Leadership

Our professionals have been hand-selected based on talent, commitment to outstanding client service, and years of experience in the insurance industry. They have distinguished themselves in all aspects of business insurance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and meeting the insurance needs of high-net-worth individuals and family offices.

Mark E. Freitas

Mark E. Freitas

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Freitas’s career in the insurance industry has spanned over 30 years. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Mark Edward Partners, Mr. Freitas leads the firm’s business strategy and development and is deeply involved with the firm’s development of cutting-edge products and programs not readily available in the insurance marketplace.

Mr. Freitas began his career as an underwriter in the Bank Division of American International Group, where he went on to become manager of Financial Institution Products. Following his time there, Mr. Freitas joined Frank Crystal & Company, where he subsequently became President and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, the company experienced an increase of over 300% in revenues in the span of seven years, effectively transforming what was then a regional company into a national firm, ranking among the top 20 insurance brokerage firms in the United States.

Widely regarded as an industry expert, Mr. Freitas has developed and implemented an array of insurance products for various industry groups, most notably in the financial services community. Mr. Freitas has provided expert testimony to the United States Department of Labor in Washington, DC on fiduciary liability insurance and bonding related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. He is a regular speaker at industry forums and is frequently cited in published articles.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mr. Freitas holds a Bachelor of Science from its School of Business. He has also completed various programs conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Working closely with his alma mater, Mr. Freitas is a director of the UConn Foundation, a member of the Leadership Cabinet of the School of Business, and an inductee in its School of Business Hall of Fame. He established the Mark E. Freitas Endowment Fund at the School of Business and the Mark E. Freitas Athletic Scholarship Fund. The university’s hockey arena was dedicated and named “The Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum” in his honor in 2005.

A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Freitas established the Mark Edward Freitas Foundation, now known as The Mark & Mary Freitas Foundation, to advance a number of causes, especially those that support children and adolescents who are physically, intellectually, and financially challenged. In the past several years, the foundation has provided generous assistance to numerous educational, religious, and cultural institutions.

Mr. Freitas sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Mr. Freitas has been appointed to the board of The Palm Beach Police Foundation and, along with his wife Mary, serves as a Trustee of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. Mr. Freitas formerly served as a trustee of Sacred Heart University, which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 2008 for his exceptional record of success in business and in the larger community.

Andrew P. Guerin

Andrew P. Guerin

Executive Vice President

Mr. Guerin leads the firm’s broking and client management strategy, ensuring that every client’s specific insurance needs are met, and the highest levels of service are delivered. He is a 25-year industry veteran with a proven record of achievement at several leading insurance brokers.

Prior to joining Mark Edward Partners, he was Executive Managing Director at Frank Crystal & Company, leading the acquisition of large, complex middle market and risk management accounts.  Prior to Crystal, he created highly successful merger and acquisition business units at both Willis Group and Lockton, Inc., personally working on thousands of transactions in the private equity community and becoming widely regarded as one of the most experienced transactional professionals in the industry. He has also held various risk management positions at both Pall Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Guerin is also a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and a graduate of the University of Scranton, Mr. Guerin has a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Finance.

Leslie Nylund

Leslie Nylund

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Nylund oversees the daily operations of the firm. She is a 25-year industry veteran with broad insurance, reinsurance, and financial services expertise accompanying her deep leadership experience gained at the insurance industry’s most prominent international firms and high-growth insurance startups. Ms. Nylund is recognized in the industry for her ability to devise and lead strategies and initiatives that accelerate growth, building new vertical markets, and developing and nurturing high-performing teams.

Prior to Mark Edward Partners, Ms. Nylund was the Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Coverage Concepts, a national wholesale insurance broker and managing general agency, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sterling & Sterling, a leading independent insurance broker, Chief Executive Officer of Assura Group of New York, a private unemployment insurance provider, Chief Placement Officer and National Partner of Willis North America, Managing Director at Marsh-Guy Carpenter, and Managing Director at Marsh.

Ms. Nylund is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Risk Management with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Charter Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. She is the recipient numerous industry awards, including the Business Insurance Leading 100 Women Award, and Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40 award.