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Ian Koplin

Editor of Monitor

Ian Koplin is Editor for Monitor, ABFJournal, DealMaker and Commercial Factor magazines.

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61st ELFA Convention Coverage: The Decade of Disruption: Takeaways from Dex Hunter-Torricke’s Keynote Address

The Convention that (Almost) Didn’t Happen The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s 61st Annual Convention was one that almost didn’t happen this year. Originally set to take place on Marco Island, FL, Hurricane Ian changed those plans and caused the... read more

Battling Burnout: An Interview with Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst Rachel Sheerin

A state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion caused by prolonged or chronic stress, burnout can lead to feelings of hopelessness, cynicism, detachment and being overwhelmed. In my innovation and transformation work, I often encounter leaders and team members struggling... read more

Applying Acquisition Experience for Success: First Financial Equipment Leasing Expands into Canada

First Financial Equipment Leasing announced its expansion into Canada in 2022 with the acquisition of NorFund, an independent leasing company specializing in capital equipment, solar and alternative energy and vendor finance programs. Having been acquired by JA Mitsui Leasing a... read more

Amy Gross: Current Leader – Growing With Flexibility and Purpose

Being a leader in today’s equipment finance industry takes a sense of purpose, advocating for oneself and being flexible. Amy Gross, executive vice president of the commercial vendor and government divisions at Key Equipment Finance, says being a parent while... read more

Robert Preville: Disruptor – Evolving Equipment Finance to Seize Vendor Opportunities

Robert Preville is a serial entrepreneur and investor constantly on the move, having founded and led several high-growth companies in the B2B arena before leading APPROVE, an embedded finance software. Earning this year’s Disruptor Icon award, Preville’s approach to leadership... read more

Innovation, Data Privacy and Our Responsibility – An Interview with Anirban Basak, CEO of FortifID

With the accelerating pace of innovation and the multitude of possibilities for digital interactions, data privacy and data responsibility should not be an afterthought. What if we innovate with a data privacy-first approach as we shape the future? Anirban Basak... read more

Mentoring and Sponsorship Are Essential to Creating a Diverse Leadership Team

Many equipment finance companies are striving to promote more diverse talent to leadership positions. To help with that effort, Monitor sat down with David Miles, vice president and director of credit at Eastern Funding, who shares his experience ascending the... read more

Peggy Tomcheck: Staying the Course and Returning Time

“Aspen pushes the limits of ‘business as usual’ by developing innovative solutions to meet the challenges of our customers. Our ability to leverage technology among higher education institutions while providing deferred payments to our fitness accounts to address budgets affected... read more

Vince Knowlton: Taking the Wheel

“Our leadership team is unique. We have a healthy blend of financial experience, combined with industry knowledge, which makes us a complete team.” Entegra Capital, a company with primary expertise in the transportation industry, experienced overwhelming success in 2021. As... read more

Survival of the Adaptable: How Successful Independents Thrive Through Turbulence

The idea that any company can future-proof its business ignores the reality that there will always be new changes we can’t foresee. In 2019, Monitor 100 companies posted an 8.4% increase in new business volume on a year-over-year basis, continuing... read more

Joel Mikolich: Rebranded, Refocused and Ready

Falcon Equipment Finance, a division of Falcon National Bank, saw its hard work pay off this year earning, for the first time, a spot on the Monitor 100 list. A recent rebrand and expanded product offering, coupled with a handful... read more

Marci Slagle, CLFP: Rising Above the Challenges

Marci Slagle’s entry into equipment finance was unexpected, but once she rolled her sleeves up, she found it was the place for her career to flourish. Out of college, she worked briefly as a stockbroker before joining Amembal Capital, where... read more

Tim Moriarity: Focusing Inward to Grow Outward

TriState Capital Bank Equipment Finance, featured in last year’s Monitor 101 at No. 107, catapulted itself onto the Monitor 100 list this year at No. 95. Tim Moriarity, executive vice president and manager of the equipment group, chalks up the... read more

Change the Channel! Casey on SLR Equipment Finance’s Vendor Channel Drive

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley When Tom Casey graduated from college, it seemed like all of... read more

Why are Traditional Lenders so Reluctant to Adopt New Technology Tools in the US Equipment Finance Marketplace?

Technology can be a godsend. It can help improve manual processes and automate functions that are prone to human error. It can increase speed and improve efficiencies in many ways. With that in mind, I’m trying to understand why there... read more

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