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Friday, April 8, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Long Time Northern California Broker Representative
  Archie Julian Retires
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
MB Equipment Finance Announces Significant Expansion
Hires nine senior vice presidents, eight previously with GE Capital
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Ascentium Capital/TopMark Funding
Ascentium Capital Reports 28% Volume Increase 1st Quarter
Assets Near $980,000,000
Shari Lipski, CLFP, 4 Month Old Puppy "Infinity"
 Makes the Front Page of Local Newspaper
National Funding First to Sponsor Major League Baseball Team
      San Diego Padres
Everyone Wants Some/No Home Movie
Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
Santa Rosa, California Adopt-a-Dog
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Fintech’s Power Grab — in The New York Times
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Jamie Dimon Slams the Big Bank Breaker-Uppers
‏   "virtually no chance of a domino effect"
BNP Plans IPO of First Hawaiian Bank
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Long Time Northern California Broker Representative
Archie Julian Retires

Archie Julian has retired from Exchange Bank Leasing, Santa Rosa, California. Many brokers know him from Dumac Leasing (which was purchased by Exchange Bank). Above is a photo which appeared in Leasing News November 22, 2003, sent in by his wife Sue.

"Archie with his dog Pierre. Dumac Leasing is owned by Exchange Bank and their territory today is Northern California (maybe Southern California in the future.) $20,000 and above with bank credits and rates, but they are specialists in “story credits,” meaning not letting Fair Issac scoring make their credit decisions. They look at cash flow, personal net worth, reasons for a loss such as losing a major customer, divorce of partner or mate, move to a new location, and want to understand the business and predict the payment of their lease request."

Exchange Bank Leasing made the announcement, requesting to “join us” in wishing him the best!

Janae Simmons is taking over Archie’s duties as our new Broker Relations Specialist.  Janae has many years of leasing experience as our Senior Leasing Processor. Now she will have the opportunity get out of the office and meet many of you in person.  Janae will help you with anything you need to know about the programs we offer.

Janaé Simmons | Broker Relations Specialist
Exchange Bank Leasing
444 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA. 95403
Direct # 707.521.5023 | Fax # 707.546.2289

Diana Almaras is our new Leasing Operations Coordinator.  We are very happy to include Diana in our EB Leasing team.  She has many years of bank customer service experience and is fitting right in.  Please contact Diana with your documentation, funding and general processing questions.

Diana Almaras | Leasing Operations Coordinator
Exchange Bank Leasing
444 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA. 95403
Direct # 707.521.5030 | Fax # 707.546.2289



New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

David Austin was hired as Commercial Initiatives Leader at Equify, LLC, Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Previously, he was Owner, Macaw Interactive (January, 2016 – March, 2016); Vice President, Data Production, Randall-Reilly (January, 2014 – January, 2016); Director, Fort Worth Ultimate Players Association, Inc. (November, 2011 – February, 2015); Director, End-User Products, EDA (January, 2012 – December, 2013); Product Manager, EDA (September, 2005 – January, 2012); Marketing Manager, Mori Seiki USA, Inc. (1998 – 2005); Engineering Manager, Triple L Industries. Education: The University of Texas at Arlington, MBA, Business, 4.0 (2000 – 2003).  Activities and Societies: Beta Gamma Sigma. The University of Texas at Arlington, BSME, Mechanical Engineering (1990 – 1995).

Alex Briner was hired as Executive Account Manager, CSC Leasing Company, San Francisco, California. He has joined ATEL Capital Group as Portfolio Manager, June, 2011; promoted to Senior Portfolio Manager, December, 2013; promoted to Vice President of Capital Markets, September, 2014. Prior, he was Project Manager, Network Management Associate, Affinity Medical Solutions (January, 2010 – June, 2011). Education: University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, Business Economics- Accounting Emphasis (2008). De La Salle High School (2004).

Norman Carson was hired as Sales Director at Medifinance Ltd., Tonbridge, United Kingdom. He presently remains Senior Business Development Manager, Everline (November, 2015 – Present) and Director of Business Development, Boost Capital (September, 2013 – Present).  Previously, he was Vice President, Vendor Sales, ING Lease UK Ltd. (April, 2010 – January, 2013); Head of Equipment Finance, HBOS Plc. (December, 2007 – March, 2010); Head of Equipment Finance, Capital Bank / Bank of Scotland (2005 – March, 2010); Head of Equipment Finance, HBOS (November, 1977 – March, 2009); Asst. General Manager, Capital Bank Plc. (1994 – 1996); Area Sales Manager, NWS Bank Plc. (1990 – 1994); Education: Dalkeith High School,N/A (1966 – 1972); Kings Park Primary (1959 – 1966).

Evan Cooling was promoted to Legal Assistant, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He joined the firm January, 2105, and previous position was as Account Support Advisor. Previously, he was Fitness Consultant, 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment (March, 2014 – January, 2015; Operational Manager, Treadmill Heroes (July, 2013 – March, 2014); Head Coach, Carlisle High School (March, 2013 – July, 2013); Delivery and Service Technician, Treadmill Heroes (August, 2011 – August, 2012). Education: St. Ambrose University, Bachelor of Science (BS), History (2005 – 2010). Drake University Law School (2012 – 2013).

Brent Criddle was hired as First VP, Sales at B of I Federal Bank - B of I Equipment Finance, Cottonwood Heights, Utah. "BofI Federal Bank acquired Pacific Western Equipment Finance on March 31, 2016 and created BofI Equipment Finance. Mr. Criddle transitioned to the new company with all of the Senior Management team. He leads and directs all sales operations with the company. BofI Equipment Finance specializes in leasing projects from $100k to over $5MM using a cash-flow centric credit model."  He joined Pacific Western Equipment Finance in 2001 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales; named Executive Vice President, July, 2015. Prior, he was Director of Finance and Leasing, Larry H. Miller Dealerships (1994 – 2001) joining the firm in sales in 1992, where he "Received Salesman of the Month award seven times and Salesman of the Year in 1993. Maintained dealerships highest customer satisfaction rating." Education: University of Utah. BS, Finance (1991 – 1997).

Raymond Crouse was hired as President at RMCjr Investments, Inc.
Greater Philadelphia Area.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Financial Services, Healthcare Services Group (April, 2009 – July, 2014); Senior Vice President, Credit/Risk Operations, CIT Group (January, 2007 – August, 2008); Senior Vice President, CIT (August, 2006 – August, 2008); Senior Director, De Lage Landen Financial Services (October, 2001 – July, 2006); Senior Director, Portfolio and Risk Management, De Lage Landen (October, 2001 – July, 2006); Vice President, FINOVA Capital Corporation (January, 2000 – August, 2001); Vice President, General Manager, debis Financial Services
(1991 – 1996); Vice President, General Manager, Mercedes Benz Credit (1991 – 1996); Vice President, General Manager,  Daimler Chrysler Capital Services (formerly Mercedes Benz Credit Corporation) (1991 – 1996). Education: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, BS, Business Finance.

