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Phil Neuffer

Senior Editor of ABF Journal

Phil Neuffer is senior editor of ABF Journal.

Posts by Phil Neuffer

Staying Strong: Monitor’s Top Private Independents Rose to the Occasion in 2022

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Solving the Paradox: How to Prepare Your Business for Constant Transformation

Being faced with a paradox is usually an unenviable position, but not to John Hagel. A retired partner from Deloitte and former chair of the firm’s Center for the Edge (along with a laundry list of other titles across his... read more

Looking Over the Fence: What Equipment Finance Can Learn from the Insurance Industry

When Brendan Cronin first began working in the insurance industry in the late 1990s, most business was still being conducted over the phone and on paper. While the internet age had begun, it was still in its infancy and for... read more

4th Annual Women in Equipment Finance

Monitor’s fourth annual women in equipment finance list highlights notable women within the industry that have been nominated by our readers and hand-selected by Monitor’s staff and editorial board. Here are this year’s honorees: Maryellen Barbarish Mithu Bhargava Hollis Bufferd... read more

Behind The Metrics: Closed Cases, Not Just New Filings, Are Key to Spotting Bankruptcy Trends

Bankruptcy filing statistics are important, but they only scratch the surface when it comes to assessing overall trends in the world of distressed businesses. Gregg Morin identifies some of the other metrics that matter and delves into what they’ve shown... read more

Slowed to a Trickle: Economic Headwinds of 2022 Slow M&A Activity

Following the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, M&A activity in the equipment leasing space accelerated in 2021. As James Jackson of The Alta Group wrote in an article from earlier this year on that very subject, “Due in part... read more

2022 Monitor 101+: This Year’s Companies Report Double-Digit Increases in Assets and Volume

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Brij Patel: Executing on All Cylinders

“As small ticket rationalizes with yield spreads, we feel that we’re in a great position to attract the right type of business to further scale our originations and command strong risked adjusted returns.” Although Brij Patel founded Alliance Funding Group... read more

2022 Monitor 100 Full Flipbook

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Lean and Mean: MidCap Equipment Finance Focuses on Reliability

Saurin Shah has been in the equipment finance industry for more than 20 years, starting from his days with GE Capital all the way to his most recent endeavor: heading up recently launched MidCap Equipment Finance, a sister company to... read more

Employer Branding: A Tool for More Inclusive Hiring

Building a more diverse and inclusive workplace takes commitment. Companies can improve their ability to attract, retain and support a more diverse pool of talent by enhancing their employer branding and the candidate experience. “The key to attracting any talent,... read more

Monitor’s 2021 Top Women in Equipment Finance

Carolyn Amberg Elise Barbuck Samantha Beadle Amber Benavides Erica Blundo Christy Bookhout Kathie Capparelli Tabitha Carpenter Linda Clements Katie Crawford, CLFP Allison Dease Suzann Fakhoury, CLFP Michelle Fuchs, CLFP Julia Gavrilov Janelle Gorski Sandy Graydus Elise Hardy Melinda Haynes Renee... read more

Monitor 2021 Women’s List: Michelle Fuchs, CLFP

Michelle Fuchs is a natural when it comes to conversation. In her 26 years with Stearns Bank, she’s made thousands of cold calls, built countless connections and worked through just about every equipment financing scenario possible — and she’s not... read more

Monitor 2021 Women’s List: Ana I. Lage

Ana Lage joined Eastern Funding as a funding officer in 2011. She quickly excelled by focusing on collaboration to create enhancements that improved workflows within originations. Her enthusiasm for operational excellence and teamwork was critical during her early days. VISION... read more

Monitor 2021 Women’s List: Suzann Fakhoury, CLFP

Having worked in various roles prior to her current position as vice president of operations at Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance — including credit manager, documentation and closing manager, titles manager and even interim chief risk officer while the company... read more

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