Features July 2021

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

For Kristina Schaefer, being a lawyer is about protecting those most vulnerable. In the financial industry, this often means addressing, and trying to prevent, scams targeting the elderly. According to the FBI, millions of seniors are victims of financial fraud every year with more than $3 billion stolen. At Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank […]

Maria Feeley – Washington and Lee University

Private practice had its rewards, most of which were tangible. But in her professional prime, Maria Feeley wanted something other than to simply sustain her career at an Am Law 100 firm. “At the big firms you can just be moving money from one client who has it to another client who has it,” she […]

Mark Stipe – OMNI Environmental Solutions

As he manages legal affairs at OMNI Environmental Solutions, Mark Stipe says his work is about more than just helping the company grow in the energy sector. Stipe wants the company to RISE, adhering to standards of respect, integrity, safety and excellence as OMNI provides waste and water management services to energy producers throughout the […]

Matthew Bagley – Security National Financial Corporation

At the age of 19, Matthew Bagley was up for just about anything—even flying to Hong Kong and learning Cantonese. It was a wild ride for this boy from Utah. Actually, Bagley had no idea he’d be heading to Asia. As a soon-to-be missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you don’t […]

Michael Acedo – OpenText Corp.

The business world trends toward paperless, but not without risk. Each week seems to bring forth more news of data breaches and ransomware. Michael Acedo reminds that the Canadian-headquartered, cloud-based information management specialist OpenText Corp., is well-prepared to manage content or unstructured data for its private and public sector clientele both securely and to help […]

Natalia García Quintero – Colgate-Palmolive, Mexico

The mass consumer industry always appealed to Natalia García Quintero. Thus, connecting with Colgate-Palmolive was natural and instantaneous. Since the first day, she shared its progressive business model and goal of a healthier future for all people, their pets and the planet. Associate legal director of the company’s Mexican subsidiary since 2020, and a member […]

Neil Falis – Willis Towers Watson

In his 15 years with Willis Towers Watson, Neil Falis has seen the company through three multi-billion-dollar deals. The latest—with longtime competitor Aon—is different, though. Combining the two companies will create the largest brokerage firm in the world. The $30 billion deal is exciting, Falis says, not only because of the scope, but because of […]

Nima Seyedali – Aviation Technical Services

For almost a decade, Nima Seyedali spent hours analyzing aircraft as a mechanical engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Day in and day out, he immersed himself in damage tolerance and structural fatigue analysis. By 1997, he was understandably ready for a change. After shifting to Boeing’s Customer Division, he worked as a client liaison, handling […]

Obedi Neves – Makro

Don’t tell Obedi Neves that he’s “technically retired.” The legal director for Brazilian-based Makro has been plenty busy. He and his staff not only helped his company become more profitable during a pandemic, but he also wrote an e-book and established a new training company for attorneys. With more than 30 years of experience working […]

R. Lee Allen – BRANDT Inc.

You might say R. Lee Allen has gone back to his roots as legal head of a go-to company for agricultural plant nutrition and plant protection operations worldwide. In some respects, he’s always been tied to the land, helping farmers in feeding the world or just passing their acreage on to the next generation. A […]

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