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                   Tomorrow is the Anniversary of what we now call

“September 11th.”   It is a day we should not forget.  It can happen

again.  We must not let our guard down.




Friday, September 10,2004



    Classified Ads--- Asset Management

        Oestreich Says,“ I’m Outta Here, Maybe in Four”

First Niagara Expands Equipment Leasing Business

            Watch Out! McQuitty-Raeder Have the Video Tape

NorVergence Class Action Suit Marches Forward

    25 Leasing Companies Now Named

        “Weir & Partners” typical List Serve reaction:

            Chicago Tribune notes “No ICC Licensing Control”

    Synergy Resources Forms Alliance with RBC Centura Bank

        CIT Extends Financial Services Relationship With Dell

            First Fleet Names David Cardew VP, Syndications

    McCue Systems Releases LeasePak Version 5.1

        IFC Credit Aquires Pioneer Capital Corporation

            Beige Book—Capital Equipment Demand Improves

    News Briefs---

        Sports Briefs---

            "Gimme that Wine"

                This Day in American History

                    Baseball Poem



########  surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”



Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.


Classified Ads--- Asset Management


Austin, TX.

20+ years exper. lease/finance. P & L responsibility, strong credit & collection management, re- marketing& accounting. Computers, construction, auto & transportation. Both commercial/ consumer portfolios.



Bloomfield Township, MI.

15+ yrs experience asset management and credit analyst.

Leadership and training skills. Audited returns, max residual, lease end

and resale negotiator.



Chicago, IL.

MBA, 15+ years exp. Long history of success in maximizing residual position through outstanding negotiation skills & lease contract management. Third party re-marketing, forecasting etc...



Oxnard-Hollywood Beach, CA.

19 Years w/Equity Analysis/Placement and Residual Forecasting of Computer Assets. Portfolio Manager for Two Major Lessors and Strong Analyst Background w/Leading Information Services Firm.



Princeton, NJ.

Asset management/credit/collection

20+ years experience in equipment financing. Last five years in Asset Management including remarketing, end of lease negotiations, equipment and market evaluations



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Oestreich Says,“ I’m Outta Here, Maybe in Four”


“Just a note to let you all know what we've been up to here this summer, at Adirondack Leasing Associates in Albany NY.


“I've just sold the business to First Niagara Leasing on Tuesday, see the attached Press Release for more of the details.  For the most part it will be business as usual, except for the lower rates in many cases, because we are a bank now.  We will still be outsourcing a good part of our business that is outside of our banks direct lending footprint which is currently only 6 states.


“We're all very excited and ready for an incredible ride. I'm here for at least 4 more years and could be more.  They say it's not work if you're having fun!


“I'll try to be in touch with most of you in the coming weeks.”


Warm Regards,


“Gerry Oestreich, Executive Vice President First Niagara Leasing formerly Adirondack Leasing Associates Ltd

620 Washington Avenue

Rensselaer NY 12144

800-678-7342 Ext 232

Mobile 518-857-5206



##### Press Release ###########


First Niagara Expands Equipment Leasing Business


Bank acquires Rensselaer-based Adirondack Leasing Associates, Ltd.

.Lockport, New York,

,---First Niagara Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FNFG), announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire the leasing business from Adirondack Leasing Associates, Ltd. (ALA). The acquisition of the Rensselaer-based equipment lease broker becomes effective today.


ALA has served the leasing needs of businesses and municipalities since 1983. The transaction enables First Niagara to further expand its already nationwide leasing business and complements its growing lending and banking presence in the Capital Region, a key strategic initiative.


“This acquisition creates opportunity for us to expand our market with a complimentary business that has a similar business philosophy, culture and commitment to professionalism and customer service,” said First Niagara’s President & CEO Paul J. Kolkmeyer. “ALA has a long-term presence in the Capital Region and an excellent reputation and track record. We look forward to what we will be able to accomplish as a team.”


As a result of the acquisition, Adirondack Leasing Associates will merge into First Niagara Bank’s leasing division and will immediately operate under the First Niagara name. Leadership and employees of ALA will remain in place. By agreement of all parties, financial terms were Employees of ALA will continue to operate out of 620 Washington Avenue in Rensselaer.


 The team is expected to join forces with First Niagara’s Eastern Region commercial lending team at or near the close of First Niagara Financial Group’s acquisition of Hudson River Bancorp, Inc., scheduled for January 2005.


“Our target market combined with First Niagara’s expansive banking presence and robust commercial product line will help our business grow beyond our most optimistic expectations,” said ALA Founder, President and CEO, Gerald G. Oestreich. “We are pleased to be partnering with a substantial, successful company that will support our efforts to build long-lasting customer relationships.”


ALA was established in 1983 and provides equipment lease financing for manufacturers, distributors, vendors and customers from many industries throughout Eastern New York State.


Founded in 1 870, First Niagara has more than 1,300 employees throughout New York State and specializes in banking, investments and insurance. Including this transaction, First Niagara Bank and its parent, First Niagara Financial Group, have completed 12 acquisitions since 1999.


First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary First Niagara Bank, has assets of $5.0 billion and deposits of $3.3 billion. First Niagara Bank is a fill-service, community-oriented bank that provides financial services to individuals, families and businesses through 71 banking centers, a loan production office, several financial services subsidiaries, and 95 ATMs across New York State. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.





