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  • Fri, January 27, 2017 7:55 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 7 individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed.  The newest CLFPs are:

    • 1.       Briana Allen, CLFP – Funding Operations Manager, Allegiant Partners, Inc.
    • 2.       Rob Boyer, CLFP – President, Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc. A Subsidiary of Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T)
    • 3.       Matt Crawley, CLFP – Asset Manager, Arvest Equipment Finance
    • 4.       John Farris III, CLFP Associate – President, National Truck and Trailer Leasing
    • 5.       Marc Gingold, CLFP – Vice President of Syndications, Fleet Advantage, LLC
    • 6.       Brian McMahon, CLFP – Data Analyst, Fleet Advantage, LLC
    • 7.       John Pitre, CLFP – Vice President – Equipment Finance Specialist, Arvest Equipment Finance

    When asked why he pursued the designation, Mr. McMahon stated, “I joined the equipment finance industry shortly after graduating college. I was aware of the CLFP organization not long after I began my career and I knew it was something I wanted to do; not only to pursue my personal education and growth, but to be part of the lease and finance professional’s network. I believe I am now part of a community where I can not only share ideas but also learn from others who have some illustrious years in the business under their belts.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 401 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Sun, December 04, 2016 3:18 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 11 individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed – 9 attended the Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) in Denver, hosted by BSB Leasing in early November.  The newest CLFPs are:

    • 1.      Beth Blumenthal, CLFP – Commerce Bank, Vice President
    • 2.      Rebecca Drake, CLFP – First American Equipment Finance, Assistant Vice President, Equipment Finance Officer
    • 3.      John Germaske, CLFP – First American Equipment Finance, Vice President
    • 4.      Ron Gonzales, CLFP – BSB Leasing, Inc., Chief Operating Officer
    • 5.      Katharine Harris, CLFP – GSG Financial, LLC, Documentation Manager
    • 6.      Thomas Hotard, CLFP – Commerce Bank, Contract Administrator
    • 7.      Judi Jenkins, CLFP – Global Financial & Leasing Service, President
    • 8.      Rob Mater, CLFP – 1st Source Bank, Assistant Vice President, Sales
    • 9.      Kendra Rothschild, CLFP – Quality Leasing Co., Inc., Controller
    • 10.   Spencer Sundahl, CLFP – BSB Leasing, Inc., National Account Manager
    • 11.   Kevin Vick, CLFP –  Ridgeline Financial Group, President

    Mr. Vick recently left his job to start his own company and stated, “Upon learning about the CLFP designation I knew it was something I wanted to attain, so I ordered the handbook, paid for the academy and test, and booked my flight and hotel that same day; two and a half months later I was testing.  I chose to participate in the CLFP program because this industry is complex, and furthering my education whenever possible makes good sense.  The CLFP program has taken my knowledge base to an entirely new level, giving me in-depth understanding of different laws, rules and programs that are essential to understand if we’re to be a consultant to the client, and earn the trust of the companies we work with.

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 391 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Tue, November 15, 2016 9:16 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    OMAHA, Neb., (November 15th, 2016) LeaseTeam, the trusted leader in lease and loan management solutions for the equipment finance industry, is pleased to announce that Quality Leasing Co., Inc. (Indianapolis, IN) has selected ASPIRE as its end-to-end lease and loan management solution.

     

    “Because of their well-known and respected industry reputation, LeaseTeam and ASPIRE were a natural choice for Quality Leasing,” said G. Paul Fogle, general manager at Quality Leasing. “ASPIRE will help streamline our processes, our marketing efforts, and our performance tracking; improving our overall efficiency. Most importantly, ASPIRE will contribute by shortening the application to close time frame, allowing us to provide a better customer experience—which is our number one priority.”  

     

    “We are excited to be working with such an experienced team at Quality Leasing,” said Jeff Van Slyke, president at LeaseTeam. “It is always a pleasure to work with a company whose customer’s mean as much to them as ours do to us.  Partnering with innovative companies provides an opportunity for growth for both parties.”

