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  • Mon, December 10, 2018 6:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 26 individuals who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam during the recent months have successfully passed.  They are:

    • 1.     Ryan Anthony, CLFP – Business Development Manager – Vendor Finance, First American Equipment Finance
    • 2.     Emma Bambury, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President – Finance Specialist, First American Equipment Finance
    • 3.     Michelle Bruno, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 4.     Jordan Cooper, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 5.     Melissa (Dawn) Day, CLFP – Vice President/Equipment Finance Specialist, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
    • 6.     Kyle Cerone, CLFP Associate   – Associate Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    • 7.     Desiree Chackal, CLFP Associate  – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 8.     Christopher Demtschenko, CLFP Associate  – Assistant Vice President, Logistics + Distribution Division, First American Equipment Finance
    • 9.     Becky Farmer, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 10.  Nicholas Flemister, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    • 11.  Chris Forsyth, CLFP – Vice President, Credit Officer, First American Equipment Finance
    • 12.  Julie Kaczor, CLFP  – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 13.  Josh Klein, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 14.  Jennifer Marison, CLFP Associate – Client Services, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corporation
    • 15.  Traci McKenrick, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 16.  Amy Moffitt, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Assistant Controller, First American Equipment Finance
    • 17.  Samantha Nunn, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Dental Division, First American Equipment Finance
    • 18.  Adrian Pelkey, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 19.  Zachary Scribani, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Dental Division, First American Equipment Finance
    • 20.  Kamal Shivnani, CLFP – Business Architect, Odessa
    • 21.  Marietta Smith, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President – Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 22.  Robin Smith, CLFP – Vice President, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
    • 23.  Natalie Tawil, CLFP – Inside Sales Representative, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corporation
    • 24.  Alison Taylor, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 25.  Katelyn Weichman, CLFP – Senior Financial Analyst (AVP-2), First American Equipment Finance
    • 26.  Megan Yeaple, CLFP Associate – Insurance Finance Specialist, First American Equipment Finance

    Mr. Forsyth, who is now one of 109 CLFPs and Associates at First American Equipment Finance stated, “I chose to pursue the CLFP designation because of the knowledge gained through the process leading up to the test and in the future as a member of the organization. Furthermore, it is important for my peers and customers to know that they are working with a dedicated professional that will continuously work to provide a high level of skill and service.” 

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 643 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.


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 5:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation presented the 2018 Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence to Deb Reuben, CLFP at the ELFA Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  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.

    Ms. Reuben is the President of Reuben Creative, a strategic technology and process consultancy firm.  Reid Raykovich, CLFP Executive Director states, “Deb took on the huge task of rewriting The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook and did it within the timeframe, budget and produced a phenomenal piece of work.  The Board of Directors and I couldn’t be more pleased with her tenacity and unique way of incorporating the knowledge of over forty Subject Matter Experts and translating it into one fluid Handbook.”

    Upon receipt of the award, Ms. Reuben added, “It is an honor to receive this recognition. This project was an adventure. A handbook such as this is not the work of a lone author, but a collaborative labor of love influenced by many. I am grateful to all of the talented and dedicated authors and contributors to past CLFP Handbook editions, your work made it possible for me to earn my CLFP designation and formed the solid foundation for creating this new edition. It was a privilege to work with diverse and brilliant team of subject matter experts and reviewers who generously shared their wisdom, depth of experience, and expertise to make this possible. Thank you to the CLFP Foundation for the project opportunity and to Reid Raykovich, whose vision, leadership, and red pen were essential to the completion of this project.”

    The CLFP designation identifies you as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customer, and peers in the leasing industry. There are currently 637 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals throughout the world. For more information, call (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPFoundation.org


  • Wed, November 07, 2018 1:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation has scheduled the first five Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) for 2019.  The ALFP is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming that the candidate has read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook prior to attending the class.  During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory.

    The schedule for 2019 as of this press release is:

    January 3 – 5th in Scottsdale, AZ hosted by Ascentium Capital

    February 7 – 9th in Seattle, WA hosted by Financial Pacific Leasing

    March 21 – 23rd in Albany, MN (internal Academy for Stearns Bank employees)

    April 18 – 20th in St. Cloud, MN co-hosted by Northland Capital and Oakmont Capital

    May 9 – 11th in Chicago, IL hosted by ECS Financial

    In 2018, the CLFP Foundation partnered with nine different equipment finance companies to host the Academies and over 140 equipment finance professionals attended a class.

