Feb 20

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications, Presents at March 19 St. Louis Society of Association Executives Lunch & Program

Program topic is about how to use data to improve member communications

Feb. 20, 2020 (St. Louis) – Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based strategic communications and public relations firm, will present “The Data Dive: Understand How to Improve Your Member Communications,” at the March 19, 2020 St. Louis Society of Association Executives (SLSAE) Lunch & Program.

The presentation is for SLSAE members and not-for-profit association executives who want to learn how to leverage current and prospective member data. This information can help not-for-profit executives understand and make strategic decisions on how to improve member communications and build a strong communications plan. During this presentation, attendees will learn the following:

  • How to use data to develop and drive a stronger communications program that will help attract and retain members.
  • Understand what the PESO model is and how to use it to improve communications. (Note: Gini Dietrich, Founder of SpinSucks.com, is the creator of the PESO model, https://spinsucks.com/communication/pr-pros-must-embrace-the-peso-model/)
  • Learn how to develop and build an ongoing communications campaign to improve an organization’s online presence.


The program will be held at the Missouri Society of CPAs located at 540 Maryville Centre Dr., St. Louis, MO, 63141, from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 for SLSAE members and $60.00 for non-members. To register, please click on the following link, https://slsae.org/event-3694482.

Since its founding in 2008, AMM Communications has served the leading companies in their industry sectors providing them with support ranging from media relations and crisis communications to content marketing, and executive communications skills training.  The company, co-founded by Ed and Ann Marie Mayuga, focuses on serving financial institutions, professional services firms, manufacturing and distribution companies, healthcare, government entities and not-for-profits throughout the Midwest.

About AMM Communications
Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the leading St. Louis-based strategic communications and public relations firm, provides media relations, digital marketing, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, reputation management, social media consulting, and executive communication skills training. AMM Communications is a nationally certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and certified by State of Missouri, St. Louis County and St. Louis City.  The company is federally certified as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the SBA and is certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). AMM Communications has been voted one of the “Best PR Firms in St. Louis” by Small Business Monthly from 2010-2019. For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.

Feb 18

Tom Dunn, CPA, Featured in Small Business Monthly February 2020 “Time with the Boss”

St. Louis (February 18, 2020) – Tom Dunn, CPA, founder and president of Tom Dunn, CPA Firm, was profiled in the February 2020 issue of Small Business Monthly’s regular column, “Time with the Boss.”

The monthly column features leading St. Louis business owners and not-for-profit executives on their life philosophies, how they spend their day, and how they started their careers.

Dunn’s February “Time with the Boss” profile can be read by clicking on the following link, https://www.sbmon.com/Articles/Article/1618.

Over the past three years, Dunn and the Tom Dunn CPA Firm has also been selected by the Small Business Monthly readers as “One of the Best Companies in Customer Service in St. Louis” in 2018, “One of the Most Innovative Companies in St. Louis,” in 2019, 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis in 2017,” and “One of the Best Accounting Firms in St. Louis ” for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Tom Dunn, CPA, founder and CEO of St. Louis-based Tom Dunn, CPA Firm, is an accountant, business advisor and CFO who serves small business owners and their families. As a serial entrepreneur, Tom understands the challenges that business owners face each day. After launching several successful businesses, Tom decided to focus on his passion of accounting and helping entrepreneurs for 20 years ago when he opened his firm. Tom and his team manage the business and personal financial, accounting and tax needs of their business owner clients by partnering with them so they have life changing results and peace of mind. To learn more, please visit, http://tomdunncpa.com.

Feb 10

Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Honors Members for Individual Contributions at 2020 Annual Meeting

(L) Vikas Sunkari, Senior Attorney, Transactions, SSM Healthcare; (R) 2019 ACC STL President, Chrissy Teske, Senior Attorney, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

February 6, 2020 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, held its 2020 Annual Meeting recognizing members for their individual contributions.

The 2020 ACC STL award recipients include:

  • Member of the Year: Vikas Sunkari, Senior Attorney, Transactions, SSM Healthcare. Sunkari volunteered to lead the 2019 ACC STL Summer Diversity Internship Program, which paired six, first-year law students with host corporations in the St. Louis region. He managed the entire process that included the interview and selection process, recruited mentors to pair with the interns, and developed educational and training programs to supplement the students’ internship experience. Through participation in the program, several 2019 Summer Interns obtained employment for the summer of 2020.
  • 2019 Pro-Bono Committee, (L) Co-Chair Patricia Duft, Vice President, Legal, Medtronic; (C ) Chrissy Teske; (R ) Paula Finlay, Assistant Vice President, Senior legal Counsel, Labor & Employment, AT&T.

