ARLINGTON, VA (August 13, 2011) – The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) honored James E. Holland, Jr. with the Edward E. Burrows Distinguished Achievement Award at its 2012 Actuarial Symposium on Saturday August 11 in Chicago.
Members of the College of Pension Actuaries gathered August 10-11 for comprehensive sessions geared specifically toward discussions about the issues and recent regulations that affect actuaries in the pension field.
Holland brings 30 years of experience in the retirement plan industry to his current position as Chief Research Actuary at the actuarial and financial consultancy Cheiron in McLean, Va. He previously held several positions in the Internal Revenue Service including assistant director for the employee plans ruling and agreement area, which is responsible for guidance on the employee benefit provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Holland is a leading expert on the retirement plan provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA, and speaks often within the retirement plan community offering his professional guidance on complex and technical issues.
“I am very pleased that Jim has been chosen to receive the Burrows Award this year”, said Mary Ann Rocco, colleague and past president of ACOPA. “He exemplifies the dedication and professionalism this award was created to honor.”
ACOPA presents the Edward E. Burrows Distinguished Achievement Award annually to a pension actuary who is considered to have set an example for the industry. Recipients are honored for their excellence in promoting ethics, education, and legislation or regulation to enhance the professionalism of enrolled actuaries who serve within the private pension system. Burrows is considered the standard in this regard and ACOPA honors his legacy by presenting this annual award to recognize other actuaries who have chosen to follow his example. Past award recipients include Burrows (2008), Joan Gucciardi (2009), Robert Schramm (2010) and Janet Eisenberg (2011).
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The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) is a national organization of more than 10,000 retirement plan and benefits professionals that serves as the educator, voice, and advocate for the employer-based retirement system. ASPPA members are administrators, actuaries, advisors, attorneys, accountants and other financial services professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans. For more information, visit www.asppa.org.
The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) formed in September 2008 when ASPPA and the College of Pension Actuaries (COPA) combined to create a semi-autonomous operating unit within ASPPA. ACOPA is the primary source of professional organizational support for pension actuaries and manages the actuarial responsibilities of ASPPA, which is one of the recognized U.S. organizations of actuaries. All credentialed actuarial members of ASPPA are members of ACOPA.
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