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 632 active CLFP and CLFP Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPFoundation.org or to register for an Academy, visit: http://www.clfpfoundation.org/alfp-calendar  Registration to each event is limited.


  • Wed, October 31, 2018 6:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Shawn Halladay was presented an Honorary CLFP designation at the ELFA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ.  Mr. Halladay is only the second individual to be granted this designation.

    "It truly is an unexpected surprise to receive this honor.  I am just grateful for the opportunity to work with fellow industry members who are committed to advancing their careers and strengthening the professionalism of our great industry," reflected Mr. Halladay.

    Reid Raykovich, CLFP Executive Director of the Foundation stated, “Shawn contacted me earlier this year and offered to teach at Academies and I thought that I had won the lottery; it is rare that people like to teach and have the knowledge to teach every section.  He graciously donated so many hours of his time and shared his knowledge with ease, humor and professionalism.  He consistently receives top marks from students and the Foundation sees this as a very small token of our appreciation for all that he has done for the designation as well as the industry.”

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry. There are currently 619 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Fri, October 26, 2018 7:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is very pleased to announce the 2019 CLFP Board of Directors.  They are:

    • ·       Sudhir Amembal, CLFP – Amembal & Halladay
    • ·       Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP – First American Equipment Finance
    • ·       Andrew Eller, CLFP – First American Equipment Finance
    • ·       Chris Enbom, CLFP – AP Equipment Financing
    • ·       Nathan Gibbons, CLFP – Innovation Finance
    • ·       Joe Leonard, CLFP – Oakmont Capital Services
    • ·       Tamara McCourt, CCE, CLFP – LendSpark
    • ·       Dan Nelson, CLFP – Tamarack Consulting
    • ·       Kevin Prykull, CLFP – PNC Equipment Finance
    • ·       Nick Ross, CLFP – Western Equipment Finance
    • ·       Pete Sawyer, CLFP – Sun South Equipment Leasing
    • ·       Jason Seitz, CLFP – BMO Harris Equipment Finance
    • ·       Marci Slagle, CLFP – 36th Street Capital
    • ·       Jenny Wood, CLFP – Orion First Financial

    Jenny Wood, CLFP stated, "I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be a part of the CLFP Board of Directors. It wasn’t so long ago (okay maybe it was) that Reid and I were pulling all-nighter’s studying to pass the exam together. I will never forget the late nights and early mornings but looking back it developed a lifelong friendship I am very thankful for. I have always said it’s not about getting to the finish line but about the journey on the way. I know that by being part of this group I will not only help others become more involved and further their careers in the leasing industry, but also help them enjoy the journey on the way there.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 619 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Mon, August 27, 2018 2:23 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 40 individuals who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam during the months of July and August, have successfully passed.  They are:

