James Ninni—Chicago, IL, USA

James Ninni is a former United States Navy Search and Rescue Swimmer, conducting rescue, recovery and humanitarian missions in Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Tunisia, Turkey, Israel, Cuba and Somalia. Ninni holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and is one of the first to earn a Master of Business Administration from Ithaca College in 2001.

Shortly thereafter, Ninni moved to Chicago and began working for a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aon Corporation overseeing regulatory compliance, risk management, security and loan operations for a $4.3 billion loan portfolio.

In 2006, Ninni was hired as a capital markets compliance officer by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a $70 billion government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) banking organization delivering wholesale lending solutions to financial institutions. Ninni has held top-level oversight of banking and mortgage finance operations spanning regulatory compliance, strategic planning, business development and project management.

Ninni earned a Six Sigma Certificate, Certified Treasury Professional (CTP), Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM), and expects to complete his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) in early 2015. He has leveraged those skills to drive enterprise-wide improvement projects and build a strong compliance culture. Ninni built a reputation for continuous improvement and risk minimization through all operating activities.

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