Features July 2019

Kenton Erwin – VTech Communications

On a steep, south-facing slope beyond an earth-sheltered farmhouse in western Washington state, Kenton Erwin tends modern grape varieties with names such as “Cayuga,” “Leon Millot” and “Monastery Muscat.” He then uses these newer strains of grapes—known for their disease-resistance, earlier ripening, sustainability and richer flavor profiles—to craft a range of white, red, rose and […]

Mario Ayala Claros – Energia del Pacifico

It is a massive undertaking costing nearly a billion dollars, involving hundreds of public and private stakeholders, and requiring years of intense negotiating, designing and building, as well as every imaginable type of assessment and study. And once it’s completed? The new natural gas power plant will serve as one of the largest single investments […]

Matthew D. Vandermyde – Ten-X Commercial

Facilitating online real estate sales is a far cry from Vandermyde’s early days of working on national land reform in Honduras. There, he says, property transactions were disorganized and often involved extortion, lawsuits—and even murder. The stakes are not as grim these days, but he says the importance of transparency and certainty in real estate […]

Michael B. Kinnard – Harvey, Hanna & Associates Inc.

Better days are ahead for Wilmington, Delaware, though the present is none too discouraging. So says Michael B. Kinnard about this inviting port city on I-95, which boasts easy access to nearly every metropolitan area on the Eastern Seaboard. To be sure, Wilmington has had its share of economic challenges, with the 2009 closure of […]

Nancy Fox Ardell – Enlivant

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, a paralegal in Enlivant’s legal department opens the contract email box to find a newly submitted contract. After perusing it, the team member emails the sender to let him know which attorney will review and negotiate the contract. Later that day, Enlivant’s general counsel, Nancy Ardell, hops on the legal […]

Nicolás Cuadros – Philip Morris International

Between 2013 and 2016 the number of adults aged 25 to 44 who used e-cigarettes nearly doubled. Each day, thousands of smokers are switching to smoke-free alternatives, designed to create a flavorful nicotine-containing vapor, without burning and smoke. It’s a trend that many cigarette manufacturers are hoping is a flash in the pan—a hiccup in […]

Oyango A. Snell – Western States Petroleum Association

No one need remind Oyango A. Snell of the sensitive nature of his employer, headquartered in the bluest of states. For common ground can be hard to find between the Western States Petroleum Association and the legislative and regulatory bodies in California, as well as the four other states where WSPA has a presence: Arizona, […]

Sam Germana – Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Over the last 20 years, few industries have endured more upheaval—both good and bad—than health care. From quantum leaps in technology and data gathering to unprecedented security threats, the landscape that providers have navigated has ceaselessly shifted, often to the point of quaking beneath their feet. Ask Sam Germana, however, and he’ll tell you there’s […]

Thierry Valat De Córdova – Dominion Capital

The first thing you notice about Dominion Capital’s website—and it’s pretty much impossible to miss—is the high-definition video of a snow-covered peak. Occupying the entire homepage, the footage underscores the mountain’s power, stability and permanence. Asked about the significance of the imagery, Thierry Valat De Córdova, Dominion’s general counsel and chief compliance officer, poses a […]

Tyler Browning – ERI

It’s like a modern-day archaeological dig, a time capsule, with piles of trashed TVs in their ‘70s wooden consoles, discarded cell phones, funky VHS tapes and recorders, electronic gadgets from years gone by, and data containing devices from all walks of life—all can be found at ERI’s eight recycling facilities located around the country. For […]

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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
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