Features September 2021

Mandy Tenner – Amalgamated Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It was founded in 1923 to provide financial services for the working class, especially members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. And as Amalgamated Bank approaches its 100th anniversary, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Mandy Tenner says it continues to serve hundreds of unions while funding and promoting socially responsible causes. “I […]

Paul Saltzman – EagleBank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Advising any financial institution from a legal perspective calls for in-depth knowledge and a cool head, which is why Paul Saltzman got a call from EagleBank in January 2020. An attorney noted for straightening out some of the most sensitive banking issues, he could help his new employer stay on its productive path. And as […]

Ricky Johnson – Silicon Ranch

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Ricky Johnson knows sustainability requires long-term commitment and partnership. That’s why Silicon Ranch immerses in the local communities where it builds, owns and operates solar facilities, he says. Instead of building and leaving, the company stays for the life of the project, which can be up to 40 years. As general counsel, Johnson makes sure […]

Philip Petti – USG Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’ll leave it to others to make the lightweight wallboard and other USG Corp. products for many of the world’s 10 tallest buildings, starting with the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates and ending with the 1,667-foot Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Instead, Philip Petti will keep busy making, defending and leveraging his employer’s […]

Joy (Bily) Bender – The Dutra Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The $20 million contract awarded this past spring for The Dutra Group to dredge a channel in the Columbia River shows the depth of the company’s capabilities. Joy (Bily) Bender digs nearly as deep. General counsel of operations for the past three years and a member of Dutra’s legal team since 2012, she oversaw the […]

Peter Betaneli – ETS

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most people have memories of taking a standardized test. While hours used to be spent filling in bubbles with No. 2 pencils, tests are now taken on computers. Regardless of how they’re administered, though, the tests are known for being a challenging yet necessary step forward in one’s education or career. ETS, which has been […]

Grace Garcia Cooke – Edmonton Public Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Small gestures can go a long way towards making someone feel included. For example, pronouncing someone’s name correctly tells them you see and respect them. Too often, though, people try to Anglicize or simplify names they’re not familiar with, Grace Garcia Cooke says. The general counsel for Edmonton Public Schools says this can make people […]

Tod Reichert – OFS Capital Management LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Once an actor, stuntman and theatrical producer, Tod Reichert traded the grind of auditions and eight performances a week for a legal career that’s brought him to OFS Capital Management LLC as its managing director, chief administrative officer and general counsel. And yet, as a legal and operations leader for a fast-paced, high-growth asset management firm, much of Reichert’s work continues […]

James Slinkman – Advocate Aurora Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In negotiating real estate, James Slinkman doesn’t wait until the last minute. He starts discussions several months, or sometimes a few years, ahead of time when renewing a lease for Advocate Aurora Health. This gives him more leverage to set the terms because the landlord will know he’s not in a rush or under pressure. […]

Courtney Kamlet – Vontier

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When you’re preparing a company to go public, the demands can be overwhelming: burning the midnight oil, drafting and editing disclosure documents, meeting with key players—all in an effort to launch a new company. That makes success even sweeter when the piece come together, says Courtney Kamlet, vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary […]

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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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