Talent & Leadership
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. B.S.M. in Finance from Tulane University. May 13, 1988.
Richard Ticktin has 22 years’ experience as owner, creator, chief-chemist, CEO, and inventor of SynergyLabs.
Beginning in 1995 Richard Ticktin founded Flea Doctor, now SynergyLabs, with the single-minded desire to stand for excellence – in the products produced, in the people hired, in the partnerships forged and distribution channels created.
Today, Flea Doctor has become SynergyLabs; a leading U.S.A. manufacturer of brand and private brand pet and veterinary products distributing to over 40+ countries worldwide. Ticktin spends most of his time nurturing the company’s culture, expanding and innovating its top brands & formulations, and growing the business domestically and abroad. After two decades’ plus worth of dedication to SynergyLabs, Ticktin’s original dream to become a fully vertically integrated global supplier of chemically based products is today, a reality.
Ticktin has received NBC, Tribune and pet industry trade media coverage, has lectured worldwide for mass audiences on animal health and grooming and has been featured on H&G TV for a Dental Fresh® educational segment. In 2012, to accommodate the company’s growth, Ticktin moved the company to a 45,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that features pharmaceutical grade batching and packaging areas, and professional offices for departmental staff. Ticktin also made investments in digital label presses and has expanded its every-growing collection of Aesus® pharmaceutical machinery lines, cappers, and labelers.
Today, SynergyLabs finds itself launching extraordinary growth & innovation. Ticktin is humbly excited for what’s to come – as he never wants to stop thinking, building & innovating. As the company achieves beyond projected sales numbers, Ticktin anticipates needing an even larger facility to accommodate his vision. He plans to ultimately purchase and re-engineer a plant to his exact specifications, and diversify the business into other categories of pet care beyond chemicals.
Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University, United Kingdom
Born in the United Kingdom, son of a General in the British Army stationed around the world, Graham spent his early life with his parents while schooled at Wellington College, one of the top five private schools in the United Kingdom. Graham won a scholarship from Babcock and Wilcox to study Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University. Babcock and Wilcox’s training included an extensive engineering training program during and after university specifically designed for their top scholars.
As management salaries were so depressed in the United Kingdom in the early 70’s, Graham, as did thousands of others, immigrated to North America, joining a small company that imported and manufactured packaging machinery.
A twenty-year career with this company saw Graham start in sales, through sales management to General manager, Vice-president, and ultimately President. Starting as a very small company, with a handful of people, it grew during Graham’s tenure to a well-known global company employing around 300 hundred people with sales in the region of $60 million.
In the mid-90’s this company was sold to a large international company with sales exceeding $500 million. This company became the nucleus of an eventual group of eight other packaging machinery companies with Graham as the Packaging Group President. Graham was appointed to the Board of Directors of the company and also became the Chief Technical Officer for the whole corporation of 18 Companies.
In 2000 Graham left this Corporation and retired consulting occasionally, until a 3 Year non-compete expired when he founded Aesus in October 2003 along with his daughter Samantha. Through innovative designs of Packaging machinery, Aesus in 2016 has over 100 employees and sells machinery worldwide.
Partnering with Richard Ticktin owner of Synergy Labs a Premier Pet Care manufacturer, Graham brings machinery and business experience to aid Synergy in their excellent growth.