ACAMS Alabama Chapter


Upcoming Alabama Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Welcome to the Alabama ACAMS Chapter web page! Our Chapter was founded in 2017 by an Executive Board composed of professionals from the AML field active throughout the state of Alabama. 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 across Alabama 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 Alabama ACAMS Chapter launched in 2017 and was formed to advance the professional knowledge, skills, and experience of anti-money laundering professionals in the state. If you are interested in joining the chapter, please click here.

You must be a member of ACAMS to join a chapter. For ACAMS membership information, click here ACAMS Membership.

Upcoming Alabama Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Cryptocurrencies: Assessing Risk, Not Paranoia


Speaker: Mr. Joe Ciccolo, President, BitAML, Inc.

Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Seminar


  • Recent Successes
  • Regulator Updates
  • SAR Program & Legal Update
  • Fincen Enforcement Actions

Sponsored by: United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of Alabama & Alabama ACAMS Chapter

This seminar will cover current BSA issues / trends and will look at recent successes where financial crimes were identified and prosecuted through the effective use of SARs.

This seminar is for individuals in the banking industry who work SAR related material.

The main objective of the seminar is to provide useful information to bank representatives while strengthening the relationships between the banking and law enforcement communities. Network with industry peers; law enforcement; government officials; and private sector employees throughout the state.

How Virtual Currency & The Dark Web are Impacting Financial Crime in Alabama

The Role of the U.S. Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute & Tour

Tour Leader:

Deputy Director Barry Page

Fraud Related to Virtual/Crypto Currencies


Director Joe Borg, Alabama Securities Commission

2018 Cyber & Counterintelligence Threats in Northern Alabama

Questions/comments and requests for details about registering to attend can be sent to our chapter’s VP of Programming, Melissa Mantooth:


Supervisory Special Agent Darren Mott, FBI, Birmingham Field Office

SAR Seminar

January 29, 2018
Redstone Federal Credit Union
Huntsville, AL

January 30, 2018
Hoover Public Library
Birmingham, AL

This event is co-hosted in partnership with the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.

Joint ACAMS /ACFE New Year Networking Social Event

BSA & AML: Trends, Investigations, & Assistance with Active Cases and SAR Related Data


  • Tammy R Davis, Intelligence Specialist
  • Nicole Grosnoff, Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Ezra Heath, IRS Special Agent

Launch Event Luncheon

Come for the whole event or drop in for as long as you can to meet the chapter leadership and other prospective members, and share your thoughts on what you’d like to see in future meeting presentations/topics.

*While this event is free to attend, donations are appreciated to help reimburse luncheon costs.

Craig Hymowitz

Craig Hymowitz, Esq. CAMS
INTL FCStone Financial

Craig Hymowitz, Esq. CAMS, is Co-Chair of the ACAMS Alabama chapter and a veteran regulatory compliance and financial crime counsel. Craig is currently Assistant General Counsel for INTL FCStone Financial in Birmingham, AL.

Craig’s practice focuses on representing and defending regulated entities under investigation, examination, or subject to consent decrees requiring remediation. He advises clients on proactive compliance with the evolving anti-money laundering, economic sanctions, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Rumberger, Craig served as General Counsel to one of the nation’s ten largest clearing firms where he oversaw the firm’s successful remediation effort following its consent to a $1 million penalty. Before going in-house, Craig was a Partner at an Am Law 100 firm where he served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Anti-Money Laundering and Economic Sanctions Group, as well as a member of the firm’s litigation and white collar defense groups

Craig received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. cum laude from Cornell University. He served for five years on SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Committee.

Ryan Schwoebel

Ryan Schwoebel
Protective Life Insurance Corporation

Ryan Schwoebel is Co-Chair of the ACAMS Alabama chapter and Special Investigative Unit & AML Manager for Protective Life Insurance Corporation in Birmingham, AL. Prior to this, Ryan worked as an investigator and then AVP/team lead for Regions Bank AML/BSA. Prior to his transition to the private sector, Ryan worked as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Norfolk Fraud Unit.

