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We are excited to announce that 30-year insurance veteran Kurt Close has joined our team to lead our property and casualty broking and service departments. Kurt comes to Valent Group after an impressive career with Travelers Insurance where he oversaw and grew their middle market commercial practice in Alabama and Mississippi.

“We are dedicated to bringing on leaders who will put team members and clients first, and who will ensure that they will ‘Experience the Difference’ when working with Valent Group,” says Paul Barber, president of the firm. “Kurt is a veteran leader in our industry and his reputation for building, leading and serving teams and clients is second to none. We are delighted to have Kurt on our team.”

As managing director for Travelers Insurance, Kurt was responsible for leading his practice during an impressive period of premium and account executive staff growth. He brings a special, personal attention to coaching, training and developing talent and the next generation of insurance and underwriting leaders.

In his new role as Valent Group’s Senior Vice President of Property & Casualty, Kurt will be responsible for serving, leading and mentoring the broking/marketing team and the client management team in the firm’s property and casualty practice. He will also work closely with the sales team to develop strategies for executing on the vision of the firm to provide clients with a Fortune 1000 experience across all aspects of the practice.

“I’m honored at this opportunity to serve Valent Group’s property and casualty group and the clients we support,” says Kurt. “Both Valent Group and our parent company, EBSCO Industries, have a reputation in Alabama and across the Southeast for truly caring for clients through fantastic customer service and technical aptitude; this directly connects with my background and vision for building the best firm to work for—and with—in our space.”

Kurt is a graduate of Samford University where he played four years of college basketball. Originally from Sylacauga, he spent 10 years in Atlanta before coming home to Birmingham, where he has been serving for the past nine years.