Category: Business News

AMM Communications Celebrates Fourteenth Anniversary

St. Louis (June 13, 2022) – AMM Communications LLC, the St. Louis-based digital public relations and strategic communications firm, celebrated its fourteenth anniversary June 1.

Founded in 2008 by Ed and Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications works with businesses and not-for-profits nationwide serving organizations in the financial services, banking, professional services, technology, and health care industries.

“We want to thank our clients, family, and friends for their support. Our goal from the first day when we opened for business June 1, 2008, is to help each customer craft and communicate their story effectively to grow their business so that they are wildly successful,” said Ann Mayuga Mayuga, AMM Communications co-founder and partner.

Founded in 2008 by Ann Marie and Ed Mayuga, AMM Communications, a PR digital agency, serves clients throughout the St. Louis region and nationwide. The firm has evolved from its initial offerings of public relations and social media consulting to expanding into one of the few digital public relations firms in St. Louis using the Paid Earned Social Owned (PESO) model. The PESO model was created by Gini Dietrich, PR-thought leader and founder of the influential blog, http://spinsucks.com.

AMM Communications has also been voted one of the “Best St. Louis Public Relations Firms” by the readers of Small Business Monthly for 12 consecutive years from 2010-21. Also, the firm was selected by Small Business Monthly as one of its 2017 and 2020 “Future 50” companies, an award recognizing privately held companies that are key economic indicators for regional business growth. 

About AMM Communications

Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the leading St. Louis-based strategic marketing, PR, and talent acquisition firm, provides media relations, digital marketing, business development, crisis communications, content marketing, internal communications, communications skills training, reputation management, and social media consulting for businesses nationwide. 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. We want to help you … Drive your sales. Communicate better. For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.

The Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter, and Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Hosted 2022 Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI) on May 11

The annual event brings together in-house counsel, local leaders, and attorneys
from across the St. Louis region.

St. Louis (June 7, 2022) – The Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter (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, hosted the May 11 Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI) at the Ritz-Carlton.

Two hundred and forty attendees participated in the annual event, which brings together in-house counsel, local leaders, and attorneys for a day of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and networking. The (CLE) presentations were given by the sponsoring firms and covered topics, ranging from labor and employment matters, to litigation, to diversity and inclusion, and the evolving practice of navigating privacy laws.

Ty Ulmer, ACC STL 2022 CCI Chairperson, said, “The CCI would not be possible without the generous support of all the sponsoring law firms and legal industry exhibitors – all of whom gave generously of their time and resources to make the event possible.  A special thank you also to the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis and its staff, who are our partners in the event.  Together our organizations can put together an event of greater depth and breadth than either organization could do on its own.”

The 2022 CCI corporate sponsors include:

  • Husch Blackwell, lunch sponsor and 2022 ACC STL Gold Level Sponsor
  • Thompson Coburn LLP, cocktail reception sponsor and 2022 ACC STL Gold Level Sponsor
  • Dentons, materials book sponsor

When asked about why the partnership between ACC STL and BAMSL is successful, Ulmer added, “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.”

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 world by the Association of Corporate Counsel.  The St. Louis Chapter has received the Gold Chapter of Distinction Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021. To learn more, please visit, https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Jason Kinser Joins Affinity Law Group, LLC

St. Louis (April 28, 2022) – Affinity Law Group, LLC, a leading St. Louis-based boutique business, estate planning and employment law firm, recently announced that Jason Kinser joined as an Attorney in the Corporate Practice Group.

Kinser brings nearly 20 years of experience to Affinity representing business owners and operators in the health care, manufacturing, construction, and financial services industries. He will concentrate his practice in general business and corporate law, with an emphasis on commercial real estate transactions, and labor and employment matters.

“We are excited to have Jason join Affinity Law Group. He brings an incredible amount of legal experience that will greatly benefit our small business and entrepreneurial clients,” said Bradley Crandall, Affinity Law Group managing partner.

Kinser received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northern Illinois University and received a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He is licensed in Missouri and Illinois.

Prior to attending law school, Kinser served with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY, and in Central America, and is an active volunteer with the USO of Missouri.

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.

Meade Summers, Hilliker Corp. President, Selected as One of Small Business Monthly’s “100 St. Louisans You Should Know in Business to Succeed”

St. Louis (April 20, 2022) – Meade Summers, Hilliker Corporation President, was recently named as one of Small Business Monthly’s “100 St. Louisans You Should Know in Business to Succeed” for 2022.

As president, Summers is innovative and creative, growing Hilliker Corporation by purchasing a significant stake in Westwood Net Lease Advisors where he is also a principal.

