Our Team

Principals

Daniel I. Beck

MANAGING PARTNER

New Jersey

Daniel I. Beck

As Managing Partner of Synapse Partners, LLC, Daniel Beck has grown Synapse into one of the largest and most respected environmental wholesale insurance firms in the industry.

Dan saw the need within the retail brokerage arena for specialized, technically-competent environmental insurance services delivered from a wholesale platform. Since joining Synapse in 2005, Dan has been responsible for the overall management and growth of the company’s insurance operations while personally producing Synapse’s largest book of business. Dan was also the vision behind CentralisTM, Synapse’s proprietary database management system. Recognizing the value and power of data, Dan’s vision has captured Synapse’s environmental market data over the past 15 years and created an industry-leading tool to enhance Synapse’s impact for its broker partners and insured clients.

Dan began his professional career at American International Group (AIG), where he rapidly rose through the underwriting ranks into national leadership positions. He has been with Synapse since 2005, and maintains a consistent focus on the development of Synapse's culture and attracting the most talented and experienced technical specialists in the environmental insurance industry.

Dan enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, coaching youth football, and live music.

Ken C. Burrell

MANAGING PARTNER

Georgia

Ken C. Burrell

Ken Burrell has over twenty years of experience in the environmental insurance and consulting industries. He currently leads the Southeast region in addition to the expansion of Synapse Services’ footprint throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to joining Synapse Services, Mr. Burrell was the Executive Vice President and division head of the Corporate Accounts division of AIG Environmental, a $700m division. His responsibilities included oversight of new business production, renewal retention, profitability, human resource management and day-to-day operations of the Corporate Accounts business segment including 15 regional offices, and pollution and casualty product lines.

Mr. Burrell rapidly rose through the ranks having held various regional underwriting and management positions within AIG Environmental, in both the Corporate Accounts and National Accounts business segments. In these positions, he structured numerous environmental insurance placements covering diverse environmental and casualty risks. Mr. Burrell negotiated insurance programs for many of the nation’s largest environmental consulting, contracting and waste management companies. He was also responsible for the underwriting oversight of numerous high profile projects including, The NY World Trade Center redevelopment and The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA.

Prior to entering the insurance field, Mr. Burrell served as was an Environmental Geologist and Project Manager with an Atlanta-based environmental engineering firm, where he was responsible for business development, technical oversight of environmental site assessments, site characterizations and remediation projects for regional and Fortune 500 clients.

Mr. Burrell holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Geology from Georgia State University, and is a frequent speaker at insurance trade and environmental technical conferences.

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.

Michael S. Gill

Partner

Louisiana

Michael S. Gill

Michael Gill leads the South-Central Region of Synapse Services, LLC. Mike’s expertise at negotiating complex environmental insurance placements, managing high profile insurance portfolios, and aligning Synapse’s growth strategies with the retail production success has made him an integral part of Synapse's leadership team. Mike and his team produce and service diverse accounts across a wide range of industries including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas (upstream, mid-stream and downstream)
  • Contracting
  • Real Estate
  • Private Equity

Mike began his career at AIG Environmental, where he quickly ascended from Senior Underwriter in Boston, to leading teams in San Francisco and New York. At AIG, Mike 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 to launch Ironshore Insurance Company’s Gulf Coast office. Under Mike’s stewardship, his combined territory grew to over $50 million in gross written premium in five years with a significant focus in Energy industry accounts.

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.

Brian Macrae

MANAGING PARTNER

New York

Brian Macrae

Brian is a Managing Partner at Synapse since 2008 and is one of Synapse’s founding employees. Over the past 25 years, Brian has successfully combined his strong business acumen with an extensive technical understanding of complex environmental exposures. Brian's retail partners leverage his specialized knowledge to facilitate risk transfer and transactional closings throughout the US for a diverse array of industries. As a technical insurance producer, Brian draws upon his risk management and consulting expertise to assess, manage and transfer environmental liabilities for retail brokers and their insureds.

