Leasing experts Bill Bosco and James Hershberger present a case for the use of a well-designed and actively managed additional residual pool plan to win additional business at higher spreads/yields and, as a result, cause higher earnings/profits to occur for the business.... read more
Alvarez & Marsal's Lauren Hill and Arthur Doering discuss the benefit in looking at equipment valuations in conjunction with the multitude of possible risks and opportunities in order to most successfully manage the equipment in your portfolio and negotiations at lease expiration. ... read more
Remaining optimistic about near-term industry forecasts, John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage, explains how the rapidly changing dynamics of the trucking industry are converging with more traditional indicators — like current fleet age and replacement demand — to drive the market.... read more
The construction industry is on its way to recovery, with pockets of life in certain construction sub-industries, says John Crum, of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Construction Group. But, he warns, the "usual suspects" — lingering European debt crisis and a looming fiscal cliff — could disrupt this growth.... read more
Annually, De Lage Landen's Monitor 100 survey results reveal agriculture as its leading equipment asset class by volume. Tom Meredith, president of DLL's Global Food and Ag Business Unit, discusses the genesis of the unit, its global reach and relationship with parent Rabobank.... read more
We check in with four leaders of bank-owned equipment finance companies to get their take on the economy and attendant equipment demand, the impact of regulatory and accounting changes, how technology is playing a role in their respective businesses and how they see the landscape unfolding as we move into 2013. ... read more
When law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf filed for Chapter 11 protection, it was obligated to its equipment lessors (including Winthrop Resources, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and SunTrust) in an amount in excess of $45 million. Jeffrey Wurst and Bertrand Choe explain what led to Dewey's collapse and offer advice regarding key indicators of a potential lessee's fiscal irresponsibility.... read more
If we don't find ways to improve our minds, refine our style and increase our overall performance, we stagnate. Dexter Van Dango shares his thoughts on developing your personal style by identifying your heroes — within and outside of the industry — and incorporating their traits into your own way of doing business.... read more
In 2008, after Bank of America acquired LaSalle Bank and its subsidiary, LaSalle National Leasing Corporation, industry veteran Edward Dahlka set out to launch a new national equipment finance business. After four years of working with various banks on possible deals, Dahlka found the fit he was looking for at Cole Taylor Bank.... read more
Since a guaranty is nothing more than a contract, standard logic would dictate applying the concept of consideration to guaranties. However, because a guaranty involves multiple parties (guarantor, borrower and lender), the analysis can be more complex.... read more
Talking with business leaders across the equipment finance industry, it’s clear that the single biggest challenge they face today is how to achieve growth. The overall economy simply isn’t expanding at a satisfactory rate — but is their technology also holding them back?... read more
In the following article, lease accounting expert Bill Bosco presents a timetable, project summary and implications of the key decisions made at the last two meetings. The news is not good for the equipment leasing industry, but there is hope for a better result if comments received are significant enough to change their minds... read more
Community bank 1st Source and its Specialty Finance Group have a unique relationship. Operating as a business banking group rather than a separate entity, SFG represents 50% of the bank’s entire loan and lease portfolio. Allen Qualey, president of SFG, came to the bank in 1986 with the goal of starting an aircraft financing business. Today, SFG focuses on medium- and heavy-duty trucking, auto rental and light-duty trucking, environmental equipment, construction machinery, delivery vans, funeral cars and aircraft.... read more
Although newer safety features for commercial trucks add expense to the purchase process, being smart about what technologies to choose will lead to safer fleets as well as a positive ROI. Jim Sweeney of AmeriQuest explains the options available and how fleet operators should handle this issue.
With an ocean of data available to help fleet executives make decisions, it is important that the right data reaches the C-suite. Frank Bussone and Tom Toton of AmeriQuest Transportation Services explain the importance of crystalizing data and the role executives can play in ensuring the correct data is gathered.