Syntaxis Principals

Brandt Johnson, co-founder of Syntaxis, runs the firm’s executive presence and presentation skills training practices.

A former investment banker and speechwriter, Brandt has trained senior executives and other employees of major organizations across the country. He is also a playwright, actor, and lifelong athlete who played professional basketball in Europe and on tour against the Harlem Globetrotters.

Brandt graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in mathematics and has an M.B.A. in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business.


Ellen Jovin, co-founder of Syntaxis, runs the firm’s written communication skills training practice.

Ellen has taught business writing, email etiquette, and grammar at diverse corporations in industries ranging from finance and fashion to law and entertainment. Previously she worked as a professional writer, creating marketing and advertising materials for dozens of corporate clients. She has published more than 200 articles on business, sports, the arts, and a variety of other subjects, and currently writes a blog on language-learning entitled Words & Worlds of New York. In addition, she formerly taught writing at New York University and the City University of New York.

Ellen earned a B.A. in German studies from Harvard University and has an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA.