Features Region: Midwest

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, […]

Jennifer Nichols – CRG 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jennifer Nichols’ life has been filled with firsts. She was the first woman in her family to go to college, and today, she is the first woman of color in a senior leadership position at CRG, a Chicago and St. Louis-based North American real estate development and investment firm.  “The real estate and construction industries […]

Sara Ivarra Juarez – Mosaic Health System 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sara Ivarra Juarez, the deputy general counsel at Mosaic in St. Joseph, Missouri, plays an important role in shaping the legal landscape of the hospital system. Mosaic is a prominent healthcare institution serving various counties across Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. Juarez’s dedication to employee rights, workplace safety and diversity has made her a key figure […]

Rick Kuhlman – Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a financial solutions firm that its larger counterparts covet for their own folds, but Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) has been saying “no” to such come-ons. Instead, this Fairfield, Iowa based operation continues to acquire broker-dealers, registered investment advisors and other asset-management firms; for that, it needs someone to mind the details.  Rick Kuhlman’s […]

Dale J. Davis – Cummins Inc. 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When your employer is the world’s largest independent engine manufacturer, you’re expected to perform with precision. Whatever your department, you, too, have got to be part of a fine-tuned corporate engine.  So it goes with Dale J. Davis, who’s had much to do with keeping transactional processes humming since joining the Cummins Inc. legal staff […]

Lorrie Litzinger – Bell Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Lorrie Litzinger, the vice president and senior legal counsel at Bell Bank, is an important figure on a unique legal team that plays a crucial role in the expansive growth of the bank.   Originating in the Midwest, Bell Bank has not only witnessed regional expansion but has also achieved unprecedented success on a national scale. […]

Kari Valley – MISO

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s an obscure entity where Kari Valley has been earning her livelihood for over eight years. Most people dependent on the Midcontinent Independent System Operator never give it a second thought, at least if their electricity is functioning.   Which Valley is proud to say is almost always. But nothing can be taken for granted by […]

Marc Cairo – Elite Staffing

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As the first general counsel of Elite Staffing, Marc Cairo plays a crucial role in ensuring its workers’ well-being and protection, particularly regarding workers’ compensation. With a deep understanding of the legal landscape and a compassionate approach, Cairo relentlessly strives to enhance workers’ compensation policies and protocols. “My dedication to this cause is rooted in […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises 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.
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Spring I 2024



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