Executive Profiles

One Big Family: BancorpSouth EF Looking to Grow Under Gilliam

Kyle Gilliam joined BancorpSouth as president of Equipment Finance and Leasing in the fall of 2016. Gilliam discusses with Monitor his transition to the Tupelo, MS-based bank, his views on teambuilding and expanding to include a vendor/dealer program.... read more

Laying Another Brick: Evans Leads FNB into the Commercial Equipment Finance Space

With 35 years of experience behind him, Tim Evans was brought in to lead the expansion of First National Bank’s leasing arm into the commercial equipment finance sector. With a strong vendor business already in place, F.N.B. Equipment Finance got off to a running start under Evans in late 2016 and is poised to keep moving up in 2017.... read more

Just Getting Started: Ascentium Capital’s Private Equity Boost

As it celebrates five successful years in business, Ascentium Capital now has additional growth capital available thanks to a recent announcement that private equity firm Warburg Pincus will acquire the company. The investment will allow Ascentium to continue to focus on what it does best: making the financing process easy for small businesses.... read more

Best-in-Class: Hill Evolves Key Equipment Finance to Stay Ahead of Industry Trends

Before joining Key Equipment Finance as senior vice president of Commercial Manufacturer and Vendor Sales in July, Loren Hill accumulated 30 years of industry experience spanning different players in different cities, including 15 years at IBM Global Financing. His experience with a client-focused approach and ability to provide highly customized solutions has enabled him to make a smooth transition into his new role.... read more

The Alta Group: Global Consulting Firm’s Evolution Mirrors the Industry

When The Alta Group was launched in 1992, the internet was in its infancy. Over the last 24 years, the consultancy firm has grown and evolved alongside the equipment finance industry as the rapid pace of technological innovation has transformed all aspects of the business.... read more

Making Money Personal: BMO Focuses on Customer Relationships

In four short years, BMO Financial Group has risen up the ranks of the equipment finance industry. While a large part of this ascent is due to the bank’s strategic acquisitions, there is more to the story. Jud Snyder and Dan Clark, leaders of BMO’s Equipment Finance and Transportation Finance businesses, respectively, also attribute this success to the company’s culture, which puts the customer first.... read more

Addition by Unification: Walters Leads EverBank’s Combined Venture

When EverBank launched its capital equipment finance group in 2014, it asked Ken Walters to come in and help lead it. Fast forward to today, and Walters is once again taking on a leadership role for a new group, which combines the structured equipment finance and ABL arms of EverBank. He shares the rationale behind the combination, how the new group is fairing in the early going and why it's focused on taking a generalist approach to the market.... read more

Still the One: Peterson Keeps a Diversified TCF Going Forward

In the last year, TCF has taken on a new look in more ways than one. Gary Peterson, the newly appointed president and CEO of TCF Equipment Finance, explains how he rose to his new position and how TCF uses diversification and unification to grow.... read more

Committed to a Global Footprint: DLL’s Vendor Finance Mandate

Only a few months ago, the future of DLL seemed uncertain amid rumors that its parent, Rabobank, was in talks to sell the vendor finance company. Today, Rabobank has not only reaffirmed its commitment to DLL, but also mandated the company to find independent avenues to raise capital for its growth. In a Monitor interview, DLL CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Bill Stephenson discusses DLL’s evolution over the past 30 years and its bright future in the global marketplace.... read more

Born in the USA: Golobic and GreatAmerica Keep Marching Forward

As Monitor 100 celebrates its 25th anniversary, looking back at the industry and its major players over the last quarter century is worthwhile. One man who stands out during that time is Tony Golobic. The chairman and CEO of GreatAmerica Financial Services reflects on his past, the birth of GreatAmerica and the 24 years of success the company has enjoyed.... read more

Call to the Bullpen: Labrozzi Comes Back to Aircraft Finance at Global Jet Capital

Fewer than two years after retiring from GE, Dave Labrozzi is back in the thick of things with Global Jet Capital, the aircraft finance firm that acquired GE Capital’s corporate aircraft portfolio earlier this year. As the team from GE Capital and the legacy staff at Global Jet Capital continue to merge, Labrozzi and the Global Jet Capital leadership are charting a course for international success.... read more

All for One and One for All: Wintrust’s Unique Makeup Builds Quick Success

As a new entrant to the Monitor 100, Wintrust Asset Finance is now in the company of the heavy-hitters in the equipment finance industry, even if it’s not organized the same way as its new peers. President and CEO Mike Knowles explains how Wintrust’s unique structure and entrepreneurial culture have powered its ascent.... read more

Growing in Unity: How Washington Federal Dodged Silos, Increased Numbers

Washington Federal Regional President Michael Brown assumed his title at a time of great transition: the bank had just acquired 75 new locations throughout its eight-state bank footprint, 13 of which were in the state of Arizona, which he oversees. After working to unify more employees and getting everyone working together on a regular basis, Washington Federal’s personal approach to equipment financing helped the bank land in the Monitor 100.... read more

Operating With Integrity: CIT Leverages Industry Expertise to Achieve Customer Trust

Eric Miller has been building CIT Capital Equipment Finance’s direct originations platform, assembling a team of customer-focused industry experts that provide custom-tailored solutions. Leveraging its risk culture and industry-domain knowledge, CIT is serving markets that others may find challenging while maintaining its status as a best-in-class organization and a trusted advisor to its customers.... read more

Embracing Change & Creating Opportunity: Kelly Takes the Reins of Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services

Wells Fargo recently named GE Capital veteran Jim Kelly group head of Vendor Financial Services. In a Q&A with Monitor, Kelly discusses the process of integrating the vendor businesses of GE and Wells Fargo, his father’s contagious optimism and his hope for attracting bright and diverse talent to the equipment finance industry.... read more

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