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Rita Garwood

Editor in Chief of Monitor

Rita E. Garwood is editor in chief of Monitor.

Posts by Rita Garwood

The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Women of Color

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in one way or another, but according to the Society of Women’s Health Research, COVID-19 has amplified social inequalities, particularly for women of color.1 While it’s important to remember that each person has a... read more

STRIPES Inspires Change & Transformation Through Leadership Development

During her keynote address at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s 60th Annual Convention, leadership expert DeDe Halfhill noted that more than 60,000 books on leadership are available on Amazon. Clearly, leadership is an important topic many people are trying... read more

Creating Safety and Inclusivity for Mental Health

Although it might not be top of the inclusivity list for employers, employee mental health must be a priority. “Mental health challenges are real, and they affect someone’s thinking, feelings and behavior,” Charles Hill Jr., who recently left the equipment... read more

Doing the Work: Diversity Leaders on Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion takes intentional effort, and as companies place more importance on DE&I initiatives, many are hiring leaders to spearhead efforts, or in the case of companies like DLL, which has offices across the... read more

Standing Out: Auxilior Capital Partners Unveils Innovative, Service-Based Supply Chain Sales Model Built on People and Technology

The first thing you see when you walk through the door of Auxilior Capital Partners’ office is the company’s logo, which features a scarlet prancing bull in the center of a cobalt shield, flanked by a pair of crossed swords,... read more

Innovating Apart Requires a People-First Mindset and Facilitative Leadership

We were all thrown headfirst into remote work in 2020. For many it was a new experience that came with various hurdles. During the breakout session, “Leading the Future of Work — Innovating Apart,” at the Equipment Leasing and Finance... read more

Silver Linings and Rays of Optimism

When we laid the groundwork for the Monitor 101+ issue, it looked like the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic was behind us. By the time we conducted interviews with this year’s group of executives, the Delta variant was rapidly spreading... read more

Pandemic Proof Your Portfolio

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many smaller equipment finance companies may not have access to the same level of information upon which larger industry players rely. Our guest editors suggested we ask several Monitor 100 companies to... read more

Navigating Through the Haze: A Return to Old School Credit Fundamentals

For many in the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic began as distant headlines from China and early supply chain disruptions before the virus was suddenly spreading so rapidly that the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic. Lenders were left... read more

Writing the Next Chapter: Using the Lessons of 2020 as a Springboard for Innovation

Life today is beginning to resemble normalcy. But before we rapidly go back to what was, it’s important to take stock of what we’ve learned over the last 16 months and use the knowledge we’ve gained to guide us as... read more

Leadership Strategies from the Future of Equipment Finance

Young leaders can breathe new life into an organization by sharing their ideas and advice. In interviews with 2021 Monitor NextGen Leaders, we asked an important question: What would be your top priority if you were appointed CEO of an... read more

Going Global and Blazing a Trail of Innovation: Stephenson Reflects on 35 years with DLL

You’ve been with DLL for 35 years of your career. Let’s go back to the very beginning of your career. What were your goals as a young professional? Bill Stephenson: When you go back to the start of this great... read more

Creativity Transcends Tradition: Equipment Finance’s Future Must be People-First and Customer Obsessed

Equipment finance isn’t sexy. So how do companies in the industry attract and retain younger talent? The first step suggested by many of Monitor’s 2021 NextGen Leaders is spreading awareness. Mike Richards, a financial specialist at Philips Medical Capital —... read more

Balboa Capital Sets Its Sights on $1B in Annual Originations

In the press release announcing Balboa’s recent $50 million corporate note financing, you mentioned that this transaction will support your growth strategy from 2021 and beyond. Can you tell us a bit more about those plans? Heather Parker: Balboa Capital... read more

Standing Strong After the Storm: Monitor’s Top Private Independents Achieve 9.1% Growth in 2020

CONTENT CONTINUES AFTER CHART Despite a tumultuous year for the global economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monitor’s Top 25 Independents grew a collective 9.1% in 2020, increasing the group’s volume from $6,075.8 million in 2019 to $6,626.3 million by... read more

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