Features January 2022

Richard Laws – Northwest Bank

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The past year or so has been full of the unexpected, and the winds of change also swept across Northwest Bank nestled near Lake Erie and the Allegheny Mountains. While the original 1896 bank building is still located in Warren, Pennsylvania, last year Northwest moved its holding company headquarters and several key executives to Columbus, […]

Mary Wheeler – Regions Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Mary Wheeler creates a report at Regions Bank, she goes beyond including all the necessary information. She ensures the reports, many of which are for the bank’s environmental, social and governance initiatives, are accessible to shareholders, customers, associates and the community at large. This means ensuring the language is clear, the reports are visually […]

Leila Burden Nixon – Verve Senior Living

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By September 2020, Verve Senior Living had undergone a transformation. It went from being a management company for senior living centers to one that could purchase a piece of property and develop a new residence for seniors. Now, VSL owns and operates 32 senior-care communities across four Canadian provinces. Buoyed by that growth, the company […]

Valyncia Saunders – Altria Client Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Valyncia Saunders told her cousin—a lawyer—that she wanted to become an attorney, her cousin said the first step was to become a confident, persuasive writer. That’s what Saunders did. While attending Howard University and working toward a journalism degree, she also took classes in legal communications. After graduating, she interned at the media company […]

Zack Beasley – Change Healthcare

Est. reading time: 4 mins

You’re standing at the hospital counter after your cardio echogram procedure. The receptionist swipes your credit card, hands you a receipt and you’re out the door. A day later, you log onto the hospital’s website to access your echo results, including images and the technician or doctor’s report. Now, you can email the data to […]

Kyle McClammer – The Garrett Companies

Est. reading time: 3 mins

To be a successful multifamily development, construction and property management company, Kyle McClammer says you need more than just a well-trained and experienced group of employees. “As a legal department, you have to make sure you’re staffed appropriately and have the right relationships with outside counsel,” says McClammer, general counsel for the Garrett Companies. “As […]

Don Eng – Save-on-Foods / Pattison Food Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Don Eng daydreamed at his supermarket job while in high school and college, it wasn’t about managing legal affairs in the grocery industry someday. He planned to become a mechanic and was thinking about carburetors, transmissions, brakes and used car parts. Then one day after work, Eng came home to find a letter saying […]

Paul A. Kunynetz – The Valens Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was a calculated risk The Valens Company undertook this past summer, the Canadian manufacturer of cannabis products acquiring Florida-based Green Roads. As Paul A. Kunynetz explains, the acquisition positions the organization well. The Sunshine State’s population of around 22 million is more than half of Canada’s 38 million. The U.S. population being around 330 […]

Brian Neuffer – CTLGroup

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The year 2020 broke records for computer use. Daily Zoom meeting participants increased from 10 million in December 2019 to over 300 million by April 2020. The year also had an unprecedented number of successful cyber and ransomware attacks numbering in the millions. Anticipating this, in January 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense drafted the […]

Christine Liu – Myovant Sciences

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By all accounts, Christine Liu’s law career had been a runaway success. After earning a trio of law degrees (including from top law schools in two countries), she spent nearly a decade working for high-powered law firms, handling everything from equity and debt offerings and SEC filings to corporate compliance, corporate governance and high-stakes mergers […]

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