Features Automotive

Honda South America – Fernanda Platero

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While empowering women is as much sound business practice as socially responsible, Fernanda Platero has an interesting take on why it’s even more important in the South American automotive industry. “Here in Brazil, when a family buys a car, usually it’s the mother who decides which car to buy,” she says. “When you think about […]

Michael Pangburn – Thor Motor Coach

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ask Michael Pangburn if he foresaw a career as a lawyer, and his answer will likely surprise you. “I wanted to be an FBI agent and serve my country like my father did in World War II,” he says. “After law school, I took the exam but didn’t hear from the bureau for about two […]

Patti-Ann Audia – Aisin Holdings of America

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Aisin (pronounced “eye-shin”) Holdings America is one of the largest companies no one has ever heard of, says Patti-Ann Audia. Headquartered in Northville, Michigan, a township just outside Detroit, the company is part of the Toyota Motor Group and employs more than 16,000 people at 34 different companies in North America, including four facilities in […]

Karla Ordoñez – Pirelli Mexico

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s compliance and then there’s taking it beyond what the law requires. The latter is Karla Ordoñez’s preference for Pirelli Mexico and she’s been doing much on that front. Head of legal affairs since November 2021, she had her hands full when Vanguard caught up with her in May. The past couple months she had […]

Tamer Botros – Budget Rent-a-Car Las Vegas

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Las Vegas is a 24/7 kind of city, with towering resorts rising from the desert, sprawling casino floors and, of course, the roaring traffic.   It’s this last facet of Las Vegas life that most occupies Tamer Botros. As general counsel for Budget Rent-a-Car Las Vegas, he’s the defender of Budget’s legal rights in the city, […]

Jon M. Canty – DENSO

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The road to progress can’t be blocked by legal uncertainties. Just slowed, at times, with cautionary signs posted. So explains Jon M. Canty who oversees risks that, not too many years ago, few could have anticipated. Autonomous and even airborne cars once seemed so sci-fi. “Urban air mobility or ‘Jetson’ cars,” the affable Canty says, […]

John Cheek – Tenneco

Est. reading time: 5 mins

At the start of 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, leaders at Tenneco decided to pause a  major company restructuring. The plan had been to split the company in two and create a spinoff called DRiV Incorporated, which would have specialized in ride performance and aftermarket solutions for cars and trucks. Tenneco manufactures automotive components […]

Logan Stone – Jack Cooper Transport Co. LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

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 […]

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. […]

Vanessa Candido – Schaeffler

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Vanessa Candido comes from humble roots, the first in her family to obtain a university degree and the first to become a lawyer. Her grandparents and most of her uncles are hardworking farmers. Her father is a mechanic, and her mother handles the home as a housewife. “I’m proud of my roots. My parents taught […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
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Spring III 2024



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