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By: Josie Heskje on November 13th, 2018

GreatAmerica Wins Cannata Frank Award for Best Leasing Company in 2018

Finance Company Takes Top Leasing Category Honor Ninth Time in Ten Years

(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- Cannata Report presented GreatAmerica Financial Services with its 2018 Frank Award for "Best Leasing Company" during its 33rd Annual Awards & Charities Dinner at The Madison Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey on Thursday, November 8. The Frank Award winners were chosen by Office Equipment Dealers who responded to The Cannata Report 33rd Annual Survey. Winners were chosen in nine distinct categories.

This year the response to the survey hit an all-time record high of 338 participants, according to The Cannata Report. The Best Leasing Company Award recognizes the leasing companies who provide an outstanding mix of lease options, competitive rates, superior service, and effective dealer communication.

"Consistency in professional excellence speaks for itself. Dealers have ranked GreatAmerica Financial Services number one [in The Cannata Report Annual Dealer Survey] for nine out of the past 10 consecutive years," said CJ Cannata, executive vice president/publisher, The Cannata Report. "I would also add that based upon several discussions with dealers, and observing GreatAmerica representatives in action, these are the types of professionals leaders refer to when advocating for ‘doing business with people you like'."

Jennie Fisher poses with Frank and CJ CannataPictured above from left to right: Frank Cannata - president of The Cannata Report, Jennie Fisher - senior vice president and general manager of the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica, and CJ Cannata - executive vice president/publisher of The Cannata Report.

Jennie Fisher, senior vice president and general manager of the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica says her team is motivated by this honor. "This Award reflects the passion our GreatAmericans have for our customers. They work to exceed the expectations of our office technology partners every day. We are grateful to our dealers who place their trust in us year after year."

The 2018 Frank Award categories and winners are as follows:

Best A3 MFP Manufacturer: Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Best A4 MFP Manufacturer: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.;

Best Production Print Manufacturer: Canon U.S.A., Inc.;

Best-in-Class Manufacturer: Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Best Female Executive: Laura Blackmer*, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America;

Best Male Executive: Doug Albregts*, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America;

Best Software and Services Provider: ACDI

Best Leasing Company: GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp.

Best Marketing Strategy: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

br />An additional Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Tom Johnson at the dinner event. According to The Cannata Report, the event raised and pledged $180,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic program benefitting the Children's Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center.

em>*Best Female and Male Executive award nominees are based on leadership in the prior year—2017—and does not necessarily reflect their current role inside or outside of the industry.

Josie Heskje

Josie Heskje is Director, Strategic Marketing for the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica Financial Services. Using over 20 years of marketing experience, she helps guide the strategic marketing direction of the Office Equipment Group, and is responsible for the marketing and public relations planning and execution for the business unit. She is the former Marketing & Communications Chair of the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA) (and current committee member) and was awarded a 2018 Global MPSA MPS Leadership Award for "Outstanding MPS Contribution" for an individual. She was also named an industry "Difference Maker" in ENX Magazine in both 2015 and 2017.