Talent & Leadership

Talent & Leadership

Talent & Leadership

Richard Ticktin
Richard Ticktin
Founder & CEO

Education

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University. May 13, 1988.

Experience

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.

Graham Lewis
Senior Advisor

Education

Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University, United Kingdom

Experience

Born in the United Kingdom, son of a General in the British Army stationed around the world, Graham spent his early life with his parents while schooled at Wellington College, one of the top five private schools in the United Kingdom. Graham won a scholarship from Babcock and Wilcox to study Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University. Babcock and Wilcox’s training included an extensive engineering training program during and after university specifically designed for their top scholars.

As management salaries were so depressed in the United Kingdom in the early 70’s, Graham, as did thousands of others, immigrated to North America, joining a small company that imported and manufactured packaging machinery.

 

 

Professional

A twenty-year career with this company saw Graham start in sales, through sales management to General manager, Vice-president, and ultimately President. Starting as a very small company, with a handful of people, it grew during Graham’s tenure to a well-known global company employing around 300 hundred people with sales in the region of $60 million.

In the mid-90’s this company was sold to a large international company with sales exceeding $500 million. This company became the nucleus of an eventual group of eight other packaging machinery companies with Graham as the Packaging Group President. Graham was appointed to the Board of Directors of the company and also became the Chief Technical Officer for the whole corporation of 18 Companies.

In 2000 Graham left this Corporation and retired consulting occasionally, until a 3 Year non-compete expired when he founded Aesus in October 2003 along with his daughter Samantha. Through innovative designs of Packaging machinery, Aesus in 2016 has over 100 employees and sells machinery worldwide.

Partnering with Richard Ticktin owner of Synergy Labs a Premier Pet Care manufacturer, Graham brings machinery and business experience to aid Synergy in their excellent growth.

Ted Brennan
Chief Financial Officer

Education

Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Finance from Florida International University.

Experience

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.

 

Brent Stern
Director of Sales

Education

Bachelors of Business Administration, Management and Entrepreneurship from Florida Atlantic University.

Experience

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.

 

Monica Patino
Director of International Business

Education

Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Puerto Rico.

Experience

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.

 

Elena Azzarita
Director of Human Resources

Education

Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with majors in Human Resources and Finance from University of South Carolina.

Experience

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.