ACAMS is guided by an Advisory Board of distinguished experts from around the world committed to keeping ACAMS on the cutting-edge of anti-money laundering practices and ensuring ACAMS’ place as the premier provider of state-of-the-art services to its members.

Advisory Board Members

Rick Small

Rick Small, CAMS

Executive Vice President
Director, Financial Crimes Program

Mr. Small brings leading insights on the challenges, strategies, regulatory expectations and future focus areas for anti-money laundering and financial crimes at a global level. Prior to joining EY, he was the Senior Vice President, Enterprise Wide Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption and International Regulatory Compliance for American Express. In this role, Mr. Small was responsible for overseeing the enterprise-wide anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and sanctions programs. In addition, he was responsible for the Compliance teams that manage day to day compliance outside of the United States. Prior to joining American Express, Mr. Small was the Global Anti-Money Laundering Leader for GE Money, a division of General Electric. In this role, he was responsible for the anti-money laundering program of all GE Money businesses globally. Prior to joining GE, he was the Managing Director, Global Anti-Money Laundering, for Citigroup.

Mr. Small was first a Federal Prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division and the Organized Crime Strike Force and then with the United States Department of the Treasury as the Senior Counsel for Law Enforcement. His most recent government position was on the staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as Deputy Associate Director in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation. Mr. Small is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of ACAMS and a member of the Advisory Board for the American Bankers Association/American Bar Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference.

Luciano J. Astorga

Luciano J. Astorga
Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Astorga joined BAC|Credomatic Network in the year 2000 where he worked as Managing Director/General Manager for BAC|Nicaragua until 2008 when he accepted the position of Regional Chief Compliance Officer when the position was jointly offered by both JV partners, (General Electric Co. and Grupo Pellas). During his 8 years tenure at BAC|Nicaragua, he executed a successful high-growth business strategy which persistently exceeded yearly projected double digit business growth and earnings which resulted in yearly ROEs of above 25%.

Prior joining BAC|Credomatic Network, Mr. Astorga worked as Managing Director for First Chicago/Bank One (prior merging with JPMorgan) from 1986 to 2000 as Managing Director in several assignments including Mexico City, Mexico (new bank), New York, NY (Emerging Markets), Chicago, IL (Energy) and Houston, TX (Petroleum). Assignments included heading several business efforts and senior credit positions.

Mr. Astorga also worked from 1983 to 1986 at Bank of Boston in Boston, MA where he completed the Loan Officer Development Program and concluded an assignment in Panama, Rep. of Panama. Prior beginning his banking career, Mr. Astorga worked for 2 years with General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY as an Electrical Engineer where an educational leave of absence was granted for graduate school studies.

Mr. Astorga´s education background includes a Masters of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from the Central American Institute of Business (INCAE), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY.


John J. Byrne

John J. Byrne, Esq., CAMS
Condor Consulting LLC

John J. Byrne is president of Condor Consulting LLC and senior advisor to the ACAMS advisory board. Byrne is a nationally known regulatory and legislative attorney with close to 30 years of experience in a vast array of financial services issues, with particular expertise in all aspects of regulatory oversight, policy and management, AML, privacy and consumer compliance. He has written hundreds of articles on AML; represented the banking industry in this area before congress, state legislatures and international bodies such as FATF; and appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and many other media outlets. Byrne has received a number of awards, including the Director’s Medal for Exceptional Service from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the ABA’s Distinguished Service Award for his career work in the compliance field. His podcast, “AML Now” (on iTunes) received a 2017 Communicator Award for hosting from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. Byrne’s blog on AML and Fraud on received a Gold Hermes Award in 2016. In addition, Byrne received the ACAMS Lifetime Service Award in September 2017.


Jim Candelmo

Jim Candelmo
MVP, Chief
AML Officer
Capital One

Jim Candelmo is the Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer with Capital One. In this role, Jim supports all facets of Capital One’s AML program.

Before joining Capital One, Jim served as the Bank Secrecy Act Officer at Ally Financial, where he was responsible for all Anti-Money Laundering activities and Ally’s Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit as well as other compliance activities.

