Features Region: Midwest

Angela Shirrell Head – Minitab

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Minitab is the market leader in providing software and services that enable organizations to make better data-driven decisions that drive business excellence. With a growing demand for its proprietary Solutions AnalyticsTM portfolio, Minitab is investing in innovation and its infrastructure. To support its growth, Minitab appointed Angela Shirrell Head as general counsel in October 2022. […]

Raul Tellez – Luminex Home Decor & Fragrance

Est. reading time: 4 mins

“Burning the candle at both ends” is an old saw used to describe someone who’s intensely busy with their careers or in their personal lives. Were it possible, Raul Tellez would be burning the candle at three ends and doing so for one of the oldest candlemakers in the U.S. Serving as the chief legal […]

Jennifer “Jen” Ryan – U.S. Venture, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

From the day in 1951 when brothers Art and Ray Schmidt bought a fuel oil route in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and founded Schmidt Brothers Oil Co., what’s now U.S. Venture has been supplying energy products to customers throughout the U.S. Working for U.S. Venture—a distributor of renewable and traditional energy products, lubricants, tires and more—has energized […]

Tom Shaevsky – BeneSys Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For almost 45 years, the company has provided third-party administrative and software services for trust funds, especially those created under the Taft-Hartley Act to provide health insurance and retirement and other benefits to union labor. While it may be a niche business, BeneSys serves over 250 clients representing more than 500 trust funds and has […]

Michael Pangburn – Thor Motor Coach

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ask Michael Pangburn if he foresaw a career as a lawyer, and his answer will likely surprise you. “I wanted to be an FBI agent and serve my country like my father did in World War II,” he says. “After law school, I took the exam but didn’t hear from the bureau for about two […]

Patti-Ann Audia – Aisin Holdings of America

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Aisin (pronounced “eye-shin”) Holdings America is one of the largest companies no one has ever heard of, says Patti-Ann Audia. Headquartered in Northville, Michigan, a township just outside Detroit, the company is part of the Toyota Motor Group and employs more than 16,000 people at 34 different companies in North America, including four facilities in […]

Marie Batz Martin – Coherent Corporation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Marie Batz Martin thought about what she wanted to be when she grew up, it wasn’t a lawyer—which is exactly why she didn’t go to law school until she was nearly half a decade into her career. “I always knew I wanted to work at a large corporation, preferably on a global scale, and […]

Sarah Lockner – Ecolab

Est. reading time: 4 mins

During the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah Lockner bore witness to how Ecolab, a global company headquartered in Minnesota, helped sustain others through its products and services for advancing higher levels of cleanliness. Ecolab’s longtime hospitality, commercial, industrial and healthcare clientele had to maintain some semblance of business as usual while adhering to a […]

Mark Bach – Navistar Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Should Mark Bach take in a Chicago Bears game, he’d be reminded of his exclusive professional status. Not that he’s one to feel special, but at last count there were fewer than 51,000 patent practitioners in the United States, and he and the others would fall more than 10,000 short of Soldier Field’s capacity. “The […]

Laurence ‘Larry’ Oleksa – Cirrus Aircraft

Est. reading time: 5 mins

“There’s a constant corporate culture of innovation at Cirrus Aircraft,” Laurence “Larry” Oleksa tells Vanguard in May from headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. The company is the only one of its kind, he explains, that outfits all its aircraft with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as […]


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.
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.
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.


Fall II 2023



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