Officer Contacts

Paul J. Kolktneyer President and CEO

John R. Koelmel Chief Financial Officer

Christopher J. Thorne Reporting and Investor Relations Manager

(716) 625-7645


6950 S. Transit Road

P.O. Box 514

Lockport, NY 14095—0514

Phone 716 625—7500

www. tirstniagarafinancial.Com


### Press Release  ###################


Watch Out! McQuitty-Raeder Have the Video Tape


Unbeknownst to “sass654789@yahoo, ” CapitalWerks’ Mark McQuitty

is an old time radio “hard boiled detective mystery” buff.  Put him

together with Jim Raeder,  a street fighter who is not afraid to

spend a lot of money to “ get even,” and you have a powerful



“sass654789@yahoo” we cannot name at this point as all

the “legal positions” are being finalized,  but we can relate

the situation.


  from Jim Raeder, CapitalWerks/Preferred Leasing:



“This email written by an employee of a competitor, and in my opinion directed by their executive management is once again completely false.  There is neither a formal, nor informal relationship with any of these vendors listed.   This embittered and frustrated competitor will be revealed shortly after consulting with our legal council. 


“To avoid the same liability of libel and slander, as has been subjected on CapitalWerks by this organization, we will be sure to have irrefutable evidence revealing the identity of this individual and organization.   In reference to the absurd statement that we have repurchased transactions from GE, we have not had a single loss with GE nor any other lender since inception.  


“I could go through each and every charge and categorically provide proof these statements are false. However, there is no point as every statement listed here is absolute lunacy and far from the realm of reality.     Our competition has reached a new, all time low, in mudslinging which will ultimately prove to be their undoing.  “ 


  The Last of a Series of E-Mails:


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“Dear Leasing Professional,
You have fraudulent deals in your portfolio. If you
have not already, you will soon have serious portfolio
problems. A scheme is being perpetrated on your company
that is potentially larger than NorVergence and which
will result in tens of millions of dollars in
portfolio losses. You are at risk if you are either
working directly with Capitalwerks/PreferredLease the
company responsible for the fraud or; if you have any
of the following, but not limited to, vendors in your
portfolio-EcoTech, Trynetics, Delta Services, Sebrim
Systems, I-Systems, Infinity Services, MacroTech, and
Add-on Computers. We even have a DBA of
Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease set up to legitimize
these transactions- Working Capital Technologies of
This is how it works. Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease
identifies a company looking for a working capital
loan through one of their thousands of cold calls. The call from Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease starts with an inquiry about an equipment lease but then takes a turn when the potential lessee says they have a need for a loan but they do not have any equipment needs. Not a problem, this is normal. Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease
specialty- making up equipment.
Mark McQuitty, Jim Raeder, and Tim Lewison have set up
a vast network of computer vendors that falsify
invoices (they are even part owners in a few of these
vendors).Why would the vendors participate in this
fraudulent activity? Easy money! The vendors, primarily
computer vendors, simply create dummy invoices (either
no equipment exists, the equipment is already owned by
the company- sale-leaseback, the equipment is old, or
the equipment is on your restricted list).These
vendors receive the funding proceeds from you and they
then cut a check to Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease less
their commission, which usually is half the profit.
Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease mainly targets sending
this fraudulent business through smaller equipment
lease brokers. We employ this strategy in order to keep
our own portfolio relatively clean. When the fraudulent
deals blow up they won’t be linked back to us. The
broker will keep quiet because he knows he has help
perpetrate the fraud. This scam is getting extremely
sophisticated so just because you have done an
inspection on lessees of the above mentioned vendors;
don’t think you are out of the
woods. Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease will actually ship
dummy equipment (typically computers).They ship the
dummy equipment and then once the inspection is done
they instruct the lessee to send it back to them. When
the inspector comes in he sees the boxes of computers
in the lobby and will sign off that the equipment was

”So you ask, what is the big deal about not having any
equipment? You probably have a policy on soft
collateral (software, etc.). Why not a working capital
loan?pan>You don’t have equipment but you have a
lessee that would have qualified for a lease had the
lessee had an equipment need? Two reasons- first, a lot
of the deals have had their credit scrubbed and second
a request for a working capital loan shows desperation
on the borrower’s side (the credit reports just
haven’t picked this up, yet).Both of these issues will
lead to a default rate that will be substantially
higher than normal.

”Don’t take my word for it. Check to see if you have
any of the vendors mentioned above in your
portfolio. Ask your brokers if they are accepting
applications from Capitalwerks/Preferred Lease and
order a follow on inspections on any lessee with the
above mentioned vendors (make sure the inspector-
obtains serial numbers, turns on the computers, and
checks the processor speed and memory to see that it
matches the invoice. Also, independently verify the
value of the equipment).?.more laterI  I'm out, The modern
day Upton Sinclair
P.S. - This will be the next New York Times story.
P.S.S.- Was Jim Raeder in New York last week?
P.S.S.S- Ask us about the deals we are buying back
from GE.”




The email was not only broadcast to the people named in

the original e-mail, but to others.


Jim Raeder responded to the first one:


His latest to those addressed:


“You recently received an email from an individual claiming to be an employee of CapitalWerks.   The information provided in this libelous and slanderous attack couldn't be further from the truth.  This coward whom believed could hide behind a thinly veiled anonymous email address has been identified and is in fact not an employee.  The letter has since been removed from Leasing News as the information was proven false and misleading.  This individual whom works for a competitor will find that his attack on our character was a costly mistake.  


“I realize by reading the message boards of every public company that each and every CEO and CFO are under attack from people that are jealous and envious of their accomplishments, or have bet on the companies stock to go down.   I believe we will continue to be a target as long as we work in this highly competitive and lucrative industry.  


“It has been a difficult last four years for most leasing companies including ours to survive the difficult economic downturn.  There's enough business for all of us out there now and to focus on the negative vs. the positive results in less then optimum results.  Thanks for taking the time to listen to the truth and thanks again for your continued support.” 


  J. Raeder


Yahoo and others realize they have liability, so when a person signs

up from a “free mail account,” they agree to terms and conditions.

Violation of them allows they to “share” information.  In this case,

the original e-mail was traced to a Kinko’s address.  The person

came and rented a computer from Kinko’s, evidently paying

cash, and feeling quite safe that in this anonymity.   So they

could register the Kinko’s computer as the yahoo “free mail address.”


