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Mandy Tenner – Amalgamated Bank

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

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 […]

Tom Greco – American Bankers Association

Tom Greco didn’t see this coming when he was in law school. But 40 years later, he says the internship opportunity at the American Bankers Association allowed him to build a varied and enriching legal career. Now senior vice president and senior counsel for contracts and technology, Greco helps the ABA and its members move […]

Rafael Vietti da Fonseca – Itaú Unibanco

Despite being an in-house attorney, Rafael Vietti da Fonseca also views his role through an external counsel mindset. To him, this means delivering “the best experience and providing the greatest value to clients in order to get the very next deal.” As Itaú Unibanco’s head of legal for corporate and investment bank and distribution, he […]

Luis Augusto (Lucho) Zelaya – Banco Industrial, S.A., Guatemala

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in 2020, most companies shut their doors and scrambled to move services online. While many banks scaled back, as well, Lucho Zelaya says Banco Industrial took a different approach, adding to its online services. According to Zelaya, BI’s legal manager, even before the pandemic, digital enhancements were making legal and […]

Patrick Doran – FHLBank Topeka

This is rural America at its best. Spread across four states from Denver to Kansas City, the green, rolling fields of farmland stretch to the foothills of the Rockies. Farm families have worked the land for generations, but they, along with their communities, have not been without funding and other support. As Patrick Doran explains, […]

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 […]

Jose Roberto Salvini – banco BV

In Brazil, a country NPR called “the land of many lawyers and slow justice,” fewer lawsuits has got to be a good thing. Certainly, it’s been good for Banco Votorantim, or banco BV, which had been the bank with the most litigation against it before using data science and predictive models to take off that […]

Marc Spezzano – Citi

Upon being recruited by Citi last summer, one of the first challenges Marc Spezzano faced was confidential concern about a senior employee’s activities. This matter had gone unnoticed by senior management and as the new senior vice president of risk and compliance, it was Spezzano’s job to isolate the risk and prevent it from festering. […]

Jennifer Weidner – Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

There’s plenty to like about Canandaigua, New York, a small city of around 10,000 residents happily ensconced in a sea of green forest adjacent to 16-mile-long Canandaigua Lake. And it’s not just residents who like the place. Enough tourists visit each year to pump an extra $30 million or so into the local economy annually. […]

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