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Archives--March 23, 2006
Matthew D. Shieman is out as president of the Matsco Companies, originally founded by his family, and under his leadership, the company grew in the Dental field particularly with sponsorship of the American Dental Society.
A division from the leasing company started by Fred Shieman, who died tragically and left the business for his son to continue, Matt, who grew it into a major entity, then running into the changing securitization market, sold to Greater Bay Bank on November 3, 2000, a conglomeration of San Francisco Bay Area banks, originally in San Mateo and Santa Clara County, now growing into other counties.
Keith Wilton, Exec. VP, Greater Bay Bank, with his office in Walnut Creek, California, is heading a committee of Matsco employees who are running the Matsco Companies in Emeryville, California. Wilton took the job from Dave Hood, who retired. Wilton has other bank responsibilities, such as the SBA program, a bank spokesman told Leasing News.
Wells Fargo purchased Greater Bay Banks May 7, 2007 for $1.5 billion.
October 9, 2010 at the American Dental Association meeting it was announced Matsco would change it name to Wells Fargo Practice Finance
Matt Shieman has been in the aerospace business since leaving Matsco in 2006:
"...turboprop aircraft engine upgrade company in the world specializing in King Air 90 and 200 series aircraft as well as Conquest I, Cheyenne and Caravan series."
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Stuart P. Goddard was hired as vice-president of outside sales for Univest Capital, Inc, subsidiary of Univest Corporation Pennsylvania, Souderton, Pennsylvania. "Goddard brings 22 years of experience in the financial services industry to Univest. He joins Univest from Baytree National Bank and Trust Company where he was vice president of sales and marketing. As vice president, Goddard is responsible for leading a team of sales professionals who solicit, develop, service, and maintain relationships with equipment vendors who sell products within Univest Capital, Inc.’s designated target markets. Goddard is actively involved in the community. Goddard resides in Parsippany, N.J."
Edward M. Kurek, III, was promoted to commercial portfolio loan officer IV in TD Equipment Finance, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. "He joined TD Bank in 2004 as a credit specialist in Bridgewater, NJ and most recently served as a commercial portfolio loan officer III at TD Equipment Finance." Prior he was a credit analyst, New Millennium Bank (December, 2001-March, 2004), credit analyst, CIT Group (June, 2000-october, 2001), credit analyst, Commerce Bank (June, 1999-June, 2000).Seton Hall University MBA, Accounting (2001 – 2004) The College of New Jersey Bachelor of Science, Finance (1995 – 1999). Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Psi
Darron Markwood was hired as Director of Marketing for TIP Capital, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Previously he was director of marketing, Proctor Financial (October, 2009-February, 2012), marketing coordinator, Huffmaster (June, 2007-March, 2009), marketing manger, Lease Corporation of America (February, 2005-March, 2007), communications specialist, Banc of America Leasing (1997-2005), sports editor, The Advisor & The Source Newspapers (1993-1995), intern, Mount Clemens General Hospital (1993). Central Michigan University Bachelor's, Journalism (1988 – 1993) I served as News Editor at CM Life my senior year. Activities and Societies: Central Michigan Life (CM Life), Lambda Chi Alpha, SDA 101 (speech class) student teacher. Chippewa Valley High School (1985 – 1988)
Nicholas S. Spadea named Vice President – Asset Manager at TD Equipment Finance, Inc. in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. "He will manage appraisal services within TD Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of TD Bank, N.A., which provides an array of equipment financing solutions for a wide range of industries and asset types, from manufacturing, office technology and medical equipment to aircraft and marine vessels. Spadea has 23 years of experience in banking, asset management and appraising. Prior to joining TD Equipment Finance, he served as a consultant at an appraisal services company in Hatfield, Pa., an Equipment Manager Officer at Bank of America Global Corporate Aircraft Finance in Blue Bell, Pa., and a Senior Asset Specialist at Wachovia in Philadelphia. Spadea is a member of the ASA (American Society of Appraisers). A resident of Springfield, Pa., Spadea volunteers with Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady program. He is a 1992 graduate of Philadelphia University in Philadelphia.
Michelle Speranza named vice-president, marketing and communications for LEAF Commercial Capital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined LEAF Commercial Capital Corporation October, 2005 and previously was marketing director. "Before joining LEAF she began her early marketing career working for Philadelphia Newspapers and later for The Walt Disney Company."
Michael Vienhage hired as regional vice-president, Central Region, for Tip Capital, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was a partner of Cloud Commerce in St. Louis, Missouri, formed September, 2009. He was vice-president of marketing for CSI Leasing (June, 1988--October, 2009. He "...also opened the Charlotte, North Carolina office as Vice President, Sales and Marketing at CSI Leasing, where he focused mainly on business development and relationship management. He is a graduate of Marquette University."
