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The Age of Omnichannel: Utilizing Technology to Meet Customers Where They Are

In a Monitor Q&A, executives from four software companies — Farooq Ghauri of NetSol Technologies, Mukul Mittal from Cloud Lending Solutions, Madhu Natarajan from Odessa Technologies and Jeff Van Slyke from LeaseTeam — discuss blockchain, AI, smart contracts, machine learning and other technology strategies for equipment finance companies.... read more

Bankable Assets: Bank-Owned Equipment Finance Companies Contend with Shifting 2018

As bank-owned equipment finance companies continue to dominate the industry, they must deal with the changing times. Executives from PNC, CIT, Key and Regions offer their views on 2017 and 2018 performance, tax reform, alternative financing, technology and credit quality in the current marketplace.... read more

Leasing as a Bank Product: Enhancing Profits and Customer Relationships

Banks have been jumping into the equipment finance business and now have the largest share of the market. But many banks have yet to take this vital step. With newcomers in mind, Bill Bosco covers the basics of incorporating a lease product business unit into a larger bank organization.... read more

Stipulate — and Lose? The Danger of Relying on Casualty Values

A recent Bankruptcy Court oral decision has cast doubt on using casualty values in a default context. Stephen Whelan provides background on this turn of events and offers an improved solution for lessors to calculate damages and stipulated loss values.... read more

Digital Transformation: Is the Equipment Finance Industry Falling Behind?

John Rizzi discusses the results of The Alta Group’s digital benchmark study, revealing the drivers behind and barriers to digitalization. Overall, the industry is lagging behind other financial service sectors in the adoption of digital capabilities.... read more

How Will Leasing Structures Change as a Result of ASC 842?

With ASC 842 requiring all leases to be placed on balance sheet, will lease structures change to minimize the effect of the balance sheet capitalization?... read more

Breaking Through: F.N.B.’s Expansion Pays Off with Monitor 100 Ranking

F.N.B. Equipment Finance has worked hard to create a bigger and better equipment finance group. The effort is paying dividends, including a spot in the Monitor 100. As his group enters the rankings for the first time, President and CEO Gary Cook is well aware that future proofing is the key to making sure the company returns next year.... read more

Evolutions Per Minute: Mollica Leads CIT Equipment Finance Forward

With a depth of experience in the organization rivaling any of his contemporaries, Vince Mollica was the natural fit to become managing director of CIT’s Equipment Finance business. As he takes the lead for one of the biggest players in the industry, Mollica is out to put people first and continue to evolve.... read more

Anticipating the Inevitable: When Will the Economic Expansion End?

Monitor has reported on six U.S. recessions during its 44 years in print. On the wings of the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history, Dexter Van Dango asks the question lingering in the back of our minds: When will the next recession hit?... read more

A Family Affair: Skalicky on Building a Bank as a Community

Kelly Skalicky grew up with Stearns Bank. Now she is the president of the company. With a varied background as her foundation, she is uniquely qualified to continue the success her parents built at Stearns and position it for the future, all while maintaining a focus on small business customers.... read more

Equipment-Backed ABS: Continued Strength Contributes to Increase in Independent M&A Activity

Thanks to strong performance, equipment-backed ABS has been an investor favorite for the last few years, but new competition may be on the horizon. Sergey Moiseenko and Chuck Weilamann from rating agency DBRS provide an overview and outlook for the sector.... read more

The New Definition of Success: Evolving Vendor/Captive Finance for a Fintech Future

While fintech equipment finance is currently in stealth mode, The Alta Group expects efficient, well-designed fintechs to make their mark on the industry very soon. With the help of her colleagues, Patricia Voorhees explores what this will mean for vendor and captive finance companies.... read more

Allow Me to Introduce Myself: Investors Bank Jumps into Equipment Finance

Although it does not have a long history in the C&I space, Investors Bank is betting big on equipment finance, adding industry veteran Ken Walters to lead a new group. Walters and his team are focused on building a national leader and providing solutions.... read more

Innovation Finance: Verhelle Designs a Disruptive Model Built on Trust, Purpose & Humility

Bill Verhelle is back in the game with the launch of Innovation Finance, which will focus on delivering a dramatically improved customer experience to sophisticated corporate and non-profit borrowers. In an interview with Monitor, he discusses the five traits of excellent employers and the guiding principles of his business philosophy: trust, purpose and humility.... read more

A Return to Normalcy: Construction Industry Optimism Remains High

A record-setting level of optimism was reported in Wells Fargo’s annual construction industry forecast. John Crum, national sales manager of the Construction Group at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance analyzes the data, explains why equipment rental has been on the rise and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. ... read more

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