Tim has over thirty-five years of experience in the financial services industry including insurance and banking. Tim is responsible for the financials controls and reporting for SCH and consolidated companies. Tim joined SCH in January of 2014. Tim was an audit partner with the Big 4 accounting firm of KPMG and has served in numerous financial positions with companies throughout his career, including controller, chief financial officer and general auditor. Tim is a CPA and has a BS in Accounting from Illinois State University.
Ernie comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the Insurance Industry. He began his career working in law enforcement in Pennsylvania. During his career Ernie has developed and served in various senior leadership roles for several large Special Investigation Units and Subrogation units throughout the Eastern United States. Ernie has an associate’s degree in Fire Science from Harrisburg Area Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University. Ernie is actively involved in several industry organizations including the Florida Property and Casualty Fraud Task Force, (Founding Member and current claim committee chair), Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (Past President and current Vice-President) and the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (Past Executive Committee Chair). He holds professional designations of Certified Insurance Fraud Investigator and Fraud Claim Law Specialist.
Paul comes to us with over 30 years of experience as an Insurance Professional. He began his career as an agent for a national insurance carrier in 1985. He transitioned into claims in 1995 with and has built his claims knowledge serving in various leadership roles with Safeco, Traveler’s, Nationwide, Homeowners Choice and Olympus Insurance companies. Paul has a Business degree from Thomas More College and has experience as an adjuster; both auto and property, large loss, claims manager, litigation specialist, catastrophic manager, and commercial claims specialist during his 30 plus years in the industry while specializing in property claims. Paul has worked for both National and Florida domestic carriers within the state specializing on Florida domestics since 2013.
Lisa Cohn has over 20 years of experience in the property and casualty industry. She has held several positions in the industry in both the adjusting and marketing capacity. Her multi-functional role utilizes her past experiences as an inside adjuster and field adjuster along with her business development skills. Lisa is responsible for obtaining new clients and ensuring excellent customer service for our clients. Lisa represents our company at events all over the country. Lisa’s unique background allows her to assist and understand our clients needs in the most comprehensive way. She is certified by the State of Florida as a licensed instructor.
With over 27 years in the insurance claims industry, Doug has held a number of positions in both casualty and property claims, including field adjuster, field manager, team leader, claims manager and supervisor of field operations. Doug served as a field adjuster or in management capacity with a number of highly regarded organizations. He has extensive experience working on both the carrier side and the independent adjuster side. Doug’s responsibilities include planning, coordinating, training, managing and overseeing operations before, during and after a catastrophic event. He is also responsible for recruiting and ensuring quality assurance and addressing client inquiries. Doug graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BA in Business Management and maintains insurance licenses in a number of states.
With a background in Human Resources, Abbie is responsible for recruiting and onboarding of all employees and independent contractors. She also ensures adjuster licensing compliance in all states that we do business in and is responsible for all HR Related duties. Abbie manages and coordinates all company events and training/certification conferences and assists with the day to day operation of the business as a whole. Abbie is a licensed insurance adjuster with construction experience. She possesses the Professional Human Resource designation and holds a BS in Psychology from the Florida State University.
Barbara has over 30 years of claims experience and is recognized as a leader in the fight against insurance fraud and arson. She has testified in depositions and trials throughout the southeast. Barbara has established a team of claims investigative experts and defense attorneys across the country who have successfully defended these highly complex claims. Barbara has worked for major insurance companies such as United Services Automobile Association (USAA), HomeWise Insurance Company, Colonial Penn Insurance Company and Metropolitan Property & Liability Insurance company.
With over 20 years in the property and casualty industry, Dale Treger oversees the field assignments and Quality Assurance Team. He also serves as an appraiser for several insurance companies and is an umpire certified through the Wind Insurance Network. Dale has served as worked as a claims adjuster for a multi-million dollar restoration construction company and managed the day to day operations for several Insurance Direct Repair Programs. He has been a large loss estimator and construction supervisor. Dale brings to our organization strong technical expertise in construction, estimating and systems, as well as extensive experience in insurance and management. Dale was co-founder of Winkler, Treger and Associates, an independent adjusting company in 2006
With over 25 years experience in the property and casualty industry, Steve Backman oversees the day to day operations of the company. Steve has held a variety of positions with Florida domestic and national insurance companies. With a background in adjusting and insurance company operations, Steve brings depth of experience with a carrier perspective in providing solutions to our clients’ needs. He is very involved within the industry serving on the Board of Directors and Past President for the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention (FACAP), as well as the Legislative Committee for the Florida Property Insurance Fraud Task Force. Steve founded Strategic Cat Solutions , a Cat focused independent adjusting company in 2012. He has a BA from the University of South Florida.
Jeff Winkler is CEO of Strategic Cat Holdings, LLC (SCH) including its consolidated companies of Winkler, Treger & Associates and Strategic Cat Solutions. Jeff has over thirty five years of industry experience including responsibility as a multi-line company claims adjuster and a vice president of a multi-million dollar insurance restoration construction company where he oversaw day to day operations and served as the liaison between the restoration company and a multitude of insurance companies. Jeff was co-founder of Winkler, Treger and Associates, an independent adjusting company in 2006. Jeff brings to our organization a unique combination of insurance, construction and management expertise to lead our management team. Jeff holds a BS from Florida Southern College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.