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Emily Bennett – Jackson National Asset Management LLC

Whether its discovering boutique wineries in California’s Napa Valley or vetting mutual fund disclosures, “purpose” is the word Emily Bennett bears in mind. As assistant vice president and deputy general counsel for Jackson National Asset Management LLC, Bennett’s purpose there is helping the company provide retirement solutions. “It’s important to me to know our work […]

David Erich – Exeter Finance

The message was clear from the get-go. You’re as much businessperson as in-house lawyer, David Erich has told himself since joining Exeter Finance as senior vice president and deputy general counsel in May 2012. For almost 10 years, the affable Erich has juggled the business and legal roles, helping his tech-enabled employer that underwrites and […]

April Lindauer – Carta

Landing your dream job during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t ideal timing. April Lindauer has made the most of it, though, developing her department as the newly promoted general counsel of Carta as of October 2020. Her team has expanded over the past several months and has supported the launch of several new products for startups […]

Tod Reichert – OFS Capital Management LLC

Once an actor, stuntman and theatrical producer, Tod Reichert traded the grind of auditions and eight performances a week for a legal career that’s brought him to OFS Capital Management LLC as its managing director, chief administrative officer and general counsel. And yet, as a legal and operations leader for a fast-paced, high-growth asset management firm, much of Reichert’s work continues […]

Mike Ervin – Alaris Equity Partners

It’s a unique approach to investing taken by Calgary-based Alaris Equity Partners as it looks south of the Canadian-U.S. border. As Chief Legal Officer Mike Ervin emphasizes, Alaris seeks to be a partner, not a dictator. “No one at Alaris is going to run the various businesses better than the management teams we invest in,” […]

Anthony Sharett – Meta Financial Group Inc.

Anthony Sharett says he always wanted to make a difference for those who needed it most, and that factored into him joining Meta Financial Group Inc. in the fall of 2019. For this is the Sioux Falls-headquartered holding company of MetaBank, a financial services support company with locations throughout the United States, as well as financial agent to the […]

Todd N. Dumas – Segal Marco Advisors

One of the largest U.S.-based investment advisory firms with combined assets under management exceeding $500 billion, Segal Marco Advisors is setting the stage for the next phase of its evolution. It’s a task for which Todd N. Dumas seems uniquely positioned, his legal and financial acumen augmented by multiculturalism. He was born in Japan to […]

Chris Weinstock – PennyMac Loan Services

The customer is always right and, for well over a year, that customer has been demanding a remote mortgage. Post-pandemic, that’s likely to be the new normal. So notes Chris Weinstock, who’s long taken the pulse of prospective home buyers. During the late 1990s, he aided their cause as a deputy general counsel at Countrywide […]

Rick Donovan – Lake City Bank

Though it’s not quite post-pandemic at Lake City Bank, each day brings promise of more normalcy to one of Indiana’s oldest state-chartered financial institutions and the largest that’s solely invested in the Hoosier State. It’s taken teamwork, explains Rick Donovan, who joined the bank in late 2019 after years of being its outside counsel. How […]

Roberto Villasana Garcia – 4finance

Getting back to business as usual has been anything but usual. But with Roberto Villasana Garcia tending to all legal and compliance matters, he confident 4finance will get there. A global provider of digital consumer financing, the Riga, Latvia-based organization must streamline processes now and focus on growth within Latin America, a targeted area, when […]

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