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About the Award

The Operations & Technology Excellence (O&TE) Award Program identifies and recognizes equipment finance organizations that are focused on innovation in either process re-engineering or technology. Areas of focus could include, but are not limited to a new initiative, business model, improved customer experience, consolidation, efficiency or digital transformation project.

Prestige and Recognition

This year's O&TE Award winner(s) will be recognized at the 2016 Operations & Technology Conference, Sept. 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Judging Panel (O&TE Award Sub-committee) will review all entries and select up to two winners, who will:

  • Participate in and receive the O&TE Award at the Operations & Technology Conference
  • Receive industry-wide recognition in the Equipment Leasing & Finance magazine, on the ELFA website, in the ELFA QuickBrief e-newsletter and on the association's social media channels
  • Receive recognition at the 2016 ELFA Annual Convention

You've worked hard to improve your company's operations. Get the recognition your team deserves. Enter today!

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Award Application Deadline

Award applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Monday, June 6, 2016. Award applications should be submitted via email only, using the official award application, to Heather Staverman at hstaverman@elfaonline.org with Microsoft Office compatible attachments and the email subject of "O&TE Award Application".

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Eligibility, Judging Panel, Other Details/Requirements

  • To qualify for consideration:
    • Nominees can be self-nominated or nominated by others.
    • The project or initiative completion (go-live/in production) date must be within 12 months prior to application deadline.
    • Nominees must be equipment finance organizations and current regular members (as defined by the ELFA) at the time of application.
  • Recognition is measured by project or initiative. Therefore, multiple submissions from the same organization are acceptable.
  • Joint submissions (i.e. service provider and equipment finance organization) are acceptable (however, only the equipment finance organization will receive the award).
  • Winner(s) will be notified by June 30, 2016.
  • Winner(s) must be willing to participate in a session at the 2016 Operations and Technology Conference. Therefore, the winner(s) must have at least one representative attend the conference.
  • The O&T Planning Committee has assembled a sub-committee of judges to identify the projects that will be eligible to receive an award. The O&TE Award Sub-committee is comprised as follows:
    • Andrew Cotter, Somerset Capital Group, O&TE Award Sub-committee Chair
    • Doug Cohen, Vertex, Inc.
    • Katie Emmel, IDS
    • Kristian Dolan, Tamarack Consulting, Inc.
    • Lucy Marsh, TCF Equipment Finance, Inc.
    • Mike McKie, LEAF
    • Lisa Rafter, Odessa Technologies, Inc.

Note: the judging panel is made up of representatives from both equipment finance organizations and service providers. In the event there is a conflict of interest for a judge, their score is not included in the scoring of the nomination.

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Previous Winners

  • 2016: LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. and National Leasing
  • 2015: Element Financial Corporation and Quick Bridge Funding, LLC
  • 2014: BB&T Equipment Finance Corporation and Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc.
  • 2013: TCF Equipment Finance, Inc. and SunPower Corporation.
  • 2012: LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. and AIG Commercial Asset Finance
  • 2011: First American Equipment Finance and ICON Capital Corporation
  • 2010: Winthrop Resources Corporation
  • 2009: Key Equipment Finance, PHH Arval
  • 2008: Orion First Financial LLC, Trinity Industries Leasing Co.
  • 2007: TCF Equipment Finance, California First National Bancorp, and Xerox Capital Services
  • 2006: Farm Credit Leasing
  • 2005: Styx Capital, Relational LLC
  • 2004: Cisco Systems Capital Corporation
  • 2003: AgStar Financial Services, National Leasing Group
  • 2002: ABB Financial Services, IBM Global Financing, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

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