Features Region: Midwest

Joshua Sidney Hyman – Integrated Financial Holdings

Joshua Sidney Hyman never liked being office-bound as an attorney, but visiting a hemp farm in Kentucky was unusual even for him. Hemp, which is of the same species as cannabis but has a THC level of 0.3 percent or less, was a staple crop from the earliest colonization of the U.S., grown at Mount […]

Courtney Welton – The Allstate Corp.

It’s been a ubiquitous brand image and slogan for more than 70 years—the open palms assuring Allstate customers they’re in good hands. The image and slogan endure, but the company says it’s also embracing a modern approach, expanding its traditional home and auto products to include to electronic devices, roadside repairs and online identity. For […]

David Tschantz – Christian Healthcare Ministries

So, God works in strange and mysterious ways? David Tschantz is one that believes so. A long-time lawyer in the insurance business, Tschantz was looking for a career shift a couple years ago. Yet, well into the latter half of his professional life, he needed some direction. “I believe God wanted me to do something […]

Rob Schnitz – Hyatt Hotels Corp.

As Hyatt Hotels Corp. approaches its 65th anniversary in 2022, it’s come a long way from its first motel, purchased by founder Jay Pritzker and located near the Los Angeles International Airport in 1957. From its roots, Hyatt grew to include groundbreaking, sophisticated hotels with glass enclosed elevators and multi-story atriums. In 1972, it created […]

Donna Bunch Coaxum – OSI Group

For Donna Bunch Coaxum, food isn’t just something that goes on her dinner table; it’s her career. Her first job was as business counsel for Kraft Food Inc., where she stayed from the early 1990s to 2001. Following that job, she became senior counsel for OSI Group LLC, an over $7 billion global consumer food […]

Mathew Beredo – Buckeye Broadband

Mathew Beredo admits he was skeptical a few years ago when colleagues at Buckeye Broadband floated the idea of providing some Ohioans free internet. Upon further review and the rollout of Freenet in February 2020, he became a convert. His belief was strengthened a month later when  COVID-19 upended life as normal and his employer […]

Eric Myers – ELCO Mutual Life and Annuity

As an undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eric Myers was on the track team, running alongside peers who’d go on to become Olympic medalists and world champions. As an athlete, he cared about his health and welfare and that of his teammates—but he hadn’t found his calling just yet. That […]

Kathleen Sweitzer – Maestro Health

When Kathleen Sweitzer was hired at Maestro Health, she was excited to go into the office, meet her colleagues and develop the company’s legal policies and governance. However, her first day was March 16, 2020, only a few days after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Instead of going to the office, the company’s first […]

Chris Mermigas – Valid USA Inc.

As the commercial asks, “what’s in your wallet?” It’s likely there are credit cards—according to the Experian Consumer Credit Review, the average American has four. There’s bound to be a driver’s license or other form of ID, too, and maybe an errant gift card with a balance. It’s also likely that one or more of […]

Stephanie Vadasz Randall – Milestone Equipment Holdings

Making a good thing even better is easier when you’ve done it before. Just ask Stephanie Randall.  When she joined Milestone Equipment Holdings more than four years ago, it was already one of the nation’s largest transportation equipment leasing companies. On top of that, the Missouri-based business was looking to expand its national footprint through organic growth and acquisitions.  To facilitate […]


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.
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.
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.


Winter I 2022



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