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Ian Koplin

Editor of Monitor

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

Posts by Ian Koplin

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

Bouncing Back: The Vendor Top 40 Achieve 10.9% Y/Y Growth

Activity in the vendor channel was back in full swing in 2021. The top 40 companies reported a collective $45,684.6 million in vendor channel originations in 2021, up $4,491 million (10.9%) from $41,193.6 million in 2020. Once again, the top... read more

Rising to the Challenge: Vendor Finance Adapts to an Ever-Evolving Market

Uncertainty has been the only constant over the last two years. During this time, the vendor finance world has been shaken up by many challenges in the economy, like supply chain shortages, inflation, the COVID-19 pandemic, a continually evolving market... read more

Exploring the Effects of the Great Resignation on Equipment Finance

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have adjusted their expectations for employers, preferring those that place the well-being of employees above profits, or opting to leave jobs entirely. This so-called “Great Resignation” has left many firms scrambling... read more

From Broker to Balance Sheet

Transitioning from a third-party originator (TPO) to closing deals on your own balance sheet can be a risky endeavor without the right tools, network and drive. Professionals within this industry make the switch for a multitude of reasons, sometimes meeting... read more

Accelerating Trust to Build an Unstoppable Team

Breakthrough innovation doesn’t just happen. It requires an environment of trust, teamwork and transparency to sprout and thrive in a business setting. A genuine connection with a coworker, while it can’t be mandated by your employer, doesn’t happen accidentally. Getting... read more

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work for Clarus Capital

Steve O’Leary and Tim Conway, now CEO/president and chairman of Clarus Capital, respectively, began their business partnership at NewStar Financial, where Conway was founder and CEO and O’Leary was the architect of the company’s equipment finance business. O’Leary enjoyed his... read more

Founded on Respect: Smith Shares Dedicated Financial GBC’s Simple Secret to Success

Respect and hope are not usually the first words that come to mind when most people hear the word “collections,” but Shawn Smith, founder and CEO of Dedicated Financial GBC, has set out to change that perception and make a... read more

More Than Technology: Utilizing Cross-Functional Collaboration to Create Experiences

Innovation is more than technology. It begins with the way leaders and their teams think about their company, customers, competitors and how they envision the future. What can equipment finance leaders do to adopt an innovative mindset and culture? Michael... read more

A New Equipment Finance Offering for CIBC Customers: Q&A with Matthew Green

Matthew Green does not sit still, and how could he? A father of five, Green was hired by CIBC in November 2021 to design and launch an equipment finance group within its U.S. commercial banking group, with a full rollout... read more

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