    Committee of the Year: 2019 Pro-Bono Committee led by Co-Chairpersons Patricia Duft, Vice President, Legal, Medtronic; and Paula Finlay, Assistant Vice President, Senior legal Counsel, Labor & Employment, AT&T. Under the leadership of Duft and Finlay, the committee engaged members to volunteer in a variety of projects and pro bono opportunities including: National Health Care Decisions Clinic, Veterans Wills Clinics; Partnered with Loaves & Fishes; Legal Services of Eastern Missouri micro-Enterprise Entrepreneur Seminars and Clinics; and Backpacks for St. Louis City Schools

  • William E. Jaudes Service Award: Renee Schenk, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Bayer, received the award. The William E. Jaudes Service award was named after Bill Jaudes, one of the original founders of the ACC STL. This honor, which is not awarded annually is given to members who exemplify dedication, leadership and service. Schenk served ACC STL leadership roles including president and membership chairperson where the Chapter was recognized by the national Association of Corporate Counsel as Outstanding Chapter of the Year and achieved a milestone of surpassing 500 members for the first time in the Chapter’s history.

(L) Chrissy Teske; (R) Renee Schenk, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Bayer.


Brian Parsons, 2020 ACC STL President, and Senior Counsel, Macy’s Inc., said, “Each member recognized has contributed significantly to the growth of the St. Louis chapter. Their leadership and dedication have helped make the St. Louis chapter one of the strongest in the country, and one that continues to evolve to serve our members.”

In 2019, ACC STL received the Gold Chapter of Distinction by the national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The award recognizes the Chapter’s accomplishments in areas including programming, membership recruitment, and governance / operations.  In 2018, ACC STL received the Gold Level Award, and the Innovation Award for Best Membership / Recruitment.

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499

annmarie@ammcommunications.com

 

About the ACC STL:

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the country by the national Association of Corporate Counsel with having received the 2017 and 2019 Gold Level Award and selected for the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit,https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Jan 30

BAYER FUND GRANTS $25,000 TO LEGAL SERVICES OF EASTERN MISSOURI

Funding for expansion of legal advocacy for children’s educational needs

ST. LOUIS –Bayer Fund has made a one-year grant of $25,000 to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Children’s Legal Alliance to fund important educational advocacy work for low-income children, with an emphasis on serving children enrolled in schools in north St. Louis County.

This generous grant from Bayer Fund will support attorneys who work closely with families who have children at risk of failure in school because of lack of access to special educational needs and/or individual education plans.

Each year, the Children’s Legal Alliance serves more than 200 families with children struggling in school because of lack of access to special educational services. The program also represents children at high risk of suspension and/or unfair discipline and helps educate parents so they can become more effective advocates for their own child’s educational rights.

Additional information about the work of the Children’s Legal Alliance can be found at:www.lsem.org/childrens-legal-alliance-program/

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About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 64 years. In 2018, 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

About Bayer Fund: The mission of Bayer Fund is to make philanthropic investments that contribute to the quality of life in the areas of food and nutrition security, STEM education, health and wellness and community development. Our primary focus is to assist families in under-resourced and rural communities where our customers and employees live and work. Learn more about Bayer Fund at https://www.fund.bayer.us/

Jan 28

Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Elects 2020 Board of Directors

January 27, 2020 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, elected its 2020 officers and board of directors.

The 2020 ACC STL officers include:

  • President: Brian Parsons, Senior Counsel, Macy’s Inc.
  • Vice President / President-Election: Sven Fickeler, Senior Corporate Counsel, Bunzl Distribution USA, LLC
  • Secretary: Jennifer Herner, Associate General Counsel, MiTek
  • Treasurer: Kate Krebel, Corporate Counsel, DRS Technologies, Inc.
  • Immediate Past President: Chrissy Teske, Senior Attorney, Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

At-Large Directors: Geoffrey Grammer, Assistant Corporate Counsel, Ameren; and Erika Schenk, General Counsel & Vice President of Compliance, World Wide Technology.

ACC STL 2020 president, Brian Parsons, shared that the priorities for the Chapter this year are to strengthen member retention and engagement, utilize social media platforms to improve communications, and expand networking opportunities that are specific to members’ practice areas.

“This year is exciting for the ACC STL chapter. Last year, the chapter was selected as one of the best chapters in the country at our national meeting. Previous boards have laid a strong foundation, and the board is looking forward to making contributions to better serve our membership,” said Parsons.

