Mark Jacobs, CEO
President and CEO of Captive Alternatives and the founder of the company in 1999, Mark Jacobs, is widely considered to be an expert in the field of risk management and participatory risk coverages. His expertise in captive insurance companies and captive reinsurance formation, along with his comprehensive knowledge of both domestic and international regulations, have resulted in the formation, management, and operation of over 200 successful captive insurance companies over the last twenty years.
Mark Jacobs is a member of the prestigious Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) and his proven track record attracts invitations to speak at professional events around the world. He is an officer and director of many captive insurance companies and in 2015 became the President and Director of Madison RE I.I., an International Insurer and Puerto Rico’s largest captive reinsurance structure. In early 2016 he became a founding member of the Puerto Rico Captive Insurance Association, and soon will become the President and Director of Madison Insurance Company.
Captive Alternatives and its affiliated team of partners manage over 130 captives through offices in Atlanta, GA, Boca Raton, FL, Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), British Virgin Islands (BVI), Utah, and Puerto Rico. Captive Alternatives provides strategic risk management consultation and services for business and professional occupations across all sectors and in all States.
Mark Sims, VP of Business Development
Mark Sims is Vice President of Business Development for Captive Alternatives, LLC. He has more than 25 years of experience in risk management and insurance consulting, and focuses on the use of Private Insurance Companies for insuring the catastrophic business risks and employee benefits programs of medical groups, business owners in many sectors, and other high net worth groups throughout the United States. Mark is a charismatic and popular professional speaker on the use of Private Insurance Companies for risk management, asset protection, wealthy preservation and exit strategies. He is a member of the Captive Insurance Companies Association and the Self Insurance Institute of America. Mark has extensive working experience with tax attorneys, estate planning firms and other trusted advisors to high net worth business owners and families, and frequently provides customized webinars to advisor groups who want to learn about Private Insurance Companies and the Puerto Rico solution.
David Kirkup, COO/ CFO
In his capacity as Chief Operating Officer and CFO, David Kirkup manages all operations and oversees the financial performance for Captive Alternatives Group. With more than 20 years in the insurance industry and over 30 years of professional business experience, Kirkup is using his expertise to help make Captive Alternatives the premier risk management consulting and captive management enterprise.
Prior to joining the company, Kirkup was a Partner with national CFO outsourcing firm B2B CFO. He has also served as Captive Controller at Johnson & Higgins Bermuda (now Marsh), and managed international captives for nine of the top pharmaceutical companies, and was the CFO of the $1 billion Major Accounts Division of Zurich Insurance.
Kirkup holds a degree in Management Science and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants certification, as well as the Associate in Risk Management. In his spare time, Kirkup enjoys hiking, yoga and wind surfing, and spends time with his wife Kim, three children and grandson.
Emilie Gastley, Director of Marketing
Emilie Gastley manages marketing and business development activities for Captive Alternatives. In this role, she will be working to reach Family Office and HNW trusted advisors, tax attorneys and business owners to help further develop CapAlt’s business reach.
Prior to joining CapAlt, Emilie lead operations and business development for a successful medical group with locations throughout north Georgia.
Emilie graduated from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta with a degree in Economics and went on to earn her Master in Business Administration and Master in Health Administration degrees from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing the Associate in Captive Insurance designation.