Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

Legal Forum

April 28, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Omni San Diego Hotel
San Diego, CA


Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
*First Time Attendee (ELFA Member First Timer) $1050.00
*Spouse/Companion of Member $275.00
*Spouse/Companion of Non Member $275.00
Attendee (ELFA Member) $1225.00
Attendee Additional (ELFA Member) $1105.00
Committee Member $610.00
Non Member Attendee (All) $2450.00
Speaker - Member (Attending Entire Conference) $610.00
Speaker - Non Member (Attending Entire Conference) $610.00

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Available Functions

Sunday - April 28
  Special Dietary Requests
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  Embassy Row & Woodrow Wilson’s House Tour
$57.00
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  Smithsonian’s National Zoo Tour
$30.00
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  Air, Rail, Marine Roundtable
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  Fiscal Agency Roundtable
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
  Newcomer Reception
Monday - April 29
11:00 am - 12:00 am
  Inside and Outside Counsel Roundtable
  Syndications Roundtable
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  Legal Update Bankruptcy Roundtable
  Legal Update Litigation Roundtable
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  Fraud Roundtable
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
  Women In Leasing Reception
Tuesday - April 30
8:30 am - 9:30 am
  Motor Vehicles Roundtable
9:45 am - 10:45 am
  Hot Topics Roundtable
  Municipal and Government Roundtable

Speakers

Rachel Brescoll

Vice President
Citizens Asset Finance, Inc.



Mirna Cardona

Senior Counsel
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance



Robert Cohen

Partner
Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP


Robert S. Cohen is a Partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, with offices located on Long Island and in New York City. With over 26 years of experience in all facets of the equipment leasing and asset based lending industries, Bob's practice is devoted to commercial litigation, creditors' rights, corporate transactions and bankruptcy matters. Bob has particular experience in the documentation of financial transactions, enforcement of equipment leases and secured loans, as well as the negotiation of workouts and resolutions. He frequently serves as a speaker and author on various topics relating to the leasing industry.
 
Bob devotes a significant portion of his time as an active member of ELFA, serving on its Credit and Collections Management Committee, as well as participating as a presenter at its various conferences, including its 2013 Legal Forum Conference, and 2012 and 2011 Credit and Collections Conferences where he served as a speaker at sessions on litigation strategy, electronic discovery, forbearance agreements, lease/secured transaction documentation and legal updates in the finance industry. He is also an active member of NEFA, serving on both its Legal and Education Committees and participating as a presenter at its annual conferences.
 
In 2012, Bob also presented at the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys' CLEW Conference. In addition to his professional endeavors, Bob is an active supporter of the Special Olympics of New York-Long Island Region, where he has served as a Chairman of its Annual Gold Coast Tour for Champions Golf Outing for the past eleven years.   

Amanda Cook

V.P. and Counsel
TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.



Benjamin Court

Partner
Stinson Leonard Street LLP


Benjamin represents banks, lenders, equipment finance organizations, creditors, and business owners of all sizes in a variety of areas including business and commercial transactions and litigation, bankruptcy, UCC disputes, and creditors' remedies. He has handled complex financing transactions and lawsuits, appeals, bankruptcy matters, arbitrations, and mediations for clients in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country. Benjamin also works with clients to avoid litigation and resolve disputes informally, and he frequently counsels clients in the drafting of structured finance instruments, debt restructuring and workouts, and debt portfolio analysis. He is also a frequent speaker and author on topics involving equipment leasing and finance, secured transactions and UCC matters, bankruptcy, and creditor remedies.

Bar Admissions
- Minnesota
- North Dakota
- Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Tax Court

Education
- University of Minnesota law School, J.D.
- University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude

Professional Affiliations
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Member of the Bankruptcy and Civil Litigation Sections
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Member of the Debtor/Creditor's Rights Committee
- Federal Bar Association
- Turnaround Management Association
- Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
- Member of the Legislative and Regulatory Subcommittee
- Lease Enforcement Attorney Network

Alexander Darcy

Shareholder
Askounis & Darcy, PC


Alex Darcy is a shareholder at Askounis & Darcy PC in Chicago.  Alex specializes in representing banks, finance companies, and vendors in equipment lease litigation, appellate, bankruptcy and transactional matters.  He has litigated equipment leasing related matters in all fifty states and Puerto Rico.  Since graduating in 1993 from The Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, he has practiced exclusively in the equipment finance area with Tom Askounis.  
 