The board of directors include:

  • Advocacy: Jennifer Feldhaus, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Maritz
  • Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI): Ty Ulmer, Chief Counsel, The Boeing Company
  • Communications: Danielle Langeneckert, Director, Contract Design, The Resource Group
  • Diversity: Tamee Reese, Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment
  • General Counsel Forum: Kate Molamphy, General Counsel, ICL Americas; and Erika Schenk
  • Annual Golf / Spa Event: Jay Repaso, Manager, Legal Services, Mastercard
  • Law School Relations: Paula Finlay, Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel – Labor & Employment, AT&T
  • Membership: Beverly Garner, Associate General Counsel, Bunge North America
  • Practice Area Networking (PAN) – Labor & Employment: Toni Douaihy, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Macy’s Inc.
  • Past President Council Chair: Chrissy Teske
  • Pro Bono: Patricia Duft, Vice President, Legal, Medtronics
  • Professional Development: Geoffrey Grammer
  • Programs: John Farmer, Vice President, Litigation, Charter Communications
  • Social: Margy Weisman, Assistant General Counsel, ESCO Technologies
  • Sponsorship: Denise Whitener, Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo Law Department

In 2019, the ACC STL received the Gold Chapter of Distinction by the national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The award recognizes the Chapter’s accomplishments in areas including programming, membership recruitment, and governance / operations.

In 2018, ACC STL received the Gold Level Award, and the Innovation Award for Best Membership / Recruitment.

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499

annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About the ACC STL:

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the country by the national Association of Corporate Counsel with having received the 2017 and 2019 Gold Level Award and selected for the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit,https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Jan 27

JUSTICE FOR ALL BALL, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020

JUSTICE FOR ALL BALL, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Join Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for 30th Anniversary Event

ST. LOUIS – The 30th Anniversary Justice For All Ball will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. The Justice For All Ball attracts more than 500 members of the legal community including Judges, Managing Partners, Senior Counsel and corporate counsel from the area’s largest firms and companies.

For the 30th Anniversary of the Justice For All Ball, Legal Services is returning to the Ritz-Carlton, the venue in 1991 for the first Justice For All Ball. In an additional nod to the 30th Anniversary, this year’s Honorary Chairs are Edna Mae Graham, who was the first Committee Chair in 1997, and Doreen Dodson who served as an Honorary Chair the same year.

The 2020 Leap-Year Day event features a classic cocktail party – black-tie optional – with gourmet banquet stations, an open bar, complimentary valet parking, a select silent auction and a variety of entertainers.

Paula Finlay (AT&T) and Priscilla Murray (Husch Blackwell) are the Ball Co-Chairs, with Tracy Tabb (Brown & James) as Auction Chair. Presenting Sponsorship is provided by Missouri Lawyers Weekly with Sustaining Sponsorship by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Supporting Sponsorship by Emerson and Thompson Coburn, and Contributing Sponsorship provided by: Armstrong Teasdale; The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis; Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.; Brown & James, P.C.; Capes Sokol; Dowd Bennett; Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C.; Husch Blackwell LLP;  Newman Bronson & Wallis; Polsinelli PC; Stange Law Firm, PC; The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Co.; and The Simon Law Firm, P.C.

Tickets are $250 per person with tables of ten available. Please visit www.lsem.org/justice-for-all-ball for more details or contact Louisa Gregory, Associate Director of Development at lmgregory@lsem.org or 314.256.8736.

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About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 64 years. In 2018 more than 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Nov 25

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Receives 2019 Gold Chapter of Distinction

ACC STL is recognized as one of the best chapters in the country at national association meeting

November 25, 2019 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) received the 2019 Gold Chapter of Distinction at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting in October held in Phoenix.

The ACC STL Chapter is one of 10 chapters selected this year for the Gold Chapter Distinction. The award recognizes the Chapter’s accomplishments in areas including programming, membership recruitment, and governance / operations.

“This is an incredible honor for the St. Louis chapter and a reflection of the support, commitment and involvement from the ACC STL board, committees, members, and sponsors. Everyone contributed to making this happen,” said Chrissy Teske, 2019 ACC STL President, and Senior Attorney with Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

In 2018, ACC STL received the Gold Level Award, and the Chapter received the Innovation Award for Best Membership / Recruitment.

Other 2019 Gold Chapter of Distinction Award winners include: Austin, Chicago, Greater Philadelphia, Houston, Nevada, San Diego, Southern California, South / Central Texas, and Tampa Bay.

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications
314.485.9499
annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About the ACC STL:

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 550 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 30-year-history, the ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the country by the national Association of Corporate Counsel with having received the 2017 and 2019 Gold Level Award and selected for the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Nov 19

YOUNG FRIENDS OF LEGAL SERVICES ELECTS FIVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS

representing young legal professionals with an interest in public service

St. Louis (Nov. 19, 2019) — The Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri have elected five new members to their Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Mackenzie Allan, Luke Jackson, J. Thomas Mihalczo, Dr. Kara Moskowitz and Vannah Shaw.

Board President, Michael Cherba (Danna McKitrick, P.C.) says “We are excited to welcome these new members to our Board. The enthusiasm and professionalism they bring will help increase our sup

port of Legal Services’ mission to provide access to justice and free legal representation to the marginalized

and under-served in our community.”

Mackenzie Allan joins the board as the Washington University Board Representative on a two year term. She is currently a JD Candidate at Washington University School of Law and holds a B.A. in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University. She has completed internships with Danna McKitrick, P.C. in St. Louis and with the Superior Court of California in San Luis Obispo.

Luke Jackson is an associate attorney in litigation practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. He is a 2018 graduate of Saint Louis University Law School and also holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College. He has served in the US Air Force Reserves since 2012. During his time in law school, he also worked with the Civil Litigation Clinic and served as a faculty fellow researcher.

Thomas Mihalczo is an attorney with Bollwerk & Tatlow, LLC. He is a 2017 graduate of St. Louis University Law School and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He previously served with the Federal Public Defenders Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, and as a Research Fellow for Prof. John Ammann at Saint Louis University. He currently also serves as Board Secretary for MindsEye Radio, which serves people with vision loss.

Dr. Kara Moskowitz is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of History. She is 2014 PhD graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and also holds a M.A. in History from Emory University and a B.A. in History from Grinnell College in Iowa. She has authored four publications on the subject of African Decolonization and is a volunteer tutor at the International institute of St. Louis.

Vannah Shaw is a legal clerk with St. Louis County Pretrial Release. She is a 2013 graduate of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA, and also holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is currently also a volunteer lawyer with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and served 2014-2017 as an Assistant Circuit Attorney with the St. Louis Circuit Attorneys Office.

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About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2018, 30,000 people in

21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Nov 11

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Oct 23

“Hoosiers” are Jerks + 6 Other Things About St. Louis That Outsiders Don’t Know

St. Louis welcomes a whopping 28.8 million tourists each year from across the U.S. and around the world, which is fantastic because it supports nearly 90,000 jobs — everything from hotel workers to taxi drivers to sign company installers like the folks at Landmark Signs (find them at landmarksignusa.com), and the list goes on. 

If you’re planning on paying a visit, then here are 7 interesting, unusual, and just plain wacky things about The Gateway to the West:

  1. If someone calls you a “Hoosier,” then they’re hurling an insult (even if you aren’t from Indiana).

The backstory on this one is (as expected) pretty weird. It goes like this: in the 1930s, a St. Louis-area brewery hired non-unionized workers from Indiana — who came to be hated and collectively known as “hoosiers.” Well, fast forward about 90 years, and the term is still used by locals in reference to anyone who is not well-liked, to put it mildly. 

  1. It’s not called Panera — it’s called the St. Louis Bread Company

If you’re looking to take your “carb cheat” day to the next level, then don’t ask the locals where the nearest Panera is located. Instead, refer to the chain’s original name: the St. Louis Bread Company. 

  1. When it comes to sports conversation, it’s fine to talk baseball, hockey, soccer, or basically any sport except professional football (college football is fine).

A few years ago, the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League packed their balls and helmets, and headed westward to Los Angeles. Understandably, this remains a real sore spot for both sports fans, and folks who love St. Louis and have plenty of civic pride. So, your best bet is to avoid the topic altogether. Oh, and while we’re talking sports etiquette: if you are fortunate enough to attend a baseball game to watch the beloved St. Louis Cardinals, then be prepared to seriously watch the game. It’s not a game, it’s a religion.

  1. There’s way more to do than visit the Gateway Arch.

Yes, you should definitely check out the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see around 30 miles in every direction. But there’s plenty of other things to do, too. In fact, St. Louis is home to more free tourist attractions than any other city in the U.S. except for Washington D.C. For example, you’ll enjoy free entry to the zoo, the art museum, the history museum, and the science center. 

  1. Beer is ridiculously cheap.

Sometimes weird can be wonderful, and if you’re a beer lover than you’ll be overjoyed to discover $2-$3 beers across most bars in St. Louis. Enjoy (and drink responsibly!).

  1. Toasted ravioli is really a thing — and you’ll love it.

You love toast. You love ravioli. Well in St. Louis, you can bring those passions together in one delectable dish called (believe it or not) toasted ravioli. While you can find this all over the place, many foodies head to Mama’s on The Hill, which is St. Louis’ famous Italian district. Mangiamo!

  1. The cost of living is very reasonable for a large city.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in St. Louis is about 12% lower than the national average — and compared to some cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston, is significantly cheaper. Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love with St. Louis so much (or at least get addicted to toasted ravioli) that you’ll want to make it your new home. In addition to having more disposable income (for yet more toasted ravioli), you’ll have the right to call other people “hoosier” and fiercely root for the Cardinals and Blues. What’s not to love about that?