Our Team

Our definition of asset management is keeping clients happy over the long-term. As a service-first technology firm, we are devoted to acting as an expert partner to our clients, delivering solutions and services that exceed their expectations year after year.

Because client happiness is our top priority, we hire only the best and brightest talent. If you’re interested in joining our growing team, visit our careers page.

Executive Team

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John Toepfer

Founder and CEO

John Toepfer is a technology entrepreneur, investor and business owner with a 25-year background in building and supporting communication solutions for the financial services industry. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

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Cheryl Gelfond

VP, Operations

Cheryl is responsible for client relations and operations at Synthesis. When she's not obsessing about process improvements, she enjoys spending time with her 7 year-old daughter and their two dogs. She aspires to attend all of the tennis grand slams someday (US Open two times so far).

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Robert Juergens

VP, Engineering

Robert brings 18 years of Technology leadership and Enterprise Architecture experience to Synthesis. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Robert lives with his wife and two young sons in the shadow of the Chicago ‘L’ train. He enjoys staying active and sampling all that Chicago has to offer.

Software Development Team

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Pako Castillo

Lead Software Engineer

Pako joined our development team as a lead engineer in 2016. He brings with him a Computer Systems Engineering degree as well as a Masters in Information Management. He is a big fan of horror movies, programming, cooking, and playing piano. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do! When he's not working he stays busy spending time with his lovely wife, two kids, two dachshunds, and his cat.

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Karthy Mallichetty

Lead Software Engineer

Karthy came on board as our Lead Software Engineer in 2016, bringing 15 years of software development experience. He is very passionate about creating robust software architecture that scales well yet is simple to implement. When he's not helping to develop and innovate our suite of automation products, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He is particularly fond of traveling and going on long road-trips.

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Ben Kuo

Data Specialist

Ben is a Data Specialist at Synthesis. He has been with the company since 2013. Ben has an impressive academic background with a Bachelors in Computer Science from Grinnell College, a Masters of Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA from Claremont Graduate University, and a PhD in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of work, Ben enjoys fishing, diving, and competitive paintball.

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Ranjeetha Jos'Land

Software Engineer

Ranjeetha has been with Synthesis since 2013 as a Software Engineer. She has a Masters in Computer Science from DePaul University. Outside of work, Ranjeetha enjoys being with family and friends, going for walks, and getting some shut eye!

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Andrew Klein

Software Engineer

Andrew has been with Synthesis since 2015 as a Software Engineer. He has a BS in Physics from Yale University, an MS in Astronomy from University of Chicago, and an MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. Aside from his impressive academic achievements, Andrew loves hiking, photography, and has taught sailing here in Chicago! Rule: "At the end of a sailing class you must bring back as many students as you left with."

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Dan McGinly

Software Engineer

Dan has been with Synthesis since February 2016 as a Software Engineer. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree with a CSE minor from University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing and watching sports – he is from Philadelphia and still roots for all his hometown teams! He also loves to read, watch movies, and cook.

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Eric Beville

Systems Administrator

Eric has been with the company since 2013 as a Systems Administrator. He has an Associates of Science with a focus on Information Technology from The College of Coastal Georgia. Outside of work, Eric enjoys home brewing, baseball, road trips, and, at the moment, attempting to learn German.

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Joe Miller

UX Designer and UI Engineer

Joe has been with Synthesis since August 2014 and holds a degree in graphic design. He has 30 years of experience in the graphic design industry including the areas of digital design, front-end web development, user experience and print design. In his free time, Joe enjoys working out, bicycling, cooking, spending time with family and friends and makes an awesome pomegranate martini. *Clink*

Client Services Team

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Mark Gilson

Project Manager

Mark has 22 years of experience working in the financial services industry and 14 years with Synthesis. He attended Drake University and earned a bachelors degree in Corporate Finance. He is married with three sons, enjoys spending time with his family and participating in many outdoor activities.

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Julia Kessler

Project Manager

Julia holds a Computer Science degree from Purdue and has almost 20 years of experience in IT. Prior to Synthesis, Julia worked at IBM. She enjoys solving problems for her clients and in her spare time she roots feverishly for the White Sox. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

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Tom McKee, PMP

Project Manager

Tom has nearly 20 years of experience leading projects and teams in the areas of investment management, trading and interest rate risk management software solutions. He holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from Dominican University. Tom is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Jamie Mueller

Project Manager

Jamie has over 14 years of experience supporting and managing technology projects. She attended Western Michigan University and received a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Computer Information Systems. She is married with identical twin daughters.

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Marshall Christopherson

Project Manager

Marshall holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Northern Iowa. He has over 10 years of experience providing project management and technical client services. He is passionate about helping his clients use technology to solve problems, reduce costs, and boost efficiency. Marshall lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

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Mark Menacho

Project Manager

Mark joined the Synthesis management team in 2016. He brings 18 years of experience in the financial sector as well as a master's degree in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his two boys. When he's not working, he enjoys coaching his kids in soccer and playing guitar.

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Tristan Pruss

Senior Project Engineer

Tristan has spent 12 years at Synthesis designing, implementing and supporting custom solutions for some of the largest asset management companies in the industry. He holds a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Tristan is a Wolverines fan and enjoys playing and listening to traditional Irish music.

