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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.

His second book, “Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes” provides best practices for risk mitigation in the hiring process and is available on

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

December 2021

December 7, 2021 – 11 am – 12:15 pm; Accredited Live Webinar: “FCRA and EEOC Lawsuits can Paralyze Your Business…Don’t Make These Avoidable Mistakes” Presented by Alliance Risk Group CEO, Mario Pecoraro & Glen Doherty, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP.  For details or to register, click here:

Past Events

October 2021

October 8, 2021 – Mario Pecoraro interview on VISTV with host, Joan Viscardi, CEO/CNO at Viscardi, “Exploring Leadership and Technology in Workers Comp and Claims Management/UNDERSTANDING RISK” Click below to listen to video (just over 20 minutes). Highlights include *Trustworthy Leadership, *Talent Acquisition Services, *Social Media Investigations, *Impact of COVID on SIU investigations and pandemic fraud; *Evolution of Technology in Business Operations and Investigations; *Corporate Culture, Weekly Huddles, Core Values, and the Imporance of Integrity

September 2021

September 14, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon – Accredited Live Webinar: “Best Practices for Investigating Liability Claims: Remote Technology vs. Traditional Surveillance” (Fl. Ins. Adjuster CE Credit-1 Hr. Gen) Presented by CEO Mario Pecoraro, Register here:

July 2021

July 27, 2021 – 11 am – 12:15 pm; Accredited Live Webinar: “7 Ways to Reduce Risk by Avoiding Costly Hire and Post-Hire Mistakes” Presented by Alliance Risk Group CEO, Mario Pecoraro.  For details or to register, click here:

July 15, 2021 – 4 pm – 5:00 pm; North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Professional Development Series 2021 (PDS21_ Series II; “Background Checks in a Global Marketplace” presented by CEO Mario Pecoraro and Robert McLaughlin, Counsel, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP.  For more information, click here: 

“Thank you for the great presentation today on Background Checks.  I truly appreciate your time and efforts. It was very informative and helpful. I think it will definitely start the conversation of creating a best practice or standard within our industry.  Both of you are great resources and illustrated good points for the NASPL Security Committee to discuss.” – NASPL Vice President Operations

May 2021

May 25, 2021 – 11 am – 12:15 pm; Accredited Live Webinar: “Effectively Conducting Surveillance & Tactics to Mitigate Losses” Presented by CEO Mario Pecoraro, (Fl. Ins. Adjuster CE Credit – 1 hr. Gen)  Additional details:

May 6, 2021 – 11 am – 12:15 pm; Accredited Live Webinar: “Avoid Lawsuits Through Risk Mitigation: Background Investigations, DOT Compliance & Drug Free Workplace Programs” presented by CEO Mario Pecoraro and Ted Dawson, President, Advantage Drug Testing.  Additional details: 

Apri 2021

April 27, 2021 – 8 am – 9 am; Tri-State SHRM Virtual Conference – HR 2021: Resilience & Reinvention Mario Pecoraro, CEO of Alliance Risk Group, “Reduce Risk by Understanding HR Legal Trends and Avoiding Costly Hiring Mistakes” More details:

February 2021

February 9, 2021 – 11 am Panel Discussion, “Employee Misconduct from Cyber Security to Fraud” presented by Mario Pecoraro, CEO of Alliance Risk Group, John D. Flory III, – CISCO/Harbor Networks, Chris Meyer, Partner, Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki, and moderated by Charles Amodio, CPA – Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki; Additional details:

December 2020

December 8, 2020 – 10 am Social Media Investigations & On-Going Criminal Monitoring presented by HR One’s Jason Banuski, and Alliance Risk Group CEO, Mario Pecoaro, SHRM Accredited Webinar – 1.25 PDCs) Additional details: Formstack

September 2020

September 24, 2020 – 2:00 pm – VIRTUAL Presentation, HR Association of the Twin Tiers (HRATT) “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk” (1.5 HRCI & SHRM Credits)

September 17, 2020 – 8:30 am – VIRTUAL Presentation, Southern Tier SHRM (STAHR) “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk”

August 2020

2020 VIRTUAL Annual Tri-State SHRM Conference, “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk,” Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Details:

July 2020

July 28, 2020 – 11 am – 12:15 pm; Accredited Live Webinar: Workplace Investigations Q&A Hosted by Alliance Risk Group CEO, Mario Pecoraro and Ross Piscitelli, Esq. For details or to register, click here:

June 2020

June 24, 2020, 10:30 am ET – Linkedin Live interview with J. Michael Skiba, MBA, PhD. Dr. Fraud – Alliance’s CEO – Mario Pecoraro and Ray (Sonny) Bollart, SIU Case Manager, “DFTV WFT – What the Fraud – Series – Episode 3 “Unemployment/Workers’Comp Fraud: The Case of the “Out of Work”Scam Artist (caught on camera.)

Alliance Risk Group is Interviewed by Dr. Fraud on how to mitigate risk with comprehensive investigations.Click Above to View Video!

June 16, 2020, 11:30 am – Virtual Presentation, “Trends in Pre-Employment Background Investigations” Hosted by Ocala Human Resource Management Association (OHRMA); Details:

May 2020

Accredited Webinar Presented by CEO Mario Pecoraro, May 19, 2020 – 11 am – 12:15 pm, “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk” Alliance Risk Group is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

April 2020

SHRM 2020 Virtual Talent Experience, April 20-22, 2020, “How to Legally Conduct Social Media Background Investigations to Protect Your Company from Risk” – A Concurrent/On Demand – Virtual Session; Details:

February 2020

2020 National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) Claims Conference, “The Use of Cameras in Insurance Claims Investigations” 2/11 – 2/13/2020 Registration:

January 2020

Independent Bankers Association of New York (IBANY) 2020 Human Resource Conference, “Pre-Employment Background Investigations” 1/14/20 – Rochester, NY; 1/15/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY

November 2019

19th Annual Delaware State Human Resources Conference, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, “Trends in Pre-Employment Background Investigations” 11/5/19   1:20 – 2:20 PM; Registration:

October 2019

2019 Workers’ Compensation and Safety Conference, hosted by Northwell Health, North New Hyde Park, NY, “Claims Investigation” 10/25/19   12:00 AM Tickets Available Here:

2019 FAZ Forensics Insurance Forum 10/24/19 – 8 AM – Noon; Hosted by Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki, Forensic Accountants & Consultants, Shaker Ridge Country Club, Albany NY, “Adjusting in the present moment with an eye on the future – A Property Adjuster’s Perspective 2020” Presented by Dan Tompkins, Managing General Adjuster, Preferred Adjustment Co., a division of Alliance Risk Group, 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Register here:

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:

Joint NYS Chapter of Special Investigative Units, Inc. (NYSSIU) and New York Anti-Car Theft & Fraud Association (NYACT) Training Meeting, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY, Panel Discussion facilitated by Mario Pecoraro, “The Pros and Cons of Remote Technology vs. Traditional Investigator Surveillance.” Panelists include Daniel Tompkins, Preferred Adjustment Co., Ryan Allen-Goldberg Segalla and Anthony Cassaro- PERMA. 10/2/19   12:45 – 1:45 PM 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

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:

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:

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:

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”

November 2018
International Podcast Interview by Jack Wong

Click to View Podcast Page; Scroll to Audio Bar to hear 30 minute interview!
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

Click to View ASIS-TV Interview

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”

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) VIEW THREE MINUTE VIDEO!

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.