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Welcome to the web page of the Greater St. Louis chapter of ACAMS. Launched on September 11, 2012, the mission of the Greater St. Louis chapter is to foster and promote the exchange of ideas and information amongst professionals dedicated to the detection and prevention of money laundering and the combating of terrorist financing. Our Chapter will accomplish this mission by organizing and staging various learning and networking opportunities that will be designed to gather professionals in an atmosphere that encourages the sharing of experiences and acumen. We will bring in topical speakers that will present information useful to help all members grow their knowledge base and hold events for the purpose of getting our local AML community together to share their ideas and insights pertaining to the AML topics of the day. If you are an AML professional in the Greater St Louis or surrounding areas, please consider joining us!

Upcoming Greater St. Louis Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter is celebrating our 7th year!

The ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter is celebrating our 7th year as a chapter so come on out and join us at Copia (former Elephant Bar) West County in Des Peres, MO. We hope to see you at the happy hour so we can all catch up as well as meet new local BSA/AML professionals in the industry. The happy hour starts around 4:00 PM but please join us whenever you can even if you only stay for a drink. Please feel free to invite your colleagues as well.

Please RSVP below if you can make it!

https://copiawc.com/

Event sponsored by Thompson Reuters


Roundtable Discussion on current BSA/AML trends/topics/events/etc.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this exciting event. Some of the Initial topics may include:

  • Marijuana business related issues
  • Crypto currency and financial crime
  • PEPs
  • Fintech
  • Tools used for monitoring customers
  • What are you doing on knowing your customers’ customer?
  • What are firms doing to reduce false positives

Please note that this is a free event and open to anyone interested in BSA/AML, regardless of ACAMS/CAMS status. For those ACAMS members, two ACAMS credits will be earned for those participating in the learning event.


ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter learning event

The ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter, in conjunction with the Ameristar Casino, is pleased to announce our next chapter learning event: There will be a networking/happy hour event immediately following the learning event from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Bottleneck Blues Bar located within the Ameristar Casino.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend both exciting events. Please note that this is a free event and open to anyone interested in BSA/AML, regardless of ACAMS/CAMS status. For those ACAMS members, two ACAMS credits will be earned for those participating in the learning event.

Speaker

Special Agent Marijo Greenwold from ICE Homeland Security Investigations


ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter learning event

The Greater St. Louis Chapter is pleased to welcome a representative from the FBI investigations team. Topics of discussion will include AML/SAR trends, terrorist financing trends/cases, crypto currency and marijuana related activity.

The Greater St. Louis Chapter membership is comprised of diverse AML professionals from both the private and public sector. Prior attendees at our event include bankers, broker/dealers, regulators, law enforcement, insurance, IT, consultants, and many more.


Come celebrate our Chapter’s 6th year anniversary on September 20th, 2018

The ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter is celebrating another anniversary so come on out and join us at Circle 7 Ranch in Des Peres, MO. We hope to see you at the happy hour so we can all catch up as well as meet new local BSA/AML professionals in the industry. The happy hour starts around 4:30 PM but please join us whenever you can even if you only stay for a drink. Please feel free to invite your colleagues as well.


BSA/AML Roundtable

The Roundtable is back!

The learning event will consist of a roundtable discussion on various BSA/AML topics important to AML professional across many industries. If there is a topic that you would like to discuss with your peers during this event, please let us know and we will work to include it on our agenda.

The Greater St. Louis geographic area is comprised of diverse AML professionals from both the private and public sector. Prior attendees for this event include bankers, broker/dealers, regulators, law enforcement, insurance, IT, consultants, and many more.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

** PLEASE ARRIVE A FEW MINUTES EARLY TO ALLOW AMPLE TIME FOR PARKING


Holiday Social/Networking Happy Hour


Best Practices for Identifying, Assessing and Monitoring AML Risks

Speaker

Jason Chorlins, Principal in the Risk Advisory Services at Kaufman Rossin


Five Year Anniversary Celebration


Roundtable Discussion

Our Chapter continues to receive positive feedback from our prior roundtables so we decided to follow that format again. If there is a topic that you would like to discuss with your peers during this event, please let us know and we will work to include it on our agenda. The roundtable discussion topics under consideration at this time include:

  • FinCEN Advisory on Cyber Events and Cyber Related Crime
  • New Customer Due Diligence Rules
  • Financial Services and the Marijuana Industry

The Greater St. Louis geographic area is comprised of diverse AML professionals from both the private and public sector. Prior attendees for this event include bankers, broker/dealers, regulators, law enforcement, insurance, IT, consultants, and many more.


ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter Learning Event: Making the Most of SARs

Speaker

George Villhard, Supervisory Special Agent, Criminal Investigations Division – IRS

George Villhard Presentation

ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter Learning Event

The feedback from our last round-table event was very positive and we decided to follow that format again. If there is a topic that you would like to discuss with your peers, let us know and we will try to include it on our agenda for the event. The round-table discussion topics at this time will include:

  • Beneficial Ownership – Final Rule
  • Culture of Compliance and how companies view compliance
  • How to do entities gather and verify enhanced due diligence (EDD) information
  • Hot Topics (Medical Marijuana, Attendee topics, Iranian Sanctions, etc.)

The Greater St. Louis geographic area is comprised of diverse AML professionals from both the private and public sector. We anticipate our attendees will have backgrounds such as bankers, broker/dealers, regulators, law enforcement, insurance, IT, consultants, and many more.


ACAMS Greater St. Louis Chapter Holiday Happy Hour

Sponsord by:

RDC


Greater St. Louis Chapter Learning Event – “Round table discussion on various BSA/AML topic”


Greater St. Louis Chapter Networking Event – “What Happens to SARs after They Are Filed?”

Chapter members and guests enjoyed a webinar provided by ACAMS that outlined emerging crime trends in digital wallets and mobile banking. The presenters of the webinar provided perspectives from various backgrounds. They included one of the largest providers of prepaid debit cards and a large regional banking organization. Topics discussed during the webinar included outlining the AML challenges mobile banking and digital wallets present for regulators and law enforcement, identifying critical infrastructure requirement for compliance and understanding how to review alternative payments and methods of abuse for cyber criminals. Finally, the presenters wrapped up the webinar by explaining how to strengthen your institution’s CDD processes and adopting new transaction monitoring controls. Attendees of the event also took part in a brief discussion after the webinar to compare thoughts and perspectives on this topic. The event was held at Scottrade, Inc. and was sponsored by Actimize.


Greater St. Louis Happy Hour – New Year Kickoff


Greater St. Louis Chapter Networking Event – “Emerging Crime Trends in Digital Wallets and Mobile Banking”

Chapter members and guests enjoyed a webinar provided by ACAMS that outlined emerging crime trends in digital wallets and mobile banking. The presenters of the webinar provided perspectives from various backgrounds. They included one of the largest providers of prepaid debit cards and a large regional banking organization. Topics discussed during the webinar included outlining the AML challenges mobile banking and digital wallets present for regulators and law enforcement, identifying critical infrastructure requirement for compliance and understanding how to review alternative payments and methods of abuse for cyber criminals. Finally, the presenters wrapped up the webinar by explaining how to strengthen your institution’s CDD processes and adopting new transaction monitoring controls. Attendees of the event also took part in a brief discussion after the webinar to compare thoughts and perspectives on this topic. The event was held at Scottrade, Inc. and was sponsored by Actimize.


Model Risk Management from a BSA/AML Perspective

The Greater St. Louis Chapter held a learning event at Scottrade on July 15, 2013 where attendees were given a BSA/AML perspective on model risk management. Our presenters included Executive Board member Animesh Shah and Tom Lazard, both from Crowe Horwath, LLP and the event was sponsored by Equifax. Attendees were given an overview of model risk management regulatory guidance and enforcement and were given critical components of executing an effective validation of an AML model consistent with regulatory guidance as outlined in SR Letter 11-7. Attendees were also given prescriptive and quantitative approaches to the tuning and optimization of models relied upon for AML compliance. Examiner expectations in managing and demonstrating an effective AML model risk framework were also discussed.

Co-Membership Director Animesh Shah and Tom Lazard from Crowe Horwath

Co-Membership Director Animesh Shah and Tom Lazard from Crowe Horwath

Co-Chair Tim Friedman introduces the learning event for the evening and discusses chapter membership benefits

Co-Chair Tim Friedman introduces the learning event for the evening and discusses chapter membership benefits

Co-Programming Director Ron Moore introduces the guest speakers from Crowe Horwath

Co-Programming Director Ron Moore introduces the guest speakers from Crowe Horwath


Molly Darcy’s at the Seven Gables Inn in Clayton, MO

Ron Moore

Ron Moore, CAMS, CFE
Co-Chair
TD Ameritrade

Ron Moore is the Senior Manager of AML Technology for TD Ameritrade. His responsibilities include tuning program management and supporting AML technology efforts, aligning work to AML and business strategy.

