Category: Business News

Dec 04

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Receives 2020 Innovation Award

ACC STL Recognized for 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Summer Internship Program

Dec. 3, 2020 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) received the 2020 Innovation Award from the national Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for its 2019 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Summer Internship Program.

Started in 2012, the D&I Committee began work to launch the Summer Internship Program as part of the Chapter’s commitment to develop diversity programs and initiatives throughout the St. Louis region. The program places a diverse student who has successfully completed his or her first year of law school in the legal department of a corporation, and in 2019 there were 6 student interns.

The Summer Internship Program is designed to provide students with exposure to and experience in in-house practice. It is also designed to be a “diversity pipeline,” opening up opportunities to populations within law schools that may lack access to and/or knowledge of in-house legal practice, such as students from demographic groups who are under-represented in the legal profession and students whose family backgrounds lack in professional careers, college degrees or exposure to the law, explained Vikas Sunkari, 2020 ACC STL D&I Summer Internship Program Chairperson, and Senior Legal Counsel, System Legal Affairs, SSMHealth.

Members of the D&I committee work with local companies to provide an in-house counsel internship for students to gain hands-on experience and receive valuable career advice from seasoned veterans. Each internship is a 40-hour work week over a 10-week period. The interns are exposed to issues in-house counsel of the host company experience each day.

“We are thrilled to receive the Innovation Award. The ACC STL has made a commitment to expand the programming, education, and events of the D&I Committee. This year, we’ve introduced and co-hosted with the ACC Kansas City Chapter a book club that has been extremely successful among our members and generated meaningful conversations,” said, Tamee Reese, 2020 ACC STL D&I Chairperson, and Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T Mobility & Entertainment.

Introduced this year, the D&I Committee book club brings members together to learn from one another to discuss topics individuals may experience in their corporate environments and personal lives on matters regarding race, cultural, and interpersonal relationships. The programs involve Diversity & Inclusion experts who serve as moderators to guide the book discussions among the members.

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 620 members who represent more than 169 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 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Gold Level Award of Distinction, and selected for the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit  https://www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Nov 19

Kyle Kozel, Lakenan Insurance Group Risk Advisor, Selected as 2020 Top Producer by Insurance Business America

Kozel recognized for his leadership contributions and for being a leading national producer

St. Louis (Nov. 17, 2020) – Lakenan Insurance Group recently announced that Kyle Kozel, Risk Advisor, was selected as one of the 2020 Top Producers by Insurance Business America (IBA) magazine.

A total of 90 insurance brokers were selected by IBA, who collectively earned $160.4 million in commission revenue in 2019. This is the sixth consecutive year of the award.

“This is an honor to be recognized as one of the 2020 Top Producers by IBA with such an accomplished group of insurance brokers and industry leaders,” said Kozel.

Kozel joined Lakenan in 2019. He c

ombined his former firm with Lakenan to expand the service offerings to his clients. Kozel has more than 15 years of risk management and insurance brokerage experience serving clients nationwide in the property management, commercial real estate, multi-family, contractor, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, and automotive industries.

“We are thrilled for Kyle. He has made significant contributions to the Lakenan agency since he joined, and he is a colleague who is generous with this time to support others and serves his clients well,” said Jason Spore, Lakenan Insurance Group Executive Vice President.

Kozel attended The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and is a Graduate of the Hartford School of Insurance. He holds the Certified Work Comp Advisor Designation (CWCA), Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS), and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

To read Kozel’s profile and of the other IBA “2020 Top Producers” recipients, please click on the link, https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/special-reports/top-producers-2020-214288.aspx

About Lakenan

Founded in 1939, Lakenan is a multi-faceted independent insurance broker dedicated to providing the resources, products, and expertise serving clients throughout the country with reducing risk, securing assets, and protecting their futures. Lakenan maintains its headquarters in St. Louis, and with four offices throughout Missouri. The firm is part of the Sunstar Insurance Group nationwide network. To learn more about Lakenan, please visit, http://lakenan.com.

