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Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Announces 2022 Award Winners

St. Louis (Feb. 22, 2022) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, recently honored members at its 2022 Annual Meeting.

The award recipients include:

Committee of the Year: The Communications Committee has been led by Danielle Langeneckert, Director of Pharmaceutical Integration at The Resource Group, since 2019. Under Danielle’s leadership, she and her committee have improved member engagement through the launch of a rebranded chapter e-newsletter, enhanced social media communications, and provided frequent interactions with committee chairpersons and members through surveys and email campaigns to learn about upcoming events, programs, and services.

Member of the Year: Aaron Mutnick, Risk Manager at Amazon, is the Member of the Year award recipient. This award honors the chapter member who has shown great dedication and service to the Chapter during the previous year. Aaron was selected because soon after he became a member of the ACC STL, he volunteered for the Communications Committee and Litigation Practice Area Network  Committee Chairperson. His involvement helped launch a rebranded chapter newsletter and organize discussion groups for members who wanted to learn more about litigation trends in-house counsel experienced in 2021.

William E. Jaudes Service Award: Toni Douaihy, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel for Macy’s, Inc., is the William E. Jaudes Service award recipient. 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. Toni served as the 2018 ACC STL president and has remained an active board member with her involvement as Sponsorship co-Chairperson and as the Employment Practice Area Networking  Chairperson.

Sven Fickeler, 2021 ACC STL president and senior corporate counsel at Bunzl Distribution USA, said that each award recipient has invested significant time to help build a strong foundation for the St. Louis chapter, which is one of the leading chapters in the country.

In 2021, 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. The Chapter was awarded the Gold Chapter of Distinction award in 2019 and 2020.

The ACC STL also received the 2020 Innovation Award from the national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for its 2019 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Summer Internship Program.

Historic Central West End Building Purchased for a New Coffee Shop

Building was Designed and Built by George D. Barnett in 1897

St. Louis (February 7, 2022) – Jeffrey Altvater, a broker with Hilliker Corporation, facilitated the recent sale of the commercial property located at 25-35 N. Sarah, St. Louis, MO 63108 to Trash Panda LLC, with the first floor to be used for a new coffee shop and the second floor apartment converted to an office. The coffee shop is notable because it will have an on-site roasting machine.

The building, designed and built by George D. Barnett in 1897 (6,000 square feet, a former site of a restaurant and second floor apartment), was sold on December 15, 2021. Barnett was the designer of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica.

The seller, Carroll Street LLC, was represented by Altvater, a broker associate of Hilliker Corporation.

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About Hilliker Corporation

Hilliker Corporation is the largest independently owned commercial real estate company in St. Louis. Hilliker Corporation brokers and manages business related and institutional real estate. In the rapidly evolving field of business and institutional real estate, Hilliker Corporation is not only a leader, but also an island of stability. All agents are full-time and have an average of fifteen years of experience with Hilliker Corporation. No owner of a property managed by Hilliker Corporation has ever asked to terminate its services.

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Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Elects 2022 Board of Directors

St. Louis (Jan. 27, 2022) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, recently elected its 2022 officers and board of directors.

The 2022 ACC STL officers include:

·         President: Kate Krebel, Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Leonardo DRS Technologies, Inc.

·         President-Elect: Jennifer Herner, Assistant Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, MiTek, Inc.

·         Treasurer: Beverly Garner, Associate General Counsel, Bunge North America Inc.

·         Secretary: Danielle Langeneckert, Director, Pharmaceutical Integration, Ascension Health

·         Immediate Past President: Sven Fickeler, Senior Corporate Counsel, Bunzl Distribution USA

Kate Krebel, ACC STL 2022 president, said, “One of the priorities this year is to continue to provide value to our members with programming on timely topics, to host events in partnership with our sponsors, and to continue expanding our pro bono and volunteer opportunities.”

The 2022 board of directors include:

·         Advocacy: Jennifer Feldhaus, Senior Corporate Counsel, Centene Corp.

