Our Team

Principals

Daniel I. Beck

MANAGING PARTNER

New Jersey

Daniel I. Beck

As Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Synapse Partners, Daniel Beck has grown Synapse Services operations into one of the largest and most respected environmental wholesale insurance firms in the industry. In addition to his significant strategic role, Dan continues to be a leading technical producer, providing expertise and understanding of the ever rapidly changing environmental insurance marketplace.

Beginning his professional career at American International Group (AIG), Dan’s leadership and keen sense for strategic direction were developed and led to his rapid rise through the underwriting ranks into national leadership positions. It was at AIG where Dan built the National wholesale strategy and saw the need for technical environmental specialty brokerage.

Joining Synapse as Managing Partner in 2005, Dan’s responsibilities for overall growth & management of operations, focus on maintaining a culture and standard of excellence that attracts & retains the talented and experienced people responsible for Synapse’s production & service delivery. Persistently evolving our product value, Dan has created industry leading data tools & resources that enhance productivity and continuously improve deliverables to our clients.

As a respected and influential thought leader industry-wide, Dan’s proven success record constantly bolsters the confidence of leading retail brokers throughout North America.

When not at work, Dan enjoy spending time with his adoring family, golfing, coaching youth football, and going to see live music.

Ken C. Burrell

MANAGING PARTNER

Georgia

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.

Vita DeMarchi

MANAGING PARTNER

New York

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.

Brian Macrae

MANAGING PARTNER

New York

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.

Key Professionals

Lauren Atkinson

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Georgia

Lauren Atkinson

A ground-breaking member of the Synapse Services Team, Account Executive Lauren Rosie, launched our presence in the Nashville Region in 2018. Forming new broker relationships while serving a client-base in Construction (GC and Artisan Contractors), Demolition, Environmental Contractors/Consultants, Emergency Response Contractors, Chemical Manufacturers/Distributors, Lauren is a key component to the success of our operation.

Coming to Synapse with professional experience in Risk Management and Insurance, Lauren’s achieved her CPCU designation in 2016. Her technical knowledge and unmatched levels of responsiveness, and efficiency, along with her keen attention to detail, assists our valued clients in countless ways. Lauren’s ability to understand and scrutinize policy language and the detailed operations and of an insured enable her to craft comprehensive coverage language to cover environmental exposures that were previously unavailable in the marketplace.

Pet owner and volunteer at the Nashville Humane Association, Lauren is an animal lover who enjoys exploring food and culture all over the globe.

Keith Aubert

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Louisiana

Keith Aubert

Keith Aubert brings valued retail brokerage and claims management experience having begun his insurance career as a retail broker and claims assistant at Lockton Insurance. Keith’s first-hand knowledge and experience working with Energy, Construction, Manufacturing, Real Estate & Hospitality industries provide him with a deep understanding of a brokers and insured’s expectations and timeframes.

His understanding of how to navigate complex claims, often directly alongside an insured, provide Keith with skills that synchronize seamlessly with Synapse’s committed practice of supporting our retail broker partners from production through claims advocacy.

Upon joining the Synapse team, Keith has been prominent in assisting retail agents target new business accounts, adding great influence and value from the synthesis of the deal for which he takes great pride.

A finance graduate of Louisiana State University and member of Lambda Chi Alpha, Keith is enjoying life as a newlywed and cheering on his beloved football teams – Geaux Tigers! & Who Dat!

Susan Canestrare

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

New York

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.

Meryl Corsun

ACCOUNT MANAGER

New York

Meryl Corsun

Meryl Corsun landed at Synapse as an environmental risk manager where she spent 5 years advising clients on avoiding, mitigating and managing risk. Through her aptitude for traditional environmental consulting, along with the planning and implementation of risk and energy management strategies, Meryl became an esteemed asset to our client base.  

Strategizing with owners, developers, and their insurance brokers, Meryl managed the risk associated with environmentally impaired properties from purchase and redevelopment, through ongoing ownership and divestiture. Meryl also facilitated the financing of clients’ projects through grant writing and funding procurement from both public and private programs.

In 2016, Meryl leveraged her technical capabilities in the insurance marketing side of Synapse Services. Her hands-on experience as an environmental scientist provides a solid foundation in her ability to understand and assess complex engineering data, which is vital to the effective transfer of environmental risk.  A NYS licensed broker, Meryl supports Northeast operations through marketing and servicing new and renewal accounts.

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 graduated Summa Cum Laude from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where she earned her B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on Renewable Energy and Economics & Development.

Brendan Cotter

COUNSEL

New York

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.

Roger Creighton

ENGINEER

New York

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.

Michelle D'Imperio

CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER

New York

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.  

Mary Ellen Dwane

CUSTOMER SERVICE REP

New Jersey

Taylor Edwards

Account Executive

Louisiana

Taylor Edwards

Taylor Edwards is a leading Account Executive for Synapse Services in our New Orleans office. Taylor’s expertise services clients in the Energy, Construction, Manufacturing, and Real Estate industries.

