Alfred James Band

board members

As a band we have recognized that there is a tremendous amount of support that we need.  From marketing advice to insurance, we have found that we were constantly asking our friends for help.  Well, now we have formalized that relationship and I'd like to introduce you to our very own Board of Directors.  Treating our band like a small company has enabled us to focus our vision, better connect with our fans and ultimately be a better band.  Each individual below has personally dedicated themselves to our future success and we are incredibly grateful to have them involved!!

 

Alfred Bergbauer

Alfred Bergbauer is Senior Vice President and Head of Multinational Casualty for XL Group’s North America Primary Casualty business.  Alfred helps multinational clients design global insurance programs that address their international risk, legal, regulatory and tax compliance requirements.  

His international insurance career spans more than 25 years, working in the US, China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.  

Affiliations:

  • Past board director of the Appalachian Children’s Choir in Charleston West Virginia 
  • Founding director of the Newport Rowing Club (youth rowing).  
  • Singing member of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.  

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio 
  • MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
  • Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK).

 

 

Byron Kho

Byron Kho has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  He is the founder and CEO of technology-based online advertising firm IDz Media, a company that created and maintains a proprietary performance-based online advertising platform with over 4500 web and mobile publishers and hundreds of direct clients and advertising agencies, plus a network of specialized niche content websites. He also provides consulting services for companies needing assistance with campaign management and/or behavioral targeting.  When not busy with online advertising, Byron founded and manages several successful property investment firms that acquire and develop prime commercial and residential real estate in Philadelphia for both short and long-term portfolios.

With the Young Artists Piano Ensemble, Byron Kho has performed solo and collaborative piano works at the University of British Columbia; Yale University; New York's Steinway Hall; the Caldicott School and Cliveden Royal Estates in England; and several venues in Belgium, Austria and Germany.  He regularly accompanies teaching sessions at the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Curtis Institute of Music and other studios around Philadelphia, as well as numerous soloists, chamber groups, orchestras and choral groups, like the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.  He has worked with various Philadelphia theatre companies as musical director, helming more than 20 musical productions in that capacity, and several dozen more as keyboard one in the pit orchestra.  He currently serves as a steering committee member for the Curtis Crescendo Club, an organization that works directly with Curtis Institute of Music staff to encourage younger populations to become fans and supporters of the school and its students.  

 

 

 

 Ian Cross

Leading producer and Grammy-winning engineer Ian Cross is known for his work with Usher, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson, and Janet Jackson.  Cross was born in Nepal while his parents were working for the US foreign service and the international school system. His father pioneered the introduction of radio to the remote locale, and while there Cross learned about music not through records and radio, but from local musicians. After the family moved back to Phiiladelphia when he was eight, Cross pursued a music career and as a teenager his band, Briklin, was signed to A&M Records. "Fast forward to Cross' move to Los Angeles in 2003 and his introduction to superproducers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who immediately recognized his talent with Pro Tools for vocal sessions.  Ian met Alfred at a cello recording session for Zach Djanikian in 2010.  Ian later agreed in to fly back from LA to produce the Alfred James Band's second studio album, "Up Up Down Down."

 

 

Jorge Fernandez

Jorge Ignacio Fernandez was 9 years old in 1966 when his family fled Cuba incognito with three suitcases, three kids and three dollars, winding up in Miami by way of Jamaica, and ultimately himself to the Philadelphia area.

He had a strong career as a group president for Estee Lauder, and also through real estate investing.

A devout Catholic, Fernandez was for years a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Doylestown, where he and his wife Pamela raised their three children, Jennifer, J.C. and John. They have more recently been part of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in nearby Buckingham after the new parish formed.

He is a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council that was established by Archbishop Charles Chaput, and is the archdiocesan Leader of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), a group co-founded by Archbishop Chaput that is headquartered in Los Angeles.