Ryan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and a master’s degree from UAB. He is a Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He teaches as adjunct faculty for UAB and Troy University, volunteers with the AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, and is a member of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Identity Theft & Economic Crimes Task Force.

Melissa Mantooth

Melissa Mantooth
Membership and Programming Co-Chair
Jack Henry & Associates

Melissa Mantooth is Co-Chair of Membership of the ACAMS Alabama Chapter and Sr. Applications Analyst at Jack Henry & Associates. She works with financial institutions providing training and consulting on Fraud & BSA Software Solutions. Prior employment includes 17+ years’ experience working for credit unions, more specifically in Fraud, BSA, AML, Vendor Management, Enterprise Risk Management, and serving as the BSA Compliance Officer.

Melissa received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Andres Tapia

Andres Tapia, MBA, CAMS, GAMS, CFE
Membership & Programming Co-Chair

Andres Tapia has 16 years of progressive financial service experience working with community banks ranging in size from $1 billion in assets to large regional banks of up to $125 billion in assets.  Andres has successfully managed retail and compliance teams and has a strong background in retail banking, private banking, fraud, and BSA/AML compliance.  He has also started banking divisions as well as a De-Novo Bank. 

Being bilingual afforded Andres a unique opportunity to manage multiple groups of compliance analysts and investigators along the US-Mexico border.  During this time, he gained experience with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), consent orders, lookback projects, cash intensive businesses, Cross-Border banking, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, High Intensity Financial Crime Areas and creating and motivating efficient teams.

Andres obtained his MBA from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).   He is also holds both Gaming Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (GAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) designations and is a member of Institute for Certified Gaming Professionals and Certified Fraud Examiners. 

Rob Drake

Rob Drake
Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office

Rob Drake is Secretary of the ACAMS Alabama chapter and Deputy District Attorney for the Jefferson County (Alabama) District Attorney’s Office, Birmingham Division. In this role, he concentrates on asset forfeiture cases. Rob has also served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and was assigned to the Jeff Co DA’s White Collar Crime & Public Corruption Unit.

Rob received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and received his juris doctorate from Birmingham School of Law.

John E. Dauser

John E. Dauser
FNB Bank

John E. Dauser is Treasurer of the ACAMS Alabama chapter and VP of Compliance/Risk Manager for FNB Bank. Prior to this, John worked as and AVP/Compliance Auditor for First National Bankers Bank, as an Investigations Specialist for the FDIC Atlanta field office, AVP BSA Operations Officer/Director of Fraud Prevention for Nexity Bank, and Senior Risk Analyst/Corporate Security/Loss Prevention for Compass Bank.

John received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. John is a Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM).

Joe Eady

Joe Eady
Board Advisor
Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.

Mr. Joe Eady, CAMS, is a Board Advisor for the ACAMS Alabama Chapter of. He is a highly accomplished, results-driven senior financial management executive with more than 15 years of progressive experience in BSA/AML, Compliance and Operations management within Brokerage institutions. Mr. Eady is currently the AML Compliance Officer for both Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. as well as Sterne Agee Financial Services.

Carol Slattery

Carol Slattery
Board Advisor
Regions Bank

Carol Slattery is a Board Advisor for the ACAMS Alabama Chapter. She is the Vice President/Investigations Group Manager for Regions Bank in Birmingham, AL. She has been employed with Regions for 11 years, previously as the BSA/AML Investigations Manager. Prior employment includes 30+ years in the banking, brokerage, insurance and correspondent banking industries in BSA/AML, Compliance and Operations roles, holding various supervisory licenses, including Series 7 and 24.

Carol is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and was recently honored by ACAMS as the AML Professional of the Month.

Robert Holloway

Robert Holloway
Board Advisor
BBVA Compass

Robert Holloway is a Board Advisor for the ACAMS Alabama chapter and is Vice President – Audit Team Lead III for BBVA Compass. He has worked in the banking industry for 29 years as a Chief Risk Officer, Director of Compliance Services and Compliance Manager.

Robert’s insight in working with the second and third lines of defense brings a dual perspective of managing risk and controls to mitigate BSA/AML/OFAC risk and regulatory compliance risk.

Robert has a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration from Samford University. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager.