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Mario Pecoraro

Mario Pecoraro is a keynote speaker and featured presenter at industry conferences that focus on the topic of employment screening and background investigations, workers’ compensation fraud and surveillance techniques, and service of process and litigation support.

He is a member of numerous organizations and has served on many industry boards providing his leadership and expertise. He was recently honored by his peers as an “outstanding business person.”

Mario has written a book called “The Claim Game: 20 Best Practices when Managing & Investigating Workers’ Comp Claims.”  The book was written for large employers, self-insured employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and workers’ comp professionals. It provides readers with Best Practices on how best to reduce overall risk related to fraudulent workers’ compensation claims.

Mario has been featured on many local and national media outlets including ABC’s 20/20, Your World with Neil Cavuto and Bloomberg Business Week.

Mario Pecoraro, President/CEO Lectures and Speaking Engagements

Upcoming & Recent Events


October 2019

Garden State SHRM Conference & Expo, Atlantic City, NJ, “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk” 10/7/19   2:00 PM –3:00 PM Conference Registration:

August 2019

HR Florida Conference and Expo, (SHRM), Kissimmee, Florida, “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk” 8/26/19 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Conference Registration:

July 2019

National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Webinar Presented by Mario Pecoraro: “Managing Risk in the Construction Industry: How to Best Navigate and Control Costs” 7/9/19 – 1 PM Registration:


May 2019

VIVA HR Webinar Panelist: “How to Protect Your Business From Bad Hires” 10 Am PST; 1 PM EST; Registration:

Capital Region Human Resource Association (CRHRA) 2019 Annual Conference and Marketplace, Albany, NY “Mitigating Risk through Social Media Investigations: Merging Technology with Traditional Investigations” 5/21/19 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Conference Registration:

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RIMS2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition, Boston, Massachusetts, “Navigating Employment Laws in the Gig Economy to Avoid a Lawsuit” 5/1/19 9:15 AM – 10: 15 AM Conference Registration:

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April 2019

New York City SHRM 2019 Conference – Exceeding the Vision, “Best Practices to Prevent Workplace Violence” 4/5/2019 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Conference Registration:

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March 2019

PERMA Webinar – How to Coach Municipal Leaders on Risk Avoidance Through All Stages, “Due Diligence – Know Your Subjects!” Co-presentation with Ed Tobin –partner at Maynard, O’Connor, Smith and Catalinatto, LLP, “Post-Incident Litigation”   1 PM – 2 PM

February 2019

ASIS Albany Chapter of the Society for Industrial Security International,  Breakfast Meeting Presentation, “Mitigating Risk through Social Media Investigations and HR Legislative Updates”

September 2018

Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2018 Las Vegas (formerly the ASIS Annual Seminar), “Tragic Lessons Learned: Best Practices to Prevent Workplace Violence” September 25, 2018 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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New York State Sheriff’s Association, NYSSA,  Jail Administrators’ Training Conference, “Corrections Investigations” Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, New York

June  2018

New York State Bar Association Employment Law for the General Practitioner & Corporate Counselor CLE Program, Thursday, June 14, 2018, “The Hiring Process (background checks, social media and credit checks/salary history)”

May  2018

Panelist Webinar Moderated by Mario Pecoraro, “Managing Risk in the Workplace” with Christopher Patrie, Dir. of HR, Janitronics; Glen Doherty, Shareholder, McNamee Lochner PC; Thomas F. Flynn, President/CEO, Jaeger & Flynn Associates, Inc.; John D. Flory, III, Co-Founder/Partner-Cyberstone Security; Partner/VP-TAG Solutions (Click image below to listen. To view the panelist bio page, click here.)

April  2018

Lunch & Learn Presentation, Panel Discussion, “NYDFS Regulation, Compliance, Third Party Vendors and Cybersecurity Concerns”

March 2018

2018 AmComp Annual Meeting, Workers Compensation Fraud Panel Discussion, The Venetian, Las Vegas, March 15

Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, Ambassador Breakfast Panel Discussion, “Investigating and Preventing Employee Misconduct From Cybersecurity to Fraud”

LeadingAge New York, 2018 HR Summit NYC, Manhattan, “Health Facility Hiring Best Practices: Don’t Become a Victim of Medical Fraud”

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February 2018

Albany County Bar Association, Panel Discussion “Investigating and Preventing Employee Misconduct”

April 2017

The Risk Management Society (RIMS) 2017 Conference, Philadelphia PA – “Tragic Lessons Learned: Best Practices to Prevent Workplace Violence”, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:30 am –9:30 am, Pennsylvania Convention Center Room 113B

“Panel Discussion: Investigating and Preventing Employee Misconduct: From Cybersecurity to Fraud”, Albany, NY (Mario Pecoraro, Alliance Risk Group, Thomas R. Fallati, Tabner, Ryan & Keniry, LLP, John D. Flory III, TAG Solutions, Paul C. Zarecke, CPA, CFE, CFF, Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki CPAs)

March 2017

Capital Region Human Resource Association (CRHRA) HR at the Helm: Navigating Change in 2017, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY – “Navigating HR Legislation and EEOC Updates in 2017”

