NEFA 2019 Funding Symposium Sets Attendance Record

Over 330 equipment finance professionals and service providers from across the U.S. and Canada attended the National Equipment Finance Association 2019 Funding Symposium in Atlanta – setting a record for Funding Symposium attendance.

With more than 70 first-time attendees and 49 exhibitors, this year’s Funding Symposium once again demonstrated the value proposition offered by NEFA to the equipment finance industry.

Attendees of the Funding Symposium enjoyed networking time, topical and informative educational breakout sessions – many of which were conducted in a new “town hall” format – opportunities to meet with exhibitors, and a spirited keynote presentation by motivational speaker Adam James of Sights, Sounds and Success.

This year’s Funding Symposium Co-Chairs, Shari Lipski, CLFP of ECS Financial Services, and Dale Kluga of Providence Equipment Finance assembled a schedule of leading-edge educational sessions attracting the attention of attendees throughout the entire Symposium.

“Thank you to Dale, the session presenters, attendees, and NEFA Board for the opportunity to help plan yet another fantastic, epic, record breaking conference. What an honor to be part of it all and especially share it with such a great group of people!” said Lipski.

The Funding Symposium also serves as the annual business meeting for the National Equipment Finance Association, and officers and directors for the next twelve months were elected during the Symposium.

NEFA’s new president and chairman of the board is Daryn Lecy, CLFP, of Oakmont Capital Services and he is joined on the Executive Committee by Laura Carini, CLFP, of Financial Pacific Leasing as vice president; James Jackson, of The Alta Group as treasurer; and Guy Selinka, CLFP, of Streamline Financial Services as secretary. Marc Keepman, CLFP, of KLC Financial will remain on the Executive Committee as immediate past president.

Lecy commented, “NEFA is a tremendous organization that I was fortunate enough to be referred to nine years ago. I am honored and excited to serve as the next NEFA president and chairman of the Board. We have a robust membership consisting of dynamic leaders who continue to bring new ideas to help all of us improve and expand our businesses. I look forward to working with all of you as we finish 2019 and set the stage for what 2020 will bring!”

Directors of the association were also announced at this year’s Funding Symposium and include Jacklynn Manning, CLFP, of AMUR Equipment Finance; Adam Peterson of Channel Partners Capital; Robert Hornby of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi; Anne Dalgaard, CLFP, of ECS Financial Services; Scott Lipka, of FirstLease; Lori Littleford, CLFP, of NFS Leasing; Beth McLean, CLFP, of Northland Financial Services; and Scott Wheeler, CLFP, of Wheeler Business Consulting.
During the business luncheon, outgoing Executive Committee members Mike Coon, CLFP, of Hanmi Bank and Dennis Dressler, of Dressler & Peters were honored for many years of service to NEFA.

Additionally, Bob Hanna of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis was awarded the 2019 Chris Walker Memorial Member of the Year Award.

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