Features Region: Southeast

Jimmie Strong – Rosmar USA Inc.

Though the timing is ideal, there’s not an hour—much less a day—to waste. So emphasizes Jimmie Strong in January while speeding from his Memphis home to Nashville. It’s in Music City where he’s grooming the U.S. affiliate to a Mexican manufacturer of industrial and personal sanitizing solutions and wipes. The need for such wares has […]

Robert Abramson – Bisk

Robert Abramson subscribes to the aphorism, “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” He’s applied that principle throughout a legal career of nearly 30 years, whether working with M&A, regulatory issues or helping create new revenue models in the education industry. Now general counsel for Bisk, a global provider of online […]

Mark Rosebrock – Jadex Inc.

Quite the interesting scenario that Mark Rosebrock chose in the summer of 2019. Much had happened at Jarden Corp. since he served as associate general counsel from 2007 to 2011, as well as at other affiliated companies through 2017, and returned, in a way, last year. First, Jarden, a consumer products company, was no more, […]

Patrick McCraney – Cardinal Ventures/Blake Management Group

Before COVID-19 hit the Deep South, residents at “The Blake” senior living communities could enjoy dinner in the upscale dining room and choose from its chef-prepared menu. No bland institutionalized food and tapioca pudding at 4 p.m. here. While the pandemic has temporarily changed protocols in these community dining spaces—which look more like fancy restaurants—the […]

A. Noni Holmes-Kidd – Parkway Property Investments LLC

The lyrics “there’s a long, long trail a-windin’,” are more than 100 years old, but they still pertain to Parkway Property Investments as it sets a far-ranging course in real estate and development. In the latest twist, Parkway is expanding its commercial office real estate roots into industrial and multifamily asset classes. It’s a challenge […]

Josh Johnson – Primetals Technologies

As if those tariffs hadn’t been complicated enough on their own. So muses the good-natured Josh Johnson four years after he became general counsel for the U.S.-based operations of Primetals Technologies. An international engineering and plant construction company serving the metals industry, it relies on Johnson’s insight on all matters tariff-related—and COVID-19 related. The high […]

Stuart Lurie – Certified Collectibles Group

A Marvel and Star Wars aficionado since boyhood, Stuart Lurie hopes that the new year brings a return of the real live comic book convention. Those so-called comic-cons often attract tens of thousands of fans to major venues nationwide but last year mostly went virtual, if at all, what with COVID-19 being beyond the saving […]

Paola Monzon-Cheng – Nitto Americas

So, who expected that in January 2020, buying milk or bread would mean being separated from a cashier by sheets of clear protective film? Or that pizza you ordered would be dropped off outside your door as you waved at the delivery driver? Not Paola Monzon-Cheng, though as head of legal for Nitto Americas, she […]

J. Ammon Smartt – Willis Towers Watson

It was an offer that other established lawyers might have quickly accepted. After all, a common complaint at today’s firms is the pressure of having to rack up 2,000 billable hours annually, moving from case to case without seeing the long-term impact of one’s counsel. But J. Ammon Smartt seemed comfortable enough under those conditions […]

Natalie Ham – Charleston County School District

It was a School Board Committee meeting the likes of which Natalie Ham will never forget, helping to turn the tide of systemic racism in South Carolina’s Charleston County School District. On the surface, CCSD won an impressive first-place for its Academic Magnet High School from U.S. News and World Report in 2019, topping thousands […]


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.
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.
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.


Winter IV 2021



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