     

    About Quality Leasing

    Quality Leasing is a Midwest based, family owned, independent finance company. Since 1957, Quality offers flexible terms, convenience, and personalized service. They make it easy to fulfill your commercial transportation and equipment needs nationwide through their lease finance products at a fair, affordable, monthly payment. For more information, please visit www.QualityLeasingCo.com or call (317) 899-4415.

     

    About LeaseTeam, Inc.

    LeaseTeam, Inc. has been providing quality software and business solutions to companies in the equipment finance and leasing industry for more than 27 years. LeaseTeam is an industry leader providing exceptional software, support, training and strategic consulting services to more than 240 financial organizations throughout North America and the UK. For more information, call (800) 531-5086 or visit www.leaseteam.com.


  • Thu, October 20, 2016 4:13 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 25 individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed – 21 of which attended the Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) in Philadelphia in late September.  The newest CLFPs are:

    1.       Mark Ainsley - Marlin Business Services, Director of Commercial Banking
    2.       Rick Blowers - First American Vendor Finance, Senior Vice President, Vendor Finance
    3.       Donnie Bunn - First South Leasing LLC, President/CEO
    4.       Kevin Canepa - Vision Financial Group, Inc., Director of Sales
    5.       Lynn Deitrick - Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc. A Subsidiary BB&T, Vice President, Acquired Assets Group Asset Manager Team Leader
    6.       Tara Flanagan - Canon Financial Services, Administrator, Documentation III
    7.       Michael Gsellmeier - First American Equipment Finance, Vice President
    8.       Andrew Halladay - Oakmont Capital Services, Business Development Officer
    9.       DJ Jackson - Oakmont Capital Services, Channel Development Officer
    10.   Beth Lanshe - Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc. A Subsidiary of BB&T, Franchise Finance Sales Support Specialist
    11.   Thomas Lockhart - Marlin Business Services, Director of Broker Services
    12.   Siobhan McGee - Kingsbridge Holdings, Business Development, National Accounts
    13.   Chris Morell - Umpqua Bank, Relationship Manager, Vendor Finance
    14.   Dominique Mosley - Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc. A Subsidiary of BB&T, Senior Quality Control Specialist
    15.   Regan Mullikin - LeasePlan USA, VP of Operations and Sales Coordination, Truck Division
    16.   David Passafiume - First American Equipment Finance, Assistant Vice President, Asset Manager
    17.   Ray Poole - First American Equipment Finance, Vice President, Vendor Finance
    18.   David Salome - Brandywine Capital Associates, Inc., Vice President
    19.   Kristi Serrano – Umpqua Bank, Vendor Experience Manager
    20.   Andrea Schmid - Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc. A Subsidiary of BB&T, Vice President
    21.   Joe Sclafani - DLL, Northeast Sales Team Leader, Office Technology, DLL Financial Solutions Partner
    22.   Guy Selinka - Streamline Financial, Executive Vice President
    23.   Chris Shutter - Canon Financial Services, Documentation Team Leader
    24.   Donald Wampler, III - FirstLease, Inc., Chief Strategy Officer
    25.   Amy Weader - First American Equipment Finance, Vice President, Sales

    “Over the course of my career the CLFP certification has been recognized as the standard of excellence in the equipment finance industry, conveying intensive training and education,” said Lockhart. “I undertook earning my certification to deepen my knowledge and provide a higher level of service and expertise to my clients.  It is a proud personal accomplishment, and I’m honored to be part of this elite group of equipment finance professionals.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 379 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Mon, October 03, 2016 9:05 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is proud to announce that Todd Buzard, CLFP, CPA of First American Equipment Finance was awarded the annual Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence.  The award was created to acknowledge the CLFP who has contributed the most to the industry and best represents the CLFP ideals for the year.

