Our professionals have distinguished themselves in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and meeting the insurance needs of high-net-worth individuals and family offices. We have substantial, longstanding relationships with the leadership of the underwriting community. These relationships enable us to create products and services to address clients’ specific, complex exposures. The firm is built upon the core values of innovation, service, and trust and is committed to providing the highest quality client service in the insurance brokerage industry.

President & 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, a national insurance brokerage firm headquartered in New York City, Mr. Freitas leads the firm’s business strategy and development. Along with the company’s traditional property and casualty practice, Mark Edward Partners creates and develops 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 & 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.

Considered 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 sponsored 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 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.


Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Guerin is a 20-year industry veteran who has a proven track record of establishing multimillion-dollar business units at multinational brokerage firms. Mr. Guerin created two separate start-up merger and acquisition business units for both Willis and Lockton that are substantial revenue-producing operations for these organizations. Both business units grew to in excess of $25 million of annual recurring revenue within three to five years respectively. Mr. Guerin was a transaction expert in the private equity community and is considered one of the most experienced transactional professionals in the industry.

Recruited by Mr. Freitas in 2006, Mr. Guerin joined Frank Crystal & Company as a senior officer (Executive Managing Director). His responsibilities included growing its commercial insurance services business through the acquisition of large, complex middle market and risk management accounts, assisting with the resolution of complex client claims and aiding in the recruitment of senior talent to the company. Mr. Guerin and Mr. Freitas were constant collaborators on new business opportunities and strategies.

Furthermore, Mr. Guerin worked with all of the company’s business units and offices to set sales and marketing strategies for all new major business opportunities across the company. Under Mr. Guerin’s leadership, he upgraded all of the written communications related to client critiques, RFPs, and other client service deliverables that allowed the firm to better become a formidable competitor against the brokerage industry leaders.

Mr. Guerin has a strong record leading business development. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Guerin was instrumental in the firm obtaining the insurance programs for an NFL team and their stadium, a major action park owner and operator, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, as well as many high profile nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Mr. Guerin’s expertise elevated the company’s hit ratio for new business opportunities by over 10%, to exceed a conversion rate of 95%.

Mr. Guerin has held various risk management positions at both Pall Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and Lehman Brothers. A graduate of the University of Scranton, Mr. Guerin has a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Finance and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.


Executive Vice President

Michael Donnell is an Executive Vice President at Mark Edward Partners and leads its MEP Philanthropy division. Mr. Donnell has been a member of the financial services industry since 1994 with an emphasis on marketing and product development alternative investments and insurance based solutions for private clients and their families around the world.

Prior to joining MEP, Mr. Donnell served as the Head of Alternative Investments for the Americas for EFG Capital, the US headquarters of EFG International (Ticker: EFGN). In this role, Mr. Donnell oversaw the offering of a wide range of investment products including hedge funds, private equity, real estate funds and structured products. He also established EFG Wealth Management Solutions, an open architecture platform of complimentary services to traditional asset management including insurance based wealth planning solutions for families, businesses and philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Donnell began his career at Refco Capital Markets where he started its prime brokerage units for hedge funds and held subsequent management positions with firms providing marketing and capital raising services for alternative investment funds. Mr. Donnell is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and resides in Palm Beach.


President MEP Sports & Entertainment

Joe Charles is the President of MEP Sports & Entertainment. In that capacity, Mr. Charles is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the practice and ensuring that all of the firm’s resources are properly positioned to effectively manage the commercial, personal and life insurance needs of our Sports & Entertainment clients. Mr. Charles has spent the last 30 years as a leader in the Sports & Entertainment industry in various capacities ranging from professional athlete to agent to risk management professional, where he is considered an industry expert. Mr. Charles has extensive expertise in addressing the most complex needs and exposures of Sports & Entertainment professionals both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining MEP, Mr. Charles was the CEO of the Wellington Group, a boutique insurance brokerage firm that specialized in risk management for the Sports & Entertainment industry. Mr. Charles has also been a senior executive at the Hamilton Group and Dewitt and Stern where he served in various executive capacities contributing significantly in building the Sport & Entertainment brand for each firm.

Mr. Charles received an athletic scholarship to play basketball at West Virginia University and went on to play professional basketball in Finland. Mr. Charles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Dominican College.


Senior Vice President

Ms. Novella is a 25-year industry professional in with expertise in alternative investments, banking and financial technology. She has served in roles throughout her career in business development for private equity, real estate, banking and partnership accounting platforms. Ms. Novella joined Mark Edward Partners to help expand the industry adoption of EB-5 insurance solutions and facilitate higher use of risk management best practices among project sponsors.

Prior to Mark Edward Partners, Ms. Novella worked for NES Financial, JPMorgan Private Equity Fund Services, SunGard, Yardi Systems, Saunders Real Estate Corporation and The Beacon Companies where positioned and implemented accounting and financial solutions for real estate portfolio tracking or private equity accounting. Ms. Novella has also spent years tailoring financial solutions for real estate developers and institutional-grade private equity funds with various strategies including buyout, real estate, venture capital, infrastructure and energy. She has authored several articles over the years, with a common theme of investor transparency and best practices when managing investor capital in illiquid, long-term, alternative investment vehicles.

Ms. Novella was educated in Management Information Systems at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and at the Private Equity Program at the Said Business School at Oxford University in the UK, and earned her chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA) charter in 2014. Ms. Novella is a private real estate investor in distressed real estate assets and runs a small charity directed at facilitating urban renewal in blighted neighborhoods in upstate New York. She is married with one grown son and resides in both South Florida and upstate New York.