As bank-owned equipment finance companies continue to dominate the industry, they must deal with the changing times. Executives from PNC, CIT, Key and Regions offer their views on 2017 and 2018 performance, tax reform, alternative financing, technology and credit quality in the current marketplace.... read more
Banks have been jumping into the equipment finance business and now have the largest share of the market. But many banks have yet to take this vital step. With newcomers in mind, Bill Bosco covers the basics of incorporating a lease product business unit into a larger bank organization.... read more
A recent Bankruptcy Court oral decision has cast doubt on using casualty values in a default context. Stephen Whelan provides background on this turn of events and offers an improved solution for lessors to calculate damages and stipulated loss values.... read more
John Rizzi discusses the results of The Alta Group’s digital benchmark study, revealing the drivers behind and barriers to digitalization. Overall, the industry is lagging behind other financial service sectors in the adoption of digital capabilities.... read more
F.N.B. Equipment Finance has worked hard to create a bigger and better equipment finance group. The effort is paying dividends, including a spot in the Monitor 100. As his group enters the rankings for the first time, President and CEO Gary Cook is well aware that future proofing is the key to making sure the company returns next year.... read more
With a depth of experience in the organization rivaling any of his contemporaries, Vince Mollica was the natural fit to become managing director of CIT’s Equipment Finance business. As he takes the lead for one of the biggest players in the industry, Mollica is out to put people first and continue to evolve.... read more
Monitor has reported on six U.S. recessions during its 44 years in print. On the wings of the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history, Dexter Van Dango asks the question lingering in the back of our minds: When will the next recession hit?... read more
Kelly Skalicky grew up with Stearns Bank. Now she is the president of the company. With a varied background as her foundation, she is uniquely qualified to continue the success her parents built at Stearns and position it for the future, all while maintaining a focus on small business customers.... read more
Designed to empower women to take an active role in the ELFA and their workplaces, the inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum provided leadership development sessions on effective networking, communication and persuasion and opportunities to build relationships with other women in the industry.... read more
Thanks to strong performance, equipment-backed ABS has been an investor favorite for the last few years, but new competition may be on the horizon. Sergey Moiseenko and Chuck Weilamann from rating agency DBRS provide an overview and outlook for the sector.... read more
One of the purposes of the California Financial Law is to ensure an adequate supply of credit to borrowers in the state, but Andrew Alper argues the law — and proposed amendments — are harmful to business. He dissects newly-introduced legislation, which could significantly affect lenders and brokers.... read more
Working for a bad boss can turn a dream job into a nightmare. Drawing from her own experience, Linda Kester shares five tips sales reps can use to stay professional and focused despite the influence of a bad sales manager.... read more
While fintech equipment finance is currently in stealth mode, The Alta Group expects efficient, well-designed fintechs to make their mark on the industry very soon. With the help of her colleagues, Patricia Voorhees explores what this will mean for vendor and captive finance companies.... read more
Relationships are the cornerstone of any business transaction, and broker/lender interactions are no different. Steve Geller outlines some of the basic due diligence and research brokers can perform to ensure their lender relationships are successful and long-lasting for both them and any potential borrowers.
Liability policies are standard procedure when leasing equipment, but not all policies will cover vicarious liability in the event of an accident caused by the lessee or require the same financial responsibility depending on the state. Jody Green and Bill Mulder provide a basic breakdown of when additional insurance may be necessary and the types of equipment that most need its protection.