Conference Coverage

Breaking Barriers and Setting Boundaries at the ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum

How do you show up as a leader? How can you ensure your time and energy is devoted to the projects and passions that are most important to you? Speakers at the ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum explored these topics and helped women leaders step into their power and become more inclusive leaders.... read more

Cultivating Change: Converge Inspires the Digital and Innovative Future of Equipment Finance

Converge is, as Lisa Rafter puts it, “the most fun you’ll ever have at an industry event.” Featuring crowdsourced, dynamic discussions, Converge is designed to get ahead of upcoming disruption and ensure that the equipment finance industry is “future-proof,” all while intimately connecting forward thinking industry leaders and celebrating the sector’s outstanding accomplishments.... read more

2023 NEFA Recap: Forging Strong Community Connections

Chad Sluss provides an update on the activities of NEFA in 2023, highlighting key achievements and developments within the association and outlining ways that members of the equipment finance industry can get involved.... read more

Five AI Takeaways from the 2023 ELFA Annual Convention

AI was the topic at this year’s ELFA annual convention. Here are five takeaways Scott Nelson, president and CDO of Tamarack Technology, gleaned from the presentations and discussions at the convention.... read more

62nd ELFA Convention: A 360 View of Equipment Finance

The Future 360 theme was fitting for this year’s ELFA Convention. From the retirement of Ralph Petta to the announcement of his successor, Leigh Lytle, coupled with presentations on the implications of AI in equipment finance and the world at large, the event focused on what’s to come — and how to prepare for it.... read more

ELFA Equity Forum: Creating Inclusion in Equipment Finance

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Equity Committee is leading an evolutionary change within the industry to create an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion in everything it does. Its inaugural Equity Forum encouraged interaction, sparked new ideas and provided tools and inspiration for everyone in equipment finance to embrace DE&I.... read more

61st ELFA Convention Coverage: The Decade of Disruption: Takeaways from Dex Hunter-Torricke’s Keynote Address

Despite Hurricane Ian disrupting the ELFA’s 61st Annual Conference, originally planned for Marco Island, FL, the show went on in Orlando, FL. Featuring a slew of exhibitors, breakout sessions and keynote speakers, the conference’s first keynote speaker, Dex Hunter-Torricke, laid out the coming changes to the global economy and labor market and what’s just over the horizon – the Decade of Disruption.... read more

Sprinting A Marathon: Reuben Embraces the Business of Disruption

The equipment finance industry is changing and nobody is leading the charge for the industry’s evolution quite like Deborah Reuben, CLFP, founder and CEO of TomorrowZone, who is hyper-focused on keeping up with rapidly shifting market dynamics through creative collaboration. ... read more

Harnessing Data At The Internet’s Dawn

The internet was in its infancy when Bill Phelan introduced the equipment leasing industry to PayNet. Through various business cycles and an acquisition by Equifax, Phelan has continued to lead the organization as it transformed from a startup to a trusted source of information. ... read more

Constant Evolution: Dressman is Helping Build Equipment Finance’s Future

In just six years, Lexie Dressman has developed as an emerging leader both in her role at The Huntington National Bank and in the equipment finance arena at large by not being afraid to try new things and by finding her role (and voice) in shaping the future of the industry. ... read more

The Making Of An Industry Icon

Crit DeMent, chairman and CEO of LEAF Commercial Capital and Monitor’s 2021 Veteran Icon, shares his unique perspective on how he got to where he is today, detailing the friends and mentors that shaped his attitude and approach to equipment finance over the past four decades. ... read more

A Problem Solver: Michalek is Still Transforming Equipment Finance

Dan Michalek has made a career out of identifying problems in the equipment finance industry and launching businesses to help solve them, most notably through PayNet. With his newest endeavor, Syndifi, he is looking to modernize the syndication process and with his track record, he’ll likely do just that. ... read more

Leadership For All: Robles Puts People First at Eastern Funding

Nancy Robles’ approach to leadership is predicated entirely on her passion for supporting people from any and all walks of life. As chief operating officer of Eastern Funding, she is spearheading change within her own organization and the equipment finance industry to create opportunities for all. ... read more

ELFA/IMN Investors’ Conference: Adjusting to a Post-Covid-19 World

Although it was held virtually, the ELFA/IMN Investors’ Conference focused on a theme of the slow but steady emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic. Equipment-backed ABS has experienced a “bright start” in early 2021 and volume is expected to return to near-normal levels. ... read more

ELFA Takes Annual Convention Completely Digital with 2020 Business LIVE!

COVID-19 put a halt to the 2020 ELFA Convention, but that didn’t stop the industry from coming together to learn, network and laugh. ELFA Business LIVE! was an industry meetup for the record books.... read more

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