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Our Team

Principals

Emeritus

Key Professionals

Vita DeMarchi

Daniel I. Beck

Brian Macrae

Ken C. Burrell

Eckardt C. Beck

Susan Canestrare

Meryl Corsun

Brendan Cotter

Roger Creighton

Michelle D'Imperio

Michael S. Gill

Betsy Kettells Grondzki

Dave Haverkamp

Matthew Hoskins

Dechen Kelden

Max Kenion

Jennifer Macisak

Linda Marsh

Jennie Miltiades

Thomas G. Murchio

Lauren Rosie

Debbie Slocum

Douglas "Chip" Sorrells

Gregory Steinman

Sarah Stephens

Bao Tran

Kate Tuttle

Principals

Vita DeMarchi

Vita  DeMarchi

Ms. DeMarchi is the Managing Partner at Synapse Partners. Ms. DeMarchi has been involved in assessing environmental conditions, evaluating risk, and developing and implementing strategies to address environmental conditions at thousand of real properties, operating facilities and for corporations throughout the US. As a Risk Manager, she has provided clients with the benefit of her expertise and ability to assimilate material fact contained in reports prepared by engineering and consulting firms, forensic analytical data, regulatory and legal documents, and then develops business solutions that match the risk appetite of individual clients and partners. She has provided underwriting support for environmental insurance submittals and financial transactions.

Ms. DeMarchi is a Co-Founder and Director of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization - Synapse Sustainability Trust, which has fostered four environmental initiatives: Universal Brownfield Revitalization Corporation, CuseCar, EvPlugSite, and Restoration Tree Trust. Ms. DeMarchi has the honor to serve as the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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Daniel I. Beck

Daniel I. Beck

Mr. Beck became a Managing Partner at Synapse Partners LLC in 2005 and is the Chief Operating Officer of Synapse Services. Under Mr. Beck's guidance Synapse Services has grown into one of the largest and most respected environmental wholesale insurance firms in the industry.

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Brian Macrae

Brian  Macrae

Mr. Macrae works with Synapse's diverse team of professionals and partners to facilitate real estate transactions that may be challenged by environmental impairments. From individual property transactions to the redevelopment of former industrial campuses, he coordinates various disciplines to evaluate redevelopment challenges and employ financially and technically sound risk management solutions.

Mr. Macrae maintains a broad perspective of potential client needs, having managed environmental liability from within the corporate sector and as a consultant. Currently focusing on providing environmental liability and risk management strategies, he assists and advises clients in various aspects of Sustainable Property Practices, Brownfield and Property Redevelopment Projects, from conceptual planning through implementation as well as Transaction Support.

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Ken C. Burrell

Ken C. Burrell

Ken Burrell, Managing Partner at Synapse Services, has over sixteen years of experience in the environmental insurance and consulting industries. His current responsibilities include direct management of the southeast region in addition to expansion of Synapse Services’ footprint throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Emeritus

Eckardt C. Beck

Eckardt C. Beck

Eckardt C. Beck served two United States Presidents, receiving the President's Distinctive Service Award for Chairing the National Toxic Strategy while serving as Assistant Administrator in USEPA running the National Water and Waste Programs.  He chaired the Environment Committee for the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development where he collaborated with the Ministers of the Environment from 21 countries.

Mr. Beck was a Co-Founder and is the Managing Partner Emeritus of Synapse Partners, one of the largest aggregators of environmental insurance in the USA, operating in 50 states, serving 43 major carriers.

A former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Emerson College, Mr. Beck has founded, chaired and served as CEO of numerous environmental public companies.  .

Mr. Beck is a Founder of and the inspiration behind Synapse Sustainability Trust, a not for profit 501C3 Corporation which has fostered such initiatives as UBRC, CuseCar, Restoration Tree Trust, Energy21Symposium, EvPass, and FacetsROI.  He is a Director Emeritus of Synapse Sustainability Trust .

Most recently, Mr. Beck was a cofounder and serves on the Executive Committee of 3Gi Terminals LLC., the intermodal transportation developer of entities such as the Central New York Inland Port.

 

 

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Key Professionals

Susan Canestrare

Mrs. Canestrare serves as an Accounting Associate providing daily bookkeeping for Synapse Services. As an alumni of Onondaga Community College with over 20 years of bookkeeping experience, Susan provides support to Synapse's various operating companies through the management and organization of individual fincancial operations that allow Synapse to maintain its accuracy of service.

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Meryl Corsun

Meryl Corsun serves as an Associate at Synapse Risk Management, helping clients avoid and mitigate risk through both traditional environmental consulting and through planning and implementing energy management strategies.  Meryl provides environmental risk management services primarily during client’s investiture in environmentally impaired properties but also assists clients during ongoing ownership and property divestiture.