He has overseen the redevelopment of over 3,000,000 square feet of building space. Summers has helped clients rehab the historic Falstaff Brewery complex, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Office Building, and the Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Works, to name a few. In 1986, Summers joined the company as a real estate agent. He rose to success in the company quickly, being promoted to Vice President in 1988 and becoming a principal in 1990.

Each year, the publication selects 100 leading business owners, professionals, and executives who are nominated as the most influential individuals who make the biggest impact in the St. Louis entrepreneurial committee. More than 4,000 nominations were submitted this year.

To read Meade’s profile in the Small Business Monthly April 2022 issue, please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3Et50WM.

 

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About Hilliker Corporation

The Entrepreneur’s choice for commercial real estate services in the St. Louis region. Hilliker guides business owners through their needs at each stage of the business life cycle. Since 1985, Hilliker Corporation has brokered more than 10,000 transactions including sales and leases of industrial, office, institutional, retail and investment properties. To learn more, please call, (314) 781-0001, or visit, Http://hillikercorp.com.

Ashley Bowersox Joins Hilliker Corporation as a Broker

St. Louis (March 30, 2022) – Ashley Bowersox recently joined Hilliker Corporation as a broker where he will focus on office, retail, industrial / warehouse, and investment properties.

Bowersox brings more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and development most recently having worked in Savanah, GA.

“I am excited to be part of the Hilliker team and to work with one of the best locally owned commercial real estate brokerage companies,” said Bowersox.

A St. Louis native, Bowersox graduated from St. Louis Country Day School, which is now known as MICDS; and he graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Contact:

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

About Hilliker Corporation

The Entrepreneur’s choice for commercial real estate services in the St. Louis region. Hilliker guides business owners through their needs at each stage of the business life cycle. Since 1985, Hilliker Corporation has brokered more than 10,000 transactions including sales and leases of industrial, office, institutional, retail and investment properties. To learn more, please call, (314) 781-0001, or visit,Http://hillikercorp.com.

Jeff Price Joins Hilliker Corporation as a Broker

St. Louis (March 3, 2022) – Jeff Price recently joined Hilliker Corporation as a broker where he will focus on the sale of undeveloped land, commercial properties, and warehousing.

Price has nearly 15 years of experience as a REALTOR and more than 300 successful transactions including undeveloped tracts of land, existing homes, residential lots, and commercial property. Earlier in his career, Price worked for his family’s residential development business, and became involved with the sales and development of residential lots and soon became a top agent.

“I joined Hilliker Corporation because I saw an amazing opportunity to upgrade my personal business, to better serve my clients, and to grow my own entrepreneurial spirit.  My co-workers are professional, kind, and most importantly, good at their jobs.  With me being surrounded by well-intended and professional co-workers, the sky’s the limit for my clients and myself,” said Price.

Price graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Art in history. He is an amateur historian and enjoys coaching his children’s sports team. Price lives in Imperial with his wife and three children.

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About Hilliker Corporation

The Entrepreneur’s choice for commercial real estate services in the St. Louis region. Hilliker guides business owners through their needs at each stage of the business life cycle. Since 1985, Hilliker Corporation has brokered more than 10,000 transactions including sales and leases of industrial, office, institutional, retail and investment properties. To learn more, please call, (314) 781-0001, or visit,Http://hillikercorp.com.

Will Aschinger Named Hilliker Corporation 2021 Top Producing Broker

St. Louis (February 28, 2022) – Hilliker Corporation recently announced that Will Aschinger, Vice President, Principal, was the top producing broker in 2021 closing 30 transactions including sales and leases totaling $21,182,060.

Simultaneously, Hilliker Corp. / Westwood Agents had a record year of $295,000,000 in sales last year.

Aschinger joined the company in 1991. He helps clients purchase, sell or lease office, industrial, retail properties and investment deals.

“Will has focus, tenacity and commitment to making sure that his clients get premium service and results. He also provides the same type of leadership and encouragement to his colleagues to help them grow as professionals and be at the top of their game,” said Meade Summers, Hilliker President.

Aschinger received his business administration degree from Missouri State University. He has served on the St. Louis Commercial Real Estate Board of Directors, and he was selected 2008 Commercial Realtor Associate of the Year.

Contact:

Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications

314.485.9499, annmarie@ammcommunications.com

About Hilliker Corporation

The Entrepreneur’s choice for commercial real estate services in the St. Louis region. Hilliker guides business owners through their needs at each stage of the business life cycle. Since 1985, Hilliker Corporation has brokered more than 10,000 transactions including sales and leases of industrial, office, institutional, retail and investment properties. To learn more, please call, (314) 781-0001, or visit, Http://hillikercorp.com.

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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.

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.