NEFA National Equipment Finance Summit Sets Record Attendance

The National Equipment Finance Association’s 2019 National Equipment Finance Summit set new records for conference registrants and first-time attendees.

For the first time in NEFA’s history, conference registrants exceeded 350 with a total of 358 registered attendees and over 80 first-time attendees. Equipment finance professionals and service providers came from across the U.S., Canada and as far as Australia to attend the March conference.

This year’s National Equipment Finance Summit Co-Chairs, Bob Rinaldi, of Bob Rinaldi and Paul Fogle, CLFP, of Quality Leasing assembled a schedule of highly informative and well-attended educational sessions for conference attendees.

“It was our intent to make sure we would want to attend every session we planned for the attendees. It was humorous to see Paul and I run into each other as we bopped in and out of all the sessions just to see what we were missing! It was a pleasure and an honor to serve as this year’s co-chair with Paul. I would like to thank all the presenters and their panels for the excellent and thoughtful jobs they did and their hard work and dedication,” said Rinaldi.

Fogle added, “For myself and several people I spoke with, this was the best NEFA conference we ever attended! The southern California weather, the facility, the record-breaking attendance, the networking and educational sessions were all top notch. The NEFA staff executed the conference flawlessly, the speakers (and topics originated from NEFA members) were excellent and the attendees were extremely up-beat!”

NEFA’s Executive Director Michael Toglia commented, “This historical event is indicative of the unique value proposition NEFA provides professionals serving the equipment finance industry from all parts of our industry. The event was alive with activity from beginning to end, and the enthusiasm and optimistic outlook of the attendees was spectacular. We thank all our sponsors, exhibitors, session speakers and attendees for their contributions to the success of this conference and look forward to our Annual Funding Symposium in Atlanta, GA.”

During a sunny outdoor luncheon at the summit, the CLFP Foundation presented several awards and the Chris Walker Education Fund, which hosted a golf outing attended by more than 35 golfers on Wednesday morning, presented various awards to the golf event participants.

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