Features December 2019

Jeff Sprain – Preferred Apartment Communities Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the middle of the recession that gutted the housing market in 2009, John A. Williams had a hunch. He believed multi-family housing properties would be the first area of recovery so with his co-founder, Lenny Silverstein, he formed Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. “We had a visionary CEO and he was 100 percent right,” says […]

Christina Steiner – Adeptus Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When your first job out of law school disappears because the firm goes under before you can even start, your career path gets bumpy. Such was the case for Christina Steiner, who thought she was all set as she graduated law school in 2009. She had a foot in the door at a firm, the […]

Allen Chiu – Genesys

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When you got the Google Calendar invite a few months ago—the one for 11 a.m. titled “Meet with Genesys Chief Compliance Officer Allen Chiu”—you figured the call would take 30 minutes. An hour, tops. Right at 11, the phone rings. It’s your assistant. “Allen Chiu is here,” she says. “Great!” you say. “Patch him in.” […]

Stephen Berry – Builders Insurance Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A tactical and practical approach has taken Stephen Berry far, even if it is not along a path he imagined as a younger man. Now a senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Builders Insurance Group, Berry once aspired to be a historian. Instead of academia, he has mastered the complex and perhaps […]

David Kastin – The Vitamin Shoppe

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It may have been enacted a quarter century ago, but this federal legislation becomes more and more of a challenge on the compliance front for a company expanding into new product lines. So muses David Kastin about the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to which his employer, The Vitamin Shoppe, must dutifully adhere. […]

Jason Reiser – eMoney Advisor

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s not something people like to talk about, or even think about, especially when they are young. Yet a lack of financial and retirement planning can come back to haunt people as they get older. As reported in a recent GOBankingRates survey, 64 percent of people asked said they expect to retire with less than […]

Desiree Ralls-Morrison – Boston Scientific Corporation

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Its medical lasers are widely considered some of the best in the world. The TAXUS Stent, used to open clogged arteries, has given thousands of patients a new lease on life. Scan the company’s products tab and you’re met with a head-spinning lexicon, from atherectomy systems to uteroscopes. For more than 40 years, Boston Scientific […]

Luis Alberto Cárdenas Diaz – Banco Sabadell

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When it came to helping the new kid on the block get a start, Luis Alberto Cárdenas was there. Cárdenas, Banco Sabadell’s legal director for its Mexican operations, was also the first hire for the bank’s legal department when it started in 2015. Since then, his team has grown to 13, but he clearly recalls […]

Fabiola Ferro – Varian Medical Systems

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Waking up to address a court case in Colombia; picking up the phone to discuss legal concerns in Argentina after morning coffee; touching base with a client in Paraguay at lunchtime; and catching up with the sales department in Palo Alto, California, by close of business. Such is a pretty diversified—yet typical—day for Fabiola Ferro […]

Whitney Walters-Sachs – Pine Crest School

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the world of Whitney Walters-Sachs, it’s dangerous territory to never say never—because you might just end up where you least expected to. That was her experience, anyway. Visiting her parents years ago as a young lawyer, her folks thought she should leave her high-profile job as a corporate attorney in New York City to […]

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