NEFA: Funding Symposium Draws Crowd; New Officers Elected

The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) announced that 250 equipment finance professionals gathered for NEFA’s 2016 Funding Symposium, in Bloomington, MN, last week.

NEFA’s new President and Chairman of the Board Stephanie Hall, CLFP of Bryn Mawr Funding was joined on the Executive Committee by Mike Coon of Axis Capital as vice president, Marc Keepman, CLFP of KLC Financial as Treasurer and Dennis Dressler of Dressler and Peters as Secretary. Gary Souverein of Pawnee Leasing will remain on the Executive Committee as immediate past president.

Stephanie Hall said, “I’m so pleased to be elected by the membership as President. NEFA is built around the concept of community and that perfectly captures how I feel about it. It’s been a huge part of both my business and personal lives. I’m excited about playing a role in our continued development of programs dedicated to community, education and professionalism.”

The Funding Symposium also serves as the Annual Business meeting for the NEFA and officers and directors for the next 12 months were elected at the business luncheon on Friday, October 7.

Re-elected as directors of the association at this year’s Funding Symposium were Daryn Lecy, CLFP, of Stearns Bank; Gabe Jarnot, CLFP, of Northland Capital Financial Services and Nick Ross, CLFP, of Bank of the West. Newly elected directors were Shane Davis of Dedicated Commercial Recovery; Eric Alley of LeaseTeam; Kristian Dolan, CLFP, of Tamarack; Laura Carini, CLFP, of Financial Pacific Leasing and Joe Leonard, CLFP, of Oakmont Capital Services.

During the business luncheon, outgoing officers and directors, including Tara Aasand of LeaseTeam; Greg Nappi of DDI Capital; Doug Houlahan, CLFP, of Maxim Commercial Capital; Kip Amstutz, CLFP, of 360 Equipment Finance and Bryan Inman of Great American Insurance were all honored for their service.

Also at the business luncheon, the Executive Committee awarded Bob Cohen of Moritt Hock & Hamroff with the Chris Walker Memorial Member of the Year Award.

“Bob perfectly captures the spirit of NEFA for his constant support and cheerleading and his willingness to jump in and help NEFA at any opportunity,” said Gary Souverein, chairman of the executive committee.

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