Bill Bosco

Leasing 101, Principal

Bill Bosco is the principal of Leasing 101, a lease consulting company. Bill has over 37 years of experience in the leasing industry. His areas of expertise are accounting, tax, financial analysis, structuring, pricing and training. Bosco has been on the ELFA accounting committee since 1988 and was chairman for 10 years. He is a frequent author and speaker on leasing topics. He has been selected to the FASB/IASB Lease Project working group. He can be reached at, or 914-522-3233.

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Gary Kempinski

Navistar Capital, BMO Transportation Finance, General Manager

Gary Kempinski is general manager of Navistar Capital at BMO Transportation Finance.

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Jeff Armstrong

Bankers Leasing Group, Vice President, Head

Jeff Armstrong is Vice President and head of Bankers Leasing Group, a division of Beacon Funding Corporation. Armstrong is a former 13-year commercial banker in the Chicagoland area and has been with Beacon Funding for more than 11 years. He holds a BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and an MBA from DePaul University, Chicago, IL graduating with Distinction. He has been a frequent presenter at various banks and a panelist and speaker for organizations such as the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

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Jay W. Dahl

ECS Financial Services, Jay W. Dahl

Jay W. Dahl, CPA, CLFP, oversees ECS Financial Services’ tax practice and has been with ECS since 1984 and a shareholder since 1990. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Lease & Finance Professional, maintaining memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society, Equipment Leasing and Financing Association, Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation and National Equipment Finance Association.

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Jim Sweeney

AmeriQuest Transportation Services, Vice President, Capital Equipment

Jim Sweeney is vice president, capital equipment, AmeriQuest. Sweeney has more than 30 years of experience in both the automotive and commercial transportation business. As vice president of capital equipment for AmeriQuest, he works with new truck and trailer manufacturers and related component suppliers to provide sales programs to achieve optimum savings and efficiencies. His experiences with fleet negotiating, planning, financing and purchasing provide a broad background to analyze and maximize opportunities. Previously Sweeney was with Budget Car & Truck Rental in Lisle, IL, where he supported 350 car and truck rental locations throughout the U.S. as vice president of fleet operations and procurement. He also served as operations manager for Alamo Car Rental in Honolulu, HI and held several management positions with Avis Car Rental in Garden City, NY.

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John Crum

Equipment Finance, Construction Group, SVP & National Sales Manager

John Crum has worked in the construction equipment finance industry for the past 20 years, holding a variety of positions in sales and credit management. He joined Wells Fargo Equipment Finance in May 2006 and currently serves as national sales manager of its Construction Group, overseeing originations activities in the U.S. and Canada.

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Kenneth P. Weinberg

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, Shareholder

Kenneth P. Weinberg is a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., and practices in the area of commercial finance, focusing on equipment leasing, equipment finance and renewable energy project finance. He has penned Dispatches from the Trenches since 2002.

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Linda Kester

Institute of Personal Development, Writer & Professional Speaker

Linda Kester is a bestselling author and professional speaker with 25 years of experience in leasing sales and marketing management. As founder of the Institute of Personal Development, Kester has helped hundreds of salespeople increase their volume. Her book, 366 Marketing Tips for Equipment Leasing, has produced results for leasing companies in the U.S., UK and Australia. For more information, visit

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Phil Neuffer

Monitor, Associate Editor

Phil Neuffer is associate editor of Monitor and web editor of monitordaily.

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Rita Garwood

Monitor, Managing Editor

Rita E. Garwood is managing editor of Monitor and ABF Journal.

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Sam Nickerson

Monitor, ABF Journal, Assistant Editor

Sam Nickerson is assistant editor of Monitor and ABF Journal.

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Scott Thacker

Ivory Consulting, CEO

Scott Thacker serves as CEO of Ivory Consulting and on the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association as well as its Financial Accounting Committee. He also serves as the co-director of the Research Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. Prior to joining Ivory Consulting, Thacker was a partner at Accenture responsible for creating and delivering management consulting and software solutions to the North American equipment leasing and asset finance industry. Previously, he held leadership positions with Oracle where he was instrumental in creating the company’s now widely used Oracle Lease and Finance Management application, and with American Airlines, where he was involved in executing aircraft, equipment, real estate leases and other financial transactions.

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Steve Latin-Kasper

National Truck Equipment Association, Market & Data Research Director

Steve Latin-Kasper is the market data and research director for the National Truck Equipment Association. He joined the NTEA in 1999 and provides research and analysis on markets and economic indicators relating to the work truck and truck equipment industry.

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