Conner Strong & Buckelew Announces New Benefits Practice Alignment and Promotions

February 24, 2023

CAMDEN, NJ (February 21, 2023) – Conner Strong & Buckelew, a leading insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, today announced it has promoted Kristine Klepper to the role of Executive Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Employee Benefits Practice. Her promotion coincides with a strategic organizational realignment in the company’s employee benefits practice to support the group’s continued expansion. In her new role, Klepper will focus on managing operations across the employee benefits practice and expanding key service areas. Klepper will be responsible for consulting teams, the firm’s data and population health capabilities, and the firm’s compliance and audit resources.

“Kris has been an instrumental leader within the organization for the past 12 years. With 30-plus years of experience, she’s a true asset and I can’t think of anyone more qualified and better to serve in this expanded role as we strive to meet our ambitious business goals,” said Joe DiBella, Executive Partner, and National Employee Benefits Leader at Conner Strong & Buckelew. DiBella oversees the Employee Benefits Practice at Conner Strong & Buckelew and has been with the organization for 18 years. Klepper’s expanded role allows DiBella to focus on strategic initiatives, new products, and organizational growth as the firm enters new markets.

As part of the realignment, Tammy Brown will now serve as Executive Partner, Public Entity and HIF Business, Training and Technology Leader, where she will focus on managing and expanding the firm’s public entity business, growing the Health Insurance Funds business, as well as improving the firm’s employee training and technology offerings. In addition, Colleen Davenport will now serve as Senior Partner, Captive and Creative Solutions Leader, where she will focus on the growth of the firm’s highly effective captive offering, as well as further expand the company’s creative solutions and communication services.

Klepper, Brown and Davenport will report to DiBella in a simplified organizational alignment.

“Benefits packages play a critical role in raising employee satisfaction and retention, two significant drivers of overall business success,” Klepper said. “Our employee benefits practice has expanded significantly over the past several years by finding new and innovative solutions that move the needle for our clients. Conner Strong & Buckelew has supported me at every step of my career, and I’m excited for the opportunity to do even more to help our business continue to grow.”

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 450 professionals, serving clients throughout the United States and abroad. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn (@ConnerStrong&Buckelew), Twitter (@connerstrong), Facebook (@connerstrongbuckelew) and Instagram (@connerstrongbuckelew).


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