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Rita Garwood

Editor in Chief of Monitor

Rita E. Garwood is editor in chief of Monitor.

Posts by Rita Garwood

People are the Power

Over the course of Rich Doherty’s 43 years in the equipment finance industry, he has held a variety of roles at companies we all know well — CIT, Banc of America and PNC, to name a few. “Rich brings a... read more

Building Relationships & Going Global

Reid Raykovich has been networking with leaders since her father took her along to his business events when she was a kid. “Oftentimes, he would go off networking and I would be left to my own devices just to figure... read more

Building the Amazon of Equipment Finance

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master; If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same…  “If” by... read more


The top five players in the Monitor 101+ ranking — a captive, two bank affiliates and two independents — commanded 30% of the total market share and contributed 20.4% of the collective total new business volume of the Monitor 101+... read more

Pushing the Limits While Learning the Ropes

The equipment finance industry has changed a lot in recent years. Once the bastion for leasing professionals who were going gray, efforts like the ELFA’s Emerging Talent Advisory Council have dramatically expanded the focus on younger leaders. Like most in... read more

Forging Stronger Inter-Generational Relationships for Company-Wide Success

This issue of Monitor celebrates the next generation of leaders in the equipment finance industry. These rising stars see the world in a fresh light, adapt to new technology quickly and challenge the status quo. But what attracts younger employees... read more

Morphing the Model: From Broker to Funding Source

Like many independent equipment finance companies, Baystone Government Finance’s lifecycle took a turn when the Great Recession hit. In an interview with Monitor, Evan Howe shares the story of transforming from a broker to a bank affiliate and shares advice... read more

Independents: The Flexibility & Freedom to Serve Unique Customers

Leaders from six independent equipment finance companies joined Monitor for a roundtable discussion on one question: What does it mean to be an independent? They discuss the innovative nature of these entrepreneurs, their ability to specialize and their freedom when it comes... read more

CEMC Focuses on the New Age of Customer Experience in FinTech at New York Forum

The CEMC New York Forum focused on the New Age of Customer Experience in Fintech, featuring visionary speakers who shared cases of digital transformation. We are living in the Age of the Customer, and technology is transforming the way lenders... read more

Sharing the Spotlight Equipment Finance’s Journey Toward Gender Equity

Two years ago, if you had told me that Monitor would soon publish its very first Women’s Issue, I probably would’ve laughed. It’s not that women were absent from the equipment finance industry; it was just rare to see us... read more

Material Handling Trends: Insight from Honda Supplier of the Year, Pacific Rim Capital

To recognize suppliers committed to exceeding expectations, Honda of America Manufacturing hosts the Annual Indirect Procurement Supplier Awards, an event ceremony that shines a light on the important role of these strategic partners. This year, Pacific Rim Capital (PRC) of... read more

Building a Unique Vendor Model: TIAA and GE Healthcare Add Value With Creative Co-Branding

In November, TIAA Bank enhanced its position in the healthcare space with the acquisition of a $1.5 billion portfolio of healthcare equipment leases and loans from GE Capital’s Healthcare Equipment Finance business. “The portfolio sale was very important, and that... read more

Gaining Altitude Across the Globe: Exciting Times for Business Aviation

According to GAMA’s Q2/18 aircraft shipments reports, global aircraft shipments were up while billings were down. What factors have influenced the economic state of the industry? The small- and midsize-turbine segments, along with piston-engine aircraft and turboprops, were among those... read more

Increasing Vendor Approvals: Veteran Team Launches a Multi-Funder Model at Verdant

When most people think of the word verdant, rolling hills covered with lush, deep green grass might come to mind. To this seasoned team of vendor finance experts, verdant is also the color of prosperity in the form of growing wealth... read more

Empowering Your People: Fate Leads by Listening and Learning

While we planned the first annual MVP Award, Monitor’s publisher, Jerry Parrotto, was struck by a quote from NFL legend Peyton Manning: “The most valuable player is the one who makes the most players valuable.” This quote became the touchstone in... read more

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