Brianna Wilson

STRIPES, Program Manager

Brianna Wilson is the program manager for STRIPES Leadership Program, in partnership with Monitor.

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Chad Sluss


Chad Sluss is the CEO of the National Equipment Finance Association. Sluss has more than 20 years of association, strategic management and marketing experience from working in various industries.

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Christina Ochs

The Corporation for Interest Rate Management, President

Christina Ochs, President of The Corporation for Interest Rate Management, has worked in interest rate risk management for the past 18 years, gaining experience in almost every operational role at the CIRM. Having first earned her bachelor's degree from New York University she then gained an MBA from St. John's University of Rome.A passionate leader, Christina is a member of the Women's Presidents Organization. She also sits on various boards including the Women's Board of The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Chicago Chamber Music Society, the Active Transport Alliance, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Cook County.

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DIllard Van Dango


Dillard Van Dango, the son of Dexter Van Dango, is the pen name for a greying millennial entering the peak of his equipment finance career. He has held various roles within independent and bank-owned leasing companies. A recession grad and rising rate virgin, Van Dango is also a family-renowned home chef and the world’s proudest dog dad.

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Ian Koplin

Monitor, Editor

Ian Koplin is Editor for Monitor, ABFJournal, DealMaker and Commercial Factor magazines.

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Jim Merrilees

The Alta Group, vice chairman

Jim Merrilees is vice chairman of The Alta Group. In collaboration with the advisory’s practice leaders, Merrilees advises on ways clients can enhance operational efficiency in their organizations and add value in equipment finance markets.

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Markiesha Thompson


Markiesha Thompson is associate editor of Monitor.

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Michelle Speranza

LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., SVP, chief marketing officer

Michelle Speranza is SVP, chief marketing officer at LEAF Commercial Capital and a member of Monitor’s Editorial Board.

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Monitor Staff

The Monitor staff working closely together to provide concise, collaborative content

These articles have been collaborated on by multiple members of the Monitor staff.

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Patrick Gaskins

Corcentric Capital Equipment Solutions, Senior Vice President Fleet Solutions

Patrick Gaskins, Senior Vice President Fleet Solutions at Corcentric Fleet Solutions, oversees both sales and operations for fleet offerings. Gaskins has grown the fleet services area by implementing an asset management database and a data-driven approach to providing clients with visibility into all areas of their fleet spend. He joined Corcentric in 2010, bringing over 30 years of experience as a financial services professional in the transportation industry.

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Phil Neuffer

ABF Journal, Senior Editor

Phil Neuffer is senior editor of ABF Journal.

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Ray Ellingsen

Corcentric, Senior Vice President, Syndications & Operation

Ray Ellingsen is Senior Vice President, Syndications & Operation at Corcentric. He has more than 25 years of experience in the syndication, equipment lease finance and commercial banking industry. At Corcentric, he is responsible for growing and maintaining national funding source relationships with complementary valued-added financial institutions and equipment finance organizations, as well as developing customized, customer-focused, life-cycle fleet management financing programs.

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Rita Garwood

Monitor, Editor in Chief

Rita E. Garwood is editor in chief of Monitor.

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Shari Domow Bacsardi

omble Bond Dickinson, Partner

Shari B. Domow Bacsardi is a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson’s capital markets practice group. Domow Bacsardi represents lenders and lessors in all aspects of equipment finance transactions with an emphasis on transportation assets, including aircraft (corporate and commercial), rail equipment, locomotives and railcars, vessels (barges and tankers) and specialty assets.

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