    Reid Raykovich, CLFP, Executive Director for the CLFP Foundation stated, “Todd has selflessly devoted time to the Foundation’s efforts to educate not only those within his company, but to attendees at our Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals. He is a favorite amongst attendees for his calm demeanor, and his knowledge.”

    Alan Sikora, CLFP, CEO of First American Equipment Finance added, “The CLFP is the preeminent credential in the equipment leasing industry.  Todd’s commitment to helping his First American colleagues and other industry professionals achieve this designation is admirable. His efforts augment his students’ professional development while furthering the progression of the equipment finance industry.”

    The CLFP designation identifies you as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customer, and peers in the leasing industry. There are currently 370 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals throughout the world. For more information, call (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPfoundation.org


  • Fri, September 09, 2016 9:05 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that five individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed:

    • Michael Green, CLFP – Managing Partner, Dakota Financial, LLC
    • Jill Molitor, CLFP– Credit Supervisor, Stearns Bank
    • Dirk Onink, CLFP Associate – Team Leader, Commercial Finance Division, TEQLease
    • Kayla Perlinger, CLFP – Senior Syndication Analyst, Stearns Bank
    • Joe Schluender, CLFP – VP Credit & Risk Manager, Stearns Bank

    Joe Schluender, CLFP stated, “In my role at Stearns, I work closely with almost every department. Studying for the CLFP certification was a great opportunity to understand other departments more deeply, and will provide me with an even stronger basis for collaboration going forward. It also provides me with the necessary background to effectively discuss various transactions and proposals with our partners.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 343 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Fri, September 02, 2016 9:56 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    On August 25, 2016, Certified Lease & Finance Professionals (CLFPs) across the country celebrated their designation with parties held in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Houston and Minneapolis.  This was the first year where multiple events were planned for the same day and with the success of it, will remain a tradition for years to come.

    The largest turnout was in the Los Angeles area which was hosted by Banc of California and First Foundation Bank where 20 CLFPs from Southern California (and one from Austin, TX) gathered at Ra Sushi.  Amy Spragg, CLFP, Vice President of the CLFP Board of Directors stated, “The CLFP Celebration Day in Southern California last week was a fantastic evening filled with fabulous food and fantastic networking.  It is always such a pleasure catching up with fellow CLFP’s to discuss current changes within the industry and opportunities for growth and advancement.”  

    The Foundation has grown from 290 CLFPs at the beginning of the year to 355 with more applications collected for certification in the first six months of 2016 than all of 2015 combined. With two more Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals scheduled for 2016, the number of active CLFPs could grow to 400.

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 355 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Thu, July 07, 2016 2:12 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    individuals who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed:

    Don Cosenza, CLFP – North Mill Equipment Finance, Chief Marketing Officer

    Randy Hollowell, CLFP – Celtic Commercial Finance, National Accounts Representative

    Claudine Matian, CLFP – Celtic Commercial Finance, VP of National Accounts

    Christine Underwood, CLFP Associate – Allegiant Partners, Inc., Marketing Associate

    Mr. Cosenza, CMO at North Mill Equipment Finance stated, “As a marketing professional, it’s imperative to have an understanding of the fundamentals that drive the industry in which you operate.  Given that I spent a large percentage of my career in health care, leasing was uncharted territory for me.  But I was confident that the CLFP designation would provide me with the background necessary to transition and, as such, market more effectively for North Mill.  I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 348 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Tue, May 31, 2016 9:29 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that fourteen individuals from First American Equipment Finance who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed:

    1.  Michael Berkman, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Media & Entertainment Division
    2. Justin Borkowski, CLFP Associate – Education Finance Specialist
    3. Tony Culiano, CLFP – Assistant Vice President
    4. John DiMino, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Food & Beverage Division
    5. Claire Donohue, CLFP – Assistance Vice President
    6. Michael Flanigan, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President
    7. Jennifer DeLong-Giefer, CLFP – Vice President of Business Development
    8. Ryan Gilroy, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Business Division
    9. Michael Haines, CLFP – Assistant Vice President
    10. Steven Mayne, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager
    11. Kate Ralston, CLFP – Vice President, Operations
    12. Justin Sudore, CLFP – Assistant Vice President
    13. Jeremy Wolocki, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President
    14. Sarah Yarnes, CLFP – Assistant Vice President

