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Meredith Ritchie – Alliant Credit Union

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In 1935, deciding they’d rather pool their money to start a cooperative instead of putting it in a traditional bank, seven United Airlines employees launched Alliant Credit Union. The motto—“Be Bold”—drew Meredith Ritchie to the company in August 2007.  For the past 15 years, she’s helped Alliant grow safely and give customers competitive rates. On […]

Tiffany McMillan-McWaters – Franchise Group Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Tiffany McMillan-McWaters relocated to Southeast Virginia from England with her husband in 2013, she encountered a difficult in-house legal market saturated with attorneys—and next to no job opportunities. Despite being well-versed in contract law, she applied for a job as a paralegal at Liberty Tax, a tax-preparation service company based in Virginia Beach. While […]

Scott Adler – American Express Global Business Travel

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The global economy is on the move again with businesspeople having resumed traveling. Virtual interactions have their use but are no substitute for meeting face to face. And it’s not just traditional businesspeople—engineers, educators, scientists, architects et al also are on the move. So emphasizes Scott Adler, the number two lawyer at American Express Global […]

Jeff Midbo – United Wholesale Mortgage

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Putting together assembly lines at John Deere’s Georgia manufacturing plant might not seem like a springboard to a legal career. However, Jeff Midbo says this work helped him understand business processes, a crucial skill for an attorney when interpreting and applying laws to a company’s operations. Now the senior vice president, deputy general counsel and […]

Manuel Matadamas – FirstCash

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mexico’s economic growth notwithstanding, the World Bank still estimates that two-thirds of the country’s adults don’t have access to traditional credit services. Even fewer have made or received digital payments. The same holds true in much of Latin America and the numbers are even more discouraging for women. Thus, any entity which can ease the […]

Ketan Shah – Mesirow

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As Ketan Shah looked forward to graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2002, he envisioned a clear career path ahead of him. Then the path twisted—the accounting job he accepted with Arthur Andersen disappeared as the firm abruptly closed amid a scandal related to its work for Enron. While […]

Tom Griffin – Ares Management Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Every day can be rewarding for Tom Griffin when he’s out and about New York City or the rest of the United States. He’ll pass an independent auto parts retailer and see the parking lot teeming with customers. Or maybe it’ll be a software startup that’s about to introduce the latest app. Or a franchisee-owned […]

James Odell – Momentum Financial Services Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Even if the rewards are immense, specialization can have its price. “New York deal attorneys have to be perfectionists because they do the same thing over and over again, often-times with billions of dollars at stake,” says James Odell, speaking from first-hand experience. “The transactions are similar and, though the people and circumstances are different, […]

Kenneth Block – New American Funding

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While he’s the top attorney at New American Funding, Kenneth Block thinks of himself as more than an attorney. “I see myself as unique, acting as both lawyer and non-lawyer, and serving as an integral partner to the business team,” Block says. “I think that is rare for a person in my position.” As general […]

Sondra Jurica – LTD Financial Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Since cell phones became widely available in the U.S. in the 1990s, they’ve been a form of convenience for many. For debt collection companies like LTD Financial Services, however, the mobile devices have complicated matters. Take the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Enacted in March 1978, it stipulates that debt collection calls must be made […]

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