Forrest J. Cook
Senior Employee Benefits Consultant, HR Specialist
“Embrace both the sunset and the sunrise — make every day a new adventure.” — Unknown
Forrest first joined Valent Group to provide benefits consulting services to support his company’s 800 employees and their benefits objectives. Valent Group later recruited him to join our team as a benefits consultant, providing HR expertise to a wide range of clients from 100 to 1,000 employees.
Prior to his tenure at Valent Group, Forrest served for 17 years as vice president for Human Resources and Risk Management for NCP Solutions, a Birmingham-based provider of critical data and information services for the financial, insurance, mortgage and healthcare industries.
Before that, he was director of HR for Healthcare Realty Management/Healthcare Realty Trust, HR director for PCA/Southeast Health Plans and worked in HR for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.
Forrest is a national SHRM member; served on the Alabama SHRM State Council; and is a member, past president, officer and current board member of SHRM in Birmingham.
He is very active in the community as a volunteer leader with numerous nonprofit organizations and has contributed to “ABC World News Tonight,” National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” “People Management” magazine (UK), “HR Magazine,” “HR Alabama Magazine,” “Birmingham Business Journal,” “The Birmingham News” and beyond.
Forrest earned his undergraduate degree from Samford University, where he also did post-graduate work.