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Workplace MVP at SHRM22: Mario Pecoraro - Alliance Risk Group

On this episode of Workplace MVP, live from SHRM 2022 in New Orleans, host Jamie Gassmann was joined by Mario Pecoraro, CEO of Alliance Risk Group. Mario described his passion for investigation that led him to start Alliance Risk Group in 2005. He and Jamie discussed the types of investigations his firm conducts, various kinds of fraud they see, implications for companies, and much more.


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This show was originally broadcast live from the 2022 SHRM Annual Conference held at the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mario Pecoraro – CEO, Alliance Risk Group


Mario Pecoraro is an entrepreneur, corporate visionary, author, and founder of Alliance Risk Group Inc.  The company specializes in background screening and insurance fraud investigations. Our legal support team provides service of process on a local, state, national and international level. In addition, Alliance Risk Group provides full-service claims handling and property/casualty adjusting services for insurance carriers, self-insured companies and attorneys.  A member of the Professional Background Screening Association, (PBSA) Alliance employees hold FCRA Advanced Certification.  With more than 25 years of proven experience in due-diligence-based investigative services, Mario Pecoraro has spearheaded the growth of the company in a short period of time to become a leader in the insurance and background investigation fields, property/casualty adjusting and process service industries.


Prior to founding the company in 2005 (previously known as Alliance Worldwide Investigative Group) Mario worked for fifteen years as a private investigator in his parent’s family-owned firm and conducted in excess of 2,500 hours of field investigative work, skip-tracing, asset investigations and locating missing persons, heirs and witnesses. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Italian from the State University of New York at Albany.


Mario serves on the Executive Boards of many industry organizations and community not-for-profit organizations. He recently published a book, available on, that targets large employers, self-insured employers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators and workers’ comp professionals. “The Claim Game: Twenty Best Practices When Managing and Investigating Workers’ Comp Claims” 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,” was published in the summer of 2019. It provides all the tips, best practices, and warning signs HR Professionals should look for when making hiring decisions.


Pecoraro conducts accredited webinars and has presented at conferences across the country. He is sought out as an expert on investigative matters and has been featured on local and national media outlets. The company was recently featured on ABC’s investigative news show 20/20 and described as the “gold standard” for those who want to screen out the fakes.” To view the segment, click here. He also interviewed by Brian Sullivan on Fox News Your World with Neil Cavuto discussing why some companies hire investigators when employees play hooky.


He was honored by his peers as an “outstanding business person” for conducting risk management and quality due-diligence based investigative services with integrity and his company was named a “2016 Best Places to Work” by the Albany Business Review.



Alliance Risk Group


Alliance Risk Group, Inc. (started out as Alliance Worldwide Investigative Group, a company founded in 2005 by CEO Mario Pecoraro. In 2020, the company united its services under one name – Alliance Risk Group, Inc., one logo, and one mission – to reduce risk and inspire confidence! Alliance Risk Group inspires confidence by providing risk mitigation solutions globally.


The services include due-diligence-based background investigations customizable to a variety of industries including banking/finance, technology, energy, gaming/hospitality, transportation, staffing, healthcare, and more. Alliance also performs surveillance and complete SIU investigations for insurance and corporate professionals.


In addition, their litigation support team (formerly known as Avvocato Litigation Support International) offers complete legal support including service of process on a local, state, national and international level. They serve law firms of all sizes, in-house legal departments of major corporations and government agencies that need service of process anywhere.


Their claims adjusting team, (formerly known as Preferred Adjustment Company) provides full-service claims handling and property/casualty adjusting services for insurance carriers, self-insured companies, and attorneys. Alliance Risk Group’s experienced crew of adjusters are strategically located throughout New York and surrounding states. They are available to service claims on a regional and multi-state level.


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