CAMDEN, NJ (February 03, 2020) – Today, J.A. Montgomery Consulting, an affiliate of Conner Strong & Buckelew that focuses on risk control, safety and claims services announced the addition of Colleen Vallen to their team. Vallen, a noted forensic services expert with more than two decades of industry experience, will guide the launch of a new forensic practice and serve as Senior Vice President, Forensic Services Practice Leader.
Between Conner Strong & Buckelew’s existing robust claims department and J.A. Montgomery Consulting’s new Forensic Services Practice, the organizations have enhanced their ability to help clients maximize the value of their premium coverage after large and/or complex events including catastrophic property losses.
“Colleen’s expertise in both forensic and investigative accounting makes her the ideal leader to build out this important service for current and future clients,” said Michael Tiagwad, President and CEO of Conner Strong & Buckelew. “Clients facing large and complex claims require significant assistance and expertise from proof of loss to final payout. We are excited to expand our claims offering with this dedicated service.”
Previously, Vallen worked as a Partner at Citrin Cooperman where she was the Practice Leader for the firm’s Litigation Support Services Group. Vallen has over 20 years of industry experience, specializing in economic damage analysis and forensic and fraud investigations. In addition, she has worked with Conner Strong & Buckelew’s claims team for the past decade to assist clients in receiving the maximum recovery under their policies.
Complementing Conner Strong & Buckelew’s extensive claims department, J.A. Montgomery Consulting’s Forensic Services Practice will focus on two key areas: claims preparation and forensic services. Under Vallen’s leadership, the team will provide services including preparing proof of loss and coordinating communication with carriers, along with assisting clients with economic evaluations and claim calculations.
Vallen holds her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden.
About Conner Strong & Buckelew
Conner Strong & Buckelew is among America’s largest insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms. The firm is an industry leader in providing high-risk businesses with comprehensive solutions to prevent losses, manage claims, and drive bottom line growth. Its employee benefits practice focuses on providing best-in-class benefits administration, health and wellness programs and strategic advisory services.
Founded in 1959 with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware, Florida, and Georgia, Conner Strong & Buckelew has a team of more than 400 professionals, serving clients throughout the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.connerstrong.com or follow us on LinkedIn (@ConnerStrong&Buckelew), Twitter (@connerstrong), Facebook (@connerstrongbuckelew) and Instagram (@connerstrongbuckelew).
About J.A. Montgomery Consulting
J.A. Montgomery Consulting is a leading provider of safety and risk control, forensic accounting and claim preparation services. The firm provides tailored risk control and safety programs that protect the employees and equipment of nearly 500 municipalities, water and sewer utilities, emergency response agencies and counties in the state of New Jersey and beyond. The company also specializes in analyzing, quantifying and compiling financial data and information for loss presentation to insurers in addition to managing complex insurance claims. With routes tracing back to the 1920s, J.A. Montgomery today is an affiliate of insurance brokerage Conner Strong & Buckelew based in Camden, NJ. For more information, visit www.jamontgomery.com.
COLLEEN VALLEN, CPA/CFF
Forensic Services Practice Leader