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Erin Rafter

Associate Editor of Monitor

Erin Rafter is an associate editor of Monitor.

Posts by Erin Rafter

Creating Success With The Human Side Of Technology: LTi Celebrates 35th Anniversary

LTi Technologies, formerly known as LeaseTeam, officially opened its doors on Jan. 9, 1989. The company was founded by entrepreneurs Randy Haug, Russ Hallberg and Phil Lieber. As longtime friends and college roommates, Haug and Hallberg had always dreamed of... read more

Brij Patel: The Agility Of An Entrepreneurial Spirit

After earning an accounting degree, Brij Patel found his way into equipment leasing. One of Patel’s lessees suggested that Patel launch a leasing company. Patel jumped at the opportunity and grew the company to 10 employees before selling it to... read more

Kris Foster: Building Pinnacle’s Equipment Finance Success Story

Kris Foster spent the first decade of his career in the equipment finance sector of CIT and PNC. He later joined Wells Fargo in 2007, where he spent the next 14 years, before creating the equipment finance practice at Pinnacle.... read more

Nick Small: Excitement In The Evolution Of Tomorrow

Nick Small started his career in the equipment finance industry at Copelco Capital, then became the company’s controller in 1995. Three years later, Small and a few Copelco colleagues launched Captive Leasing Services, which was later acquired by CIT, where... read more

Scott Dienes: Creating Opportunities & Building Relationships

Scott Dienes did not try to reinvent the wheel when he created Associated Bank’s equipment finance platform in November 2021. He leaned into his previous industry experience, including 13 years with GE Capital and 10 years with Wells Fargo, to... read more

Walter Stranzl: Staying On Point In A Changing Industry

Walter Stranzl began his career in equipment finance in the late 90’s after starting in public accounting. In 2012, he joined OnPoint Capital as CFO and was promoted to president in 2019. As a leader, Stranzl instills in his organization... read more

Impact Players Enter the Limelight

Sandra Graydus is the senior vice president of Operations & Customer Services at LEAF Commercial Capital, where she has been instrumental in helping LEAF double its assets as well as orchestrating two acquisitions in the two years since LEAF was... read more

ELFA/ELFF Predict the Course of the U.S. Economy in the Epoch of COVID-19

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation co-hosted an hour-long webinar, “Coronavirus and the U.S. Economy: Implications for the Equipment Finance Industry.” The April 15 event generated more than 875 attendees and featured the... read more

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