Mark Skertic is a member of BRG’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence practice. For the past decade, he has managed a variety of complex investigations for clients that have included Fortune 500 companies, law firms, hedge funds and private equity companies, and non-profits and universities.
Mr. Skertic’s investigations have identified hidden assets, revealed the source of trade secret thefts, and provided competitive intelligence to clients. He is adept at managing a range of assignments, from those that can be done using extensive database resources to global investigations that require resources in multiple countries.
Mr. Skertic joined BRG from a global corporate investigations and risk consulting firm, where he was an associate managing director and director of research. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he is tenacious and meticulous in his approach to each assignment. Working on behalf of the lender in a multimillion-dollar construction project, he identified fraudulent invoices created to funnel money from the project and demands for kickbacks from subcontractors. In another assignment, his work showed that the head of Asian operations for a US company had withheld relevant information from the company's directors, made questionable hiring and firing decisions, and had arranged for manufactured items that did not meet company quality standards to be diverted to other markets instead of destroyed.
Mr. Skertic has overseen investigations of professional sports team owners on behalf of sports leagues, done background investigations of college coaches prior to their being hired, helped locate lost artwork on behalf of high-net-worth clients, and done investigations work for—or against—public boards in matters involving shareholder activism and corporate contests. His investigations have included investigating theft of trade secrets and assisting clients with business intelligence work that provided clarity on competitors plans.
Mr. Skertic has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University and Loyola University. He currently teaches upper-level reporting classes at Columbia College Chicago.
Associate managing director and director of research
2006 - 2016
Business news reporter
2003 - 2006
Chicago Sun Times
Investigative reporter and weekend metropolitan editor
1998 - 2003
Reporter and assistant metropolitan editor
1994 - 1998