 

 John Haslett

John Haslett is sublimely happy as a Realtor working with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Old City, Philadelphia, while living in Fishtown with his amazing wife, Meade Morrison. John loves his work as a real estate agent because it allows him to do what he does best: connect with people and help them. John's previous profession was in orthopedic medical device sales and while it was stimulating, challenging, and lucrative, the patients he was helping were always under anesthesia and unavailable for questions or comments! Helping people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds and income levels navigate what can often be a confusing and stressful process has proven time and again to be a truly inspiring and fulfilling line of work for John.
Beyond his career in real estate, John enjoys many extracurricular activities, most of which center around bringing people together in support of various causes and social groups. His friends, family, and fans love seeing him perform at The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia or on the stage of the Kimmel Center. He is a committee member for organizations such as The Merion Cricket Club and The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Foundation. He is a capable emcee and public speaker, and is frequently asked to be the "face" of the organizations he so gladly supports. 
 
John has been a fan and friend of the Alfred James Band since first hearing them perform several years ago. He would be honored to lend his skills, time, and energy to the growth and success of this wonderful group!

 

 

 

Micaela C. Deming, Esq.

Micaela Deming has a BA from Bucknell University and a JD from The Ohio State University. She is the Staff Attorney and Assistant Director of Legal Clinics as well as an instructor of law at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. As the staff attorney for the clinics, Attorney Deming supervises students and oversees their representation of clients in civil cases as well as nonprofit, corporate governance and operation. 

Attorney Deming is a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and has presented locally and nationally on topics related to sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, and child maltreatment. Attorney Deming works tirelessly on individual trial and appellate cases and on systemic issues to help keep protective parents and children safe. She is also a huge fan of acoustic music and Newfoundlands. 

 

 

 

Michael J. Liggera, Esq.

As the Vice President of Client Services for Keystone Information Systems, Inc., Mike oversees customer relationships to ensure they maximize their benefit from Keystone’s products and services.  Mike has a diverse background in software development, legal issues, and project management.  Mike has served on the board of a condominium association in Philadelphia for over ten years.  He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Princeton University and a J.D. from Temple University.

Music has always been an integral part of Mike’s life, from high school choirs to college a cappella, playing the piano/guitar, songwriting, and singing with the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.  Mike and his wife, Courtney, reside in Haddonfield, NJ with their two young daughters.

 

 

Peter Evans

Peter Evans, a jazz/blues artist from the metro Philadelphia region, has a decades-long history as a musician, studying initially with Philadelphia Folksong Society co-founder George Britton in the 1960s. Beyond folk, Peter has been an a cappella singer for the last thirty-five years, including a year with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, whom he served as a musical director.

Peter was an architect and a building professional for 17 years, while raising three boys.  He brings the organizational skills of estimating, data analysis, scheduling, sequencing and team management which help him to design and build pathways where collaborators can move forward together.  He has volunteered on the boards and committees of local Friends’ schools and has served as a trustee for a charitable family foundation.  Curation of music content has become a larger and larger part of Peter’s activities with his label, Double Ohs Music.

Peter has a tennis racquet and a bag of golf clubs, and is not afraid to use them. However, as long as he is able to support a career of making music, helping younger music professionals, expanding his horizons and honing his chops, he will continue to do so. Double bogeys and second serves can wait.

 

 

Stephan Stoeckl

Stephan Stoeckl studied Law at the University of Vienna, while running an antique shop specialized in Art Deco furniture, doing occasional work as a translator for patent applications, and eventually becoming a publisher for advice books for college students in his native Austria. He then decided that marketing was a better fit than Law and decided to go back to school in the US. After receiving his degree in Business Administration from Villanova, he started working for market research companies that were gradually swallowed up by larger market research companies. After a decade or so the jobs landed him in beautiful Toronto!

 But that’s not where his family was. Having established roots in Philadelphia, Stephan regrouped, and decided to commit to a career in non-profit work in Philadelphia. After earning his non-profit stripes as President of the (World’s Oldest Gilbert and Sullivan troupe a.k.a. Philadelphia’s own) Savoy Company, Stephan is now the Director of Operations for the truly remarkable Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale.