Denver native Gary Schwartz has served as president of the Colorado Chapter for the past four years after serving as membership director for two years. Schwartz is also a partner at Betzer Call Lausten & Schwartz LLP and father to two daughters.
Why did you decide to enter the anti-fraud field?
My previous work history with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where I reviewed and analyzed various types of fraudulent transactions as well as the cases I worked on early in my career at my current firm.
What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
Raising my two beautiful daughters and spending time with my family while being able to maintain a successful firm.
What are your favorite activities and hobbies outside of work?
I try to work out often, play a lot of golf, travel with my family and friends.
How has the CFE benefited your career?
It provides great credibility in my job, allows me to expand my knowledge base through training and related functions, and meet great people.
What are the benefits of serving as a chapter leader?
Meeting our membership and seeing all the areas, industries and businesses that our membership is involved with, being involved with the training and outreach of the chapter and meeting people in our community that are involved in the prevention and prosecution of fraud.
What goals would you like to help the chapter accomplish?
I would like us to do more community outreach to help people avoid becoming victims of fraud.
Do you have any advice for other chapter leaders?
Get to really know your membership and learn from them. Take advantage of their intelligence and leadership and use this for the benefit of the chapter. We are very fortunate to have a really intelligent, diverse membership.