Prior to that, Jim was the Deputy Criminal Chief (National Security) for the United States Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all national security cases. Before joining the US Attorney’s Office, Jim served 10 years with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC where he served as Senior Trial Attorney with the Department’s elite Counter Espionage Section and Fraud Section. He is a veteran of both the New England Bank Fraud Task Force and San Diego Bank Fraud Task Force.

Jim attended the University Of Dayton School Of Law where he was named to the Law Review. After graduating law school, he served on active duty with the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, during that time Jim received his Masters of Law in International Law from Georgetown University.

He has served as a guest lecturer in the fields of Financial Crimes Intelligence Units, Terrorism and Terrorist Financing, Espionage, Cybercrimes, Suspicious Activity Review Teams and Bank Fraud. He is an adjunct professor of law where he teaches National Security Law and Federal Criminal Law.

Jim is a former member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Council for the state of North Carolina. He is a current member of the FBI’s National Security Financial Sector Working Group, the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations’ Bank Forum, Association of Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Educational Task Force and a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Bank Secrecy Act Coalition.

His awards include the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Terrorism Prevention and National Security for his work in public/private partnerships combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing and the Central Intelligence Agency Seal Medal for his contributions to our National Security. Most recently, Jim was also named “AML Professional of the Year” by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

Robert Curry

Robert Curry, CAMS, CRCM, CIA
EVP, Chief Compliance Officer

Robert Curry is Chief Compliance Officer at KeyBank. He has 25 plus years of compliance experience in varying functions including Chief AML Officer, consultant and auditor. In these roles, he has worked with community and money center banks, international boutique banks and global financial institutions. In his current role, Rob is responsible for the oversight and direction of KeyBank’s Compliance program, which includes AML, Fair and Responsible Banking, core compliance practices and Privacy.

Rob graduated with a BA from Mount Union College and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).


William J. Fox

William J. Fox
Global Financial Crimes Compliance Executive
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

William J. Fox is the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Executive for Bank of America, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. He is responsible for the company’s Financial Crimes, Corruption and Economic Sanctions efforts.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Fox served as the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Appointed by Treasury Secretary John Snow in 2003, Fox was FinCEN’s fourth director and led the administration of the Bank Secrecy Act, which authorizes the collection, analysis and dissemination of financial information important to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Before his appointment as FinCEN Director, Fox served in the Department of the Treasury from 2000 to 2003 as Associate Deputy General Counsel and Acting Deputy General Counsel. After September 11, 2001, he served as the principal assistant and senior advisor to Treasury’s General Counsel on issues related to terrorist financing and financial crime – and received a Meritorious Rank Award for work on these issues.

Prior to his service at Treasury, Fox served for twelve years at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in various positions, including Deputy Chief Counsel. During his tenure at ATF, Fox provided legal support to several large scale criminal investigations; helped oversee ATF’s regulatory program; served as a legal point person for ATF’s alcohol and tobacco diversion program; worked on several important legislative initiatives; and served as principal legal support for the United States Trade Representative’s Office for wine trade negotiations with the EU and other wine producing countries.

Fox received a bachelor’s degree in history and a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha. In March2005, U.S. Banker magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people in high finance.


María de Lourdes Jiménez

María de Lourdes Jiménez, Esq.
Senior Vice President & Division Head Manager
Corporate Compliance Division
Popular, Inc. San Juan, PR

Senior Vice-President & Division Head of the Corporate Compliance Division for Popular, Inc. Her principal responsibility is to supervise the compliance function in Puerto Rico, the United States and all other operations for Popular, Inc. , the leading financial institution in Puerto Rico which ranks 40th by assets among U.S. banks. She is a compliance and legal professional with 25 years of banking experience and particular expertise in all aspects of regulatory oversight, anti-money laundering (AML), consumer and financial compliance.

Mrs. Jiménez has vast experience as Legal Counsel and Compliance Manager in Multinational Institutions. She has previously worked for Citibank, Puerto Rico’s Commissioner of Financial Institutions, and Banco Santander, where she managed the Legal Counsel Office and Corporate Compliance.

