BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Reynold Benjamin, CFE, Vice Chairman
Reynold has over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in regulatory compliance, financial fraud and white-collar crime investigations. He currently serves as the primary point of contact for projects and programs for clients in the Commercial Financial Services Group for Booz Allen Hamilton.
His primary focus is to develop and enhance client relationships and revenue generation in the Fraud and Compliance Practice which includes anti-money laundering, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, regulatory compliance, market risk, and counterparty risk. He also manages a team of consultants, senior consultants and associates that specialize in bank examinations, fraud investigations, compliance and market risk assessments.
As a special agent, he investigated criminal cases relating to financial fraud, transportation fraud, mortgage fraud, e-commerce, health care fraud, money laundering, and white-collar crime. He has experience in evaluating evidence, testifying in federal court, and preparing investigative reports for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Illinois Attorney General Office. His cases led to several indictments, plea bargains, fines and imprisonment. He also had the responsibility to train and mentor new investigators. Reynold developed a training manual for new special agents on how to present cases to the Department of Justice. He was the liaison to other federal agencies such as Homeland Security, Secret Service, DEA, ATF and ICE.
Reynold was a Senior Fraud Investigator for Freddie Mac where he investigated mortgage fraud by reviewing documents, interviewing witnesses and targets, and preparing reports of investigation for management. Reynold worked closely with the Department of Justice, FBI, Secret Service, and other federal agencies to prosecute cases involving bank fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud.
Reynold was appointed by the Governor’s Office in Illinois as the Assistant Director for the Division of Banking. In this position, he supervised 48 professionals including investigators, examiners, and clericals; his primary responsibility was regulatory compliance for mortgage bankers, brokers, and thrift institutions. He was also selected to lead the Governor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, where in the first investigation uncovered a $1.3 million mortgage fraud scheme. Several of his cases made national news. He represented the Division of Banking and the Governor’s Office at press conferences and has also given radio and newspaper interviews on mortgage fraud and regulatory compliance issues. He advised the Division of Banking on pertinent financial regulatory legislation prepared for the Illinois House and Senate and met with congressmen and congresswomen, senators, local legislative bodies, and trade associations to communicate regulatory issues that were of vital importance to the Division of Banking.
Lynndel “Lynn” Edgington, Founder/President, Chairman
Lynn brings over twenty years of Insurance, Banking, Financial Services, and Mortgage Lending experience; plus over twenty years of business consulting experience. Lynn is also the author of “Robbing You With A Keyboard Instead Of A Gun – Cyber Crime How They Do It,, which is available on Amazon.com. He is the host of Cyber Crime You Are In Danger, a weekly one-hour Internet radio show on Motivational-Radio.com. He is a guest lecturer at Westwood College (Anaheim) and ITT-Tech Schools of Criminal Justice (Orange), and is a member of ITT-Tech’s School of Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Orange, CA campus.
Lynn worked with three of the top twenty-five insurance companies, as marketing director of a major credit union, administrator for two mega-churches, and with a leading sub-prime mortgage company. As a business management consultant, he developed business plans, marketing plans, strategic plans for startup to mature companies in a wide range of industries. He assisted in the location of expansion capital, joint ventures, turn-around and strategic alliances. He conducted management training programs, and internal audits of policies and procedures.
Prior to forming Eagle, he spent four years researching Internet investment scams, fraud, and Ponzi’s. He quickly learned the vast majority of the public was ill-advised in investment knowledge, and were ripe to be victims of scams, fraud, and Ponzi’s. He also learned that federal law enforcement agencies had moved many of its white collar crime investigators to Homeland Security issues. A scenario that was ripe for the Internet investment criminal to operate almost with impunity.
Seeing this need, and with the assistance of team members and many volunteers, he formed Eagle Research Associates, Inc. to educate the public and to assist federal law enforcement agencies with the results of Eagle’s research in shutting down these illegal programs.
He is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Political Science.
The Board of Directors volunteers their services to the corporation. They believe in the mission of the corporation, the services provided to the public and law enforcement, are dedicated and committed to helping people avoid being scammed, and helping put an end to this type of cyber-crime.
Joan “Joanie” Edgington, Secretary
Additional Members To Be Announced
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Keith Prewitt, Board Member
Keith L. Prewitt, Vice President, Comcast Corporation. Responsible for setting the strategic vision for the Cable Security and Facilities Management functions within Comcast Cable. He oversees the development and implementation of best-in class security and risk management practices for Comcast Cable employees, as well as the development and implementation of operational security training and risk mitigation strategies.