Sep 21

The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter Receives 2020 Gold Chapter of Distinction

ACC STL is recognized as one of the best chapters in the United States

September 18, 2020 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) received the 2020 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, 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. Since the pandemic started, we’ve have been creative with our programming, member engagement and community outreach. As an organization, we’ve learned new ways of doing things. As we go into 2021, we’ll be able to continue offering a wider variety of programming and services to engage more members,” said Brian M. Parsons, ACC STL 2020 President.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, the ACC STL received the Gold Level Award, and in 2018 the Chapter also received 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.  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, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Gold Level Award, and selected for the 2018 Best Membership / Recruitment Award. To learn more, please visit, www.acc.com/chapters/stlouis/.

Sep 11

Tom Dunn CPA Firm Selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2020 Future 50” Recipients

September 11, 2020 (St. Louis) – Tom Dunn CPA Firm, the leading accounting, tax and audit firm for St. Louis small business owners and entrepreneurs, was named one of Small Business Monthly’s “2020 Future 50” companies, an award recognizing privately held companies that are key economic indicators for regional business growth.

“This is an honor to be selected as one of the Future 50 award recipients. We are thrilled to be included with this amazing group of local companies. Given the caliber of the Future 50 companies, St. Louis has a bright future,” said Tom Dunn, founding shareholder of Tom Dunn CPA Firm.

For more information about Small Business Monthly’s “Future 50” 2020 recipients, please click on the following link of recipients, www.pageturnpro.com/St-Lo…age/27.

Dunn has been selected by Small Business Monthly readers for past multiple awards including one of the most innovative companies in St. Louis, and for best customer service and best in reliability. He has also been voted one of the “Top 100 People to Know in Business in St. Louis” in 2017.

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, tomdunncpa.com.

Sep 10

AMM Communications Selected as one of Small Business Monthly’s “2020 Future 50” Recipients

September 10, 2020 (St. Louis) – AMM Communications LLC, a WBE-certified, St. Louis-based strategic communications, public relations, communications skills training and digital marketing firm, was named one of Small Business Monthly’s “2020 Future 50” companies, an award recognizing privately held companies that are key economic indicators for regional business growth.

 

“This is an honor to be selected as one of the Future 50 award recipients. We are thrilled to be included with this amazing group of local companies. Given the caliber of the Future 50 companies, St. Louis has a bright future,” said Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications principal and co-founder.

For more information about Small Business Monthly’s “Future 50” 2020 recipients, please click on the following link of recipients, www.pageturnpro.com/St-Lo…age/18.

AMM Communications has also been voted one of the “Best St. Louis Public Relations Firms” by the readers of Small Business Monthly for eleven consecutive years from 2010-20, and was selected as a 2017 “Future 50” recipient.

About AMM Communications
Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the leading St. Louis-based strategic communications 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 2010-2020. For more information, please visit, ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.

Sep 03

Childhood Vaccinations Still Required, Legal Services Can Help.

St. Louis (Sept. 3, 2020) – Regardless if students are attending Missouri schools in the classroom o

r remotely at home, the requirements for standard vaccinations are still in place.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the 2020-2021 Missouri School Immunization Requirements must be up-to-date and “students must present documentation of the immunization status.”

“Upon investigation, we have confirmed that children must still have current vaccinations even if they are attending school virtually,” said Geoff Oliver of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

Routine childhood vaccinations are needed to help children stay safe and healthy.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as of April 2020 vaccinations for children age 18 and younger were down by nearly 50 percent compared to the previous year.

“If families need help accessing health care for their children, including vaccinations, Legal Services can help,” stated attorney Oliver.” As schools re-open, we want to remind families that Legal Services is a resource for you and your children during these troubling times,” he added.

“Services for families and children include free health insurance enrollment help for families eligible for no-cost or low-cost health insurance and help with issues with Missouri’s Managed Care Medicaid (MO
HealthNet) programs.”

To see if your children qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, please contact Legal Services of Eastern Missouri at 314-256-8735. Outside of the St. Louis region call 800-444-0514 for help from Legal Services’ Union or Hannibal offices.

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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 2019, nearly 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Jul 16

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri names 2020 Common Good Awardees

Eight Individuals, Firms and Organizations To Be Honored

ST. LOUIS –Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the area’s largest nonprofit law firm, will honor eight individuals, firms and organizations for their service on behalf of clients and the community. The “For The Common Good” awards recognize exceptional contributions to help insure equal access to justice for all members of the community.

