COVID-19 has forced the equipment finance industry to accelerate digital transformation strategies. Monitor checked in with the leaders of six technology companies to discuss how lenders are pivoting to streamline payment modification requests, enable self-service and increase agility in the wake of the pandemic. ... read more
The pandemic has created a series of challenges that lenders must carefully navigate as they pursue recovery of collateral relating to loan/lease defaults. Michael Levison outlines current conditions and provides additional insight into these issues.... read more
The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has shown us how rapidly pandemics can alter public health and global markets. How quickly we recover from these events depends in large part on collaboration from every sector, including the equipment leasing and finance industry. ... read more
The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA) — which was recently signed into law and is set to take effect on February 20, 2020 — stands among the most significant amendments to the United States Bankruptcy Code in more than a decade. Prepare to confront new procedures, new issues and an entirely new subchapter V to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The SBRA portends a shift in small business bankruptcy practice.... read more
The size and market share of independent finance and leasing firms will fluctuate with the economic cycle, but the sector will always play an important role in the industry. Our industry’s $1 trillion size combined with the wide variety of equipment users’ requirements, creates multiple segments and a plethora of opportunities for creative entrepreneurs to disrupt and innovate.... read more
There has been a flurry of M&A activity recently as large banks and captives have snapped up successful independents. Dale Kluga, President, Providence Equipment Finance, (formerly of Cobra Capital) looks at his own journey from independent to bank-owned and asks other executives from independents and former independents about their own evolutionary experience.... read more
Though companies have been preparing for ASC 842 and IFRS 16, the new lease accounting standards, for three years, it’s only in 2019 that they’ve started to go into effect. It’s therefore no surprise they dominated the conversation at the ELFA Lease and Finance Accounting Conference, held this past September in Chicago.... read more
In an attempt to discover the new breed of leaders who will carry our industry forward in the coming years, Dexter sat down with five current industry leaders under the age of 50. In a brief Q&A, this article provides insight into their leadership style, how they see themselves differently from traditional business leaders, and what advice influenced them most over their careers. ... read more
The last time Monitor profiled Adam Warner, he had just taken the reins of Key Equipment Finance, and the industry had yet to be rocked by the Great Recession. Today, as Monitor’s inaugural Veteran Icon Award winner, Warner shares the vital lessons he has learned over the last decade. ... read more
Tony Golobic, winner of Monitor’s inaugural Pioneer Icon Award, shares the vision he used to create “built-to-last” GreatAmerica Financial Services. By focusing on people first and establishing a strong organizational design, Golobic challenges the status quo, looks beyond profit and consistently focuses on doing the right thing.... read more
Monitor’s Current Leader Icon Award winner, Financial Pacific President Terey Jennings, is a humble leader who understands the importance of building strong relationships and taking calculated risks. ... read more
Innovation Finance may be a young company, but its effects on the equipment finance industry have already been felt, both through its deep bench of industry experience and its innovative software solutions. Mark Tomaselli, Monitor’s choice for its Disruptor Icon, embodies both aspects of the company.... read more
As experienced equipment finance veterans retire or move on to other things, NextGen leaders are wondering, what’s the plan? Shawn Smith discusses how the next generation of talent needs a new game plan if the industry is going to keep winning.
In this Q&A, Sarah O’Sullivan of LeaseQuery and Mike Stevenson of BDO address the overall outlook of FASB’s proposed accounting standards update, its potential effects equipment lessors and how equipment finance companies can prepare.