David Fillmore has been hired as Senior Consultant at LeaseDimensions, Inc. Portland, Oregon.  Previously, he was Senior Business Consultant, Kaiser Permanente (October, 2014 – July, 2015); Strategic Market Insights, The Regence Group (July, 2006 – October, 2014); Operations Manager, Blue Shield of California (March, 2005 – August, 2006); Tutor, UC Davis (September, 2004 – April, 2005); Process Improvement Intern, Blue Shield of California (April, 2004 – August, 2004); Financial Consultant, Wells Fargo (May, 2002 – September, 2003); Financial Consultant, Wells Fargo (May, 2002 – September, 2003). Languages: English, Spanish. Education:
University of California, Davis - Graduate School of Management,
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Marketing (2003 – 2005).
Activities and Societies: President, Marketing Association. Brigham Young University, Bachelor’s Degree, Statistics (1993 – 2000).
Activities and Societies: Member - Mu Sigma Rho Honor Society

Dan Foley was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Healthcare at First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company, Rochester, New York. He joined the firm August, 2015 as Healthcare Financial Specialist. Previously, he was Peer Career Advisor, SUNY Geneseo (August, 2014 – May, 2015);  Sales Representative, KR Communications (April, 2014 – September, 2014); Economic Development Intern, Livingston County Development (May, 2014 – August, 2014).  Legislative Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S Congressman Chris Collins (September, 2013 – May, 2014). NYS Licensed Air Technician, TES Environmental Corp. (June, 2010 – August, 2013). Languages: English, Spanish. State University of New York College at Geneseo, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), American Studies, Minor in Political Science, 3.52 GPA (2013 – 2015). Activities and Societies: Geneseo College Republicans. Monroe Community College Associate of Science (A.S.), Liberal Arts-General Studies, 3.91 GPA (2011 – 2013). Activities and Societies: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Aquinas Institute, Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors (2006 – 2010).

Jim Hogan was hired as Chief Risk Officer, Great Rock Capital Partners. "He previously worked with Regions Financial Corporation, where he served as Head of Retail Finance Origination. Prior to Regions, he spent over 15 years at GE Capital Corporate Lending where he served as Commercial Leader of Restructuring and Retail Finance. He has also held positions at ING Capital, Heller Financial, and Deloitte & Touche, and has worked on a number of origination, credit and capital markets teams focused on special situations, including restructurings, leveraged buyouts, strategic acquisitions and recapitalizations." Education: New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business MBA Finance, Finance (1987 – 1992). Recruited by predecessor of Deloitte & Touche to enter a customized "M.S. in Accounting" program sponsored by the Big 8 Accounting Firms in conjunction with NYU Stern, to bring Liberal Arts majors into the firms. Successfully completed the program and independently continued studies part time to obtain MBA in Finance. Columbia University in the City of New York BA, Economics (1983 – 1986). Activities and Societies: Varsity Baseball; President/Vice President Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity; Senior Leader Society member

Jeff Holtshopple was hired as Region Vice President at Element Financial Corp./ Element Fleet Management; he is based in Orange County, California. Previously, he was VP Western Region Sales, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Capital One Equipment Finance (September, 2013 – February, 2016); VP Western Territory, Sovereign Santander Bank (May, 2013 – September, 2013); VP Manager, Equipment Finance Group, Citizens Business Bank (September, 2006 – May, 2013); VP Region Sales, Siemens Financial Services (April, 2004 – September, 2006); VP, Key Equipment Finance (February, 2001 – April, 2004); VP Region Sales, Bank of America Leasing and Capital
(January, 1999 – April, 2001); VP, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
(April, 1996 – January, 1999); Territory Manager S. California,
GE Capital-Commercial Asset Funding (CAF) (May, 1991 – April, 1996). Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor’s Degree, Economics.

Timothy Mortimer was hired as F&I Manager, Bulldog Truck Sales/Milton Funding Corp., Cumming, Georgia.  Previously, he was Vice President – Collections, Southeast Financial Credit Union (2013 – March, 2016); Branch Manager, Western Funding, Incorporated (2012 – 2013); Asst. Vice President - Special Assets, Tennessee Commerce Bank acquired by Republic Bank & Trust (2008 – 2012); Senior Recovery Specialist - Green Belt Certified Textron Financial (2005 – 2008); Senior Credit Analysis/Team Leader, Kubota (2004 – 2005); Senior Credit/Portfolio Manager, Peachtree Franchise Finance (2002 – 2004); Portfolio Manager/Risk Assistant Vice President, The CIT Group/Equipment Financing, Inc. (1996 – 2002); Asst. Oversight Manager, Resolution Trust Corporation (1992 – 1996); Marine Veteran, United States Marine Corps (1984 – 1992. Education: Shorter University, BSBA, Business Administration Management and Operations (1998 – 2002)

Kevin Trabaris has joined the law firm of Latimer/LeVay, Fyhock, Chicago, Illinois, as Partner. "(He)... concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Kevin has extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.” Education: Northwestern University School of Law, Visiting Student, Law (1987 – 1988). Duke University School of Law, J.D., Law (1985 – 1988). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, History (1981 – 1985). New Trier High School
(1977 – 1981).

Travis Yeomans was hired as Business Development Manager, National Accounts at NationaLease, Downers Grove, Illinois. He is based in Norcross, Georgia. Previously, he was Regional Sales Executive, Technology Solutions, CDI Talent & Technology Solutions (2015 – 2016); Business Development Manager, Technical Sales International Display (IDC) (2014 – 2015); Senior Account Executive, Half Off Depot (2011 – 2014); Digital Account Executive, Cox Media Group - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2009 – 2011); Sales Consultant, Off Premise Wine Distribution, National Distributing Company (2005 – 2009). Certifications: 3R Selling ProThe Center for Sales Strategy, The Center for Sales Strategy, Starting August, 2011. Online Advertising for Sales Professionals, The Laredo Group, Starting February, 2011. Education: The University of Georgia, Bachelors of Science, Consumer Economics (2001 – 2004).


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MB Equipment Finance Announces Significant Expansion
Hires nine senior vice presidents, eight previously with GE Capital


CHICAGO –- MB Equipment Finance announces nine additions to its team. The recent hiring of six senior relationship managers, two senior credit underwriters and a senior documentation leader significantly expands the MB Equipment Finance presence throughout the central and southeastern U.S. regions. Each new relationship manager is responsible for the direct origination of mid-to-large ticket leases and loans within their respective markets and is supported by the expanded documentation and underwriting team.

Dave Drury
President, MB Equipment Finance

“We recognize the need for equipment finance expertise to support the financing needs of U.S. middle-market businesses,” said Dave Drury, president, MB Equipment Finance. “Our new, accomplished senior team members possess an average of more than 20 years of significant relationship management and leasing experience. They bring rich expertise to our existing talented team and further enhance our strong capabilities in helping C-suite executives manage their capital equipment finance needs.
MB Equipment Finance welcomes the following team members:  

    • Rob Bakke - Senior Vice President, Sales (Bloomington, MN)
    • Mark Beardslee - Senior Vice President, Sales (Leawood, KS)
    • Rob Bolo (joining in May, 2016) – Senior Vice President, Sales ( Charlotte, NC)
    • Derek Coe - Senior Vice President, Sales (Evansville, IN)
    • Todd McEntegart - Senior Vice President, Sales (Alpharetta, GA)
    • Todd Sinclair - Senior Vice President, Sales (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
    • Christine Beaudry - Senior Vice President, Credit (Rosemont, IL)
    • John Sutehall (joining in May, 2016) - Senior Vice President, Credit (Rosemont, IL)
    • Jeannie McManus – Senior Vice President, Documentation (Headquarters Office-Hunt Valley, MD)

To accommodate its growth, MB Equipment Finance recently moved its headquarters from Towson, MD to 230 Schilling Circle, Suite 340, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

About MB Equipment Finance
MB Equipment Finance, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of MB Financial Bank, N.A. Through its nationwide direct sales offices, MB Equipment Finance provides expertly structured financing to companies throughout the United States. 

About MB Financial
MB Financial Bank N.A. is a Chicago-based commercial bank with approximately $15 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. MB Financial Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI).

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees. 


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Ascentium Capital Reports 28% Volume Increase 1st Quarter
Assets Near $980,000,000

Kingwood, Texas – Ascentium Capital, a national commercial lender providing comprehensive finance solutions, announces a 28% increase in volume over the same period last year with assets near $980 million, representing a 32% increase.

Tom Depping
CEO, Ascentium Capital

“We continue enhancing and expanding our small business finance products and services. These investments positively impact our offering that differentiates Ascentium in the market. This enables us to expand our remarkable network of equipment vendors and small business clients,” comments Tom Depping, Chief Executive Officer at Ascentium Capital.

Ascentium Capital is ranked as the third largest private-independent finance company by volume in the United States by the Monitor magazine. The company’s success is impacted by their unique ability to develop flexible finance programs through their technology infrastructure.

Richard Baccaro
Chief Sales/Marketing Officer

 "We continue to invest heavily in the growth of our specialized sales force and refine the finance experience to ensure it is best-in-class. This will drive our continued success,” remarks Richard Baccaro, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

Ascentium Capital is positioned to capture additional market share with their specialized segment-specific approach. Part of the company’s growth initiatives in 2016 will be to recruit tenured finance managers within technology, franchise, hospitality and healthcare.

As a direct lender, Ascentium Capital LLC specializes in providing a broad range of business financing, leasing and small business loans. The company’s offering benefits equipment manufacturers and distributors as well as direct to businesses nationwide. Ascentium Capital is backed by the strength of leading investment firms Vulcan Capital and LKCM Capital Group, LLC. For more information, please visit

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Shari Lipski, CLFP, Four Month Old Puppy "Infinity"
Makes the Front Page of Local Newspaper


National Funding First to Sponsor Major League Baseball Team

National Funding will partner with the San Diego Padres. National Funding is the first FinTech company to become a sponsor of a Major League Baseball team.

The partnership includes designation as the “Proud Small Business Lending Partner of the San Diego Padres,” branding opportunities such as a billboard above right field in Petco Park as well as TV visibility and in-park exposure.

“We are proud to call San Diego home and invest in helping the San Diego athletic and non-profit communities,” said Dave Gilbert, CEO of National Funding. “America’s favorite pastime is also beloved by many of our small business customers nationwide so this sponsorship is the perfect cultural fit for the company.”

“We are proud to welcome another long-standing San Diego business into the Padres family,” said Sergio Del Prado, vice president of corporate partnerships for the Padres. “National Funding is a well-known FinTech company in San Diego and an organization that shares our commitment to supporting the community. We look forward to working together in 2016 and growing our relationship.”

Founded in 1999, National Funding is a financial technology company that supports small and medium-sized businesses by providing working capital loans, equipment financing, merchant cash advances and credit card processing.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A laidback comedy-drama ("Everybody Wants Some!!") and a deeply personal documentary ("No Home Movie") come to theaters, while new DVDs include a trio of Oscar-nominees and winners ("Brooklyn," "Carol," "Room").

In Theaters:

Everybody Wants Some!! (Paramount Pictures): Indie stalwart Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") returns to one of his most beloved works with this spiritual sequel to his 1993 cult favorite "Dazed and Confused." Shifting the backdrop from the 1970s to the edge of the 1980s, the pleasingly loose-limbed narrative charts the intertwining stories of a posse of Texas friends. Though bound by their college baseball team, the young men comprise a varied group that includes cocky McReynolds (Tyler Hoechlin), sweet-tempered freshman Jake (Blake Jenner), wannabe lothario Finnegan (Glen Powell) and discombobulated Willoughby (Wyatt Russell). Though their meandering individual scrapes and ambitions, a sharp snapshot of a place and a time begins to emerge. Woven with Linklater's trademark gentle observation and easygoing humor, the film combines charm and wisdom with a masterly touch.

No Home Movie (Icarus Films): A characteristically personal and challenging document, Chantal Akerman's final picture is a moving account of her relationship with her aged mother Natalia. A Polish immigrant and concentration camp survivor, Natalia is lovingly captured by her daughter's camera in a procession of recorded conversations, sometimes in person and at others during Skype sessions. Always obsessed with impermanence and identity, Akerman is similarly fascinated with the mundane periods between encounters, when the emptiness of an apartment or a landscape seems to hum with melancholy meaning. The approach demands patience from viewers, but the rewards are many as the film provides a profoundly intimate eulogy that ultimately reveals as much about its maker as it does about its subject. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: To many older TV viewers, Patty Duke (1946-2016) will always be remembered for her double role in the 1960s series "The Patty Duke Show." But she was also an Oscar-winning actress, so why not paying homage to her talent by revisiting of her most memorable roles, like "The Miracle Worker" (1962), "The Valley of the Dolls" (1967) or "Willy/Milly" (1986)?


