Features October 2022

Hal Denton – AFS Intercultural Programs

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The first day at a new job is always chaotic, with onboarding, paperwork, desk organization—or in Hal Denton’s case, the U.S. invasion of Panama. On December 20, 1989, the day Denton became general counsel for AFS Intercultural Programs, U.S. troops landed in Panama. The international youth exchange organization had 40 students en route to a […]

Stefan Schnopp – BurgerFi

Est. reading time: 4 mins

To the average customer, walking into a burger joint or pizza parlor is a simple experience. But to the people behind the scenes at BurgerFi, there’s a lot more involved than just serving someone a Swag (spicy wagyu) burger and fresh-cut fries. Just ask Stefan Schnopp, the company’s chief legal officer and corporate secretary. He’s […]

Erika Robinson – Trinity University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most strategy retreats end with specific goals and actions planned. But a retreat for leaders at Trinity University in June finished with an opposite approach. Rather than ending with specific steps to make Trinity a top liberal arts university, it culminated with ideas that were adaptable. The executive leadership team wanted to leave room for […]

Neil Stekloff – Edgewell Personal Care

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It’s not really a case of “third time’s the charm” for Neil Stekloff. This is much more a passion project. Stekloff, the assistant general counsel for labor and employment at Edgewell Personal Care, has overseen the development and recent launch of the company’s reporting and investigation program for harassment, unsafe work practices, misconduct and unethical […]

Logan Stone – Jack Cooper Transport Co. LLC

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Logan Stone can recall the many miles his grandfather drove as a long-haul trucker for 50 years. Now Stone is proud to be part of Jack Cooper Transport Co. LLC’s near century-old tradition of hauling vehicles from production plants and railroad yards to auto dealers. But as senior counsel, Stone logs hours, not miles. In […]

Joe Bush – AvaSure

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In pain because his IV stopped infusing, a patient punches the nurse helping him. Another patient, angered when awakened to take medication, throws something at a patient who asks him to cooperate with the nurse. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, injuries from violent attacks against medical professionals were increasing at an alarming rate—up 63 […]

Emily Brown Cotney – Buffalo Rock

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The 2,400-strong workforce now is better connected through an updated purpose at Buffalo Rock. Career-development programs at area schools, especially the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have company talent honing professional skills and achieving personal growth. In June the company celebrated the first anniversary of its self-driven Inclusion Committee which has spawned a women’s employee […]

Jonathan Hollinger – Teleflex Incorporated

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He can’t say for certain whether a Teleflex device prevented his son from losing an arm a few years ago, but it at least seems probable. As Jonathan Hollinger explains, his then 5-year-old had suffered a compound fracture from falling off a slide while in kindergarten. When the emergency room doctor couldn’t detect a pulse […]

Kerry (O’Neill) Bilewski

Est. reading time: 4 mins

She sees herself as the legal equivalent of a primary care physician or quarterback. Bring her a legal concern or issue and if she can’t personally sort it out, Kerry (O’Neill) Bilewski will find someone who can. “I enjoy being the connector as well as point person when it comes to running things,” she says. […]

Anthony Serventi – Bosch

Est. reading time: 4 mins

He’s been known to flash the yellow or cautionary light. If necessary, he’ll flash the red one too, although Anthony Serventi strives to avoid this outcome. As he explains, an in-house legal department must partner with the business side, albeit with prudence. That may be especially true for Serventi who’s vice president, legal counsel and […]


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