Features November 2016

Brad Toney – Classmates Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Predating Myspace, Facebook, LinkedIn and many of the world’s most popular social media platforms, Classmates Inc. has been connecting people online since 1995. Having celebrated 20 years in 2015, Classmates has continued to hold the title as the first social media platform by adapting to the needs and interests of a steady user demographic. Classmates […]

David Kuo – Applied Optoelectronics Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Beginning as a startup company nearly 20 years ago, Applied Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI), specializes in manufacturing fiber optic networking products and technologies used in cable television broadband, internet data centers and fiber to the home markets. After the company acquired subsidiaries and operations in Asia in 2006, AOI’s general counsel at the time was looking […]

Jeffrey McCormack – Atapco Properties

Est. reading time: 3 mins

American Trading and Production Corporation (Atapco), based in Baltimore, traces its roots to a legendary brand and family enterprise with more than 100 years of history. Originally the American Oil Company, the business was established in 1910 by Louis and Jacob Blaustein, who started out with a horse-drawn wagon outfitted with a 270-gallon tank for […]

John Christopher – Monmouth University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As vice president and general counsel at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, John Christopher is responsible for providing legal advice and representation on a broad range of topics, including labor and employment issues, business matters, contract reviews, litigation, copyright, student and faculty issues and property acquisition. After earning his JD from SUNY […]

Jeff Jackson – State Farm Insurance Companies

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Since forming in 1922, State Farm Insurance Companies have helped customers recover from the unexpected and unfortunate situations that arise throughout life. With more than 70,000 employees and some 18,000 agents nationwide, State Farm represents hundreds of thousands of policyholders across the U.S. and Canada, who it promises to serve unlike any other insurance company. […]

Kelly Crites — Allegheny Wood Products Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Allegheny Wood Products Inc. (AWP) sells hardwood and lumber products throughout the United States and worldwide markets. The company’s corporate office is in Petersburg, West Virginia. Due to the increasing demand for its products, AWP now has 12 mill locations and more than 700 employees throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Behind the growing family-owned business […]

Lance Balk – Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Lance Balk thought he might be done with the general counsel world. After retiring from diagnostics equipment maker Siemens Healthcare two years after its acquisition of Dade Berhring, the attorney was wavering between finishing out his professional career in private practice and/or serving on company boards when Siemens Healthcare’s former chief executive officer James “Jim” […]

Lisa Conrad – Atria Senior Living Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Articulate, analytical, creative – like most any law firm, these are just a few of the traits the leadership team at Atria Senior Living Inc. sought when they were looking to expand their legal team roster. But they also wanted someone who embraced their culture and value system, and who shared those priorities. This mission-driven […]

Matt Jacobs – Black Duck Software Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Much of today’s technology is built on the back of open-source software. These lines of code, made available to the masses at no cost by their developers, can drastically reduce the time and cost of building new programs. “Software developers today don’t write code from the ground up. They compile it by finding pieces of […]

Michael Bernstein – UBM Americas Inc.

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Founded in the United Kingdom in 1918, what is now UBM plc is a business-to-business event planning and media company that works to connect businesses with targeted audiences through live events, press releases and other channels of communication. As head of legal for UBM Americas Inc. UBM plc’s business in North and South America, Michael […]

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