Alex cut his teeth on the $180 million Recomm equipment leasing fraud, a mid-1990s Ponzi scheme in which the vendor rebated a portion of the lease payments back to the lessees through separate, undisclosed "royalty" contracts.  More recently, Alex worked to uncover fraud in the Wildwood Industries and Equipment Acquisition Resources matters.  He also defended an equipment finance company from the Federal Trade Commission's challenge to floating forum selection clauses in equipment lease contracts, winning dismissal of that part of the Federal Trade Commission's Complaint.  
 
Alex is licensed to practice law in Illinois, California, and Maryland, as well as numerous federal courts throughout the country.  He is a 1987 graduate of Hamilton College.    

Scott Finlinson

General Counsel
Onset Financial, Inc.


As the General Counsel for Onset Financial and Mazuma Capital, Scott brings his unique skill set to bear in protecting the enterprise while at the same time helping it grow. Since joining Onset in 2014, Scott oversees and manages all of the company’s legal issues while also scaffolding the company’s internal policies, procedures and documentation. Prior to joining Onset, Scott was a partner in the Salt Lake City, Utah based law firm, Ray Quinney & Nebeker where he worked in the firm’s corporate, tax and real property sections and was voted one of Utah’s Legal Elite. Scott is a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and has recently been appointed to serve on its Legal Committee.

Scott has represented clients locally and nation-wide in multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions and has represented equipment leasing companies in transactions across the country. Scott is an active member of the Utah State Bar where he is a frequent presenter and lecturer on business matters and served as the past president of the Bar’s Business Section. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law where he served on the Utah Law Review. He is an avid road biker and skier and enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters.

Robert Geis

Director / Chief Counsel Equipment Finance
CIT


Bob provides legal support to CIT’s small and mid-ticket lease and loan vendor business segments with an emphasis in the technology, industrial and healthcare markets through negotiation of vendor and end user agreements, and portfolio acquisitions and sales.   Bob also provides legal and regulatory compliance support to CIT Bank subsidiaries.
 
Prior to CIT, Bob was in-house counsel with Barnett Banks in Florida for five years litigating consumer collection and bankruptcy matters followed by 10 years with Xerox Corporation as region counsel responsible for enforcing commercial leases, managing bankruptcy matters, and supporting its Public Sector Leasing division.  Immediately prior to joining CIT, Bob worked for Metavante Regulatory Services as Compliance Manager and provided regulatory compliance advice, training, and consulting services to financial institutions.
 
Bob received his law degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from University of South Florida.  Bob lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife and two daughters.

Marshall Goldberg

Partner
Glass & Goldberg-A Law Corporation


Marshall F. Goldberg is the Managing Partner and a founder of Glass & Goldberg. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science, and was a member of the Dean's Honor List throughout his university tenure. He graduated from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles in 1979 with Honors.
 
Marshall's expertise includes both litigation and transactional matters in the areas of commercial finance law, corporate restructuring, equipment leasing, secured and unsecured transactions, creditor rights, real estate, and insolvency law. He specializes in the representation of creditors and real estate owners, including major banks, equipment lessors, credit and capital corporations, factors, finance companies, thrifts and other funding sources and lenders. He has been an active member and leader for many years in financial institution associations, including the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association ("ELFA"), the National Vehicle Leasing Association ("NVLA") and the National Equipment Finance Association (“NEFA”), and its predecessors.
 
Marshall is listed in the February 2013-2105 issues of Los Angeles Magazine as one of the top lawyers is Southern California.
 
Marshall was showcased in the December 2011 issue of Forbes Magazine, as the Magazine’s exclusive Southern California choice for outstanding lawyer in Bankruptcy, Property, Commercial and Creditor/Debtor Rights law.
 
Marshall has been selected for the past six consecutive years for inclusion in "Super Lawyers," which represents only 5 percent of the lawyers in the State of California.  Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers, chosen from a rigorous, multiphase process, who have attained high peer recognition and professional achievement.
 
Marshall is the 2009 recipient of the annual "Excellence in Leasing Award" presented on behalf of the ELFA Legal Committee.
 
For ELFA, Marshall has served on the Legal Committee, the Credit and Collections Management Committee, and as a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing.  He has been the Chairman of the Professional Development, Education and Information Sub-Committee for the ELFA Legal Committee.  He is responsible for developing, organizing, managing and editing the Legal Website, which includes an online compendium of legal issues pertaining to the 50 States, "What's New in the Law", and the "Catalogue of Legal Information". With the assistance of the ELFA staff, he developed, chaired and monitored the Legal Listserve, an online forum for attorneys to discuss pertinent legal issues on a daily basis. Marshall is co-author and co-editor of the Executive Guide to Remedies, and the Executive Guide to Lease Documentation.
 
