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George Wladis began his insurance career at Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company on West Genesee Street in Syracuse. There, he realized small, local businesses had very few benefit options to choose from. He started The Wladis Companies in 1959 to change that.

Today, The Wladis Companies, Inc. is one of the top insurance brokers in central New York, providing service, consultation and benefits for businesses of all sizes.

Now under the leadership of George’s son, Steven, the company maintains its commitment to providing customers with outstanding, personal service.

Our Team

George L. Wladis

George L. Wladis, Founder (1938 - 2016)

Born in Syracuse, George attended Nottingham High School and Syracuse University.  He started The Wladis Companies, Inc. in 1959. During his career, George was a member of the Syracuse Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (SAIFA) and the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international association of the world’s leading financial and insurance professionals.  He also served on The National Committee of Health Insurance Reform for The Association of Health Insurance Agents and The Advisory Committee of Insurance Agents of The Business Council of New York State.  Personally, he had been active in The Syracuse Jewish Federation and had been a member of the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Symphony and Syracuse City Schools Education Foundation.

Steven D. Wladis

Steven D. Wladis, President

Steven was born in Fayetteville and attended Jamesville-DeWitt High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1993. After spending almost four years with The Guardian and Sun Life (NY) as a sales representative, he returned to Syracuse in 1997 to join The Wladis Companies, Inc. He is a current member of SAIFA and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Away from the office, he serves on the board of The Syracuse Community Health Center, The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse and Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas. Steven enjoys competing in triathlons, traveling with his wife and supporting Syracuse University sports.

Patrick Coleman

Patrick Coleman

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, Patrick joined Northwestern Mutual. There he worked as a financial advisor with professional families and business owners in helping identify and solve their financial security goals. While doing that, he developed a desire to help business owners with providing employee benefit solutions to meet their needs. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Wladis Companies.

Patrick is active in his community and is involved with The George Eastman Circle, The University of Rochester Alumni Council, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of Rochester.

Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, sons, and two dogs. He especially enjoys being outdoors and training at his local Crossfit gym.

Blaine Longnecker

Blaine Longnecker

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Blaine moved to the mainland as a teenager and settled in upstate New York. After graduating from SUNY Potsdam in 1975, he began his insurance career selling both group and individual insurance plans.  Blaine recently retired from Excellus BCBS, where he focused on selling individual Medicare health plans.  He now works with The Wladis Companies, Inc. in educating clients about their Medicare options and helping them choose the right plan.

Outside of the office, Blaine enjoys Syracuse University sports, traveling with his wife, Debra, woodworking, and spending time with his new grandson, Collin.

Our Staff

  • Kelly J. Davidson

    Financial Manager

  • Tina M. Crinnin

    Account Manager

  • Paula M. Frederick

    Account Manager

  • Sara T. Conradt

    Account Manager

  • Cathy A. Dickson

    Account Coordinator/COBRA

  • Lindsey A. Bortle

    Account Coordinator/COBRA

  • Jaclyn A. Woods

    Account Coordinator/COBRA

  • Jennifer L. Sgroi

    Account Coordinator

What Our Clients Say

  • “Their entire staff is always ready and willing to respond to our requests as well as provide timely reminders when necessary. Their service is exceptional and we value this mutually beneficial relationship.”

    Ruth A., Syracuse

  • “The Wladis Companies have been a great asset to our company - extremely helpful and service oriented.”

    Darlene C., Endwell

  • “The level of service and the responsiveness of their staff are second to none. They have found many ways to keep our employee benefit costs from appreciating significantly over the years. It is a true pleasure to have The Wladis Companies on our team!”

    Andy F., Dewitt

  • “From renewal quoting to benefit compliance and employee education, The Wladis Companies have always been helpful, dependable and efficient. I’m happy to recommend them to anyone seeking insurance solutions for their company.”

    Renee H., Auburn

  • “The Wladis Companies have been assisting us with all of our insurance needs for years. They have always sought out the most cost effective insurance plans - high quality with the lowest cost.”

    Hugh R., Skaneateles

  • “As the single HR/Benefits Manager of a mid-sized company, I think of The Wladis Companies as more of a partner than my insurance broker. The team is very accessible and always provides me with the answers and solutions I need and even some that I don't know I need but are tools that help make my job easier!”

    Whitney B., Binghamton

  • “The Wladis Companies’ commitment to our multiple employee benefit policies has been outstanding. Their entire team works together to make sure all of our needs are met with the utmost courtesy and efficiency.”

    Janet M., Syracuse