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
David A. Ward joined SMBC Leasing and Finance, Inc. Group in 1991 and has spent the last two decades building the business into an international enterprise with an established presence in the U.S. and the UK, as well as expansion plans extending to Australia. Ward says he’s mindful of global challenges as he works to bring a broader array of bank products to his customers.... read more
Michael Urquhart has served at People’s Capital and Leasing since its inception in 1997. This year, he became the president and CEO, following the retirement of Vincent Cianciolo. With 17 years of experience at the company adding to his diverse background, Urquhart sets his sights on strong leadership in a growing market in 2014.... read more
Since being named the president/CEO of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance in April 2014, Cracchiolo has set his sights on underserved asset classes and a dominant place in the marketplace. In coming months, he plans to use economic growth to bolster company momentum in the industry.... read more
In a Monitor exclusive, CSL Leasing's founder and chair Ken Steinback tells the story of the company's unassuming start and successful growth, first in the U.S., then around the world. As for working in the dynamic IT industry, he welcomes the constant changes because they result in more equipment purchases — and more financing.... read more
A member of the original group that launched Huntington's equipment finance unit in 2001, new president Mike DiCecco explains that being completely integrated within the bank's overall strategy and offering unbiased solutions to commercial clients are key differentiators in a competitive marketplace.... read more
When BBVA Compass decided to establish a new equipment finance unit, it turned to 30-year industry veteran Mark Marinik and his Cleveland-based team to strategically fill the gap in the bank's product offerings.... read more
With the equipment finance business now under his wing, John Goldthorpe, who has been heading Chase's ABL unit for nearly 12 years, leads his team in creating a strategic dialogue between the two businesses in order to serve as a comprehensive resource for their clients' growth plans.... read more
Monitor contributing editor Howard Brod Brownstein spends time with Michael Gay, group head of NXT Capital Equipment Finance, to discuss the goals, organizational structure and go-to-market strategy of the recently launched unit.
First American Equipment Finance CEO Bill Verhelle reflects on the company's acquisition by the 23rd largest bank in the U.S. and notes how the combination of FAEF's unique distribution model, similar corporate cultures and having access to capital has "dramatically exceeded" his expectations. ... read more
In an exclusive interview with the Monitor on the one-year anniversary of his appointment as president of Signature Financial, Walter Rabin talks about his transition to Signature Bank and how his team of senior executives are now functioning under a new platform where the focus on the client is “relentless.” Joseph J. DePaolo, the bank's president and CEO, joins the conversation to discuss the search for a specialty finance team.... read more
GreenRock Capital was launched with a focus on alternative energy transportation equipment financing. However, as GreenRock co-founder Steve Alexander explains, challenges in the niche led the company to expand into older transportation equipment that banks typically avoid funding and to include non-investment grade companies.... read more
Fintech Gen 1 may have smoothed out processes on the back-end of equipment finance, but its successors may prove to be truly disruptive on the front-end. Patricia Voorhees examines the ways fintech may come to define and change the customer experience.
Brokerage, like many financial and professional services, has changed over the years, with the rise of digital innovations, ease-of-use communications and new products on offer through the leasing industry. But for those just starting out, sometimes the old-fashioned way of growing a business is still best, as Bob Bell explains.