Career shift a good fit for this alum


Dan McLaughlin wanted a challenge after he graduated from St. Joe’s in 1994. As Salutatorian of his class, he was prepared for the challenges of the University of St. Francis (Joliet), one of a select number of schools in Illinois offering Actuarial Science as a major. From there he graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a B.A. in mathematics with emphases in Actuarial Science, Finance and General Business. “I found employment in the actuarial department at the consulting firm, Towers Perrin, in Chicago. In 2002, I transferred within the firm to their Chesapeake, VA office in the Benefits Administration line-of-business. I had an opportunity to use my actuarial consulting knowledge and apply it by bridging the administration and analytical programming to give new insight to both management and my co-workers.”

During all this time, however, Dan was already thinking about the next step. “My passion lay outside my office and was fostered by my brother-in-law, with whom I had met and became great friends with during my freshman year in college. He started which is an automated online math tutoring website where you can enter a problem, push a button, and every single line of math work appears. This is a creation and product that I wanted to be a part of since the day I was introduced to its concept. In October 2010, my brother-in-law, Don Sevcik, my sister Angela Sevcik (who is an IHM ‘96 alumni), and I decided to take it a step forward and debuted at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Baltimore, MD. The feedback that we received at the conference was amazing and very encouraging. The success prompted us to go to our second trip in January 2011 to the Southern Nevada Math and Science Conference, and once again it turned out to be a great success. And although I serve as CPO (Chief Promotions Officer) for the company, I am still currently employed in the employee benefits field. My love for math, which began at St. Joe’s, continues to drive me and we shall see where it will lead me next!”

Congratulations, Dan, and the best to you and!