ELFA Unveils Agenda for Emergence2021 LIVE!



The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association released a detailed agenda for Emergence2021 LIVE!, a virtual leadership program to be held on July 14 for emerging talent in the equipment finance industry. The one-day event, which is focused on the theme “Look to the Future,” is designed to help up-and-coming employees from ELFA member companies gain new leadership skills, devise strategies to shape their careers and develop a network of peers as they progress in their careers.

“We’re looking forward to a lot of stimulating discussion at Emergence2021 LIVE!,” Lexie Dressman, chair of the ELFA’s Emerging Talent Advisory Council (ETAC), which is involved in planning and hosting the conference, said. “How can you become a leader others want to follow? How can you develop foresight to prepare for what’s coming next? These are just a few of the topics we’ll discuss. Plus, we’re excited to network with existing and new contacts on our interactive platform. We look forward to seeing as many members of the emerging talent community as possible on July 14!”

Sessions at Emergence2021 LIVE! will include:

  • Economic Outlook with Jeff Jensen of Keybridge Research
  • Managing Leadership Styles and Emotions in the Workplace with leadership expert Pierre Quinn
  • Ask a Leader Panel: Becoming a More Seasoned Leader
  • Building Your Leadership Toolkit in a World Focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Think Like a Futurist with futurist Terry Grim
  • Virtual Networking Event

Planning Committee

The ELFA’s 2021 Emerging Talent Advisory Council will host Emergence2021 LIVE!, with a task force within the council planning the event. This year’s council includes (task force members marked with an asterisk):

  • Lexie Dressman*, Counsel, Huntington Equipment Finance (ETAC Chair)
  • Kaitlin Bonner, Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Leasing
  • Garland Brooks, Senior Advisor, Business Enablement and Sales Optimization, Dell Financial Services
  • Stephen Brown, CLFP, AVP and Client Controller, Orion First Financial
  • Eric Cable, Director – Lender Finance and Capital Markets, CIT
  • Michael DiCecco, Executive Managing Director, Huntington Asset Finance, Huntington Equipment Finance
  • Jacob Fahl, Opportunity Development Leader, Funding and Portfolio Services, Hitachi Capital America
  • Xiang Ji, Commercial Risk Senior Manager, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance
  • Martin Klotzman*, CLFP, Senior Marketing Manager, Ivory Consulting
  • Lana Kralik*, CLFP, Credit Manager, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance (Chair, Emergence2021 Planning Committee)
  • Emily Latham-Bolt, Head of HR, DLL
  • Sean McKenna, National Sales Specialist, Great American Insurance Group
  • Harrison Smith*, Vice President, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
  • Ryan van de Boogaard*, Leasing Manager, Key Equipment Finance
  • Matthew Vazzana*, National Account Executive, Huntington Asset Finance
  • Helen Woodhouse, Global Field Marketing Manager – Sopra Financing Platform, Sopra Banking Software

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