Don's books are technical expositions on risk-financing structures and methodologies. His many journal and magazine articles, however, weave technical details and relevant observations, to create interesting, sometimes humorous, and often provocative pieces.
Don also writes humorous pieces, primarily parodies of conventional wisdom.
Don plays acoustic guitar and has done so for over 40 years. He is an accomplished sailor, and currently owns a classic Cape Cod Catboat.
Don spent 3 years in the US Army post high school; he was part of the final draft, and subsequently opted to serve 3 instead of the mandatory 2 years. He was in the Army from November 1972 to November 1975, stationed in Germany. During that time Don earned enough college credits through the University of Maryland such that he was able to complete his 4-year degree in 2 years.
While at Towson University, Don was the editor-in-chief of the Towson State Journal of International Affairs, a quarterly journal that published academic research papers by Ph.D candidates and postdocs.
The CPCU program is a 5-year course of study covering every type of insurance. It also includes basic actuarial techniques and insurance accounting.
The ARM program is a 3-year course covering risk control and risk financing, including techniques available in the capital markets (derivatives, options, etc.).
Don has written scores of journal and magazine articles covering a wide spectrum of insurance and risk management issues. These include captive insurers, 831(b) captives, employee benefits, commercial property and liability, and insurance tax and accounting.
He has written 2 books on insurance topics. The most recent is The Guide to Captives and Risk Financing Techniques.
Don's finance expertise includes derivatives, options, catastrophe bonds, and securitization. His writing experience in these areas includes technical expositions and first-person observational articles for various journals and magazines.
Don occasionally is asked to write humorous parodies related to the captive insurance business. The sample is a good example of the his style and depth of content.
Don is a prolific writer of insurance industry journal and magazine articles. His articles often combine technical details with first-person observations, based on his extensive experience in the industry. At the extremes, he is capable of writing highly technical, impersonal articles, to so-called "puff" pieces.
Don is particularly proficient in writing proposals and responses to RFPs. In his 30-year career, he has written countless proposals designed to secure insurance projects, and many RFP responses, winning the majority of the projects sought.
Don has written scores of multi-slide presentations over his 30-year career. For about 10 years he wrote and presented a 2-day workshop on insurance industry topics involving alternative risk financing techniques and captives.
For many years Don wrote and edited a widely distributed newsletter titled Financing Risk & Reinsurance (FRR). It was a monthly 12-page color newsletter devoted to the convergence of the insurance and capital markets. It tracked current events and included technical articles. FRR was published by the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI).
Don has also contributed to numerous other industry newsletters over the years.
Don wrote a textbook on risk-financing and captives. It was published by Summit Media in 2013. The book covers every significant technique for managing the cost of risk.
Don wrote a highly acclaimed white paper for Business Insurance magazine on the use of captive insurers to cover employee benefits.