Greater Salt Lake City Chapter


Upcoming Greater Salt Lake City Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The Greater Salt Lake City Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists is dedicated to support the financial community in Utah by developing and strengthening relationships between financial professionals, with the objective of increasing knowledge of money laundering trends, and methods to detect and prevent financial crimes.

  • Holiday Breakfast Social
  • December 12, 2017
  • Presentation: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Goldman Sachs
    111 South Main Street
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
  • There is convenient self-parking available underneath City Creek Center. First two hours of parking are free and $2.00 per additional hour. Most accessible parking can be accessed from, South Temple or State Street.
  • Non-Chapter Member: Free
  • Chapter Member: Free


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Upcoming Greater Salt Lake City Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Holiday Breakfast Social

Sponsored by Regulatory Data Corp. (RDC)

Implementing FinCEN’s Final Ruling on Beneficial Ownership

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter held another successful learning event regarding implementing FinCEN’s Final Ruling on Beneficial Ownership on Friday, October 27, 2017. Nearly 50 attendees came out to enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network with others from different financial institutions.

We heard from Dana Twomey, Director at West Monroe, formerly CAST Management Consultants. Dana provided valuable information and clarification regarding beneficial ownership and the implementation. Please see the attached presentation for your reference:

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Thank you to Goldman Sachs for hosting this event and to all those who attended.

Presentation on Human and Sex Trafficking

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter held a Human and Sex Trafficking learning event on Friday, June 30, 2017. Nearly 50 attendees came out to enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network with others from different financial institutions.

We heard from Kevin Pepper who is the Supervising Special Agent of the SECURE Strike Force with the Utah Attorney General’s Office. Kevin addressed trends, indicators, and a case involving, detecting and fighting human and sex trafficking.

Thank you to Discover Financial Services, Inc. for hosting this event and to all those who attended.

Please see the attached presentation as well as the following helpful links:

Case example:

FinCEN red-flags for human and sex trafficking: /

Hot Topics Trending in AML

The Greater Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter held a learning event on Friday, March 31, 2017. Nearly 70 attendees came out to enjoy breakfast and the opportunity to network with others from different financial institutions.

We heard from Sterling Daines, Managing Director, Global Compliance Division, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Daines is Deputy Head of the Global Financial Crime Compliance program of Goldman Sachs. He also manages the firm’s global Anti-Money Laundering/Suspicious Activities Group, which is responsible for executing the firm’s anti-money laundering and sanctions program firm-wide.

Sterling addressed the following Hot Topics:

  • NYDFS Rule, regarding transaction monitoring and filtering programs and its applicability to all institutions
  • De-Risking best practices and the differences between analyzing individual risks vs not providing certain banking services. Additional discussion covered what continues a “reasonable” amount of due diligence.
  • Effects of Cyber-Crime on surveillance and SAR filing and current 2016 FinCEN guidance on this topic.
  • New CDD Rule, regarding beneficial owners and the challenges most banks continue to experience as they work to implement the “customer profile” and “refresh” portions of this rule.

Thank you to Goldman Sachs for hosting this event and to all those who attended.

Refugees and the Banking Industry: A Look at Banking and Finance Challenges Faced by the Refugee Community

Please join the ACAMS Greater Salt Lake City Chapter on Thursday, December 15, 2016, for a special breakfast-networking event and presentation by guest speaker Solomon Awan, a Sudanese refugee working as a job developer at the Utah Division of Workforce Services. Solomon will detail the many challenges faced by the refugee community in banking and finance and highlight the unique money laundering and fraud risks that follow the movement of refugee funds across the globe.

3rd Quarter Session Event at Zions Bank

“BSA & Marijuana – a ‘High’ Risk?”

Quarterly Education Event: “What you may have missed at the Vegas ACAMS Conference.”

Breakfast with the ACAMS Greater Salt Lake City Chapter

How Digital Currency Changes the Money Laundering Landscape

Salt Lake City ACAMS Chapter Launch Event

Aaron Blankenstein

Aaron Blankenstein
Goldman Sachs

Aaron oversees the Financial Crimes Compliance (FCC) program for Goldman Sachs new consumer product lines. Aaron previously served as the Board appointed BSA/AML Officer for multiple large online institutions including GE Capital Bank and Ally Bank. He has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry and has worked in many areas of Consumer and Commercial Compliance. Aaron holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).


Vasiliki Katsikathas

Vasiliki Katsikathas
Optum Bank

Vasiliki Katsikathas is a compliance analyst at Optum Bank in West Valley City, Utah. She has been in the banking industry for 15 years and has served in a compliance capacity for over 6 years. She is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Vasi graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a triple-major in political science, finance, and international management, and double-minor in Spanish and economics. She also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in organizational behavior.


Darrin Jarret

Darin Jarrett
Zions Bancorporation
Program Director

Darin H. Jarrett is Senior Vice President and Corporate Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Manager for Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has held the position since January 2011 and in this capacity oversees the enterprise-wide AML Program for the Bancorporation, which includes eight subsidiary banks and four investment and trust affiliates.


Kelly Etherington

Kelly Etherington
Zions Bancorporation

Kelly has been the Senior Compliance Manager with SAP America for a short time after working at Zions Bancorporation for 30 years, beginning his Zions career in Zions Bank Branch Operations in 1986 and worked in branch and administration capacities until 1997. Kelly became the Operations Compliance Officer and BSA Officer in 1997, and transferred to the holding company as the Corporate AML/Operations Compliance Manager in October 2001, and became the Assistant Director of Corporate Compliance in January 2011.

Kelly earned his Associates Degree in Banking and Finance from Utah Valley Community College and later graduated from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration. He attended the ABA National Compliance School in 1997 and the ABA Graduate School of Compliance Risk Management in 2008. Kelly was awarded the designation of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist in March 2003 after passing the required exam with the first set of candidates to sit for the exam and became a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager exam in June of 2004.


Kari R Kirk

Kari R. Kirk,CAMS,CRCM
Discover Financial Services, Inc.
Membership Director

Kari Kirk is the Senior Manager for the Western Region of the Compliance Testing, Monitoring and Reporting team for Discover Financial Services, Inc. She previously worked as the Compliance Review Manager at Zions Bancorporation. She has worked in the financial industry for nearly 30 years in various areas of operations. Kari’s focus for the last 15 years in Compliance has been assessing control environments across various business lines and products. This includes planning, execution and reporting for compliance testing and collaborating with business management to develop corrective action and enhance controls. Kari holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management, obtained her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in 2010, and is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM).


Matt McQueen

Matt McQueen
Zions Bank
Assistant Program Director

Matt McQueen currently works as the Zions First National Bank divisional BSA Officer in Salt Lake City, UT. He has been affiliated with the bank for eight years in varying anti-money laundering capacities. Prior to joining Zions Bank, Matt worked as a BSA/AML Auditor and Financial Crimes Investigator for Wells Fargo Bank in Denver, CO. Matt joined the private sector after serving as a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service

Kenzie Mexican

Kenzie Mexican
Communications Director

Kenzie Mexican has 12 years of BSA/AML experience that includes BSA program management, BSA/AML quality assurance, and suspicious activity investigations. Kenzie is currently a BSA/AML Compliance Supervisor at Zions Bancorporation responsible for managing SAR detection and filing for the AML and fraud realms. Prior to joining Zions Bancorporation, Kenzie held an AML Compliance Manager position at a Forex Investment Firm where she was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a BSA program. Kenzie has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS) since 2008.