(Cedar Rapids, IA) – In its first issue dedicated to women, the Monitor named GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation’s Tawnya Stone as one of the top 50 women in the equipment finance industry. The Nov/Dec issue selected the top 50 women for their “…industry engagement--participation in conferences, committees and volunteering--and industry leadership.” The Monitor is the longest running publication in the equipment finance industry and has a print and digital circulation of 10,000.
NEFA: Funding Symposium Successful; Walker Member of Year
(Cedar Rapids, IA) – GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation was named the largest U.S. private independent leasing company in the March/April issue of Monitor Leasing News . Previously, GreatAmerica ranked at the top of the small ticket industry. Monitor Leasing News (www.monitordaily.com), the leading publication for the leasing industry, polled the top twenty leasing companies. Between 2009 and 2010, GreatAmerica grew by over 14%; the average growth of the aggregate group was 3.3%. GreatAmerica currently has over $1.16 billion in assets. "Our ready access to capital markets and proven operational platform has been a big factor in our mission to help make our customers more successful," said GreatAmerica Chairman and CEO Tony Golobic. "We maintain a consistent approach to our customers, which has guided us through many unpredictable economic cycles." About GreatAmerica GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation was founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992. GreatAmerica is a national commercial equipment finance company dedicated to helping manufacturers, vendors, and dealers be more successful and keep their customers for life. GreatAmerica provides financing and consulting services in all fifty states and some U.S. Territories. GreatAmerica has a staff of over 335 employees with offices in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Georgia. www.greatamerica.com -30- Contact: Matthew L. Doty Director, Corporate Communications Tel. 319.261.4188 Fax 319.261.6188 firstname.lastname@example.org GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. | 625 First St. SE, Suite 800 | Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
ELFA Names New Board of Directors; Merrill Appointed Chair The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) introduced its new Board of Directors and Officers, who will serve during the next 12 months. David A. Merrill, president of Fifth Third Leasing Company, was named Chairman of the Board, and Crit DeMent, chairman and CEO of LEAF Financial Corporation, is now Chairman-elect. The Chairman-elect and new board members were recommended by ELFA's nominating committee and approved by a vote of the general membership. "The year 2011 marks ELFA's 50th anniversary, and we are extremely fortunate to have Dave Merrill to chair the Board of Directors during the upcoming milestone year," said ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE. "Dave's leadership skills, industry knowledge and commitment to ELFA will be a tremendous asset to our members and the industry at large." Merrill is a 29-year veteran of the commercial equipment finance industry. After joining Fifth Third Bank in 1991, he served in a number of positions in Direct Sales, Capital Markets and as National Sales Manager before assuming his current position as President. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, he held a number of sales and management roles at Chase Manhattan Leasing and Citicorp Industrial Credit. "I am proud to serve as ELFA chairman this year," said Merrill. "It's an honor to represent the industry and I look forward to the opportunity to continue with ELFA's proud history of 'Equipping Business for Success' as we embark on our 50th anniversary." Merrill is a long-standing member of ELFA. He previously served on the ELFA's Board of Directors and as Treasurer, Chair of the Funding Exhibition and Chair of the Capital Access Committee. Other new members of the ELFA Board of Directors include: Tom Askounis, President/Shareholder, Askounis & Darcy, P.C.; Stan Herkelman; President, GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation; Fred Sasser, President, Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co.; Jud Snyder, President, M&I Equipment Finance; Rick Remiker, President, Huntington Equipment Finance; Adam D. Warner, President, Key Equipment Finance; and, Robert J. Rinaldi, Executive Vice President, CSI Leasing, were elected by the Board of Directors to serve as ELFA Vice Chairs. Thomas M. Jaschik, President, BB&T Equipment Finance, continues to serve as treasurer. William G. Sutton, CAE, serves as President and CEO. Kenneth R. Collins, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc., is immediate past chair. In addition to Askounis, Herkelman, Sasser and Snyder, the following are also members of the ELFA Board of Directors: Kent Adams, President, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation Justin Cooper, President, CHP Consulting Anthony Cracchiolo, President, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance Steve A. Grosso, President and CEO, CoActiv Capital Partners John W. Heist, Jr., President, The Heist Group Lauren Hill, Senior Vice President, Mesirow Financial Consulting Harry J. Kaplun, President, Frost Leasing Anthony Pacchiano, Vice President & General Manager, ADP Credit Richard L. Ross, President, Summit Funding Group David T. Schaefer, CLP, Managing Member, Orion First Financial Larry A. Smilie, Managing Director, Banc of America Leasing Kris A. Snow, President, Cisco Systems Capital William F. Stephenson, Global Chief Commercial Officer, De Lage Landen Financial Services Louis J. Vigliotti, Senior Managing Director, GE Capital Markets Group Derek C. Wilkins, Vice President, Global Lease Operations, Steelcase Financial Services
CLP Foundation Certifies Five New Lease Professionals The board of directors of leasing standards body, the Certified Lease Professional Foundation (CLP), announced the certification of five new certified lease professionals. James House of Iowa-based GreatAmerica Leasing; Norm Malkowski of California-based Dakota Financial; Shervin Rashti of California-based Maxim Commercial Capital; Nicholas A. Ross of California-based Bank of the West; and Frank Schwarz of Pennsylvania-based Action Business Leasing are now entitled to use the "CLP" designation after their name. The CLP Foundation is the official governing body for the Certified Lease Professional Program. The CLP designation sets the standard for professionalism in the leasing industry by identifying and recognizing individuals within the leasing industry who have demonstrated their competency through continued education, testing and conduct. Monday, June 07, 2010