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Where are they now? with Mike Carmody
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Where are they now? with Mike Carmody
Mike Carmody played Tennis for Lipscomb University and is now a self-employed actuary. He spends his time with his wife Bonnie and their six children. He also coaches a local cross country team, but took some time to talk about his memories at Lipscomb with

What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played tennis from 1988 to 1991. Lynn Griffith was the coach.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“I really enjoyed the spring break trips to Hilton Head with the tennis team.  It was fun to hang out with the guys in a nice locale.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Lynn Griffith had the biggest athletic impact on my life while at Lipscomb.  He focused life training much more than tennis.  He was a man I could emulate at an impressionable age of my life.”

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“I married Bonnie in December of 1990, one semester before we both graduated.  We enjoyed being married while finishing school.  It was a great transition to adult life after college.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“I had several key friendships at Lipscomb that positively impacted my life.  Also, many professors took the time to teach beyond textbook and prepare me for a career.”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“That is a tough question because I liked so many of them.  Most of the math professors were intense, such as Richard Kulp and Gary Hall, but they prepared me well for my actuarial career.  Sandra Collins taught me how to write, which was no easy feat for her.  Linda Garner inspired me to read good books.  Bill Ingram opened my eyes to the world of economics.”
Where do you live now?

“Nashville, Tennessee. My email address is

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

“I am a self-employed actuary.  Actuaries manage future financial contingent risk for many organizations, including insurance companies and pension plans.  Over my career I have had the opportunity to teach seminars, design financial products, start companies, draft legislation, file patents, and meet many interesting people.  I also coach a local cross country and track team, Sovereign Grace.”

Tell us about your family

“I have been married for twenty years to my loving wife Bonnie.  We have six children - Sandy (20), Jonathan (18), Katherine (17), Lauren (16), Madeline (15), and Seth (14).”