Features July 2020

Anthony “Tony” Nolte – Open Mortgage

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While Anthony “Tony” Nolte may not have known much about the mortgage industry aside from the details of his own loan, his decades of business development and legal experience at Shell Oil made him a likely choice to be CFO and general counsel at Open Mortgage. To be sure, the lending regulatory details he’s learning […]

Graham Robson – Wellington-Altus Private Wealth

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It wasn’t as though Graham Robson locked himself in his office with no intention of ever leaving. But during those heady days in 2017, just as Wellington-Altus Private Wealth was launching in Winnipeg, the prospect of building its legal department in tandem with the company’s assets under administration, made for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and challenge. […]

Kamika McLean ‒ KSS HoldCo

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In business, to pivot means to shift seamlessly from one strategy or approach to another: like when Starbucks went from selling espresso machines and coffee beans to brewing its own coffee or when Twitter moved from a podcast subscription platform to the social media giant it is today—you get the idea. To be sure, Kamika […]

Jonathan Truppman – Casper

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Perhaps it’s a business investment proposition everyone can bank on—because every person requires sleep. Armed with the premise of a no-fail argument, award-winning products and an attorney who made the list of “up-and-coming lawyers to watch in 2018,” New York-based Casper went public in February. After six years of work, it became the first publicly-owned […]

Sean Sullivan – Duckhorn Portfolio

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Ensuring employee safety and keeping the business running—these two goals need not be mutually exclusive. After all, ensuring employee safety is good business. It’s just that for much of this year COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges to both goals for many industries. And this includes winemaking, an essential industry with elements of farming, production, sales […]

Edward A. Sturchio – Immatics Biotechnologies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Edward Sturchio doesn’t spend his time in a lab like the researchers, technicians and scientists responsible for the life-saving innovations developed by the biotechnology companies he works for. But he has made a science of advising and growing those companies. As he chatted with Vanguard in June 2020, Sturchio was enjoying his second day as […]

Brett Dakin – Child Mind Institute

Est. reading time: 3 mins

Depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Abuse. Anxiety. Under “normal” circumstances, many of today’s young people struggle with mental health and learning disorders. Now, add to the mix COVID-19, school closures, civil unrest.   It’s a lot for a child to process, says Brett Dakin, general counsel for the Child Mind Institute, noting that the number of […]

Hadiya C. J. Claxton – McIlhenny Company

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Hadiya C. J. Claxton knew what was in the bottles when she joined the McIlhenny Company—makers of the famed Tabasco brand pepper sauce—as its first chief legal officer and global general counsel, as well as its first African American corporate officer. Little did she know just how hot the contents would become. Hired in January […]

Nick Popper – Spectris Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Nick Popper told his boss long ago: as long as the work stays challenging, he’ll stick around. So far, he’s kept to his word, with no shortage of projects and programs to administer at Spectris plc’s U.S. operation. It’s there that Popper’s provided guidance as chief counsel of the Americas for the multifaceted global testing […]

Alejandro Nino – Uber

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At first glance, the last thing an Uber customer needed during a government stay-at-home order amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a ride. Literally, where could you go? But upon further reflection, Uber’s situation offered the multinational technology company an opportunity to innovate and positively contribute to communities during a crisis. Through development of new safety […]

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