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Miles, Gerold, Meaza and Two NASAA Teams Presented with Honors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (May 18, 2022) – The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced award recipients during its Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 14-17. Awardees were recognized for their outstanding contributions to investor protection and state securities regulation.

The association’s highest honor, the Blue Sky Cube, was presented on May 17 to Theodore A. “Tony” Miles, the former Associate Commissioner for Securities, District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and inaugural co-chair, NASAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

“Across more than 20 years of remarkable service to NASAA, Tony Miles has been a driving force in support of NASAA’s investor protection mission and advocacy efforts,” said NASAA President Melanie Senter Lubin. “We appreciate all of the exemplary services of the award recipients.”

NASAA’s Blue Sky Cube Award recognizes career achievement and distinguished contributions to securities regulation and enforcement. It is named for Kansas’ Blue Sky Law, which was enacted in 1911 and has served as a model for securities regulation for over 102 years since its enactment.

On May 16, NASAA presented two Distinguished Service Awards to:

  • Christopher W. Gerold, Former New Jersey Bureau of Securities Chief, and former NASAA president, for his significant contributions to investor protection in New Jersey and throughout North America.
  • Senayet “Sunny” Meaza, Retired Director of Market Examinations, District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, for her significant contributions to investor protection in Washington, D.C., and throughout North America.

Also on May 16, NASAA presented Outstanding Team Service Awards to the following members of the NASAA Enforcement Section Committee’s Metals.com Team Investigation Unit for helping ensure the successful filing of a multi-state, civil enforcement action against multiple precious metals dealers and their companies for perpetrating a $185 million fraudulent scheme targeting elderly persons across the United States:

  • Max Brauer, Assistant Attorney General/Enforcement Unit, Maryland Division of Securities
  • Anne Gunter, Associate Counsel, Alabama Securities Commission
  • Elizabeth M. Planer, Special Agent, Enforcement, Alabama Securities Commission
  • Rachel Anderson Rynders, Enforcement Attorney, Texas State Securities Board
  • Jonathan Williams, Assistant Deputy Attorney General, South Carolina Securities Division

A second Outstanding Team Service Award was presented on May 16 to the following members of NASAA’s Investment Adviser Representative Continuing Education (IAR CE) Committee for successfully implementing a rigorous continuing education program for investment adviser representatives:

  • Stephen Brey, Administrative Law Specialist, Michigan Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
  • William R. Carrigan, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation
  • Linda Cena, Examination and Licensing Manager, Michigan Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
  • Deborah Fabritz, Director, Professional Regulation and Compliance, Wisconsin Division of Securities
  • Alisa Goldberg, Director, Division of Securities, Florida Office of Financial Regulation
  • Kameron Hillstrom, Assistant General Counsel, North American Securities Administrators Association
  • Juell Hitt, Securities Examiner, Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner
  • Natasha Hurt, Senior Manager, Regulatory Services, North American Securities Administrators Association
  • Melanie Senter Lubin, NASAA President and Commissioner, Maryland Division of Securities
  • Annette Minor, Manager, Securities Examinations, Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Eric Pistilli, Deputy Secretary of Securities, Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities
  • Maria Shimohara, Corporations Examiner, California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
  • Lindy Streit, Chief of Enforcement and Registration, Arkansas Securities Department
  • Juliana N. Tengen, District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking
  • Noula Zaharis, Director, Georgia Division of Securities and Business Regulation

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About NASAA:

Organized in 1919, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. Its membership includes the securities regulators in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; the 13 provinces and territories of Canada; and the country of Mexico.

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