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Gary Lee

Senior Project Engineer

Gary graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to complete the CCP (Computer Career Program) at DePaul University. Gary has worked with the Synthesis application for 14 years and been employed with Synthesis since 2006. He is married with two kids.

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Stoycho Stanelov

Senior Project Engineer

Stoycho has been with Synthesis since 2006. He has three Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, and Business Administration. When not at work, Stoycho can be found at cultural events performing Bulgarian folk dancing. His other hobbies include international travel, working out, and ping pong.

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Paul Reid

Client Services Engineer

Paul has been with Synthesis since 2012 as Client Services Engineer. He has a BA in Theater Studies from Duke University and an MA in Management from Wake Forest Babcock Graduate School of Management. In his free time, Paul loves biking around town, woodworking, gardening, playing basketball, and hanging out at the dog park with his pup, Atticus.

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Kathy Cheng

Client Services Engineer

Kathy has been with Synthesis since 2013 as a Client Services Engineer. As if a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley wasn’t impressive enough, she's also working toward her MS in Computer Science from DePaul University. In addition to these achievements, she taught herself how to read Chinese after college with a browser plug-in, and now reads many Chinese novels in her spare time.

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Morgan Grainger

Project Coordinator

Morgan has been with the company since 2014. She has a Bachelor of Business of Administration with a focus on Marketing from University of Wisconsin. Outside of work, Morgan loves to travel and read.

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Mark Postilion

Client Services Engineer

Mark is a Client Services Engineer at Synthesis, and has been with the company since 2014. He has a BA in History from Wesleyan University. In his spare time, Mark loves baseball - both real and fantasy alike. He also enjoys music and cooking. Fun fact about Mark - he comes from an Italian family and had a great uncle named Primo Buscarini - the most solid Italian name we've ever heard!

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Vincent Angeloni

Client Services Engineer

Vincent has been with Synthesis since 2015 as a Client Services Engineer. He has a BS in Finance from University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of work, Vincent loves to obsess over his two dogs, and eat. In fact, he loves to eat so much that he has never turned down any food offered to him.

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Charles Zhang

Client Services Engineer

Charles is a Client Services Engineer at Synthesis, and has been with the company since 2015. He holds a BS in Management Information Systems from DePaul University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and playing ping pong!

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Alina Chukerman

Client Services Engineer

Alina has been with Synthesis since September 2015 as a Client Services Engineer. She holds a BS in Finance and Management Information Systems from DePaul University. Several hobbies hold her interest such as traveling, music production & DJing, and playing volleyball.

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Katrina Gianakakis

Client Services Engineer

Katrina has been with Synthesis since 2015 as a Client Services Engineer. She holds a Bachelor's degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems and Economics from Loyola University, and is currently working toward an MBA with a concentration in Information Systems, also from Loyola. Katrina’s number one hobby? Eating her way through the vast food landscape of Chicago.

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Josh Greaves

Client Services Engineer

Josh has been with Synthesis since 2016 as a Client Services Engineer. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bath University in the UK. Josh moved to the US to live with his American fiancé, but he is looking forward to getting married in Brussels where he and his fiancé first met!

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Mike Grabinski

Client Services Engineer

Mike started working for Synthesis in 2016, bringing with him over four year of experience in asset management. He also holds a Business Administration in Finance from Loyola University Chicago. Mike enjoys listening to music, podcasts, and traveling with his wife. Recent destinations include Costa Rica, Aruba, Italy, and Germany. He's also a big sports fan, particularly baseball (Go Cubs!), Golf, and Softball.

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Andrew Holmes

Client Services Engineer

Andrew joined our client services team in 2016, bringing with him a Masters degree in Financial Services and Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Limerick, Ireland. Before joining Synthesis, he worked for 10 years in the financial technology sector spending time in both Dublin and Paris. Outside of work, Andrew keeps busy being a new dad to his baby boy. He also manages to carve-out time for his hobbies including running and photography.

Product Management and Business Development

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Noel Rodolfo

Product Manager

Noel has over 15 years of experience working in the software industry. He received an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University.

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Kaitlin McInerney

Product Manager

Kaitlin started her career with Synthesis in 2010, as a new grad from Northwestern University. Since joining the team, she has served our clients in different roles including Client Services Engineer and Project Manager. As a product manager, Kaitlin is passionate about optimizing the user experience of our FlightPath automation platform. Aside from tech, Kaitlin enjoys Chicago sports, art, and design.

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Emilie Totten

Head of Marketing

Emilie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 10 years of experience developing and executing marketing strategies for high-growth companies. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two kids. Her obsessions include Stevie Nicks, the Chicago Bears, and Jimmy Sprinkles (her tuxedo cat).

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Kevin Close

Business Development Manager

Kevin has been with Synthesis since 2016 as a Business Development Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Southern Illinois University. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys music, hockey, golf, computer strategy games, and most importantly – good wine and good food!

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Jane Altman

Human Resources Manager

Jane has been working at Synthesis since September 2015 as our Human Resources Manager. As a mom of 4, partner at an investment club, and originator of a non-profit that helps build schools in Uganda, she keeps pretty busy! Fun fact about Jane - she not only has a MSIR from Loyola University, but also holds a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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