CARRIE F. BEKKER
Founder & CEO
BCI Dean & Instructor

Carrie Rinehart-Bekker is an Entrepreneur and also Founder/Chief Executive Officer of BCCP and Dean of BCI.  Ms. Bekker is a global financial services veteran with 33 years’ legal and regulatory compliance experience, derived from her long tenure as a Corporate/Securities Paralegal and Legal Executive in law firms, corporate law departments, and trust companies throughout the United States and internationally.  Ms. Bekker has also served as a Senior Compliance Officer with several well-known global financial conglomerates, including AEGON/Transamerica (where she served as Assistant Vice President and AML Compliance Officer for the Fund Complex), as well as Pacific Life Insurance Company and AIG Sunamerica. 

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RALPH M. DAHM
Director of Staffing

Ralph Dahm has over 30 years experience of recruiting experience in the healthcare, information technology, and consumer electronics industries.  He is on the Executive Board of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). He is active in the Civil Air Patrol (2nd Lt.) and the FBI InfraGard organizations. Ralph is a member of the Information Systems Audit & Control Association (I.S.A.C.A.), and the Illinois CPA Society (ICPA). He is a Past President of the Sales & Marketing Executives of Chicago.  Mr. Dahm is also the published author of "Opportunities in Sales Careers."

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PAUL A. SEADER
Director of Business Development and Compliance

Paul Seader has considerable experience in public policy and government relations. He also has amassed substantial expertise in financial institution regulation and compliance.  Mr. Seader is Founder and Executive Director of the Hedge Fund & Private Equity Resource Center LLC, (HFPE) a nonpartisan enterprise that is dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, and regulatory oversight and supervision involving private investment firms.  HFPE also provides non-financial due diligence consulting services hedge funds, private equity and venture capital firms.

For 13 years Mr. Seader served as counsel at American Express Company, most recently as Assistant General Counsel, where he managed the legislative and regulatory affairs and real estate functions. During his tenure at American Express he chaired an enterprise wide compliance task force that undertook a comprehensive review of virtually all compliance policies and procedures on a world wide basis. As a result of an 18-month effort, the company's compliance program was substantially revamped and a new Code of Conduct was implemented.  After leaving American Express, Mr. Seader served as counsel to a major Wall Street firm where he drafted and assisted in implementing regulatory and compliance enforcement programs on behalf of national financial services firms and Fortune 100 corporations.  More recently, he was affiliated with a prominent litigation consulting firm where he managed complex multidistrict commercial litigation, securities and antitrust actions, product liability and white collar defense and regulatory matters.

Mr. Seader was also a Co-founder of the Electronic Commerce Forum, an inter-industry nonprofit public policy trade group focusing on the application of computer and digital technology. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Council, a financial services industry trade association based in Washington, DC, and the New York Legislative Service, Inc., a not-for-profit membership corporation based in New York City.  He recently completed service on the Board of Directors of ENACT, a nonprofit teaching organization that assists New York City public school students of all ages and skill levels by helping them understand and manage their own emotional growth through creative drama techniques.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Seader obtained his J.D. from New York Law School and received an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law.

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A-Team Showcase

Richard A. Archer
Executive Consultant
Asia Pacific Division

Richard Archer (Thailand) is a Executive Consultant at Bekker Compliance Consulting Partners, LLC ("BCCP"). He has over 35 years progressive management experience in accounting, finance, internal controls, and administration, including information systems and human resources & benefits functional responsibility. His experience includes Consulting, Business Management, and Public Accountancy-Auditing in the US, Europe, South America and Asia. He has P&L level general management experience in foreign operations emphasizing financial reporting integration, integration of uniform business practices, controls improvement, and sales & marketing development.

Richard has a proven track record in Business Process Improvement, Internal Control System assessment, business planning & risk assessment, and restructuring-consolidating foreign and domestic operations. His experience has given him a strong commitment to cost effective, innovative approaches to Corporate Governance compliance. His approach emphasizes enterprise wide unified risk management and establishing effective entity level environments for business internal control systems and external financial reporting.

