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Roy Ju, FSA, CERA
Roy Ju serves in a director-level role at Nationwide in Columbus, Ohio. He works as a Senior Actuary within Life & Annuity business lines. Roy became the youngest FSA in SOA history in August 2015, at the age of 20.
He is a Cedar Falls, Iowa native who graduated from Drake University in 2016, studying finance, economics, and actuarial science.
He has strong interests in financial markets, investments, economics, and international business.
- Hobbies: Nutrition, Cooking, Tennis, Card Games, Board Games, Reading, Volunteering
- Favorite books: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There; The Intelligent Investor; The Personal MBA; SuperFreakonomics; Stumbling on Happiness; 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; Thinking, Fast and Slow; So Good They Can’t Ignore You; The Rainmaker; The Partner
- Favorite restaurants: HuHot, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle
- Favorite foods: Turkey, Broccoli, Kimchi, Peanut butter, Sriracha
- Favorite shows: Shark Tank; Undercover Boss; Man vs. Food; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Mike Jennings, FSA, CERA
Mike grew up in Lockport, IL and studied actuarial science at Drake University. He graduated in 2015 and started a full-time actuarial position at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, IA. He finished his FSA in August, 2017 studying the Corporate Finance and ERM track.
- Hobbies: Reading, Weight Lifting, Nutrition
- Favorite books: Steve Jobs; The Four Hour Workweek; So Good They Can’t Ignore You; Thinking, Fast and Slow; The Black Swan; The Obstacle is the Way (or any book on Stoicism); The Sea-Wolf
- Favorite podcasts: The Tim Ferriss Show, Philosophize This!, Data Skeptic, Waking Up with Sam Harris
- Favorite restaurant: Fogo de Chao
- Favorite movies: The Imitation Game, The Social Network, A Beautiful Mind, 21, Limitless, Fight Club, The Big Short, Zoolander
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