The Sill Team
Sill professionals, many of whom are former insurance company claims adjusters, are seasoned in the art and science of public claims adjusting. Each is expert in winning the battles with insurers and making certain the disaster that hit a client’s business doesn’t turn into yet another calamity – getting far less than expected and/or truly due from an insurance policy.
Sill maintains a permanent team of in-house professionals, each an expert within their respective fields — among them veterans with years of experience as real estate facilities managers or as property and building appraisers while others have similar backgrounds as machinery and equipment appraisers. Sill also has a staff of Certified Public Accountants serving as accounting, tax, valuation and forensic experts. Additionally, Sill has in-house legal counsel available as an aid to serving as a seamless, unified resource for its clients.
The full-time staff provides the benefit of having worked together on thousands of claims adjustments, allowing Sill to maintain a high quality of service and our clients to attain the results promised in their policy.
Robert L. Sill, Chief Executive Officer
Past President of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA), Robert Sill is a leading authority in his field. His pioneering efforts helped to set the standard for the industry. Active in many civic, cultural, and philanthropic organizations, he is a former board member of a major nationwide bank, former Chairman of the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury in Cleveland, Ohio, past President of the American ORT Federation, headquartered in New York, and an Officer of World ORT.
Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel
Michael Perlmuter brings to Alex N. Sill Company extensive experience in both managing business and practicing law. His prior experience includes serving as managing principal of a wealth management firm, as Chief Executive Officer of Perlmuter Printing, and as an attorney with Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff of Cleveland, Ohio. He also actively is serving or has served as a trustee on numerous local philanthropic boards, including the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, the Cleveland Board of the American Jewish Committee, the Cleveland Board of the Anti-Defamation League, and the Cleveland Regional Alumni Admission Committee for Georgetown University. Michael is a graduate, cum laude, of Georgetown University and The George Washington University Law School, both in Washington, D.C.
Donald J. Dragony, CPA, CFF, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Forensic Accounting
Donald Dragony has been a member of Alex N. Sill Company since 1984. He received his Masters Degree in 1987 upon completing his thesis, “Business Interruption Insurance: Representing the Insured.” Don has been a featured author in the Journal of Accountancy and a guest speaker on business interruption topics to many national trade associations. Don also has been certified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as being Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). The CFF credential is granted only to CPAs with considerable expertise in forensic accounting.
Jeffrey O’Connor, SPPA, Vice President
As Vice President, Jeffrey O’Connor directs our management team that provides urgent claim assistance to clients affected by catastrophes throughout North America. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) currently serving as the Treasurer of NAPIA, and has earned its highest professional designation, Senior Professional Public Adjuster (SPPA). Jeffrey graduated from Walsh College with multiple majors, has been a licensed public adjuster since 1985 and joined Alex N. Sill Company in 1992.
Preston L. Hoopes, Vice President
Prior to joining Alex N. Sill Company as a licensed public adjuster, Preston Hoopes represented insurance companies for more than 15 years. His extensive experience allows Preston to bring with him the leadership skills necessary for handling major claims. Preston is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, with degrees in Business Finance and Accounting.
Neal J. Novak, Regional Vice President
Neal Novak’s experience includes working both on behalf of the policyholder and insurance companies, agents and brokers. While with Coopers & Lybrand and later with Deloitte & Touche, he provided services on major complex claims in support of their global clients. Since becoming a public adjuster in 1984, Neal has provided claims management services to a variety of individuals, companies and institutions.
Martin Sachs, Regional Vice President, Executive General Adjuster
Martin Sachs has been in the insurance industry for more than three decades, starting as a staff claims adjuster for Allstate Insurance Company. From there, Martin established and operated independent adjusting companies representing most of the major insurance companies for more than 20 years. Martin then made the decision to become an advocate for policyholders, putting his vast experience of working on behalf of the insurance company to a greater benefit in representing the insured. He has extensive experience handling numerous claims ranging from homeowners to major multi-million dollar commercial losses. Martin is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Michael S. Hickle, Vice President
Manager, Adjusting Department & Executive General Adjuster
Prior to joining the Sill Company as a licensed public adjuster, Michael Hickle managed hurricane adjusting activities, including Huricanes Jeanne and Katrina, for State Farm Insurance Companies and was a Large Loss Specialist for 10 years. Michael is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University.
