CLFP Foundation Surpasses 1,000 Members



The Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation reached a new milestone, as it now has more than 1,000 members following the conduction of its most recent online exam. A total of 57 individuals sat through the eight-hour exam, including Jay Christiansen of U.S. Bank, who officially became the 1,000th member of the organization. The newest CLFP Foundation members include:

  • Benjamin Alcorn, CLFP – National Program Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Samantha Aldinger, CLFP Associate – AVP and Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  • Trevor Anderson, CLFP – Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Megha Banerjee, CLFP – Senior Business Analyst, Odessa
  • Erick Banker, CLFP Associate – Senior Credit Analyst, First American Equipment Finance
  • Kelly Bauch, CLFP Associate – AVP and Relationship Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  • Roxanne Bobo, CLFP – Internal Account Manager, Philips Medical Capital, DLL
  • Joseph Borges, CLFP – Account Manager, North Mill Equipment Finance
  • Alex Bryson, CLFP – Implementation Team Lead, LTi Technology Solutions
  • Joshua Budny, CLFP – Vice President of Manufacturing, First American Equipment Finance
  • Greg Campbell, CLFP – Vice President of Business Development, First American Equipment Finance
  • Dean Ceglia, CLFP – Managing Partner, DNC Consulting
  • Donna Christensen, CLFP – Financial Analyst, CSC Global
  • Jay Christiansen, CLFP – Financial Analyst, U.S. Bank
  • Andrew Cvitanov Jr., CLFP – Vice President of Product Management, DLL
  • Anthony Dahms, CLFP – Vice President of Data Management, U.S. Bank
  • Kari Edgington, CLFP – Director of Contract Management, DLL
  • Pierina Gonzalez Silvestre, CLFP Associate – Loss Mitigation Manager, North Mill Equipment Finance
  • Lisa Guelzow, CLFP – Senior Specialist, Key Equipment Finance
  • Jennifer Hagman, CLFP – Regional Sales Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Andrew Hartman, CLFP – Credit Analyst, U.S. Bank
  • Maggie Holly, CLFP – Senior Vice President, Hanmi Bank
  • Douglas Jackson, CLFP – Manager of Documentation and Funding, North Mill Equipment Finance
  • Donald Kemp, CLFP – Sales Manager, Industrial, DLL
  • Stacy Kiley, CLFP – Documentation Manager, OEVS, Officer, U.S. Bank
  • Kevin Lacey, CLFP – Vice President of Business Development, DLL
  • Stephanie Leyba, CLFP – Documentation and Funding Manager, Anuva Capital
  • Sung Lim, CLFP – Market Credit Administrator, U.S. Bank
  • Michael Luftig, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
  • Michele Majkowski, CLFP Associate – AVP and Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  • Britta McSparen, CLFP – Program Manager, Food and Agriculture, DLL
  • Andrew Mellon, CLFP – Relationship Support Manager, Hanmi Bank
  • Diana Olivo, CLFP Associate – Credit Analyst, North Mill Equipment Finance
  • Danielle Ormberg, CLFP – Charge-off Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Lorraine Perkins, CLFP – Financial Specialist, Philips Medical Capital, DLL
  • Carey Pierangeli, CLFP – Sales Support Manager – Tech Solutions, DLL
  • Erik Porter, CLFP – Assistant Vice President of Sales, U.S. Bank
  • Heather Burns Pozniak, CLFP Associate – Senior Litigation and Bankruptcy Specialist, DLL
  • Erik Riggleman, CLFP Associate – Senior Financial Analyst, First American Equipment Finance
  • Robert Rinaldi, CLFP – President, Rinaldi Advisory Services
  • Philip Rivera, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
  • Arthur Royter, CLFP – District Sales Manager, DLL
  • Michelle Ruskey, CLFP Associate – AVP and Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  • Donald Seeley, CLFP – Vice President of Business Development, Beacon Funding
  • Ashley Smith, CLFP – Business Development – Intermediary Relations, VFI Corporate Finance
  • James Stanley, CLFP – Program Manager of Golf, Turf and Recreational Products, DLL
  • Debbie Stibbe, CLFP – AVP and Loss Mitigation Manager, U.S. Bank
  • Kit Yee Studholme, CLFP – Director of Sales – Consumer and Business Banking, U.S. Bank
  • Michael Sulava, CLFP – Business Development Representative, KLC Financial
  • David Thommen, CLFP – Director of IT, Terex Financial Services
  • Sonia Thompson, CLFP – Large Ticket Credit Analyst and Vice President, U.S. Bank
  • Benjamin Tucker IV, CLFP – Vice President, Technology Division, First American Equipment Finance
  • Melissa Vinson, CLFP – Sales Support Specialist, U.S. Bank
  • Jeffrey Wenrich, CLFP – Vice President, Community Banking, Capital Equipment Group, U.S. Bank
  • Elizabeth Wiltberger – AVP and Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
  • Amy Wingate, CLFP – Chief Credit Risk Officer, Global Partner Organization, Cisco Systems
  • Joseph Zrinzo, CLFP – Vice President of Sales, Ascentium Capital

“To be named the 1,000th member of this group of knowledgeable leasing professionals is an honor and one of the most memorable experiences I have had in my career,” Christiansen said.  “I know firsthand the hard work and dedication required from each one of us with a CLFP designation, and it is just a special feeling to know I am part of that group. U.S. Bank prioritizes employee development and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to pursue this designation.”

“About seven years ago, our then board president, David Normandin, put our 2020 membership goal at 1,000,” Reid Raykovich, CLFP, executive director of the CLFP Foundation, said. “To me, that number seemed unfathomable because at the time we were only at 201 CLFPs and associates. It may have taken an additional few months to get there due to COVID-19, but May 5, 2021, will forever be remembered as the day we gained a comma. I am so grateful to all of the members who have gotten us here and especially grateful to our board and committee members past and present. Without them, we never could have achieved this.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 1,004 active CFLPs and CLFP Associates in the United States, Canada, India, Africa and Australia.

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