As part of the agreement with Kinko’s, violation of the agreement of

allows them to share information, including the video surveillance

of the store and the use of their computers.  With the exact date

to the second of the internet use, the video shows who the person

is.  Plus both Yahoo and Kinko’s have records of all the e-mail sent

by this individual as all of it is saved for legal liability purposes.






NorVergence Class Action Suit Marches Forward


25 Leasing Companies Now Named


On Wednesday, September 1, 2004, an Order to Show Cause Seeking an Injunction to stop the leasing companies from enforcing the leases was filed in the class action. In addition, an amended complaint against 26 leasing companies was filed.


The Court has scheduled the hearing date for the Order to Show Cause With Temporary Restraints for Friday, October 1, 2004 at 2:30PM .


The web site will be posting a list of a network of attorneys in key states that is accepting the defense of individual cases already filed by the leasing companies against putative class members, while the class action continues to litigate. 


 Michael S. Green says, “This list will be updated as we hear about suits filed in the different states by the leasing companies.  At the present time we are aware of suits filed in PA, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Washington State.  If you are aware of other states involved please let us know.”





Law Offices of Michael Scott Green

14 Easton Ave., #340

New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901

Tel:  (732) 390-0480

Fax: (732) 390-0481

Cell: (732) 690-2093


On the web@:



From the Web Site:



“The class action is being represented on a contingency fee basis, there is no retainer fee. If we are successful in the class action litigation, we will make an application to the Court for attorneys’ fees and expenses, which are typically paid out of a settlement fund or judgment collection which is paid by the defendants. Such a fee is first passed upon by the Court which must approve all fees and expenses paid to counsel in a class action.


If a settlement is reached, Class Members are afforded the opportunity, at that time, to consider their options and opt-out, if they so desire, to pursue an individual claim.


In addition, if you fit the definition of the class in the amended complaint, you are, by definition, a putative class member. You do not need to “sign up” or “join” in any manner at this time to be included as a member of the putative class.


For more information regarding class actions you may review the Class Action FAQ sections at and There is, unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation regarding class actions circulating and we urge you to review these sections.


The following lease companies are named in the amended complaint that was filed on Wednesday, September 1, 2004:


ABB Leasing,


CCL (Commerce Commercial Leasing),

Celtic Bank,

 CIT Technology Financing,

Court Square Leasing,

Crown Bank Leasing,

Dolphin Capital Corp.,

First Lease,

General Electric Capital Corporation

 IFC Credit Corp.,

 ILC (Information Leasing Corp.),

 Interchange Capital,

Irwin Business Finance,

 Lakeland Bank,

 Liberty Bank,

Norv Capital (De Lage Landen),

OFC Capital (ALFA Financial),

Patriot Commercial Leasing,

Popular Leasing,

 Preferred Capital, Inc.,

Sterling National Bank,


TCF Express Leasing,

US Bancorp.,

Wells Fargo Financial Leasing.





“Weir & Partners” typical List Serve reaction:


I hired an Attorney here in St. Louis, MO. to

review the contract I have with Norvergence and Commerce Commercial Leasing. After some investigation, he counseled with another local  legal firm that handles Class Action Suits. Together they analyzed all the documents I gave them and the circumstances related to this event. The legal counsel at the Class Action firm talked extensively with one of the lawyers at "Weir & Partners". My lawyers seemed to be impressed with the amount of time that the "Weir" representative was willing to spend with them on the phone.


To make a long story short, these were their recommendations to me:

1.) Keep payments up-to-date to avoid getting sued. 2.) Join the

Group Legal action with "Weir & Partners". 3.) Add our name to any

Class Action Suits that are being filed. 4.) File a report with

the "Attorney General's Office" and FTC.


I know this is somewhat redundant information, but I just wanted to

reinforce these recommendations. This will be my primary game plan,

but I will also be considering back-up plans if these options fail.


Another note: I also got stuck with unpaid bills from Norvergence to

SBC. I switched my phone service to SBC once I heard Norvergence was going into bankruptcy. About 2 weeks later, SBC shut our service

down. When I called them, they indicated that I had over $1,400 of

payments in arrears. They basically were going to hold my phone

numbers hostage until I paid the bill. I was fuming at this point,

but had no choice but to pay it.


A couple things to consider when switching phone providers: 1.) Make

sure that you have billing switched to your company address. 2.) If

you are using some type of broker company, you will usually sign a

statement that allows them to represent you in negotiating rates on

your behalf. My opinion is that you are better off dealing directly

with the service provider.


If anyone wants to verify the authenticity of this posting, you can

contact me direct.


Good Luck to Us All,

Michael S. Mesey


Business Systems Connection, Inc.





Chicago Tribune notes “No ICC Licensing Control”


The NorVergence experience is an outgrowth of rampant competition in telecommunications, said Edward Hurley, chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, which oversees utilities operating in the state.


Because NorVergence only resold phone service provided by other carriers, such as Sprint and Qwest, it required no licensing by the ICC, Hurley noted.


"This is the kind of thing we have to be wary of," said Hurley. "We allow just about anybody to get into this business. That's what competition is about."


Even some people experienced with fraud became NorVergence customers. Karl Dickhaus, a consumer fraud attorney practicing in the St. Louis area, signed up for NorVergence.


"Their office here is near my office," said Dickhaus. "I went over there a lot to complain about their terrible service. I asked them if they really wanted to mess with a consumer law firm. Apparently, the answer was yes."


Dickhaus said he became aware that NorVergence's problems extended beyond poor customer service when NorVergence employees sought his representation in collecting unpaid wages.


He represented more than 60 clients from the pool of former NorVergence customers stuck owing money to finance companies holding their leases.


Dickhaus said NorVergence victims can go to court to get their leases voided because of the fraudulent means under which they were obtained. Going to court costs about $5,000, he estimated.


