrative system consolidation, TPA outsourcing and audit. My most valuable skill is an ability to see a problem from beginning to end and break it down into logical and reasonable pieces that are well-suited to the resources available. 

How are you involved in the actuarial community?
I have volunteered for both the American Academy of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries in the past, having participated on an Academy Workgroup related to Individual Disability Insurance, and having presented at an SOA meeting on the subject of Long Term Care. 🟦