Bob Rodi to receive Outstanding Alumnus Award
The California University of Pennsylvania has selected Robert "Bob" Rodi to receive the Eberly College of Science and Technology Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2012.
Eberly College of Science and Technology Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2012: This honor is presented to alumni from the College who have distinguished themselves and brought credit to the College through their professional and community work. He is the sixth recipient of this award from the Eberly College of Science and Technology.
The award will be present during Cal Pride Weekend on April 19, 2012, at 3:00pm, followed by a special dinner at 5:00pm at the Kara Alumni House. They have also asked him to be a guest speaker in the classroom.
"I was both humbled and honored," Bob responded to Leasing News. "Being a football player and a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, I was definitely not an academic standout. I guess even a dumb jock can make good once in a while."
Bob has been in the leasing business for 31 years, starting LeaseNOW, introduced RAPIDTrack, Franchise Finder, early developer of internet programs, founded Mount Pleasant Capital, specializing in franchise financing. He was a board member of the Faire-Issac eClient Advisory Board, a founding member of the Small Business Financial Exchange and past president of the United Association of Equipment Leasing, was a founding advisory board member of Leasing News, one of the original CLPs and a contributing author to the Leasing Professional’s Handbook and CLP study guide.
Bob resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and business partner, Marina, and their 5 children
More Millionaires on the Way
There are 1210 billionaires in the world as of march 2011, according to Forbes in their latest list.
Mega bank Credit Suisse list of those exceeding $1 million: 24.2 million millionaires– about 0.5% of the world’s adult population, or more than the entire population of Australia. 41% of them live in the U.S., 10% in Japan and 3% in China.
CNN (CNNMoney) reports, "Despite the Great Recession, which wiped out $15.5 trillion in household wealth in the United States alone, the number of millionaires in this country and abroad will grow rapidly over the next decade.
In the U.S., the total number of families with a net worth of over $1 million, including real estate, will double by 2020, according to a report by the Deloitte Center for Financial Services. It should be noted that statistics show the greatest loss for millionaires and others since the recession has been real estate, $15 trillion.
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Pawnee Leasing 30th Year Anniversary---Part II
Gary Souverein, President 2005--Present
Rob Day, Founder Pawnee Leasing, President 1982-1999
"Our Board determined that Gary Souverein, who had been with the company principally in marketing and credit but had experience in all departments, would be my successor,” Sam Leeper, retiring president told Leasing News. “It was time for me to embark on my next career step, retirement."
"We had gone through the process of interviewing potential equity investors, as introduced by Bruce Kropschot, “Leeper explains. “ Within a month of finalizing our banking facility, I received a call from Mr. Barry Shafran, CEO of a Canadian company by the name of ‘cars4U’. I was initially taken back when a company associated with the auto industry was interested in acquiring a commercial equipment leasing company. I was also reluctant to put our employee team through another due diligence process. However, I learned that they were familiar with leasing through one of their affiliates, a consumer auto lessor, and were looking to acquire a commercial leasing company in the US.”
“After careful research by both parties, we signed a Letter of Intent. Unfortunately, the timing was difficult in light of the rising mortgage loan and consumer credit problems in the US and the due diligence was very comprehensive. A final contract was signed in December of 2005 subject to the completion of the formation of a new public enterprise and the completion of a public stock offering (IPO) in Canada for the newly formed company. The new company would be named Chesswood Income Fund.
“In early 2006, Barry, Gary and I successfully completed an IPO road show throughout Canada, including Boston and New York, and the sale was completed that May. Rob, Dick and I maintained an interest in Chesswood and Rob and I joined the Canadian board. By this time I was stepping aside, and Gary fully had the reins."
Rob Day at Microphone, Sam Leeper to his left
“The acquisition would be through the formation of a newly created public company that would combine cars4U and Pawnee. The new entity, Chesswood Income Fund, via an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, acquired Pawnee.
Gary Souverein takes it from here:
“In April 2006, after several months of due diligence and public offering document preparations, Barry, Sam and I would spend 2 weeks in Toronto preparing with a firm that trained management teams specifically for IPO’s. While there’s much more to it, in short, we spent this time scripting and practicing a 30 minute oral and visual presentation as well as rehearsing responses to questions that we might receive from institutional and retail investors during our road show. We would get to know our investment bankers from TD Securities very well as they were both involved in the due diligence, construction of the public offering documents and also helped craft and perfect our message we wanted to convey in our road show. The TD team would be our handlers, setting and taking us to each appointment, quietly in a corner listening to each presentation and the Q&A between us and their interested investors. They would school us on managing our time and interface with their clients. We’d get chastised by TD for being too expansive in responding to questions; but we loved to talk about Pawnee!”
