ACAMS Atlanta ChapterWelcome to the Greater Atlanta ACAMS Chapter web page! This new Chapter was founded in 2011 by an Executive Board composed of professionals from the AML field active throughout the Greater Metropolitan Atlanta region. The Chapter's role is to assist the international association in its mission to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the detection and prevention of money laundering and to combating the financing of terrorism. The Chapter will serve AML professionals throughout Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee by providing meaningful opportunities for ongoing professional development and networking. The Chapter will be a resource for financial institutions and related businesses to identify specialists in the rapidly expanding anti-money laundering field with meetings and events of local interest available to members and non-members. By joining and participating in the Chapter, you can keep your AML skills up to date while developing deeper relationships with others sharing your passion and commitment to protecting their company, customers and communities served.

The Atlanta Chapter of ACAMS launched in June 2011 and was formed to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of anti-money laundering professionals in the region.  If you are interested in joining the chapter, click the link below.

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Upcoming Events

Guest Speaker: Bryant Brooks

Wednesday, May 15, 2014

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bryan Cave, LLP
1201 W Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 572-6600

Parking is available at 14th Street and West Peachtree
Session Description: Suspicious activity reports – SAR completion, filing, case examples and latest FinCEN guidance.

Internal Revenue Service, Special Agent - Criminal Investigation Bryant Brooks has been a Special Agent with Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, in the Atlanta Field Office for ten years. In this role, Special Agent Brooks has investigated cases involving fraudulent tax refunds, stolen identities, money laundering, government program fraud, investment fraud, and tax evasion. He has served as Refund Fraud Coordinator and Employment Tax Fraud Coordinator for the IRS-CI Atlanta Field Office, and currently serves as coordinator of the North Georgia Financial Crimes Task Force, comprised of IRS special agents and local law enforcement officers to investigate potential money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act violations. Prior to joining the IRS, Special Agent Brooks served as a Senior Economist at a Washington, D.C., consulting firm that specializes in international taxation and trade. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and M.B.A. degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from George Mason University.

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The Atlanta Chapter of ACAMS launched in June 2011 and was formed to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of anti-money laundering professionals in the region. If you are interested in joining the chapter, click here JOIN NOW.

The Atlanta Chapter of ACAMS would like to especially thank Bryan Cave for hosting the event. (*You must be a member of ACAMS to join a chapter. Click here for information on ACAMS Membership.)

Previous Events

Beneficial Ownership and Due Diligence
September 12, 2013

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
July 11, 2013

Session Description: Digital Currencies, Third Party Payment Processing, Oh My!
April 25, 2013

Look Backs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
June 7, 2012

Best Practices for BSA/AML Software Testing, Tuning and Acceptance
March 15, 2012

ACAMS members in a meeting for Best Practices for BSA/AML Software Testing

On March 15, 2012 the ACAMS Atlanta Chapter held a Learning Event titled "Best Practices for BSA/AML Software Testing, Tuning, and Acceptance." The presentation featured Allan Cuttle, Director of Risk Management for ICS Risk Advisors.

Allan Cuttle
brings more than 20 years of experience in Operational Risk Management (ORM), Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML), and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance (SOX) to ICS Risk Advisors. Allan has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Finance, from Wagner College. In 2002 and 2003, Allan was one of the primary authors of The Wolfsberg Anti-Money Laundering Principles for Private Banking (

ACAMS Atlanta Chapter Quarterly CPE and General Membership Meeting
November 3, 2011

ACAMS Atlanta Chapter Launch
August 22, 2011

Executive Board

Jay Postma, CAMS
MSB Compliance Inc.

Jay is the founder and President of MSB Compliance Inc. which provides BSA/AML compliance consulting to money services businesses and other financial institutions. With over 25 years experience in financial services, Jay has worked as an intrepreneur within the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and entrepreneur at Towne Services and at El Banco de Nuestra Comunidad to create value while ensuring effective risk mitigation.  As Vice President, Division Operations Manager, and Bank Secrecy Act Officer with Flag Bank until its acquisition by RBC Centura, Mr. Postma advised executive management and the Board of Directors of increasingly stringent BSA regulatory expectations and revised, developed and implemented formal compliance policies and procedures.  Since founding MSB Compliance in 2006, Jay has provided consulting services to numerous MSBs and banks on BSA/AML compliance issues, conducted independent reviews, and worked with a variety of businesses to ensure effective risk mitigation.


John Schmarkey, CAMS, CFE

John is a charter CAMS member and an active Certified Fraud Examiner, who has served the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation for twenty seven years as a senior Special Agent.  He has a broad background in tax fraud and financial fraud investigations and money laundering matters with international aspects. This includes a decade serving in organized crime and terrorism task forces, with investigative experience on assignments in Southwest Asia and in Europe and in Latin America. He has additional international experience in the intelligence community and as a linguist. John has non-government experience in public accounting and manufacturing. He is currently a board member, vice president, controller of a forest products company.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for The Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business, at Georgia Southern University. He speaks to college classes and professional groups on fraud and money laundering.  He enjoys interacting and serves as a team coach for the Adrian Project, fraud investigation seminars, and has developed and presented courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.


Erica Harper, CAMS
MSB Compliance Inc.

Prior to joining MSB Compliance as a BSA/AML Specialist, Erica worked as a community banker for over eight years.  She is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish fluently. 

