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Markiesha Thompson is associate editor of Monitor.


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ELFA Equity Forum: Creating Inclusion in Equipment Finance

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has been making major moves to address the subject of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) within the equipment finance industry. Recently, the ELFA hosted its first annual Equity Forum, a two-day conference in Washington,... read more

Deb Baker: Pioneer – Promoting Diversity in Equipment Finance

Deborah Baker faced a dilemma the summer before she began college. She was all set to work alongside her best friend at Ponderosa Steakhouse when her mother, who worked for AT&T Capital, arranged a summer contracting position for her. Baker... read more

Ricardo E. Rios, CFA, CLFP: NextGen – Empowering Others for Success

Believing in the leadership motto, “Learn more, inspire more, do more,” Ricardo E. (Ricky) Rios, chief operating officer of Commercial Equipment Finance, also models his life after it. Following his passion for self-development, Rios has taken Commercial Equipment Finance to... read more

DE&I Belongs to Everyone

“DE&I is about building corporate strength and success, embracing the future and embracing the talent that will lead to the ultimate success and longevity of an organization.” Melba Hughes began her diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) work three decades ago.... read more

Get Real: What DE&I Work Actually Requires

Dr. Arin N. Reeves, president and managing director of Nextions, a work culture advisory firm, found herself transitioning from practicing law to focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace more than 25 years ago, but she says the... read more

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Where Do You Start?

“If a company is looking to make the most of its DE&I attempts, it should first ask, “Why? Why does this matter to the business? Why does this matter to us as individuals?” Being specific about the “why” leaves little... read more

The Employee Side of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

While the majority of diversity, equity and inclusion actions and efforts fall on organizations as a whole, there are actionable steps that people of color and other marginalized groups can utilize within the corporate workplace to ensure they are presented... read more

Mitch Rice: Finding Success During Unpredictable Times

“I can’t picture myself doing anything else [and impacting other businesses] as I’m able to do financing the equipment they need to achieve their goals and grow their businesses.” With a family background in equipment finance, Mitch Rice, CEO at... read more

James Jang: Keeping The Customer First

“One unique thing about this business is you are constantly exposed to unique ideas, unique business models and industries that you didn’t know existed.” Everyone in the equipment finance industry has a different story about how they landed in the... read more

Kyin Lok: Charging Forward with a Purpose

During his 25 years in the finance industry, including experience with GE Capital, GE Commercial Finance and U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, Kyin Lok has remained dedicated to delivering results to his customers and employees. Lok and his teams have kept... read more

Linda Redding: From Mentee to Mentor

Linda Redding was working in the leverage finance group at Wachovia when a mentor directed her to the equipment finance industry. Redding wanted an opportunity to partner with the firm’s commercial bank in a credit products capacity and lead a... read more

How Equipment Finance’s NextGen is Shifting the Industry’s Workplace Values

The 2022 Monitor NextGen leaders are all passionate, driven and innovative people. Monitor surveyed some of this year’s honorees so they could share their thoughts and opinions on company culture, their work experiences and what leadership qualities they deem important.... read more

Comeback Kids: Monitor’s Top Private Independents Achieve Record Growth in 2021

Monitor’s Top Private Independents, upsized to a group of 30 this year, grew by 35.6% in 2021, the highest percentage of year-over-year growth recorded in the history of the ranking. While expanding the field is part of the reason for... read more

Top Bank 50 Reflects COVID-19 Impact

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is evident in this year’s Monitor Top Bank 50 ranking, with banks reporting a net portfolio decline of 2.1% and new business volume 13.9% below 2019 levels. Monitor’s Top Bank 50 experienced a net... read more

2021 Monitor NextGen Profile: Katharine Harris

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