PMA Companies has named Chris Syrell as Branch Vice President, Syracuse, New York. Mr. Syrell will be responsible for leading the company’s Syracuse Branch Office and will report directly to Ken Stanley, PMA Senior Vice President, Distribution and Field Operations.
Mr. Syrell takes over leadership for the Syracuse Branch from John Foster, Vice President, who retires on September 1, 2019 after 40 years of dedicated service to PMA Companies.
“Chris is a very accomplished insurance executive with a track record of achievement,” says Stanley. “He has been instrumental in growing our Syracuse operations into one of the largest in the company, writing some of the most prestigious accounts in New York state. Under Chris’ leadership, I am confident the office will continue delivering upon our promises with its talented staff and strong relationships with our broker distribution force.”
Mr. Syrell joined PMA Companies in 1996, serving in positions of increasing responsibility in the large account and middle market underwriting areas. Most recently, he served as a Regional Underwriting Manager for seven PMA branch offices.
Mr. Syrell has a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the State University of New York College, Potsdam, New York, as well as Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Premium Auditing (APA) designations.