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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.leasing-101.com or 914-522-3233.
Dexter Van Dango is a pen name for a real person who is a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in the equipment leasing industry. A self-described portly, middle-aged, graying, balding leasing guy in the twilight of a mediocre career, Van Dango will provide occasional insight from the front lines via Monitor.
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).
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.
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.
Kenneth P. Weinberg is a Partner of Rimon, 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.
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 lindakester.com.
Lisa A. Miller has worked in the equipment finance and ABL industry for nearly two decades. While senior marketing communications manager at Key Equipment Finance, she began writing executive by-lined articles for the Monitor. As a freelance writer, she continues to write for the Monitor, ABF Journal and other business and marketing publications. She resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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.