"To hold down costs, we try to get several clients who can sue the same finance company," Dickhaus said. "If you have 10 clients on one suit, they can each pay $500, which is more reasonable.


"Of course, they have to understand, in litigation there are no guarantees," he said.


  full story at:,1,5834696.story





### Press Release ##############################


Synergy Resources Forms Equipment Leasing Alliance with RBC Centura Bank



MINNEAPOLIS,  -- Synergy Resources announced today the finalization of a program agreement with RBC Centura Bank. Through this new alliance, RBC Centura Bank will offer equipment leasing as a finance option to its customers, while relying on the infrastructure and expertise provided by Synergy Resources.


"We have determined that outsourcing equipment leasing is the best alternative to having a leasing division in-house. The referral process is simple; we save on the infrastructure costs associated with supporting an internal program; and we have complete confidence that clients referred to Synergy Resources will be taken care of," says Scott Custer, president, RBC Centura Bank.


"We expect great success with the RBC Centura program," says Fred Kuhnen, VP Business Development, Synergy Resources. "They have a sales culture built on relationships, and more importantly, they have the right attitude towards the leasing product. They know their customers lease equipment and want to offer the best solution for every situation," adds Kuhnen.


Synergy Resources has provided equipment leasing outsource programs to community and regional banks for the past seven years. Turnkey services range from credit underwriting and documentation to customer service and collections. Synergy Resources, an affiliate of U.S. Bancorp Bank Services, is located in Minneapolis, MN. Program information is available online at .


RBC Centura Bank offers a wide range of financial services and advice, including a complete line of banking, investment, loan, mortgage, life insurance, and other services, to individuals and businesses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida.  RBC Centura's multifaceted customer access network includes more than 270 full-service financial offices, an extensive ATM network, and telephone and Internet banking.  In addition, RBC Centura offers residential mortgages through its wholly owned subsidiary, RBC Mortgage, one of the largest retail mortgage originators in the U.S., and builder finance products through RBC Builder Finance.  RBC Centura Banks, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE, TSX: RY).  Additional information may be found at .


SOURCE  Synergy Resources 


CO:  Synergy Resources; RBC Centura Bank; U.S. Bancorp Bank Services


ST:  Georgia, Minnesota




Web site:


### Press Release ###########################  


CIT Extends Financial Services Relationship With Dell


    NEW YORK,  -- CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a

leading provider of commercial and consumer finance solutions, announced the extension and modification of its U.S. vendor financing joint venture with Dell Inc., known as Dell Financial Services (DFS).


    DFS, established in April 1997, provides a complete range of sales

financing programs to Dell consumer and business customers.  The new agreements provide CIT with the right to purchase a percentage of DFS's finance receivables through January 2010, extended from October 2005 under the former agreements.  Dell also has the option to purchase CIT's 30 percent interest in DFS in February 2008 versus October 2005 under the former agreements.  In addition, CIT and Dell agreed to negotiate to extend their Canadian and European vendor financing programs and to establish formal exclusive vendor finance programs in New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia.


    Tom Hallman, Vice Chairman of CIT, commented: "Our longstanding

relationship with Dell is an excellent example of our commitment to partnering with premier global companies.  The continued success of this joint venture is a reflection of the demand for Dell's superior products and CIT's seamless financing solutions, by consumers and businesses alike."


    Dell Chief Financial Officer Jim Schneider commented: "CIT plays an

important role in partnering with Dell to provide services ranging from

consumer credit accounts to finance agreements for business customers.  We look forward to continuing to work together, as we grow this business, to provide best-in-class customer service."


    More information regarding the new agreements is contained in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission   The form isavailable on CIT's website at


    About CIT:

    CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading commercial and consumer finance company, provides clients with financing and leasing products and advisory services.  Founded in 1908, CIT has nearly $50 billion in assets under management and possesses the financial resources, industry expertise and product knowledge to serve the needs of clients across approximately 30 industries.  CIT, a Fortune 500 company, holds leading positions in vendor financing, factoring, equipment and transportation financing, Small Business Administration loans, and asset-based lending.  CIT, with its principal offices in Livingston, New Jersey and New York City has approximately 5,800 employees in locations throughout North America, Europe, Latin and South

America, and the Pacific Rim.  For more information, visit


SOURCE  CIT Group Inc.



### Press Release ############################


First Fleet Corporation Names David Cardew Vice President, Syndications



FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –  – First Fleet Corporation, a national provider of asset management, financial and operational support to the trucking and transportation industry, today announced the appointment of David R. Cardew as Vice President, Syndications. In this newly created position, Mr. Cardew will help steer the company’s syndications group and be responsible for maintaining ongoing funding source relationships, developing new funding source relationships to support the company’s growth and volume, and creating new financial products and strategies to enhance revenue margins. One of First Fleet’s most important and fastest growing areas, Syndications has grown annually in excess of 20% over the past three years.


Prior to joining First Fleet, Mr. Cardew served most recently as Vice President, Business Development at GATX Technology Services Corporation, one of the largest independent technology lessors in North America. During his fifteen-year tenure in increasingly more responsible positions at GATX, he successfully directed the company’s Emerging Growth Internet Investment Initiative, mergers & acquisitions and strategic alliances, growing the company’s portfolio from less than $50 million to more than $1.5 billion. Before that, he was Vice President, Financial Services at Systems Marketing Corporation, a Phoenix-based IBM equipment lessor owned by Commercial Federal Savings & Loan Association. In that position, he directed debt and equity syndications, credit and lease administration, and developed funding strategies to increase the company’s incremental earnings. He began his career at Xerox.   


“David Cardew is a valuable addition to the First Fleet team,” said John J. Flynn, President & CEO, First Fleet Corporation. “He’s a seasoned and creative business development, financial and syndication executive with a proven track record of success in the equipment leasing industry.”


