The team at ALS works hard but also enjoys time together after meetings to bond as a group. Al, Heidi, and Nick are all senior leadership at the firm and have brought both Yuwen and Jack to the meetings in Manhattan as learning experience since they are both just starting their careers. They celebrated a job well done in Little Italy over some pasta...YUM!
Here at The ALS Group we are always fostering and building the foundation to our culture. This week we officially welcomed seven (7) new team members to the fold! Four out of the seven employees onboarding form our intern team, all recruited from the Risk Management program at Columbia University. On January 15, 2018 our new VP of Talent Management, Jessica Aviles, held a "meet & greet" in our new and improved employee Common Space so the team could get to know one another. Following the "meet & greet" Jessica held an employee orientation highlighting our Mission, Vision, and Core Values and introduced the new employees to the ALS mentor/mentee program. We look forward to adding all these new faces to the ALS team!
As part of our ongoing commitment to risk management education, The ALS Group has partnered with Columbia University School of Professional Studies internship program.
Last week, our Managing Principal, Albert Sica, spoke at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. His presentation provided the audience, which consisted of graduate students studying Enterprise Risk Management ("ERM"), with valuable insights into the world of risk management consulting and, specifically for ERM field. Albert also shared the organizational culture of The ALS Group and what the firm is seeking in new hires and provided the group with information on the open positions/internships.
If you would like to learn more about a career at ALS, please click here. http://thealsgroup.com/careers/
Yesterday, we celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day here at our office here in Edison, NJ. We also published a quick blog post on activity ideas for this fun "holiday." Below are some pics from our event. Enjoy!
Albert Sica, ALS Founder and Managing Principal, will be speaking today at the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) at a program for continuing education for attorneys.
The seminar will address topics related to commercial real estate leasing and feature professionals on the front lines of leasing in one of the most challenging economic climates in decades. It will also, among other things, look at how the challenges of the economic crisis have shifted many fundamental aspects of leasing transactions.
To learn more about the event, and other MCLE courses offered by the NYSBA, visit their website here.
The ALS Group continues its commitment to give back to the local communities, especially during the holiday season. On December 15th, the ALS team contributed its “Christmas in a Box” donations to Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey’s (CPNJ) Horizon High School. “Christmas in a Box” is a wish list of essential items for students in need. Contributing these packages helps support the students’ families during the holiday season.
A special needs school, Horizon High School is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community.
Pictured above: The ALS Group’s Irina Lendensky, Partner, and Jonathan Edwards, Partner, give a warm welcome to Horizon High School’s Danny Machado (center), who stopped by to pick up the team’s holiday donations.
Albert Sica, our Managing Principal, participated in an interactive panel discussion on a critical and trending topic, “Professional Liability Litigation and Reputation Risk.” Mr. Sica and his fellow panelists provided their thought leadership to attorneys and insurers involved in representing professionals in malpractice actions at the DRI Professional Liability Conference, on December 8, 2016, in New York, NY.
Mr. Sica and his fellow panelists Jonathan Ziss, Partner at Goldberg & Segalla and China Ladner of Nationwide E&S Specialty Professional Claims used real-life scenarios to demonstrate the correlated, but distinct relationship between litigation and reputational risks.
Brand and product reputation are important for most businesses, but particularly so for professional services organizations. Albert noted that in today’s world of digital and social media, a company’s brand reputation can be irreparably damaged in a matter of hours, sometimes minutes. He further noted, “It is of paramount importance for defense counsel to assemble and manage the team needed to mitigate this risk in a proactive fashion, including the insured, the insurer, any external entities and counsel.”
The interactive panel discussion focused on such key factors as:
According to Mr. Sica, “The discussion resulted in a number of key insights and consensus, one of which the need of the defense counsel to become part of the team, captain the ship, and take and appreciate a commercial view of the insured and claim.”
Furthermore, Mr. Sica and his fellow panel discussion leaders agreed on the importance of taking a proactive approach to claims where insured, defense counsel and insurer are aligned. They also concurred that it is equally useful to take a proactive view of risk, so the insurer’s risk profile and risk appetite are clear.
Jonathan Ziss has recently authored a paper, “Professional Liability Litigation and Reputation Risk,” which was featured in The Voice, DRI’s online newsletter.
For more information on how we can help your organization take a proactive approach to managing reputational risk, or to request Albert Sica to speak at your upcoming event, please click here.
Albert Sica, our Managing Principal, has been invited to speak at the DRI Professional Liability Conference, being held December 8-9, 2016, in New York, NY. DRI is a leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel.
Mr. Sica will participate as a select member of an interactive panel discussion focused on elevating awareness and sensitivity of reputation risk, and discuss insurance solutions and other new tools to mitigate such risk for clients.
Al will be joined by fellow panelists Jonathan Ziss, Partner, Goldberg & Segalla LLP, and China Ladner, Nationwide E&S Specialty Professional Claims.
The paper submitted on their topic, “Professional Liability Litigation and Reputation Risk,” authored by Mr. Ziss, was selected as “This Week’s Feature” on The Voice, DRI’s online newsletter.
Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the topics to be addressed during the panel discussion:
• Crisis planning and a public relations disaster plan as an essential component of a client’s risk management program.
• What are the roles of outside counsel and the claims professionals?
• How can the internal client team and external legal team coordinate?
• How do you identify and mange divergent interests regarding information disclosure to mitigate insurance risk and avoid reputational harm?
Stay tuned for a recap of the discussion and insights.
There is a direct relationship between strong risk management practices and a company’s performance. At The ALS Group, we firmly believe in this.
Albert Sica, our Managing Principal, was recently quoted in the Risk & Insurance article “Looking at Risk Three Dimensionally”. Read the full article which is available now on the Risk & Insurance website, here.
See you in Las Vegas! The ALS Group is pleased to announce that we’ll be attending the 35th annual International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Construction Risk Conference.
We’ll be joining some 1,500 project owners, developers, and other construction professionals at this industry-leading convocation to keep track of new trends and technologies, make new acquaintances, and touch base with old ones.
Will you be at IRMI? Contact us so we can arrange to see you while we’re there.
The IRMI Construction Risk Conference will be held in Las Vegas, November 8-11, 2015.