·         Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI): Tyrus R. Ulmer, Chief Counsel, The Boeing Company

·         Communications: Aaron Mutnick, Legal Risk Manager, Amazon

·         Diversity: Vikas Sunkari, Senior Legal Counsel, SSM Health

·         General Counsel Forum: Erika Schenk, General Counsel & Vice President of Compliance, World Wide Technology, Inc.; and Kate Molamphy, Vice President & General Counsel, ICL Americas

·         Annual Golf / Spa Event: Anthony “Jay” Repaso, Manager, Legal Services, Mastercard

·         Law School Relations: Pam Howlett, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory, Bayer

·         Membership: Christopher Wittenauer, Vice President & General Counsel, Americas and State Government Regulations, Peabody Energy

·         Practice Area Networking (PAN): Toni Douaihy, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Macy’s Inc. and Brian Parsons, Senior Corporate Counsel, Centene Corp.

·         Past President Council Chair: Sven Fickeler

·         Pro Bono: Patricia Duft, Senior Legal Director, Medtronics, Inc.

·         Professional Development: Geoffrey Grammer, Corporate Counsel, Ameren Services

·         Programs: John Farmer, Vice President, Litigation, Charter Communications, Inc.

·         Social: Chrissy Teske, Associate General Counsel, World Wide Technology

·         Social Justice Task Force: Lisa Savoy, Legal Counsel, Experian

·         Sponsorship: Denise Whitener, Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo Law Department

In 2021, 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. The Chapter was awarded the Gold Chapter of Distinction award in 2019 and 2020.

The ACC STL also received the 2020 Innovation Award from the national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for its 2019 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Summer Internship Program.

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 600 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 35-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 Gold Chapter of Distinction in 2019, 2020 and 2021. To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Daniel Renner Joins Affinity Law Group, LLC

St. Louis (Jan. 27, 2022) – Affinity Law Group, LLC a leading St. Louis-based boutique business, estate planning and employment law firm, recently announced that Daniel Renner joined as an Attorney in the Private Client Group.

Renner will focus his practice on assisting clients with estate planning, tax planning, asset protection, and probate and trust administration.

“We are thrilled to have Daniel join Affinity. He brings a strong commitment and enthusiasm for providing estate planning services to individuals and their families, which are important qualities for serving our clients,” said Tabitha Atwell, Affinity Law Group Member and Private Client Group Practice Leader.

Renner earned a dual JD / MBA from Southern Illinois University. While in law school, he served as an Articles Editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Renner was awarded the Hiram H. and Rosalee Lesar Memorial Scholarship to attend law school and was thereafter awarded the Lee Ann and Paul L. Conti Scholarship for his JD/MBA dual degree studies. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.

“My interest in estate planning started at an early age.  My family members are now in their fourth generation of owning and operating a local funeral home, where my father and brother now work.  It was a big part of our childhood.  I was able to witness how important end of life planning is and how helpful it can be to those we leave behind,” said Renner.

Renner is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. He is a member of Our Little Haven’s Young Professionals Group. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their son and is an avid sports fan and golfer.

About Affinity Law Group, LLC

Affinity Law Group’s mission is to partner with its clients to provide strategic counsel and tailored legal services integral to their business and personal success. To learn more, please contact 314.872.3333 or visit, www.affinitylawgrp.com.

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Receives 2021 Gold Chapter of Distinction

ACC STL is recognized as one of the best chapters in the country for the fifth consecutive year

St. Louis (Nov. 10, 2021) – For the fifth consecutive year, the Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) received the 2021 Gold Chapter of Distinction by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), which is an award bestowed on the best chapters in the United States.

The award recognizes an individual Chapter’s accomplishments in areas including programming; membership recruitment; diversity, inclusion and equity; and governance and operations.

“This is an incredible honor for the St. Louis chapter, and it is a reflection of the dedication, support, and commitment of our members. The last two years have brought unique opportunities to engage with our members. Our board frequently asks members what they want from their chapter, and we implement their advice into innovative programming, CLEs and social gatherings,” said Sven Fickeler, 2021 ACC STL Chapter President, and Senior Corporate Counsel, Bunzl Distribution NA .

