AML RightSource Advisory Board

Rick Small, BB&T

Mr. Small possesses leading insights on the challenges, strategies, regulatory expectations and future focus areas for AML and financial crimes at a global level. Currently serving as Executive Vice President, Director Financial Crimes, at BB&T, Mr. Small oversees all of the bank’s financial crimes compliance programs.

Previously, Mr. Small held positions as:  Senior Advisor Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes for Ernst & Young; Senior Vice President, Enterprise Wide Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption and International Regulatory Compliance for American Express; Global Anti-Money Laundering Leader for GE Money, a division of General Electric; and Managing Director, Global Anti-Money Laundering for Citigroup.

Mr. Small gained extensive knowledge and expertise with positions within the U.S. Government, first as a Federal Prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division and then the Organized Crime Strike Force, followed by Senior Counsel for Law Enforcement at the United States Department of the Treasury. His most recent government position was on the staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as Deputy Associate Director in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation. Mr. Small is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of ACAMS.


Marilu Jimenez. FINCAdvisors

Marilú Jiménez is a compliance and legal professional with over 25 years of financial institution experience. With specific expertise in all aspects of regulatory oversight, AML, consumer and financial compliance, she currently serves as Founder and Principal of Financial Intelligence Network & Compliance Advisors (FINCAdvisors).

Ms. Jiménez is an active participant in the compliance industry, holding several board positions, is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally, and has been part of the US Treasury Department’s public-private sector dialogues with the Latin American AML financial community.

She has participated with the American Bankers Association (ABA) in various capacities, as co-chair and currently member of the Advisory Board on Financial Crimes and previously as Chairwoman of the ABA Compliance Administrative Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Advisory Board.

Additionally, Ms. Jimenez led the Puerto Rico Bankers Association Anti-Money Laundering Committee for more than 14 years and still spearheads the leading educational Financial Crimes Symposium in Puerto Rico.

Fully bilingual; Ms. Jiménez is a frequent public speaker both nationally and internationally. She has cooperated with the US Treasury Department in the public and private sector dialogues with the Latin American financial community and in 2017 was the recipient of the Professional of the Year Award by ACAMS.


Nicolas Choules-Burbidge

Nicolas Choules-Burbidge, a financial expert in the fields of compliance, AML,CFT and sanctions currently provides consulting services to public and private-sector organizations in Canada and internationally. He was previously a senior executive at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) in Canada, where he started and oversaw the AML/CFT and Compliance Division (AMLC) for 15 years.


After retiring from OSFI in 2017, Mr. Choules-Burbidge was appointed by the International Monetary Fund and the Council of Europe as a financial assessor of the FATF mutual evaluations of China and Latvia, respectively. He currently serves as team lead advisor to the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) in the US Department of the Treasury; Director of Shinhan Bank Canada; and is a consultant to the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam.



Melissa Strait, Stripe

Ms. Strait is an expert in AML compliance in the fintech context, having served in senior roles at leading payments firms, Stripe, Inc. and Square, Inc., both headquartered in San Francisco. Currently at Stripe, Ms. Strait serves as the Global Head of Financial Crimes where she oversees teams across the North America, EMEA, APAC, and Latin America, responsible for compliance with global anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption regulations.


Prior to joining the fintech industry, Ms. Strait served as a director in the Due Diligence practice of Kroll, Inc. In that capacity, she managed teams producing in-depth due diligence research reports for banking and corporate clients, focused mainly in Asia and the Americas.

Ms. Strait speaks frequently on topics related to fintech compliance. She is a co-chair of the West Coast AML Forum and a regular panelist at ACAMS events and other industry forums.