About the Speakers
Howard Brod Brownstein
PRESIDENT, THE BROWNSTEIN CORPORATION; DIRECTOR, P&F INDUSTRIES (NASDAQGS: PFIN), MERAKEY, NACD PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER
Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a nationally-known turnaround and restructuring professional, and regularly provides programs for Women in the Boardroom. He is President of Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services, as well as investment banking, fiduciary services, litigation consulting, investigations and valuation services. He regularly serves on the boards of directors of public and private companies, and currently serves on the boards of: P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN) where he chairs the Nominating/Governance and Strategic Planning & Risk Assessment Committees, Renew Financial, where he serves as chair of the Risk Committee, and Merakey, a nonprofit with over 10,000 employees. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, and also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Immediate Past President and Board Chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter. He has authored ninety articles and textbook chapters, is a Contributing Editor at two publications, and is a regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU and elsewhere. He received JD and MBA degrees at Harvard, and B.S. (Wharton) and B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Pamela S. Palmer
Pam handles a wide range of complex business disputes with emphasis in business v. business disputes, investor and shareholder claims, securities and disclosure litigation, class actions, derivative suits, merger and corporate control disputes, as well as consumer and competition claims. She represents companies, officers, directors, and professional service providers in fiduciary duty, business judgment and professional liability cases, SEC, and other regulatory enforcement matters. She also advises clients on corporate governance, disclosure, indemnification, and D&O insurance coverage.
Pam has a strong track record of achieving client-favorable pre-trial case dismissals and insurance-covered settlements. She also advises boards and special committees in internal investigations involving whistleblowers, shareholder demands, and auditor-initiated investigations.
Her clients have included Fortune-ranked public companies, executives, boards, private companies, and individuals involved in a wide range of industries, including technology, internet and digital media, life sciences, medical devices, wireless communications, broadcasting, residential mortgage, financial services, and commercial banking.
Pam is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Recognized Practitioner for securities litigation in California.
SVP of Internal Audit, Everi Corporation
SVP of Internal Audit, Everi Corporation
Kristi Atwater is SVP of Internal Audit for Everi Corporation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Everi is a Financial Technology Solutions provider and slot manufacturer for the gaming industry. She leads the Internal Audit Department and their Enterprise Risk process. Kristi reports directly to the Audit Committee in both areas.
Kristi has over 25 years of experience in Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk. She has developed Enterprise Risk processes from inception at a variety of public companies. She has spoken on the topic of Implementing Enterprise Risk on a Budget. She is certified in risk management assurance (CRMA). Her other experience spans over audit, accounting, cybersecurity and operations. In her past, she has also led customer service and roadside assistance for Alamo and National Car Rental.
Along with being a CRMA, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a CPA, CISA, CMA, and PMP .
She is the cohost of the podcast, Hey, Boss Lady. It’s a podcast about women in leadership. She currently resides on the Advisory Board on the Women’s Executive Leadership Circle in Las Vegas. She also leads the women’s leadership initiative at Everi.
David R. Koenig
Board Member, President and Chief Executive Officer, The DCRO Institute, Author, and Innovator
David R. Koenig is the award-winning author of Governance Reimagined: Organizational Design, Risk, and Value Creation and The Board Member’s Guide to Risk. He has served on both for-profit and non-profit boards and as a chief executive officer. He created corporate risk management programs at three different companies and has managed complex financial portfolios in excess of tens of billions of dollars in size. He is the President and CEO of The DCRO Institute, the founder of the Directors and Chief Risk Officers group (the DCRO), serves on the advisory board of the Center for Advancing Corporate Performance, the editorial board of the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions, and is a co-founder of the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA).