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Rita Garwood

Editor in Chief of Monitor

Rita E. Garwood is editor in chief of Monitor.

Posts by Rita Garwood

Navigating The Messy Middle: How to Create Successful Change

Change is messy. When many teams start a transformation project, they often believe that they can forge a direct path from their current state of being to their intended future state. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Factors that just... read more

Breaking Barriers and Setting Boundaries at the ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum

More than 200 attendees came together in Nashville, TN, for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s 2024 Women’s Leadership Forum. This year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers & Shaping the Future,” featured sessions designed to empower women in leadership and help them... read more

Letter from the Editor – 2024 Funding Source & Top Private Independents Issue

The first flowers of spring are beginning to break through the soil just outside my front door, but the chill of winter is still in the air. Will we get a snowstorm next week or a sunny spring day? This... read more

Embracing a Bigger and Better Equipment Finance: Q&A with Eric Miller from Ansley Park Capital

Eric Miller is leading Ansley Park Capital, backed by funds managed by the alternative credit strategy of alternative investment manager Ares Management. Monitor editor in chief, Rita Garwood, sat down with Miller to discuss the current state of the equipment finance... read more

Nine Common Traits of the Best Company Cultures

Most people in the business world are familiar with Peter Drucker’s famous quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” which asserts that a company’s culture — the collection of its values, beliefs and practices — will make or break its ability... read more

What Does the Future Hold for Banks in Equipment Finance?

Banks have been steadily increasing their presence in equipment finance over the years via mergers and acquisitions and by hiring experienced leadership teams. When the Monitor 100 launched in 1992, U.S. bank affiliates contributed 17% of the ranking’s net assets.... read more

Lytle Brings a New Perspective to Equipment Finance

Leigh Lytle wasn’t in the market for a new role when a recruiter approached her about interviewing for the position of president and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. Thinking back to that initial call from a recruiter,... read more

2023 Women in EF Editor’s Letter

Just for a moment, think back on the leaders you’ve admired most in your career. Who believed in you? Who challenged you? Who inspired you? In this fifth annual Women’s Issue of the Monitor, you’ll meet dozens of women who... read more

Rising Rates & Regulations: The Evolving Landscape for Third-Party Originators

As 2023 enters its last leg, brokers find themselves in a unique position. As banks tighten lending standards, more opportunities are becoming available for third party originators (TPOs) who can help borrowers navigate the ins and outs of commercial finance.... read more

Letter from the Editor – 2023 Icons Issue

Conference season is already in full swing as I write this letter. I was in Orlando a few days ago to attend the AACFB Commercial Finance Expo to learn more about the opportunities and challenges brokers are facing today. In... read more

2023 Monitor 101+ Continues Rapid Growth Spurt

The Monitor 101+ companies returned for a fourth installment, boasting double digit year-over-year growth in both assets and new business volume. The group grew to 41 companies, up from 35 last year, and included 22 Independents, 17 U.S. Bank Affiliates... read more

2023 Monitor 100: Growth Amid Economic Anxiety

Monitor Suite members can download a copy of the 2023 Monitor 100 charts in PDF or Excel form here. This year’s Monitor 100 companies reported net assets of $555.9 billion, new business volume of $216.6 billion and 26,609 employees. The... read more

A Passion for Education: Amembal Expands His Impact on Equipment Finance

Sudhir Amembal had been teaching accounting at the University of Utah for four years when the department chairman informed him that he would need to earn his Ph.D. if he wanted to continue teaching. Amembal refused. Concurrently, Terry Isom found... read more

Dedicated to Hard Work: How Kropschot Became an M&A Guru

It was 1972 and Bruce Kropschot had recently become CFO of the largest designer and builder of hospitals in the United States. The owner was looking to diversify the business and Kropschot began searching for businesses that might complement or... read more

Monitor 50th Anniversary: A Letter From the Editor

In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from office in the wake of the Watergate scandal, David Bowie released Diamond Dogs and Mike Molloy decided to launch a tabloid newspaper to support the classified ads of his recruiting business. Half a century... read more

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