    • 1.     April Beamenderfer, CLFP – Leasing Specialist Manger, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp.
    • 2.     Chad Boivin, CLFP Associate – Senior Lease Accountant, Beacon Funding Corporation
    • 3.     Tearinea Briscoe, CLFP – Supervisor, Managed Print, Canon Financial Services, Inc.
    • 4.     Chang Cho, CLFP – Senior Vice President, Regional Credit Officer, The Huntington National Bank
    • 5.     Judith Cummings, CLFP – Sales Coordinator-Staff Officer, The Huntington National Bank
    • 6.     Kris Dragoo, CLFP – Senior Credit Officer, Partners Capital Group, Inc.
    • 7.     Joseph Franco, CLFP – Account Executive, Cloud Lending Solutions, Inc.
    • 8.     John Freeman, CLFP – Vice President, Senior Commercial Credit Officer III, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp.
    • 9.     Melissa Hanson, CLFP – Associate Manager, Financing Services, Stryker
    • 10.  Christopher Hepler, CLFP – Region Vice President, Truck & Equipment Group, Element Financial Corporation
    • 11.  Sara Hobbs, CLFP – Manager of Broker Development, JB&B Capital, LLC
    • 12.  Steven Holben, CLFP – Finance Manager, ENGS Commercial Finance Co.
    • 13.  James Jankowski, CLFP – Risk Manager, UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc.
    • 14.  Jerry P. Jarnagan, CLFP – Leasing Strategy Program Manager, Xerox Corporation
    • 15.  Kirsten Kleven, CLFP – Associate Financial Analyst, BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company
    • 16.  Christy Kusilek, CLFP – Solution Architect, Tamarack Consulting, Inc.
    • 17.  Samantha Lardi, CLFP Associate – Business Analyst, Client Services, Odessa
    • 18.  Shawn Lowe, CLFP – Vice President, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
    • 19.  Rene Macfarlane, CLFP – Equipment Leasing Analyst, BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company
    • 20.  Aaron Massie, CLFP Associate – General Counsel, Beacon Funding Corporation
    • 21.  Michael Matar, CLFP – Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company
    • 22.  Catherine McDonald, CLFP – Documentation Manager, IEMFS, Ltd. dba GSG Financial
    • 23.  Kathy McGrath, CLFP – Compliance Filing Manager, Great American Insurance
    • 24.  Michael McKeever, CLFP – Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    • 25.  Lisa Mediare, CLFP – Asset Manager, The Huntington National Bank
    • 26.  Heather Miller, CLFP – Assistance Vice President, Portfolio Manager, The Huntington National Bank
    • 27.  Mark Molenkamp, CLFP – Senior Manager, Financial Operations, Stryker
    • 28.  Jeffrey Ostholthoff, CLFP – Assistant Vice President – Commercial Portfolio Manager, The Huntington National Bank
    • 29.  Danielle Patti, CLFP – Director of Operations, UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc.
    • 30.  Mark Rader, CLFP – Sr. Applications Engineer, Canon Financial Services, Inc.
    • 31.  Kyle Rafferty, CLFP – Portfolio Manager, The Huntington National Bank
    • 32.  Michael Renfro, CLFP – Senior Account Manager, Great American Insurance
    • 33.  Delroy Stauffer, CLFP Associate – Business Development Associate, Odessa
    • 34.  Ian Steidel, CLFP – Senior Underwriter, Great American Insurance
    • 35.  Jeffrey Teucke, CLFP – Senior Vice President, UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc.
    • 36.  Blake Tollefsen, CLFP – Product Specialist, Great American Insurance
    • 37.  Christine Williams, CLFP – Partner – BFS Transformation Services, Global Asset Finance Consulting Leader, Genpact, LLC
    • 38.  Wilbert (Tony) Williams Jr., CLFP – Risk Manager, The Huntington National Bank
    • 39.  Clint Williamson, CLFP – Senior Account Manager, Summit Funding Group, Inc. 
    • 40.  Laura Witow, CLFP – Executive Assistant, Madison Capital, LLC
    “The Certified Lease & Finance Professional’s Manual was recommended to me as a means to continue learning and further expand knowledge.  I studied the CLFP Manual, (highly recommend it no matter of your experience) and decided to attend the Academy for Lease & Finance Professional’s.  Sitting for the CLFP exam to test and certify my knowledge made sense to me.  All this to maximize my expertise and knowledge to better serve my Clients and the Industry.  Along the way, met some terrific Leasing and Finance Colleagues!” Mr. Hepler from Element Financial Corporation attended the Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals in Philadelphia, PA which was hosted by Odessa.

     

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 615 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, June 11, 2018 12:05 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that there are nineteen new commercial equipment finance professionals who recently passed the 8-hour online exam.  The majority of the new CLFPs are from the two most recent Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) hosted by First Foundation Bank in Southern California, and Arvest Equipment Finance in Kansas City.  They are:

    • ·       Assal Asgarinejad, CLFP; Funding Manager, Partners Capital Group, Inc.
    • ·       Andrew Berkovitz, CLFP; Senior Account Manager, Taycor Financial
    • ·       Kersten Brown, CLFP Associate; Documentation Administrator, Western Equipment Finance
    • ·       Paul Coupland, CLFP Associate; Vice President of Sales, Partners Capital Group, Inc.
    • ·       Farid (Freddy) Jalilvand, CLFP; Lease Coordinator, Providence Capital Funding, Inc.
    • ·       Matthew Langdon, CLFP; Vice President, Business Development, Stanton Leasing
    • ·       Garrett Reetz , CLFP; AVP Equipment Finance Credit Manager, First Foundation Bank
    • ·       Tom Shin, CLFP; Credit Officer II, Hanmi Bank
    • ·       Drew Christopher, CLFP Associate; Assistant Vice President, Sales, First American Equipment Finance
    • ·       Kirsten Schoenborn, CLFP Associate; Sales Analyst, First American Equipment Finance
    • ·       Derek Anniston, CLFP; Director of Operations, American Leasing & Financial
    • ·       Emily Blair, CLFP; Senior Account Manager NCMIC Finance Corporation
    • ·       Richard Dierks, CLFP; Equipment Finance Specialist, Arvest Equipment Finance
    • ·       Allen Glynn, CLFP; Business Development, KLC Financial, Inc.
    • ·       Mike Miller, CLFP; Business Development Manager, NCMIC Finance Corporation 
    • ·       Melissa Pagliai, CLFP; Regional Sales Manager, DLL
    • ·       Charles Reed-Dustin, CLFP Associate; Director of Sales, American Leasing & Financial
    • ·       Joshua Smith, CLFP; Sales Support Specialist, Arvest Equipment Finance
    • ·       Joel Johnson, CLFP; Vice President, First American Equipment

