About Us

AST professionals have decades of experience and are committed in delivering custom analysis and advice using state-of-the-art, proprietary systems.

Bernon R. Erickson Jr., ASA, FCA, MAAA, President

Bernie_Erickson Bernie founded AST with twenty-eight years of actuarial industry experience. AST is Bernie’s second start-up, having previously founded Actuarial Management Company (AMC) in 1996, the innovative actuarial consulting firm emphasizing insurance program management in concert with long-term, partnership-based clients, which became the industry standard for active actuarial and consultative insurance program management. Bernie and AMC became particularly known for turning problem blocks of business into successes, and lauded for producing monthly comprehensive and innovative analysis.Before AMC, he was recruited as part of the executive team to build the fully insured business line for IHC, a New York Stock Exchange publicly traded company.  He began as Chief Health Actuary, led a team of 25, performed valuation and product development activity for a diversified product line, and was responsible for underwriting performance. He became President of the Fully Insured Division, led a division of over 300 people within six operating companies, and was responsible for portfolio top and bottom lines and operating company results.
Curriculum Vitae                   A Few Words From Bernie


Tony Strazzara, Director of Actuarial Services

Tony Strazzara Tony joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics in September of 2016. Prior to AST, he was working as a Sr. Actuarial Analyst at Nationwide E&S/Specialty (formerly Scottsdale Insurance Company). During his two and a half years at Nationwide, Tony gained extensive experience in pricing various insurance products, including Homeowners, Commercial Liability, and Commercial Auto. This experience included conducting rate reviews, leading meetings with underwriting, and completing filing support when necessary. He also developed advanced skills in Excel, VBA, and DAX. Before starting his actuarial career, Tony worked as a high school tutor, baseball coach, and commercial real estate agent. He attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration. He was also a four-year starter on the baseball team and continues to be an avid baseball fan today.

Matthew Menard, Actuarial Analyst & Intern Program Director

Matthew Mendard Matthew joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics in May of 2017. Before joining the AST team, he taught high school mathematics in South Carolina. Matthew attended Wofford College, where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Physics and then attended Clemson University, where he earned a M.S. in Mathematical Sciences with an emphasis in Statistics. While at Wofford, he also lettered in cross country and track. Matthew is currently pursuing the Associate of the Society of Actuaries designation.


Christine Liu, Actuarial Analyst

Christine Christine is a former high school math and science teacher turned aspiring actuary with a BA in English from ASU and a MA in science education from Western Governors University. Christine plans to graduate from the actuarial science certificate program in December 2018 and take the P and FM exams before the end of the year. Christine has a strong passion for applying mathematical analytics to real world problems and looks forward to transitioning to a career in actuarial science that will give her challenging but rewarding opportunities to collect, organize, and analyze data to solve problems.


Kyle Schutrum, Human Resources & Actuarial Analyst

Kyle Schutrum Kyle joined Actuarial Strategies & Tactics in April of 2017. He received his Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering from Syracuse University in 2014. After graduation, he pursued a career in technical sales and marketing at onTop Technology Corporation. At onTop, Kyle contributed to the development of sales strategy, marketing initiatives, and corporate events. In 2016, he started working at Zenefits where he gained insight into payroll, HR and small business operations. Kyle is excited to bring his combined experience in engineering and operations to contribute to the AST team.


Katie Fricker, Actuarial Analyst

Katie Fricker Katie joined the Actuarial Strategies & Tactics team as an Actuarial Intern in January of 2018. Prior to her employment at AST, Katie gained valuable industry experience and improved her technical skills as an Actuarial Intern at Nautilus Insurance Company in Scottsdale. Her most notable projects consisted of adjusting the property rating algorithm, simplifying and performing monthly pricing reports for new and renewal businesses, and assisting with state rate reviews and calculations. In addition to her part-time internship at AST, Katie is a full-time student at Arizona State University’s Honors College, pursuing a B.S. in Actuarial Science with a minor in Risk Management and Insurance. Upon graduation, she anticipates attaining a M.S. in Actuarial Science and becoming an ASA within five years.


Charles Steele, Actuarial Intern

Charles Steele Charles Steele joins the Actuarial Strategies and Tactics team as an Actuarial Intern for the summer of 2018. Charles just finished his junior year at Brown University, where he is studying Statistics and Economics. Last summer, Charles spent a few weeks traveling India’s Golden Triangle and trekking through the mountains of Nepal. While in Nepal, Charles was introduced to the actuarial profession by a gracious traveler over lunch. Since then, Charles has been enthusiastic about the career and is excited to begin his actuarial journey at AST! In his free time, Charles loves to swim, bike, and try new restaurants. Charles has passed Exam P and Exam FM and plans to sit for Exam IFM in November.


William Steele, Actuarial Intern

William Steele William, after finishing his junior year at Brown University, joined the Actuarial Strategies and Tactics team in May as an Actuarial Intern for the summer of 2018. At Brown, he is currently pursuing a double major in Statistics and Economics. In addition, he is a member of the varsity swimming team and is a CSCAA All-American Honorable Mention award recipient. Outside of the pool and classroom, William enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking or biking and found his passion for actuarial science after meeting an actuary while trekking in the Nepalese mountains last summer. William is excited to contribute to the collaborative, team-driven culture at AST and is planning to take Exam IFM in the fall.


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