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CoActiv Becomes Element Financial

The Monitor catches up with Don Campbell and Steve Grosso to learn about Toronto-based Element Financial's acquisition of CoActiv Capital, now operating as Element Financial (USA). As part of the deal, Campbell and Grosso retained their roles as CEO and president, respectively, and brought along their seasoned U.S.-based leadership team.... read more

Hitachi Capital’s New Markets

In October, Hitachi Capital America established Hitachi Capital Canada. Before 2012 came to a close, the company acquired Hennessey Capital. In early 2013, Hitachi announced that Hennessey would offer equipment financing. ABFJ catches up with William H. Besgen, president and COO of Hitachi Capital America, Thomas Cross, general manager of Hitachi Capital’s Trade Finance Division, and Michael Semanco, president and COO of the Hennessey Capital Division, to learn more about these strategic moves.... read more

Triumph Commercial Finance

With experience in building organizations and client relationships, Dirk Copple is charged with establishing and leading Triumph Commercial Finance’s equipment finance unit. Focusing for now on three specific industries, Copple and his group are specialists in the transportation, construction and refuse sectors.... read more

De Lage Landen Food & Ag

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

Cole Taylor Equipment Finance

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

Element Financial

In a Monitor exclusive, Element Financial's CEO Steve Hudson and president Brad Nullmeyer recall the rise and sale of Newcourt Credit and reveal Element's plans to enter the U.S. market through the vendor leasing channel ... read more

1st Source Specialty Finance

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

Direct Capital

Direct Capital returns to Monitor 100 thanks in part to growing its vendor business by 71% and fostering core business values — such as seek change, invent solutions and drive “Big Mo(mentum)” for success — both inside and outside of the company.... read more

BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company

Combining banks, their employees, operations, potential philosophies and overlying geographic territories can be a daunting task. But with the merger of BMO Financial Group, Harris Bank and M&I Bank, the process proved less formidable due to a common cultural standard and low geographic overlap.... read more

EverBank Commercial Finance

EverBank Commercial Finance president Jim McGrane counts co-founding US Express Leasing and leading Tygris Vendor Finance among his many career accomplishments. Calling EverBank’s acquisition of Tygris in February 2010 a “marriage made in heaven,” McGrane and his group have enjoyed a 239% increase in originations from 2010 to 2011, and plan to carry that momentum through this year and beyond.... read more


Three years after entering the U.S. and Canada markets, CHG-MERIDIAN has entered the Monitor 100 rankings at #82. We spoke with Dirk Matura, EVP Sales & Marketing, and John Sandoval, EVP Finance/Administration to find out more about the company’s U.S. operations and what has contributed to its rapid success.... read more

Leaf Financial – Gaining Momentum

LEAF Commercial Capital experienced substantial growth in the past year, and in its efforts to maintain momentum and expand its sales force hired Vince Faino in December 2011 to underscore the company’s increasing focus on services-based attributes to its customer base.... read more

De Lage Landen – A Balanced Performance Across the Board

In March of this year, De Lage Landen released impressive 2011 financial results. In the following Q&A, Slaats discusses not only the company’s performance, which he describes as “equalizing in every sector, in every country,” but includes DLL’s commitment to the sustenance of global resources.... read more

Pawnee Leasing – Commemorating 30 Years in Business

Three decades ago, Rob Day turned an investment interest into Pawnee Leasing. Over the years, the company, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, has survived numerous credit cycles and stayed one step ahead of the game by making tough decisions to contract when others wouldn’t, entering into a fruitful acquisition by Chesswood Group and maintaining a longstanding relationship with its bank.... read more

CIT’s Belcastro Discusses New Initiative in Equipment Finance

The severe economic downturn of recent years has seen many equipment lenders leave the business or sharply curtail their activities, and CIT was no different, downsizing its Diversified Industries Group in 2007. Central to CIT's recovery strategy is the appointment of a senior CIT veteran, Belcastro, well-known both inside CIT, as well as throughout the asset-based finance industry, as a knowledgeable and experienced professional.... read more

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