Capitol Times Newsletter

March 2024 | Vol. 36 | No. 1
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CTA Referral Process

As we navigate the new era of business compliance under the Corporate Transparency Act, we’ve simplified the process to ensure your clients’ entities remain compliant in a way that works best for you (and your client).

Here’s a quick guide in 5 simple steps:

  1. Formation Request: Send us your entity formation request, and if desired, specify including associated BOI report and/or EIN application filing in your invoice.

  2. Formation Evidence: Receive emailed evidence of your formation, including a link to CapitolBCM for convenience. Forwarding this evidence to your client will allow them the option to take action independently by accessing CapitolBCM as a guest user.

  3. Upload Information: To continue the compliance process, upload and submit all sensitive ID information directly through CapitolBCM.

  4. Dedicated CTA Specialist: Our specialized team will efficiently handle your compliance order.

  5. FinCEN Submission: Receive confirmation of your FinCEN submission and an invoice for provided services.

CTA Wizard

The recent implementation of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) has introduced new reporting requirements for certain companies. Understanding whether your company falls under these regulations can be complex, which is why we’re thrilled to introduce Capitol Services’ CTA Exemption Wizard.

Whether you’re unsure about your status or simply seeking confirmation, our Wizard is here to provide clarity and peace of mind. This intuitive tool will guide you through a series of questions to help determine whether or not your company is required to file a Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report.

Take the guesswork out of compliance and let our CTA Exemption Wizard streamline the process for you.


Did You Know?



Adherence to the U.S. Treasury Department’s requirements to limit tax evasion, money laundering, and terrorist funding is paramount today more than ever. Capitol Services is taking a proactive stance to assist businesses in meeting compliance with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) rules regarding individuals and companies with whom U.S. companies are prohibited from doing business. Recognizing the severe consequences that can befall organizations violating these regulations—ranging from civil penalties to criminal charges—we are excited to introduce our latest offering: the OFAC Sanctions List Search. In a world where global transactions are the norm, understanding the background of your transactional parties is of the utmost importance. Doing business with individuals or entities found on the OFAC sanctions list is not only risky — but also illegal. Our OFAC Search adds a crucial dimension to your risk mitigation and due diligence, helping you navigate the intricate web of compliance effortlessly.

The OFAC Search is a new service offering designed to further facilitate due diligence in your transactions. These searches aim to identify whether any party involved in a transaction appears on watch lists maintained by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The searches are now available as a stand-alone service or as part of your preferred lien search package. Integrating seamlessly into your due diligence process, this tool provides an additional layer of security, helping ensure that your business transactions align with federal requirements.

Stay ahead of regulatory challenges and fortify your due diligence efforts with our OFAC Sanctions List Search. Trust Capitol Services to be your partner in compliance and risk management!

Events and Happenings


2024 SCG

Territory Sales Manager Cindy Wamsley attended SCG’s 3-day Essentials for Corporate Governance conference in late January. This annual event is focused on key practical elements of corporate governance and is a fantastic opportunity to earn CLE credits while networking with other professionals.

Photo (L–R): Jonell Reyes, Cindy Wamsley, and Savanna Riner.


HMPA Annual CLE Event

Territory Sales Managers Dana Blankenship and Kristi Solt represented Capitol Services at the Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association’s 44th Annual Full Day CLE event in early March, held in downtown Houston. This event is always a fantastic occasion to learn and connect.

Photo (L–R): Kristi Solt, Dana Blankenship, and Charlene Silva.

A Closer Look with...

Ed Benson


2023 · Austin · Chief Information Officer

In your opinion, what makes Capitol Services a great place to work?

The People! Capitol Services has a great culture that promotes and cares about people and it comes across in all team interactions.

What’s something new you recently learned about yourself?

I am a “reefer”. We have had a saltwater tank for some years now, but you need to be in the hobby a long while before other reefers consider you a true “reefer” and now have made the cut.

What drains your energy really fast?

Boring speeches.

What TV show(s) have you binge watched?

Breaking Bad

Biff Jennings


2024 · Austin · Chief Financial Officer

In your opinion, what makes Capitol Services a great place to work?

The people at Capitol Services make it a great place to work. It is wonderful to come into the office and be greeted with a smile. I can tell that people genuinely like to spend time with their colleagues here.

What’s something new you recently learned about yourself?

I recently started participating in track & field for the first time in over 3 decades. I learned that I really like to challenge myself and compete. I also learned that losing a few pounds will make me go faster!

What drains your energy really fast?

University of Michigan football fans.

What TV show(s) have you binge watched?

The Bear (thanks to Jenn Woodrome for recommending it!), The Bridge, The Killing, Peaky Blinders, Slow Horses, and Masters of the Air.

Faiz Ahmed


2024 · Austin · Chief Growth Officer

In your opinion, what makes Capitol Services a great place to work?

I’m impressed with the level of commitment we have here at Capitol. People truly care about making our clients happy. We also respect work-life balance, which is something you see less often in today’s business world.

What’s something new you recently learned about yourself?

I make really good apple pie from scratch!

What drains your energy really fast?

Negativity. I think it’s OK to bring up problems to your friends, family and colleagues…but I always ask them “OK, that’s good you’ve identified something that needs to be fixed…but let’s also hear your ideas for how to make it better.”

