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The Team

Syntax is a dynamic team comprised of 26 individuals who possess a wide range of professional expertise. Together, the skills, creativity and attention to detail of our staff are what form the foundation of our company…and what endears us to our clients. Visit the Syntax offices and many times, you’ll see just a handful of staff – that’s because we pride ourselves on being in the field, interacting with our clients. Whether it’s a meeting to discuss an upcoming project, working to gather content for a publication or consulting with administrators, we are not just a company behind a computer. We value our partnerships and place great importance on our “hands-on” approach.

At the heart of the Syntax team is the management group, comprised of seven company leaders. Central to every client partnership we hold is a relationship with one or more of these managers, as they work to ensure that every client is being serviced to the “Syntax standard.” Depending on the client relationship, managers lead the effort in strategic planning, media outreach, crisis communication and creative development, just to name a few. Take a moment to meet our leadership team:

Michael Conte, CEO,
works with all clients of Syntax services. As an expert in communicating with a variety of stakeholders, Michael is frequently called upon by school district administrators and boards of education to provide consultation, training, strategic planning and crisis communication. Whether it’s the smallest district on Eastern Long Island or one of the largest school districts in the nation, Michael’s guidance has helped shape communication plans and actions for a large number of Syntax clients.

Kathy Beatty, President, values her close relationships with school district superintendents and administrators, providing them with one-on-one guidance, consultation and strategy development. Through her position, Kathy is also responsible for managing a number of client accounts, as well as business outreach efforts on behalf of the company. 

Corinne Morton, Senior Vice President, leads the team that designs and develops all creative material on behalf of our clients, including design, development and maintenance of all website solutions.

Christina Symelidis, Vice President, handles the financial and administrative affairs of Syntax, including all internal controls, contracts, daily accounts management and client liaison for business administration purposes. Additionally, her responsibilities include overseeing the copyediting of all company-produced written material for publications, media communications and websites.

Deirdre Gilligan, Vice President, is the primary liaison between our clients and regional media. Deirdre leads Syntax’s efforts in handling all media requests on behalf of our clients, as well as actively seeks out positive media opportunities and placements. Furthermore, Deirdre spearheads communication between our clients and local and regional media in times of crisis.   

Beth Izzo, Accounts Director, oversees a large number of client accounts for Syntax. Working on behalf of these clients, Beth ensures that all strategic goals are being met and that the content generated by the Syntax team complements these objectives. Beth also works closely with Michael Conte, CEO, in developing messaging, content and strategies for public bond campaigns.

 

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