Oakmont Capital Services Reaches 25-Year Milestone
JAN 6, 2023 - 7:25 am
Oakmont Capital Services will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Established in 1998 as an equipment finance broker with Joe Leonard, CLFP, at the helm, the company’s journey has been a winding road over the past two and a half decades. OCS has matured into a direct lender with offices in both West Chester, PA, and Albany, MN, and a staff of more than 60 finance professionals.
“When OCS first began, I served as an independent salesperson focused on originating equipment lease opportunities,” Leonard, who is the president and CEO of OCS, said. “Working with Megan Zoba, OCS’ now vice president of docs and funding, for back-end support, we partnered on deals but maintained our separate companies. Thankfully, we both survived the 2009 recession and maintained good bank relationships.”
In 2010, Leonard acquired a small equipment finance company and obtained funding from multiple bank and non-bank sources. Later that year, Leonard and Zoba partnered officially, and OCS continued its journey as an independent finance company. Leonard and Zoba slowly began adding sales and operational employees, with continued year-over-year growth and profitability by brokering every origination.
By 2013, OCS began to develop a path to growth, launching a front-end system, having annual financial statements reviewed and obtaining a warehouse line of credit to allow increased revenue through sales of small portfolios. OCS invested in a front-end CRM system powered by Microsoft Dynamics and secured additional funding through Quaint Oak Bank.
Through 2017, OCS continued to expand year over year in both revenue and employees while diversifying funding sources. OCS began to hold select equipment loans and leases internally while performing all asset management and collection activities in-house.
In 2018, OCS opened a satellite office in Albany, MN, hiring 11 equipment finance professionals. The addition of the team in Minnesota brought added strength and leadership in many operational and sales areas, along with a fresh approach to enhancing efficiencies and technologies.
Over the next few years, OCS continued to broaden its personnel, improve operations and efficiencies, and advance technology solutions. In 2021, OCS and Quaint Oak Bank merged to form Oakmont Capital Holdings (dba Oakmont Capital Services), with Leonard and Zoba adding Daryn Lecy, CLFP, OCS’ vice president and COO, to the partnership. OCS also overhauled its CRM to better serve customers and partners. In 2022, OCS added its 50th and then 60th employees and more than doubled its originations from the previous year.
“As OCS enjoys continued growth, we acknowledge that our employees are the most valuable assets of our company. We couldn’t ‘make it possible’ without the A team we have in place,” Leonard said.
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