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Equipment Leasing & Finance


May-June 2022


Join the Q2 Mobile App Challenge  

Test your understanding of the Knowledge Hub, ELFA’s new source for business intelligence! Every three weeks during Q2, ELFA will be posting one Knowledge Hub trivia question to the ELFA Engage app to test how well you know the association. If you participate by answering just one of the four ELFA trivia questions in the app, you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon Prime gift card and ELFA Swag! You could even join the #ELFAMugClub. See details at www.elfaonline.org/app.


Exploring the Black Experience in Equipment Finance  

What progress has the equipment finance industry made when it comes to Black representation? How can all leaders champion diversity and become allies in this effort? Listen to the Equipment Finance Matters Podcast for a candid discussion brought to you by ELFA’s Emerging Talent Advisory Council and Equality Committee. Participants include Sherry Lowe Johnson of Volvo Financial Services; Christopher Johnson of Pitney Bowes Global Financial Services; Shannon Lawson of Keating Muething & Klekamp; and Eric McGriff of Wintrust Specialty Finance. Listen today at www.elfaonline.org/podcast.


ELFA Recognizes Member Company Milestones   

ELFA is pleased to announce the companies that are celebrating milestone membership anni­versaries in 2022. We thank all companies for your membership, including those who have been members of ELFA for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years! See a full list at www.elfaonline.org/milestones.

Job Seekers and Employers Meet in the ELFA Career Center

This spring and summer, turn to the ELFA Career Center to meet your employment goals. If you’re a job seeker, search and apply for jobs in your field and enjoy free and confidential resume posting. If you’re an employer, post and track job announcements and search our resume database. Get started today at https://careers.elfaonline.org

Emergence2022Growing the Next Generation of Leaders

Now in its 4th year and brought to you by the Emerging Talent Advisory Council, Emergence2022 is a one-day leadership program for emerging talent from ELFA member companies. This year’s event will be held July 14 at the Key Equipment Finance offices in Superior, CO. Sessions, discussions, activities and takeaways will empower attendees with the leadership skills necessary to excel in equipment finance. See details at www.elfaonline.org/events.

Delve into Career Development Resources

Visit the Emerging Talent section of the ELFA website at www.elfaonline.org/industry-topics/emerging-talent regularly for the latest information and tools for industry up-and-comers. New resources include: 

Emerging mothers in the equipment finance industry - Despite increasing representation in the equipment finance industry, women, particularly new mothers, are still facing challenges in this traditionally male-dominated field. Members of ELFA’s Emerging Talent Advisory Council share their perspective and offer pointers on what your company can do to help emerging mothers stay and thrive in our industry. 

Engaging emerging talent - Members of the Emerging Talent Advisory Council have felt the impact of the “Great Resignation,” with colleagues switching companies, moving to new roles or exiting the industry altogether. The Great Resignation begs the question for ELFA member companies: Are we meeting the needs of younger talent? This article looks at how companies can think differently and adapt as employees’ wants and needs vary vastly from previous generations.

Go “Beyond Portals” at May 19 Innovation Roundtable   

While portals may have been cool last decade, some have mixed feelings about the place of portals now. What are the new customer experience possibilities beyond the portal? New technologies are changing the game for how equipment finance companies can interact with customers in a digital-first manner. Don’t miss the ELFA Innovation Roundtable on May 19: “Beyond Portals: Evolving Digital Customer Experience.” Engage with leaders from ELFA’s Technology Innovation Working Group in a discussion facilitated by Deborah Reuben, CEO & Founder of TomorrowZone. Learn more and register at www.elfaonline.org/events

Viva la Credit & Collections Conference in San Antonio 

San Antonio is calling you to the 2022 Credit and Collections Management Conference and Exhibition, June 6-8. Mark your calendars today for this informative and in-person conference! We will Viva la Conference at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio, right on the famous River Walk. Topics will include supply chain disruption, inflation and the largest workplace change ever. Learn more at www.elfaonline.org/events

Everything Tax Pros Need to Know: June 22 Roundtable 

The Tax Best Practices Roundtable is a one-day forum offered exclusively to tax practitioners of ELFA member companies. This year’s roundtable will be held at the offices of Akerman LLP in Chicago. Topics will include sales tax, property tax, federal and state income tax, tax automation and financing intangibles. There will be ample time for networking and discussion. For more information and to register, visit www.elfaonline.org/events/

