Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success


The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association was founded as the Association of Equipment Lessors in 1961. In a relatively short time, the equipment leasing industry grew from a fledgling industry to a major force in the U.S. economy. In 2011, the association celebrated its 50th anniversary. Today, the association is looking forward to another 50 years of equipping business for success.

Video: ELFA Through the Decades

Learn more about ELFA's history

Milestones - A list of notable achievements in the association's history from 1961 through today.

Past Presidents and Board Chairs - A list of association leaders through the years.

History of Equipment Leasing, a 1985 article from the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Journal of Equipment Lease Financing.

From Rough Road to Super Highway: 40 Years of U.S. Leasing
This article by ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta was published in “40 Years of Leasing: A global success story,” a publication from the Publishers of the World Leasing Yearbook that offers fresh insight into the development of the international leasing and asset finance markets over the past 40 years. Plus, a look to the future. Reprinted with permission.

50th Anniversary Articles

A series of articles celebrating the association's golden anniversary in 2011 from ELFA's flagship magazine.