Meet Our Property & Casualty Insurance and Benefits Media Contributors
As a national insurance and employee benefits brokerage and consultancy, Corporate Synergies is committed to recruiting top industry talent. Our in-house insurance experts are frequent contributors to the national dialogue on health & welfare benefits and property & casualty insurance. Their continuous interaction with the industry contributes to our overall deeper understanding of employee benefits and P&C risk mitigation, which translates into powerful solutions for our clients. Read more about our insurance experts here.
BRUCE F. BARR, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, Senior Vice President
Bruce F. Barr, one of the founding partners of Corporate Synergies, has more than 30 years of experience in employee benefits. He has expertise in plan design analysis, carrier negotiations, alternative funding arrangements, prescription carve-out programs and consumer-driven health plans. He is proficient in the design of employee contribution strategies, waiver programs and employee communications, and adept at identifying trends and understanding the needs of each client.
DINA A. BECK, Director of Marketing
Dina Beck is a diverse business strategist with more than 15 years of marketing and business development experience. She possesses deep expertise in digital, print and brand marketing, web and social media content, campaign automation, search engine optimization, and blogging.
ANDREW BLOOM, President and Chief Operating Officer
Andrew Bloom is a results-driven insurance industry executive. He has expertise in healthcare, sales and service operations, organizational leadership, client satisfaction, product development, vendor management and service delivery optimization. As one of the original officers of Corporate Synergies, he has served at the epicenter of the firm’s rapid evolution into one of the largest and most respected employee benefits specialists in the nation.
ERIC BREWER, Senior Benefits Consultant
Eric Brewer is an accomplished healthcare professional with a strong background in HRIS technology, benefits administration and Affordable Care Act compliance. He supports Corporate Synergies’ Florida regional clients by identifying their benefit goals and financial objectives, understanding their service requirements and ensuring the appropriate Corporate Synergies resources are engaged in the process. He has a continuing presence on accounts as a relationship manager.
ANDREW BRICKMAN, Account Manager
Andrew Brickman draws upon Corporate Synergies’ unique approach to benefits, Synergies360℠, to help clients plan, design and execute an employee benefits strategy that controls cost, mitigates compliance risk and enhances the benefits experience for employees.
CHRISTOPHER CALDARI, Employee Benefits Consultant
In his role as Employee Benefits Consultant, Chris Caldari works with organizations to provide cost-effective strategies and efficient healthcare programs. His skill set includes marketing negotiations with carriers and managing client relationships.
GRACE CAMPAGNA, Director of BenefitsVIP®
As Director of BenefitsVIP®, Corporate Synergies’ high-touch employee advocacy and benefits administration support center, Grace Campagna instills a consistent focus on urgent and accurate benefits inquiry and issue resolution. She developed the department’s industry-leading standards, implemented technologies, initiated service protocols and oversees its advocates who help people understand and use their benefits.
GARY CASSIDY, Director of Employee Education, Communications and Wellness
Gary Cassidy and Corporate Synergies’ internal creative team generate professional, branded programs that support clients and engage and educate their employees. These programs engender heightened benefits literacy, enabling employees to properly enroll in, understand and use their benefits. As Director of Employee Education, Communications and Wellness, Gary works closely with account management teams to develop communication and wellness strategies that drive positive changes in workforce behavior and help clients control benefit costs.
JOHN CRABLE, Senior Vice President
John Crable brings 20 years of insurance and employee benefits industry expertise to his role as Senior Vice President of Corporate Synergies. He consults with private and public sector employers, non-profit organizations, and associations in the design of cost-effective, value-driven benefit plans. He specializes in reducing cost through plan design study, claim analysis, creative funding and diligent negotiations.
JASON CRAWFORD, Vice President, Senior Benefits Consultant
Jason Crawford specializes in reducing employer costs through in-depth research, strategic plan design, claims data analysis, diligent carrier negotiations and initiatives such as wellness and disease management. He directs the strategic process, monitors the business plan, manages the team and ensures the delivery of exceptional client service.
RAYMOND DEPAOLA, Director of Underwriting
Raymond DePaola brings more than 30 years of experience to the position of Director of Underwriting. He supports Corporate Synergies sales and account management teams with expert reviews and analyses of carrier rate renewal actions, participates in rate negotiations, projects pre-renewal estimates and self-funded plan costs, and provides underwriting guidance to clients.