Meryl serves on the Board of Directors of Greening USA, a Syracuse-based non-profit focused on promoting sustainable ideas for the benefit of the economy and environment.  Meryl is Co-Chair of the Greening USA Education Committee

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Brendan Cotter

Mr. Cotter serves as in-house counsel to the Synapse Partners family of companies.  Mr. Cotter provides professional support services to the Synapse Services group, implementing a multi-state insurance licensing program and heading a regulatory compliance team for that entity.  As an associate of Synapse Risk Management, Mr. Cotter provides property transaction support and environmental risk management services, working with clients and their legal counsel to facilitate investment in environmentally impaired real estate.

Mr. Cotter also provides professional support services to Synapse Sustainability Trust, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  In that capacity, Mr. Cotter has assisted in the implementation of a variety of sustainable initiatives, including CuseCar, the Universal Brownfield Revitalization Corporation and the Restoration Tree Trust.

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Roger Creighton

Mr. Creighton has over 15 years experience managing environmental liability through development and implementation of engineered solutions and risk management strategies at environmentally impaired properties throughout the Northeastern United States. Mr. Creighton has provided his engineering assistance to a diverse range of clients including federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, and individual real estate investors.

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Michelle D'Imperio

Michelle D’Imperio, CPA, has joined the Synapse Team as Chief Accounting Officer. Mrs. D’Imperio provides in house professional accounting service in support of Synapse’s various operating companies and real-estate holdings.

Mrs. D’Imperio is a member of the New York State Society of Public Accountants, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  

Mrs. D’Imperio comes with 14 years of experience in the accounting field, and was a graduate of Alfred University.  

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Michael S. Gill

Michael S. Gill, Vice President for Synapse Services LLC, is responsible for growing the Gulf Coast and South Central Regions for Synapse Services.  Mr. Gill comes with over 14 years of experience in the environmental insurance business.  Mike’s expertise includes negotiating complex environmental insurance placements and managing high profile insurance deals. 

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Betsy Kettells Grondzki

Ms. Kettells has over eight years of experience within the environmental insurance industry. Ms. Kettells current responsibilities with Synapse include insurance brokerage and distribution expansion within the southeast region. Through industry relationships and a depth of underwriting experience, she has developed strong retail partnerships and become a trusted resource in developing environmental risk management strategies for an array of clients.

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Dave Haverkamp

Mr. Haverkamp has 15 years of experience in the environmental and professional liability insurance fields. His focused expertise includes extensive brokerage and underwriting experience in contractors´ professional liability, environmental casualty, products pollution liability and complex stand-alone environmental placements.

Mr. Haverkamp continues to enhance the Synapse model and commitment to its retail brokerage partners by providing high-level exposure and coverage analysis capabilities. His background encompasses senior underwriting experience of professional and environmental specialty lines and provides an expansive international network of industry underwriting relationships. Mr. Haverkamp´s responsibilities include the expansion of business within the southeast and western regions of the United States through the support of Synapse´s exclusive network of retail insurance partners, and their valued clients.

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Matthew Hoskins

As Director for Synapse Property Resources, Matt Hoskins serves to integrate business and technical solutions for a diverse range of clients. Mr. Hoskins is a Professional Geologist with more than 12 years of experience working on a variety of environmental and geoscience applications. His experience includes site investigation and contaminated site management, remedial investigations, interim remedial measure development and implementation. Mr. Hoskins is also experienced in transaction services, spill response, environmental compliance and health and safety training. Mr. Hoskins’ work stretches across all regions of the country as well as internationally.

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Dechen Kelden

Ms. Kelden joined the Synapse team in 2014 and serves as a Marketing Representative.  Her responsibilities include supporting insurance producers and providing services as necessary to produce, market, bind and service insurance policies on behalf of Synapse’s retail clients. Her responsibilities also include distribution expansion within the Northeast region.

Through strong carrier relationships, Ms. Kelden is at the forefront of current rates, coverages and new product developments for all types of risks available in the environmental market. Her market/product knowledge enables her to aid retail partners in developing the most effective marketing strategies for their clients, whether small or large.

Ms. Kelden is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she focused her concentration on Social Psychology.

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Max Kenion

Max serves as an Account Manager for Synapse Services New Orleans branch.

Max is involved in insurance program design, placement and client service, with a focus on supporting Synapse clients within the gulf coast and southcentral regions of the U.S. 

His experience within the industrial, energy, chemical and coatings sectors allows him to provide detailed insight into advising clients on their insurance needs.  His technical expertise provides retail partners with access to timel comprehensive coverage solutions in the fast paced insurance market.