In addition to the Gold Chapter of Distinction awards, the ACC STL has also received the national ACC 2020 Innovation Award for its Diversity & Inclusion Internship Program, and the ACC 2018 national membership award.

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.  The ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the country by the national Association of Corporate Counsel having received the Gold Level Award for five consecutive years from 2017-21. To learn more, please visit,https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

ACC STL Chapter Celebrated 2021 National Pro Bono Month

Members volunteered to provide free legal counsel to individuals and families by partnering with local organizations 

St. Louis (Nov. 2, 2021) – The Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis Chapter celebrated National Pro Bono in October where its members donated hundreds of hours of free legal counsel and guidance, and volunteered for community service projects.

“Each October, we are reminded of the impact that we can make as attorneys in our community. ACC STL members consistently step up and show up to provide much needed free legal counsel to underserved communities, families and individual. By giving back to the St. Louis legal community, we gain much more personally than we professionally give to the clients we serve by preserving access to legal services. This is the foundation of our legal framework,” said Patricia Duft, 2021 ACC STL Pro Bono Chairperson and Senior Legal Director, Medtronic.

During the past several years, ACC STL members have worked with many not-for-profits. Some of the partner organizations members have worked with include:

  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where ACC STL members have addressed a wide variety of legal matters for clients including small business, real estate, and housing issues.
  • Veteran’s Estate Clinic with Missouri Attorney General’s Office and Missouri Veterans Commission where veterans and their spouses receive free legal counsel on simple wills, living wills and power of attorney valued at $35,000 or less.
  • Members supported the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition where members provided support to help citizens understand their voting rights.
  • Supported Loaves and Fishes, a local St. Louis area food bank.
  • Provided school supplies for St. Louis area schools in our annual backpack/school supply drive.

“So many of you have supported us this year during our limited virtual offerings, I am grateful that we continued to have many new volunteers who supported the microenterprise ‘office hours’ where we were able to help ~ 100 local entrepreneurs with their business planning,” said Duft.

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/.

Tom Dunn, CPA, Voted One of the Best 2021 Accountants by Small Business Monthly

St. Louis (October 27, 2021) – Tom Dunn CPA Firm, a St. Louis-based accounting, business advisory and tax preparation firm for small business owners and entrepreneurs, was voted one of the “Best 2021 St. Louis Accountants” by the readers of Small Business Monthly.

“I am honored to be part of this select group of the best accountants in the region. I love what I do by helping our clients grow their businesses successfully,” said Tom Dunn, CEO and founder of Tom Dunn CPA Firm.

Tom Dunn CPA Firm has a unique process with the way they manage client relationships. Dunn explained that he asks clients to come in each week for a weekly 20-minute meeting where clients need to sign their personal and business checks prepared by his team of accountants, discuss business strategies, and understand the general financial direction of their businesses.  A benefit is that clients meet with Dunn, who is an entrepreneur having owned more than 10+ businesses throughout his career, and he shares his experience with each client to help guide his clients to make better informed decisions.

Dunn has been selected by Small Business Monthly readers for past multiple awards including Best Accounting Firm, Best in Reliability, Best in Customer Service, Best in Payroll Service, and voted One of the Most Innovative Companies in St. Louis. He has also been voted one of the “Top 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis.”

To read the list of the “2021 Best Accountants in St. Louis,” please visit, https://bit.ly/2ZoKKWl.

About Tom Dunn CPA Firm

Tom Dunn CPA Firm, founded by Tom Dunn, CPA, is a St. Louis-based accounting, business advisory and tax preparation firm that serves small and mid-sized businesses, nonprofits, families, and trusts.  Nearly 20 years ago, Tom decided to focus on his passions of accounting and helping entrepreneurs find solutions. Tom and his team can manage the business and personal financial, accounting and tax needs of their clients by partnering with them so they have a better chance at success, life-changing-results, and peace of mind. To learn more, please visit, http://tomdunncpa.com.