Prior to joining TD Ameritrade in 2018, Ron worked for Scottrade, Inc. for twelve years training and managing teams of AML associates, implementing and supporting a new transaction monitoring system, and was involved in the creation, tuning and analysis of new alerts and monitoring procedures and preparing risk assessments for Scottrade’s bank and brokerage divisions.

Ron holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and currently holds active FINRA Series 7, 63, 24 and 57 registrations.


Keith Brisotti

Keith Brisotti
Treasurer
Edward Jones

Keith currently serves as a Senior Team Leader in the Payment Risk Oversight department at Edward Jones. Prior to this role, Keith served as AML Governance and Advisory Manager for Wells Fargo Advisors and First Clearing. He has over 23 years of experience in the brokerage industry starting out in various operational roles in New York and Milwaukee, WI before moving into the Risk/Compliance space 16 years ago while with Bank of New York (BNY) Clearing in Milwaukee. Keith moved to Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Advisors) in Richmond, VA in 2004 as a member of their Compliance Department. From there he moved over to First Clearing Correspondent Services as a Compliance Liaison.

Keith holds a Masters in Business Administration from The Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelors Degree from Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and currently holds active FINRA Series 7, 24, and 27 registrations.

Email: keith.brisotti@edwardjones.com


Jan Kuseki

Jan Kuseki
Co-Treasurer
Enterprise Bank & Trust

Jan Kuseski has worked in the financial services and payments industries for over 15 years.While at Blackhawk Network, she was responsible for overseeing AML compliance in multiple international locations that sold prepaid products and services, and assessed U.S. retail distribution partners and acquisitions for risk and compliance adherence.Jan formerly served in multiple roles for a major prepaid distributorand program manager supporting the development and issuance of prepaid products, managing banking and processor relationships, and managing the implementation of AML policy and procedures and system requirements.

Jan received her B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Email: jkuseski@enterprisebank.com


Chris Saykes

Chris Saykes
Communications Director
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Chris Saykes is currently a Senior Examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He has over 11 years of experience in the banking industry as a regulator. Chris also served 2 years as a senior bank consultant for a regional accounting firm serving as a BSA/AML and OFAC compliance specialist, where he provided advisory services for a number of large and diversified financial institutions. Currently, Chris is serving a rotational assignment in the Monitoring and Enforcement Unit of the Reserve Bank where he is designated as the central point of contact for a portfolio of financial institutions. Chris is also a member of his Reserve Bank’s BSA/AML Knowledge Group.

Chris received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Keller Graduate School of Management and his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University where he majored in Finance. Chris is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Email: chris.w.saykes@stls.frb.org


Mitch Farsad

Mitch Farsad
Co-Chair
Stifel

Mitch Farsad is an Anti-Money Laundering Team Leader responsible for both the Customer Due Diligence (CDD) and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) Teams at Stifel. He is responsible for leading, developing, and coaching AML CDD/EDD investigators. Mitch’s duties also include providing support to the AML CDD/EDD investigators on various processes and procedures, conducting quality and accuracy reviews, reviewing/approving Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), and oversight on investigations. He is also responsible for providing support to the AML CDD/EDD Team including, but not limited to program governance, metrics, and reporting.

Prior to this role, Mitch served as a Senior Anti-Money Laundering Investigative Specialist at Edward Jones and served in the AML division for nearly 8 years. In this role, he was responsible for providing guidance, training, developing, mentoring, and coaching AML investigators. His duties also included leading and overseeing high profile investigations including, but not limited to inquiries made by the SEC, FINRA, and by various Law Enforcement Organizations (FBI, DEA, etc). Mitch was also responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing process improvements on various AML controls, completing quality and accuracy reviews for both AML and Fraud (US/Canada), developing policies and procedures adhering to guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies, and leading projects related to enhancements. Mitch also has extensive experience with conducting and leading standard Fraud investigations as well as Security Fraud investigations.

Mitch received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he majored in Sociology with a personal interest in human behavior related to criminology.

In addition to his FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, Mitch is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He is also an active Board member currently serving at Co-Chair for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Greater St. Louis Chapter. He previously served on the Board as a Co-Programming Director since 2015.

