Speaker Bios

John Burnett

John Burnett joined Glia Group, Inc., and BankersOnline in 2004, and currently serves as Executive Editor. He is a 1990 honors graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and is an alumnus of the ABA National Compliance School, where he served on the faculty for several years.

John began his banking career in high school when he started as a teller at a $15 million bank that didn't have account numbers for its checking accounts (he says they actually filed by signature!) He joined Cape Cod Bank and Trust Company in 1971 and assumed the position of Compliance Officer in 1976. He also served as corporate secretary and secretary of CCBT's Board of Directors, as well as Clerk of the bank's holding company.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Bankers Association Legal and Regulatory Compliance Committee, and of the American Bankers Association Compliance Executive Committee and NCS/NGCS Advisory Board. He is a regular presenter of BOL Learning Connect webinars and a presenter at BOL Conferences events.

Victor Cardona
Opus Bank

Victor is currently Vice President of the BSA Department at Opus Bank, a $7.5 billion bank headquartered in Irvine, Ca. Victor has been in banking since 2004, specializing in BSA/AML compliance since 2005. In 2015 and 2016, Victor served on the faculty of the BankersOnline BSA/AML Top Gun Conferences.

Victor is responsible for managing Opus Bank's enterprise wide BSA Risk Assessment program, Quality Control program, policies and procedures, and training. Prior to this, Victor was the BSA Officer for Plaza Bank, a $1.1 billion bank in Irvine, Ca. He was responsible for managing Plaza Bank's overall BSA/AML and OFAC compliance program. Before joining Plaza Bank, Victor was the Assistant Vice President, BSA Risk Officer for City National Bank, a $35 billion bank in downtown Los Angeles where he performed the testing of the bank's BSA/AML and OFAC risk assessment program. He was promoted to this position within City National from Senior Compliance Analyst where Victor investigated the bank's most complex and high-profile SAR investigations.

Victor started his banking career with Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach as a teller before quickly moving into their BSA Department. While at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Victor also represented the bank as the Financial Institution Liaison with the Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team.

Victor received his Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Accounting and his MBA from Utica College in Economic Crime & Fraud Management. Victor also attended the police academy at the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center where he received a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice. He has been a member of ACAMS since 2007 and received his certification as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist in 2008. Victor also sits on the Executive Board for the ACAMS Southern California Chapter.

Jason Chorlins, CPA, CFE, CAMS, CITP
Kaufman and Rossin

Jason Chorlins is the banking practice leader of Kaufman Rossin’s risk advisory services practice. He spearheads forensic and financial service investigative engagements and specializes in money laundering, internal corporate investigations, due diligence and regulatory compliance matters to help clients manage risk.

He oversees anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) consulting engagements and assists financial institutions with transaction look-backs, risk assessments, BSA/AML/OFAC independent testing and customer due diligence reviews. He is an industry leader in assisting financial institutions to perform data and model system calibrations and validations for account and transaction surveillance systems, and performs in-house training for financial institutions across the country.

Since joining Kaufman Rossin in 2007, Jason has advised a wide range of financial institutions from small, privately owned banks to large, multinational institutions in the United States, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Jason speaks frequently on BSA/AML and fraud matters across the country, and currently sits on the ACAMS Education Task Force and board of directors of the Southeast Center for Financial Training (CFT). He is a former professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s accountancy program and past president of the board of trustees of the FICPA Educational Foundation. He has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the top professionals under the age of 40 and Top 26 CPAs under the age of 36 by the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, a Master of Accountancy and a Certificate in Information Systems from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Brian Crow
Thomas Compliance Associates, Inc.

Brian Crow is Executive Vice President at Thomas Compliance Associates, Inc. in Chicago, IL. Brian brings 20 years of prior banking experience to the consulting field. He was most recently Assistant Vice President and BSA Administrator for a suburban Chicago bank, where his responsibilities included preparing the bank's annual BSA risk assessment and audit documentation. Earlier as Operations Officer at the same bank, Brian monitored AML activity, aided in the implementation of the bank's AML software, and designed the bank's authentication blocking program that helped to reduce debit card fraud losses by 95 percent. Brian's responsibilities also included managing the bank's Regulation E claims, managing the bank's courtesy overdraft program, reviewing Reg CC hold notices for accuracy, and processing claims for fraudulent signatures and endorsements.

Mr. Crow has been, and continues to be, an education consultant for BOL Learning Connect, conducting webinars that have covered VISA/MasterCard chargebacks, debit card compliance and fraud prevention for hundreds of banks. It was in this role that Mr. Crow was recognized as a Bankers Online Guru in 2011.

Like many of us, Mr. Crow began his banking career as a teller, working his way up to head teller and then branch management responsibilities. He earned a B.A. degree in Theology from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Because of his education background, Brian has been given the unofficial title of "Security Evangelist" as he strives to help financial institutions protect their bottom line from losses related to fraud.

John M. Geiringer
Barack Ferrazzano Kischbaum & Nagelberg LLP

As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations and enforcement actions. He teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the Board of Advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the Co-Editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2012). John is a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past Chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering issues. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the President of its Midwest Chapter. He frequently lectures on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies and Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is the author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Understanding and Combating Terrorist Financing, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.