“Curiously, one common question: ‘Can you tell me about these brokers, how do they get business?’ The road show was 2 weeks of, 5-8/day, 60 minute presentations. They were long days with all being filled with presentations, an exhausting process presenting day in, day out in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Boston and New York. One day found us starting in Boston, flying to New York and then flying to Vancouver that night for presentations the next day. While Barry had been through it before, it was a career highlight for Sam and I. The road show process culminates in a ‘filling of the book’, or commitment by investors to purchase into the IPO. It’s not until the final day that investors are asked to make these commitments so it’s a frantic day for the investment banking team and a stressful time for us, for if we were unsuccessful in raising the full offering there would be no sale, and months of effort and hundreds of thousands of dollars of due diligence and preparation costs would be wasted.”
“ Barry, Sam and I finished our last presentation in Winnipeg on a Friday afternoon and went to catch flights, Barry to Toronto and Sam and I back to Denver…the book was filling up but Sam and I would not find out until our plane landed that evening that the offering was a success. The next week, we were back in Toronto for follow-on processes and a meeting related to the offering and within the next week Chesswood Income Fund was a reality and Pawnee was sold on May 6, 2006.”
“In the fall, we began to see there was simply too much money in the market and competition that had migrated from their competencies. We were finding competition doing twice the risk at half our rate. We were convinced that the competitive landscape had become irrational and on an unsustainable path and a market correction was in our industry’s future. We had the added benefit that the nature of our portfolio alerted us to the troubles ahead, earlier than many other funders. This recognition caused us to make, by late 2006, the incredibly difficult decision to pullback our originations.”
“After 25 consecutive years of growing Pawnee’s originations, we contracted in 2007 and 2008. I’m a terribly competitive person and really didn’t like being critiqued by our brokers and in the leasing press, for losing market share to the competition. While we were tightening credit and toiling with challenging collections in our portfolio, most of our competitors would continue charging ahead seemingly oblivious to the challenges that they would soon face --- for most of them late 2008 would mark the beginning of their misfortunes and in a few cases, their demise.
“2008 created some voids in the funding environment with funders exiting the broker channel completely and others contracting their credit appetite. In the fall of 2008 we began our market entry into what we term the “B+” market space. This market has risk-based pricing from abut 14% to 26% and we underwrite transactions up to $50,000. This has been a great opportunity for us and we’ve continued to penetrate this market further and today it is a significant portion of our originations. It’s also been an opportunity for us to broaden and deepen our relationships with our brokers as we do a broader stream of their business. I’ve never been as bullish about Pawnee, I think we’ve got lots of room to grow and continue to excel with our broker customers.
Gary with John Donohue of Direct Capital
(Both were on the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA)
Board together, and as Gary explains, “He stopped over to share a day of skiing with me in Breckenridge, CO on our way to the NEFA conference you attended last year (Scottsdale?). I love to ski and John is one of the classiest people in our industry and client of our business.)
“We send about 50 care packages every quarter to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan stuffed with goodies, health care products, toys, candy, reading materials and notes from our staff. A small effort for the sacrifice our men and women make for us.”
(Rob Day and Sam Leeper are on the Chesswood Group Board of Directors, and while retired, Rob also remains the ambassador, active in charities in his retirement)
“First, anyone reading this and still in the business should be commended – you have prevailed! “ Gary said. “While the market is still challenged, we’re hearing for the first time since 2008, brokers adding headcount to their sales force. I think this speaks to what’s happening out there and expectations for improvement in 2012.”
“I look back at the three major influences on Pawnee over our 30 years:
“The first was our founder Rob Day. While Rob hasn’t been involved in the day-to-day business since 1999, his impression on the culture of Pawnee is still evident today. He was a passionate, driven, nimble, creative and customer-focused leader. I believe our team today provides some of the best service levels in the business in large part because of the culture he ingrained into the Company in our early years. Rob was adamant that we be different and not follow the pack. This thinking has served us well and in large part defines our business today.”
