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Derek W. Freihaut

Derek Freihaut is a Principal and Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. in the Bloomington, Illinois office. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has been in the property/casualty insurance industry since 2002.

Mr. Freihaut has considerable experience in assignments involving loss reserving, funding studies, loss cost projections, captive feasibility studies, risk transfer analyses, and personal and commercial lines ratemaking. He currently serves as vice chair on the AAA Committee on Property-Liability Financial Reporting (COPLFR).

Prior to joining Pinnacle, Mr. Freihaut was employed at a large insurance company where his responsibilities included personal and commercial lines pricing. His pricing duties included private passenger and commercial auto, commercial multi-peril, and rental program lines of business.

Publications and Media

November 2020 APEX Webinar
State of the Florida Homeowners Market
Authored by Derek W. Freihaut and Arthur R. Randolph II.

November 2019 APEX
State of the Florida Homeowners Market
Authored by Derek W. Freihaut.

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Case Studies

Catastrophic Risks

Catastrophic Risks

Pinnacle was retained by an insurance company specializing in catastrophic risk to identify and test alternative sources of risk financing capacity including traditional reinsurance and catastrophe bonds. In order to complete the project, Pinnacle designed a dynamic financial model to determine the cost/benefit of alternate risk financing strategies.

Legislative / Regulatory Impacts

Legislative / Regulatory Impacts

A state medical society asked Pinnacle to evaluate the impact of a change in the state’s damage caps for non-economic damages for medical professional liability. Pinnacle worked with the medical society to identify the most appropriate claims databases to assess the legislation’s potential impact. Our detailed analysis not only considered data from that state, but several others to stress test the results and provide a range of reasonable outcomes. In addition, we performed a thorough analysis of how the state compared to other states in terms of the availability and affordability of medical professional liability insurance coverage, insurer operating results for the line, and access to healthcare in the states. Through this industry analysis, we identified differences well beyond a simple loss limitation and provide a more complete review of potential environmental changes that could be expected in the state.

Self Insured Loss Reserve Analysis

Self Insured Loss Reserve Analysis

Pinnacle was approached by a major, national manufacturer to perform a loss reserve analysis of their retained workers compensation, auto liability, general liability and products liability loss exposures. The previous actuary worked for a large broker which the customer felt presented a conflict of interest. In addition, the actuary used industry benchmarks that the customer felt did not accurately represent their loss development behavior. Pinnacle worked with the customer to better understand their loss exposures, claims handling practices, and corporate risk management philosophy. We worked with the company to gather better internal data and refine the industry benchmarks to better reflect their third party administrator, industry focus and geographic mix. These refinements, and many others, led to a more accurate analysis of the company’s retained loss exposures, a reduced provision for unpaid claims on their balance sheet, and reduced collateral requirements from their fronting carrier.

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