CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation reported that 17 individuals recently passed the eight-hour online proctored CLFP exam, including:

  1. John Bender, CLFP – Assistant Vice President and Program Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  2. Kimberly Brennan, CLFP – Staff Accountant, AP Equipment Financing
  3. Jacquelyne Burdette, CLFP – Digital Marketing Manager, AP Equipment Financing
  4. William Burns III, CLFP – Vice President of the Food and Beverage Division, First American Equipment Finance
  5. Marc Cimon, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Analyst, First American Equipment Finance
  6. Richard Cook, CLFP – Senior Commercial Portfolio Manager, The Huntington National Bank
  7. Wendlyn Dixon, CLFP – Customer Service and Titling Manager, AP Equipment Financing
  8. Carol Gabbert, CLFP Associate – Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  9. Kathryn Georgiana, CLFP – Program Manager, DLL
  10. Noah Gerlach, CLFP – Equipment Finance Associate, First American Equipment Finance
  11. Tracy Middleton Plank, CLFP – Manager of Structured Sales Support, DLL
  12. Katelyn Saxton, CLFP – Assistant Vice President of Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
  13. Brian Smith, CLFP – Senior Vice President of Risk, AP Equipment Financing
  14. Dannika Valdez, CLFP – Operation Team Lead, AP Equipment Financing
  15. Jerell Vincent, CLFP – Business Development Executive, Delta Financial Group
  16. Heather Wohaska, CLFP – Equipment Finance Specialist, First American Equipment Finance
  17. Anna Ziegler, CLFP Associate – Vice President of Risk Management, First American Equipment Finance


In preparation for the exam, AP Equipment Financing hosted a private virtual Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals and now has the 10th most CLFPs among all employers with 26.

“This is such an exciting time for me. I wanted to pursue the CLFP designation because I have fallen in love with the financing world. It excites me to know how much I have gained from this experience and still what is yet to come,” Dixon said. “Sure, my mind was challenged and I doubted myself at times, but [I] told myself every day that I had this. The CLFP Foundation and its representatives have been so supportive throughout this entire experience and I’m looking forward to the future and the possibilities.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers and peers in the commercial equipment finance industry. There are Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates located throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, India, Africa and Australia.

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