Features Region: Midwest

Jory Zola – Tire Discounters

Look closely and you just might recognize similarities between stopping pucks and being an in-house lawyer. “You’ve got to focus with extreme attention to detail,” says Jory Zola, who during the mid- and late-2000s tended goal for the Indiana University men’s ice hockey team before opting for law school. “You have to evaluate a multitude […]

Jill Greene – Faurecia

In a world where sustainability consciousness is rapidly increasing, vehicle manufacturing is still about acceleration: how quickly new technology can be integrated not only to lower emissions, but also cater to drivers’ cravings for adventure and luxury. As Jill Greene explains, consumers want luxurious interiors with the latest technology, like Wi-Fi-connected devices and eco-friendly mobility. […]

Ken LeCroix – General Motors

Quite the ambitious agenda Ken LeCroix is part of at General Motors: zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion. But as an executive attorney, part of a new and unique in-house team, he doesn’t think this vision is pie in the automotive sky. “Charging stations are sprouting nationwide,” LeCroix reminds Vanguard in May. Over time, changes […]

Alexandra Kotelon – Delta Dental of Illinois

Most people are familiar with Robert’s Rules of Orders. But what about Alex’s Rules? As vice president and general counsel of Delta Dental of Illinois, Alexandra Kotelon is increasing communication, collaboration and engagement with the board of directors. As the company seeks to modernize, she’s simplifying board procedures to make them less overwhelming, too. Kotelon’s […]

Patrick Doran – FHLBank Topeka

This is rural America at its best. Spread across four states from Denver to Kansas City, the green, rolling fields of farmland stretch to the foothills of the Rockies. Farm families have worked the land for generations, but they, along with their communities, have not been without funding and other support. As Patrick Doran explains, […]

Thomas Lynch – Fortive

He’s always looking for broader responsibilities—and to learn new things. Not necessarily with a larger company; just one involved in healthcare, an industry to which Thomas Lynch feels the most personal connection. One of eight children born to a doctor father and a nurse mother, he and the others all pursued careers with some connection […]

Andrea Lockridge – Cameron Mutual Insurance

There’s a lot of risk in running a farm. With large animals and heavy machinery, the possibility of an employee getting hurt or equipment breaking is high. If an owner doesn’t have good insurance and there’s an accident, they could lose everything. Andrea Lockridge says she doesn’t want any farmer to go through that. The […]

John Zieser – Meredith

John Zieser has never been interested in being “just a lawyer.” In fact, he couldn’t imagine only reviewing contracts or managing litigation. For him, the goal has always been bigger. As the chief development officer and general counsel at Meredith, Zieser says he leads major initiatives. In his 21 years there, he’s transformed the media […]

R. Lee Allen – BRANDT Inc.

You might say R. Lee Allen has gone back to his roots as legal head of a go-to company for agricultural plant nutrition and plant protection operations worldwide. In some respects, he’s always been tied to the land, helping farmers in feeding the world or just passing their acreage on to the next generation. A […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

For Kristina Schaefer, being a lawyer is about protecting those most vulnerable. In the financial industry, this often means addressing, and trying to prevent, scams targeting the elderly. According to the FBI, millions of seniors are victims of financial fraud every year with more than $3 billion stolen. At Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank […]

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