Features Banking

Normandy Gomez – BAC Credomatic Panama

Like most banks, BAC Credomatic Panama began as a traditional financial institution, with many transactions being done in-person and on-paper. While it had already begun a digital transformation, that shift has picked up speed during the COVID-19 crisis. According to vice president of legal operations Normandy Gomez, the bank has continued offering its services. Although […]

Linda Ellis – Tinker Federal Credit Union

These are things that should be learned early, says Linda Ellis. Opening a savings or checking account, building credit and understanding a credit report, and borrowing money—all are essential lessons that should be taught as early as middle school, long before any financial decisions students make as young adults. “It was something that was greatly […]

Lance Morrison – Civista Bank

Lance Morrison compares the legal function at a financial institution to that of a duck gliding across a smooth pond. It may look pristine and calm from a distance, but beneath the surface those legs are constantly kicking as they work to keep things moving. This is particularly true at Civista Bank, where Morrison is […]

Lori Jean – 1st Source Bank

It is a burgeoning industry bringing in billions of dollars in revenue across the U.S. and spurring technological advances in agriculture as its crops are found in edibles, beverages, oils and the traditional plant form. And yet, offering bank accounts and loans to businesses involved in marijuana cultivation and sales is completely off-limits for banks—because […]

Sarah Barry Nupdal – Bell Bank

What do Oprah Winfrey and North Dakota’s Bell Bank have in common? That would be Bell Bank’s charitable Pay It Forward program, inspired by the TV icon 16 years ago. Since its inception in 2008, more than $15 million in charitable donations have been given by the Fargo financial institution, making headlines in the process […]

Amanda Demas – BMO Harris Financial Advisors

General counsel and vice president of BMO Harris Financial Advisors since October 2015, Amanda Demas recalls how with a previous firm she witnessed an aggressive middle-aged son bringing his very elderly mother into an office and practically strong-arming her into restructuring her portfolio to his favor. “Prior to then, his mother was always on top […]

George Seeberger – 1st Financial Bank

When it’s time to move in or move on, wouldn’t it be nice for landlords and renters to know more about each other? In what condition did the tenant leave their past apartment? Did they get their full security deposit back? And how about the owner or property manager—how frequently did they withhold a portion […]

Luis Alberto Cárdenas Diaz – Banco Sabadell

When it came to helping the new kid on the block get a start, Luis Alberto Cárdenas was there. Cárdenas, Banco Sabadell’s legal director for its Mexican operations, was also the first hire for the bank’s legal department when it started in 2015. Since then, his team has grown to 13, but he clearly recalls […]

Karen McDonough – USI Consulting Group

Karen McDonough gets paid to think about retirement, all day every day. Not her own, mind you rather the multi-billion-dollar retirement and employee benefits industry that her employer, USI Consulting Group (USICG), caters to. As the chief legal officer explains, the retirement and benefits industry is in a constant state of flux: She and her […]

Rusty Pickering – Ingo Money

The insurance company has settled your claim, or your business loan has been approved; great news to be sure. Then you hear “the check is in the mail,” and you wonder how long it will take for your good fortune to come to fruition. Ingo Money Inc. is looking to make that phrase a relic […]

Testimonials

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.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
The piece highlighting my company, Bob Baker Enterprises, Inc., came out fabulous. Our company is in the new and used car sales and service industry. Everyone was great to work with and extremely professional. They produced a high-quality product and have provided expert assistance and guidance post-production of the article.
– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
It was a great honor to be featured in Vanguard Law. Working with every member of the team, from the initial interview with Erin Clark, through production with Victor Martins, writing the article with Taryn Plumb and creating the final content with Dave Gushee, was a true pleasure. Everyone was very professional, enthusiastic and supportive, and their creative approach and positive attitude clearly came through in the final product.
– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.

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