Equipment Finance
Hall of Fame

Equipment Finance Hall of Fame

About

To annually recognize individuals who have made unique, significant, or lasting contributions to the equipment finance industry throughout his or her career. The program will recognize accomplishments over an extended timeframe, generally an entire career.

To be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame, a candidate must meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria. The candidate's contributions must demonstrate:

  • A significant impact on the industry through personal acts
  • The manifestation of an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Support of the Association and/or Foundation
  • A substantial total body of work
  • Positive contributions in industry advocacy or
  • Significant impact on the development of other industry participants
    • The candidate will be evaluated on his/her cumulative impact on the commercial equipment finance industry and/or the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.
    • The candidate will be removed from the list after a five-year period of non-selection, after which he/she may not be renominated.
    • The candidate is eligible for consideration to the Hall of Fame after three years separation from active, full-time dedicated employment.
    • The following are not eligible for this distinction: current members of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Officers, Board of Directors and Chairman's Advisory Council; current members of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Part One

  • Complete an easy-to-use online Nomination Form
  • Provide the nominee's contact information
    • Name, Company, Title, Address, Phone Number, Email Address
  • Provide your contact information should the ELFA staff need to contact you for additional information
    • Name, Company, Title, Address, Phone Number, Email Address

Part Two

  • Please provide as much information as possible to help evaluate the nominee's contribution to the equipment leasing and finance industry.
  • Provide a brief narrative explaining why the nominee should be considered for the Hall of Fame based on one or more of the following criteria:
    • Significant impact on the industry through personal acts
    • Manifestation of an entrepreneurial spirit
    • Support of the Association and/or Foundation
    • Substantial total body of work
    • Positive contributions in industry advocacy or
    • Significant impact on the development of other industry participants

Current members of the ELFA Chairman's Advisory Council (CAC) - Crit DeMent, David Merrill, Rick Remiker, Robert Rinaldi, and Adam Warner (Chair); ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta.

  • The ELFA staff will initially review all submissions to determine eligibility and to ensure that the nomination forms are complete.
  • The selection committee will convene to review the nominations and select the Hall of Fame recipient(s).
  • The recipient list will be approved by the ELFA Board of Directors.
  • The recipient(s) will be identified and contacted by June 30th.
  • The recipient(s) will receive an invitation to the Annual Chairman's Dinner held in advance of the ELFA Annual Convention.
  • The ELFA President and CEO and ELFA Chairman will present the Hall of Fame keepsake to the recipient(s).
  • The recipient(s) will be:
    • Honored and recognized at the ELFA Annual Convention.
    • Promoted on the ELFA website, EL&F magazine, and QuickBrief newsletter.
    • Profiled in the Hall of Fame video display residing at ELFA headquarters

Please contact Julie Benson, Director of Membership, at jbenson@elfaonline.org or (202) 238-3432 if you have any questions regarding the Hall of Fame.

2015 Inductees

2015 Induction Ceremony

View the induction ceremony video from ELFA's 54th Annual Convention.

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Ian J. Berg
1941 - 2009

Founder of Copelco Financial Services Group and innovator of healthcare, copier and high-tech leasing

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Joseph C. Lane

Technology financing pioneer and devoted champion of equipment finance

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P.A. (Paul) Larkins

Industry trailblazer, mentor and dedicated volunteer

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James D. McGrane
1954 - 2014

Inspirational leader, relationship builder and multitalented entrepreneur

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Bernard J. McKenna
1933 - 2010

Tireless industry supporter and active philanthropist

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William J. Montgomery

Captive and vendor finance visionary and founder of numerous leasing entities, including Xerox Credit Corporation

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Henry B. Schoenfeld
1916-1976

Founder and first President of U.S. Leasing, the first equipment leasing company

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Nomination Form

Please Note: Nominations close for the current year on April 1. Nominations received after April 1 will be considered for the following year.

Nominee:



Nominated by:

Reason for Nomination

Please submit a brief narrative illustrating why the nominee should be considered for the ELFA Equipment Finance Hall of Fame, taking into account one or more of the selection criteria:

  • A significant impact on the industry through personal acts
  • The manifestation of an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Support of the Association and/or Foundation
  • A substantial total body of work
  • Positive contributions in industry advocacy or
  • Significant impact on the development of other industry participants


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