Marshall also extensively speaks and instructs within the legal and business communities. He has given numerous educational and strategic seminars throughout the United States on subjects including Loan and Lease Enforcement, Mixed Collateral, Fraud Prevention, Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy, the Seller Assisted Marketing Plan Act (SAMP), Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and the Uniform Personal Property Leasing Act. He is a regular panel speaker at a multitude of legal education seminars for the commercial financial services industry on such topics as the Uniform Commercial Code and real property secured transactions. He provides annual legal update presentations for financial association lawyers, including written summaries of current case and statutory law. Also, Marshall frequently speaks to bar associations on the topics of pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies and bankruptcy. Marshall’s legal writings include publications on topics relating to commonly litigated contractual provisions, on the Uniform Commercial Code and on collateral preservation and disposition.
 
Marshall sits on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Provisional and Post Judgment Remedies Section, and is a member of the Commercial and Bankruptcy Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Financial Lawyers' Conference and the State Bar of California.
 
Marshall has earned the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Jennifer Gould

Shareholder
Stark & Stark, P.C.


Jennifer D. Gould is a Shareholder at Stark & Stark, PC, a regional law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, where she is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights, Litigation, and Business & Corporate Groups. Jennifer represents financial institutions, equipment lessors, private equity firms, and other businesses in state, federal and bankruptcy courts nationwide. She also counsels clients in connection with commercial loan and lease documentation as well as general corporate legal issues. Jennifer is a long time member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and serves on ELFA's Legal Committee following six years on the Credit & Collection Management Conference Committee. Jennifer has published articles and lectured on a wide range of issues pertaining to the turnaround and equipment leasing industries.  She resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and seven year-old son.  
 

Benjamin Gross

Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Benjamin David Gross is a partner and a member of Lavery's financial services and creditors' rights law, real estate law, mining law, consumer law, and entertainment and sports law groups. He is also co-head of Lavery's infrastructure law group.
 
Mr. Gross is regularly called upon to guide his clients in the creation of optimum structures and practices for meeting their objectives in the most satisfactory and effective way possible. He advises them on creating a winning team, drafting both simple and complex documents (including contracts for PPPs, major projects and international/cross-border deals) designed to achieve desired outcomes and protect their interests throughout negotiations with numerous stakeholders.
 
Areas of practice that Mr. Gross actively contributes to include banking law and the negotiation and drafting of loan documents (corporate and consumer credit) and the related movable and immovable security agreements, leasing contracts, leases, and installment sales contracts (aircraft, rolling stock, heavy machinery, etc.).
 
Over the years, Mr. Gross has also developed a practice in non-litigious areas of commercial law related to insolvency, bankruptcy, the enforcement of movable and immovable security, the Consumer Protection Act, and competition law, in order to better provide his clients with sound legal advice encompassing a broad spectrum of business contingencies and considerations.
 
Mr. Gross is listed in the 2016 Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory in the fields of asset and equipment finance and leasing, was recognized as a mining law leader in LEXPERT®s publication Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, and as a leading infrastructure lawyer in LEXPERT®s publication Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers published in the report on Business Magazine of the Globe and Mail on September 16, 2016.

Marc Hamroff

Partner
Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP


Marc L. Hamroff serves as the Managing Partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP with offices in Garden City and Manhattan. He also Chairs the firm's Financial Services Practice which includes the Bankruptcy, Equipment Leasing, Secured Lending and Creditors' Rights Groups. He provides special concentration in litigation, workout and bankruptcy matters nationwide. In his capacity as head of the Financial Services Group, he has spearheaded the representation of secured lenders, banks and lessors in a wide range of transactions. Mr. Hamroff also works closely with the firm's Litigation Group and actively handles a wide variety of commercial litigation cases including injunction and attachment proceedings, business divorce/separation cases and restrictive covenant disputes. In addition, he regularly provides educational and strategic seminars on a multitude of issues affecting the leasing and secured lending community.

Mr. Hamroff earned his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law where he currently serves as an adjunct professor of law teaching Secured Transactions. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board and Business Law Advisory Committee. His firm also established The Moritt Hock & Hamroff fellowship in support of Hofstra Law's Access to Justice Incubator.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Hamroff is a long standing member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association-Long Island Division where he currently serves as its Chairman. Under his leadership as Chairman, his Board was one of only two regional boards recognized as a Gold Standard Board for excellence in promoting the AHA's mission of helping Americans live a life free of heart disease and stroke.