Mr. Prewitt retired as the Deputy Director of the United States Secret Service, where he held that position since his appointment in July, 2008. As Deputy Director, Mr. Prewitt served as the Chief Operations Officer of the Secret Service, with oversight of all statutory mission operations and line of business functions, as well as strategic planning for the agency. Mr. Prewitt is a 29-year veteran of the Secret Service.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Mr. Prewitt served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research, managing the agency’s protective intelligence mission support initiatives, threat mitigation, and vulnerability assessment activities, as well as the evaluation and implementation of technology based protective countermeasures.
Mr. Prewitt has also served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Human Resources and Training for three years and as the Assistant Director of the Office of Government and Public Affairs for one year.
Mr. Prewitt began his career with the Secret Service in 1983 as a special agent in the Memphis Field Office. He progressed steadily through the ranks of the Secret Service; and his subsequent journeyman career assignments included duty in the Washington and Chicago Field Offices, the Vice Presidential Protective Division and the Liaison Division.
Mr. Prewitt served in several management and executive assignments to include the following: the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Candidate Nominee Operations and the Special Agent in Charge of the Major Events Division. Mr. Prewitt also served as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Protective Operations and the Office of Government and Public Affairs.
Mr. Prewitt is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he also served as a Memphis Police Officer from 1978 until 1983. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminal justice from Memphis State University and will complete an Executive MBA program from Howard University and the Keller School of Management in December of 2013. He is also a 2001 graduate of the Office of Personnel Management Senior Executive Leadership Development Program; and a 2008 graduate of the Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program.
Mr. Prewitt serves as a board member and officer of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board. He is also a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), The Industrial Security Managers Association (ISMA), Kappa alpha Psi fraternity, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Mr. Prewitt has received numerous awards and accolades during his distinguished career in law enforcement, including the 2005 Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Management, as well as comparable achievements from the Department of Treasury, The Memphis Civitan Club and the Cook County Optimist Club. He is also a nominee and recipient of the 2006 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award and the 2009 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executives in the Federal Government. In 2011, Mr. Prewitt was recognized by the US Congress, The Partnership for Public Service, and the Washington Post as “The Federal Player of the Week.” This honor highlighted his commitment to enhance the performance of the federal workforce and government agencies, by implementing sound accountability and performance management protocols.
Mr. Prewitt is married to the former Pamela Chambers, an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the father of two adult sons, Ryan and Patrick Prewitt.
Terry Peltz, CPA, Board Member
Terry is the founder of Performance Advisors LLC, a boutique Public Accounting company. Performance Advisors is different than the traditional tax and audit firms. It is one of only a handful of accounting firms that performs a social audit of a company. A social audit measures not only how well an organization is meeting its social and ethical responsibilities, but more importantly how well the company is being perceived.
Terry’s public accounting career began with Laventhol & Horwth’s Cleveland office, then with Fox and Company CPA’s, and McGladrey CPA’s.
He served as auditor to Fortune 500 companies (NL Industries and Dial Corporation), as well as Controller/CFO to the international firm Rider Hunt Levett and Bailey Group.
In addition to serving on Eagle’s Advisory Board, he is also an Advisory Board member of Marshall Hydrothermal. He has also published a number of business articles. He is also a volunteer for the Knights of Columbus, as their Financial Secretary, and CFO for Hope Mobile Ultrasound.
Phil Corbett, Board Member
Phil Corbett is the Senior Director of Corporate Marketing for Leapfrog, and a 15 year marketing veteran with experiences ranging from agency side management, non-profit marketing and corporate B2B marketing and has spent most of his career in the tech space. He has held leadership positions in some of the best known tech firms in Chicago including FurstPerson, SAVO and Rise Interactive. In his time heading up corporate marketing at Rise Interactive the company was recognized for growth with the following recognitions: #15 in Fortune Magazine’s Inner City 100; Five Elms Capitals 22nd Fastest Growing Company in the Midwest; number 446 in the 2012 Inc. 500; and by Forrester Research in the in “The New Interactive Agency Landscape” research report.
