Features May 2018

Laurence Grayer – Creative Associates International

Even for the worldliest of folks, it can be an eye-opener to visit lands as challenged as some in Latin America. Having had his hands full since taking over the legal department of a global education and development organization last May, the very well-traveled Laurence Grayer wasn’t able to visit any of the countries serviced […]

Lisa Gressel – P.F. Chang’s

Lisa Gressel knew what a big fire looked like. Truth be told, during her 30 years as a general counsel, she’d put out more than a few. Fires so big she can’t even talk about them. These were smaller than that—much smaller. A manager who left without telling his replacement about the patio furniture in […]

Nicolás Villarreal – Grupo Proeza

You can learn a lot about someone from their LinkedIn page. Not just their core strengths and various alma maters, but how their career path foreshadows where they might be headed next. When one scans Nicolás Villarreal’s page, two things are immediately clear: He sees no need for a profile picture, and the three logos […]

R. Scott Mahoney — AVANGRID

We tend to take utilities—particularly electricity—for granted: We flip a switch and, so long as we keep our bills up to date, expect the lights to come on. AVANGRID, for its part, is dedicated to keeping things illuminated—and doing so in increasingly efficient ways. One of the country’s largest energy providers, with more than $32 […]

Steve Hartmann – Freeborn & Peters

Given how many of our most iconic computer technology brands came of age during the ‘80s and ‘90s, it’s easy to view those bygone times through an almost mythological lens. Steve Hartmann sees things a bit differently. For him, the transformative changes these companies usher in belie the enormous challenges they face—figuring out what they […]

Sumiko Kanazawa – Mizuho Trust & Banking Co.

She might have met with the IT department to talk about system consolidation first thing in the morning. After lunch, perhaps it was reviewing proposals and contracts with the business department. Later that evening a call with the bank’s headquarters in Tokyo, where the next day’s business had already begun. In the months it took […]

Tim Hirsch – Gwynnie Bee

He’s lived in Paris and Brussels and Cambridge and visited countless countries besides. Since 2011, he’s made his career and home in New York City, always in awe of the city’s cultural fusions. And yet, Timothy Hirsch has seldom seen an idea this inclusive—or this trendsetting. It’s called CaaStle, and Hirsch believes it has the […]

William Deckelman – DXC Technology Co

One year after what he regards as the biggest challenge of his career as an in-house lawyer, William Deckelman didn’t sound like one of his pending responsibilities would be too overwhelming. That was getting the firm he helped create through a complex 2017 merger compliant with the new privacy laws taking effect in late May […]

Testimonials

As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
I was honored to be the subject of an article. I enjoy reading Vanguard articles and seeing how other attorneys got to their positions and see their jobs. It's also interesting to see how different law firms partner with the subjects of the articles.
– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
It was a great honor to be featured in Vanguard Law. Working with every member of the team, from the initial interview with Erin Clark, through production with Victor Martins, writing the article with Taryn Plumb and creating the final content with Dave Gushee, was a true pleasure. Everyone was very professional, enthusiastic and supportive, and their creative approach and positive attitude clearly came through in the final product.
– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.
The piece highlighting my company, Bob Baker Enterprises, Inc., came out fabulous. Our company is in the new and used car sales and service industry. Everyone was great to work with and extremely professional. They produced a high-quality product and have provided expert assistance and guidance post-production of the article.
– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.

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