Features Region: Midwest

Stacey Mahone – Eli Lilly and Company

When Stacey Mahone started at Green Thumb Industries in 2019, the company didn’t have programs  for enterprise risk management, corporate compliance or privacy. By the time she left two years later, it had all three, as well as over four times the number of people on the compliance team. While she had strong experience in […]

Stephen Ifeduba – Washington Prime Group

Rumors of the shopping mall’s death may have been exaggerated, Forbes magazine reporting last spring how brick-and-mortar sales have been growing 3 percent each year since 2016, less than e-commerce growth but still above the rate of inflation. The shrewd mall operators intent on making their premises destination centers, there will be more attractions for […]

Steve Nielsen – Landus Cooperative

Why is that scarecrow taking pictures of the soybean crop? Well, maybe it’s not a scarecrow. But why’s that robot taking pictures of the soybean crop? Provided by Google as part of its presence at the Landus Cooperative Innovation Center, the robot, nicknamed “GROWver” is just one of the technologies Steve Nielsen’s team is showcasing […]

Sophie Zerbib – Cummins Inc.

One thing that can be said about Sophie Zerbib is she’s done a lot during her career. In a lot of languages, too. Zerbib, the director of legal business operations and chief of staff to the general counsel for Cummins Inc., came to her legal role at the maker of engines and power systems after […]

Steven Worth – OneSpan

He can be a philosophical sort, one who would have been right at home among the ancient Greeks who praised the ideals of sound mind and body. Steven Worth is passionate about both—to the benefit of several mid-sized companies he’s counseled in-house, and allowing him to stand out in pursuits of physical endurance. A blend […]

Shermin Ladha Pelinski – Fields Auto Group

Auto shopping will always be among the more personal pursuits, a would-be buyer likely visiting several dealerships, test-driving vehicles and conversing at length with the sales rep before agreeing to a purchase. Shermin Ladha Pelinski doesn’t see that part changing, but recognizes that COVID-19 has had lasting effects on the auto business, as well as […]

Steven Tourek – The Marvin Companies Inc.

At first glance, Warroad, which sits on the shore of Lake of the Woods in the northernmost reaches of Minnesota, appears to be more a haven for hunting, fishing and boating than the site of large-scale manufacturing. The city, population 1,781, is minutes from Canada and miles from anything resembling a metropolis. Yet among the […]

Seth Miller – Cambridge Investment Group Inc.

Like the wine he ferments during his off-hours, Seth Miller says his legal skills have matured to the benefit of the financial solutions firm where he’s logged nearly 13 years, the last six as general counsel. And that maturation process remains ongoing, with Miller’s employer, Iowa-based Cambridge Investment Group Inc. intent on maintaining its independence […]

Susan Bridgman – Emerald Advisors, representing Teradata and Field Aerospace Inc.

It was an eleventh hour emergency, Susan Bridgman says, when she received a news flash from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security this spring: Changes were being made to regulatory codes that would impact trade practices between her San Diego software client and its customers in China and Russia—not exactly what one wants to […]

Sean Jamieson – Spire

It’s a commodity that enables so many aspects of everyday life, from helping us cook dinner to heating our homes. Welcome to the world of natural gas. While the U.S. relies heavily on this safe and affordable product, some do have questions. But Sean Jamieson, general counsel for the commodity and midstream businesses of Spire […]

Testimonials

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.
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.

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