Ms. Jiménez is an active participant in the compliance industry and has held committee positions through the industry. She has precided the Puerto Rico Bankers Association Anti-Money Laundering Committee, for the last 12 years where she has coordinated extensive training to keep the industry abreast of legislative and regulatory changes. Also, she served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association (ABA) Compliance Administrative Committee and collaborates with the ABA in various capacities. Mrs. Jiménez is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally and has cooperated with the US Treasury Department in the public/private sector dialogues with the Latin American AML financial community.

Mrs. Jiménez serves in various community oriented organizations as a Board Member, Center for the New Economy, a local economic think tank, Corporación del Estuario de la Bahía, the Compañía para el Desarrollo Integral de la Península de Cantera where she spearheaded the efforts to develop an out of school educational program and electronic library for the children of this low income community.

Frank Lawrence

Frank Lawrence
Global Head of Payments Compliance, CCO

Frank Lawrence applies his 20 + years of direct experience in managing top money transfer companies as a trusted partner for the internal teams at Facebook, to ready and launch innovative payments products. He is responsible for all Global BSA compliance and operations including Sanctions, CIP/KYC/EDD and all AML monitoring and reporting. Frank’s focus since joining Facebook is to help drive emerging payment systems worldwide.

Frank has a deep working knowledge of Money Transmitter/Money Service Business regulations and e-Money regulations in the EU, including:

  • Anti-money laundering (AML) rules
  • The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)
  • Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations
  • Suspicious Activity report filings
  • Sanctions screening (e.g., OFAC) process
  • Credit card industry and NACHA regulations


Dennis Lormel

Dennis M. Lormel
President and CEO
DML Associates

Mr. Lormel retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in December 2003, following over 30 years of government service, almost 28 years as a Special Agent in the FBI. During his distinguished career, Mr. Lormel amassed extensive major case experience as a street agent, supervisor and senior executive, particularly in complex, document and labor intensive financial related investigative matters. In December 2000, Mr. Lormel was promoted to Chief of the FBI’s Financial Crimes Program.

Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 2001, Mr. Lormel formulated, established and directed the FBI’s comprehensive terrorist financing initiative. He developed and implemented a variety of proactive and progressive investigative methodologies. These efforts evolved into the formation of a formal Section within the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI, known as The Terrorist Financing Operations Section. This multi-agency, multi-disciplined entity attained international recognition as one of the world’s elite operations for tracking, investigating and disrupting terrorist-related financial activity. For his visionary contributions, Mr. Lormel received numerous commendations and awards to include the Department of Justice, Criminal Division’s Award for Investigative Initiative and the Central Intelligence Agency’s George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism.

Over the last six years Mr. Lormel has provided risk advisory consulting services. He is the founder and President of DML Associates, LLC, a full service investigative consultancy. Mr. Lormel provides consulting services and training related to terrorist financing, money laundering, fraud, financial crimes and due diligence. He also offers financial intelligence services through case studies and trend analysis. Mr. Lormel has shared his insight on terrorist financing and money laundering through speaking engagements at hundreds of domestic and international conferences, as well as through regular media interviews. In addition, he served as an Advisor to the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Financing Task Force. Mr. Lormel is also a contributing expert to The Counterterrorism Blog.


William D. Langford

William D. Langford
Chief Compliance Officer – Americas
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Rick McDonell

Rick McDonell
Former Executive Secretary Financial Action Task Force
and Executive Director ACAMS

Mr. McDonell was the Executive Secretary of the FATF since 2007.Prior to that he worked for the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC), where he was Chief of the UN Global Programme on Money Laundering. Previously Rick established the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering and became its first Executive Secretary.

He is a lawyer by training and has had extensive experience as a federal prosecutor and in conducting complex investigations including being in charge of many multidisciplinary investigation Task Forces into organised crime cases both nationally and internationally. He also has had experience in private legal practice and as a university lecturer.