C. Lawrence Holmes

Partner
Dilworth Paxson LLP


Since joining Dilworth Paxson in 1993, Mr. Holmes has established a track record of landmark legal successes and longstanding client partnerships. Larry concentrates on representing financial institutions such as insurance companies, finance lease companies, and lenders. A passionate advocate for his clients, Larry is skilled at humanizing large institutions and effectively communicating with juries and judges.

Larry's work includes pivotal cases that have impacted Pennsylvania law. He obtained a jury verdict for the defense on behalf of Lloyd's of London after a two-week trial in the Commerce Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia for breach of contract. On appeal, he successfully argued before both the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and helped establish a new law in Pennsylvania on behalf of the insurance industry.

With a growing reputation as an engaging legal thought leader, Larry has spoken numerous times at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) annual Legal Forum, most recently as a speaker at the 2014 Forum, after which Larry was appointed to the ELFA Legal Committee for 2015-2017. For a number of years he has presented Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE programs on insurer bad faith, and other topics. Prior to joining Dilworth, Larry served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - writing opinions, providing counsel, and learning the skills of passionate persuasion and respectful dissent that would inform his career.

Robert Ihne


DLL


Robert W. Ihne is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience in commercial financing, primarily in the areas of secured transactions and equipment leasing. Such experience has included drafting, negotiating and providing advice related to direct transactions, syndications, vendor financing, and forms of credit enhancements such as guaranties and letters of credit.
 
Mr. Ihne was employed by CIT, which engages in many types of asset-based financing, for over twenty years. In addition to the usual transactional work there, he bore primary responsibility for educating CIT’s attorneys and businesspeople concerning the implications of the revisions to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code that took effect in 2001. He was previously associated with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the New Jersey law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, and clerked for Hon. John J. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has recently consulted for DLL.
 
Mr. Ihne is a Member of The American Law Institute and a Member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He has been a member of the Legal Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and various subcommittees thereof, and was a recipient of the ELFA Excellence in Leasing Award for 2006. He is a member of the Board of Editors of, and contributor to, LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter. He is also a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  
 
Mr. Ihne was a member of the faculty for the ALI-ABA course of study called  The Emerged and Emerging New Uniform Commercial Code” and The New Uniform Commercial Code held in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston from 2000 through 2007 and was a member of a panel sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education entitled “UCC Article 9 – Secured Transactions: A Year Later” in June of 2002.     

Scott Kearns

Legal Director
Dell Financial Services


Scott is a 20+ year veteran of the leasing and financing industry having worked for small, medium and large ticket organizations. For the past 11+ years, he has supported Dell Techonologies' captive finance organization, Dell Financial Services.

Troy Kepler

Vice-President & Senior Corporate Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance


Troy C. Kepler is Vice-President and Senior Corporate Counsel for U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, a division of U.S. Bank National Association. Mr. Kepler advises U.S. Bank Equipment Finance on a variety of legal and regulatory issues and is actively involved in the resolution of disputes between U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and its customers, vendors, and manufacturer partners. In addition, Mr. Kepler conducts litigation on behalf of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and manages its defensive litigation portfolio.

Sophia Kwon

Associate
Troutman Sanders LLP


Sophia Kwon is an associate with the Finance Section of Troutman Sanders LLP. She represents financial institutions, banks, captive finance companies, equipment lessors, lessees and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions, including the preparation and review of documentation in connection with loans, leases, and the purchase, sale and financing of leases, loan receivables and portfolios. Sophia has participated in transactions involving the financing of many asset classes, including aircraft, vehicles, containers, software, computers and various other types of small, middle and large ticket equipment.
 
She also assists in updating several chapters in the Commercial Finance Guide and the Commercial Loan Documentation Guide (LexisNexis).  
 
Sophia Kwon obtained her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
 
Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, is an international law firm with more than 650 attorneys in offices located in New York (where Sophia is located), Atlanta, Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Hong Kong, Orange County, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tysons Corner, Virginia Beach, and Washington, D.C. The firm's clients range from individual entrepreneurs to large multinational corporations and reflect virtually every sector and industry. The firm's heritage of extensive experience, exceptional responsiveness and an unwavering commitment to service has resulted in strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. In recognition of the firm's strong service culture, Troutman Sanders has been on the BTI Client Service A-Team for 13 consecutive years.

