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James Tumlinson, Jr., EA, MAAA

Principal, Consulting Actuary
Houston, TX, US

Tel: +1 713 6588451

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Professional Designations

  • Enrolled Actuary under ERISA
  • Member, American Academy of Actuaries


  • BS (cum laude), Mathematics, University of Houston
  • Jim was a mathematics teacher and baseball coach at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, where he was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1988

Current Responsibility

Jim Tumlinson is a consulting actuary in the Milliman Southern Employee Benefits Practice (SEB) based in the Houston office. He joined the firm in 2006.


Prior to joining Milliman in 2006, he worked for Buck Consultants in Houston for 13 years, where he was a director and consulting actuary as well as the retirement practice manager. He also spent five years with Mercer as an actuarial analyst in Houston.

Jim has worked in the retirement consulting field since 1988, and his extensive experience includes:

  • Actuarial valuations for defined benefit plans
  • Cost projections to evaluate future business conditions and their impact on benefit programs
  • Assisting plan sponsors with plan design strategies and cost implications
  • Nondiscrimination testing
  • Work at Milliman

    • “I was offered a chance to come in, shake things up, create something."
    Work at Milliman