Email: Farsadm@Stifel.com


Wendy Lewis

Wendy Lewis, CAMS
Co-Programming Director
Enterprise Bank

Wendy Lewis is the VP, Card Services Compliance for Enterprise Bank where she leads the prepaid strategy. Wendy has been in the financial service industry for 20 years. Prior to her current role, Wendy worked in third party lifecycle management for a large brokerage firm where she helped manage associated risk and regulatory compliance. Wendy was also the senior director, regulatory & government affairs for a major prepaid distributor and program manager, and formerly served as the chief compliance officer for a prepaid program manager and licensed money transmitter. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in business management from Maryville University. Wendy earned her CAMS certification in 2009 and currently serves as a Board member of the Greater St. Louis Area ACAMS Chapter.

Email: wlewis@enterprisebank.com


Patti Paplanus

Patti Paplanus
Co-Secretary
Central Bank of St. Louis

Patti Paplanus is a BSA/AML specialist with over 43 years of experience in banking industry. In her current role, she manages all aspects of BSA/AML compliance for Central Bank of St. Louis. Prior to her transition to the BSA/AML field, Patti spent 31 years in the audit, retail operations, data/telecommunications, security and depository compliance areas of the banking industry. Patti earned her CAMS certification in 2010 and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Greater St. Louis Area ACAMS Chapter.

Email: patti.paplanus@centralbank.net


Casey Gilliam

Casey Gilliam
Co-Secretary
Wells Fargo Advisors

Casey Gilliam is currently an Operational Risk Consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Casey was an AML Governance Analyst for Scottrade, Inc. Casey started her career in the financial industry in consumer banking where she spent 10 years with US Bank, holding various roles within the retail branches and compliance quality assurance.

Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She holds the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designations and currently holds active FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Email: Casey.Gilliam@wellsfargoadvisors.com


Animesh Shah

Animesh Shah
Membership Director
Crowe Horwath LLP

Animesh Shah is a Senior Manager and System Implementation Solution Leader at Crowe Horwath LLP. He has over 20 years of professional experience in IT industry of which the past 13 years have been in helping clients design, develop and implement Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) and Trading Compliance (TCM) solutions for major financial institutions. He has extensive experience in BSA compliance, AML, Risk technology advisory services, strong project/program management experience, business analysis, product implementation and software development processes.

Prior to working in AML area, he worked at FINRA in providing solutions for Market Regulations group to monitor the trades by Passive Market Makers. Also he has prior experience in Managing Foreign Exchange Positions by using variety of hedging techniques. He earned his MBA in 1998.

He served as the Maryland State representative from March 2009 to July 2010 for International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF), an organization dedicated to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services. Currently he has been appointed on the Board of Directors for Missouri TASH, an organization dedicated to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community.

Email: animesh.shah@gmail.com


Shawn Ledbetter

Shawn Ledbetter
Co-Programming Director
Ameristar Casino Resort

Shawn Ledbetter is the Director of Regulatory Compliance at Ameristar Casino St. Charles. Shawn provides leadership, direction, guidance and assistance on all regulatory compliance matters. Focused on the development of close relationships with regulators, executives and company leaders to investigate risk and support operations while enhancing a culture of compliance.

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Shawn obtained her CAMS certification in 2015 and is a current member of the St. Louis Chapter of ACAMS.

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Email: ShawnLedbetter@boydgaming.com


Jenna Ju

Jenna Ju
Co-Membership Director
Mastercard

Jenna Ju is currently an AML, Sanctions Analyst for Mastercard. Focused on new customer onboarding globally and assessment of monitoring control outputs. Jenna is also part of a larger cross-functional team, with responsibility for escalating concerns for appropriate investigation and research by the company’s global compliance team.

Prior to the role at Mastercard, Jenna employed at SogoTrade and Scottrade (currently TD Ameritrade). Jenna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Nanjing Artillery Academy in Nanjing, China.

Email: Jenna.Ju@mastercard.com


Andy Vrabel

Andy Vrabel, CAMS
Co-Communications Director
Square

Andy Vrabel is a Suspicious Activity Reporting Lead for Square. He started his AML career with Square in 2016 and has servedin various capacities within the compliance organization since. Andy currently manages the day to day operations of the suspicious activity reporting team, primarily at Square’s St. Louis campus. He has a passion for developing people and programs to their full potential.

Andy is an Air Force Security Forces veteran who was medically retired in 2014. He graduated from American Military University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2015, and from Webster University with a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership, with honors, in 2018. He completed CAMS certification in early 2019.

Email: andyv@squareup.com