He holds a B.S. degree in Finance, with a minor in Economics, from Arizona State University.


About First Fleet Corporation


Fort Lauderdale-based First Fleet Corporation, a subsidiary of PHH Arval, is a national provider of asset management, financial services and high technology operational support to the trucking and transportation industry throughout North America. The company currently owns or manages more than 15,000 trucks, tractors and trailers for a number of Fortune 500-level companies, including BP Amoco, DaimlerChrysler, Delta Airlines, Ford, Kraft, Maytag, Hormel, and Tropicana. First Fleet is located at 350 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more information, contact First Fleet Corporation at (954) 761-9700 or visit Web site




Fran Schwartz

Starmark International

Phone Number: (954) 761-1600




#### Press Release #######################


McCue Systems Announces Release of LeasePak Version 5.1


BURLINGAME, CA, -- McCue Systems Inc. of Burlingame, CA, announces the release of the latest version of its flagship lease/loan portfolio management solution, LeasePak 5.1.


"We are all very proud of this newest version of LeasePak. With this release, we are offering our customers a range of significant new options in both functionality as well as product architecture," says Douglas Jones, McCue Systems’ VP of Development. “LeasePak 5.1 allows users to choose either the Sybase or Oracle enterprise RDBMS as the data tier of their portfolio management system with no alteration in the desktop user interface, business logic, or data structure. We have also continued to make LeasePak able to fully integrate with other SOA-enabled applications with the publication of our Web APIs. With its wide range of additional technical and functional enhancements, LeasePak 5.1 represents a major milestone in the evolution of our technology roadmap,” Jones adds.


The new release, being delivered to licensed LeasePak users, represents a realization of a corporate initiative that CEO John McCue rolled out in Jan 2003: to enhance the company’s flagship portfolio management solutions to provide lessors with greater productivity efficiencies, resource-conservative integration tools, state-of-the-art Web-based origination, and an enhanced user interface.


For McCue Systems, experience has proved the value of a development methodology that the company characterizes as “evolution, not revolution”. Observing the company’s successful delivery of its current release, CEO John McCue observes, “The principle that technological change must be firmly founded on business needs has been our long-standing commitment.”


“We continue to adopt the best of what’s available, based on our 30-plus years of working with real-world lessors of every variety and size. We believe that LeasePak 5.1 represents the best in lease/loan portfolio management technology, built from components that have been tested and proven in actual production and that have been built specifically for equipment finance,” McCue adds.




Andrew Lea


Phone Number: (650) 348-0650x1171



## Press Release ########################


IFC Credit Corporation Announces Acquisition of Pioneer Capital Corporation


Posted 09/03/04

MORTON GROVE, Illinois, - IFC Credit Corporation announced today that it has concluded the acquisition of Pioneer Capital Corporation.


Pioneer Capital Corporation is an Addison, Texas-based lessor specializing in providing equipment lease funding services to third party leasing professionals. Founded in 1983, Pioneer has funded over $85 million in small-ticket equipment leases over the last 3 years. Pioneer, through its proprietary web-based leasing system ( processes over 5000 lease applications and funds over 1000 leases annually.


Rudolph P. Trebels, President and CEO of IFC Credit Corporation, commented: “The acquisition of Pioneer Capital is an excellent strategic fit for IFC Credit, adding market share and leveraging our capabilities in lease funding services.”


IFC Credit has provided lease funding services to third-party leasing professionals in the past, but on a smaller scale. “Pioneer is highly focused in their market, with a strong management team that compliments our existing group”, Trebels added.


Pioneer Capital Corporation will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and remain in Addison, Texas.


“This opportunity makes sense for both companies,” states John Boettigheimer, President and co-founder of Pioneer. “Pioneer’s growth has remained strong despite challenging economic conditions, and IFC Credit provides us with additional financial resources to take the company to the next level.”


Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Pioneer Capital Corporation will be the third company acquired by IFC Credit Corporation since 2002. Earlier, the company acquired First Portland Corporation dba FirstCorp, Portland, Oregon and Spectrum Medical Leasing, Inc., Downers Grove, Illinois. The operations of those firms were integrated into IFC’s organization and continue to provide incremental growth.


IFC expects to continue to consider new acquisition opportunities that add long-term strategic value to the company.


Founded in 1988, IFC Credit Corporation is a Morton Grove, Illinois-based commercial equipment leasing firm dedicated to providing superior, innovative financial services. The company serves a broad market offering its services directly to middle market companies and venture capital-backed emerging growth firms, and indirectly through small-ticket vendor lease programs and third-party lease originators.


For additional information contact:


Brian Cascarano

Vice President of Marketing

IFC Credit Corporation

8700 Waukegan Road, Suite 100

Morton Grove, IL 60053





Brian Cascarano

IFC Credit Corporation

Phone Number: 847-663-6700

Fax Number: 847-663-6702




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Beige Book—Capital Equipment Demand Improves


The economy in many areas of the United States grew at a slower pace in late July and August as household spending softened, according to the report issued on Monday.


Several districts indicated that the pace had slowed since their last reports. Districts' characterizations of the rate of expansion ranged from slow (St. Louis) to solid (San Francisco), with many districts reporting modest or moderate growth.


Household spending was reported to have softened in many parts of the nation, reflecting lackluster retail sales and some cooling in new and existing home sales. Conditions in the manufacturing sector, on the other hand, improved further nationwide, especially among capital equipment and other durable goods makers.


Residential construction activity remained at high levels but slowed a bit in some regions; nonresidential construction remained tepid, as did demand for commercial and industrial space. Agricultural conditions were mixed and generally tied to the weather. Demand for consumer loans softened somewhat, but several districts noted increased commercial lending. Employers in most districts continued to expand payrolls, though districts reported some unevenness across sectors.