    “In an industry with so many variables, choices and ever-changing regulations, it is important to be knowledgeable and credible in order to best serve customers.  The CLFP designation is widely regarded as the highest level of certification among my peers, and I am honored to join such an elite group of professionals,” stated Mr. Dierks.

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry and there are currently 573 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Sat, June 02, 2018 11:43 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    Seattle WA, June 1, 2018 - The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors announced today that the sixth edition of The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook is now available for purchase through the Foundation’s website and Amazon.

    The handbook was authored and produced by Deb Reuben, CLFP; President of Reuben Creative. The goal of the CLFP Foundation was to produce an improved narrative that incorporated perspectives reflective of the larger bank, captive and independent companies that are utilizing the Designation as a tool for professional development.  “An intense and complex project, it was an honor to be asked by the CLFP Foundation to write this new edition of the Handbook” said Reuben. “I relished the challenge and opportunity to bring forward-thinking insights and creative ideas to designing a new framework for studying the body of knowledge for this dynamic and multi-faceted industry. It was wonderful to collaborate with Reid Raykovich, CLFP, the CLFP Board, and with so many brilliant contributors from all aspects of the industry who carved out time from their busy schedules to provide insights that allowed me to bring multiple lenses to this work.”

    “This edition of the CLFP Handbook is a complete overhaul of the text, a big leap forward in content and quality. Its expanded subject matter is much more comprehensive and relevant to a wider variety of business models we see in our industry,” states Robert Boyer, CLFP; President of BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital, CLFP Board Member and ELFA Treasurer.  Lori Frasier, SVP, Strategy and Performance Management - Key Equipment Finance and ELFA Board Member added, “The updated workbook is top-notch, a resource which will add value to any leasing professional.” 

    The 2018 CLFP Exam will continue to be based on the Fifth Edition of the Handbook, and in 2019, the Exam will be updated to reflect the new content.

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry. There are currently 571 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information or to purchase the new handbook, visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Mon, April 30, 2018 12:15 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that there are thirty-eight new equipment finance professionals who recently gained the CLFP Designation.  The majority of the new CLFPs are from the internally hosted Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) held at U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and the Eastern-area ALFP hosted by LeaseQ.  The newest CLFPs are:

