ELFA President Announces Staff Promotions

The new president and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), Ralph Petta, announced three recent staff promotions.

Julie Benson was named vice president, Membership Marketing. Benson joined ELFA in 2013 as director of Membership. In her new role, she will work with the membership committee and play a significant role in the development of a broad strategy that both engages and retains ELFA members and enhances the membership value proposition. She will also drive the association’s efforts to grow its membership base in all member populations.

Lisa Ramirez was named vice president, Business and Professional Development. Ramirez joined ELFA in 2012 as director of Meetings and Exhibits. In her new role, taking over from retiring staff member Lesley Sterling, she will oversee the management and direction of all business and professional development activities of the association, including the annual convention, conferences, workshops and web-based educational content.

Paul Stilp was named chief financial and operating officer. Stilp joined ELFA in 2004 as vice president, Finance and Administration. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the association’s finances and treasury operations and work closely with the president and CEO and staff to provide for the overall daily administrative and operational requirements of the organization.

Petta, who became ELFA President and CEO following the retirement of former president and CEO Woody Sutton, congratulated the staff on their accomplishments.

“ELFA is fortunate to have very knowledgeable and talented individuals on our staff,” Petta said. “We are pleased to recognize Julie, Lisa and Paul, whose experience and dedication to our mission and our membership make them invaluable members of the ELFA team. I look forward to working with them and the rest of our exceptional staff in 2016 and beyond.”

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