While persistently rapid increases in nonwage labor costs continued to be a concern for many employers, wage pressures remained modest. Consumer prices were generally flat or up modestly, although there were noticeable price increases for energy and some material inputs.


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This Day in American History



September 10,

    1565-Billiards were played in St. Augustine, Florida, brought to America by the Spaniards who were the first to settle the area.

    1718 -The Collegiate School at New Haven, CT, changed its name to Yale. (Congregationalists, unhappy with an increasing religious liberalism at Harvard, had founded Yale, the third oldest college in America, in 1701.)

    1776-George Washington asks for a spy volunteer

;Nathan Hale volunteers.

    1794- Blount College’ the first nondenominational church was charted at Knoxville, TN ( now the University of Tennessee).  The charger provided that the college “ take effectual care that students of all denominations may and shall be admitted to the equal advantages of a liberal education and to the emoluments and honors of the college, so that they shall receive a like, fair, generous, and equal treatment during their residence therein.”  The first president was Samuel Carrick.

    1813-the American naval officer Oliver Hazard Perry left Erie, PA, with a fleet of nine ships and encountered a squadron of six British warships off Put-in-Bay, Ohio, today, which history calls “ The Battle of Lake Erie.”   Perry’s attack was hampered by his short-range guns, and his ship was battered to a hulk with only a handful of capable men left. He left his flagship Lawrence and renewed the fight from a sister ship, the Niagra, and had the satisfaction of seeing the British strike their colors. He returned to the Lawrence to accept the British surrender, then sent to Gen. William Henry Harrison, commander in the west, the victory dispatch containing the words, “ We have met the enemy and they are ours.”  The Americans gained control of Lake Erie, and the British were obliged to withdraw from Detroit, further strengthening the U.S. position in the Great Lakes.

    1820-Missouri entered the Union under  the Missouri Compromise of 1820, admitting Missouri as a slave state while admitting Maine as a free state, and prohibiting slavery in Louisiana Territory north of the parallel 36º 30', Missouri's southern border.

    1846 --  Following the failure of all Mormons to leave Nauvoo, Illinois in May as agreed to after the assassination of Joseph Smith and his brother in Carthage, Illinois two years ago, a thousand anti-Mormon "Regulators" led by Colonel Thomas Brockman order the first assault on the remaining Mormons at Nauvoo. Regulator cannon fire drives Mormon families from their homes towards the Mississippi River.

    1852- Birthday of Alice Brown Davis was a leader and for a short time the chief of the Seminole Indians. She married a white man who deserted her and their 11 children when the youngest was three. They had operated a trading post for the Seminoles in Oklahoma where ABD's family had settled after the Civil War. Most of the children became prominent community and government leaders.  She reportedly became an amazing symbol of strength among her people who resided near the Cherokee in Oklahoma. She even went with a group as an interpreter to seek land in Mexico. Her people's self-government was effectively abolished when the State of Oklahoma set up counties that submerged the Indian population with white voters. Because the U.S. government needed a chief's signature for a piece of Florida property, President Warren G. Harding appointed her chief of the Seminoles.    She had previously visited the "lost" group of Seminole who had hidden in the Florida Everglades to escape the forced migration that became the Trail of Tears and established a dialogue between the two groups. Instead of signing, ABD demanded reparations and she was summarily removed and a U.S. government illegally signed the deed.   The Seminoles, under her guidance took the matter to court and finally won a settlement in 1946, 11 years after Davis' death.

    1857- -- US: Mountain Meadows Massacre. Mormons offer to escort a Gentile train passing through Utah to safety from the Indians, then line up all the adult males in single file with a Mormon guide on each side, and, at a prearranged signal, massacre them all in cold blood. Mormon Militia, disguised as Indians and the real Indians, moved in on the women and older children, shooting, clubbing and tomahawking them to death.

    1862-Rabbi Jacob Frankel of Philadelphia, PA became the first Jewish Army chaplain, four months after Congress amended its law of 1861 requiring chaplains to be Christians.  Frankel served from 1863 through 1865 at the United States Hospital in Philadelphia. 

    1877- Katherine Sophie Dreier, U.S. painter and modern art museum founder. Instead of focusing on her considerable artistic talent, KSD turned most of her energies towards gaining acceptance in the United States for modern art. Independently wealthy, she - along with artist Marcel Duchamp - established Soci,t, Anonyme in 1920, New York City's first museum of modern art. She published material and held lectures and the like to encourage acceptance of the new art forms.   When the Museum of Modern Art opened in 1928, it eclipsed her museum and she later donated the collection to Yale University.   Her sisters were Mary Elizabeth Dreier and Margaret Dreier Robins, both active in art and in social concerns. All three were active in the women's suffrage and rights movements.

    1884-Mississippi African-American Congressman John R. Lynch was

temporary chairman of the Republican National Convention, providing

over the meeting for a short period.,john_lynch_autograph,3d09410a0.html

    1909- Dr. Judith Kaplan Eisenstein birthday: U.S. author, musicologist, and composer.    In 1922 Dr. Eisenstein was the first woman to have a bat mitzvah.

   "No thunder sounded,” she said in 1992, recalling the ceremony. "No lightning struck."   Allowing women the rite that had long marked the passage of Jewish males into religious adulthood proved to be the first of many changes broadening the role of women in Judaism. The changes now included their ordination as rabbis. She was the oldest daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of the Reconstructionist branch of Judaism.   Today the bat mitzvah ceremony (bar mitzvah is for boys) is an established practice within the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist branches of Judaism, and parallel celebrations are common in some quarters of Orthodox Judaism as well. From 1929 to 1954, Dr. Eisenstein taught music education and the history of Jewish music at Jewish Theological Seminary's Teacher's Institute, now known as the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies in New York City.   While there she published a Jewish songbook for children, Gateway to Jewish Song, which was followed by other books of Jewish music and musical history for young people.   From 1942 to 1974, she wrote seven cantatas on Jewish themes, among them is the frequently performed, What Is Torah, which she wrote with her husband, Rabbi Ira Eisenstein.   In 1959, at the age of 50, Dr. Eisenstein, who had earned a Master's degree in music education at Columbia University's Teachers College, began work for her Ph.D. at the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union college-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. After receiving her degree, she taught there from 1966 to 1979, and also taught at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.

ceremonies, like bar mitzvahs, were often overshadowed by lavish parties.

