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At the Crossroads of a Slowing Economy

Carl Chrappa discusses falling equipment prices and 2020 predictions with a note of optimism: this too shall pass for companies that prepare. We have enjoyed historic growth in the economy and its resulting benefits for nearly a decade. Equipment sales and production have accordingly ramped up. Low interest rates have also helped. However, faced with the fallout from tariff disputes, geopolitical issues, a potentially hard Brexit and a dysfunctional U.S. Congress, this may be coming to an end. ... read more

Through a New Lens: Building a Diverse Business, an Interview with Kara Sammet, PH. D

Kara Sammet of Gender Lenz provides advice on how companies can better diversify and amplify voices that still struggle to be heard in a changing industry.... read more

How a Simple Idea Transformed the Equipment Finance Industry

This year marks the 30th anniversary since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. It is challenging to fully understand the impact of how this has changed our lives. This one simple idea has transformed industries and given birth to companies like Amazon, Uber, and Netflix. However, when first conceived, there were many that questioned its use and others that said it could not be done. ... read more

10 Years as “Nom de Plume” Dexter Van Dango

2019 marks the tenth year I have contributed to the Monitor 100 publication. Indulge me, if you will, by allowing me to look back over the past decade to reminisce over what I have written about for the past ten Monitor 100 issues, taking another look at the road we traveled together.... read more

Vendor Finance: The More It Changes, the More It Stays the Same

Vendor finance has seen cycles of both innovation and stagnation, and Dexter Van Dango has worked and written about the industry long enough to see it all. While he views the current landscape as stale, he also sees the most exciting advancements occurring within the independent space, rather than with banks.... read more

The Netflix of Leasing: DLL Looks to Stake a Claim in Usage-Based Financing

Whether it’s a car, a bike or a binge-worthy series, consumers have moved more and more toward pay-per-use items in their everyday lives, and businesses have subsequently followed their lead. With more clients than ever looking for usage-based financing, DLL has decided to launch a division dedicated solely to producing usage-based financing products with Steve Riggs at its helm.... read more

The Last Interview: Former Monitor Publisher Jerry Parrotto Sits for the First Time as an Interviewee

Retired editor and publisher, Jerry Parrotto, was in the offices of the Monitor for a visit, perhaps wanting to get his ‘snow fix’ from the Philadelphia suburbs before traveling back to Florida. Monitor Editorial Board member David Wiener caught up with Jerry before he headed south again.... read more

2019 Priorities: Leveraging Current Success

Though banks, independents and captives all participate in the equipment financing industry, all have different needs and focuses. Charles Wendel of FIC Advisors games out 2019 for each one and recommends that no matter the organization, embracing rapid technological advances will be a benefit to everyone.... read more

Playing the Ant to the Grasshopper: Asset Managers Look Ahead to the Future

With optimism remaining sky-high nine years into an economic recovery, it’s part of an asset manager’s job to make sure companies don’t suddenly plummet back to earth. Monitor sat down with Carl Chrappa of The Alta Group and Kevin Sensenbrenner of Stonebriar Commercial Finance to discuss their outlook on the year ahead and the ways asset managers can help lessors protect themselves for the inevitable downturn. ... read more

Global Equipment Finance Predictions for 2019

Annual predictions are always risky, especially given the nature of advance publication deadlines. But a few, brave equipment finance consultants have accepted the challenge. Consider their insights as helpful resources for planning purposes, but still works in progress.... read more

Material Handling Trends: Insight from Honda Supplier of the Year, Pacific Rim Capital

Dave Mirsky, co-founder of Pacific Rim Capital, winner of the Honda of America Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Honor, discusses challenges and opportunities in the material handling industry, including long lead times, a shift toward clean energy alternatives, autonomous technology, telematics and fuel cell batteries.... read more

Construction Strength Builds Its Own Challenges: Significant 2018 Growth Could Point to a More-Moderate 2019

After achieving a 20-year high this year, the construction industry is undoubtedly thriving. But have we reached the top of the cycle? John Crum examines the factors that have fueled growth over the last five years and the indicators that the pace of expansion will slow in 2019.... read more

Building a Unique Vendor Model: TIAA and GE Healthcare Add Value With Creative Co-Branding

TIAA recently entered a two-part deal with GE Capital Healthcare Equipment Finance, which involved the acquisition of a $1.5 billion portfolio of healthcare equipment leases and loans as well as a five-year vendor financing agreement that will enable TIAA to serve U.S. customers of GE Healthcare. Leaders from TIAA and GE Capital HEF sat down with Monitor to discuss the details. ... read more

Gaining Altitude Across the Globe: Exciting Times for Business Aviation

Deliveries of new aircraft are up, new airframes with exciting capabilities are reshaping the market and business aviation operations are on the rise in nearly every market across the globe. In a Q&A with Monitor, Ed Bolen discusses trends that have shaped the industry this year.... read more

Tariffs and Taxes: Impacts on Equipment Leasing

What do tariffs and tax reform mean for the equipment finance industry? Carl C. Chrappa and Shawn D. Halladay investigate the ramifications of recently enacted or threatened tariffs and explore the silver lining of tax reform that will encourage customers to lease.... read more

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