Member Spotlights

Interviews with NABL Members from NABL News


Erick S. Creach, Gilmore & Bell, P.C., St. Louis, MO

1. Tell us something about yourself…


When I’m not in the office, whether the official one or the home office, I enjoy being outdoors hiking or kayaking. I hope the family and I can do a trip in The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness soon. It’s a bucket list kind of thing for me. Additionally, like many people, I used the pandemic to pick up a new activity which is smoking meat, specifically fish. Not for sure how my family feels about that, but they at least humor me.


2. What encouraged you to join NABL?


I was at a point in my career where I realized I wanted to be more active in our industry and make connections with others in our industry. Additionally, and most obviously, was the desire for relevant professional development and continued education. NABL was the place to do that for our niche practice area. I look forward to continued opportunities to gain experience from folks, whether in-person or virtually, and make connections.


3. How has your NABL membership benefited your career?


I’ve been able to connect with others outside of my general geographic area and get to know them a little. As luck would have it, we ended up being on a deal together. It was good to have the background connection coming into the deal.


4. What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?


It isn’t really one thing, but one of my favorite things about this practice, and where I feel the greatest sense of accomplishment and achievement, is helping smaller issuers complete a bond issue to fix a problem that has been a thorn in their side for years. It’s unbelievably rewarding, but also very humbling, to understand the amount of trust they place in us as bond counsel.


5. What was the last (non-work-related) book you read?


I’d like to say something intellectual or classical here, but anyone who knows me would know that wasn’t true. The last book I read was House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. It’s the first book in a trilogy that is in the process of being written, so now I’m eagerly awaiting book two which is scheduled for release in early 2022.

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