Karim Rajwani

Karim Rajwani
Deutsche Bank AG, Filiale London AFC
Managing Director
Global Head AFC IT Strategy

Mr. Rajwani is currently the Global Head of Anti Financial Crime IT Strategy for Deutsche Bank. Prior to this role he was Chief Anti-Money Laundering for the RBC Financial Group (RBC) and is responsible for leading RBC’s Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism, and Client risk management and anti-bribery initiatives globally. Mr. Rajwani has more than 30 years of risk management, compliance and financial accounting experience. Mr. Rajwani was also a member of the Advisory Council on National Security for the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada between 2009 and 2012, the Co-Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti Money Specialists (ACAMS) and is on the Advisory Board of ACAMS.


Anna McDonald Rentschler

Anna McDonald Rentschler, CRCM, AMLP, CAMS
Vice President and BSA Officer
Central Bancompany

Mrs. Rentschler is Vice President and BSA Officer for Central Bancompany, Jefferson City Missouri, a $10 billion holding company in Missouri and Oklahoma with branches in Kansas and Illinois. Anna has been affiliated with Central Bancompany for 31 years. The Financial Investigations Unit, which encompasses the BSA/AML and Regulation E dispute divisions, encompasses the enterprise-wide consolidation and governance functions for all 13 affiliate banks. Anna was the 2008 recipient of the ABA Distinguished Service Award.

Anthony Luis Rodriguez

Anthony Luis Rodriguez, CAMS, CPA
Global Compliance Officer
Associated Foreign Exchange

Anthony Luis Rodriguez is a Certified Public Accountant, CAMS certified, and currently the Global Compliance Officer for Associated Foreign Exchange Inc. (“AFEX’). AFEX is a fast growing top-tier independent commercial foreign exchange provider. Established in 1979, AFEX effectively pioneered the business of personalized foreign exchange services, tailored to small and mid-size business clients. Since then, AFEX has grown into a leading global foreign exchange specialist offering services throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. AFEX has a diverse global client base of more than 10,000 active commercial customers, including importers and exporters, educational and financial institutions, small businesses and multinational corporations. Prior to joining AFEX, Mr. Rodriguez’s extensive experience spans over 10 years, he has held positions with RIA Financial Services one of the world’s largest money transmitters, JPMorgan Chase as a Vice President in the Commercial Compliance Department and Envios R.D./Pronto Envios a niche market money transmitter as their Chief Compliance Officer. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez, is currently a member of the ACAMS Advisory Board.


Nancy J. Saur

Nancy J. Saur, CAMS
Head of Compliance
Advantage International Management (Cayman) Ltd.

Nancy Saur has over 35 years experience in financial services, with more than 20 years focused in the Caribbean and Latin American region. While living in the Cayman Islands for the past 17 years, Nancy has managed compliance for banks, trust companies, corporate service providers, insurance companies and securities brokers. She founded the Cayman Islands Compliance Association, and in 2004, she and her partners opened the first independent compliance consulting company in Cayman, where, in addition to consulting for institutions such as the above, Nancy consulted for a variety of other financial services businesses including credit unions, MSBs, law firms and insurance and real estate brokers. She currently works for a Private Trust company; prior to making the move this summer, Nancy was head of compliance at an insurance company that provides private placement life insurance, annuities and business insurance. Nancy is a member of the ACAMS Advisory Board, a CAMS Prep Facilitator and has been on the various ACAMS Exam Writing Task Forces over the past 10 years.


Markus E. Schulz

Markus E. Schulz
Global Head FCC Controls
Standard Chartered Bank

Daniel D. Soto

Daniel D. Soto, CAMS
Chief Compliance Officer
Ally Financial, Inc.

Dan is the Chief Compliance Officer for Ally, where he is responsible for Ally’s enterprise-wide compliance activities. Before joining Ally, Dan spent two years with Wachovia/Wells Fargo in anti-money laundering and retail banking compliance; was for three years the Chief Compliance Officer for Royal Bank of Canada–Centura; and spent eight years with Bank of America in the global anti-money laundering compliance function.

Prior to joining the private industry, Dan was in the public sector as a commissioned bank examiner where he spent six years with the FDIC and nearly 10 years with the Federal Reserve Board.