"Bat mitzvah began not just as a statement of feminism,” she said, "but as a statement of dedication to something larger than oneself."

    1910-Great Idaho Fire destroys 3 million acres of timber

    1910-Birthday of composer/Band Leader/Inventer Raymond Scott .

    1913-the Lincoln Highway, a 3,300 mile highway stretching from New York

City to San Francisco, CA was opened, becoming the first coast-to-coast paved road.  It was originally proposed by Carl Graham Fisher.  The highway traversed 13 states—New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California ---and cost about $10 million.  The first complete coast-to-coast run over the official route was made by Neil Patterson.

    1919 - A hurricane struck the Florida Keys drowning more than 500 persons.

    1924 -Leopold and Loeb found guilty of murder

    1929-Birthday of golfer Arnold Palmer, Latrobe, PA.

    1934-birthday of Roger Eugene Maris, Hibbin, MN. In 1961, Maris broke one of baseball’s sacred records, hitting 61 home runs to surpass the mark of 60 set by Babe Ruth in 1927.  He won the American League MVP award in 1960 and in    

1961 and finished his career with the St. Louis Cardinals.  He died at Houston, TX, Dec 14, 1985.

    1939-Charlie Barnet records “ The Duke’s Idea.” (Bluebird 10453)

    1941-Woody Herman records “Blues in the Night” 1950 - Eddie Cantor moved from radio to TV, as he hosted the "Colgate Comedy Hour" on NBC.

    1951 - Florence Chadwick of San Diego, CA, became the first American woman to swim the English Channel from both coasts.

    1952---Top Hits

Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn

Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray

Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

    1954- Swanson sells its first "TV dinner,” turkey and gravy. Chicken

came a few years later; remember no microwave in the early days.1962 Swanson

stopped calling them TV dinners.

    1954“Gunsmoke” premiered on TV. “Gunsmoke” was TV’s longest-running western, moving from radio to TV.  John Wayne turned down the roll of Marshall Dillon.  James Whitmore was then chosen, but he declined, recommending his neighbor James Arness ( Whitmore lived across the street

from us and Arness a few blocks away---he drove my brother and I to high

school for several years in his station wagon on his way to work ).  Other regulars

included Amanda Blake as Kitty Russell, saloon-owner, Dennis Weaver as Chester B. Goode, Dillon’s deputy and Milburn Stone as Doc Adams. In 1962 a fifth character was added---the “rugged male.” Burt Reynolds played Quint Asper, followed by Roger Eweing as Thad Greenwood, and Buck Taylor as Newly O’Brien. In 1964 Ken Curtis was added as funnyman Festus Haggen, the new deputy.  “Gunsmoke” was incredibly popular, both as a half-hour and hour-long show, as the number-one rated series for four seasons , and  top ten hit for six seasons. The last telecast was September 1, 1975.

    1955 - Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the "Miss America Pageant" on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly-crowned beauty queen, “There She is ... Miss America”. The song was composed by Bernie Wayne and was sung for the first time on this day. Sharon Kay Ritchie was the first Miss America to be honored with the song. When she married singer Don Cherry ("Band of Gold"), "There She Is" was part of the wedding ceremony.

    1960 - Hurricane Donna struck the Florida Keys, with winds gusting to 180 mph and a thirteen foot storm surge. The hurricane then moved north along the eastern coast of Florida and inundated Naples before moving out to sea. Hurricane Donna claimed fifty lives, injured 1800 others, and caused more than 300 million dollars damage. The Marathon/Tavernier area was almost completely destroyed, and in the Citrus Belt, most of the avocado crop was blown from the trees. Hurricane Donna wreaked havoc from Florida to Maine, with wind gusts to 100 mph along much of the coast. Hurricane Donna produced wind gusts to 121 mph at Charleston SC on the 11th, and wind gusts to 138 mph at Blue Hill Observatory MA on the 12th. The hurricane finally died over Maine two days later, producing more than five inches of rain over the state.

    1960---Top Hits

It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley

The Twist - Chubby Checker

Volare - Bobby Rydell

Alabam - Cowboy Copas

    1961 - Mickey Mantle tied a major-league baseball record for home runs by hammering his 400th career round-tripper.

    1963-Twenty black students entered public schools in Alabama's/Birmingham.htm

    1964 - Rod Stewart recorded his first tune, titled "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", for Decca. It was not one of his more successful recordings.

    1965-Hurricane Betsy slammed Louisiana with wind gusting to 130 mph at Houma. There were 58 deaths and over 17,500 injured. The storm surge and flooding from torrential rains made Betsy the first billion dollar hurricane was losses exceeding $1.4 billion

    1966-“Star Trek” premieres on TV. The first of 79 episodes of the TV series ‘Star Trek” was aired on the NBC network. Although the science fiction show set in the future only lasted a few seasons, it has remained enor­mously popular through syndication reruns. It has been given new life through six motion pictures, a cartoon TV series and the very popular TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” It has consistently ranked among the biggest titles in the motion picture, television, home video and licensing divisions of Paramount Pictures.

    1966-“Tarzan” premieres on TV. This hour adventure series was based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ character, who appeared for the first time on TV. Tarzan, an English lord who preferred the jungle, was played by Ron Ely. Manuel Padilla, Jr. was Jai, a jungle orphan, Alan Caillou was Jason Flood, Jai’s tutor and Rockne Tarkington was Rao, a veterinarian. There was no Jane.