Phil is an innovative marketing leader with cross-functional experience in all aspects of: field enablement; lead generation; thought leadership and operations. His marketing leadership approach is focused on increasing revenue, enhancing profitability & improving operational efficiency through the strategic alignment of sales, sales operations and marketing. Phil is also active in sharing his experience with the larger marketing community serving as a guest writer and speaker for companies like Marketo and HubSpot. In addition to his work experience Phil received a dual Bachelors Degree in English and Communications from Purdue University. Phil lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
Graham McMillan, Board Member
Graham McMillan is the Controller – Business Systems for American Assets Trust, a publicly listed REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) (NYSE ticker: AAT), based in San Diego, California. Prior to that, Mr. McMillan’s career has included roles as Controller / CFO for organizations in venture capital, investment trusts, one of Canada’s largest pension funds, a large multinational insurance company, and a successful technology startup. Mr. McMillan has worked in Canada, Australia and the United States. He is a Chartered Accountant (Canada) and a Certified Public Accountant (USA). The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba awarded Mr. McMillan the prestigious Silver Medal for achieving the second-highest ranking in a class of over 140 in the Chartered Accountants’ final entrance examination.
Graham’s experience in the world of fraud was thrust upon him somewhat unexpectedly, when in 2006 he discovered that his elderly father had invested in what Graham quickly realized was a massive Ponzi scheme. Using tools from his financial background, he was able to confirm his suspicions, and successfully pressured the company to return his father’s investment. Despite this early success, his compassion for other innocent victims, as yet unknown to him, motivated him to mount a multi-year campaign against the alleged perpetrators, to expose and disrupt their fraudulent operations and fundraising efforts. Graham worked with officers from the Securities and Exchange Commission, FBI, and regional securities and police authorities, keeping them informed, while using the Internet, pamphlets, email and even direct personal confrontation to warn off the investing public. When charges were ultimately filed against the perpetrators of the Ponzi scheme, Mr. McMillan earned national news coverage, and high praise from police officials, who lauded his tireless actions, noting they were both effective and “extremely rare”.
The righteous indignation which Mr. McMillan felt towards these particular criminal elements continues to burn in him. It is for this reason that he has chosen to work with Eagle Research Associates, an organization that shares his passion for justice.
Bryan J. Bouyer, Board Member
Bryan J. Bouyer is the Vice President of Business Compliance & Analysis at Dole Evans Bouyer LLC. Bryan has over 10 years of experience in change management, risk management, relationship management, treasury management and enterprise risk management. As a consultant, Bryan provides external support to organizations by investigating suspicious activity, drafting simplified internal compliance and/or developing business strategies. Even with a full calendar, Bryan finds time to volunteer at the “Kroc Center” of the Salvation Army. He teaches “Financial Awareness” to teens, “Entrepreneurship 101”to adults and “Fraud Awareness” to seniors.
Prior to starting Dole Evans Bouyer LLC with his sister, he worked for the Chicago Fire Department. Bryan was a decorated “Emergency Management Officer” who provided advance medical treatment, consulting and coordination of logistical support during emergent and day to day operations. His fondest accomplishments with the Chicago Fire Department are:
• Project manager assigned as “Team Leader” to cross functional and juridical rapid response team during NATO Chicago 2012.
• Receiving a “Life Saving Award”; saving the life of a Chicago Police Officer.
Bryan is an United States Air Force veteran and was a member of the elite “Security Forces Team.” During his tour of duty in the Middle East, Bryan became a surreptitious criminal investigator which resulted in the arrest and convictions of many defendants relative to AML, narcotics and terrorism.
Bryan is a proud alumnus of Saint Xavier University where he attained his Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and Masters Business Administration, Finance/CFE. Bryan is an active member with Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the “Entrepreneur Chair” with National Black MBA’s Association (NBMBAA).
Bryan is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy and has earned several “Counter-Terrorism” certifications with “Homeland Security.” His expertise in AML/CFT, OFAC/Sanctions, BSA, USA PATRIOT Act, FinCEN, FINRA, SOX, Dodd-Frank Act, KYC, SEC, FTC, FCC, SWIFT, SAR (reports) and Federal Sentencing Guidelines will be a vital asset to Eagle Research Associates.
Lynndel “Lynn” Edgington, President/Founder, Board Member
Lynn serves as the liaison between the Boards.
Additional Members To Be Announced
The Advisory Board volunteers their services to the corporation. They believe in the mission of the corporation, the services provided to the public and law enforcement, and are dedicated and committed to helping people avoid being scammed, and helping put an end to this type of cyber-crime.
Board Members Emeritus
M. Bert Kite – Founding Board Member
William (Bill) E. Moffatt – Founding Board Member
PAST BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Jeanine M. Henriques, PhD,