Monitor Women’s List 2019: Shari Lipski

by By Monitor Staff Nov/Dec 2019



Shari L. Lipski, CLFP

Principal, ECS Financial Services
Co-Chair of Funding Conference, National Equipment Finance Association
Member, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association


ECS Principal Shari Lipski focuses on corporate business development for all departments of the firm, from portfolio management and tax compliance to accounting and advisory services.


“Change can happen quickly. I’ve seen it happen before my eyes: a decade ago I hosted the first Women in Leasing luncheon with six women. This year, we had forty-eight, a happy and much needed pendulum swing, to say the least.”

Over the past thirty years, Lipski has worked in many facets of business operations and originations for equipment finance companies. Learning the industry from the inside out has allowed her to understand the intricacies of work flow from sales to service, granting her much of the knowledge she’s needed to be successful in today’s business environment.

Lipski stays client-focused, never believing her job stops with a client signing on the dotted line, but viewing it as the beginning. She is very proud to ensure that her word is her bond.

Lipski also considers herself fortunate to love what she does as she looks for ways to better serve her clients, believing those relationships are at the heart of creating shared success. “Shari can be a force all her own. She has carved out a niche at ECS by sheer determination and will. What makes her so unique is that she is not self-serving. She works hard for ECS and just as hard for our clients,” says Samuel Oliva, ECS CEO and shareholder. “Shari says what she means and means what she says, and expects the same from everyone she works with. She is tough but fair, and I’m glad she has worked for me at ECS for the last twenty years.”

Since the start of her career in equipment finance, Lipski has been involved with many lease and finance associations, connecting with professionals in multiple industries and brainstorming unique ways to solve client problems, market ECS’ services and gain personal and professional growth. Her industry work has not only included NEFA and the CLFP, but MAEL, NAELB, the ELFF, and CFA. She gains a sense of pride and accomplishment from her volunteer committee work and the requests she’s had to be on a board or conference panel.

When asked what she sees coming ahead for women in the equipment finance business in the future, Lipski says, “I see an increasingly level playing field being created by individual leaders and leading corporations. The future is bright for women in leasing. With a team effort it can be an equal and diverse industry focused on growth and prosperity for everyone.”

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