With an international membership, ACAMS staff can be found speaking, moderating and training at different events around the globe. Find out where you can meet and mingle with someone from the ACAMS family.
Ted Weissberg, CAMS
- Chief Executive Officer
Ted Weissberg, CAMS is the CEO of ACAMS. Prior to joining ACAMS in 2009, Weissberg was President of the Information and Training unit of Fortent, Inc. and spent 15 years at Thomson Financial in various editorial, publishing and general management roles, including President of Thomson’s Venture Economics unit. In total, Weissberg has worked in the information and training field for more than 25 years. Weissberg is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He has authored two books, a biography of Arthur Ashe, and an expose of NCAA sports scandals.
Jorleen Aguiles, CAMS
- Human Resources Director
Jorleen Aguiles, CAMS joined ACAMS as our HR Director in September 2013. Mrs. Aguiles has 13+ years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including strategic planning, policy design, compensation, performance management, recruitment, HRIS implementations, training and development, benefits administration, performance management, career development, employee relations, safety and health, and compliance.
Since joining ACAMS, Mrs. Aguiles has participated in internal company projects regarding quality and process improvement. She has effectively upgraded heavily paper driven processes to automated systems that have increased overall efficiency in the areas of payroll and performance management. She has been instrumental in the recruitment and hiring of quality personnel both in the US as well as the UK. In addition, Mrs. Aguiles has implemented a number of HR related initiatives such as our first ACAMS’ Employee Leadership Academy, which offers leadership training skills to high potential/high performing employees, an employee recognition program, a formal onboarding program, and executive coaching.
Prior to joining ACAMS, Mrs. Aguiles was the first hired HR Director at the newly incorporated City of Doral (2004). While at Doral, Mrs. Aguiles built the Human Resources department from the ground up and was responsible for implementing and overseeing all Human Resources functions, while at the same time managing the recruitment demands of a rapidly growing City.
In 2008, the City of Doral doubled its workforce to approximately 300 employees with the undertaking of its own Police Department. During this transition, Mrs. Aguiles ensured the successful recruitment, selection, and onboarding compliance of all police personnel, while expanding her role as a lead negotiator in the collective bargaining process.
Mrs. Aguiles has a BS in Criminal Justice and an MS in Human Resources from Florida International University. Mrs. Aguiles is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and Greater Miami Society for Human Resources. (GMSHR).
Kieran Beer, CAMS
- Editor-in-Chief ACAMS moneylaundering.com
Kieran Beer, CAMS, 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, Kieran became editor-in-chief and editorial director ACAMS moneylaundering.com, which incorporated Inform, Money Laundering Alert and moneylaundering.com.
Prior to joining what has become ACAMS, Kieran 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.
Kieran has been a financial journalist for more than 20 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.
Kieran 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).
John J. Byrne, Esq, CAMS
- Executive Vice President
John J. Byrne, Esq, CAMS is Executive Vice President of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists or ACAMS. ACAMS has over 30,000 members and is a global organization that develops anti-money laundering/sanctions/financial crime detection programs and certifies specialists in financial and non-financial businesses and government agencies. The website is www.acams.org.
Byrne is an internationally known regulatory and legislative attorney and one of the leading AML voices for 30 years. He has experience in a vast array of financial service related issues, with particular expertise in regulatory oversight, policy and governance, anti-money laundering (AML), privacy and terrorist financing. He has written over 100 articles on AML, asset forfeiture and privacy; represented the banking industry in this area before the United States Congress, state legislatures and international bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); and appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and many other media outlets.
John has received a number of awards, including the Director’s Medal for Exceptional Service from the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the ABA’s Distinguished Service Award for his career work in the compliance field.
John is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1978) and the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia (1983). John’s blog, “AML, Fraud and Other Things,” can be found at: www.bankingexchange.com as well as on the ACAMS website. He also hosts a podcast and you can follow him on Twitter @jbacams2011.
Hue Dang, CAMS-Audit
- Head of Asia
Establishing its Regional Head Office in 2008, Hue Dang, CAMS is the Head of Asia of the Association of Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialists (“ACAMS”) based in Hong Kong. ACAMS is an association of professionals in the Anti-Money Laundering /Financial Crime field based in Miami, FL, USA. The mission of ACAMS is to assist in the fostering/building the AML/Financial Crime community, by improving the skills and career advancement of AML/Financial Crime professionals through training and certification and promote sound AML practices and procedures by building relationships with Asian regulators, law enforcement agencies, and financial institutions.
