Four Conner Strong & Buckelew Consultants Recognized by Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® Awards

February 22, 2022

Property & casualty and employee benefits consultants honored as Power Broker winners and finalists

CAMDEN, NJ (February 22, 2022) – Conner Strong & Buckelew, a leading insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announces the recognition of four consultants in the 2022 Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® Awards.

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“All of us at Conner Strong & Buckelew congratulate Dan, Franz, Edward and Kristine for this remarkable honor that is a testament to their commitment to exceptional client service,” said Michael Tiagwad, President & Chief Executive Officer, Conner Strong & Buckelew. “We aim to be true strategic partners for our clients, and the recognition from Risk & Insurance is yet another indicator of our dedication to delivering results no matter the challenge.”

With over 30 years of experience in the life sciences industry, Dan Brettler delivers holistic and innovative risk and insurance solutions that address the wide range of unique risks life sciences organizations face. For one pharmaceutical client, Brettler led the implementation of an overall insurance structure that improved the coordination of insurance and claims matters throughout their global insurance portfolio.

Franz Wagner’s collaborative approach to navigating challenging situations has translated to dozens of long-lasting, trusted relationships with his clients over the years. With this mindset, Wagner was able to help one client circumvent obstacles brought on by the pandemic, finding the opportunity to establish a wholly owned captive insurance company with A+ rated security and subsequently meet insurance obligations at unprecedented speed and efficiency.

Effective communication is the key to client service for Edward Cooney. He is a self-taught public entity expert and has been on the forefront of cybersecurity, making it a priority to provide actionable and understandable cyber risk frameworks for his clients.

Kristine Klepper acts as an extension of her clients’ teams, working seamlessly with them to proactively develop value-adding solutions. She has a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and over 10 years of experience working with large health systems and provider groups that positions her to deliver results for clients and their employees.

The Power Broker Awards are presented annually, and winners are selected based upon the strength of client testimonials. This was Conner Strong & Buckelew’s first year submitting nominations.

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 or follow us on LinkedIn (@ConnerStrong&Buckelew), Twitter (@connerstrong), Facebook (@connerstrongbuckelew) and Instagram (@connerstrongbuckelew).

About Risk & Insurance® Power Broker®:
The Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® Awards are an annual selection of the most effective and influential commercial insurance brokers. The Power Broker designation is based on nominations provided by brokers and risk managers and is judged based on the quality of the application and on references by risk managers in each industry sector. Hundreds of risk managers and risk executives are interviewed in the process of identifying and soliciting, evaluating, and judging the nominees. Brokers are judged primarily on their creativity in solving risk-related problems during the previous year, their demonstrated industry knowledge, and their high level of client service.