    • Matthew Bona, CLFP; Senior Credit Manager - Blue Bridge Financial, LLC
    • Aaron Brouker, CLFP; Assistant Vice President - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Daniel Callahan, CLFP Associate; Assistant Vice President, Project Manager - First American Equipment Finance
    • Tina Cartwright, CLFP; Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Zach Cicero, CLFP; Assistant Vice President, Asset Management - First American Equipment Finance
    • Andre Clifford, CLFP Associate; Underwriting & Funding Manager - Bryn Mawr Equipment Finance, Inc.
    • Joshua Cooper, CLFP Associate; Sales Support Intern - First American Equipment Finance
    • Kathryn (Kathy) Dapcic, CLFP; Accounting Manager - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Tina Eickhoff, CLFP; Senior Vice President, Director of Finance - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Sean Evans, CLFP; Director of Partnerships - LeaseQ
    • Steven Hanneman, CLFP; Senior Vice President, Director of Operations - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Michelle Kostick, CLFP; Credit Officer, Vice President - First American Equipment Finance
    • Svetlana (Lana) Kralik, CLFP; Leasing Credit Manager - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Tom Landmark, CLFP; Vice-President, Director of Contract Administration; U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Daniel Maddock, CLFP; Assistant Vice President, Project Manager - First American Equipment Finance
    • Kari Maier, CLFP Associate; Assistant Vice President - Project Manager - First American Equipment Finance
    • Jeff Matysek, CLFP; Assistant Vice President, Project Manager - First American Equipment Finance
    • Robert Measer, CLFP; Senior Financial Analyst - First American Equipment Finance
    • Christine Moses , CLFP; Credit Officer - First American Equipment Finance
    • Michael (Mic) Mount, CLFP; Senior Vice President, Credit & Portfolio Management Department Head - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Heidi Mukomela, CLFP; Director of Operations Quality Assurance - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Bob Murrer, CLFP; Vice President - First American Equipment Finance
    • Eric Myhre, CLFP; Vice President of Finance - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Danielle Naylon, CLFP Associate Portfolio Associate - First American Equipment Finance
    • Patrick O'Connor, CLFP Associate; Director of Business Development - LeaseQ
    • Richard Padgett, CLFP; Vice President, Capital Markets Group - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Matthew Rankin, CLFP Associate; Assistant Vice President, Education - First American Equipment Finance
    • Kevin Reese, CLFP; Vice President - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Tina Ross, CLFP; Assistant Vice President, Project Manager - First American Equipment Finance
    • Kathie Russell, CLFP; Senior Vice President, Commercial Credit - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Greg Stitt, CLFP Associate; Assistant Vice President, Syndications - First American Equipment Finance
    • Shelly Tauer, CLFP; Vice President, System Technology & Security Manager - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Maximilian (Max) Tirey, CLFP; Finance Associate - LeaseQ
    • David Trost, CLFP Associate; Director, Transportation Finance - LeaseQ
    • David Verkinderen, CLFP; Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank EF Business Line Leader - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Kyle Vogel, CLFP; Assistant Vice President, Project Manager - First American Equipment Finance
    • Dean Ward, CLFP; CAO & Risk Manager - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    • Jennifer Wilson, CLFP; Funding Manager - Amur Equipment Finance

    Mr. Verkinderen stated, “I thought this was an excellent opportunity to expand my overall knowledge of the Equipment Finance Industry.  I have spent most of my career in the small ticket vendor segment of this business and this was a great opportunity to test my knowledge in other parts of our industry.  I think it is outstanding that our industry has a designation like this for those wanting to expand and verify their knowledge of Equipment Finance.”

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry and there are currently 543 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Tue, March 20, 2018 12:51 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that there are nineteen new equipment finance professionals who gained the CLFP Designation in February and March.  Both exams were held after internal Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) hosted by Canon Financial Services and Amur Equipment Finance.  The newest CLFPs are:

    • Stacy Allen, CLFP; Senior Sales Coordinator - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Bryan Anderson, CLFP; National Account Manager - Amur Equipment Finance
    • McKayla Anderson, CLFP; Senior Credit Analyst - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Cathy Archer, CLFP; Accounting Supervisor - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Eric Bicknase, CLFP; Senior Account Manager - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Don Bryson, CLFP; Director of IT - Canon Financial Services, Inc.
    • Joe Carr, CLFP; IT Business Analyst - Canon Financial Services, Inc.
    • Jacob Conlon, CLFP; Senior Manager, Corporate IT - Canon Financial Services, Inc.
    • Mike Coon, CLFP; Vice President, Syndications - Amur Equipment Finance
    • David Cramer, CLFP; IT Systems Administrator - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Shauna Heckathorn, CLFP; Chief Financial Officer - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Rob Hollenbeck, CLFP; IT Architect - Canon Financial Services
    • Jacklynn Manning, CLFP; Vice President of Marketing - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Daniel Marquette, CLFP; Senior Account Manager - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Casey Mitchell, CLFP; Senior Vice President of Sales - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Nate Pfeifer, CLFP; Manager, Credit - Amur Equipment Finance
    • David Rabinovitz, CLFP; Vice President, Syndications - Amur Equipment Finance
    • Brian Shinkle, CLFP; Senior IT Architect - Canon Financial Services
    • Seth Yount, CLFP; Corporate Counsel - Amur Equipment Finance

    Mrs. Manning stated, “In an effort to achieve a level of expertise and proficiency beyond that of a "standard" marketer within the industry, I chose to pursue the CLFP designation. This provided me the opportunity to grow and enhance my skills of the leasing and finance industry and will allow me to use this knowledge as a tool to develop strategic and diverse programmatic omnichannel marketing while at Amur Equipment Finance.”

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry and there are currently 539 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


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