The ALS Group founder Albert Sica leads the firm’s efforts to provide C-level leaders with the desperately-needed and unbiased third-party expertise they require to bring their most urgent risk-management and insurance issues under control. Al brings more than 25 years of experience to his role, combining the strategic vision of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) with decades of hands-on experience implementing strategies at the tactical level, working with executive leaders and front-line operational managers alike, bringing needed change management to risk-exposed organizations trapped in old-game paradigms.
As Managing Principal, Al manages The ALS Group’s client relationships, fostering long-term, collaborative partnerships that allow us to provide flexible, personal attention—while crafting solutions that deliver the greatest return on our clients’ investment.
Al’s professional experience spans numerous verticals and geographies across the globe, including real estate, construction, retail, manufacturing, distribution, private equity/venture capital, M&A due diligence, and Public/Private Partnerships (P3). He routinely supports clients with risk and coverage analysis, including OCIP vs. CCIP evaluations, broker RFPs, and enterprise-wide risk assessments.
A respected author and dynamic speaker, Al is routinely sought as a presenter before professional organizations desiring to learn from his unique “three-dimensional” perspective of risk management.
Al is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society and holds a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation.
In the rare moments when he’s not working (The ALS Group responds to client needs on a 24/7 basis), Al is an avid golfer and hockey fan. He enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 30 years and his son and daughter.
Charles “Chuck” Brower – Chief Operating Officer (“COO”). In this pivotal leadership position, Chuck has broad strategic, development and operational responsibilities, as they relate to both client relationships and internal management of our best-in-class team of risk management professionals. Chuck is a key member of ALS Senior Leadership team working to further mature the Firm, so we may continue to guide our clients through risk-related challenges that impact their organizations.
Chuck is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in operation management, business planning, staff leadership and employee development. He has a demonstrated ability to improve overall client experience through operational effectiveness and efficiency delivered by engaged teams.
Before joining ALS, Chuck has served as the COO for a large global insurance broker responsible for the New England branches focusing on operational efficiency, strategic financial direction and execution toward the achievement of the Company’s business and strategic objectives.
Prior to that Chuck held senior leadership roles for such companies as J.P. Morgan Chase and National Australia Bank providing direction and support on global initiatives and strategic goals.
Mr. Brower holds a BS in Finance from St. John’s University, an MS in Management Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology in addition to being a graduate of Harvard Business School Breakthrough Leadership Program.
A self-described “sports fanatic” Chuck is a Rangers and Yankees fan. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his 7 year old son Chase and the rest of his family.
Irina brings more than 25 years of management and administrative experience to her role as the head of strategic planning and administration at The ALS Group, where she has worked since 2010. Irina has been instrumental in the firm’s growth and provides critical input in all aspects of client engagement and firm strategy.
A natural at numbers (she’s the daughter of a mathematics professor and studied calculus in fifth grade), her prior experience includes serving with the head of the Information Systems Division of Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York; she has also assisted senior executives at companies such as UBS and Lazard. Irina has played an integral role in several prominent financial transactions, including one of the largest deals ever consummated in the orthopedic industry.
Raised and educated in Europe, Irina is fluent in several languages (including Russian and Ukrainian), which helps The ALS Group to serve its diverse international clientele.
Irina has been married for more than 30 years and has one son. She and her husband are long-time residents of New Jersey.
An IT and cyber-risk specialist, Jonathan Edwards spearheads The ALS Group’s efforts to help its clients manage and mitigate the diversity of technology-based risks which are proliferating across the business landscape. Jon has been with The ALS Group for over ten years, having begun his tenure maturing and maintaining the firm’s technology infrastructure.
In addition to his work with The ALS Group clients, Jon successfully migrated the firm to a secure cloud workspace, simultaneously enhancing resiliency and security while affording ALS Group associates the ability to respond to client needs from any location, at any time, with just an Internet connection, bolstering the firm’s 24/7 responsiveness. Jon is also a prolific author on the subject of technology security, as can be seen in many of his recent blog posts.
Jon is a Lexis Nexis Time Matters specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University.
A Staten Island native, Jon is an avid New York Rangers fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog. He also plays the guitar, loves Star Wars, and often stick-fights at his family’s martial arts academy.