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Kenneth Barden - CAMS
Executive Consultant - BCCP
Faculty Member & Instructor - BCI
Asia Pacific Division

Expertise: Corporate Governance, Public Integrity, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, & Regulatory Assistance

Kenneth Barden (Manila) is an Executive Consultant with BCCP and a Faculty Member & Instructor with BCI. Ken is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). In addition to his law degree, Ken holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Insurance from the Institute for Islamic Banking and Insurance in London. He was one of the first persons with a CAMS designation who also had post-graduate studies in Islamic finance. During his career, Ken has been involved in a number of activities related to the finance and development sectors, including the negotiation, development and review of major loan and financing projects for both private and public improvements, tax and public fund administration, and in developing programs to ensure integrity and stability in financial markets. He has provided technical assistance in development and implementation of compliance regimes in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Key Qualifications:

  • Attorney at Law
  • International consultant since 1998
  • Experience in public and private finance and development, legislative drafting and review, tax administration and reform, business registration procedures, contract law, environmental law and regulations, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, judicial reform
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist
  • Trainer


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Charles (Chuck) H. Adams
Executive Consultant
US West Coast Division

Expertise: Transactional Finance, Commercial Banking, International & Cross Border Business, Financial Management, Corporate Governance & Entrepreneurship

Chuck Adams (San Francisco) is an Executive Consultant with BCCP and a Faculty Member & Instructor with BCI. Early in the evolution of the loan syndication business in the mid 1970s, Chuck was an Associate Director at the newly established Chase Manhattan Asia Limited, a Hong Kong-based merchant bank wholly-owned by The Chase Manhattan Corporation. Chase Manhattan Asia Limited became one of the three biggest loan syndicators in that part of the world. In the three-year period 1977-1979, Charles Adams developed and led more than $2 billion in loan syndications for governments and private sector clients in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and other parts of Asia. Chuck has lived in nine countries, has done business in another 24, and has visited a total of 82 countries. Chuck holds a Graduate Degree from Stanford University School of Business and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Virginia. Chuck also served in the US Army as an Artillery Officer, Airborne Units in Germany and Vietnam.

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Shelly Cohen
Executive Consultant
Division

Sheldon (Shelly) Cohen (Chicago) is an Executive Consultant affiliated with BCCP and a Faculty Member & Instructor with BCI. Mr. Cohen has spent the past 35+ years in many areas of the Securities and Futures Industry. Mr. Cohen has an extensive background in the regulation and the capital rules, which are now being expanded because of the events of the past few years.

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Mark T. Edmead - MBA, CISA, CISSP
Executive Consultant
US West Coast Division

Mark Edmead (California) is an Executive Consultant at Bekker Compliance Consulting Partners, LLC (BCCP). He has over 25 years of experience in computer systems architecture, information security, and project management. Mark has extensive knowledge and experience in IT and application audits, risk and IT governance, including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance auditing. His expertise includes access controls, cryptography, security management practices, network and Internet security, computer security law and investigations, and physical security. Mark has consulted with various Fortune 1000 companies in the areas of information systems and Internet security, including Intel, Capital One, Bridgemark/BDO Siedman, Maxwell Technologies, Wells Fargo Bank, Sempra Energy, IBM Corporation, World Health Organization, and Booz-Allen Hamilton.

Mark has extensive educational experience and currently teaches audit and IT security course s for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Learning Tree International. Mark has also taught information security courses for the SANS Institute, MIS Institute and the University of California San Diego. He holds both MBA and BSIT degrees and is currently pursuing his PhD in Management. He is currently an adjunct professor at Keller Graduate School of Management.

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Siobhan Fitzgerald
Executive Consultant
East Coast Division

Siobhan Fitzgerald, CFE (Boston) is an Executive Consultant with BCCP and a Faculty Member & Instructor with BCI. She has over 20 years financial services experience, the last 15 years of which focused on compliance. Siobhan managed the largest market group in the country, consisting of compliance supervision of 23 OSJs and over 600 advisors for Ameriprise Financial. During her tenure she worked closely with federal and state regulatory authorities, resolving customer disputes and responding to policy inquiries.

Siobhan is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has provided expert witness testimony at FINRA arbitrations. CFEs have the ability to examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview suspects to obtain information and confessions; write investigation reports, advise clients as to their findings and testify at trial; be well-versed in the law as it relates to fraud and fraud investigations; and understand the underlying factors that motivate individuals to commit fraud. CFEs on six continents have investigated more than 1 million suspected cases of civil and criminal fraud.

