Beth Berenbaum

Aliya Khan, BMO Financial Group

Beth Berenbaum (Communications Director) is the owner and principal consultant at BDB Global Consulting LLC. She has an in-depth knowledge of Financial Crime (AML/BSA/Fraud, CTF), Risk Management, EDD/CDD, CIP, OFAC, as well as extensive experience with several automated KYC (Customer OnBoarding), AML (Transaction Monitoring), and OFAC (Sanctions Screening) monitoring systems. With over 20 years of learning & development, training, business analysis and consulting experience in software, financial services, staffing and healthcare organizations, Beth is highly respected by her clients and peers as a subject matter expert in many areas.

Beth began to focus her career on Compliance and Financial Crime when she joined Prime Associates (now FIS, formerly Metavante) as the Director of Educational Services. While there. she created training programs for the Prime Compliance Suite of software and delivered training to over 50 clients during her time there. Beth immersed herself in learning as much as possible about the reasons the software was needed by institutions, as well as what the clients needed the software to do. She worked with the development team at Prime to improve the product so that it better met the clients’ needs.

Beth left Prime for a position with Fortent, where she managed the Training Staff and was part of the team that ensured clients’ needs were met. In this regard, she worked with clients individually and in User Groups, bringing their feedback and her knowledge to the leadership committee to help improve the products. Beth worked with her Training Staff to create and deliver high quality training programs for both customers and internal staff. Feeling it was necessary for the implementation team to understand what the customer used the software for, she developed internal training on related regulations and programs in KYC, AML and OFAC, as well as customer relations.

Since leaving Fortent, Beth has worked as an independent consultant, performing independent reviews, testing, and system validations, as well as creating and writing AML programs and manuals, policies and procedures, and risk assessments.

 Beth is a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) and Member of the Charter Class, being one of the first to take and pass the exam in April 2013. She was one of a group of industry SMEs to help create the initial exam and exam prep manual.  Most of her contributions remain to this day. She also founded the original ACFCS NY Chapter and was President of the Chapter for four years.

Beth received her Certified AntiMoneyLaundering Specialist (CAMS) in November 2005.