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
Golden State Bank

Victor Cardona is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Anti-Money Laundering and BSA Officer at Golden State Bank in Los Angeles, CA with a presence in the Middle East. Victor has been in banking since 2004, specializing in Anti-Financial Crime (AFC) compliance since 2005. Victor is also the Director (private sector) of the El Camino Real HIFCA Coalition, a public-private partnership intelligence working group out of the HSI Los Angeles field office with the El Camino Real Financial Crimes Task Force. Outside of the banking industry, Victor is an Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly Pomona where he teaches Forensic Accounting. Victor received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Cal State Dominguez Hills and an MBA in economic crime & fraud management from Utica University. Victor also attended the police academy before his banking career and attended the HSI Citizens Academy in Los Angeles. Victor is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and currently sits as an Advisor on the Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (ACFCS) Southern California Chapter Executive Board. Victor is also the recipient of the 2022 Anti-Financial Crime Professional of the Year award by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

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.

Robin Guthridge, CAMS, CRCM
Wipfli LLP's

Robin is the Anti-Money Laundering/ Countering the Finance of Terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance practice leader at Wipfli. In addition to developing and leading audit programs for AML/CFT examinations and automated surveillance monitoring systems, she provides high level consultations regarding all aspects of the AML/CFT and assists both financial institutions and non-bank financial institutions with post examination remediation and enforcement action resolution. Robin is a sought-after speaker for local, state, and national industry events related to emerging technologies such as financial technology companies (fintechs) and cryptocurrency. She provides customized BSA and compliance training solutions for multiple state banking agencies. Her firsthand experience working in the financial services industry allows Robin to provide meaningful insight and helpful recommendations in the areas of AML/CFT, automated system validations, emerging technologies and other regulatory compliance areas.

Adam Witmer
Compliance Cohort, LLC

Adam Witmer is President and CEO of Compliance Cohort, LLC where he focuses on BSA and regulatory compliance. Adam has presented hundreds of BSA and compliance seminars and training sessions to thousands of bankers through partnerships with state banking associations throughout the US, is a former faculty member of the Community Bankers School (IL), and has been a regular guest lecturer at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW).

Being passionate about compliance education, Adam utilizes a three-part approach to compliance instruction: to educate, to empower, and to entertain. For Adam, this is achieved by focusing on relevant topics, speaking in simple to understand, layman's terms, and by keeping it light and humorous whenever possible. Adam has found that this "3-E" approach allows attendees to learn as quickly and effectively as possible. And, it adds a little bit of fun to an otherwise dreadful topic.

A contributor on the BankersOnline forums, Adam is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and has been a BSA Officer for three different community banks. In addition to being a BSA Officer, Adam held a number of roles in financial institutions both big and small. Most recently, Adam was an executive at a small community bank in Northern Indiana, a Senior Consultant for a national consulting firm, an AVP and Director of Compliance for a regional multi-bank holding company, a banker at a large national bank, and a loan originator at a mortgage subsidiary of a regional community bank. Adam earned his bachelor's degree at Taylor University, completed his MBA at Indiana Tech, and resides in the lake country of Northern Indiana with his wife and three children.

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