Receiving the 2020 awards are: Tom Minogue, Thompson Coburn LLC. (Robert Walston Chubb Award for lifetime commitment); David H. Menninger (Richard B. Teitelman Community Service Award);  Arnold & Porter and Public Counsel (Melton M. Louis Equal Justice Award); Wellston Tenant Association (Eddie Mae Binion Community Service Award); Vannah Shaw, St. Louis County Justice Service (John R. Essner Young lawyer of the Year Award); Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P. C. (Gerald R. Ortbals Law Practice Award); Stuart Berkowitz (F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award); and Jacob Barker (Media Award)

The awards presentation will be presented virtually on Thursday, August 27, 2020 and will be hosted by former awardee Chris Nagus (KMOV). Information about joining the online event is available at www.lsem.org. Award sponsors include: Missouri Lawyers Weekly and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner as Sustaining Sponsors, Emerson and Thompson Coburn LLP as Supporting Sponsors and Alaris as Contributing Sponsor.

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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 2019, nearly 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.

Jul 14

AMM Communications Voted One of the Best St. Louis Public Relations Firms in 2020 by Small Business Monthly

This is the Eleventh Consecutive Year for AMM Communications to Make the List of Best STL PR Firms

July 13, 2020 (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 2020” by Small Business Monthly readers.

The firm has made the list of Small Business Monthly’s Top Public Relations firms for 11 consecutive years from 2010-20.

“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 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.

The list of the top public relations is published in the July 2020 Small Business Monthly. To view the list of the best public relations firms, please click on the link, https://www.sbmon.com/Awards/Article/1694/2020-Best-Public-Relations-Firms.

About AMM Communications
Founded in 2008, AMM Communications LLC, the leading St. Louis-based strategic marketing and 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 2010-2020. For more information, please visit, http://ammcommunications.com or call 314.485.9499.  

Jun 24

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis Kicks Off 2020 Diversity Summer Internship Program

June 24, 2020 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel Chapter of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, kicked off its 2020 Diversity Summer Internship Program with eight law school students participating.

The ACC STL Diversity Internship Program, which started in 2011, provides participants with meaningful exposure to in-house practice. Law school students who participate in the program will learn about the various areas of legal advocacy and general corporate practice that in-house counsel handle, as well as the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.

“One of the ACC STL core values is to promote diversity and inclusion among our members, the companies our members represent, and within the legal community,” said Vikas Sunkari, ACC STL 2020 Diversity Summer Internship Program Chairperson, and Senior Legal Counsel, System Legal Affairs for SSM Health.

The 2020 ACC STL Diversity Summer interns include:

 

  • Irene Cai, Washington University School of Law, will intern at Wells Fargo
  • Kristen Evans, University of Missouri School of Law, will intern at AT&T
  • Josie Finch, Saint Louis University School of Law, will intern at Bunzl
  • Hailey Hearty, Saint Louis University School of Law, will intern at RaboBank
  • Donovan Hill, Saint Louis University School of Law, will intern at ICL
  • Ja’Mecia Laws, Washington University School of Law, will intern at Ameren
  • Aja McCoy, Washington University School of Law, will intern at Charter Communications
  • Brittany Trinidad, Washington University School of Law, will intern at Ameren


Each Diversity Summer Intern is matched with a mentor who is an ACC STL member and works at the same company where their internship occurs.

Last year, 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/.

Jun 03

Association of Corporate Counsel of St. Louis Chapter Donates $2,500 to St. Louis Area Foodbank

June 3, 2020 (St. Louis) – The Association of Corporate Counsel of St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) recently donated $2,500 to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The St. Louis Area Foodbank’s donations received a dollar-for-dollar match from the JTO, BB3 Matching Gift Event, sponsored by The Jayson Taum Foundation, Brad Beal and Lineage Logistics. With every $25.00 raised, the Foodbank will be able to provide 200 meals to children, families and seniors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The impact of the coronavirus has hit every area throughout the St. Louis region. The need has never been greater in recent times to help members of our community with basics such as food, personal care items and cleaning products,” said Brian Parsons, ACC STL president, and Senior Counsel, Macy’s Inc.

“The ACC STL members represent a wide variety of corporations, locally based businesses and start ups, and each of us is committed to investing our personal time and professional resources into making St. Louis a community where we help one another and give one another support to thrive,” added Parsons.

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/.