Brooklyn (Fox): Immigrant sagas are a common sight in American movies, but few exude the blend of toughness and loveliness that suffuses John Crowley’s compassionate drama. Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan delivers a vivacious and touching performance as Eilis, a young woman who leaves her home in Ireland in the 1950s to start a new life in America—more specifically in Brooklyn. Filled with unease but also with a sense of wonder, she finds work, friends, and new romance with Tony (Emory Cohen), the sensitive Italian guy she meets at a dance. When tragic news take Eilis back to Ireland, the couple’s future together hangs on a balance. Made with a clear eye and a gentle touch, this intimate, generous film is one of the year’s best. Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters round up the excellent cast.

Carol (Anchor Bay): Never one to shy away from subversive projects, director Todd Haynes ("Far From Heaven") delivers his most subtle and accessible film yet with this gorgeous romantic drama. Set in 1950s Manhattan, the story chronicles the relationship that grows, at first uneasily but with increasingly passion, between young salesgirl Therese (Rooney Mara) and Carol (Cate Blanchett), the glamorous socialite who one day wanders into her department store. Uninterested in settling down with her boyfriend, Therese finds herself fascinated by the older woman, and their love grows more intense over the course of a road trip. It's not long, however, before the restrictive social mores around them threaten to pry them apart. With a deft visual style and a pair of acclaimed performances, Haynes' film shines a stirring light on the rebellious nature of desire.

Room (A24): Brie Larson won a Best Actress Oscar for her demanding, all-out performance in this acclaimed independent drama, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Larson plays Joy, a young Ohio mother who has, for the past seven years, been kept imprisoned in a shed that she's transformed into a makeshift home. Her only companion is her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who has spent his entire life in there and has, as a result, an off-kilter definition of the world. When the man keeping them captive threatens to cut their supplies, Joy comes up with a plan to protect Jack while possibly engineering an escape. But will this new beginning tear asunder mother and son instead of bringing them closer together? Set mainly within the confines of the characters' claustrophobic cell, the movie is worth a view for Larson's wrenchingly believable turn.


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Michelle Conty, GT Leasing
Gary Mott, FLD, Inc.
Evan Polin, The Training Resource Group
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April 19 - 21
28th Annual National Funding Conference
Siwssotel Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Paul J. Menzel, CLFP, President & CEO, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., 
 a subsidiary of Umpqua Bank, will be reporting on the National Funding
Conference for Leasing News readers.



1st Attendee - Member Company   $795.00
Additional Attendee      $745.00
NonMember Attendee   $1590.00
Committee - Exhibiting Company   $390.00
Committee - Attendee           $390.00

All Funding Sources Sold Out:

Funding Sources as of 03/16/16:

36th Street Capital LLC
Acrecent Financial
Ascentium Capital LLC
ATEL Capital Group
Banc of America Leasing
Banc of California
Bank of the West
BB&T Equipment Finance
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company
Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
Byline Financial Group
CapitalSource, Inc.
Channel Partners Capital
Citizens Asset Finance, Inc.
Equipment Leasing Group of America, LLC
EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc.
Fifth Third Equipment Finance Company
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., an Umpqua Bank Company
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
First Bank of Highland Park
First Eagle Bank
Flagstar Bank
Fuyo General Lease (USA) Inc.
GE Capital Markets Group
Huntington Equipment Finance
J.P. Morgan Equipment Finance
Key Equipment Finance
LCA Financial LLC division of Lease Corporation of America
MB Equipment Finance
MB Financial Bank
Mintaka Financial, LLC
Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (U.S.A.) Inc.
NXT Capital
Origin Bank Equipment Finance
People's Capital and Leasing Corp.
PNC Equipment Finance, LLC
ProMED Healthcare Financing
Santander Bank Equipment Finance
SCG Capital Corporation
Securcor Financial Group
Signature Financial
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Stearns Bank NA-Equipment Finance Division
Sterling National Bank Equipment Finance Division
Stonebriar Commercial Finance, LLC
Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc.
TCF Equipment Finance, a division of TCF National
Univest Capital, Inc.
VFI Corporate Finance
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Wintrust Commercial Finance

The Women in Leasing LinkedIn Group will be having a luncheon at the Signature Room at the 95th in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, April 21st from 1:00pm – 3:00pm just after the 28th Annual ELFA National Funding Conference. Cost is $45. Please email credit card information.

Shari Lipsky, CLFP
ECS Financial Services

There are a few ladies that have already let me know that they can’t make it on Thursday, so I am looking at putting a small group of 4-6 together for Tuesday at 1:00. If you would be interested in that lunch, please email me.


Transact 16
April 19 – 21
Las Vegas, Nevada
4,000 Attendees

Registration Rates:


April 28 – April 30, 2016
2016 Annual Conference
25th Anniversary
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Dwight Galloway
SVP Broker Funding
RLC Funding
Columbia, South Carolina
Dwight Galloway will be covering the conference for
Leasing News with a report to follow for readers not attending.

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Current Attendee List
Current Attendee List (3/25/16)
9 Associates companies (6 have two attending)
36 Brokers (5 with two)
51 Funder companies (many have two, several three)
Attendee List

Exhibitor Listing  (as of 3/30/16)
360 Equipment Finance
Amerisource Funding
Axis Capital
Banc of California, N.A.
Bankers Capital
BlackRiver Business Capital, LLC
Blue Bridge Financial, LLC
Bryn Mawr Funding
BSB Leasing
C.H. Brown Co., LLC
Capital  Quality Leasing Co., Inc
Channel Partners Capital -
CLFP Foundation
Cobra Capital LLC
Commercial Funding Partners
Dakota Financial, LLC
Eagle Business Credit LLC
Equipment Data Associates
Equipment Leasing Group of America, LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
FirstLease, Inc.
Fora Financial, LLC
Funding Circle
Global Financial & Leasing Services
KS State Bank, Baystone Government Finance
Marlin Business Service Corp.
Maxim Commercial Capital
Navitas Lease Corp.
NCMIC Finance Corporation
NFS Leasing
North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC
Orange Commercial Credit
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Pinnacle Specialty
Preferred Business Solutions/ELB Tools
SmartBiz Loans, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
Team Funding
Quiktrak Inc.
RapidAdvance, LLC
Tetra Financial Group

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Broker - Member: $525
Broker - Non-Member: $625
Additional Broker – Member: $475
Additional Broker - Non-Member: $575
Funder/Associate – Member: $675
Funder/Associate - Non-Member: $775
Additional Funder/Associate – Member: $625
Additional Funder/Associate - Non-Member: $725



