​THE TRADESMAN TEAM

​​THE TREADSMAN

Chief Operating Officer

Charles J. Manzo

Charles Manzo has over 35 years of experience in all areas of Insurance Company enterprise wide management. Charles has extensive experience in claims handling and claims management, with a primary focus on General Liability & Workers’ Compensation. He worked for Insurance Company of North America as a multiline adjuster then as a Workers’ Compensation Supervisor for both New York and Connecticut.

For most of his career, Charles worked at Home Insurance Company holding various positions including, management of a Workers’ Compensation claims center and a Liability Claim office (handling more than 2,500 litigated matters), as well as Claim Operation for the Northeast Territory and National Director of 23 multiline claim offices.

Charles brings a disciplined approach to integrating the core disciplines of Underwriting, Claims & Loss Control in a “Silo” free environment has proven effective in assisting clients in controlling the ultimate cost of claims.

Founding Partner

Daniel Hickey Jr.

To the International Insurance Industry, Daniel Hickey brings 27 years of diverse insurance experience across the Property & Casualty industry, which includes the independent agency system, Domestic Insurance Company and unprecedented understanding of the Bermuda Re-insurance marketplace.  He graduated from Northeastern University in 1990 with a B.A. in Business Administration, majoring in finance with honors, (Cum Laude).

Daniel served as CEO and Chairman of Majestic Holdings, LLC, a company he took public in 2005. Mr. Hickey led the negotiation and acquisition of Majestic Insurance Company. He succeeded in turning a B++ company into an A- “AM Best” rated company, grew premiums from roughly $50 million to over $150 million, and expanded the business into new states including NJ, NY, NV, and FL.

Daniel Hickey Jr. has a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the insurance model from top to bottom, understands the role each key discipline plays in a successful operation and possesses the keen ability and vision to build and execute an effective company strategy.

Senior Vice President of Casualty Underwriting

Steve Sanchez

Steve Sanchez brings 26 years of experience to the table which includes 20 years of Commercial Underwriting and Marketing for Property/Casualty, Umbrella/Excess Liability and Environmental Liability. Throughout his career, Steve has held multiple underwriting positions with top carriers and MGAs which include American International Group, Crum & Forster and Navigators Insurance Co. Steve’s previous role was with a well-recognized MGA focused on E&S construction placements as wholesale broker for GL and Excess in NYC. Steve is a true New York construction expert, with a proven understanding of the unique underwriting exposures New York sub-contractors possess.

Steve comes equipped with strong technical underwriting knowledge, an influential approach to business relationships, highly developed research & analytical skills, and the ability to continue to develop our underwriting talent with a combined focus on carrier underwriting in casualty insurance and the wholesale industry.

Steve is a licensed New York State Property & Casualty broker since 2005. He also has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies.

Chief Financial Officer

Rick Ecklord

Rick Ecklord is the Chief Financial Officer and joined in 2019 bringing 25 years of experience to the firm.  Prior to joining TPM, Mr. Ecklord served as the President and COO of Sandell Re, Ltd. a Class 3A Bermuda Reinsurer, which he founded in 2014.  During this period Mr. Ecklord also created a Joint Venture, SOBC Sandell, which focused on mid-cap investments in the insurance run-off space.  He was with Sandell Asset Management, a Global Event Driven Hedge Fund, for 18 years where he was a Partner and Senior Managing Director.  In this capacity he led investments in the Merger Arbitrage universe.

Previously, Mr. Ecklord worked in Equity Derivative roles for Goldman Sachs, SLK Capital Markets and was a member of the American Stock Exchange.  Mr. Ecklord graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 1995 with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Defense Counsel

Thomas F. Kelly, III

Tom Kelly is a New York State admitted attorney who has practiced in New York for over 35 years.  He is admitted to the Southern and Northern District Federal Courts as well as the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tom brings a wide range of experience to the Company as his area of expertise is in personal injury litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and regulatory compliance.  Tom has extensive experience in handling Labor Law Claims and will work hand in hand w our TPA and outside council to vigorously defend these actions. He is married with three children and sits on various civic minded boards in the Greater New York Area.

Throughout his career, he has represented a number of insurance carriers including Main Street American, Liberty Mutual and Lloyds of London.  He also represents several municipalities in defense of personal injury and constitutional violation claims including the City of Poughkeepsie Police, Town of Poughkeepsie and County of Dutchess.

Senior Vice President of Claims

Marisol Rodriguez

Marisol Benitez brings over twelve years of diversified Claim and Claim Oversight experience. She served five years as a Senior Workers’ Compensation Claim Specialist at Majestic Insurance Company and has spent the past seven years serving as an independent consultant, participating in quality and financial reserve audits for a variety of insurance carriers and Fortune 500 self-insured employers throughout the Country.

She also assessed safety programs for large entities in the Healthcare industry, with a concentration on loss prevention.

Marisol is a licensed Property & Casualty Adjuster in Florida and New York, a Property and Casualty Broker in New York and Real Estate Broker in New York. Her well rounded and diversified experience has proven effective in assisting clients in controlling the ultimate cost of claims.