USASI Management

Larry Slonina - President

LarryLarry began his career serving as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and entered the commercial banking industry 5 years later. During his 30 years as a commercial banker, Larry established underwriting policies, wrote procedures manuals, and developed standards specifically for lending to the check-cashing and small loan industries. He directed numerous, large-scale projects for LaSalle Bank, Chicago, IL, Banco Popular, Chicago, IL and others.

Throughout his career, he has formed relationships with key industry leaders nationwide, and is known and respected for his knowledge, responsiveness, insight, integrity and ability to get things done. He has participated as a speaker, panelist, and instructor at several trade association programs and acted as an expert witness regarding valuations of businesses and bank discontinuance. He has authored several articles in various industry-related publications. Larry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Financial Service Centers of America, the industry’s national trade association, and is the co-chair of its Banking Committee.

Larry completed the Graduate School of Banking Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and received his Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2004, Larry acquired the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation.

Dan Hoyer - Vice President, Compliance

DanDan joined USASI in 2003, shortly after the implementation of the new BSA/AML requirements mandated by the USA PATRIOT Act. He was among the first to create compliance manuals, training programs, independent reviews, and detailed policies and procedures for MSBs to comply with what was then the “new” BSA/AML requirements.  He created a transaction monitoring system that allows clients to outsource many of their day-to-day AML responsibilities; and developed a proprietary software system used to search money transfer and money order transactions to identify potentially suspicious activity. He helped establish, and is a recurring panel member of, the AML Compliance Certification Workshop offered at Financial Service Centers of America conferences, and was one of the founding members of Chicagoland Chapter of ACAMS.

Dan has developed strong relationships with FinCEN representatives, local and national IRS agents and staff, and senior compliance personnel at major banks and money transmitters. He has requested and received from FinCEN, interpretive rulings relative to the MSB industry. As a pioneer in the business, a speaker and panelist at industry and trade association programs, and author of articles for industry-related newsletters, Dan is recognized as an expert in the BSA/AML field. 

Dan received his Bachelors degree in International Business, with concentrations in Economics and Mathematics, from Illinois Wesleyan University, graduated from the American Bankers Association (ABA) National Compliance School, and has earned the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation.

Edyta Mieczkowska – Compliance Specialist

SylviaAt USASI, Edyta supports out-sourcing services of client compliance activities to ensure that clients’ BSA/AML programs are properly and professionally executed and monitored.

She previously held positions as a Credit Analyst at Turner Acceptance, Corp., and as a Senior Mortgage Specialist at Acorn Mortgage & Financial Services, Inc. She is a licensed real estate broker, a certified tax preparer, a member of the Chicagoland Chapter of ACAMS, and a member of the International Economics Honors Society.

Edyta received her Associates degree from Triton College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Northeastern Illinois University. She attended the University of Warsaw Law School, and is fluent in Polish and Russian.

Christine Slonina – Managing Director

SylviaChris worked for over 30 years in various roles leading to executive level positions at Fortune 500 companies, including Time, Inc., Helene Curtis and Unilever. She directed numerous large-scale projects across corporate divisions, leading cross-functional teams focused on achieving operating efficiencies and process improvements. Chris also participated in global due diligence exams, and collaborated with international business colleagues to develop best practices. She is fluent in German.

As a consultant at USASI, Chris was involved in the product development, launch and operations of a prepaid debit card program, marketed to consumers through money services businesses. She also served as the Executive Director of Financial Service Center of Illinois (FiSCIL), a trade association of check cashers in Illinois, where she was responsible for spearheading strategic growth initiatives and developing and implementing new products and services for the association members.

Chris received her Bachelors degree from Northwestern University, and earned an MBA with dual specialties in Information Systems and Human Resource Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She acquired the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation, and is a member of both the national and Chicagoland Chapters of ACAMS.