36th Annual AGLF Conference
Racing Toward Excellence in Public Finance
Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6, 2016

Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

Conference Information
Message from the Chairman
Preliminary Agenda
Keynote Bio: Chris Taylor
Keynote Bio: Charlie Wittmack
Keynote Bio: Mark Vitner 

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Things to do in Charlotte



September 16-17, 2016
2016 Eastern Regional Meeting
Cincinnati Airport Marriott
Hebron, KY
Conference Chair:
Rodny Blecha, Precision Leasing


October 5 – 7
Chicago, Illinois



October 23 -25th
2016  55th Annual Conference
Palm Desert Springs
Palm Desert, California

October 23 – 26
Las Vegas, Nevada
(75% of exhibit space/sponsorship booked)


November 11-12, 2016
2016 Western Regional Meeting
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County
Orange, CA


News Briefs---

Lending Club, Funding Circle And Prosper Join Forces
   And Form a Trade Association

Existing Alternate Finance Associations
  Compiled by Leasing News

Fintech’s Power Grab — in The New York Times

Jamie Dimon Slams the Big Bank Breaker-Uppers
‏   "virtually no chance of a domino effect"

BNP Plans IPO of First Hawaiian Bank
Offer could raise $1 billion, value First Hawaiian at $4B to $5b




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Top 10 metros for off-lease vehicles
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SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

The 8 Best Fast Food Breakfasts
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Spring Poem

        The Daffodils
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A Poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.



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Virginia wine summit draws experts from across country

Dunne on Wine: Barefoot Cellars’ winemaker listens to consumers

Furious French wine makers hijack Spanish tankers, pouring 90,000 bottles down the drain

Louis Latour, Former President of Burgundy Winery Maison Louis Latour, Dies at 83

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This Day in American History