    1966- Beatles' "Revolver," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 6 weeks.

    1966- “That Girl” premiered and it was a half-hour sitcom starring Marlo

Thomas as Ann Marie, an independent aspiring actress in New York City. Ted Bessell also starred as her boyfriend Don Hollinger. They were finally engaged in 1970. Also featured were Lew Parker, Rosemary De Camp and Bonnie Scott. Well-known per­formers who appeared on the show include Dabney Coleman,

George Carlin and Bernie Kopell.

    1966-“ The Road Runner Show” premiered on TV.  Meep! Meep! The Road Runner, a clever bird who always outwitted Wile E. Coyote and his Acme schemes, had his own cartoon series for three seasons. Other times, this character was on a show with Bugs Bunny called “ The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour.”

    1966- The Monkees' "The Last Train To Clarksville" is released.

    1967-“Gentle Ben” premiere on TV. This show was about the adventures of a boy, Mark Wedloe (Clint Howard) and his pet bear, Ben. Also featured were Dennis Weaver as his father, Tom, a game warden. Beth Brickell as his mother Ellen, Jack Worley as Tom’s friend Spencer and Angelo Rutherford as his friend Willie. It was filmed on location in Florida.

    1968---Top Hits

People Got to Be Free - The Rascals

Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano

Mama Tried - Merle Haggard

    1971- At Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, Harmon Killebrew becomes the tenth player to join the 500 home run club as hits the historic homer in the first inning off Mike Cuellar. Later in the game the 36-year old first baseman connects for #501, but 'Killer's' two round-trippers are to no avail as the Twins lose to the Orioles in 10 innings, 4-3.

    1972 - Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton in a heavyweight boxing match and avenged a loss to Norton the previous March.

    1972-The United States lost its first basketball game in Olympic history, snapping a streak going back to 1935, when the Soviet Union won the gold medal game at the Munich Summer Games, 51-50.  The game was quite controversial. After the clock expired with the US ahead, International Amateur Basketball Federation officials intervened and required the referees to replay the last three seconds. This time, the Soviets scored to eke out the victory. US officials protest in vain.  The American team refused to accept the silver medal.

    1974 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals broke Maury Wills’ 1962 major-league record for stolen bases in a season. ‘Lightning’ Lou stole his 105th base on his way to a career total of 938 stolen bases.

    1976---Top Hits

You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees

You’ll Never Find Another Love like Mine - Lou Rawls

Let ’Em In - Wings

(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap

    1984 - The Federal Communications Commission changed the rules. The FCC allowed broadcasters to own 12 AM and 12 FM radio stations. The previous limit was 7 of each.

    1984---Top Hits

What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner

Missing You - John Waite

She Bop - Cyndi Lauper

Tennessee Homesick Blues - Dolly Parton

    1986- During Billy Martin Day at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers retire uniform #1 to honor their scrappy second baseman and four-time manager.

    1988-Steffi Graf wins US Open, 1st woman Grand Slam since Court (1970)

    1989- After fifteen months of recovery from cancer surgery to his arm, Dave Dravecky pitches one-hit baseball for seven innings blanking the Reds to get the victory. The Giant bullpen holds on for a 4-3 win at Candlestick Park.

    1989 - Light snow fell in Montana overnight, with three inches reported at Fairfield. Billings MT reported a record low of 33 degrees. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the northeastern U.S., with record highs of 86 degrees at Caribou ME and 90 degrees at Burlington VT.

    1990 -19 year old Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi to win the US Open

    1990 -First time in NY Yankee history they are completely swept in a season series, Oakland A's beat them 12 games to 0
    1990- Hard Rock Cafe opens in Las Vegas Nevada

    1995-Cyndi Lauper wins an Emmy for her guest appearance on "Mad About You..”

    1997- In a 7-6 loss to the Giants, Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. Babe Ruth accomplished the feat twice in 1920-21 and 1927-28 seasons.

    2002 --Sammy Sosa hits three home runs in consecutive at bats in the third, fourth and fifth innings tying a Cubs' record with nine RBIs established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and he also becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings.

    2003---Rafael Furcal becomes the 12th player to turn an unassisted triple play in

big league history. With runners on Cardinals on first (Orlando Palmeiro) and second (Mike Matheny) in the fifth inning, the Braves shortstop makes a leaping catch of pitcher Woody Williams' liner steps on second base to double up Matheny before tagging out Palmeiro who is attempting to get back to first base.




Baseball Poem




   by Tim Peeler


Twelve and persistent

As the worst salesman

That ever stuck a toe in a door,

I began telling people at the church

That we were going to see the Braves.


Now the interstate to Atlanta was still

A long, strung-out thing back then,

But I told my buddy Coffey and the Hefners

And some of the men who stood out front

In ties and shirtsleeves,

Smoking by the wall before the service.

And soon it become known

 That we were gong on an autumn Sunday,

With my frugal Dad, the dedicated minister,

Carefully picking a Lutheran church to attend-

More carefully than our field-level seats,

First base side, overweight Ken Johnson pitching

 For the Cubs, the lanky Ron Reed for the Braves

In a bright afternoon of contrasts.


My head wheeled from side to side

In the round stadium, trying to take it

All in—the sheltered preacher's son,

A bit scared of all the beer drinkers,

Amazed at the wildness and color of it all,

The remarkable green open space of the field.

Then I turned away for a blink,

I missed the sudden pop of the ball as it left Aaron's bat,

Crashing in blue seats above

Chief Noc-A-Homa's tent.

I willed the trip, the game, the day,

Then blinked at a bright piece of history

In '69.






--- with the permission of the author, from his

book of baseball poetry:


“Waiting for Godot's First Pitch”

   More Poems from Baseball


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