February 2017

ASIS, Albany NY Chapter, Breakfast Meeting Presentation: Troy Hilton Garden Inn – “Trends in Pre-Employment Background Investigations”

ACFE, Albany Certified Fraud Examiners, Lunch Presentation: Shaker Ridge Country Club – “Litigation Intelligence: Use of a PI in Financial Investigations”

June 2016

SHRM Washington DC National Conference – Exhibitor Presentations: “How to Avoid a Bad Hire in 10 Minutes,” How to Be an HR Hero in 10 Minutes,” “Lower Your Labor Costs in 10 Minutes”

Capital Region Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA): “Managing Risk in the Construction Industry”

May 2016

New York Anti-Car Theft and Fraud Association (NYACT): “Drones: History, Legality and Practicality with Investigative Practices”

March 2016

Alliant Construction Services Lunch Seminar, “Risk Mitigation in the Construction Industry!!” Uniondale, NY

January 2016

Capital Region Recruiters Network (CRRN) – Reference Checking Panel, “Best Practices with Reference Verifications” (Submitted by CRRN for HRCI Credit)

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December 2015

Accredited Webinar Presented by Mario Pecoraro: “Trends in Background Investigations” – Approved for 1.00 (General) Recertification Credit Hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR, HRPB, HRMP and California recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

October 2015

Cornell University, “Best Practices with Reference Verifications”

September 2015

Albany Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, (ACFE) Luncheon Presentation – “Trends in Background Investigations” (View Evaluation Results here!)

June 2015

Sussex/Warren – SHRM Chapter, Holiday Inn Express, Budd Lake, New Jersey, Presentation Topic: “Trends in Background Investigations”

May 2015

Accredited Webinar Presented by Mario Pecoraro: “What Constitutes Insurance Fraud” – Approved for 1.00 (General) Recertification Credit Hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

NYSASIC- 2015 Spring Conference, Syracuse: “Risk Management in the Hiring Process” presented to the New York State Association of Self Insured Counties

October 2014

LeadingAge New York, Latham, New York/Presentation Topic: “Trends in Background Checks”

Accredited Webinar Presented by Mario Pecoraro: “EEOC and Its Impact on HR: How to Remain Diligent yet not the Subject of an Investigation” – Approved for 1.00 (General) Recertification Credit Hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

September 2014

NYS SHRM Conference – Buffalo, New York/Presentation Topic: “Maximize Due Diligence and Minimize Conflicts”

Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce/Round Table Discussion Participant: The state of business and the economy in the region.”

Capital Region Recruiters Network, Albany, New York /Presentation Topic: “Maximize Due-Diligence and Minimize Conflicts”

June 2014

The New York Self-Insurers Association Annual Meeting, Bolton Landing, New York /90 Minute Panel Discussion Topic: “Defense Strategies” (Interplay of IMEs, Investigations and Social Media to Achieve Best Outcomes)

March 2014

Interactive Discussion Panelist for Presentation hosted by SaxBST, an accounting, tax and advisory firm. “Current Trends in the Insurance Industry – What You Need to Know Now. ”

Accredited webinar presented by Mario Pecoraro for HR Professionals: “Maximize Due-Diligence and Minimize Conflicts.” Approved for 1.25 (General) Recertification Credit Hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

November 2013

Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, Syracuse, New York/Topic: Insurance Fraud: “What Constitutes fraud in New York and How to Help Maximize Results to Build a Solid Case – both civilly and criminally!”

Topic 2: Background Investigations: From Vendor to Employee: How to Navigate Properly through the Process to Maximize Due-Diligence and Minimize Conflicts!”

Capital Region Building Owners and Managers Association, Albany, New York/Topic: “Corporate Background Investigations, Compliance and Risk Mitigation”

April 2013

Capital District Paralegal Association, Albany, New York/Topic: Continuing Legal Education Presentation on Process Service and Legal Support

Past Speaking Engagements

New York State Investigative Units Seminar, Saratoga Springs, New York/Topic: Effectively Conducting Surveillance and Tactics Used to Mitigate Losses

Capital Region Security Professionals/Topic: Multi-Layer Security Seminar; Due Diligence in Background Investigations

Albany Claims Association/Topic: Elements of a Successful Investigation

Capital Region Recruiter’s Network/Topic: Recruiting Right, Hire Smart

NYS Movers and Warehouse Association/Topic: Workers Compensation and Due-Diligence Based Investigations

CUPA/Topic: Background Investigations in Colleges/Universities

Union College, Graduate Human Resources Class/Topic: International Screening

Mid-Hudson SHRM/Topic: Recruiting Right, Hire Smart

Schenectady County HSEC/Topic: Recruiting Smart, Hire Right

Union College, Graduate Human Resources Class/Topic: Effective Screening Practices for Employers

Capital Region Recruiter’s Network/Topic: Recruit Smart, Hire Right

Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce/Topic: Negligent Hiring in the Workplace

Capital Region Recruiter’s Network/Topic: Negligent Hiring in the Workplace

Insurance Professionals of Albany/Topic: Investigative Techniques and Surveillance

To view Professional Affiliations, Educational Background and Bio, click here.