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Grace Garwood


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Playing Catch Up: Advice from Six Technology Leaders

Commercial lending is incredibly behind consumer lending when it comes to technology. How can the equipment finance industry learn from the consumer space? What technology trends does the industry need to adopt to thrive as we head into 2021 and... read more

The Creative Analytic: Tackling Challenges with a Broader Pivot

Allison Conley’s favorite thing about being assistant finance manager at LEAF Commercial Capital is having very hard problems to solve. “I never get bored,” Conley says. Finding new challenges is a driving force in her career. “The opportunity to keep... read more

Shifting the Spotlight

Between the ages of five and 17, Eric McGriff was a child actor who appeared in commercials and radio spots. But as he discovered the superficial nature of the industry, he quickly realized that acting was not the right career... read more

Monitor Q&A with Charles Anderson

You co-founded Currency, poured your heart into it for 8+ years, sold it to a PE fund and stayed on as CEO. But then right before the pandemic hit, they let you go. How did you process this change?  Ah.... read more

Funding SANY’s U.S. Expansion

When Dean Waters graduated from college, his family persuaded him to take over the family’s hog farming business, which was facing some challenges. Five years later, Waters had completely turned the business around. As farming experienced dramatic changes, he decided... read more

Essential Use Equipment

Tim Moriarity is “second generation” in the equipment finance business, following in his father’s footsteps, but his path has been strategic. Always on the marketing side in direct sales, sales management and vendor development, Moriarity worked with senior industry veterans... read more

Rapid, Sustainable Direct Channel Momentum

Eric Freeman began his equipment finance career in 2003 at a small independent in Southern California. Given a cubicle and a list of old leads to cold call, his manager instructed him to find some business. “I picked [up] the... read more

Focus on Positive Customer Journeys

Joel Mikolich started his career with a machine tool distributor and entered the financial side of the industry as a captive broker, eventually transitioning to a bank-owned equipment finance company. From there he moved into various sales and management positions... read more

Building Strong TPO Relationships

Paul Fogle spent the first 23 years of his career in commercial real estate, working for a large bank and a Wall Street firm, with private investment banking firms, and as an independent broker and third-party originator. In 2012, Quality... read more

Trusted Diversification

David Lee began his career as an investment banker and evolved into the private equity space, culminating in the management of a large alternative investment hedge fund. In 2012, his investor group acquired Equilease and rebranded it North Mill Equipment... read more

Never Stop Innovating

Scott McClain got his industry start as a credit analyst for a truck leasing company. After six years of learning the business from the ground up, he transitioned into banking, credit and direct sales before expanding outside of transportation into... read more

Positioning Teams for Success

In 1987, Robert Cobleigh began his equipment finance career at UJB Leasing after completing the formal credit training program at United Jersey Bank. “Through the years I’ve been fortunate to gain exposure to various facets of the industry and work... read more

Education for the People

Mary Smith entered the equipment finance space at GE Capital in the early 1980s. “What started as a job turned into a career when I realized that no day is the same and this industry provides an opportunity to learn... read more

Passion for Team Building

Ken Walters found his industry niche at CIT, where he worked for 18 years across many disciplines, including internal audit, equipment finance, capital markets and equity investment. He then led Emigrant Bank’s private equity investment group, Emigrant Capital, for seven... read more

Equipping Clients for Success

Sam Smith’s interest in equipment started at a young age, as his father was CEO of a manufacturer of injection molding machines. Smith initially became fascinated by the plastics and packaging industries, but as his career progressed, he and his... read more

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