In an achievement unmatched by most equipment finance executives, Craig R. Dahl has been appointed president of TCF Financial Corporation. In this exclusive Monitor interview, Dahl shares the keys to TCF’s success: engaged leadership, strong risk management, a rigorous control process, as well as recruiting — and retaining — a winning team.... read more
Santander Bank has entered the corporate equipment finance arena with a #84 ranking in the Monitor 100. This is only the beginning for newly appointed Group Head Vincent Belcastro, who plans to build a best-in-class equipment finance operation that will stand the test of time.... read more
Monitor contributor Daniel Casciato catches up with Paul Severn, who talks about creating a culture of change as SunTrust’s Equipment Finance Group transitioned from a standalone business to one of many financial products available to SunTrust customers.... read more
As he takes the reins from industry legend Ed Dahlka, newly appointed president of MB Equipment Finance David M. Drury discusses his vision for the company formerly known as Cole Taylor Equipment Finance. He looks back on the 12 years he spent with GE Capital and envisions what the future may hold for the industry when the “800 pound gorilla” is gone for good.... read more
In a Q&A with monitordaily, Conrad J. Eimers, president and COO of Vision Financial Group (VFG), discusses the out-of-the box approach he takes when bringing on new customers, moving into new industries and financing new types of equipment.... read more
Marlin Business Services Co-Founder Daniel P. Dyer discusses the company’s evolution, from the early startup days to the decisions to go public and launch a bank. With the recent launch of a loan product, Marlin is not only continuing to grow its core vendor finance business but also seeking to reposition itself as a more diversified lender to small businesses.... read more
David Normandin joined the Banc of California team to start its commercial equipment finance unit in 2012. With recent key hires and exponential growth, the young business is poised to expand Banc of California outside its Southern California footprint into the small- to mid-sized ticket range through third-party brokers.... read more
As Bill Mayer steps into John McQueen’s shoes as head of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, he emphasizes the importance of collaborative goal setting, a relationship focus and understanding risk as he explores new ways to continually grow a successful brand.... read more
In a Q&A with Monitor, Jim Lyons, director of CTB Equipment Finance, discusses how he and partner Drew Hayes are incorporating their best equipment finance practices to relationship-focused Community Trust Bank in order to develop a high-quality, sustainable equipment finance unit.... read more
Patrick McMullan announced the launch of ALCS Capital, an independent commercial finance company, in early 2014. Drawing upon his wealth of experience gained at AT&T Capital and CIT, McMullan and his team have set out to fill the void created by a lack of coverage on smaller scale loans in the hope of bringing the “human touch back to finance.”... read more
When customers think of Volvo, they think of it as one entity, not separate parts of a whole, says Scott Rafkin, president of Volvo Financial Services. To develop and sustain long-lasting dealer and customer relationships, he notes the importance of seamless coordination throughout the Volvo Group. As president, he looks forward to continuing to support the legacy set by the Volvo Group’s brands.... read more
Navitas Lease, launched in 2008 by industry veteran Gary Shivers, announced its first securitization earlier this year, issuing $92.3 million of notes. As he moves Navitas towards new and bigger opportunities, Shivers plans to gain “critical mass” in the marketplace in order to be a leading competitor in the field.... read more
Hudson Valley Bank announced in March 2014 the launch of its equipment finance and leasing entity HVB Equipment Capital. Group Head Steven Orenstein and bank CEO Stephen Brown spoke with Monitor about how HVB Equipment Capital will expand the bank’s Northeast footprint nationally with a service-oriented approach, all the while staying mostly in the small-ticket “sandbox.”... read more
When Craig Weinewuth and Jim Freund facilitated Engs Commercial Finance’s March 2012 acquisition, the transportation finance and leasing company exclusively served the West Coast market. Over the last two years, the business partners expanded the company’s vendor activity nationwide and consequently reported an almost five-fold increase in new business activity from 2011 to 2013. They explain how casting a wider net has helped the 62-year-old company flourish to become one of the top leasing and finance companies in the U.S.... 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.