Brian began his career in the corporate sector with Unisys’ Corporate Environmental Affairs group. He subsequently went on to provide environmental risk management solutions on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, real estate development, commercial lending, brownfield redevelopment RCRA and State Superfund sites. In his personal time, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and enjoying the outdoors, from the state park trails near his home to his hometown beach on Long Island.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University and a Finance MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Key Professionals

Xavier Alvarado

Accounting Associate

New York

Xavier Alvarado

Xavier Alvarado has a Bachelors in Business Administration and over 5 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting support. He supports Synapse's operating companies by creating invoices, reconciling credit card expenses, and other performing various bookkeeping duties. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring different parts of New York,  bike riding, or walking his dogs while listening to podcasts.

Lauren Atkinson

Vice President

Georgia

Lauren Atkinson

Lauren Atkinson, AINS, AU, CPCU is a Vice President at Synapse Services.  Lauren began her insurance career as an underwriter for ACE Insurance where she spent four years learning how underwrite and value risk.  In January 2012 she accepted an Account Executive position at Synapse Services and was promoted to Vice President in January 2020. She has lead numerous internal initiatives to improve internal inter-regional coordination and national service team platforms.  In her current role, Lauren leads the marketing operation for the South East region.  Her responsibilities include the coordination and management of all new and renewal business placed within the region as well as the management of regional carrier relationships.  Lauren also maintains marketing responsibilities of her own book of business.  In 2018, Lauren expanded Synapse’s footprint and opened Synapse’s Nashville, TN location which she continues to grow and develop.

Lauren is a pet owner and animal lover who volunteers at the Nashville Humane Association. 

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!

Christina Beaulac

Account Manager

Louisiana

Christina Beaulac

As an Account Manager at Synapse, Chrissy applies her professional environmental consulting background and understanding of environmental compliance, EPA and OSHA reporting on environmental health and safety issues gained from her first-hand experience monitoring construction project sites.  She’s a proud graduate of Tulane University where she studied environmental sciences and engineering.  She’s currently matriculating in Villanova Universities’ Master of Sustainable Engineering program.  Christina holds a LEED Green Associate Certification and applies her passion for corporate sustainability into her current office.

David Boren

Business Development

New Jersey

David Boren

David Boren began his insurance career in 1996 as an Underwriting trainee in AIG’s highly selective and competitive training program.  Over the next 10 years at AIG David progressed through various underwriting and management positions where he took on increasing responsibility across A&E Professional Liability, Construction and Excess product lines. Eventually managing AIG’s $300 Million National Account book of business.

After a decade at AIG, David transitioned over to the Retail brokerage side of the business where, over the next 15 years he produced a diverse, multi-million dollar commercial book of business.  As a senior producer and agency leader David impressed his clients with his detailed, hands-on approach to service delivery where he managed his client’s needs from risk assessment and insurance placement of all lines (Pollution, Professional, GL, WC, Auto, Excess, Property, Management Liability, etc..) through claims management. 

Today, David brings his business acumen gained from being on the front lines of servicing ENR 500 A&E/Professional firms, ENR 400 Construction firms and well known Real Estate Owners & Developers to Synapse’s brokerage clients.  David is a respected senior executive and technical specialist who generously offers colleagues and clients his informed perspective gained from a lifetime of underwriting, producing and servicing large, complex accounts with high hazard liabilities. 

Timothy Carter

Accounting Representative

New York

Timothy Carter

With over 15 years of accounting experience in the Insurance industry, Timothy Carter handles invoicing and accounts payable for Synapse, and has a knack for creating procedures and maintaining established processes. Outside of work, Tim enjoys hiking, playing with his two rottweilers, and traveling to new locations to experience new culture and people.

Shelby Cloer

Account Manager

Georgia

Shelby Cloer

Shelby Cloer is an Account Manager at Synapse Services. She applies her scientific expertise and technical experience to assess environmental exposures and place risks. Shelby is a graduate from The University of Alabama with a M.S. degree in geology with a concentration in geochemistry and mineralogy. Outside of work Shelby enjoys hiking, reading and traveling to new countries to experience other cultures.

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.

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.  

Chris DiBella

Account Manager

New Jersey

Chris DiBella

Chris DiBella has over a decade of insurance industry experience in both wholesale and retail capacities. Chris worked as a commercial lines underwriter and marketing account manager, specializing in construction, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality.  Chris is experienced with Workers Compensation, Commercial Auto, and General Liability policies.

Jessica Dudden

Accounting Associate

New York

Jessica Dudden

Jessica comes to Synapse with a proven history of bookkeeping and accounting experience. She supports Synapse’s operating companies in the accounting group. Jessica graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Outside of work Jessica enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and beloved black labs.

