Features Region: Southwest

Deana Tillotson – InterBank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By any measure, InterBank’s growth has been a steady success. In about a dozen years, the bank, which operates in Texas and Oklahoma, has grown from $1.5 billion in assets to more than $4 billion. Deana Tillotson, who’s an executive vice president and the general counsel, expects more success—she’s spent the past two years preparing […]

Christi Morrison – Weatherford International

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The volatile nature of the oil and gas industry means lucrative growth periods can be followed by plummeting prices and long periods of contraction. This impacts not just the companies drilling for oil, but those providing services to them, such as Weatherford International. Since 1941, the company has been providing equipment and services—drilling, exploration, evaluation, […]

Bob Craig – Berkeley Research Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Bob Craig has spent his career as a builder. But he has never wielded a hammer at work, driven a nail at the office or mixed cement. “I build trust, relationships and partnerships,” Craig says. That ability to build has served him well in his role as managing director and associate general counsel for Berkeley […]

Glen Morris – JCPenney

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A veteran commercial lawyer and litigator, Glen Morris was ready for a new legal challenge when answering a headhunter’s call in 2015 to join JCPenney’s legal team. Now, after helping lead the iconic retailer through challenges that included filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and fending off class-actions, he’s encouraged by signs of JCPenney’s revitalization. He’s […]

Arnold Dodderer – Sunoco LP

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s quite a different corporate animal from 15 years ago. So muses Arnold Dodderer about the more recent evolution of what’s become the Sunoco Limited Partnership. The company that’s now the nation’s largest independent fuel distributor was in constant flux long before Dodderer joined its legal staff in 2007. However, the most consequential changes seem […]

Heather Stern – Whole Foods Market

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Nowadays there doesn’t seem much chaos at Whole Foods Market. The 2017 sale to Amazon is yesterday’s news and the worst of COVID-19, at least hopefully, is in the rear-view. So what’s there to excite Heather Stern? She, after all, is the legal boss who says the best advice she ever heard was “run toward […]

David Gohlke – Air Liquide

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So what differentiates David Gohlke from the 1.3 million or so other lawyers in the Land of the Free? While it could be his ability to grasp industrial project construction and advanced air separation technologies for a producer of industrial gases, Gohlke is often asked about something more esoteric. Such as: “So you’re that Skadden […]

William M. “Marty” Ferguson – Mr. Cooper

Est. reading time: 3 mins

Since the beginning of the pandemic, residential foreclosures across the county have largely been on hold due to government edicts, but as William “Marty” Ferguson states, things are picking up at “warp speed.” That’s keeping him busy. For nearly eight years, Ferguson has worked for Mr. Cooper, the third largest loan servicer in the United […]

Jessie (Fox) Bustamante – ProPharma Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The responsibilities had evolved though her title had not. As recently as early last year Jessie (Fox) Bustamante was still referred to as staff attorney for ProPharma Group, though time was overdue for her to delegate and concentrate on big-picture matters. ProPharma, a provider of consultancy services to life sciences companies, had just merged with […]

Cindy Buhr – PrimeLending

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When many of its 1,100 loan officers asked for a new mortgage refinancing product for customers, the executives at PrimeLending listened. After all, with interest rates and inflation on the rise, homebuying was on the decline. In 2022, the leading national retail mortgage lender and refinancer introduced Rate Redo for customers purchasing a loan between […]


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.
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.


Spring III 2023



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