Talent & Leadership
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University. May 13, 1988.
Richard Ticktin has 22 years’ experience as owner, creator, chief-chemist, CEO, and inventor of SynergyLabs.
Beginning in 1995 Richard Ticktin founded Flea Doctor, now SynergyLabs, with the single-minded desire to stand for excellence – in the products produced, in the people hired, in the partnerships forged and distribution channels created.
Today, Flea Doctor has become SynergyLabs; a leading U.S.A. manufacturer of brand and private brand pet and veterinary products distributing to over 40+ countries worldwide. Ticktin spends most of his time nurturing the company’s culture, expanding and innovating its top brands & formulations, and growing the business domestically and abroad. After two decades’ plus worth of dedication to SynergyLabs, Ticktin’s original dream to become a fully vertically integrated global supplier of chemically based products is today, a reality.
Ticktin has received NBC, Tribune and pet industry trade media coverage, has lectured worldwide for mass audiences on animal health and grooming and has been featured on H&G TV for a Dental Fresh® educational segment. In 2012, to accommodate the company’s growth, Ticktin moved the company to a 45,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that features pharmaceutical grade batching and packaging areas, and professional offices for departmental staff. Ticktin also made investments in digital label presses and has expanded its every-growing collection of Aesus® pharmaceutical machinery lines, cappers, and labelers.
Today, SynergyLabs finds itself launching extraordinary growth & innovation. Ticktin is humbly excited for what’s to come – as he never wants to stop thinking, building & innovating. As the company achieves beyond projected sales numbers, Ticktin anticipates needing an even larger facility to accommodate his vision. He plans to ultimately purchase and re-engineer a plant to his exact specifications, and diversify the business into other categories of pet care beyond chemicals.
Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Finance from Florida International University.
Ted joined SynergyLabs as controller in January 2018 and was promoted to CFO in January of 2021. Ted has a master’s degree in finance, is a CPA, passed all 3 levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst program, and has held senior financial positions at both private and public companies in a wide variety of Industries for nearly 20 years.
As CFO, Ted is in charge of all accounting functions, financial reporting, financing, budgeting. In addition, Ted oversees supply chain, IT, and inventory control for the company. Early in his career, Ted worked in the accounting department of a large, NYSE listed company in the transportation industry.
Ted was then recruited for a controllership at a privately-owned pioneer in the telecommunications space, was promoted to CFO and admitted as a partner. After 10 years, the company was acquired and relocated and then he found his new home at SynergyLabs. Ted graduated magma cum laude from Florida International University with a bachelors of business administration and a masters of science in finance.
Bachelors of Business Administration, Management and Entrepreneurship from Florida Atlantic University.
Brent joined SynergyLabs in 2018 to lead the domestic sales organization. By optimizing sales teams, identifying product development opportunities and implementing effective marketing strategies, he has built a career in helping consumer goods companies reach their potential in personal care, tactical and safety and now the pet industry.
At the intersection of trends, core competencies and manufacturing capability is opportunity – a formula Brent’s team uses to aggressively grow SynergyLabs’ sales and portfolio of products. Brent takes great pride in developing relationships internally with team members and externally with customers who often rely on him as a key resource in identifying trends and opportunities.
Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Puerto Rico.
Since 2013, Monica has been part of SynergyLabs. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, where she attained a B.A. in Business Administration. This field of study fueled her early professional projects. Remarkably, she created multiunit educational facilities later endorsed by federal government contracts. After selling these facilities due to relocation, she became Sales Director for a triathlete’s gear manufacturer. During her tenure she developed domestic and international business, driving the company to a 42% growth in the first year and ensuring continuous expansion.
At SynergyLabs, she travels the globe and navigates complex tasks to expand the company’s global presence which is currently found in 63 countries – and counting. Her leadership extends over the Regulatory and Quality departments, which she also oversees. With her dynamic work style and strong ethics, she has garnered the respect of her team and clients all around the world.
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with majors in Human Resources and Finance from University of South Carolina.
Elena Azzarita joined SynergyLabs in 2019 as the company’s Director of Human Resources. She holds a BS in Human Resources and in Finance from the University of South Carolina.
With an extensive background of 20+ years in HR, Azzarita is adept at developing and administering Human Resources programs ranging from compensation/benefits to staff development/performance; her passion is in attracting and retaining a high quality workforce with particular emphasis on employee engagement.
Having previously worked for companies that were nationally recognized for their employment practices, she was immediately attracted to SynergyLabs. The expansion of the company into her home state of North Carolina afforded Azzarita the ability to work with a forward-thinking company who places employees at the forefront of their business/operational strategies. Her objective is to continue developing HR programs to assure that SynergyLabs will always be an employer-of-choice within existing and expanding operations.