      1726 – Birthday of Lewis Morris (d. 1798) at Westchester County, NY.  Signer of the Declaration of Independence.  All of the Morris property and nearly all of his wealth had been destroyed in the Revolution.  Morris should have left Congress to ward off an impending British attack on New York which, by the end of June, had not occurred. Instead, Morris was on hand to sign the Declaration, even though he knew that a large British army had landed within a few miles of his estate, that their armed ships were lying within cannon shot of his homestead, and that his extensive possessions would probably be pillaged. "Damn the consequences, give me the pen," Morris is said to have shouted. Soon after, more than a thousand acres of woodland, all located on navigable water, were burned, his house was ransacked, his family driven away, his livestock captured, his domestics and tenants dispersed, and the entire property laid to waste and ruined. For the next six years, he and his family suffered many privations, until the evacuation of New York City. Early in 1777, he relinquished his seat in Congress to his half-brother, Gouverneur, on which occasion that body passed a resolution complimenting him and his colleagues "for their long and faithful services."
    1731 - William Williams (d. 1811) was born at Lebanon, CT.  Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
    1823 - Marines chased pirates east of Havana, Cuba.
    1832 - Some 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry left Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in what would become known as the Black Hawk War.
    1834 - Previously, mayors had been chosen by a board of the Common Council but the first city mayor was elected in New York City when Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence, a Democrat, defeated Gulian Crommelin Verplanack, a Whig, in the three-day election which ended April 10.  There were 34,988 votes cast, of which 17,573 were for Lawrence, 17,393 for Verplanck, and 22 for others.  Seven other municipal officers were also elected.
    1855 - Stonemasons were laying the foundation of Ft. Point in San Francisco. Massive granite blocks were coming from Monterey for the construction. A top tourist destination today.
    1865 - General Robert E. Lee's retreat was cut off near Appomattox Court House. Lee requested to meet with General Ulysses Grant to discuss possible surrender.
        1872 - The "Father of Canadian Rodeo," O. Raymond Knight (d. 1947) was born at Payson, UT. His father, the Utah mining magnate Jesse Knight, founded the town of Raymond, Alberta in 1901. In 1902, Raymond produced Canada's first rodeo, "Raymond Stampede." He also built rodeo's first grandstand and first chute in 1903.
    1873 - Alfred Paraf of New York City, who organized the Oleo-Margarine Manufacturing Company, obtained a patent on his process for purifying and separating fats.  In 1886, Congress imposed a tax regarding the manufacturer, importing and exporting of oleomargarine.  In 1877, New York enacted “an act for protection of dairymen and to prevent deception in sales of butter.”
    1886 - Alice Throckmorton McLean was born.  She was president of the American Women's Voluntary Services in World War II with a working membership of more than 325,000 who did everything from selling bonds to teaching, to mechanical work, to air raid defense management.  Her mother was one of the founders of the day nursery school movement. (Studied the British, Finnish, and Swiss volunteer organizations and founded the AWVS in 1940 as a private organization.)  At first no one knew what to do with the organization since the U.S. was still at peace, there was a prevailing belief of isolationism among many politicians, and, of course, women were thought to be worthless except as mothers and housekeepers. The AWVS gave first aid classes and women joined by the thousands. They were involved in defense photography, map reading, child care, workshop, conservation, salvage, canteens, rehabilitation and motor transport, even fruit pickers. They sold a billion dollars’ worth of War Bonds. They took photographs of men and women in the service for their families back home, made and reconditioned clothing for children and babies, and chauffeured almost 400 military cars. They knew what to do even if the politicians didn't.  
    1904 - Hirsch Jacobs (d. 1970), thoroughbred trainer and owner, was born at New York, New York.  Jacobs became a trainer in 1923 and was particularly adept at selecting horses in claiming races.  He saddled 3,596 winners and earned $15,340,354.  In 1958, Hirsch Jacobs was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.  
    1909 - Birthday of novelist John Fante (d. 1983) in Denver.
    1912 - Sonja Henie (d. 1969), Olympic gold medal figure skater, was born at Oslo, Norway. Henie competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics when she was just 11, but finished last in ladies' singles. She won gold medals at the Winter Games of 1928, 1932 and 1936. She became a professional skater and an actress “Sun Valley Serenade.”
    1913 – The 17th Amendment was ratified and established the popular election of Senators by the people of the states. The amendment supersedes Article 1, Section 3, Clauses 1 and 2 of the Constitution, under which senators were elected by state legislatures. It also alters the procedure for filling vacancies in the Senate, allowing for state legislatures to permit their governors to make temporary appointments until a special election can be held. The advent and popularity of primary elections during the last decade of the 19th century and the early 20th century, and a string of senatorial scandals, most notably involving William Lorimer, an Illinois political boss in 1909, forced the Senate to end its resistance to a constitutional amendment requiring direct popular election of senators.
    1918 - A big spring snowstorm buried the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia with 34 inches of snow at Wardensville, 30 inches at Moorefield, and 29 inches at Romney.
    1919 - A tornado swarm in northern Texas resulted in the deaths of 64 persons
    1921 - Guitarist Leroy Holmes born Woodbine,FL
    1922 - Singer Carmen McRae Birthday, Harlem.  Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, it was her behind-the-beat phrasing and her ironic interpretations of song lyrics that made her memorable.  McRae drew inspiration from Billie Holiday, but established her own distinctive voice. She went on to record more than 60 albums, enjoying a rich musical career, performing and recording in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
    1926 - The lightning-set oil depot fire near San Luis Obispo, CA boiled over and engulfed 900 acres. Many tornado vortices resulted from the intense heat of the fire. One such tornado traveled 1000 yards, picked up a house and carried it 150 feet, killing the two occupants inside.
    1933 - Broadway lyricist Fred Ebb (d. 2004) was born in NYC. He is best known for the musical "Cabaret," which opened in New York in November, 1966 and ran for 1,166 performances. The original cast included Joel Grey, Jill Haworth and Lotte Lenya. Grey reprised his role in the 1972 film version of "Cabaret," which also starred Liza Minelli. The film won a number of Oscars.
    1935 - Congress approved the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help relieve the economic hardship of the Great Depression.
    1939 - The first Intercollegiate Rodeo was held at historic Godshall Ranch, Apple Valley, CA. The student cowboys and cowgirls, who hailed from California and Arizona colleges and universities, were assisted by world champion professional cowboys including Harry Carey, Dick Foran, Curley Fletcher, Tex Ritter and Errol Flynn from Hollywood. Collegiate rodeos had been held since 1919 at Texas A&M University. College cowboys and cowgirls organized a national association in Texas in 1949 named National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which continues today as the only national college rodeo organization.
    1943 - Wendell Willkie’s "One World" was published for the first time. In less than two months, sales reached a million copies.  In 1940, he lost the presidential race to Franklin D. Roosevelt by almost five million votes.
    1945 - CREWS, JOHN R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company F, 253d Infantry, 63d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Lobenbacherhof, Germany, 8 April 1945. Entered service at: Bowlegs, Okla. Birth: Golden, Okla. Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 8 April 1945 near Lobenbacherhof, Germany. As his company was advancing toward the village under heavy fire, an enemy machinegun and automatic rifle with rifle support opened upon it from a hill on the right flank. Seeing that his platoon leader had been wounded by their fire, S/Sgt. Crews, acting on his own initiative, rushed the strongpoint with 2 men of his platoon. Despite the fact that 1 of these men was killed and the other was badly wounded, he continued his advance up the hill in the face of terrific enemy fire. Storming the well-dug-in position single-handedly, he killed 2 of the crew of the machinegun at pointblank range with his M 1 rifle and wrested the gun from the hands of the German whom he had already wounded. He then with his rifle charged the strongly emplaced automatic rifle. Although badly wounded in the thigh by crossfire from the remaining enemy, he kept on and silenced the entire position with his accurate and deadly rifle fire. His actions so unnerved the remaining enemy soldiers that 7 of them surrendered and the others fled. His heroism caused the enemy to concentrate on him and permitted the company to move forward into the village.
