EXECUTIVE TEAM

The Mechanic Group is led by a team of leading industry professionals who possess an average of 25 years experience in delivering insurance and risk management solutions to the Physical Security, Intelligence, Investigation, Electronic Security and Background Screening Industries.


Clients, private security and investigation associations and members of the insurance community commonly refer to executive team members as "trusted partners."


The firm has a seat on the Private Security Council of ASIS International.

Principals

Marc Katz

Marc Katz

Principal

800.214.0207, Ext. 105

mkatz@mechanicgroup.com

Marc Katz has more than 25 years of experience servicing the Physical Security, Investigation, Electronic Security and Background Screening Industries. He has established a successful network of thousands of brokers nationwide.



  • Committed to supporting the broker community.
  • Partners with brokers to understand the needs of their customers.
  • Innovative problem solver.


  • Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Rockland County, NY.
  • Current Board Member for IAAC, Inc. – The membership division of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York to offer profit-making services of the Association.


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, BA, Economics, 1992

Mike Lehner

Mike Lehner

Principal

800.214.0207, Ext. 104

mlehner@mechanicgroup.com

As a leader in the Physical Security, Intelligence, Investigation, Electronic Security and Background Screening Communities for more than 25 years, Mike takes great pride in the confidence and trust his clients place in him. His singular goal is to protect their businesses and bottom lines with a lineup of stable insurers and client-friendly risk management and loss control tools that can be adopted anywhere a client is located.



  • Acknowledged for his ability to develop exclusive insurance, loss control and risk management solutions.
  • Valued for his deep understanding of the risk management needs of security, investigation, electronic security and background screening businesses.
  • Total dedication to the community for his entire career.
  • Trusted business partner.
  • Creative thinker who brings fresh insight to every insured relationship.


  • Associated Licensed Detectives of NYS Security Guard Committee.
  • American Society for Industrial Security – Private Security Council.
  • Associate Member – California Association of Security Agencies (CALSAGA).
  • Membership Chair - ASIS Women in Security Council


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, BA, Economics, 1989

Steve Mechanic

Steve Mechanic

Principal

800.214.0207, Ext. 111

smechanic@mechanicgroup.com

Steve has more than 15 years of experience servicing the Physical Security, Intelligence, Investigation, Electronic Security and Background Screening Industries. Steve works with over 500 regional private investigation, electronic security and security officer firms throughout the United States.


Before joining The Mechanic Group in 1996, Steve was the Director of Special Sales at the American Stock Exchange.



  • Seeks first to understand, then to be understood.
  • Thinks beyond the obvious solutions in addressing clients' risk management needs.
  • Consensus builder


  • Columbia University, MBA, Finance, 1987
  • Binghamton University, BA, 1985

Senior Management

Matt Disparte

Matt Disparte

Vice President

800.214.0207, Ext. 286

Local: 847.253.8130

mdisparte@mechanicgroup.com

Matt has more than 15 years of experience servicing the Physical Security, Intelligence, Investigation, Electronic Security and Background Screening Industries. He works to support hundreds of physical security officer, electronic security-alarm, private investigator and background screening firms.


Matt has achieved the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, which is recognized as the premier professional designation of the property and casualty insurance industry.


  • Highly regarded by clients as a person with integrity.
  • Passion for protecting clients’ businesses and their bottom lines.
  • Proactive in presenting solutions to clients’ evolving risk management needs.


  • Northwest Chapter of CPCU
  • Associated Detectives & Security Agencies of Illinois


  • Chicago Loyola University, BA, Political Science, 1987

Frances Ennis

Frances Ennis

Vice President - Claims Department

800.214.0207, Ext. 108

fennis@mechanicgroup.com

Frances has more than 20 years of experience in assessing clients’ specific insurance needs and matching them with Risk and Claims Management solutions. She specializes in the development and management of Workers’ Compensation, Auto and Liability claims and loss control services for individual clients within Program Business.



  • Consults with clients’ management, financial, legal and insurance professionals.
  • Interacts with insurance companies’ underwriters, actuaries, claims and loss control professionals.
  • Fosters a partnership between the client and insurance team to achieve optimal results.
  • Implement risk management strategies to maximize pre-loss performance and to minimize post-loss payouts.


  • Fordham University, BS, Finance

Renata Pawelic

Renata Pawelic

Controller

800.214.0207, Ext. 110

rpawelic@mechanicgroup.com

Renata has more than 10 years of experience working in various financial positions for national insurance brokers and agencies. She is a sworn interpreter for the State of New Jersey Court System and a New Jersey Notary Public. Renata also volunteers at local law enforcement agencies as a translator for non-English speaking apprehended individuals.



  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong focus.
  • Problem solver.


  • National Notary Association


  • Kean University, BA, Accounting

Founder Emeritus

Irv Mechanic

Irv Mechanic

Founder Emeritus

Irv Mechanic founded The Mechanic Group. He is a respected authority on group health plans, life insurance, disability insurance and all related products.

For more than 40 years, Irv has played an active role with the majority of New York Police organizations serving as their retirement, insurance, and pension consultant.

A sought-after speaker and lecturer, Irv has addressed countless groups during his long career. He has conducted pension seminars for most of the major law enforcement organizations in Manhattan.

He has been the recipient of commendations and awards from every police organization he has represented.