BOB ELMER, Senior Benefits Consultant
Bob Elmer is an accomplished employee benefits Senior Consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. He is responsible for new business development activities for Corporate Synergies’ Pennsylvania/New Jersey region.
BRIAN FEELEY, Senior Vice President, Marketing
Brian Feeley is Senior Vice President of Marketing for Corporate Synergies and provides messaging on the firm’s ability to deliver unique services focused on group employee benefits and P&C insurance. He leads a skilled in-house marketing and communications team focused on client education and industry thought leadership.
EILEEN FOGARTY, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Eileen Fogarty, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Corporate Synergies, operates as a trusted advisor to the firm’s executives and associates. She supports the company’s intense focus on client satisfaction by directing strategies to attract and retain the industry’s most exceptional benefits professionals. She is also responsible for the strategic planning, development and delivery of HR programs and services.
LUCIANO FRANCO, Director of Underwriting
Luciano Franco joined Corporate Synergies in 2007 after more than a decade of underwriting experience with CIGNA. He projects pre-renewal estimates and plan costs, participates in rate negotiations, and provides in-depth underwriting guidance to clients and Corporate Synergies’ account teams.
LIISA GRANFORS-HUNT, Director of Account Management
Liisa Granfors-Hunt has more than 20 years of experience in employee benefits. She is a team leader, skilled negotiator and a market expert who is well-versed in wellness initiatives, underwriting, and regulatory compliance, including ERISA, HIPPA, COBRA and the Affordable Care Act. She is based in the Bethesda, Maryland, Corporate Synergies Regional Office.
TIM HAYDEN, Regional Vice President
Tim Hayden is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in all phases of the employee benefits industry. He has earned an industry-wide reputation as a creative developer of benefits solutions. He has overall management responsibility for a team of benefits professionals serving Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
STEPHEN HORVAT, Senior Benefits Consultant
Steve Horvat designs and implements value-based benefit programs that mitigate risk, not transfer it. He reduces employer costs through in-depth research, strategic plan design, claims data analysis and diligent negotiations.
ELLEN HOSAFROS, Director of Corporate Communications
Ellen Hosafros was an award-winning newspaper journalist for more than two decades before moving to corporate communications. Prior to working in the employee benefits and insurance space, she was a public education communications director, a marketing communications senior manager for U.S. manufacturers, and a senior writer and editor in the defense industry.
JOHN KERN, Regional Vice President
John Kern is the leader of Corporate Synergies’ Florida regional office. He is an expert in short- and long-term benefits strategies, regulatory compliance, funding alternatives, wellness plans, benchmarking, benefits and payroll administration, actuarial services, executive benefits and private exchanges.
RAYMOND KIM, Vice President of Account Management
Raymond Kim is an analytics-driven account management professional who possesses a balance of vision, a consultative approach, and the ability to execute tactically. He draws upon his expertise with data development and analysis to guide employers in the design of benefit programs that emphasize cost control and higher value for the organization and the plan participant.
DAN KUPERSTEIN, Senior Vice President, Compliance
Dan Kuperstein, Senior Vice President of Compliance, is an attorney with experience in a broad array of sophisticated employee benefits and labor and employment matters, including ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, HIPAA and GINA compliance. His experience includes representation of both public and private companies and health and pension plans. Dan is a respected thought leader on Healthcare Reform and has published articles on the Affordable Care Act and other laws and regulations.
MIKE LISA, President and Chief Growth Officer
As President and Chief Growth Officer, Mike Lisa oversees Account Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Corporate Synergies, a national benefits practice leader. Mike is a 25-year employee benefits and insurance industry veteran with expertise in assembling best-in-class teams, maximizing operational results and enhancing the client’s overall experience.
LORETTA METZGER, Vice President, Senior Benefits Consultant
Loretta Metzger identifies the client’s benefits goals and financial objectives and brings the appropriate Corporate Synergies people and resources into the discussion. Her objective is to simplify benefits for employers and their employees and support all stakeholders in achieving the best possible value.