Mary Ellen Dwane

Account Service Representative / Office Manager

New Jersey

Taylor Edwards

Vice President

Louisiana

Taylor Edwards

Based in our New Orleans office, Taylor works with clients across the Energy, Construction, Manufacturing, and Real Estate industries.

As a former retail agent, Taylor spent over six years working with a wide range of Energy Industry clients including Upstream, Midstream, & Downstream accounts. Taylor’s retail experience gives him a deep understanding of the intricacies involved when working directly with an insured. His technical proficiency within the highly specialized energy sector brings incredible value to the Synapse Team.

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

Bill Gaynor

Bill comes to Synapse with almost 30 years of both public and private accounting experience. After serving 13 plus years for a regional CPA firm Bill has held Controller positions for a wide range of businesses from transportation to manufacturing and professional services. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Siena College. Outside of work Bill is the president and long time coach of his towns local little league. He is also the head coach of a travel softball team. While not at work or the softball fields he also enjoys vacations to Cape Cod and the Thousand Islands region.

Betsy Kettells Grondzki

VICE PRESIDENT

Georgia

Betsy Kettells Grondzki

Ms. Grondzki has over sixteen years of experience in the environmental insurance industry. Betsy began her career at AIG and then ACE USA as an environmental underwriter where she wrote contractors and fixed site pollution accounts. Her underwriting background provided a strong foundation for her transition to Synapse Services where her current responsibilities include insurance marketing and distribution expansion in the southeast region.

Betsy's strong relationships, multi-line coverage experience and understanding of her clients unique exposures empower her to bring creative and effective coverage solutions to her clients. Her industry relationships and depth of underwriting knowledge, has resulted in strong retail brokerage partnerships where she has become a trusted resource in developing environmental risk management strategies for her clients.

Ms. Grondzki has extensive experience with clients in industries including:

  • Construction
  • Environmental Contractors/Consultants
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate

Betsy enjoys spending time outdoors on the lake or hiking with her husband, two young daughters, and golden retrievers.

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, 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 in depth understanding of environmental liability comes from his experiences in these senior underwriting roles. Dave combined his strong underwriting background with technical brokerage skills he developed while leading the environmental resource group at IMA of Colorado. Dave relies on his technical foundation when crafting coverage language for his client’s exposures.

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

Cindy Hollister

Assistant Chief Accounting Officer

New York

Cindy Hollister

Cindy has and AAS in Accounting and over 20 years of Insurance accounting experience.  She is responsible for various inhouse professional accounting services in support of Synapse’s operating companies and real-estate holdings.  Outside of work Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and puppy, playing golf, following Syracuse Basketball, and is an avid crafter.

Jeff Honigstock

VICE PRESIDENT

New Jersey

Chris Hopkins

Vice President

Georgia

Max Kenion

Vice President

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 Lester

Account Executive

Illinois

Jennifer Lester

Jennifer brings over 20 years of Environmental brokerage experience to Synapse Services.  She has successfully placed environmental coverage for a broad spectrum of clients, including healthcare, chemical, mining, manufacturing, transportation, oil & gas, alternative energy, real estate, construction, private equity, and higher education sectors.  Jennifer has a great deal of experience within mergers and acquisitions, performing due diligence and meeting aggressive timelines.  She has supported transactions of single locations, and large portfolios including grocery stores, light industrial, office, residential, and C-stores.  She maintains strong relationships with senior management in the market which allows her to negotiate creative and insurance solutions at competitive premiums, for her clients unique needs.

Before joining USI Insurance Services, Jennifer was an Environmental Broker, with Marsh, for 14 years.  She also worked as an Environmental Underwrter, with AIG, prior to her joining Marsh.  Prior to entering insurance, Jennifer worked as an environmental consultant where she worked out in the field to identify exposures and developed strategies to manage, reduce, and/or mitigate those exposures.  Jennifer earned her B.S. in Environmental Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from Eastern Illinois University.

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.

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

Daniel McGee

Dan McGee, brings over 15 years of Environmental insurance industry experience to his brokers and insureds.  His expertise in Commercial General Liability, Pollution, Contractors Pollution Liability, Professional and Excess Liability insurance with a particular focus on Environmental contractors and consultants, manufacturers and distributors.  

