Joined GMC as CSO in October 2017. Manuel is charged with business development and marketing, external and governmental affairs, and regulatory and compliance matters.
Manuel brings a unique blend of private and public sector experience to the leadership team. Before joining GMC, Manuel was a partner at the law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP where he worked on financial services regulatory matters. Manuel proudly served as Acting Secretary and Director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from January 2011 to January 2015, where he oversaw the regulation of the banking, consumer finance and debt collection industries. Manuel also served one year as the Acting Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, seven years as a Chicago City Councilman, and three years as a prosecutor with the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney.
In addition to his professional work, Manuel sits on several non-profit boards involved with economic development and small business lending. His contributions to the team enhance GMC’s ability to engage industry constituencies, and better manage operational, compliance and regulatory risks. Manuel received his undergraduate degree from Dominican University and his JD from the George Washington University School of Law.