Roland Paradis has over 40 years of
underwriting experience. He has been
active in the industry and has a demonstrated passion for underwriter training
and development. He
joined the Academy of Life Underwriting (ALU) as a question writer in 1988 and
moved through the organization holding positions such as Exam Coordinator,
Treasurer and ultimately Chair of the Education Committee of the ALU from 1999
to 2002. One
of his last contributions to the ALU program was to begin a major overhaul of
the curriculum more closely mirrored to an underwriter’s career development,
removing material that was no longer relevant, and focusing on the core
information a home office underwriter needs to know in order to succeed. This
change has resulted in a significant increase in the number of underwriters
pursuing their educational development. Roland
is still active in underwriter education and rejoined the ALU last year as
Director of the Medical Underwriting Task Force. Roland
was a member of the 1st AHOU executive committee when he joined the
group as AVP Program Development for the meeting in Seattle in 2002. He then served as Program Vice President,
Executive Vice President and ultimately President of the AHOU for its 4th
annual conference in San Diego in 2005. Roland
is also the recipient of the Academy of Life Underwriting Outstanding Achievement
started his career with WoodmenLife in 1986 as an Underwriter Trainee. He has
held several underwriting positions throughout his tenure at WoodmenLife,
including Senior Underwriter, Manager of Underwriting Technical Service and
Assistant Chief Underwriter. In
2002, he was named Director of Claims, and in 2007 he was named Chief
Underwriter. He was appointed to his
current role of Vice President of Operations and Chief Underwriter in 2015.
held several positions on the AHOU Executive Council, including AVP and VP of
Convention Activities. And of course Lee
was the AHOU's 13th President, presiding over our 2014 Annual
Conference in Indianapolis. He
has held several positions with the Academy of Life Underwriting (ALU),
including exam question writer, Secretary, Treasurer, and President. He was
also part of the team that organized ALU, Inc., serving on the ALU Board of
Directors for three years.
served four years on the Nebraska Home Office Life Underwriters Association,
chaired the Midwest Home Office Underwriters Conference, and served as the
Chair of the Fraternal Home Office Underwriters.
has served on the MIB Advisory Council for seven years, currently serving as
Chairperson. He is also a member of the Keep Omaha Beautiful Board of
entered the life and health insurance industry in 1980 and began her
underwriting career in 1984. She has managed underwriting, issue and
claims departments at a number of direct and reinsurance companies, working in
both the Canadian and U.S. marketplace.
2008 she came back to work in the Canadian marketplace as Chief Underwriter for
Sun Life Financial Canada. In 2014 she
took on additional responsibility for claims risk management.
last 20 years Sharon has played a leadership role in industry affairs on both
sides of the border having served as:
Metropolitan Toronto Underwriting Club, Chairperson,
Canadian Institute of Underwriters, President,
Association of Home Office Underwriters, Canadian
Coordinator, Life Underwriting Education Committee, LOMA
text reviewer, and Member
of the MIB Risk Advisory Board
of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) Committee on
Underwriting Issues and a
member of the Society of Actuaries, Underwriting and Mortality Survey Committee
and chair of the Sub-Committee that is researching Improvements to the New
is currently Underwriting Director at CUNA Mutual Group, leading a team of
twenty five associates.
began her career of service to the industry with involvement in the Life
Underwriting Education Committee, where she served as the Project Paper Group
Coordinator from 1988 to 1990.
was instrumental in revitalizing the Seminar Group, serving as Coordinator from
1991 to 1993. From 1994 to 1996 Barb led
the Education Committee.
1990 to 1992 Barb served on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Home
Office Underwriters (IHOU). She followed
that by serving the Home Office Life Underwriters Association (HOLUA) as
executive member, after which she was elected as President for the 1999-2000
term. Barb played a lead role on the
committee that successfully merged these organizations in 2002 to what we now
know as the AHOU.
has served on numerous special industry committees as both a committee member
and chair. She is currently acting as an
Associate Editor for On The Risk, and is also the recipient of the
Academy of Life Underwriting Outstanding Achievement Award.
began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 1970. He has also worked for
Manulife in Toronto, Lincoln National Re and ExamOne, leaving as senior vice
president in 2002 to start his own education/consulting business.
is an ex-president of the Home Office Life Underwriters Association (HOLUA),
founder/chair of the International Underwriting Congress, and founder/first
editor of On the Risk. He manages 3
underwriting study groups for insurers, reinsurers and service providers.
has written over 550 research papers, articles and books. He also writes Hot
Notes, a longstanding monthly e-newsletter with over 5000 readers in 55
has addressed most industry organizations and underwriting associations in
North America, the UK and Australasia, including twice on the Million Dollar
Round Table (MDRT) main stage.
is the recipient of the Academy of Life Underwriting Outstanding Achievement