    On May 24th, 26 individuals sat for the exam after the Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals held in Walnut Creek and co-hosted by Allegiant Partners, Inc. & Bank of the West.  Of those, the following 22were successful:

    1. Jim Alnas-Benson, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, Operations and Technical Support Manager
    2. Kip Amstutz, CLFP – 360 Equipment Finance, President
    3. Aubri Anderson, CLFP Associate – Allegiant Partners, Inc., Funding Coordinator
    4. Phil Davidson, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, Senior Software Engineer
    5. Chris Fischer, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, Quality Assurant Analyst
    6. Fred Fischer, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, President/CTO
    7. Nick Gibbens, CLFP – Bank of the West, Vice President and Business Unit Manager – Equipment Finance Division
    8. David Holmgren, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, Director of Quality Assurance
    9. Matt Ivory, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, Analyst
    10. Martin Klotzman, CLFP – Ivory Consulting, Marketing and Business Operations Manager
    11. Jodi MacKinnon, CLFP – First Niagara Leasing, Vice President
    12. Nanette Mickelsen, CLFP – Operations Manager – Financial Services
    13. Derek Nutley, CLFP – Funding Circle, Head of Equipment Finance Partnerships
    14. Drew Olynick, CLFP – Taycor Financial, Vice President
    15. Ronald Palmer, CPA, CLFP – First Niagara Leasing, Vice President Operations Manager
    16. Derek Perez, CLFP – Bank of the West, Account Manager
    17. Michael Price, CPA, CLFP – Tri Counties Bank, Account Executive
    18. Deborah Reuben, CLFP – Reuben Creative, President
    19. Candace Reinhart, CLFP – First National Capital, Vice President of Operations
    20. Scott Smilie, CLFP – Bank of the West, Account Manager
    21. Nick Toy, CLFP Associate – Allegiant Partners, Inc., Marketing Associate
    22. Jordan Wellman, CLFP Associate – Allegiant Partners, Inc., National Account Manager

    Nick Gibbens with Bank of the West stated, “I have admired my fellow lease and finance professionals who have dedicated the time to improve their knowledge and understanding of the equipment finance industry. The recent collaboration with the ELFA brings this credential more visibility and some additional relevance to many of the markets I support at Bank of the West Equipment Finance. I was impressed with the level of detail required to prepare for the test and will use the CLFP Handbook as a handy reference for questions that arise in the future.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 343 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Tue, April 05, 2016 9:15 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that added eight members during the month of March.

    They are:

    • Skylar Crane, CLFP – Celtic Commercial Finance, National Accounts Manager
    • Brent Dunbar, CLFP – Celtic Commercial Finance, National Accounts Manager
    • Don Ferguson, CLFP – Celtic Commercial Finance, Vice President/Team Director
    • Andy Horne, CLFP – Provident Leasing, Regional Vice President
    • Mark McKissick, CLFP – Banc of California, Director of Small Commercial Lending
    • Korie Nicholson, CLFP – Provident Leasing, Territory Manager
    • Mike Seyal, CLFP – Diagnostic Institute of Imaging, President
    • Evan Zoller, CLFP – Provident Leasing, Territory Manager


    Mark McKissick, CLFP, Director of Small Commercial Lending at Banc of California stated, “Just like an MBA, Ph.D., or CPA, the CLFP designation reflects knowledge and professionalism in a very prominent industry. It allows me to gain the credibility, integrity and trust among colleagues and customers alike - setting myself apart from others.  It truly does set the standard of excellence, and I made it my personal goal to achieve that standard.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment lease and finance industry. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPfoundation.org. 

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