Conner Strong & Buckelew Broker Ed Cooney Recognized as a 2023 Public Sector Power Broker

Topics: Public Sector

Ed Cooney, Partner, Senior Account Executive, Conner Strong & Buckelew

Ed Cooney, ARM
Partner, Senior Account Executive
Conner Strong & Buckelew, Parsippany, N.J.

Ed Cooney is here to get the cyber job done.

For Thomas Merchel, MEL JIF commissioner, township manager, Moorestown, N.J., Cooney worked on the JIF’s cybersecurity policy to get its pool members covered.

“Ed was instrumental in getting this newly-created cybersecurity joint insurance fund together,” said Merchel. “But it’s more than cybersecurity.”

Risk management is a big part of it. And Cooney works closely with Merchel on how to reduce costs for the members as well as the JIF, in addition to educating the pool on insurance.

In Robbinsville, N.J. the motto is to serve its constituents and to serve them well — and to also serve each other. Joy Tozzi, MEL JIF chairwoman, township administrator for Robbinsville, takes this to heart: “When I became a member of the MEL, I was … inspired,” she said. “Ed Cooney was one of the professionals who made me feel that way.”

And for good reason.

Cooney, she said, has “this ability to ignore the emotion of the room and quickly offer a solution, an alternative, most often a reasonable one that … everyone finds acceptable … It’s more than objectivity,” she said. “It’s a special power.”

This year, Cooney aided Tozzi in the creation of the cyber JIF, something she said was no easy task getting all the stakeholders involved to agree within a year: “The professionalism and the thought that he puts in directly is impressive.”

For another client, Cooney further showed his cyber prowess: “Ed is truly a subject matter expert with regards to what a JIF needs to keep up with cyber coverage.”

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What is a Power Broker? 

A Risk & Insurance Power Broker® is an individual who stands out among their peers for the exceptional client work they have delivered over the past year. While brokers play many key roles in the insurance industry and risk profession, a Power Broker® award recognizes problem solving, customer service and industry knowledge. 

Our goal is to broadly recognize and promote outstanding risk management and customer service among the brokerage community. 

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