Dan is based in Charlotte, North Carolina; was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the ABA Compliance Administrative Committee; is a faculty member of the American Bankers Association’s National Compliance School; and also on the advisory boards of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and the BSA Coalition.


Susan J. Galli

Susan J. Galli, CAMS
Financial Services Advisory Risk and Regulatory
Galli AML Advisory, LLC

Susan Galli assists clients to respond to regulatory and Monitor mandates arising from regulatory exams, enforcement actions and Deferred Prosecution Agreements, as well as proactive compliance reviews, particularly in the areas of financial crime risk management and corporate governance. Susan assists clients with root cause analysis of issues and the development and implementation of remedial actions. As a former Chief Risk Officer coupled with her experience in a number of in-house senior AML and compliance roles, Susan has extensive experience in the development and implementation of financial crime and regulatory compliance programs in financial institutions.

Susan also recently served as a Managing Director in the Financial Crimes Unit in the Advisory Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). She worked with PwC’s risk and regulatory consulting teams to advise clients on the overall management and performance of their business, with a focus on compliance management, risk and governance. Prior to joining PwC, Ms. Galli held a number of senior roles in anti-money laundering compliance with HSBC Holdings Plc and HSBC Holdings North America, Inc. During her tenure at HSBC, she had responsibility for AML policy and program development and global AML strategy and architecture. She has also served as the Chief Risk Management Officer at Pacific National Bank, N.A. where she had responsibility for the oversight of the compliance risk management functions including BSA and regulatory compliance, as well as all of the other risk management functions at the bank.

Previously in her career, Ms. Galli served as the Senior Anti-Money Laundering Coordinator and a member of Citigroup’s Global Anti-Money Laundering team, as well as the Latin America AML Director for Citigroup businesses and was also the Senior AML Coordinator for Banco Santander’s U.S. and Caribbean operations. She also served as a member of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (“BSAAG”) and the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group Funds Transfer Subgroup, representing both Citicorp and the industry.

Special Advisors

Vasilios P. Chrisos, CAMS
Principal | Financial Crimes Unit
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

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David Clark, CAMS
Global Head of FCC Learning & Surveillance Analysis; Group Financial Crime Compliance
Standard Chartered Bank

David has extensive global financial crime risk mitigation experience within banks and, previously, government customs agencies. David joined Standard Chartered from GE Capital where he headed up the Financial Crime risk management function for EMEA and APAC and focused on Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions & International Trade Controls, and Anti-Bribery & Corruption. Prior to GEC, David worked for Barclays Wealth where he held a global role as the Head of Financial Crime intelligence with specific responsibilities for Anti- Bribery & Corruption, PEPS, Enhanced Due Diligence and Reputational Risk escalations. Prior to Barclays David worked for ABN AMRO where he held a senior position in their global advisory and analysis team, with specific responsibilities for global AML training & communication and Asia advisory. Before switching careers to work in Financial Services, David had an 18-year law enforcement career as a financial investigator & intelligence officer which included 7 years seconded to a crown dependent territory.

Advisory Board Staff Contact

Kieran Beer

Kieran Beer, CAMS
Director of Editorial Content and Editor-in-Chief of ACAMS

Kieran Beer joined Fortent in May 2006 to launch a new compliance news and legal research, Fortent Inform. With Fortent’s subsequent purchase of Alert Global Media in January 2007, Beer became editor-in-chief and editorial director of ACAMS, which incorporated Inform, Money Laundering Alert and

Prior to joining what has become ACAMS, Beer was executive editor of Bloomberg Wealth Manager, a trade magazine for financial advisers and family offices. He also served as a staff writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

Beer has been a financial journalist for more than 25 years, beginning his career at Institutional Investor, where he worked as a reporter and editor in the newsletter division and was a contributor to Institutional Investor magazine. He served as editor-in-chief of The Bond Buyer, founding editor of Thomson Municipal News/The Bond Buyer Wire and as the editor of the American Banker.

Beer writes a column and periodically reports on money laundering and bank compliance. He has served as a panelist and moderator at industry conferences and appeared on CNN, CNBC, WCBS and spoken on NPR and Bloomberg radio (WBBR).