Dan began his insurance career at AIG Environmental where he was trained as an Environmental Insurance underwriter.  He joined Ironshore Environmental in its startup phase in 2009 .  In 2013,  Dan transitioned over to Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers in a Senior Underwriting role where he quickly rose through the ranks to become Regional Vice President.  Dan’s in depth understanding of environmental liability comes from his experiences at these leading Environmental Insurers in senior underwriting and management roles.

At Synapse Dan combines his strong underwriting foundation with his extensive technical brokerage skills when crafting coverage language for his client’s exposures.  

In his free time, Dan enjoys golf, following the New York Mets & Jets.

Jennifer McLaughlin

Compliance Representative

New York

Jennifer McLaughlin

Jennifer provides compliance and licensing services for Synapse Services. She comes with a commercial claims background. Outside of work Jen enjoys cycling and watching investigative documentaries.

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

Chief Brokering Director

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.

Brian M Murdock, ARM

Vice President

Georgia

Brian M Murdock, ARM

Brian comes to Synapse after nearly 10 years with AIG Environmental and over 20 years working with environmental insurance. Brian served as an underwriter and later as the Southeast Regional Manager for National Accounts. These roles gave him a breadth of experience and technical expertise from complicated Fortune 500 companies to middle market account site and contractor risks. As a result, he has underwritten businesses as varied as Alaskan refineries, chemical facilities on the Hudson River, a desalination plant in Florida and contractors and construction projects throughout the US. His expertise spans industries including manufacturing, construction, distribution, hospitality, real estate and energy.

As a National Account Regional Manager and then Managing Director at AIG, Brian has gained valuable experience in building relationships with brokers and companies of all sizes. These roles caused him to gain understanding of Casualty, Financial Lines and Property coverages and to comprehend how environmental policies interact with these lines of business.

Brian continues to be very active in RIMS. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta chapter. He has also spoken publicly on Environmental topics and the Internet of Things to groups of Risk Managers, Attorneys, Brokers and Insurance Carriers.

Larry O'Brien

Account Executive

New Jersey

Larry O'Brien

Larry comes to Synapse with 15 years of Environmental Insurance underwriting and senior management experience at AIG and Sompo International. Based in New Jersey, Larry brings his relationships and extensive experience across product lines and customer industries to bear, working with customers across the United States and supporting all of our regional offices. Larry has extensive experience crafting heavily-manuscripted insurance language for accounts in the Manufacturing, Real Estate, and Contracting industries.

Prior to joining Synapse, Larry was Environmental Leader within the Global Risk Solutions business at Sompo International. In this role, he helped build out Sompo’s Environmental product line and broker relationships nationally across the U.S.  Prior to Sompo, Larry spent 11 years at AIG Environmental, first joining as an Underwriter in the New York Region in 2005 and rising to take on positions as Regional Manager of the NY team, Zonal Vice President of the Northwest Region’s environmental casualty and monoline pollution teams based in San Francisco, and Product Line Manager for AIG’s Contractor’s Pollution and Professional product suite.

Larry enjoys hiking, taking on adventures as an adult leader with the local Cub Scout pack in which his oldest son is an active Scout, homebrewing his favorite beer styles, and outdoor activities with his wife Sarah and their three sons.

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

Account Service Executive

Georgia

Stephanie Pooler

Director of Compliance

New York

Stephanie Pooler

Stephanie provides compliance and licensing services for Synapse Services. She’s a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where she obtained a M.S. in Justice with a concentration in Public Administration. Outside of work Stephanie enjoys distance running and competitive bowling.

Armando Roche

Account Service Representative

Georgia

Armando Roche

Armando Roche joined Synapse in 2020 as an Account Service Representative. He is a recent graduate of The University of Georgia and holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Risk Management and Insurance. In his free time, Armando enjoys exploring new hiking trails.

Sarah Sizemore

Account Manager

Colorado

Sarah Sizemore

Currently an Account Manager at Synapse, Sarah Sizemore brings her experience in manufacturing, mining, environmental science, and geophysics to Synapse. Sarah holds a B.S. in environmental science with a concentration in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.S. in geology with a specialization in geophysics from the University of Alabama. In her free time Sarah enjoys lake days and exploring the desert.

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.

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.