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Board of Directors

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Vincent Scales, Verizon (Chairman of the Board)

Vincent Scales is an enterprise program manager with 15 years of experience building, delivering and operating IT and shared services programs in F500 environments, both from the perspective of the outsourcer as well as the service provider. Currently, Vincent is a leader in Verizon’s TPRM organization, leading a portfolio of third party risk management activities and serving as product owner and development leader for Verizon’s TPRM platform. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University. Vincent resides in Phoenix, AZ along with his girlfriend and their two labradoodles.

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Gerald Smith, Cuebiq

Gerald has been building and leading global privacy and vendor risk management programs in the financial, automotive and tech sectors for over a decade. He received his bachelor’s in Economics from the University of North Carolina and his law degree from Chapman University. He is an IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy.


Nicole Makinney, McKesson

Nicole is currently the Product Owner for McKesson’s Third Party Risk Management program, as well as the District Lead for her local chapter of McKesson’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group. She has over five years of direct experience in TPRM and over 10 years of compliance consulting and auditing experience serving a variety of industries in a career that has taken her to San Francisco, London, and Atlanta.  She received her Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama and her Master’s of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.  Nicole currently resides in Ellijay, GA, with her partner and pets.

Samuel Wolf, Principal Financial Group

Sam currently serves as a Leader and Senior Security Engineer for Principal’s Third-Party Cyber Risk program and is an active member of the Cyber Security and Third-Party Risk communities. Sam’s experiences span Digital and Development Product owner, senior experience owner, identity and access management, software development, and, in a past career, managing a different type of risk as a former Welder and Quality control inspector for a large manufacturer.


Sam serves as Chair of the Iowa State University Cyber Security Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Our Lady of the Lake Universities Cyber Advisory Board. Sam also has a passion for serving the next generation as Co-Chair of Principals’ Technology Recruiting Committee, focused on building an intern talent pipeline as well as technology mentorships with minority and underserved youth. Sam holds several industry certifications, including CISM, CISSP, and CCSP.  Outside of work, Sam is a husband, father of two, DIY aficionado, and coffee snob.

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Kim LaBarbiera, American Express

Kim M. LaBarbiera is currently Director and Counsel for Third-Party Risk in the General Counsel’s Organization at American Express. At Amex she provides global legal support to business and legal colleagues related to third party risk including: strategy; training, third party lifecycle management; fin tech; bank vendor risk; compliance audit functions; regulatory requirements; cloud computing and lobbying. 


Prior to working at American Express, Kim held various legal, compliance and risk roles at: Goldman, Sachs, USAA, Lloyds Bank, and Société General among other global financial institutions. 


Kim holds a BA from Boston College, JD from Seton Hall Law School and LLM from Georgetown University. She is GDPR, CAMS, and CTPRP certified and has previously held equity and options principle licenses. 


Kim resides in Old Town Alexandria, VA with her husband Rob and her Chocolate Lab and two cats.

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