Siobhan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also served in the United States Navy and is a Certified Legal Yeoman USN.

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J. Keith Kessel
Executive Consultant & Instructor
Western Europe Division

Keith Kessel has 18 years broad and specialized experience in business law, which he derived through a variety of compliance, legal, risk management/audit and executive responsibilities for securities broker/dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, insurance companies/agencies, investment banks, stock exchanges & securities clearing agencies. Keith routinely works with organizations that interested in further developing and executing their business models by participating as a third party advisory and/or team member, depending on each client's unique needs. Keith has strong leadership, management and organizational skills, has a robust work ethic and the ability to motivate and rally a team around the organizational mission.

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Raymond J. Lustig
Executive Consultant
US Tristate Division

Raymond Lustig (New York) is an Executive Consultant at Bekker Compliance Consulting Partners, LLC (BCCP).
Raymond is a New York lawyer who practices in health care, privacy and anti-money laundering compliance counseling, as well as corporate, commercial and real estate transactional matters.

He has been serving since 2006 as consulting staff attorney for Agfa HealthCare Corporation in New Jersey. Before Agfa, he was in-house counsel for prominent multinational Wall Street institutions for 10 years. He was also senior associate counsel for two years for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Manhattan. Prior to Wall Street, he was in-house counsel for Electronic Data Systems Corporation in Dallas, Texas, after his having worked in private law practice with well-known New York City law firms following law school. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where was on the editorial staff of the Journal of International Law and Politics.

He minored in Asian Studies as a Fordham College undergraduate, and earned an M.A. in Japanese language and culture from Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and an East Asian Institute Certificate from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He retired as a Colonel from the USAF Reserve, where he served most of his active duty and reserve career in East Asia, including over four years active duty in Tokyo and over 10 years as Reserve Air Attach at the US Embassy in Tokyo. He is currently a Colonel in the NY Guard. He is Director and Secretary of the World Policy Institute, a 501(c)(3) think tank in Manhattan, Vice President and Board Member of the Soldiers-Sailors-Marines-and Airmen's Club, a 501(c)(3) charity in Manhattan, and Executive Committee Member of the Amateur Comedy Club, a 125 year old acting club in Manhattan.

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Robert J. McDonough
Executive Consultant - BCCP
Faculty Member & Instructor - BCI
US Southern Division

Expertise: Risk Management, Treasury, Investment Portfolio Management, Derivatives, Structured Finance & Securitization

Rob McDonough (Atlanta) is an Executive Consultant with BCCP and an Instructor with BCI. Rob specializes in risk management consulting and training. He is an instructor for many organizations and industry groups including the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the Bank Administration Institute, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. His primary areas of specialty include Treasury and investment portfolio management, derivatives, structured finance and securitization, as well as market, credit, and operational risk management. Rob was with the Federal Reserve System for twelve years as an economic analyst and capital markets examiner and also chaired a Federal Reserve System-wide committee to design, develop and deliver training for selected capital markets examiners across the country. Rob has an MBA in Finance and Economics from Georgia State University and a BBA from Emory University in Business Administration.

He has delivered capital markets and risk management seminars and consulting services to financial institutions, trading organizations, central banks, and regulatory agencies across the U.S. as well as in Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, the Republic of Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.K., and Zimbabwe.

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Mark-Anthony McKenzie
Executive Consultant
Canada Division

Mark-Anthony McKenzie (Canada) is an Executive Consultant with BCCP.He is a leading financial sector technical expert in the field of regulatory governance and compliance with experience in developing countries and emerging markets. He is a specialist in developing regulatory policies and procedures, carrying out compliance audits, providing supervisory and compliance training, assessing compliance with international core principles in banking and insurance and advising on AML/CFT.

From May 2003 to April 2006 he was the Director of Policy Research & Statistics at the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (BVI FSC). At the FSC, Mark was responsible for the development and implementation of supervisory policies and procedures for banks and other financial institutions. Prior to joining the FSC, Mark was the senior policy research officer at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA). During his time at CIMA, he was instrumental in conducting research to guide the enhancement of the regulatory regime including the independence of the regulatory agency. Mark has successfully completed projects financed by the Government of Canada, FIRST Initiative, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has served on missions for the IMF and CARTAC to strengthen financial sector regulatory and supervisory framework in Belize, Macao SAR, and Dominica. Most recently, he served as a technical advisor on international and cross banking development to the Banking Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana. In addition, Mark has conducted in association with ChrisMathers Inc. numerous AML/CFT compliance assessments for small and mid-size financial institutions in Canada including securities brokerage firms and stored value or prepaid card companies. In late 2007, Mark joined forces with Lawrie Savage and Associates, a leading insurance sector supervision consulting firm, as an associate.

