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Grace Garwood

Freelance writer and editor of the U.S.

Grace A. Garwood is a freelance writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY.

Posts by Grace Garwood

The State of Government Fleets: Shifting to Electric Vehicles

This is the second article in a two-part “State of Government Fleets” series. Read part one here. In 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a survey revealing the transportation sector accounts for 28% of the U.S.’s total greenhouse... read more

A Leadership Legacy 30 Years in the Making

Two themes for this year’s International Women’s Day at the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers are “Choose to Challenge” and “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” These both seem fitting for the women who... read more

Brick by Brick: Kreyling Builds Atlantic Union’s New Equipment Finance Business

Established in late 2019, Atlantic Union Equipment Finance is led by industry veteran Jule Kreyling and has a national strategy with a strong focus on the bank’s Mid-Atlantic footprint. “We’re looking at companies with revenue exceeding $25 million up to... read more

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

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