Since the start of his career with a major international firm, to his present position as President and Chief Executive Officer (and Founder) of Chesswood Group Limited, Mr. Shafran's expertise has been in strategic planning, and the design and implementation of growth strategy including mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive experience in change management and raising capital, publically and privately. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Mr. Shafran also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto. Mr. Shafran founded Chesswood Group in 2006 through an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the acquisition of Pawnee Leasing, of Colorado. Chesswood provides small-ticket equipment financing to small businesses across the U.S and Canada and has more than 35,000 finance contracts with SME’s for gross receivables in excess of $1.0 billion.
Asset Management Practice Leader, North America, The Alta Group, Senior Managing Director
Carl C. Chrappa leads The Alta Group’s Asset Management Services practice, with more than 35 years of international experience in equipment trading, appraisals, litigation support, portfolio valuations and equipment management.
Dexter Van Dango is a pen name for a real person who is a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in the equipment leasing industry. A self-described portly, middle-aged, graying, balding leasing guy in the twilight of a mediocre career, Van Dango will provide occasional insight from the front lines via Monitor.
Capital One Commercial Banking, Managing Director Asset-Backed Finance Group
Matt Tallo is a Managing Director in the Asset-Backed Finance Group, responsible for originating and structuring senior debt transactions for specialty finance companies as well as relationship management. Matt joined Capital One in 2013 after serving for nine years as Executive Director, Structured Finance at WestLB AG’s New York office. There he managed a $2.3 billion portfolio of structured finance transactions. Matt sourced and structured senior secured debt facilities for a variety of clients including asset-based lenders and factors as well as equipment finance, consumer finance, and student loan finance companies.
Corcentric Capital Equipment Solutions, Vice President of Financial Services
Patrick Gaskins is Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations, Capital Equipment Solutions, for Corcentric (formerly AmeriQuest Business Services). In his role, he oversees the sales and syndications functions of the Capital Equipment Solutions department at Corcentric. He has over 25 years of experience as a financial services professional in the transportation industry.
The Alta Group is the leading global consultancy dedicated exclusively to the business of equipment leasing and asset finance. Since 1992, Alta has represented equipment leasing and finance companies, financial institutions, manufacturers and service providers, offering management consulting and expertise in global market entry, vendor and captive finance, professional development, legal services, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, and digital business transformations.
Theresa Kabot began her career in commercial equipment financing at Colonial Pacific Leasing, where she worked the funding side of the industry from credit and documentation to sales and marketing. In 1996, she established her own equipment finance company, Kabot Commercial Leasing, which expanded to be self funding in 2014. She is a past president of the CLFP Foundation.