Nick Synko, Principal Partner

Nick Synko is the Founder and Principal Partner of Synko Associates LLC, a career transition and executive coaching firm in full-time operation since 1992.  Nick provides customized approaches to meet every client situation. He is the co-author of 100+ Career Transition Tips and is also the author of Future@Work,  An Employee Survival Guide for the 21st Century.  His career spans a broad range of Human Resources assignments ranging from manufacturing plants to corporate offices.  Nick’s last assignment was at Tenneco Automotive with responsibility for executive, professional, sales and administrative development for a 15,000 employee company. Additional Human Resources assignments at Ford Motor Company, two RCA divisions and Sears included employment, outplacement, compensation and benefit administration roles, as well as executive and full-range recruiting. Nick has a BS in Business Economics, from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business.


Cathy Synko, Managing Partner

Cathy Synko, is an integral part of our Career Transition coaching staff and is involved in classroom as well as one-on-one coaching. Cathy is also responsible for business development and client relations. She is the editor of our business writing team; has edited Future@Work,  An Employee Survival Guide for the 21st Century and is the co-author of 100+ Career Transition Tips. Prior to joining Synko Associates, Cathy was the publisher of RCA’s in-house newsletters and magazine publications. Earlier in her career, she was responsible for RCA’s leadership development center and organizational development activities. Cathy has a BS in Clinical Psychology and minor in Business from Purdue University.


Jim Scriven, Senior Career Coach

Jim Scriven is a Senior HR Executive with a diverse professional history including senior management assignments with General Electric and Honeywell.  His background includes assignments in both corporate headquarters and field offices for multiple industries. Most recently, Jim was a Vice President of Human Resources for a $1.5B company. Previous industry experience includes medical systems, textile, high tech, automobile and motor manufacturing, consumer foods and utilities. His skills include executive recruiting, executive coaching, organizational design, severance and outplacement management, and behaviorally-based executive assessments. Jim has strategic planning expertise by benchmarking HR best practices against world-class companies. He is experienced in sales and service organizations, acquisitions/divestitures, plant closures, and managing both union and non-union work groups. Jim has a MA, in Labor and Industrial Relations and a BA in Human Resource Management.


Anne Shelton, Creative Marketing Developer and Editor

Anne Shelton is a Human Resources Administrator who combines a decade of recruiting and human resources experience with a marketing, editing, and social media background.  Anne is a professional editor and provides significant value to our clients through providing a final-final edit on resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and other social media postings. She has worked in the automotive, telecommunications, insurance, and medical fields, where Anne has been integral in sourcing candidates, creating advertising, interviewing potential employees, performing onboarding, and creating Internet material. Anne has a BS in Business Administration and is currently pursuing advanced studies in e-marketing.


Boone, Office Companion

Boone is a Vizsla with an extensive background in companionship. He is a hard worker and displays a high level of  fun in the workplace. His favorite thing to do is play fetch in the conference room and greet guests at the door. Boone really enjoys the weekends when he can play with his friends at the park. He has a passion for helping others feel loved and supported. He is a great listener and always wears a smile!