Features Region: Midwest

Mitchel Kay – PTS 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The day will come, Mitchel Kay believes, when cannabis use will be perceived as no different from alcohol. It will be just as acceptable for an adult to order a THC-infused beverage instead of a standard cocktail, beer or wine. In some places, it practically is. By increment, he notes that societal norms are changing.  […]

Russ Dempsey – BroadStreet Partners 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Russ Dempsey, the general counsel at BroadStreet Partners, brings a wealth of experience from his career in the insurance and financial services sector. Joining the company in June 2022, Dempsey has played a vital role in steering BroadStreet’s unique approach to investing in high-performing independent insurance agencies toward success.  Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, BroadStreet Partners […]

Susan Abernathy – Cedar Falls Utilities 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Susan Abernathy’s elevation to the position of general manager (CEO) at Cedar Falls Utilities signifies a significant milestone in the utility’s journey and her career. Drawing from her extensive public service and law background, Abernathy brings a depth of experience and a forward-thinking perspective to her new role. As the company’s first female general manager, […]

Amy Meyer – R.J. O’Brien 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the senior director and deputy general counsel at R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC (R.J. O’Brien), Amy Meyer is an important part of the firm’s leadership. Her role goes beyond traditional legal counsel; she partners with her business colleagues on transformative projects crucial to the firm’s future trajectory.  Chicago-based R.J. O’Brien is the oldest and […]

Marc Fried – Washburn University  

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Marc Fried, the general counsel at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, is crucial in steering the institution toward its mission of inclusivity and expanded educational access. His multifaceted legal background, cultivated in the dynamic landscapes of large cities, positions him strategically to not only respond to the legal needs of the university but also to […]

Kimberly Walker – RUSD 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up, Kimberly Walker harbored a deep-seated desire to help others, initially aspiring to become a teacher. With a makeshift classroom in her backyard, complete with a chalkboard, she gave lessons in math and reading to neighborhood children and found joy in the idea of shaping young minds.  As she matured, Walker realized that she […]

Kim Pryor – JBS USA 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The worst of COVID-19 may have passed, but on goes a $100 million commitment that the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, made during the height of the pandemic.  It is called Hometown Strong and has the company’s North American division partnering with the 75 U.S. communities where JBS maintains a manufacturing presence. While the communities […]

Mark Weintraub – Reserve Management

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mark Weintraub, the general counsel at Reserve Management Group (RMG), spearheads initiatives that reflect the company’s dedication to responsible recycling practices and industry advocacy. RMG, a group of recycled materials businesses specializing in metal recycling across eight states and Canada, prioritizes ethical operations and environmental stewardship.  Weintraub is vital in ensuring the company’s adherence to […]

Robin Lampkin – Ashland 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Growing up in Ohio, Robin Lampkin was an average girl who enjoyed school and learning and figured she would have a bright career in whatever field she entered. Her father was a CPA and worked for the Internal Revenue Service, and as the epitome of a daddy’s girl, Lampkin wanted to follow in his footsteps—so […]

Amy Guzzy – Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Imagine you’re an over-the-road long-haul truck driver finishing up a 1,000-mile stretch deep in the heart of the Midwest. You’re hungry, tired and feeling a little unclean, so you’re scouring the landscape for a place to solve all three of those things. What’s that on the top of a hill? It’s a Love’s Travel Stop, […]


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.
I was honored to be the subject of an article. I enjoy reading Vanguard articles and seeing how other attorneys got to their positions and see their jobs. It's also interesting to see how different law firms partner with the subjects of the articles.
– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
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.


Summer I 2024



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