Mary Beth Guard

Mary Beth Guard is one of the four co-founders of BankersOnline. Since its inception, she has served as the site's Executive Editor. Mary Beth is also the director of BankCompliance.com (formerly BOL Insiders), the premier subscription-based compliance service now being offered online. Also, Mary Beth serves as CEO of Glia Group, Inc. (which produces BOL Learning Connect) and is a partner in BankGuard Resources. For more than three decades, Mary Beth has utilized her background as an attorney to focus on banking industry issues, first as general counsel for the Oklahoma State Banking Department, then as general counsel for the Oklahoma Bankers Association, prior to her work with BankersOnline.

Mary Beth has presented training programs for virtually every major national financial industry association, as well as more than a dozen state bankers associations and a host of other organizations. She is a frequent presenter of webinars and seminars. In addition, Mary Beth has written more than a thousand banking-related articles and is BOL Guru #1.

David M. Landrum, Jr.
Ronin Resources

Dave retired from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent after almost 28 years with the agency. His experience as an agent is diverse and extensive, that includes assignments to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the IRS Wagering Project Coordinator, and ten years as one of the elite long term undercover agents for the IRS. As a result of his work, he received recognition from the Director of the FBI, the Commissioner of the IRS and several U.S. Attorney's offices. He has investigated numerous complex fraud and money laundering investigations and was selected to develop undercover training and to train new undercover agents. Due to his success in training, he was further assigned to train agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy in the Basic Agents Academy, Advanced Agents Academy and Foreign Investigators at the International Academy. He has also trained bank investigators, Native American Casino compliance personnel, law enforcement and regulators worldwide in financial crime investigative methods.

Since retirement Dave has assisted law firms with clients involved in financial crime issues such as fraud, money laundering and tax violations as a consultant and expert; and assisted domestic and international financial institutions under regulatory distress including FATCA, Bank Secrecy Act and fraud issues. His assistance includes both civil and criminal venues and clients from a wide range of backgrounds including CPA firms, banking, and the medical community.

He has managed major fraud investigations, conducted bank investigations, conducted Casino fraud investigations, written investigative procedures and been a Quality Control Reviewer for Suspicious Activity Reviews. Dave has experience from all aspects of Money Laundering and fraud including laundering money as an undercover agent, investigating money laundering as an agent and bank transaction analyst, training investigators and assisting in the defense of clients charged with money laundering. His experience includes terrorist financing investigations, international transactions, Wealth Management, Private Banking, Embassy Banking, Know Your Customer and Enhanced Due Diligence remediation. Additionally, Dave had testified to his findings in numerous venues including State and Federal court. He is a licensed Private Investigator in Oklahoma, #17UPI 43300.

Betsy Maesen
Liaison to industry, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Betsy serves as FinCEN's Liaison to Industry providing BSA/AML subject matter expertise on a variety of financial services covered by the BSA. She specializes in money services businesses (MSBs), the virtual currency industry, and the gaming (casino) industry. Betsy manages activities of the executive-level Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) and related committees and provides mentoring and training for junior staff and speak at local and national industry events.

Prior to serving as Liaison to Industry, Betsy led the implementation of a multi-year plan to consolidate call centers and other operational functions across two government agencies. She coordinated with senior management to implement internal and external business process changes and led the creation and implementation of the Money Services Businesses (MSB) registration Web site--helping to transition industry away from paper and to the more timely electronic notification of registration status.

For several years, she managed activities of the Regulatory Helpline, now called the FinCEN Resource Center (FRC). She interpreted and reviewed regulations pertaining to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and the USA PATRIOT Act and trained Helpline staff on the proper analysis and interpretation of BSA regulations. Betsy led BSA presentations at national and state association conferences and other outreach events and I traveled with senior officials and provided regulatory support during external outreach meetings.

Prior to joining FinCEN, Betsy worked in the government relations field, serving as a liaison between clients and Congress members. She contributed to the development of client request initiatives that resulted in the designation over $1 million in appropriated funds annually. She also analyzed key Social Security, education, and civil service reform legislation and routinely communicated with congressional staff and members of Congress.

Robin R. Rager, CFE
Ronin Resources
Principal, Commonwealth Compliance & Litigation Services, LLC

Robin retired from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent after more than 20 years. She was a highly decorated investigator receiving recognition from numerous law enforcement agencies nationwide for her work. She was assigned to the Federal Government's Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) review team and the Identify Theft review team and her investigative experience includes contraband cigarette smuggling, gambling, narcotics, corruption, embezzlement, fraud, unlicensed money remitters, tax fraud, Foreign Bank Account Reporting violations, offshore credit card schemes, conspiracy, money laundering, and multimillion dollar Ponzi schemes. She has testified numerous times regarding her investigative findings.

Since retirement Robin has also assisted law firms with clients involved in financial crime issues, conducted a casino fraud investigation and assisted International and Domestic Financial institutions under regulatory distress including FATCA, OFAC, Bank Secrecy Act and fraud related issues. She conducted investigations relative to Know Your Customer (KYC) and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD). Her experience includes identifying unusual patterns of activity and preparing Suspicious Activity Reports. She also conducted complex transactional investigations for both individual and corporate customers and was a consultant for a Regulatory Monitorship involving an International Foreign Bank relative to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requirements and other related tax matters. She has trained bank investigators, CPAs, law enforcement and regulators in financial crime investigation methods including Anti Money Laundering projects, and has been a Quality Control Reviewer.

Furthermore, Robin has conducted Risk Assessments, assisted in an AML Program Review and has written investigative procedures for a financial institution. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed Private Investigator for the State of Oklahoma (License #15UPI69531 and Agency License #15PIA 4629) and for the Commonwealth of Virginia (DCJS #99293691 and VA License #11-8440).

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