As a former retail agent, spending six years in Energy (Upstream, Midstream, & Downstream) and one year in Marine, Taylor’s experience gives him a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in working directly with the insured. His proficiency within the highly specialized energy sector is an immeasurable asset to the Synapse Team and the service we provide to our valued broker partners.

A graduate and aficionado of all things LSU, Taylor enjoys golf and holds a self-proclaimed title of Amateur Foodie.

Bill Gaynor

ASST CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER

New York

Michael S. Gill

VICE PRESIDENT

Louisiana

Michael S. Gill

Michael Gill has lead the South-Central Region of Synapse Services, LLC as Vice President since 2015. Mike’s expertise negotiating complex environmental insurance placements and managing high profile insurance portfolios, makes him an integral part of the Synapse team. Servicing a diverse range of industries including: Manufacturing, Oil and Gas (upstream, mid-stream and downstream), Contracting, Real Estate, and Private Equity, Mike has been instrumental in aligning Synapse’s growth strategies with the retail production success.

Beginning his career at AIG Environmental, Mike quickly ascended from Senior Underwriter in Boston, to leading teams in San Francisco and New York. He developed nationwide relationships across the retail broker community. Among Mike’s most noteworthy achievements is the development of the environmental insurance program for the New York World Trade Center Redevelopment.

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Mike relocated to New Orleans where he pioneered the Ironshore Insurance Company’s Gulf Coast office. Under Mike’s stewardship, this combined territory, which had significant focus in the oil and gas space, grew to over $50 million in gross written premium in five years.

During Mike’s time at Synapse he established a mission called ReSet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which raises money to support rebuilding homes in Louisiana post a catastrophic event.

Mike’s worth ethic, dedication, ingenuity, and industry expertise continue to benefit the risk management efforts of policy holders, retail broker partners, and valued insurance carriers each day.

Betsy Kettells Grondzki

VICE PRESIDENT

Georgia

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.

Randy Hampton

VICE PRESIDENT

Georgia

Randy Hampton

Randy Hampton is an Executive Vice President with Synapse Services, LLC bringing 25 years of diverse insurance brokerage experience.
Randy specializes in difficult placements which require unique solutions, and heads up Synapse’s Specialty Stock Throughput and Cyber and Privacy Liability focuses. Randy takes a holistic view of risk, looking at it enterprise-wide through his broad experience in the design and management of complex property and casualty placements by focusing on loss sensitive and alternative risk financing programs.

Randy’s professional experience includes 14 years as a Senior Vice President for McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. where his responsibilities included marketing and servicing of large national and multi-national risk management clients. During his time at McGriff, clients wrote he “brings to the table a results driven attitude along with honesty and integrity to provide outstanding customer service and partners with you to ensure your results and objectives are his results as well”.

Randy began his career with Willis of Georgia as Director of Marketing overseeing carrier relationships and program marketing. After three years, he was promoted to Senior Vice President with his responsibilities transitioning to the procurement and servicing of clients.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance.

Dave Haverkamp

VICE PRESIDENT

Colorado

Dave Haverkamp

Dave Haverkamp, Vice President of the Central Mountain Region of Synapse Services, brings over 20 years of environmental and professional liability underwriting and brokerage experience to his brokers. In his return to the Western Region where he spent more than half his career, Dave brings his expansive technical knowledge, international network of underwriting relationships and resources to his clients in the Energy, Construction, Manufacturing and Real Estate industries.

Formerly at AIG, Dave managed divisions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He later went on to develop the Southeast Regional Office for Aspen Specialty’s Environmental Division. As their national product line specialist for the Contractor's Professional & Pollution product, Dave created underwriting guidelines, pricing models and policy forms.

Dave’s deep understanding of environmental underwriting came from his years of experience in these senior underwriting roles. His background, combined with technical brokerage skills gleaned from leading the environmental resource group at IMA of Colorado, provides the technical foundation Dave relies on when crafting coverage language for his client’s exposures.

Dave enjoys spending time hiking, biking and adventure seeking in his Airstream travel trailer with wife Sarah, and their two wonderfully energetic children.

Jeff Honigstock

VICE PRESIDENT

New Jersey

Max Kenion

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Louisiana

Max Kenion

Max Kenion, Account Manager for Synapse Services is based in New Orleans. Max designs and places insurance programs for complex commercial and industrial clients.

Max comes to Synapse from Ironshore Insurance where he began his career as a Production Specialist responsible for underwriting combined pollution / casualty products. In this role Max built a multi-million-dollar casualty book and loyal with Retailers and Wholesalers alike.

Max has deep and broad experience within the industrial, energy, chemical and coatings sectors. His technical expertise provides retail partners with broad coverage solutions in a rapidly changing Environmental Insurance market

Prior to the Insurance industry, Max graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. While there he was also member of Alpha Epsilon Pi and has spent his spare time tutoring students and creating curriculums for Hope Partnership for Education.

Jennifer Macisak

FINANCIAL MANAGER

Georgia

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.

Linda Marsh

COMPLIANCE MANAGER

New York

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.

