Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C., vice president and shareholder
Andrew K. Alper is a vice president and shareholder with the law firm of Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato in Los Angeles. The firm specializes in representation of all lenders and secured creditors with a large concentration of clients in the equipment leasing and real and personal property secured transactions areas. Alper’s practice includes litigation, documentation, insolvency, transactional matters and all matters affecting lenders and lessors except for tax related matters.
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 email@example.com, www.leasing-101.com or 914-522-3233.
Asset Management Practice Leader, North America, The Alta Group, Senior Managing Director
Carl C. Chrappa leads The Alta Group’s Asset Management Services practice, with more than 35 years of international experience in equipment trading, appraisals, litigation support, portfolio valuations and equipment management.
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.
Commercial Finance, Genpact, SVP & Business Leader
Diwakar Singhal is a business leader with Genpact and leads the Commercial Banking vertical, and Auto Finance services. He started his career with the re-engineering team for Supply Chain operations of Xerox helping them launch new inventory management systems in 1996. Diwakar joined GE Capital in 1998 as part of the core team which pioneered setting up the captive operations in India and has handled positions of increasing global responsibility across technology, operations and finance for the last 15 years, which include spending a year setting up the Genpact center in Dalian, China in 2001. Diwakar is a board member of a state-owned Venture Capital Fund, and on investee companies.
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.
Madhu Natarajan is CEO for Odessa Technologies, Inc. Under his stewardship Odessa has become an internationally recognized leader in the leasing industry with major clients across the globe. Natarajan has spoken on a wide range of leasing topics at various national and international forums. He has also written for leading industry publications.
Miles Herman is president and chief operating officer of LEAF since its formation in 2011 and held a similar position at LEAF Financial Corporation starting in 2001. Herman has more than 25 years of operations experience at commercial finance and leasing companies in various senior executive operational roles with Fidelity Leasing and its successor, the Technology Finance Group of CitiCapital Vendor Finance, as well as Tokai Financial Services, LSI Leasing Services and Master Lease. Herman holds a B.S. degree with honors from Villanova University.
Susan Carol is chief executive officer of Susan Carol Creative, a full-service multi-media communications firm that specializes in equipment leasing and finance, technology, and healthcare markets. Founded in 1989, the agency was incorporated as Susan Carol Associates Public Relations, Inc. in the state of Virginia.
Vincent Belcastro is managing director of CIT Capital Equipment Finance, where he is responsible for large-ticket equipment leasing and lending. Belcastro is a senior banking and leasing professional with more than 20 years of secured and structured financing-related experience in the corporate finance arena. Throughout his career, he has covered companies in a wide array of diverse and unique industry sectors.