Features Private Sector

Christopher Juban – Caiman Energy II LLC

Outside of New York City, Houston has more Fortune 500 headquarters than any other U.S. municipality, and so many of them are in the oil and gas industry that the city is known worldwide for its energy businesses. When you grow up in Houston, Texas, then, it’s hard not to have some connection to oil […]

Career moves down to a science

Compared to what his father did decades ago, Bradford J. Shafer’s career change in the prime of his working life may not seem quite so remarkable. But it still represented a leap of faith that’s vindicated itself in the form of Shafer helming the legal department of a growing biopharmaceutical company in South San Francisco. […]

Campbell & Company Inc.

It’s inevitable. Many business owners must one day confront the terrifying prospect of transferring ownership. If not done properly, the transition can leave clients and employees feeling unsteady about the future. Companies can even collapse. For his part, Keith Campbell, the founder of Campbell & Company Inc., a hedge fund based in Baltimore, Maryland, chose […]

Corporations can be great vehicles for social activism

The financial crisis in 2008 didn’t do great things for the public’s perception of automakers. When gas prices rose, car companies struggled to sell the SUVs that had been their bread and butter. The lost profits, compounded by the burst of the housing bubble, had a worldwide ripple effect. In the wake of the crisis, […]

Cindy Williams – 1-800 Contacts

Some 41 million Americans use contact lenses, and a growing number do so by downloading 1-800 Contacts’ five-star app that submits their order in just three clicks. Yet those customers have no idea how hard the Utah-based company has had to fight to provide such easy shopping, the company says. The fight continues today, led […]

Caroline Henrich – Henkels & McCoy Group Inc.

For a company that started out in 1923 trimming trees for the old Philadelphia Suburban Electric Co. and Bell Telephone, and has long since gone on to construct and service the most sophisticated infrastructure networks and utilities, being on the cutting edge of an ongoing technological revolution has always been part of Henkels & McCoy […]

Christian A. Garza – Cosentino North America

When is maneuvering 400 to 700 pound slabs of stone in a fabrication facility most likely to result in injury? Cosentino North America knows the answer, but it’s not sharing that valuable information, and with good reason. It’s among the trends the company has been able to identify since monitoring its employee safety through Gensuite, […]

Carrie Hightman – NiSource Inc.

Throughout her career, Carrie Hightman has often been one of the only women at the table. Now, as chief legal officer for NiSource Inc., one of the largest gas and electric utility companies in the U.S., Hightman is working to bring not just women, but people from all backgrounds to the table through leading a […]

Curtis Landherr – Cirrus Aircraft

Curtis Landherr has always been interested in the aviation industry. Before becoming general counsel at aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft in 2014, Landherr worked as a litigation attorney for a Kansas City-based firm where he specialized in product liability defense cases that often involved aviation clients. “Even though I wasn’t a pilot, I found those cases […]

Cesar Pereira – OHL NA

Safety and efficiency do not always agree on construction sites, which is one of the reasons attorneys at OHL North America (NA) sometimes put on hardhats and give them a visit. “This is a tough business and all too often, you have the cover-my-ass type of mentality, but you have to create an environment that […]

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