Joe Ciccolo


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Joe Ciccolo is the founder of BitAML and an experienced financier. Before launching BitAML, Joe spent over a decade in high-impact roles with leading institutions. He was a founding member and architect of a Bank Security Act and Anti-Money Laundering program for a top 100 U.S. online financial institution and also worked as a project manager for a top 20 international bank, where he managed regulatory and AML audit remediation projects. He has additional leadership experience working on projects in risk management, vendor due diligence, fraud prevention, and corporate investigations.


He is also an advisor to the Illinois Blockchain Initiative and also volunteers with the Blockchain Education Network, a non-profit led by students. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Fraud Examiner, and an Anti-Money Laundering Certified Associate. He is a graduate of Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice.


Joe is a frequent presenter at cryptocurrency, payments, and compliance industry events. He regularly consults with bankers on the onboarding of bitcoin customers, as well as complex cryptocurrency-related investigations involving federal and local law enforcement.

Annelise Strader

Vice President, Business Development

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Annelise is a financial institution expert with over 15 years of experience in areas such as fintech BSA/AML compliance, bank BSA/AML compliance, bank operations, money transmitter business, commercial real estate transactions, sales, and client relationship management. In the cryptocurrency space, she has worked for bitcoin exchange bitFlyer USA and large financial institutions including Bank of America, Union Bank, US Bank and UBS|PaineWebber.


A native Californian, Annelise earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University at New Orleans and has held numerous professional licenses, including the series 7, 63, 65, Life & Health Insurance, and Real Estate Salesperson. She is currently a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

Brandon Burton

Chief Technology Officer

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Brandon Burton is a full-stack software engineer specializing in cutting-edge projects through BitAML that will help make cryptocurrency accessible to everyone in the world. Starting out as a Mobile Software Engineer, Brandon is now an entrepreneur whose pursuit of the American Dream has brought him to the cryptocurrency industry. He has six years of industry standard software engineering experience and graduated with a BS in General Computer Science from Southern Oregon University.


He is passionate about creating effective change throughout the world by working with startups. When he isn’t programming, Brandon enjoys bicycling, exercise, and VR games.

Brandon Lee


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Brandon Lee is an Associate Managing Director in K2 Intelligence’s Regulatory Compliance practice, based in New York. Brandon advises traditional and nontraditional financial services clients ranging from private, investment, and foreign banks, broker-dealers, and asset managers to an emerging class of FinTech companies that integrate crypto/blockchain, AI/machine learning, and digital identity solutions into their business model. He consults on financial crimes compliance matters, including Anti-Money Laundering (AML), economic trade sanctions (ETS), and FCPA and anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC) investigations in the United States and internationally. Brandon also serves as a strategic advisor and angel investor to several early-stage venture-backed companies across the FinTech, RegTech, AI/machine learning, crypto/blockchain, and Social Biometrics and digital identity spectrum.

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