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Xanthe Ranger – Booking Holdings

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The thrill of taking in a city skyline, visiting a world-class museum or diving into a deep-blue swimming hole seemed out of reach for many these past few years, what with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing countries to adopt tough travel restrictions.   But domestic and international travel is back—and Xanthe Ranger of Booking Holdings is in […]

Wahid Guirguis – HCI Systems Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the only in-house attorney at HCI Systems Inc., Wahid Guirguis is involved in all its operations, from compliance and regulatory matters to labor and employment and human resources. With few outside counsel, he spends his days working with managers and leadership of the company’s offices throughout California. He also handles contracts, reviews legal documents, […]

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 […]

Daniel Macy – Lower

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Purchasing a home unleashes an avalanche of confusing data, but Lower, a financial technology lender, is looking to unbury homebuyers with the five, large brightly colored blocks on its website. Each provides visitors with a quick overview of essential information, such as today’s 15-year mortgage and annual percentage rates. Clicking the violet box will connect […]

Chuck Almer – Construction Specialties Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With clients in healthcare, Construction Specialties Inc. met every definition of essential business during COVID-19. And what a greater volume of work the company had as its hospital and clinic clientele reconfigured available space into patient rooms. The company noted for making and using such specialty products as Acrovyn® wall protection and doors, as well […]

Joe Miller – Rose Acre Farms

Est. reading time: 4 mins

To Joe Miller, it’s not an issue of whether the chicken or egg comes first. It’s an issue of ensuring that Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, produces eggs and egg products, such as tortilla shells, humanely and sustainably. Miller is the first general counsel Rose Acre Farms has had. Last featured in Vanguard in […]

Jason Soni – SparkPost

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Jason Soni didn’t aspire to become a lawyer while growing up. In fact, he planned to become a physician. Then he had a disagreement with a college professor over using a graphing calculator app on his iPhone in a calculus class. “The premise was that the tools students have at their disposal, and the amount […]

John Reiss – Doylestown Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Despite having just 250 beds, Doylestown Hospital has some of the top cardiac care in Pennsylvania and is ranked in the top 15 cardiac hospitals nationwide, but it’s not easy retaining independence. As John Reiss explains, small- to mid-sized hospitals like this one are routinely pressured to merge with larger ones. As the vice president, […]

Lowell Plotkin – Property Markets Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Lowell Plotkin knew he wanted to work in real estate law even before graduating from Harvard Law School in 2003. “I’ve always wanted to be a member of a team,” he says.  “I didn’t see law as being competitive. That’s why I chose transactional law and not litigation, because everyone can win.” Now general counsel […]

Esther Grossman – Homeowners of America Insurance Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Not every law school student would think to hop up on a roof in the wake of a major storm. Then again, heights have not deterred Esther Grossman—especially if she’s hot on the scent of potential fraud. During her tenure as a senior claims representative with State Farm,  and while attending the University of Tulsa […]

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