“The second is what I’d call “The Trade and Sam Leeper”. By 1997, Pawnee’s growth was out-stripping the financial capacity of Pawnee’s small shareholder group and our banking facilities, and we needed more capital. At the same time Rob was contemplating succession planning for himself. Rob recognized Pawnee needed a new influence for our next phase of growth. Our banker from Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase Bank), Sam Leeper, was aware of our needs and introduced Pawnee to Dick Monfort. Sam had handled the Monfort family’s banking affairs for some time. The Monfort family is a household name in the Colorado community and Dick and his brother are well known as owners of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team. The “trade” was Dick’s purchase of the minority shareholders’ interests in Pawnee and the concurrent hiring of Sam Leeper to succeed Rob. Dick met Pawnee’s capital needs and Sam was precisely the ingredient Pawnee needed; Sam, with engineering and finance training, was methodical, structured and a master of systems and process building. Sam subtly shifted our focus from thinking of ourselves as a leasing company to being a risk management and collection company.”
“Third is Chesswood. The value that Chesswood brings us today is the tremendous human capital we have supporting us; Barry, although headquartered in Toronto, serves as our Chairman and CEO and is actively involved in all strategic matters, Lisa Stevenson, CHW’s CFO serves as a Director and adds to our bench strength whenever called upon and we have the added benefit of continuing to draw on Rob and Sam, who sit on Pawnee and Chesswood’s Board of Directors. Chesswood’s Board is an impressive collection of entrepreneurs including Chesswood’s Chairman Ed Sonshine, who is the CEO of Canada’s largest REIT and also is a Director of Canada’s largest bank, Royal Bank of Canada.”
Part I---Pawnee 30th Anniversary
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TAB Bank’s Leasing Division Provides Blue Bridge With $12MM
TAB Bank continues to expand its footprint in the equipment leasing industry. The bank announced a commitment of $12 million to fund equipment leases originated by Blue Bridge Financial. The facility is subject to certain negotiated terms and conditions and is a one-year, renewable term.
Headquartered in Buffalo, NY with offices in Las Vegas, Blue Bridge is a national provider of equipment finance loans and solutions to small businesses and financing institutions with existing lines of credit.
Mark DeBacker, Blue Bridge CEO, noted, “We are pleased with our relationship with TAB Bank and the capacity that this facility will provide for us to expand our small business lending programs to more qualified small business borrowers.” Brian Gallo, president and chief credit officer, added, “TAB Bank has made a clear commitment to provide financing to small businesses and we look forward to growing our business with their support.”
TAB Bank’s recently added VP of Equipment Leasing, Mike Coon, put together the transaction. Coon commented, “Blue Bridge has a great reputation in the equipment leasing industry and we are pleased to have this relationship as part of TAB’s growing assets.”
TAB Bank provides funding solutions to specialty finance and leasing companies. TAB also provides financing for transportation and non-transportation companies in all stages of business life cycles during any economic environment.
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Expansion of "Solutions" from Executive Solutions
Executive Solutions (ESLF), a leading executive search firm addressing talent requirements at all levels and functional roles within the equipment leasing industry since 1990, is proud to announce the development of a suite of products to complement their retained and contingent executive search expertise.
"Over the last 22 years, we have worked with independents, captives, and bank owned leasing and finance companies of all sizes. This has given us tremendous insight into what works and what doesn't. We consistently see companies struggle for months and sometimes years trying to find the 'right' employee", said Jon Gerson, VP of Strategic Initiatives. "Taking so long is expensive; not just because of the resources that are tied up while searching, hiring, and training new employees, but also because of the lost opportunity cost, damaged customer relations, and negative impact on employee morale."
The first new product to be introduced is a natural progression of ESLF's core knowledge base; the identification, interviewing, selection, and retention of talent. Recruiting, hiring, and retaining talented individuals is the most important aspect of any company's success, but few people tasked with the hiring process have received formal training and many companies employ an ad hoc approach. By bringing a fresh perspective informed by decades of guiding clients in the hiring process, Executive Solutions' goal is to help their clients address and improve the often inconsistent results that occur when the interviewing and talent selection process is poorly defined.
The initial offerings in this product line will be focused on Interviewing, Selecting, and Hiring Talent, and will consist of:
"We have always sought to provide value to our clients that go beyond recruiting," adds Teri Gerson, President and Founder of ESLF. "This seemed to be the next logical step. With Jon leading the way, we are excited to deliver a formal solution to companies who so often improvise this important process".
Jon Gerson, VP Strategic Initiatives, Talent Specialist
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Fleet Financing Resources Year-End 2011 $607,000
Riverside, CA – Fleet Financing Resources, LLC (FFR), a boutique style lender providing titled vehicle financing, reports year-end December, 2011 results. As compared to the prior year-end 2010, total financed volume increased 10% to $30 million, Revenues increased 3% to $2.8 million, and Net Income decreased 20% to $670,000.