Liz McAlpin

Account Executive

Georgia

Liz McAlpin

Elizabeth McAlpin is an Account Executive focused on specialty products with an emphasis on Stock Throughput, Pollution Liability, Real Estate and Hospitality products.

Licensed in Property Casualty Insurance, Liz has been in the industry since 1989, bringing multi-line underwriting expertise on the carrier experience and brokerage experience on the Agency. Beginning her career in Commercial Lines Marketing for Palmer & Cay and then transitioning to an Account Executive for the Travelers Commercial Accounts Team, Liz’s strong understanding of exposures and risk combined with her excellent carrier and agency relationships, makes her a valued asset to Synapse’s clients and their insureds.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Liz prides herself on being active in her local community and is known to indulge in golf and tennis in her spare time.

Daniel McGee

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

New Jersey

Jennie Miltiades

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Georgia

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.

Thomas G. Murchio

VICE PRESIDENT

New Jersey

Thomas G. Murchio

For over a decade Tom Murchio has performed technical Environmental brokerage on Synapse’s largest and most complex accounts.  Tom brings a sophisticated risk management approach to his brokerage relationships, offering a broad range of skills related to the identification, quantification and transfer of environmental risks in commercial operations.

Tom’s broad industry experiences include Energy, Construction, Healthcare, Hospitality, Municipal, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Distribution, Professional Services and Private Equity funded transactions. 

Tom began his career as an environmental consultant where he learned firsthand, about complex environmental conditions through performing field work on Phase I, II, and III projects. In this role, Tom gained a deep understanding of environmental liability and how to identify and quantify environmental exposures.   

In 2003, Tom transitioned his career into insurance underwriting at AIG Environmental, Inc where he became a Senior Environmental Underwriter. At AIG, Tom gained a reputation for crafting tailored environmental solutions for private equity-related real estate developers, large scale manufacturers, and prominent Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT’s).

Tom is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an alumnus of the President’s Leadership Class. He holds a BA in Environmental Science, with a focus on public policy and planning. In 2006, Tom completed the Environmental Risk Management Program. He is a licensed Property and Casualty Broker.

Thomas Orabona

VICE PRESIDENT

New Jersey

Thomas Orabona

Tom Orabona is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable environmental specialists in the industry. Tom joined Synapse in 2016, after a 23 year career at AIG Environmental where he was responsible for the EAGLE product along with 15 regional underwriting offices focusing on environmental casualty, excess, and automobile for AIG’s corporate, middle market and most visible national accounts.

In his role as senior executive for the EAGLE product, he underwrote accounts, supervised underwriters, Tom was in the weeds on every claim for the past 15 years. From how AIG interpreted coverage language, through payment, all fell under his responsibility. His role gave him an unmatched viewpoint on the appetite and internal deliberations of the largest book of combined form business.

Tom knows what technical coverage enhancements can be negotiated. He has customized coverage for a wide array of manufacturers, distributers and process operations. Tom understands carrier appetite down to the individual underwriter at each carrier. Many of which worked for and were trained by him at AIG.

Chelsea Pierson

Customer Service Rep

Georgia

Debra Slocum

EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTING MGR

New York

Debra 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.

Douglas "Chip" Sorrells

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Georgia

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.

Gregory Steinman

VICE PRESIDENT

New Jersey

Gregory Steinman

As Vice President for Synapse Services Greg brings an extensive interdisciplinary background as an environmental scientist, underwriter, retail & wholesale broker to his clients in the Real Estate, Construction, Manufacturing & Distribution industries.

Greg began his career as an environmental specialist conducting research and performing investigations to identify and eliminate sources of pollutants and hazards affecting the environment and overall health of the population. His field experience provides the technical foundation from which Greg draws upon when analyzing and crafting tailored coverage programs for insureds.

Greg launched his environmental insurance career at AIG Environmental as an Underwriter/Risk Analyst. This training and experience provided the foundation for his transition to retail brokerage at Aon Risk Services in 2002. At AON Greg spearheaded both the Environmental Construction Services and Environmental Mergers & Acquisition capabilities where he was the lead environmental resource on AON’s largest and most complex accounts including the first bio terrorism policy for the Empire State Building, post September 11th. In 2007, Greg transitioned over to the wholesale brokerage side of the business at Crump Insurance where he led the Environmental Services Group, supporting hundreds of retail brokers and insureds on their environmental placements.

Since joining the Synapse team in 2007, Greg differentiates himself through his long-standing carrier relationships, extensive coverage knowledge and ability to utilize insurance and other risk management tools to manage environmental liabilities for many of Synapse’s largest and most complex risks.

In his free time, Greg enjoys coaching youth soccer and challenging himself through cross-fit and military/special forces inspired training.

Bao Tran

VICE PRESIDENT

New Jersey

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.

Kate Tuttle

HR Director & Corp Admin Asst

New York

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.

Nicole White

Customer Service Rep

Georgia

Emeritus

Eckardt C. Beck

MANAGING PARTNER

New York

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.