ACAMS Honors Award Recipients at 18th Annual International AML & Financial Crime Conference

Feb 26, 2013, 10:00 ET from Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

Awards recognize significant achievements from government employee and private-public sector coalition

MIAMI, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ACAMS 18th Annual International AML & Financial Crime Conference, taking place this March 18-20 in Hollywood, FL, will host the ACAMS Awards Ceremony on Tuesday morning, where two recipients will be honored in recognition of their significant achievements in the AML and financial crime prevention industry.

The ACAMS AML/CTF Leadership in Government Award will be presented to Cameron "Kip" Holmes in recognition of his effective use of asset forfeiture as an innovative tool to combat financial crime.  Mr. Holmes's career spans more than 40 years, and he currently serves as Director of the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance and Senior Litigator in the Criminal Division, Financial Remedies Section at the Arizona Attorney General's Office. 

John J. Byrne, Executive Vice President at ACAMS, says of Mr. Holmes: "Kip's contributions to the AML industry and his leadership are wide-reaching and have influenced laws across Central and North America.  As the current Director of the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance, Kip is a highly visible and innovative leader in the fight against money laundering and the heinous criminal activity that generates illicit funds."

The ACAMS Private-Public Sector Service Award will be given to the BSA Coalition of Richmond, VA, for its tremendous partnership efforts in addressing AML/Sanctions/Financial Crime.  The organization is comprised of a group of bankers, law enforcement officials and regulators who communicate to discuss, debate, and resolve questions, guidance, and day-to-day issues associated with the development and implementation of effective BSA/AML programs.

Mr. Byrne describes the coalition as, "an exemplary organization, demonstrating the need for a transparent collaboration between the private and public sectors" and "a model to which other collaborative groups should aspire.  What the organization has achieved shows that, when working in tandem, all of us can be better in our own careers in compliance."

Now in its 18th year, the ACAMS Annual International AML & Financial Crime Conference is expected to host more than 1,300 government officials and financial industry decision-makers for the world's premier executive-level learning, information sharing and networkingFor more information or to register for the conference, visit or call ACAMS at +1 305.373.0020.

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SOURCE Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)