Ms. Dang is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and also an ACAMS-accredited trainer, who has conducted numerous AML trainings around Asia, including for central banks, private-sector financial institutions, and universities. She is also the Program Chair & Moderator for all ACAMS training events, including the Annual Asia/Pacific AML and Financial Crime Conference, and annual country seminars held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Beijing, Shanghai, India, Jakarta and Malaysia. She is a frequent speaker at AML-related conferences around the region and the US. She also conducts the Annual Train-the-Trainer Program to certify ACAMS trainers.
Prior to joining ACAMS, Ms. Dang had more than 15 years experience in banking and finance. She was previously a Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Manager with Barclays Capital’s Investment Banking Division in Singapore, Director for Business Development at Citibank’s Global Consumer Banking Group in Singapore and Director of Business Development, Asia/Pacific, for Thomson Financial in Hong Kong. Ms. Dang holds educational degrees from the US, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors from Amherst College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Dang is also proficient in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Vietnamese and French.
Geoffrey Charles Fone, CAMS
- Director of Sales
Geoffrey Charles Fone, CAMS is ACAMS Global Director of Sales and brings over 20 years of management & business development experience to the financial service industry. For the past 6 years he has led ACAMS sales growth both in the United States and into the broader international markets, resulting in 30,000 members in over 100 countries. Prior to his move to the United States, Geoff was Sales Manager at Anglo/Dutch publishing giant Reed Elsevier based out of London UK, with responsibility for penetration, development and growth of major accounts throughout Europe & Asian Sub-Continent. A seasoned executive and respected leader, Geoff is a native of the United Kingdom. He resides in Miami with his wife and three children.
Ari House, CAMS
- Chief Financial Officer
Ari House, CAMS serves as the Chief Financial & Corporate Development Officer of ACAMS. During Ari’s tenure ACAMS membership has grown exponentially, has established a local presence in several new international markets and has launched numerous new product offerings for the benefit of its members. Prior to joining ACAMS, Ari was Director of Financial Planning & Analysis / Corporate Development for Fortent, Inc. a Warburg Pincus funded software provider of Anti-Money Laundering transaction monitoring, know-your-customer and case management tools. Ari began his career in the corporate finance division at Salomon Smith Barney and worked several subsequent years in private equity focusing on investments in the software and technology-enabled services, telecommunications and information business sectors, and has served as a consultant to the Warburg Pincus technology, media and telecom group. Ari is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kourtney McCarty, CAMS
- Director of Marketing
Kourtney McCarty, CAMS is the Director of Marketing at the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). She received both her B.A. in music and M.A. in journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington. After working for several years as a journalist and copywriter, she moved to Miami where she joined the ACAMS team. She was hired in a marketing manager role and worked her way up to a director position. She is currently responsible for the development and execution of ACAMS’s global marketing strategy. She earned her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation in 2014.
- Head of Europe and CIS
Angela Salter joined ACAMS in 2015 to lead the organisation’s development across Europe and the CIS region. A senior commercial executive with a strong track record in international market development, Salter has spearheaded the growth of several global businesses serving the international financial services community in leadership roles with organisations including Thomson Reuters, Hoppenstedt Bonnier, Moody’s and Financial Times.
Highly rated for market insight, innovation and commercial nous founded in integrity Salter is widely respected as a builder of sustainable, mutually beneficial business relationships for customers and partners.
- Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Yerant joined ACAMS as the Vice President of Operations in January 2014 and was then promoted to Chief Operating Officer in April 2015. Mr. Yerant is responsible for end-to-end global operations including customer service, information technology, and vendor management. Mr. Yerant has a diverse background spanning 15 years in the areas of finance, operations, technology, program management, and strategy development.
During his tenure at ACAMS, Mr. Yerant’s areas of focus include initiating a company-wide reengineering project, establishing an automated customer service platform, and leading the build and launch of the company’s first proprietary software application, the Risk Assessment tool.
Prior to joining ACAMS Mr. Yerant held key roles at World Fuel Services, A Fortune 100 Company, where he served as the Director, Strategic Global Projects, Office of the President after which served as the Program Director of the U.S. Government’s Global Military Air Card® and Sea Card® Fuel Supply Programs. Before joining World Fuel, Mr. Yerant held roles in Finance and Operations at JM Family Enterprises, a multi-billion dollar privately held company where he was selected to partake in an executive rotation program allowing for hands-on experience managing 7 different departments. Mr. Yerant holds a B.S. Degree in Accountancy and a Juris Doctorate Degree.