Beginning her career as a front line teller with a bank seeking to begin serving a growing Hispanic customer base, Erica provided excellent customer service and support. Erica later served as a bilingual Customer Service Representative before moving into a full time compliance management role for several years.

As Compliance Specialist for a bank operating a Hispanic banking division with seven branches staffed almost entirely by recent Hispanic immigrants, Erica was a key player in helping to manage the bank's BSA/AML risk management program. Significant duties included: performing ongoing compliance reviews and audits of branch operations; implementing and maintaining procedures for the provision of banking services to MSBs; and, development and presentation of tailored training programs to the bank's Hispanic staff. Oversight of branch compliance and ongoing training of staff was of particular importance as the bank provided non-traditional services more typically provided by MSBs in addition to traditional banking services.  Erica performed periodic customer site visits of small MSBs independently and with account managers. She also actively reviewed and evaluated compliance materials provided by the bank's MSB customers as part of mitigating the bank's BSA/AML compliance risk. Additionally, Erica assisted in reviewing, updating, and implementing the BSA/AML, CIP and OFAC compliance programs of the bank. 

Erica earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with an emphasis in Business from North Georgia College and State University.  Additionally, she has achieved recognition as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) through the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).


Christopher Grippa, CAMS,CPA,CFF, CFE
Membership Director
Alvarez & Marsal

Chris is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal in Atlanta. For more than a decade, Chris has been working with attorneys and management to provide accounting and financial guidance to organizations across the globe. He specializes in advising clients on complex matters involving compliance, investigations and disputes.

Chris earned his bachelor and master degree in accounting at Tulane University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida and Georgia. He's also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Chris currently serves on the board of the Georgia Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners


John H. Atkinson
Co-Membership Director

John is a Director with Protiviti in the firm's Regulatory Risk Consulting practice. John joined Protiviti in June 2008 after a 30-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where he had oversight and management responsibilities at the official level for numerous bank supervision functions, including anti-money laundering, enforcement, fiduciary risk, international bank supervision, operations risk, consumer compliance, and policy development. At Protiviti John consults with a broad array of financial institution clients on regulatory and risk management issues, with an emphasis on anti-money laundering risk management. John has been a regular speaker for many years at professional conferences and events for industry, regulatory, and law enforcement groups on both a national and international basis. He has a B.A. degree in Economics from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.


Program Director

David is a Partner with Frazier & Deeter LLC, where he leads the Firm’s Forensic Services practice. During his career as a forensic expert, he has investigated fraud, corruption or financial damages in more than 200 cases. He has provided expert testimony in more than 20 of those matters. With his background as a practicing CPA and internal auditor, he also consults with organizations on improvements of internal controls, as well as fraud prevention and detection. He is a Board Member Emeritus of the Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where he was elected president four times. He has previously served on the Forensic Accounting Task Force of the Georgia Society of CPA’s and as Chairman of GSCPA Annual Forensic Accounting Conference. David is a graduate of Auburn University and has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer to thousands of professionals and students on the topic of fraud examination and forensic accounting.


Beverly Polack, CAMS
Skylight Financial

Beverly has over 25 years of regulatory banking experience. She joined Skylight Financial in 2006 as the Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Skylight Financial Beverly  worked for Standard Chartered Bank as Vice President of Operations; Pine Bank as Compliance Officer, and Espirito Santo Bank, Vice President –Loans Operations Manager. Beverly is extremely skilled in the financial banking sector with a strong understanding of regulatory requirements and international standards through her leadership in managing anti-money laundering related projects and initiatives. Beverly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Barry University.


Sybol Terrell
Communications Director
FirstView Financial, LLC


Deyra White, CAMS

Derya is a Senior Compliance Officer with MoneyGram International. Derya works with National Account Agents as a primary compliance resource. Derya specializes in helping drive Agents to implement and enhance compliance and anti-fraud policies and procedures. She reviews and analyzes Agent policies and assists in the strengthening and development of Compliance and Anti-Fraud programs.

Derya earned her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Engineering Science at Vanderbilt University. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
and a Certified Mediator.


Cindy Crews, CAMS
Co-Programming Director

Cindy is a Senior Audit Manager with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, GA on the dedicated BSA/AML Audit Team. She began her career with SunTrust in 1998 in Internal Audit focused on bank operations. In early 2000 Cindy’s work focus shifted to BSA/AML audit, with increasing
emphasis on BSA/AML after 9/11/2001. Cindy now leads audits to provide the BSA/AML independent testing under the Patriot Act requirements, evaluating controls in the SunTrust lines of business and the overall SunTrust AML Program.

Cindy has a B.A in Finance from University of West Georgia. She is a Certified Anti-Money
Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Bank Auditor (CBA). She has been a member of ACAMS since 2006, and a member of the Atlanta ACAMS chapter since its inception.


Wes Burton
ITC Financial Services, Inc.

Wes Burton is CAMS certified, and for the last two and a half years, has served as the BSA/AML Compliance Manager for ITC Financial Licenses, Inc., which is one of the largest prepaid card program managers in the U.S. Wes has over 14 years’ experience in the financial services industry where he held roles in investments, banking and mortgages at Merrill Lynch, AIG, and Wells Fargo. While in his current role, Wes has worked with organizations like the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA) and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance to understand new threats on the financial industry and help in connecting industry to law enforcement.


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