Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

April Emerging Talent Regional Networking Event

April 09, 2019

Swissôtel Chicago
Chicago, IL


 

Emerging Talent Networking Event
Swissotel Chicago
April 9, 2019
6:00pm-8:30pm
 
Calling all Future Leaders!
Here's your chance to hear from some of the industry's best, followed by an opportunity to network with them and your peers. If you're an ELFA member and will be in Chicago on April 9th, we hope you'll join us!
 
Discussion leaders include:
Vincent Belcastro, Managing Director/Group Head, Corporate Equipment Finance, Santander Bank Equipment Finance
Zack Marsh, CLFP, CFO, Mintaka Financial
Mike Romanowski, President, CoBank Farm Credit Leasing
Marci Slagle, CLFP, VP of Originations, 36th Street Capital
Bill Verhelle, CEO, Innovation Finance
 
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.
 
This event is sponsored by the Emerging Talent Networking Event (ETAC) and PayNet.    

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
ELFA Member $0.00
ETAC member attendee $0.00

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Speakers

Vincent Belcastro

Managing Director/Group Head, Corporate Equipment Finance
Santander Bank Equipment Finance


 
Vincent Belcastro is Managing Director and Group Head of CIT Capital Equipment Finance where he is responsible for overseeing financing activities for large ticket equipment leasing and lending, as well as project finance related activities. Belcastro is a senior credit professional and expert structuring specialist with more than 20 years of secured financing and leveraged finance experience primarily in the corporate middle market arena. During this time he has covered companies in a wide array of diverse and unique industry sectors.

He is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association, Equipment Lessors and Finance Association, American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. He is also active as Board Advisor to a middle market manufacturing company. Belcastro received his BS degrees in Economics and Finance from Saint Francis College. He also completed the Deutsche Bank credit training program.
 

Zack Marsh, CLFP

CFO
Mintaka Financial, LLC



Ralph Petta

President and CEO
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association


Ralph Petta is the President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 550+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Mr. Petta leads the organization in executing its mission to foster business development, deliver industry information and analysis, provide educational opportunities and advocate for the industry. He is also President of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring thoughtful innovation and contributing to the betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry.

Mr. Petta, an authority in the business of equipment finance, has been with the association since 1987. Before assuming the role of President and CEO in January 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer for six years, providing coordination, direction and oversight of ELFA programs and services designed to add value to the association's member organizations. Prior to that, he served as Interim President. From 1987 to 2010 he was Vice President-Research & Industry Services, managing ELFA's information, benchmarking and market research initiatives. Throughout his career at ELFA, Mr. Petta has assumed leadership roles in virtually all functional areas within the organization, including governance, membership marketing, communications, business and professional development, state advocacy and the association's affiliated Foundation.

He is often quoted in industry trade publications and is a frequent speaker about the role of equipment finance in the U.S. economy and trends and developments in the equipment finance sector.

Mr. Petta is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as well as ASAE's Key Industry Association Committee (KIAC).  He completed the ASAE/University of Maryland College of Business and Management executive development certificate program in association management. He also was selected for and participated in the ASAE Future Leaders Conference. Mr. Petta is a member of the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC.

Before joining ELFA, Mr. Petta worked for nine years in the office of United States Senator Sam Nunn, serving in a variety of professional capacities. He was Senator Nunn's legislative assistant when he left to join the association. Mr. Petta graduated from Syracuse University, earning a B.A. degree in political science.  

Michael Romanowski

President
Farm Credit Leasing Services Corporation



Marci Slagle, CLFP

Vice President - Originations
36th Street Capital



Jud Snyder

President
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company


Jud Snyder is the President of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company and BMO's Senior Executive for Southeast Wisconsin.
 
Jud joined the Bank in 1994 and is responsible for leading the growth and development of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company. This includes strategic and managerial responsibility for sales, operations, underwriting and equipment management capabilities within the Equipment Finance Company.
 
Prior to taking on his current role, he had roles in credit, sales and sales management in Equipment Finance prior to taking on the President's role in 2008. In 2010, he moved into the bank as M&I's Head of Specialized Industries. In this role he was responsible for Equipment Finance, Global Trade, Health Care, Dealer Finance, Agribusiness and Sponsor Finance. Following the BMO acquisition in 2011, he moved back into the head role at Equipment Finance with the mandate to leverage the business across BMO and grow the business to scale.
 
Jud obtained his BA in Russian and Economics from UW Madison ('94). He is currently the Chairman and an Officer of ELFA (Equipment Leasing and Finance Association). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Ballet (Immediate Past Chair & President and Executive Committee Member), The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Trustee), United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Teach for America and Froedtert Health Systems.
 
Jud lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with his five children.

William Verhelle

CEO
Innovation Finance USA LLC


Bill is the Founder of Innovation Finance, Harvard Partners and First American Equipment Finance.  

Before starting Harvard Partners LLC in mid-2015, Bill served as the cofounder and CEO of First American Commercial Bancorp, Inc. d/b/a First American Equipment Finance (from its launch in 1996 until 2015).While a student at the Cornell Law School in 1996, Bill Verhelle founded First American with his long-time friend and business partner, Guy Klingler. Bill sold the business to City National Bank in 2012, continuing to serve as CEO of the independently managed company until 2015.

First American, headquartered in Fairport, NY, with well over $1B in assets, finances capital equipment for many of the largest hospitals, colleges, universities, enterprise businesses and non-profit organizations in the United States.
During Verhelle's nearly 20-years as First American CEO:
  • - the Company was recognized 8 times by INC Magazine on the prestigious INC 500 listing as one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. (First American ranked as high as #3 on the 2001 Inc. 500 list).
  • - the Company was recognized 10 times between 2001 and 2011 on KPMG and the Rochester Business Alliance list of the Top 100 privately held companies headquartered in Rochester, NY.
  • - The Best Companies Group chose the Company as the #1 best place to work in New York State (less than 250 employees) in 2012; and First American has been recognized as one of the top five Best Companies in New York State every year thereafter.
  • - In April of 2015, the Company was recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's 20 Great Workplaces in Financial Services, As part of this Fortune Magazine recognition, First American was also profiled in Great Rated.
  • - In April of 2015, the Company was recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.
Before founding First American, Bill was Vice President and Western Division Manager of the Tokai Bank of Japan's middle-market leasing company (now De Lage Landen Financial Services in Wayne PA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dutch, Rabobank).
Bill has a Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BA) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Doctor of Laws (JD) from Cornell Law School. Bill is a member of the New York Bar Association.

During 2008 Bill served as the Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) in Washington, D.C.  During 2016 and 2017 Bill served as the Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.  Bill currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.
 
Bill and his wife Cyndee and their four children live in Naples, Florida. 
 

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