November’s AML Professional of the Month was awarded to Geoffrey Raagas, CAMS. Raagas currently works for USAA with the quality assurance function as a quality assurance anti-money laundering (AML) advisor. He started in banking in 1995 in what was called First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo) in the funds transfer department, where he was a senior analyst and eventually a manager. After his departure from Wells Fargo, Raagas joined TD Auto Finance. A year and a half later, he found a position with Citibank in their AML department, where he fell into the financial crimes and AML industries. Since joining Citibank in 2015, Raagas has gained experience in the financial crimes industry at institutions such as CIT Finance and Bank as a quality assurance AML analyst, EY as a senior AML/fraud analyst and Deutsche Bank as an AML controls testing officer.
Raagas attended Florida State University, where he earned two bachelor’s degrees, Webster University, where he received his master’s degree in business administration and Harvard University, where he received a certificate in cybersecurity risk management. In addition, he obtained his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in 2017.
Do you have a mentor who has actively influenced your AML career path in a positive way? Does someone in your network exemplify excellence in AML? Recognize their commitment: Nominate them for ACAMS AML Professional of the Month.