    1946 - James Augustus ("Catfish") Hunter (d. 1999), Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born at Hertford, NC.   Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 career games by the age of 31.  He was also considered the first big-name free agent. After a contract violation on an annuity by Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley in 1974, Hunter won arbitration in December and he was allowed to leave the Athletics as a free agent.  Hunter's statistics while he was with the Athletics were impressive: four consecutive years with at least 20 wins, and four World Series wins without a loss.  Two weeks after he won his arbitration, Hunter became the highest-paid player in baseball when he signed a five-year contract with the Yankees worth $3.35 million.  For his career he was a member of five World Series champions.  He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in his early 50s. He died of the disease about a year after his diagnosis.
    1949 - What television does today, radio did in 1949, drawing our full attention to three-year-old Kathy Fiscus of San Marino, CA.  While playing, she fell into an abandoned well pipe 14 inches wide and 120 feet deep. Rescue workers toiled for two days while national attention was focused on the tragedy. Her body was recovered Apr 10, 1949. An alarmed nation suddenly became attentive to other abandoned wells and similar hazards, and "Kathy Fiscus laws" were enacted in a number of places requiring new safety measures to prevent recurrence of such an accident.
    1950 - J.D. Salinger's story “For Esme—For Love and Squalor” appears in the New Yorker magazine.
    1952 - President Harry S. Truman seized control of the nation's steel mills by presidential order in an attempt to prevent a shutdown by strikers. On Apr 29, a US District Court declared the seizure unconstitutional and workers immediately walked out. Production dropped from 300,000 tons a day to less than 20,000. After 53 days the strike ended on July 24, with steelworkers receiving a 16¢ hourly wage raise plus a 5.4¢ hourly increase in fringe benefits.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Wanted” - Perry Como
“Cross Over the Bridge” - Patti Page
“A Girl, A Girl” - Eddie Fisher
“Slowly” - Webb Pierce
    1955 - The first Medal of Honor to a helicopter pilot was conferred posthumously upon Lieutenant (j.g.) John Kelvin Koelsch of Hudson, NY.   On July 3, 1951, Koelsch and Aviation Machinist Mate George M. Neal volunteered to rescue James V. Wilkins from North Korea.  They took off in a helicopter without fighter escort.  The helicopter was shot down and the three men were captured a few days later.  Koelsch died of malnutrition and dysentery in a Korean prisoner-of-war camp on October 16, 1951.
    1956 - The Johnny Burnette Trio makes its TV debut, performing "Train Kept A-Rollin'" on ABC's Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. They will appear two more times on the show, but never win.
    1957 - Buddy Holly records "Words of Love," "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues"
    1962 - Top Hits
“Johnny Angel” - Shelley Fabares
“Good Luck Charm” - Elvis Presley
“Slow Twistin'” - Chubby Checker
“She's Got You” - Patsy Cline
    1963 - Steve Brooks became only the fifth race jockey to ride 4,000 career winners.
    1963 - The 35th Annual Academy Awards at Santa Monica's Civic Auditorium (Los Angeles). Frank Sinatra hosted.  Seven Oscars including the #1 award for Best Picture went to "Lawrence of Arabia" (Sam Spiegel, producer).  The epic production earned Oscars for David Lean (Best Director); Freddie Young (Best Cinematography/Color); John Box, John Stoll, and Dario Simoni (Best Art Direction/Set Decoration/Color); John Cox with Shepperton SSD (Best Sound); Anne V. Coates (Best Film Editing); Maurice Jarre (Best Music/Score - Substantially Original).  Films of 1962 included "The Manchurian Candidate,” "Mutiny on the Bounty," "Walk on the Wild Side," "The Longest Day," "The Music Man," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Birdman of Alcatraz," and "Taras Bulba." Those that won the top awards other than "Lawrence of Arabia" were "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Best Actor - Gregory Peck; Best Art Direction/Set Decoration/Black-and-White - Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead, Oliver Emert; Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Horton Foote); "The Miracle Worker" (Best Actress - Anne Bancroft, Best Supporting Actress - Patty Duke); "Sweet Bird of Youth" (Best Supporting Actor - Ed Begley); and "Days of Wine and Roses" [title song] (Best Music/Song: - Henry Mancini (music), Johnny Mercer lyrics).
    1963 - John and Cynthia Lennon become the proud parents of a baby boy who they name Julian, after John's late mother, Julia. The lad would grow up to have a music career of his own, scoring Top Ten hits with "Valotte" (#9 in 1984) and "Too Late for Goodbyes" (#5 in 1985).
    1964 - The Supremes record "Where Did Our Love Go"
    1966 - In the last of a series of moves to abolish poll taxes, a three-judge federal court at Jackson, MS, outlawed Mississippi's $2 poll tax as a voting requirement for state and local elections.
    1966 - At the Astrodome, the Astros and Dodgers play baseball's first game on synthetic grass. Thanks to the Monsanto chemical company, who proposed using an experimental playing surface of nylon grass, the plan to play on an all-dirt field, necessitated by the need to paint the dome's glass panes to reduce the glare which prevented natural grass from growing, was alleviated by the use of 'Astro Turf'
    1966 - The Beatles, "Got To Get You into My Life
    1966 - In San Francisco, The Jefferson Airplane opened at California Hall on Polk Street.
    1967 - *MICHAEL, DON LESLIE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry, 1 73d Airborne Brigade.  Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 April 1967. Entered service at: Montgomery, Ala. Born: 31 July 1947, Florence, Ala. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Michael, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company C. Sp4c. Michael was part of a platoon which was moving through an area of suspected enemy activity. While the rest of the platoon stopped to provide security, the squad to which Sp4c. Michael was assigned moved forward to investigate signs of recent enemy activity. After moving approximately 125 meters, the squad encountered a single Viet Cong soldier. When he was fired upon by the squad's machine gunner, other Viet Cong opened fire with automatic weapons from a well-concealed bunker to the squad's right front. The volume of enemy fire was so withering as to pin down the entire squad and halt all forward movement. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sp4c. Michael exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, but failed to eliminate the enemy position. From his position on the left flank, Sp4c. Michael maneuvered forward with 2 more grenades until he was within 20 meters of the enemy bunkers, when he again exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, which failed to detonate. Undaunted, Sp4c. Michael made his way back to the friendly positions to obtain more grenades. With 2 grenades in hand, he again started his perilous move towards the enemy bunker, which by this time was under intense artillery fire from friendly positions. As he neared the bunker, an enemy soldier attacked him from a concealed position. Sp4c. Michael killed him with his rifle and, in spite of the enemy fire and the exploding artillery rounds, was successful in destroying the enemy positions. Sp4c. Michael took up pursuit of the remnants of the retreating enemy. When his comrades reached Sp4c. Michael, he had been mortally wounded. His inspiring display of determination and courage saved the lives of many of his comrades and successfully eliminated a destructive enemy force. Sp4c. Michael's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
    1968 - The Beatles went gold again, receiving a gold record for the single, "Lady Madonna".
    1968 - Petula Clark's first (and only) TV special, entitled simply “Petula,” airs on NBC, featuring guest star Harry Belafonte performing a duet on an antiwar song she'd written called "On The Path Of Glory." During taping, Clark had reached out to touch Belafonte's arm in a spontaneous gesture, causing the show's sponsor Chrysler to protest, fearing the interracial contact would upset viewers in the American south. As a result, the show is infamous even before it airs: Petula and the show's executive producer, her husband Claude Wolff, respond to the pressure by having all other takes of the duet destroyed so that the gesture would have to be aired. It was, historically, the first interracial contact to be broadcast on American television. (Director Steve Binder would go on to helm Elvis Presley's "'68 Comeback Special" later that year.)
    1969 – The Montreal Expos, a National League expansion team, played their first regular season game, beating the New York Mets, 10-9, at NY's Shea Stadium.  The Expos finished the year in sixth place in the NL East with a record of 52-110. They won their first division title in the strike-shortened 1994 season.
    1969 - Neil Diamond becomes the first performer to sell out the Forum in Los Angeles for nine nights consecutively.