Mark has researched and published numerous articles and papers on regulatory compliance and governance in major journals and newsletters. He is also a frequent speaker and moderator at major conferences and seminars on AML/CFT compliance issues. In addition to his technical knowledge, Mark is an excellent leader and coach.

Mark holds a MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Wales and Manchester Business School and a B.Sc. in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston Jamaica.

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Steven J. Metz
Executive Consultant
US Tristate Division

Steven Metz (New Jersey) is an Executive Consultant at Bekker Compliance Consulting Partners, LLC (BCCP). Steven is a lawyer and chief compliance officer for 6 years. He has been an AML officer prior to the Patriot Act. He has done training, testified before regulatory authorities and led both audits of branches and the firm representative for regulators.
He has been in the business for 36 years and have specialized in AML, Futures, Foreign Exchange, Securities reporting. He has also experience in securities lending, security research and municipal bonds. He has also prepared securities, futures and AML training. He has prepared annual reports to senior management and negotiated with regulators in regard to Audit findings.

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Nathaniel Rawson
Executive Consultant
US Tristate Division

Nat Rawson (Connecticut) is an Executive Consultant at Bekker Compliance Consulting Partners, LLC (BCCP). He specializes in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of Anti-Money Laundering, Customer Identification, and Fraud systems. He has extensive experience in program managing global deployments, delivering outsourcing implementations, process improvement and managing Six Sigma projects. Nat began his career at the National Broadcasting Company working in their Information Technology department in support of technology services for NBC News, Olympics, and Entertainment Divisions. While at NBC he helped successfully manage the deployment of an outsourced centralized Help Desk and Desktop support solution capable of meeting the demands of a Broadcast environment. Mr. Rawson joined GE Money in the United Kingdom where he was responsible for re-engineering Call Center systems and support services for over three thousand users across multiple sites in the UK and Ireland. He has broad experience with Core Banking, Originations, Authorization, Collection, and Call Center systems. From there Mr. Rawson joined GE Money Corporate working with banks and consumer finance businesses globally to meet their Anti-Money Laundering, Know Your Customer (KYC), and Know Your Intermediary (KYI) requirements. There he led a team of project managers designing then deploying a comprehensive AML/KYI solution to over 30 countries. He has also worked on numerous Anti-Fraud implementations. Mr. Rawson is trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt and in LEAN methodologies.

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Eric "Rick" Halperin, MBA, CPA
BCI Faculty Member & Instructor
US West Coast Division

Expertise: Renewable Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability

Rick Halperin (San Diego) is an Executive Consultant with BCCP and a Faculty Member & Instructor with BCI. Rick has extensive executive experience covering a diverse spectrum of skill sets including financial and operational management, strategic planning, business development, and supporting entrepreneurial endeavors. His core areas of expertise are "green" industries and "socially responsible" initiatives, including direct renewable energy project development, cleantech business development, and sustainability initiative project management. Rick Halperin is also President and Founder of Advisory One, a multi-disciplinary sustainability consulting firm located in San Diego. Advisory One is an extension of Rick's 25-year career which has had as it ongoing focus creating value for clients and companies including new and established cleantech enterprises, renewable energy projects, sustainability initiatives, and environmental organizations. Rick is a CPA registered in both California and Maryland and holds an MBA in Finance from George Washington University as well as Bachelor's degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

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Carrie Bekker is an Entrepreneur and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Bekker Compliance Consulting Partners, LLC (BCCP), an international consulting training firm that provides relationship-based, boutique-style consulting, information technology, and training solutions to banking and nonbanking organizations worldwide.  Carrie is a global financial services veteran with 30 years legal and regulatory compliance experience, derived from her tenure as a corporate/securities Legal Executive in law firms, corporate law departments, and trust companies in the United States and internationally.  Carrie has also held Senior Compliance Officer positions with several global financial conglomerates, including AEGON/Transamerica, Pacific Life Insurance Company, and AIG Sunamerica.