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Monitor 101+ Executive Profile: John-Paul Smolenski – Leading with a Heart for Relationships

Leading effectively means leading by example and garnering trust in every relationship you have, according to John-Paul Smolenski, president of MMP Capital. Over the past 10 years, Smolenski has shaped his ideal leadership style; here, he shares his story with the Monitor.... read more

Monitor 101+ Executive Profile: Matthew Green – Green on Leading Today

Matthew Green, managing director and group head, Equipment Finance at CIBC Bank USA, has been in equipment finance for more than two decades. Embracing change and prioritizing customer satisfaction and risk mitigation equally, Green shares his knowledge on leadership.... read more

Monitor 101+ Executive Profile: Saurin Shah – The Right Time and the Right Team: Shah Turns Experience into Profit

Saurin Shah has had great opportunities throughout his career, all seized in the name of growth. After a list of successes, Shah built out the equipment finance side of MidCap and shares his story here.... read more

Monitor 101+ Executive Profile: Gary Cook – Building the Future with Hands-On Leadership

1st Equipment Finance began as a startup nearly two years ago with a team of strong leaders from executive vice president Gary Cook’s previous organization. Cook discusses his extensive career and leadership style that led him to this successful business and his outlook on the future.... read more

Monitor 101+ Executive Profile: Donald Wampler – Pushing Forward and Leading by Example

In 2023, Apex Commercial Capital is enhancing its use of technology and delivering on its top priorities of providing the industry with leading customer service and investing in its employees. Donald Wampler discusses the company’s optimistic future in the technological space.... read more

Solving the Paradox: How to Prepare Your Business for Constant Transformation

John Hagel, best-selling author, futurist and keynote speaker at Monitor’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, provides guidance on how companies can adapt to rapid transformation of the global economy via long-term strategies built on capturing future opportunities rather than being beholden to short-term results. ... read more

Looking Over the Fence: What Equipment Finance Can Learn from the Insurance Industry

When seeking out new ways to innovate, equipment finance companies could benefit from looking at the work being done in other sectors, such as the insurance industry, where embedded technology and usage-based offerings are part of a great innovative wave. ... read more

The Playmaker Mindset – an Innovation Superpower: An Interview With Jeff Rogers

How are your improv skills? Improvisation can be measured by your ability to play and be in the moment. Deborah Reuben interviews bestselling author Jeff Rogers about how improv relates to design thinking and can protect us from disruption. ... read more

4th Annual Women in Equipment Finance

Monitor profiles 50 powerful women in the equipment finance industry in the fourth annual Women in Equipment Finance list... read more

Amy Gross: Current Leader – Growing With Flexibility and Purpose

Several traits are essential to being a successful leader in the equipment finance industry, including a sense of purpose, advocacy for oneself and flexibility around change. Amy Gross tells the story of how she obtained those traits and provides advice to aspiring leaders.... read more

Deb Baker: Pioneer – Promoting Diversity in Equipment Finance

Deborah Baker has been a champion for women and other underrepresented groups during her 30-year career in equipment finance. Through her leadership at ELFA, she has transformed her commitment to DE&I into meaningful action for the industry. ... read more

Joe Nachbin: Veteran – The Deal Whisperer

Joe Nachbin’s four decades in equipment finance were characterized by integrity, kindness and the ability to read financial statements and static loss pools like poetry. With the help of several people who knew him well, Monitor pays tribute to Nachbin in a special posthumous profile.... read more

Robert Preville: Disruptor – Evolving Equipment Finance to Seize Vendor Opportunities

Robert Preville, founder and CEO of APPROVE, sees opportunities for equipment finance companies to expand and embed relationships with vendors past their equipment financing needs and to regain lost financial turf from credit card and merchant service companies as they cash in on micro and small ticket transactions. ... read more

Ricardo E. Rios, CFA, CLFP: NextGen – Empowering Others for Success

Ricardo E. Rios, Chief Operating Officer of Commercial Equipment Finance (CEFI) has had great success in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. and is making a name for himself in the equipment finance industry. As a leader and mentor, Rios focuses on relationship building to find success.... read more

Broker Success: Looking at Borrowers Through the Eyes of Lenders By Don Cosenza, CLFP

Don Cosenza of North Mill Equipment Finance delivers a comprehensive guide to being a successful broker in the equipment finance industry by examining the commercial financing process from the lender’s perspective. ... read more

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