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The Last Interview: Former Monitor Publisher Jerry Parrotto Sits for the First Time as an Interviewee

Retired editor and publisher, Jerry Parrotto, was in the offices of the Monitor for a visit, perhaps wanting to get his ‘snow fix’ from the Philadelphia suburbs before traveling back to Florida. Monitor Editorial Board member David Wiener caught up with Jerry before he headed south again.... read more

Come Together, Right Now: Industry Associations Tackle 2019

In the spirit of our own year-long rebrand and modernization efforts, Monitor has invited four industry associations and their leaders to share what they’re looking forward to, what they’re changing and what new projects and events they will be tackling in 2019. ... read more

2019 Priorities: Leveraging Current Success

Though banks, independents and captives all participate in the equipment financing industry, all have different needs and focuses. Charles Wendel of FIC Advisors games out 2019 for each one and recommends that no matter the organization, embracing rapid technological advances will be a benefit to everyone.... read more

Playing the Ant to the Grasshopper: Asset Managers Look Ahead to the Future

With optimism remaining sky-high nine years into an economic recovery, it’s part of an asset manager’s job to make sure companies don’t suddenly plummet back to earth. Monitor sat down with Carl Chrappa of The Alta Group and Kevin Sensenbrenner of Stonebriar Commercial Finance to discuss their outlook on the year ahead and the ways asset managers can help lessors protect themselves for the inevitable downturn. ... read more

Disruptive Forces: Fintech, AI and the Power of Teamwork

Dexter Van Dango sees the future as a synthesis of the past and present as companies develop new technology to adapt some old-fashioned teamwork. He believes equipment finance and leasing companies should take advantage of not only collaborative work models but the agility fintechs and artificial intelligence will continue to offer them.... read more

Back to Basics: Credit Managers Benefit from Good Foundations

The last year has seen wild swings in markets even as many of the economic fundamentals remain strong. Looking to the year ahead, Chris Maudlin of Wintrust Specialty Finance and Mic Mount of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance both recommend credit managers stick to the tried and true, especially when faced with potential upheaval. ... read more

Prospecting with Gusto: Engaging the Right People in Real Time

Just the thought of prospecting inspires dread in many salespeople, but Linda Kester says it doesn’t have to be that way. She provides five tips that will get your sales team excited about creating new opportunities.... read more

Riding into the Financial Future: The Next Five Years of Captive Financing

Consumption models are changing, and Kristine A. Snow says captive finance companies are poised to be the catalysts for cultural change. With an unwavering focus on the customer, she says captives will prosper as new technologies shift and redefine industries.... read more

Material Handling Trends: Insight from Honda Supplier of the Year, Pacific Rim Capital

Dave Mirsky, co-founder of Pacific Rim Capital, winner of the Honda of America Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Honor, discusses challenges and opportunities in the material handling industry, including long lead times, a shift toward clean energy alternatives, autonomous technology, telematics and fuel cell batteries.... read more

Construction Strength Builds Its Own Challenges: Significant 2018 Growth Could Point to a More-Moderate 2019

After achieving a 20-year high this year, the construction industry is undoubtedly thriving. But have we reached the top of the cycle? John Crum examines the factors that have fueled growth over the last five years and the indicators that the pace of expansion will slow in 2019.... read more

Gaining Altitude Across the Globe: Exciting Times for Business Aviation

Deliveries of new aircraft are up, new airframes with exciting capabilities are reshaping the market and business aviation operations are on the rise in nearly every market across the globe. In a Q&A with Monitor, Ed Bolen discusses trends that have shaped the industry this year.... read more

Investing in Wind and Solar Projects

The traditional equipment financing market continuously evolves with changes in accounting rules, tax laws, equipment financed and financing structures. Many investors previously considered lessors of equipment are now exploring other specialized financing opportunities. Joe Sebik explains the basics behind the types of investments and the benefits that accrue to investors in certain alternative energy projects. ... read more

Tariffs and Taxes: Impacts on Equipment Leasing

What do tariffs and tax reform mean for the equipment finance industry? Carl C. Chrappa and Shawn D. Halladay investigate the ramifications of recently enacted or threatened tariffs and explore the silver lining of tax reform that will encourage customers to lease.... read more

The Five Traits of an MVP: How All-Stars Maximize Their Value

Determining the present value of equipment is common in our industry, but measuring your own value isn’t always that easy. Linda Kester explores the five traits of MVPs and demonstrates how these employees elevate their entire team.... read more

Increasing Vendor Approvals: Veteran Team Launches a Multi-Funder Model at Verdant

A team of industry veterans is back in the game with Verdant Commercial Capital, a vendor finance company backed by the patient capital of a family office. Using a money-agnostic funding model, Verdant plans to meet the needs of its partners with speed and agility.... read more

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