Our Team

Howard Danzig

Founder and President

I started out a small business owner. I was in a family business involved in retail gas stations, photo shops, and airport parking. Like you, I know taking care of employees is not only the right the thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do – keeping good people a long time is a component of a successful business model. My experience with group health insurance, frankly, pissed me off!

Having an accounting and cost management background, I was always uncovering waste. So when group insurance agents couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me what the underlying costs of medical services were, I tried to find answers. I learned that smaller businesses did not get the institutional discounts large companies got – I was being made to pay retail while the big boys paid wholesale!

So rather than get mad, I got even and founded ECCHIC. Today we have helped hundreds of employers stabilize their programs. Most haven’t had their benefit levels change during the last five or 10 years. Let’s talk and see what we can do for you.


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Heather Ambro

VP of Administration Services

I started working with The ECCHIC Group in 2002, and worked my way up from part time data entry to Vice President of Administration. I enjoy the challenges and learning something new all the time. Working with The ECCHIC Group and getting to be creative with health insurance has been rewarding, especially when seeing what clients have been able to achieve and the savings they have been able to accrue.  In 2014 I began sitting on the board for the St. Louis Health Underwriters, becoming president in 2018.   

My other passion besides working is my family, husband Darren and two daughters Renee and Maisie. We also enjoy camping, spending time with friends and brushing up on our Martial Arts skills.


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Danielle Sherman

Claims Administrator



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Jack Cooke

Claims Administrator


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Paige Hershkowitz

Claims Administrator


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Michelle McKnight

Marketing Coordinator


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Andre Thomas

Marketing & Communications Manager


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Howard DanzigPresidentTheecchicgroup@ecchic.com
Heather AmbroVice President of AdministrationHambro@ecchic.com
Danielle ShermanOffice and Claims AdministrationDsherman@ecchic.com
Paige ChickOffice and Claims AdministrationPchick@ecchic.com
Jack CookeOffice and Claims AdministrationJcooke@ecchic.com
Andre ThomasMarketing & Communications ManagerAthomas@ecchic.com
Michelle McKnightMarketing CoordinatorMmcknight@ecchic.com
Tom LecroyBusiness DevelopmentMlecroy@ecchic.com
John MartinBusiness Development Jmartin@ecchic.com
Sandi AnthonyECCHIC Claim Review ServicesSanthony@ecchic.com


Jan NissenBusiness DevelopmentSt. Clair, MO
Lindsay WallPharmacy AdvisorTampa, FL
Ernie BoswellAssociate BrokerSt. Louis, MO
Ted GuarinoAssociate BrokerSt. Louis, MO
Patty GrabovacAssociate BrokerSt. Louis, MO
Paul DannaggerAssociate BrokerBallwin, MO
Gabe CordovaAssociate BrokerMount Vernon, MO
Steve McGoffAssociate BrokerSt. Louis, MO
Brent BarnhillAssociate BrokerColumbia, MO
Joe WalterAssociate BrokerBeloit, KS
Greg BurchAssociate BrokerGilmar, TX
Luke PhelpsAssociate BrokerHarrisburg, IL
Mark ShadeAssociate BrokerCarrollton, IL