March Executive Roundtable a Success   

The Executive Roundtable brought top equipment finance executives to Amelia Island, Florida, in mid-March to discuss the latest trends impacting the industry today, to strategize about the future and to create lasting business relationships. At the event, thought leaders shared their insights into the economy; the supply chain and its impact on our industry; the war on talent; and performance, pay and talent trends for a rapidly changing workforce. Featured speakers included Johnny C. Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Society for Human Resource Management; Lindsey Pollack, Multigenerational Workplace Expert; and John E. Silvia, PH.D., CEO and Founder of Dynamic Economic Strategy and Managing Director and Chief Economist for Wells Fargo, Retired.

Membership Minute

Need an easy solution to connect with other ELFA members and stay informed on the latest member and industry news? Download the ELFA Engage mobile app today and conveniently gain access to member resources and information through your smartphone. Wherever you are, you can easily connect with your peers and stay up-to-date on critical industry news and trends. The app, available for both iOS and Android, serves as the association’s hub for content, collaboration and events. Download the app at www.elfaonline.org/app and contact mobile@elfaonline.org with questions. 

Nominate a Leader

The Michael J. Fleming Distinguished Service Award honors the accomplishments of an outstanding ELFA volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the association and the industry, and who also encourages others to contribute to the development and growth of the industry. Submit your nomination at www.elfaonline.org/awards/dsa

Investors Conference Meets in the Big Apple

The IMN/ELFA Investors Conference on Equipment Finance took place March 30 at The Union League Club in New York City. This annual event focuses on educating investors and equipment finance companies about the latest industry trends and developments. The packed agenda covered a wide range of topics from innovations emerging in the equipment finance industry to regulatory and legal challenges at the forefront of the sector. Thanks to all who attended!

HOFlogoFINALHall of Fame Nominations Due Soon 

The Equipment Finance Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry and the association. Learn about the 2022 nomination criteria and deadlines on the Equipment Finance Hall of Fame website at www.elfaonline.org/hof. A candidate is eligible for consideration to the Hall of Fame after three years of separation from active, full-time dedicated employment. The nomination deadline is May 13, 2022.

Award Recognizes Innovation  

Operational creativity, customer centricity and innovative efficient business processes—these are the differences between highly successful organizations and those that simply survive. The Operations & Technology Excellence Award identifies and recognizes equipment leasing and finance companies that demonstrate these characteristics and more. Submissions are due June 20. See details at www.elfaonline.org/awards.

Margaret GWomen’s Council Launches Spotlight Series 

The ELFA Women’s Council is shining a light on women in equipment finance through a new Q&A interview series. The “Women’s Spotlights” provide a platform for members to share their individual stories, what they’re passionate about, and what they’ve learned over their professional journeys. Check out the first interview, featuring Margaret Gutierrez of Key Equipment Finance, on the Women’s Leadership page at www.elfaonline.org/womens-spotlight.

Jesse Johnson

Ask a Leader: Reach Out to Others

Check out the latest “Ask a Leader” interview with Jesse Johnson of JDR Solutions. Discover what motivated Jesse to start his “Fireside Chats” and “Equipment Finance Cares” initiatives. Plus, his top three pieces of advice for those entering the equipment finance industry. This insightful interview series is brought to you by the Emerging Talent Advisory Council. Read more at www.elfaonline.org/emerging-talent/interviews.

Jeff Quigley Joins ELFA Staff

Jeff QuigleyJeff Quigley has  joined ELFA as Vice President of Finance & Administration. He will oversee the association’s finances and treasury operations as well as the daily administrative and operational requirements of the organization. Quigley brings 25 years of public accounting experience to ELFA. He progressed from Staff Auditor to Audit partner at the DC-based firm Tate and Tryon, which specialized exclusively in nonprofit organizations. In addition to serving a diverse portfolio of nonprofit organizations, Quigley conducted a wide variety of consulting engagements from internal control analysis to mergers and acquisitions. Quigley concluded his public accounting career at RSM after its acquisition of Tate and Tryon. He earned a B.S. in accounting from Virginia Tech. Quigley succeeds Paul Stilp, who recently retired after serving as a member of the ELFA staff for 18 years.