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Joseph A. Herbers

Joe Herbers is Pinnacle’s Managing Principal and has over 31 years of consulting experience. His practice is concentrated in providing loss reserving and funding studies for a wide variety of entities – both traditional insurance companies and alternative market entities. Mr. Herbers’ areas of focus include policyholder owned group captives, large deductible and/or self-insured entities, lawyers’ professional liability carriers, Florida property writers and nonstandard auto writers.

His skill set includes loss reserving for all lines of business, hands-on interaction with policyholder-owned group captive insurance companies, networking with service providers and traditional ratemaking for all types of entities with insurance exposure. Mr. Herbers is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He served as long-term member and Chair on the American Academy of Actuaries Committee on Property Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR) as well as several other professional committees. He is a regular speaker at industry events.

Publications and Media

January 2018 APEX Webinar
Statements of Actuarial Opinion at Year-End 2017
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.

August 2017 APEX Webinar
Actuarial Considerations for Allocating IBNR Reserves
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.

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Case Studies



Pinnacle was approached by a regional insurer that wanted to develop a predictive model that estimated the time that a claim would be open based on what is known at the first notice of loss. The company felt like this would allow them to more effectively manage their caseload and handle claims more proactively. Pinnacle, through the use of predictive modeling, assisted the carrier in designing a model which predicted cycle time based on the FNOL. Not only did this give the company a better understanding of its claims, but also assisted them in understanding their claims data better and improving their data collection.

Low Cost Auto

Low Cost Auto

Pinnacle was retained by an industry trade organization to provide an independent review of the proposed costing of a new private passenger auto insurance program for low income insureds. The project included working in an open session with legislators and public members to arrive at a workable rate and classification plan for the new program.

Risk Management Assessment

Risk Management Assessment

Pinnacle was asked by a state department of corrections to provide a comprehensive, independent review of the adequacy of their property and casualty insurance plan. The independent insurance plan review was necessary for compliance purposes with state insurance regulators. The facility had even stricter self-imposed standards for their insurance plan. It was Pinnacle’s job to review the guidelines for reasonableness and appropriateness as part of an overall risk management strategy. Pinnacle reviewed and adhered to the state code as well as the additional standards provided by the facility. Moving through each line of insurance coverage, Pinnacle offered recommendations and approval notations. The result was an increased level of risk control for the facility, and subsequently led to a follow up review by Pinnacle at the next required consultation.

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