Donald E. Fuerst FCA-R MAAA FSA EA

Retired, Retired

Contact Information
8804 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
Phone: 303-570-1990
Don Fuerst was the American Academy of Actuaries’ Senior Pension Fellow. In this role, he was the actuarial profession’s chief policy liaison on pension, Social Security, and other retirement issues. He promoted the formulation of sound retirement policy by providing nonpartisan technical assistance to legislators and regulators. Before joining the Academy, Don was a Senior Partner and retirement consultant in Mercer’s Denver office where he advised corporate clients for more than 30 years on design, funding and compliance issues related to retirement programs. Don is the author of several papers on retirement design and funding including “Affordable Retirement Income Through Savings and Annuities” (2009) a winner of the Society of Actuaries Retirement 20/20 competition, “Risk Allocation in Retirement Plans, A Better Solution,” (2007) winner of the 2007 Hanson Prize, and “A Proposal for Pension Funding Reform” (2005, co-authored with Ethan Kra). Don’s primary background is the design and financing of retirement programs, both broad-based qualified plans and non-qualified supplemental executive plans. He has been instrumental in the development of several new pension plan designs including indexed-career accumulation plans and variable benefit plans, in particular the Retirement Shares Plan. He has assisted companies undergoing mergers, acquisitions, and downsizing. He has designed alternative benefit structures for clients experiencing dramatic changes in their work force, including many early retirement incentive programs. Don has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Aging and the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committees, and the California Public Employees Post-Employment Benefit Commission. Don graduated from Regis University in Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Conference of Actuaries, and an Enrolled Actuary. He served for seven years as a member of the American Academy of Actuaries Committee on Accounting for Pension Costs, and for four years on the Society of Actuaries Education and Examination Committee.
CCA Member Since 1985
Corporate DB/DC Government DB/DC Investment Strategic Planning
Annual Meeting Program Committee
Benefits - 401(k) Investments Committee
Benefits Committee
Board of Directors
Budget and Finance Committee
Bylaws Review Task Force
Compensation Committee
Disciplinary Committee
Healthcare Meeting Program Committee
Joint Program Committee for the Enrolled Actuaries Meeting
Major Firms Task Force
Nominating Committee
Public Plans Community Steering Committee
Strategic Planning Committee
Welcome Committee for New Members

CCA Business Session 2018 CCA Annual Meeting (October 22, 2018)

Choosing Discount Rates for Withdrawal Liability 2017 CCA Annual Meeting (October 23, 2017)

2017 Professional Standards Seminar 2017 Professional Standards Seminar (April 02, 2017)

Variable Annuity Plans 2015 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (April 14, 2015)

Retirement for the AGES 2015 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (April 13, 2015)

Influencing Public Policy 2014 CCA Annual Meeting (October 21, 2014)

Process of Setting a Discount Rate 2014 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (March 25, 2014)

Valuation Issues for Variable Benefits Plans 2014 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (March 24, 2014)

De-risking Through Plan Design and Transactions 2013 CCA Annual Meeting (October 22, 2013)

2013 Pension Symposium: Outlook for Private Sector Pension Funding 2013 Pension Symposium: Outlook for Private Sector Pension Funding (April 10, 2013)

Dialogue with the Academy Pension Practice Council Leaders 2013 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (April 08, 2013)

Innovative Designs (Not CB) -- Variable Annuity 2013 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (April 08, 2013)

Washington Update -- Pension & Benefits in the New Congress 2013 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (April 08, 2013)

Unwelcomed Media Attention: Sensationalism or Substance? 2012 CCA Annual Meeting (October 24, 2012)

The Evolution of Pension Funding Stabilization in MAP-21 2012 CCA Annual Meeting (October 24, 2012)

Retirement of the Future and Improving Plan Design 2012 CCA Annual Meeting (October 22, 2012)

2012 Pension Symposium 2012 Pension Symposium (March 28, 2012)

Derisking Pension Plans 2012 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (March 26, 2012)

Future of Retirement Future of Retirement (October 26, 2011)

Retirement 20/20 2011 CCA Annual Meeting (October 25, 2011)

Pension Symposium: De-risking the Pension Plan Pension Symposium: De-risking the Pension Plan (April 09, 2008)

Hybrid Plans and Variable Design Workshop 2008 Enrolled Actuaries Meeting (April 08, 2008)