Dean B. Harclerode, SPPA, Regional Vice President, Executive General Adjuster
Dean Harclerode has been adjusting losses since 1981. Prior to joining Sill, Dean represented the insurance companies for eight years as an independent adjuster, staff adjuster and then as a supervisor for Aetna Life & Casualty. Designated as a Senior Professional Public Adjuster by the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, he has extensive experience handling major claims throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Dean has a BS in Commerce Degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Michael Werner, Executive General Adjuster
After attending Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Michael joined a regional firm of Independent Insurance Adjusters and was later promoted to Branch Manager. After representing the insurance companies for more than ten years, Michael joined the Alex N. Sill Company as an adjuster in 1991.
Dan Doorley, General Adjuster
Dan’s comprehensive knowledge and perspective of the claims adjustment process comes from prior experience as an agent, an insurance company adjuster and currently as a public insurance adjuster. Prior to joining the Sill Company, Dan represented Cincinnati Insurance Company for more than eight years on commercial, industrial and residential claims. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo in Ohio.
Ryan S. Wittensoldner, General Adjuster
Prior to joining Sill as a licensed public adjuster, Ryan’s experience included ten years with Nationwide Insurance where he was the top large loss property adjuster in the country. His expertise and knowledge in the adjustment of large and complex commercial property claims makes him an invaluable advocate for Sill and its clients. Ryan attended Kent State University. Since joining Sill, Ryan has adjusted many multi-million dollar losses, including recently a settlement of in excess of $60,000,000.
Joseph Migliore, CPA, CFF, Senior Forensic Accountant
With financial management responsibilities in a variety of industries, and several years of experience as an insurance claim auditor for a public accounting firm, Joseph Migliore is uniquely qualified to prepare and present business interruption claims. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978 and is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).
Cathy Stibora, CPA, Senior Forensic Accountant
With more than 30 years as an accounting professional, Cathy Stibora has a diverse background in both manufacturing and service organizations. Cathy became a Certified Public Accountant in 1983 and is a member of both the American Institute of CPA’s as well as the Ohio Society of CPA’s.
Chris Jensen, Manager, Building Appraisal Department
Chris Jensen has more than 15 years of experience preparing appraisals on major property losses. Prior to joining the Sill Company, Chris was an estimator and project manager for the world’s largest restoration contractor and managed projects of all types and size throughout the United States. Chris holds numerous industry certifications, including for IICRC Fire, Water, Smoke and Mold.
Herbert V. Smith, Building Appraiser
A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Administration, Herbert Smith has a background in the construction industry dating back to 1968. An expert in building appraisal and documentation, he joined the Sill Company in 1989 with broad experience in major commercial, industrial and design/build projects.
Don Baker, Building Appraiser
Don Baker has more than 30 years of experience in both commercial and residential construction. Prior to joining the Sill Company, he worked as an estimator and project manager, specializing in restoration. Don has worked extensively assessing, documenting and representing the scope of damage on claims throughout the United States and Canada, including large loss claims caused by hurricanes.
Keith Brenneman, Building Consultant
Keith Brenneman has done damage appraisal work for the Sill Company since 1991 after serving 23 years in the construction and building restoration industry. He is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators. His estimating experience encompasses all types of property claims including the California earthquakes and storm catastrophes in the Caribbean.
Orville “Bud” Gibson, Building Consultant
Bud Gibson has more than 40 years of experience in large commercial, residential, institutional and industrial construction, including prior ownership of an insurance restoration business. He has handled major losses throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean for Sill Company.
Thomas F. Radel, Manager, Contents Appraisal Department
A graduate from the University of Akron, Tom Radel has worked in the manufacturing sector since 1988 and joined Sill Company’s team of experts in 1999. His experience encompasses a variety of areas including technical operations and original equipment manufacturing. This expertise allows Tom to analyze and value contents of industrial, commercial and residential properties.
Tony Peternelj, Contents Appraiser
Tony Peternelj has extensive experience in property insurance. Prior to joining the Sill Company, he was a supervisor for a large internet-based insurance company, a commercial underwriter for ten years and represented the insurance companies as a licensed property and casualty agent.
Jeremy Geier, Contents Appraiser
Jeremy Geier’s focus with the Sill Company includes various types of personal property appraisals. His disciplined work in the support of contents claims is instrumental in the documentation of loss. Jeremy attended Notre Dame College on a football scholarship.
Monica Dezsi, Contents Appraiser
Monica Dezsi brings to the Sill Company more than 12 years of experience dealing with various aspects of the construction industry. Prior to joining the Sill Company, Monica was a Contents Manager for the world’s largest restoration contractor. Her focus as a contents appraiser is the documentation of all types of contents claims.