JEFF MILLER, Regional Vice President
Jeff Miller has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry in a wide range of capacities and locations. His unique and varied background has served him well in his role as Regional Vice President with Corporate Synergies, where he oversees the development and growth of the firm’s new business producers in the greater Philadelphia area.
HARRISON NEWMAN, Vice President, Benefits Consultant
Harrison Newman specializes in reducing employer benefit costs through in-depth research, strategic plan design, claims data analysis, and diligent carrier negotiations.
PATRICK O’CONNOR, Vice President, Senior Benefits Consultant
Patrick O’Connor partners with employers to develop robust health & welfare benefits strategies that target workforce requirements and address the organization’s financial goals. He’s a valuable member of the Corporate Synergies’ Bethesda, Maryland, regional office.
HYONG JIN PARK, Chief Information Officer
Hyong Jin Park draws upon his extensive healthcare industry and analytics expertise to enhance the company’s operational capabilities. His focus includes driving a multitude of cross-functional operational programs, such as group employee benefits administration, benchmarking and analytics, pricing models, voice of the customer, and private exchanges.
NICK PARK, Benefits Consultant
Benefits Consultant and voluntary product expert Nicholas Park has 10 years of experience with benefits consulting firms, focusing on self-insurance plan creation, executive benefits and voluntary implementation. Since 2011, he has provided consulting services to New York area Corporate Synergies clients.
STEVEN SCHWARTZ, Regional Vice President
Steve Schwartz has a wealth of plan design, claims analysis, stop loss and underwriting experience. As the leader of the New York region, he manages a large team of talented benefit consultants and support staff.
MATTHEW D. STRAIN, Senior Vice President
Matt Strain is responsible for the design and coordination of the client’s health and welfare benefits program. In this critical role, he identifies the employer’s goals, objectives and service requirements and then unites the appropriate Corporate Synergies resources to execute the program. He works closely with the Director of Account Management to meet all client needs and to ensure that deliverables are attained as promised. He has a continuing presence on the client’s account as a relationship manager.
DOROTHY SUMMERS, Senior Compliance Consultant
As a Senior Compliance Consultant at Corporate Synergies, Dorothy Summers works closely with clients to identify areas of non-compliance involving health and welfare plans, including ERISA health plans, COBRA, HIPAA privacy and security, and the Affordable Care Act. She assists in developing a strategy to bring benefit programs into compliance.
ANNETTE THOMSON, Client Solutions Associate Director
Client Engagement Manager Annette Thomson coordinates HRIS/benefits administration technology and outsourcing implementations, maintenance and renewals for new and existing Corporate Synergies clients. Her expertise includes client relationship management, benefits management, process improvement, online benefits administration, policy interpretation and trend analysis.
ROBERT TOWNSEND, Vice President of Account Management
Robert Townsend draws upon two decades of underwriting experience to guide employers in the design of benefit programs that emphasize cost control and higher value for the organization and the plan participant. He is an expert in developing fully insured and self-insured funding arrangements and various lines of coverage.
JOHN TURNER, CEO
CEO John Turner is a results-focused, challenge-driven insurance industry executive valued for his reputation for building organizations to produce award-winning operational performance metrics. He has an exceptional record of increasing growth resulting from his focus on high-impact, service-driven strategies.
TRAVIS TURNER, Vice President, Account Management
Travis Turner is an expert in the mid-sized employer market, fully insured and self-insured funding arrangements and various lines of health and welfare coverage to provide optimal employee benefit solutions. He is Vice President of Account Management for Corporate Synergies.
DREW TYLER, Senior Benefits Consultant
Drew Tyler is an accomplished healthcare professional serving Florida employers. He has expertise in health and welfare benefits consulting, client service, deferred compensation benefits, financial analysis, marketing, negotiations and carrier relationships.
ROB TYSON, Director of Talent Acquisition
Rob Tyson is responsible for developing and implementing talent recruitment best practices for Corporate Synergies. He serves as a strategic partner to senior leadership to meet the staffing needs of the organization.
STEPHANIE WARD, Senior Regional Vice President, Retired
Stephanie Ward brings more than 35 years of industry expertise to her role of Senior Regional Vice President. She provides executive management and hands-on involvement with teams who develop and execute annual and long-term strategies. Her focus is on driving value and controlling costs. She holds the designations of Registered Health Underwriter and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant.