2019 Lifetime Volunteer Award Recipients
Robert W. Beal, FSA, MAAA
Disability Insurance Consultant
For the last 32 years, Bob has made volunteering at the SOA an important part of his professional career. Volunteering for the SOA has been a natural extension of his professional interests. He enjoys the many opportunities he has had to share his knowledge and insights on disability insurance (DI) speaking at SOA and other industry meetings.
Though he served on several SOA education committees early on, Bob’s participation on the SOA’s Individual Disability Experience Committee (IDEC) has been his number one volunteering effort since 1999. The IDEC’s mission is to analyze individual disability experience data and to produce experience studies and tables on this business. Bob’s considerable knowledge contributed to a comprehensive experience study report, released by the IDEC in 2013, which led to the creation of new valuation tables for the individual DI industry. Bob has also served as the IDI industry’s historian for almost 40 years and his Individual Disability Income Insurance in the United States workpaper serves as the industry bible.
Bob has been instrumental in moving the IDI industry forward throughout his career and still participates on SOA’s IDEC. He continues to support the IDI marketplace with his technical knowledge, insatiable thirst for identifying trends in the IDI industry, and his market savviness. With his drive and commitment, the industry now routinely produces reports to help the industry better understand risk on a more timely basis.
Stephen A. Eadie, FSA, FCIA
Robertson Eadie & Associates
Steve has been an asset to the SOA and the profession through his volunteer efforts over the last 31 years. His long-term dedication and contributions to the education of actuaries has been significant. Steve has been an integral part of multiple SOA education committees with increasing levels of responsibility up through chairperson of the Education Steering Committee.
Steve has been instrumental in the growth of the SOA’s education programs. Taking on leadership roles, he helped guide the redesign of the SOA’s entire education pathway; spearheaded the development and implementation of the SOA’s e-Learning program and introduced improvements to the SOA education system such as offering all fellowship exams twice per year and adding an option for all fellowship candidates to earn a CERA. Steve also served on numerous board task forces for key issues such as Global CERA and represented the SOA on the International Actuarial Association’s Education Committee.
Steve is a collaborative leader who listens to others and gets everyone to work together for a solution. He is an innovator and makes leading look easy and natural. Steve is a strong believer in the actuarial profession and encourages others to volunteer. He inspires others to do their best and go beyond what is expected.