What TV show(s) have you binge watched?

I loved the Netflix show Dark. Watch it, it was so cool!

Capitolly Ever After



Capitol Services is pleased to announce the arrival of Faiz Ahmed, who joins us in the newly created position of Chief Growth Officer. Faiz has significant industry experience as an attorney, business owner, sales and acquisition leader, and has previously headed digital transformation and automation teams. Born in Pakistan, Faiz moved to Chicago at the age of 3 with his family, which is where he, his wife of 29 years, and their 3 adult children call home today. He’s no stranger to travel — Romania, India, and Tunisia are among his most memorable excursions. If you’re curious about other memorable experiences, ask him about his random celebrity encounters with Keira Knightley, Russell Crow, Anderson Cooper, and “the Greatest” Muhammed Ali!

Our Registered Agent team is excited to welcome Kenya Santillan, who joins as a Service of Process specialist. Kenya is native to Austin and recently graduated from Texas State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a double minor in healthcare administration and psychology. She is active in her church’s music group playing both piano and drums, and also enjoys taking in stand-up comedy in her free time. Locally, she loves a good hike with her 2 favorite German Shepherd mix doggos, Chocolate (Choco) and Archie, and while she doesn’t travel as much as she’d like, counts New York City as one of her favorite cities to explore.

Shlomi Harif has come on to assist our IT team as a Senior Project Manager, bringing a wealth of experience in best practices from previous positions as a developer, technical communicator, manager, executive, and Agile software development practitioner. He also happens to be a published author with 3 murder mystery novels under his belt and a science fiction novel due to be released in late spring.

Amber Outwater joins our Corporate team with a background in legal and regulatory compliance pertaining to real estate and county government. Originally from Lancaster, California, Amber made it to Texas by way of Colorado, relocating for her husband’s new job position. Hobbies include hiking, camping, swimming, and family time with their 2 daughters, Zoey (4) and Mila (2), and Aussiedoodle, Copper. They recently returned from Disney World, and she can attest that it was a magical experience for kiddos and parents alike!


Dana Blankenship

Dana Blankenship circa 2000
Photo: Dana Blankenship (2001).
Dana Blankenship 2024
Photo: Dana Blankenship and the goodest good girl, Cassie (2024).

Dana Blankenship is the latest long-standing employee to earn his retirement badge, which falls just short of his 24th year with Capitol Services. Dana joined our team as a sales representative in 2000 with prior industry sales experience. He had been familiar with Capitol Services’ reputation as a competitively priced, service-focused company, and sought to represent a business whose corporate values aligned with his own. He believes these core values still hold true today.

Our clients collectively love him for his professionalism, which is rivaled only by his quick wit, and we can all confirm that he’s just as much fun to work with as you think he is. When asked about his favorite memories from his time with us, he maintains that there are “Too many to recall — lots of smiling and laughing, that’s for sure.” He’s been a key player (and entertainer!) at our Houston Client Receptions since their inception and has always loved the opportunity to gather with clients, friends, and colleagues. The man loves a good party!

So how will he fill his days once in retirement? Dana says that he’ll have plenty to keep himself busy as an avid gardener, runner, and animal rescuer (through Houston-area non-profit Rescued Pets Movement). He’s also confident that there are many trips to Mexico with partner, Danny, in his future, which should break up his retirement routine quite nicely.

We asked Dana for his final parting words of wisdom, and in true, unabashed Dana fashion, he ever so nonchalantly replied, “Don’t [redacted] in the wind.” Sound advice, indeed. Salud, Dana!


We’d like to give a big shout-out to the following employees who are celebrating 5 or more years with the Capitol Services group of companies this quarter. Thank you!
Vickie Polanco 3/26/1990 Austin
Melanie Woolf 1/12/1998 Austin
Greg Wente 2/16/1998 Austin
Krista Abair 2/01/1999 Austin
Mike Yanez 1/12/2004 Austin
Jody Roberts 2/01/2004 Austin
Geneva Harrison
Cory Whitsett 2/01/2005 Austin
Tara Morales 3/24/2008 Austin
Tom Woodrome 2/17/2015 Austin
Brittni French 3/16/2015 Dover
David Tadlock 1/19/2016 Tallahassee
Richard Gallegos
Leah Rodriguez
Amanda Dods
Cindy Wamsley
Richard Brough

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When opening a bank account or entering into a transaction, you may be required to provide a Certificate of Incumbency for your company. This document lists the names of the company’s directors, officers, and/or managers and is often used to confirm the identity of the people authorized to sign legal documents for the company. If you’re a registered agent client and need a Certificate of Incumbency, please reach out to us.

Above and Beyond

Amanda and Rodney Deliver:

“I want to thank you both for your support. It is rare to have a business partner respond so quickly and so helpfully and I am grateful.”

— Michael M. – Dallas, TX


Hailee Coming in Clutch:

“Thanks so much for always being so incredibly helpful and responsive! You keep me from being fired almost Every. Single. Week.”

— Lisa M. – San Antonio, TX

The Number One Best:

“As always, Capitol Services is the number one best company to deal with in so many ways. You are amazing!”

— Robynne H. – Dallas, TX

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