Max comes to Synapse from Ironshore, an international specialty insurer, where he gained 4 years of environmental insurance underwriting experience as a Production Specialist within Ironshore’s environmental insurance operation.  During his time at Ironshore, Max was also responsible for underwriting combined pollution / casualty products, building a multi-million dollar casualty premium book and loyal retail broker client base within the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. 

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Jennifer Macisak

Ms. Macisak brings expertise in Finance / Accounting / Auditing to her role as Administrative Manager at Synapse. Ms. Macisak joined the Synapse Georgia office in 2010. She supports our producers through account and renewal management, client invoicing, and policy review. Ms. Macisak manages the Synapse Surplus Lines process, being responsible for compliance, reporting and filings. Her financial skills help Synapse with reporting and forecasting, renewal analysis, and business trending analysis. Her ability to originate and integrate process, communication effectively across the company, and prompt response makes Jenn a vital team member. Additionally, Jenn serves as the Georgia office Manager, coordinating numerous administrative functions for the Partners and her co-workers. Ms. Macisak is also a graduate of the University of Georgia.

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Linda Marsh

Linda Marsh joined the Synapse Partners team as a Legal Associate to provide assistance to Synapse's legal department. Mrs. Marsh provides support to Synapse's various operating companies, through the management and organization of company agreements, insurance filings, real estate files and banking and loan agreements.

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Jennie Miltiades

Jennie Miltiades comes to Synapse with over seven 7 years of experience within the Environmental Insurance and Environmental Consulting industries. Ms. Miltiades currently serves as an Account Manager with Synapse and her current responsibilities include insurance brokerage and customer service focusing primarily on customers within the southeast region.

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Thomas G. Murchio

Mr. Murchio is an environmental insurance executive with broad ranging proficiencies related to identifying, quantifying and transferring risks inherent to the industry. He has extensive experience across many sectors including energy, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate and private equity funded transactions.

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Lauren Rosie

Lauren Rosie serves as an Account Manager for Synapse Services. Ms. Rosie comes to Synapse with professional experience in Risk Management and Insurance.

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Debbie Slocum

Ms. Slocum comes to Synapse with over 35 years experience accounting. Ms. Slocum heads up the accounting department and human resource function for the Synapse family of companies.

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Douglas "Chip" Sorrells

Mr. Sorrells serves as an Account Executive for Synapse Services. He comes to Synapse with 15+ years of experience in the risk management and insurance field and has spent time on both the insurance carrier side and retail brokerage side.

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Gregory Steinman

Currently a Vice President at Synapse Services based in Somerville, New Jersey. Mr. Steinman possesses over 16 years of experience in the environmental sector, including experience as an environmental scientist, retail and wholesale broker.

He works with retail brokers and their insured’s to assess environmental risk and recommend the appropriate risk strategies - even for the most difficult risks. Mr. Steinman's experience and knowledge enable him to uniquely utilize insurance and other risk management tools to manage environmental liabilities.

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Sarah Stephens

Mrs. Stephens joined Synapse Partners as their Director of Business Development and Public Relations. Mrs. Stephens brings with her over 10 years of experience in fundraising, business development, grant writing and media relations. She assists all of the Synapse Partners companies, including Synapse's Sustainability Initiatives specifically; the Synapse Sustainability Trust, who has fostered four environmental initiatives: Universal Brownfield Revitalization Corporation, CuseCar, EvPlugSite, and Restoration Tree Trust.

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Bao Tran

Ms. Tran joined the Synapse team in 2006 and now serves as Vice President and head of the marketing team. Through strong carrier relationships, she is at the forefront of current rates, coverages and new product developments for all types of risks available in the environmental market.

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Kate Tuttle

Ms. Tuttle provides Synapse with professional Human Resource services, maintains responsibility for all employee benefit packages, staffing, and company structure with regard to State and Local human resource requirements and processes. In addition to Ms. Tuttle’s Human Resource functions, she also provides administrative support for Synapse’s Finance and Legal departments.

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AT A GLANCE...

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Sarah Stephens Supports Development to Reopen Historic Hotel in Downtown Syracuse

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08/19/2016 The iconic Hotel Syracuse officially reopened for business Friday as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. Renovated inside the former 1921 building, it's now operating as a hotel for the first time since 2003. Read more »

Daniel Beck speaks at EECMA 2016 Conference

Daniel Beck speaks at EECMA 2016 Conference

04/08/2016 The Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA) 2016 conference is a 2 to 3 day conference that comprises of industry-specific topics presented by attorneys, consultants, and insurance professionals in the US and internationally who are experts in their respective fields. This year’s conference featured over a dozen in-depth seminars from key industry professionals throughout the country. Read more »

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