Kurt Close

Chief Operating Officer

“Work hard, have a good attitude, and do things the right way”  –anonymous

Kurt is the most recent addition to the Valent team, joining the group in April of 2019 as Senior Vice-President of Property and Casualty.  While his responsibilities include direct oversight of the brokering and servicing aspects of the organization, Kurt’s main focus is partnering with the sales team to achieve the results our clients have come to expect.

Kurt came to Valent from Travelers Insurance, where he spent 29 years in various leadership roles within the Fortune 500 company. His multiple positions within Travelers include a 10 year stint in Atlanta, but the bulk of his time was spent cultivating relationships in his home state of Alabama.

The past ten years Kurt has been working from the Magic City, leading Travelers’ Middle Market practice for Alabama and Mississippi. His experience on the carrier side of our business gives him a very unique perspective which allows him to partner with our carriers to ultimately provide maximum coverage and service to our clients.

Originally from Sylacauga, Kurt graduated from Samford University with a mathematics degree while playing four years of Varsity Basketball. He met Tricia, his wife of 29 years, while at Samford and together they have raised three children. Outside of work, much of Kurt’s time involves some combination of family, travel, and sports.