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
Presenters at the 17th Annual Investors’ Conference shared an optimistic outlook for the equipment finance industry, with ABS “strong at all levels,” M&A “very frothy” and 2018 business investment expected to be “very bullish.”... read more
With the help of a few vendor-experienced friends, Dexter Van Dango explores several topics relevant to vendor finance, including strong new business volume, market volatility, the employment market, managed services and regulatory changes.... read more
In a Q&A with Monitor, top vendor finance leaders — Jeff Berg from DLL, Anthony Cracchiolo from U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and Jim Kelly from Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services — rate 2017 and provide an outlook for the year ahead. They examine how customer needs have changed over the last five years and share the innovative approaches their companies have employed to keep vendor partners, and end-users, satisfied.... read more
The Alta Group’s Bruce Kropschot and James Jackson examine the M&A market for independent equipment finance companies. Although another good year is expected, several factors could affect the market, including rising interest rates, stock market trends, tax reform legislation and accounting rule changes.... read more
Even top salespeople can run into trouble if they don’t know how to effectively manage their finances, and many can fall into the trap of living from commission check to commission check. Linda Kester shares the story of a coaching client who turned his financial life around after learning how to approach spending and saving from a place of strength.... read more
When a business is recognized as a top company for five straight years, something has to be going right. That’s exactly the case with Channel Partners Capital, which provides working capital loans to equipment finance customers by being a trusted — not disruptive — partner.... read more
Developments both in the public and private sector have fueled optimism in the ever-positive equipment leasing industry. In this year’s Funding Sources roundtable, representatives from Stearns Bank, Financial Pacific Leasing and Ascentium Capital share their thoughts on the current equipment acquisition environment, fintech and more.... read more
In an exclusive Monitor roundtable, the leaders of the top five private independent equipment finance companies discuss how their teams rose to face the challenges of 2017. They discuss the increasing importance of technology in their businesses and share their views on the stock market correction, tax reform and how to attract top talent.... read more
As the financial world has become increasingly digital, smart contracts — predicted to eliminate paper contracts entirely as well as many collection efforts — are on the cutting edge of forward thinking legal innovation. Joseph Bonanno examines the steps required to make these contracts the norm as well as the legal issues surrounding their use.... read more
Comparing the current state of the asset management process to a complex Rube Goldberg machine, Ivory Consulting’s Joseph Moore insists there must be a more streamlined way to get the job done using technology that exists today. He encourages asset managers to reimagine the process and focus on the results which could be achieved via automation.... read more
The simultaneous emergence of several enabling technologies is priming a revolution in product and services innovation and changing how we understand and anticipate customers’ needs. Ian Robertson says lessors who utilize these asset information-related opportunities can differentiate themselves from their competition.... read more
Daniel Dyer and George Pelose worked for years at Marlin Business Services in the company’s startup stage. Although both retired from Marlin, they are back in the game, building out Beneficial Bank’s new equipment finance company.... read more
Have you ever been asked the question “why do I need you” by your banking colleagues? It’s an indicator of how young the equipment finance line of business is in many regional banks. It also serves as a reminder that it is part of our job as good sales people to explain our value, not just to prospects and customers, but to our own teammates on the banking side.
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.