    1970 - LITTRELL, GARY LEE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Advisory Team 21, 11 Corps Advisory Group. place and date: Kontum province, Republic of Vietnam, 4-8 April 1970. Entered service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 26 October 1944, Henderson, Ky. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Littrell, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Advisory Team 21, distinguished himself while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the 23d Battalion, 2d Ranger Group, Republic of Vietnam Army, near Dak Seang. After establishing a defensive perimeter on a hill on April 4, the battalion was subjected to an intense enemy mortar attack which killed the Vietnamese commander, 1 advisor, and seriously wounded all the advisors except Sfc. Littrell. During the ensuing 4 days, SFC Littrell exhibited near superhuman endurance as he single-handedly bolstered the besieged battalion. Repeatedly abandoning positions of relative safety, he directed artillery and air support by day and marked the unit's location by night, despite the heavy, concentrated enemy fire. His dauntless will instilled in the men of the 23d Battalion a deep desire to resist. Assault after assault was repulsed as the battalion responded to the extraordinary leadership and personal example exhibited by Sfc. Littrell as he continuously moved to those points most seriously threatened by the enemy, redistributed ammunition, strengthened faltering defenses, cared for the wounded and shouted encouragement to the Vietnamese in their own language. When the beleaguered battalion was finally ordered to withdraw, numerous ambushes were encountered. Sfc. Littrell repeatedly prevented widespread disorder by directing air strikes to within 50 meters of their position. Through his indomitable courage and complete disregard for his safety, he averted excessive loss of life and injury to the members of the battalion. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sfc. Littrell over an extended period of time were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the U.S. Army.
    1970 - Top Hits
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” - Simon & Garfunkel
“Let It Be” - The Beatles
“Instant Karma (We All Shine On)” - John Ono Lennon
“Tennessee Bird Walk” - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
    1971 - New York City changed the “Sport of Kings” irrevocably by opening the nation's first off-track betting system.  Horseplayers were now able to patronize OTB parlors throughout the five boroughs instead of going to the track to place their wagers.
    1971 – “Chicago” became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago scored big with these hits: "Make Me Smile", "25 or 6 to 4", "Saturday in the Park", "Old Days", "Baby, What a Big Surprise", "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" and many others.
    1973 - Gilbert O'Sullivan scored his second UK #1 with "Get Down". It reached #7 in the US.
    1974 - Henry (“Hammerin' Hank”) Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke the record at Atlanta in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs. This record remains unbroken, save for the PED-enhanced record of Barry Bonds. At the time of his retirement, Aaron also held records for first in RBIs, second in at-bats and runs scored and third in base hits.
    1974 - Elton John earns another gold record. "Bennie and the Jets" has John smiling even more as it's a big hit on the R&B charts as well.
    1975 - After a weeklong mission to South Vietnam, Gen. Frederick Weyand, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and former Vietnam commander, reports to Congress that South Vietnam cannot survive without additional military aid.
    1975 - Frank Robinson became the manager of the Cleveland Indians and the first Black manager of a Major League team.  Robinson hit a home run in his first at bat as the Indians' designed hitter, and Cleveland beat the New York Yankees 5-3.
    1975 - Minnie Riperton receives her only gold record for "Lovin' You," her recent Number One record.
    1975 - "The Godfather: Part II" won half of the top six awards at the 47th Annual Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. It won for Best Picture: (Francis Ford Coppola, Gray Frederickson, Fred Roos, producers); Best Director (Francis Ford Coppola); and Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro); plus Best Writing/Screenplay Adapted from Other Material (Francis Coppola, Mario Puzo); Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Dean Tavoularis, Angelo P. Graham, George Nelson; and Best Music/Original Dramatic Score (Nino Rota, Carmine Coppola). The other three crowd- pleaser awards went to Best Actor Art Carney for his "Harry and Tonto" role; to Best Actress Ellen Burstyn for her part in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"; and to Ingrid Bergman as Best Supporting Actress in "Murder on the Orient Express". Hosts Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, and Frank Sinatra livened up the party, even though murder, intrigue and disaster were in the run. The award for Best Music/Song went to Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn for "We May Never Love Like This Again" from the "Towering Inferno". "Inferno" also won for Best Cinematography (Fred J. Koenekamp, Joseph F. Biroc) and Best Film Editing (Harold F. Kress & Carl Kress); while Best Sound went to "Earthquake" (Ronald Pierce and Melvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.) and Robert Towne's "Chinatown" won for Best Writing/Original Screenplay.
    1978 - Top Hits
“Night Fever” - Bee Gees
“Stayin' Alive” - Bee Gees
“Lay Down Sally” - Eric Clapton
“Ready for the Times to Get Better” - Crystal Gayle
    1982 - An act of heroism was credited with holding the death toll to seven in the firestorm that engulfed the Caldecott Tunnel in the Oakland hills. When an AC Transit bus collided with a truck what was towing two trailers of gasoline in the westbound lanes, Steve Rutledge ran back to the tunnel entrance, stopping cars that would otherwise have driven into the fire. Rutledge's mother, June M. Ruthledge, tried to call for help from an emergency phone inside the tunnel and was consumed by the explosion and flames.
    1985 - The Ellie Greenwich tribute musical “Leader of the Pack” opens on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre.
    1986 - Facing Nolan Ryan of the Astros, Giant rookie Will Clark homers in his first Major League at bat.
    1986 - Top Hits
“Rock Me Amadeus” - Falco
“R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” - John Cougar Mellencamp
“Kiss” - Prince & The Revolution
“100% Chance of Rain” - Gary Morris
    1986 - It took 18 years of singing the U.S. national anthem, but on this day, at long last, baritone Robert Merrill of the Metropolitan Opera became the first person to both sing the anthem and throw out the first ball at Yankee Stadium for the Yanks’ home opener.
    1987 - For the first time in modern Major League history, two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game. Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton combined their pitching talents to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 14-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.  Niekro started for the Indians and earned his 312th career victory. Carlton pitched four shutout innings of relief.
    1989 - 26-year-old David Hirsch replaced 59-year-old Dick Clark on "American Bandstand." His debut also marked "Bandstand's" move to the USA cable network from national syndication. Clark had been the host of the program for 33 years, introducing teenagers to Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and Madonna, as well as to such dance crazes as the Twist and the Jerk. The program debuted on a Philadelphia TV station in 1952, and Clark took over in 1956, the year before "Bandstand" went on the ABC network.
    1989 - Two dozen cities in the southwest reported new record high temperatures for the date. Phoenix, Arizona hit 104 degrees which tied its record for the month of April set only the day before.
    1990 - While we celebrate birthdays, it is perhaps fitting to remember Ryan White today. This young man, born Dec 6, 1971, at Kokomo, IN, put the face of a child with AIDS and helped promote greater understanding of the disease. Ryan, a hemophiliac, contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion. Banned from the public school system in Central Indiana at the age of 10, he moved with his mother and sister to Cicero, IN, where he was accepted by students and faculty alike. Ryan once stated that he only wanted to be treated as a normal teenager, but that was not to be as media attention made him a celebrity. A few days after attending the Academy Awards in 1990, 18-year-old Ryan was hospitalized and on Palm Sunday, lost his valiant fight at Indianapolis, IN. His funeral was attended by many celebrities who wanted to honor him.
    1990 - Twenty-two cities reported record low temperatures for the date as readings dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the eastern U.S. Freezing temperatures severely damaged peach and apple orchards in West Virginia, where prolonged mild weather since January had caused an early blooming of spring vegetation. State and Federal agencies estimated a 50 percent loss in production for peaches and "Delicious Red Apples".
    1996 - The first of two late season heavy snowfalls in only three days over the northeast dumped 12 inches of snow at Slide Mountain, New York, 10.2 inches, at Ashburnham, Massachusetts, and 7 inches at Falmouth, Massachusetts. The 6.1 inches at Binghamton, New York brought its seasonal snowfall total to 131.8 inches -- its snowiest winter ever.
    2000 - Santana performs at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium with people who collaborated with him on his Supernatural album including Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill and Everlast.
    2003 - In a frigid 35-degree home opener, with the fans chanting his name, Hideki Matsui hit his first Major League home run, a grand slam into the right field bleachers. After be greeted with a warm reception in the pre-game ceremonies and a standing ovation after making a great defensive play, Godzilla receives a thunderous applause and curtain call from the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd after his fifth inning bases-full poke against the Twins.

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