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FreeStyle Consulting
329 Lake Street
Evanston, IL 60201-4617

Voice: 847.869.0223
  Fax: 312.896.5987

email: fsc@skalinder.net 

FreeStyle Consulting (FSC) is an independent actuarial consulting firm specializing in advising clients on issues of interest to sponsors of retirement plans and benefits attorneys. The firm's founder is Gregg Skalinder, an actuary and benefits consultant with 39 years of experience.

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Last update: 01/11/08

Gregg L. Skalinder

Gregg Skalinder is an actuary, employee benefits consultant and attorney with 36 years of professional experience. He has worked with clients of all sizes from small firms to Fortune 500 companies. His expertise encompasses retirement plans (defined benefit and defined contribution plans) and welfare plans including flexible benefits programs.

He was graduated from Harvard University, A.B. in mathematics in 1965 and from the University of Chicago Law School, J.D. in 1968. He was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1968.

His professional memberships are summarized below:

Associate, Society of Actuaries (1970)
American Academy of Actuaries
Enrolled Actuary (1976) under ERISA

He began his career at the actuarial consulting firm of Daskais & Walls, Inc. (1966 - 1982). He became a partner/stockholder and Director of the firm in 1968. During these years, his work consisted primarily of pension consulting to corporate clients including Borg-Warner Corporation, Deere & Company, Dean Foods Company and Missouri Pacific Railroad. He worked extensively on asset and liability projections and financial modeling on behalf of client A.G. Becker. He also designed and implemented all aspects of the firm’s actuarial systems including hardware and software.

He continued his benefits work for clients at Towers Perrin Forster & Crosby (1982 - 1983) and Alexander & Alexander Consulting (1983 - 1984).

In 1984, Mr. Skalinder and Joseph Wilkinson founded the firm of Skalinder Wilkinson & Associates, Inc. (SW) to provide comprehensive employee benefits consulting services to medium- and large-sized clients. The firm’s objective was to help clients develop a global strategic planning approach to benefits. By 1990, the firm had a staff of 13 and about 60 clients including Dean Foods Company, Safety-Kleen, The Chicago Board of Trade, Midwest Stock Exchange, Gardner Carton & Douglas, and Hopkins & Sutter.

SW was merged into Howard Johnson & Company in 1990. Mr. Skalinder was elected to the company’s Board and became manager of the Chicago office. He continued his client work and was instrumental in the acquisition of Montgomery Ward as a client of the firm in early 1991. Under his leadership, the firm implemented comprehensive, integrated retirement plan and post-retirement welfare plan administration as well as pension actuarial services for Ward. He left that firm in early 1995.

Mr. Skalinder has served as moderator and panelist on numerous programs at professional meetings of the Society of Actuaries (SOA). He served on the Program Committee of the SOA for five years. He is a frequent speaker on employee benefits issues, including as an instructor for the annual seminar Retirement Plan Fundamentals for the last 12 years. His reference for that seminar (co-authored by benefits attorney, Gregory K. Brown) is published by the seminar sponsor, Federal Publications, Inc. He also has authored a seminar and reference manual on Practical Aspects of 401(k) and Profit Sharing Plans.