Features October 2019

Kirk Berger – National Basketball Players Association

In the winter of 2016, representatives from the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) met regularly to hash out the league’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA)—five years after contentious negotiations nearly derailed the 2011-12 season. This time, the two sides were determined to reach a deal. With billions of dollars […]

Lauren Curtin – LifeVantage Corporation

She may have been the type of younger sister whose siblings came to appreciate her only belatedly. “I was always the rule follower,” Lauren Curtin tells Vanguard with a laugh. “When my brothers would get into trouble I’d tell them ‘You can’t do that! Rules exist for a reason!’ That was me: the enforcer.” She […]

Lisa Keith – Steve Madden

Debating the origins of a pin that looks like a hamburger or determining who can legally make a rainbow-themed purse are some of the daily mind-benders in the world of fashion that come across Lisa Keith’s desk. “Sometimes I say to myself, ‘This is unbelievable. You’ve got to be kidding me,’” says Keith, the deputy […]

Lynn Haaland – PepsiCo

Tired, hungry and soaking wet. Lynn Haaland felt it all, tromping in the mud for days along the Appalachian Trail, often in a driving rain. All she could think about was a hot meal, a shower and some dry clothes. For her it was just another challenging day on vacation. For thousands of homeless women […]

Mariana Oliveira – Torneos

It was business as usual one day, and the world was turned upside-down the next, when a FIFA soccer bribery scandal rocked the world at Torneos. At least that’s how Mariana Oliveira, the legal manager at the Buenos Aires-based audiovisual producer and sports marketing company, remembers that day in 2015 when it was announced that […]

Mark DeVitre – Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group

While societal divisiveness is alive and well in cable television, there’s at least one notable exception—The Weather Channel. The Pentagon has a direct and very secure line with the network. Airports rely upon TWC, as do municipalities prone to anything from heat waves to floods to hurricanes to blizzards. National surveys show the network is […]

Mark Falkowski — Columbia College

They came to play at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, in spring 2019, student athletes who could be all thumbs and proud of it. With names like MistyStumpey or BugZach, the Columbia College Cougars took to the keyboards and controllers as the school’s esports pioneers, finding glory in virtual arenas instead of on the field […]

Marty Lorenzo – Petco

Like the Marine he is, Marty Lorenzo is on a mission to support Petco’s legal team by fostering committed troops. The goal? To serve “pet parents” throughout the country—and help them better care for their beloved animals. Lorenzo, an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps with 31 years of service, has served as Petco’s vice […]

Michael C. Canseco – Main Squeeze Juice Company

Quite the good call Michael C. Canseco and Thomas Nieto made in 2017 when the brothers-in-law were called upon to boost the fortunes of a cellphone repair franchise after completing a merger with their former franchisor just weeks before. For the founder of Fix My Phone just happened to have a sister who had recently […]

Michael Fralin — Somera Road Inc.

It’s a strategy that involves far more than one-note purchases, you could say about the business plan of New York-based Somera Road Inc. and it’s making some sweet music for its investors. It was an approach that began with Somera Road focusing on distressed commercial building loans and properties from the 2008 recession, then expanded […]

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