Dustin Lee

VP, Assistant General Counsel
Fifth Third Bank


Mr. Lee is Vice President and Legal Counsel at Fifth Third Bank, supporting its Commercial Lending line of business. He has experience structuring and negotiating lease and loan transactions with borrowers, lessees, vendors, leasing companies, investors, and other banks. Mr. Lee is an active member in the equipment finance industry and has extensive knowledge of the relevant commercial and regulatory issues.

Before joining Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Lee was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Summit Funding Group. In addition to managing the Legal Department, Mr. Lee led operations teams in the company's Documentation and Funding Groups. Mr. Lee's primary responsibility was executing within these Groups across the company's direct, vendor finance, and third-party origination platforms, facilitating the funding of over $1 billion in asset-backed lease and loan transactions. Mr. Lee met regularly with the company's Sales, Credit, and Syndications teams to evaluate and balance customer needs with funding requirements. Mr. Lee also worked closely with the company's board of directors and management team to develop and implement meaningful growth strategies.

Mr. Lee started his career at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he advised public and private companies on registered debt and equity offerings, private placements, venture capital financings, M&A deals, credit facilities, and '34 Act reporting, and also provided clients with day-to-day legal, regulatory, and commercial advice.

Dominic Liberatore

Deputy General Counsel
DLL


Dominic A. Liberatore is the Deputy General Counsel for DLL, a global provider of leasing and business finance solutions, including vendor finance.

Mr. Liberatore has been practicing law for 30 years focusing in the areas of leasing and asset based lending, and has served in a variety of senior in-house legal positions with DLL, IOS Capital, Inc. (the captive finance subsidiary of IKON Office Solutions, Inc.), Copelco Financial Services Group, Inc. and the FDIC. Prior to going in-house, Mr. Liberatore was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City and Wolf Block in Philadelphia. Mr. Liberatore is a past chairman of the ELFA Legal Committee and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Mr. Liberatore holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from the University of Buffalo.


Lisa Moore

Sr. Counsel
PNC Equipment Finance, LLC


Lisa Moore serves as Senior Counsel at PNC Equipment Finance, LLC, (“PNCEF”), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of PNC Bank, N.A., where she is embedded in the business. Lisa has supported PNCEF and its predecessors for over fifteen years with a focus on back end matters and operations, as well as front end support for rail, the buy-sell desk and corporate finance. Lisa regularly conducts internal training on both front and back end topics. She is a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Amicus Brief Committee and previously served on the ELFA Legal Committee. Lisa has previously presented at the ELFA Legal Forum on the topics of NorVergence and Chapter 11.  

Andrea Nicotera

Senior Corporate Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance



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.  

Lisa Ramirez

VP, Business and Professional Development
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association


Lisa Ramirez serves as Vice President, Business and Professional Development for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 575+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.

Ms. Ramirez oversees the management and direction of all business and professional development activities for the association, including the Annual Convention, conferences, workshops, best practices roundtables, e-learning initiatives, web seminars and web-based educational content.

Prior to joining the ELFA in July 2012, Ms. Ramirez served as an Educational Programs Manager for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, where she served as sole project manager (design and implementation) for the planning and executing of 15 educational programs. Previously, she served as a program manager for the American Institute of Architects, where she managed and coordinated key projects and conferences with AIA Executive Members.

Ms. Ramirez holds a master's degree in communication studies from Texas State University, a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from Texas State, and a certification in corporate communication training and development.

Moorari Shah

Counsel
BuckleySandler LLP


Moorari K. Shah is Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Buckley Sandler LLP, where he represents bank and nonbank financial institutions in corporate, finance, and transactional matters covering mergers and acquisitions, commercial and consumer lending and leasing, and transaction-related regulatory compliance issues.  Prior to joining Buckley Sandler he was in-house counsel for Toyota Financial Services.

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.

Kenneth Weinberg

Shareholder
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC


Ken Weinberg is a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., and practices in the area of commercial finance, focusing on equipment leasing, equipment finance and project finance. He represents bank-affiliated, captive, and independent finance companies in many transactional aspects of equipment leasing and finance and has experience with many types of equipment and facilities. A key component of Ken's practice also includes his representation of both lenders and borrowers in connection with recourse and non-recourse energy project financing transactions across the country. Ken contributes regularly to the equipment leasing and finance industry and, since 2002, has published almost 100 editions of his regularly scheduled column, Dispatches from the Trenches, in Monitor Leasing and Financial Services.

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