Fleet Financing Resources notes that the drop in Net Income is the result of having opened a new regional office, as well as the addition of several key staff members to position the company for long term growth. “We are extremely pleased with our year end results, our asset portfolio remains strong and historic low rates reflect favorable growth,” said Dave Reynolds, president and CEO of Fleet Financing Resources.
“The strong overall portfolio performance is largely attributed to our outstanding team that bring a high quality product to market in both the front and back office” added Reynolds. Continued success with the $68 million vendor program through Wells Fargo Equipment Finance combined with the $35 million vendor program with AllPoints/Capital One Bank help secure FFR’s position as one of the top tier lenders in the equipment financing marketplace.
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Moviegoers are fortunate to have two of the year's best films ("The Deep Blue Sea," "This Is Not a Film") arriving, while DVD watchers can settle down with three of last year's most intriguing releases ("Carnage," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life").
The Deep Blue Sea (Music Box Films): A director of visual beauty and aching emotions, Terence Davies serves up another exceptional cinematic experience with this affecting drama set in England in the 1950s. Rachel Weisz stars as Hester, the wife of High Court Judge William (Simon Russell Beale). Though seemingly comfortable in their upper-class household, she yearns for something exciting, and hopes to find it through an affair with Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), an ex-pilot she first met during the days of World War 2. However, it's not long before problems emerge in Hester's relationship with her younger lover, and she has to face the reality behind her idealized notions of romance. Though based on a theatrical play, Davies imbues the poignant story with a purely cinematic flow, largely helped by the terrific blend of repression and abandon in Weisz's performance.
This Is Not a Film (Palisades Tartan): Accused of subversion, Iranian director Jafar Panahi has his filmmaking rights revoked and is forced into house arrest while waiting for his sentence. Out of this real-life Kafkaesque situation emerges one of a truly unique first-person documentary, in which Panahi slyly makes a passionate cinematic statement about his own (as well as his country's) predicament. Addressing his friend's camera while padding around his Tehran apartment, he talks about the movies that got him into trouble in the first place, acts out the roles of his new screenplay, chats with friends and family, and tends to his pet iguana. The result is a multi-layered yet immediately accessible examination of an artist's dilemma which, despite the anxieties hanging over the scenario, brims with humor and hope. Yes, it is indeed a film, and one of the year's very best. With subtitles.
Carnage (Sony): Veteran provocateur Roman Polanski ("Rosemary's Baby") is in fine sardonic form in this brisk and effervescently nasty chamber comedy. The claustrophobic setting is a small Brooklyn apartment, where two married couples come to deal with the way their children have been fighting. The place belongs to Penelope (Jodie Foster) and Michael (John C. Reilly), whose son was hurt in a scuffle with the son of Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christoph Waltz), and things start off cordially enough with all-around apologies and cobbler. In no time, however, their politeness gives way to increasingly rude behavior, as these adults' attitudes turn out to be far more childish than the events that got them there in the same place. Making brilliant use of limited space and drawing impeccable timing from his four exceptional actors, Polanski serves up a biting, hilarious bit of human farce.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures): After the uncharacteristic lightness of Oscar-winning "The Social Network," director David Fincher returns to dark thriller territory with this stylish adaptation of Stieg Larsson's international best-seller. Taking place in a Sweden of gorgeous surfaces and wicked underpinnings, the story takes the shape of an investigation by journalist Mikael (Daniel Craig), who's determined to get to find the truth about the disappearance of a heiress four decades ago. His search is aided by Lisbeth (Rooney Mara), a young computer hacker whose hostile veneer hides a streak of wounded vulnerability. The more they investigate, however, the more dark secrets they uncover, and the closer they get to danger. Suspenseful and visually intoxicating, the movie is a first-rate thriller that imbues lurid narratives with cinematic artistry.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Music Box Films): Fans of “Ray,” “Walk the Line,” “La Vie en Rose” and other song-filled biopics will savor this unconventional take on the turbulent life of legendary (and often scandalous) French crooner Serge Gainsbourg (resourcefully embodied by Eric Elmosnino). Following the songwriter’s life from his early days sneaking into art classes during WWII to his controversial later projects during the 1980s, the movie uses fantasies and music sequences to illustrate how his various female conquests—including such ‘60s icons as Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta), Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglais) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon)—influenced his art. Directed with visual panache and playfulness by comic-book artist Joann Sfarr, this is a cut above the usual cinematic life-story. With subtitles.
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1775- Anniversary of Patrick Henry’s speech for arming the Virginia militia at St. Johns Church, Richmond, Virginia. He was addressing the second Virginia convention, and delivered his immortal speech against arbitrary British rule, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Ironically, history has made this the best known, but from a contemporary journal, his most famous remark at the time, the one most repeated, occurred when he uttered:
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