Jennifer Goltermann Joins Affinity Law Group, LLC

St. Louis (Sept. 8, 2021) – Affinity Law Group, LLC a leading St. Louis-based boutique business, estate planning and employment law firm, recently announced that Jennifer Goltermann joined the firm as Of Counsel.

Goltermann will focus her legal practice on employment and labor law. She will counsel clients on a variety of matters ranging from wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment claims, and human resources policies and best practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Goltermann worked at Littler Mendelson, P.C. and Thompson Coburn LLP.

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer join Affinity Law Group. She brings a depth of experience in labor and employment law that is crucial for our clients to succeed in the complicated business environment,” said Kathleen Bilderback, JD, LLM, Affinity Law Group Founding Member.

Goltermann earned a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is licensed in Missouri and Illinois.

About Affinity Law Group, LLC

Affinity Law Group’s mission is to partner with its clients to provide strategic counsel and tailored legal services integral to their business and personal success. To learn more, please contact 314.872.3333 or visit, www.affinitylawgrp.com.

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Hosts 2021 Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI) on Sept. 27

The annual event brings together in-house counsel, local leaders, and attorneys

St. Louis (September 1, 2021) – The Association of Corporate Counsel Chapter of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, in partnership with the Bar Association of Missouri St. Louis (BAMSL), the largest legal member association in St. Louis, announced today that they will host the Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI), an annual event that brings together in-house counsel, local leaders and attorneys, on Sept. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton located at 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63105.

The 2021 CCI program will offer 9 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and breakout sessions ranging from managing data privacy and employment law to diversity and inclusion and working with federal agencies.

Ty Ulmer, ACC STL 2021 CCI Chairperson, said, “We are excited to bring back the CCI this year as an in-person event. The ACC STL and BAMSL volunteers who have made this year’s event possible worked hard to ensure that participants have incredible learning experiences and opportunities to network with peers.”

When asked about why the partnership between ACC STL and BAMSL is successful each when co-hosting the CCI, Ulmer said, “The strong partnership between ACC and BAMSL is built on many years of working together, and outstanding leaders in both organizations who recognize each organization brings different, complimenting strengths to the partnership.  The combination of these different strengths results in a CCI event that is greater than either organization could host on its own.”

The 2021 CCI corporate sponsors include:

  • Husch Blackwell, the breakfast sponsor
  • Thompson Coburn LLP, lunch and cocktail reception sponsor
  • Dentons, the materials book sponsor
  • Chicago Title Insurance Company, sponsor of the final presentation of the day, Jazz Drumming and the Art of Creative Persuasion.

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/.

AMM Communications Voted One of the Best St. Louis Public Relations Firms in 2021 by Small Business Monthly

This is the twelfth consecutive year for AMM Communications to make the list of Best St. Louis PR Firms.

July 12, 2021 (St. Louis) – AMM Communications LLC, a St. Louis-based strategic communication and marketing communication firm, focused on public relations, business development, internal communications, content marketing, crisis communications, reputation management, executive communication skills training, and social media consulting, was selected as one of the “Best Public Relations Firms in St. Louis in 2021” by Small Business Monthly readers.

AMM Communications has made the list of Small Business Monthly’s Top Public Relations firms for 12 consecutive years from 2010-21.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications principal and co-founder. “We want to thank our customers, partners, vendors, family, and friends for selecting us as one of the top public relations firms in St. Louis. To be included with this group of St. Louis firms demonstrates the level of marketing and public relations talent in the St. Louis region.”

Since its founding in 2008, AMM Communications has served customers providing them 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 working with customers in the financial services, banking, professional services, manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, government entities and not-for-profits industries throughout the Midwest.

The list of the top public relations is published in the July 2021 Small Business Monthly. To view the list of the best public relations firms, please click on the link, https://sbmon.com/Awards/Article/1865/2021-Best-Public-Relations-Firms.

About AMM Communications

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the leading St. Louis-based strategic marketing 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 2010-2021. “Drive your sales. Communicate better.” For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.