December’s AML Professional of the Month was awarded to Ramon Ramirez, CAMS. Ramirez was recognized for his dedication and leadership in the anti-money laundering (AML) field. Ramirez is a banking executive with expertise in AML and know your customer (KYC). He is currently the AML manager for Western Alliance Bank in Phoenix, Arizona. Ramirez manages multiple teams that include currency transaction reports, alerts, investigations, and an enhanced monitoring unit responsible for overseeing high-risk relationships. Prior to working with Western Alliance Bank, Ramirez led a large KYC team at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, which was responsible for the southern markets of the U.S. In addition, he served over 25 years of active duty service and retired as a military policeman from the U.S. Army. During his time in service, he worked in an array of positions including investigations, criminal intelligence and force protection. He deployed in support of multiple combat operations in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of his career. Ramirez currently leads the veteran initiatives at his institution and works diligently within the community helping veterans transition from service to civilian life.
Do you have a mentor who has actively influenced your anti-money laundering (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.