Meet Our Leaders

Lew Kachulis, Kismet PEO CEO
Lew Kachulis, CEO

Mr. Kachulis graduated from the University of Michigan in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1988, Lew completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University’s Wheatherhead School of Business. In 1997, Lew earned the CPCU (Charter Property Casualty Underwriter) professional designation. In 2006, he earned the CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation.

Lew began his insurance career in 1984 with Westfield Insurance Companies. While at Westfield, Lew completed the company’s marketing training program and worked in both the personal and commercial underwriting departments. Lew was later promoted to the internal audit department and worked with most of Westfield’s departments. In 1988, Lew accepted a position as a Premium Audit Supervisor with C.N.A. Insurance in Chicago. Lew managed a group of auditors that audited C.N.A.’s customers in 5 states. In 1990, Lew joined Gilbert’s Insurance & Consulting as a Commercial Account Executive and has been President since 1997.

Lew has been very successful helping employers in the design of their property & casualty and group benefits insurance coverages. Lew has been instrumental in positioning the agency to help employers reduce their losses with a strong loss control emphasis. The agency has helped employers evaluate their risk and find solutions for reducing that risk and, in turn, lower employers’ insurance costs. In 2006, with other cofounders, Lew founded Synergy Comp Insurance Company and became CEO and president of Synergy Comp.

Eric Arthur Brown, Kismet PEO CFO
Eric Arthur Brown, CFO

Mr. Brown has 20+ years of financial services experience, including the past 12 years with Synergy Comp Insurance Company. In 1994, Eric graduated from Penn State University with the highest distinction and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Eric earned the CPA designation in 1996 while working as a senior auditor with Hill Barth & King, Inc. In 1997, Eric became controller of Winner Steel Inc., a start-up steel galvanizing operation in Sharon, PA. After successfully overseeing the financial operations from start-up to a $75M operation, he diversified into the computer services field with Mastech, a $600 million public software-consulting firm.

While at Mastech, Eric was a global finance manager and M&A specialist, before being promoted to Controller of a $40M pre-IPO, spin-off Company. He then became a founding partner and CFO of a start-up supply chain management consulting firm, Plan4Demand Solutions, Inc., located in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2003, Eric joined Gilbert’s Insurance Agency and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Synergy Comp. Eric holds a Property and Casualty Insurance License in numerous states.

Stephen Kelleher, Kismet PEO Vice President
Stephen Kelleher, Vice President

Mr. Kelleher is a seasoned Talent Acquisition & Development Leader that has been hiring and developing talent for more than 25 years. Stephen attended Davis & Elkins College on a full scholarship and studied Business Administration at California University of Pennsylvania. After college, Stephen’s career began in inside/outside sales in retail professional apparel. Stephen began in recruitment in 1994 as a record-setting recruiter, for both domestic and international hiring with Mastech Corporation, a $600 million public software consulting firm. While at Mastech for five years, Stephen began as a Staff Recruiter and ended his career as Director of Global Resourcing. He then became a founding partner and Director of Recruitment of a start-up supply chain management consulting firm, Plan4Demand Solutions, Inc., located in Pittsburgh, PA.

In 2007, Stephen joined Oxford Solutions, Inc., a professional staffing firm, and as Vice President of Operations, was instrumental in growing the company from $6m in annual sales to $23m in annual sales during an 11-year period. Stephen has trained, managed, and developed 200+ professional recruiters and salespeople during his career. Stephen became Director of Talent Acquisition & Development for Synergy Comp in 2018, and is also currently Director of Business Development for Gilbert’s Risk Solutions and Vice President of Kismet PEO. Stephen is licensed in both Property & Casualty and Allied Lines as well as Life Accident and Health Insurance.

Francine Baccarella, Kismet PEO Vice President, Operations
Francine Baccarella, Vice President, Operations

Francine formerly served as President & GM of the Eastern US and VP of Operations for CoAdvantage, HR, a portfolio company of Morgan Stanley providing PEO solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the country.

Through her strong development skills for talent and extensive knowledge in compliance, HR, change-management, worker’s compensation, sales and process improvements, her regions achieved the highest Client Retention and Satisfaction Survey results in CoAdvantage’s history. Prior to CoAd, Francine spent 19 years with Trinet PEO of which 14 of those years were under their acquired brand, Strategic Outsourcing, Inc. (SOI). Francine built and developed a majority of the best practices for SOI clients as it related to HR service and subsequently went on to be the National VP of Client Services Training & Development.

Billie Attaway, Kismet PEO Director
Billie Attaway, Director

Mr. Attaway is a recovering serial entrepreneur who, in 1990, bootstrapped a Personnel company in six years from $0 to $35,000,000 in sales with 2,700% growth. In 1998, he again bootstrapped a Telecom company in six years from $0 to $12,000,000 in sales with 1,200% growth. Both companies were sold, the Telecom company to a $1.4 billion publicly traded company where Billie became their National VP of Retail Strategy.

Along the way, he won the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award and placed third in the nation. Later, he was a finalist again for the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year Award (the first in SC history to do so from different industries). His companies also placed in the Inc. 500 twice.

Billie has held many Federal and State Board positions. Was a member of Young Entrepreneurs Organization, then Young Presidents Organization (where he was trained as a Forum Moderator and Facilitator) and participated in a Forum for seventeen years. Then joined Chief Executives Organization.

He manages rental properties, is a business coach to 6-8 clients in diverse industries with sales from $1 million to $100 million. He is also a shareholder and Director with Kismet PEO, COO of a SAAS company focusing on Chambers & Associations, and a travel membership firm.

Corrie Allen, Kismet PEO Senior Recruiter
Corrie Allen, Senior Recruiter

Ms. Allen is a graduate of Ohio University, and began her career with Cigna in Atlanta, GA. She has been working with the Kachulis Group of Companies for the past 12 years, and began her career in Human Resources and Recruitment in 2013. She has focused on multiple positions to include interns, entry-level positions as well as high-level Sales Executives and Executive-level personnel.

Ms. Allen is tremendously savvy in technology, sourcing strategies, job boards, and highly experienced with an extensive range of pre-hire and onboarding screening products and services. She is detail oriented, with a keen sense of judgement, and excellent candidate handling skills from end-to-end in the hiring process.

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