Expanded Leasing News Advisory Board



Yesterday we printed the names and biographies of our current

Leasing News Advisory Board:    http://www.leasingnews.org/#leasing


Today we announce the new members which not only expands the advisory board  in number, but geographic area, and perhaps more importantly, expertise.


Our policy is printed on the web site and printed in each daily edition:



Our mission is basically to produce “independent, unbiased and fair

news about the Leasing Industry.”  Our full mission statement is

also on the web site: http://www.leasingnews.org/Mission_Statement.htm


For the record: The Leasing News Advisory Board is chosen by the publisher. They are not financially compensated. They participate in the overall direction of our electronic newspaper. As  per a “printed” newspaper procedure, it is the editor's sole discretion as to what is printed and not printed; not the board of directors or any advisory board


The purpose is to give more business advice, procedural viewpoint, help promote the growth of Leasing News, contribute their experience and knowledge toward the policy and mission; to help this electronic newspaper grow.


Perhaps we can all get together for a Chaine des Rotisseurs style dinner October 22, 2004  during the United Association of Equipment Leasing October 21–24,2004 Annual Conference & Exposition in Monterey, California.  Our advisory board member Steve Crane is the conference chairman, so this might be a good opportunity to have

a Monterey-Carmel Valley weekend.  It might rival our Emeril's private room dinner we had in New Orleans, Louisiana. It might rival our Emeril's private room dinner we had in New Orleans, Louisiana.





Welcome aboard:


                                Edward Castagna,  Nassau Asset  Management

                                Dan Janal, Great Teleseminars

                                Theresa M. Kabot, CLP,  Kabot Commercial Leasing

                                Robert S. Kieve,  Empire Broadcasting

                                Andrew Lea, M.A., McCue Systems,Inc.

                                Armon L. Mills, CPA,  Silicon Valley Business Ink

                                Steve Reid, CLP,  Santa Barbara Bank & Trust;                              

                                Paul B. Weiss,    ICON Capital


  Here are their individual biographies:





Edward Castagna

Nassau Asset  Management

Roslyn Heights, NY


Ed Castagna is Nassau Asset Management's executive vice president of operations, responsible for managing internal operations and a growing staff while working on behalf of clients. His accomplishments include transforming the brick-and-mortar business into an e-commerce-enabled company.  Castagna was instrumental in the conception, design, production and marketing of www.nasset.com, a global Web site for remarketing assets. He also was involved in the development and enhancement of NASTRAC, an online system that keeps Nassau customers informed, in real time, about the repossession and sale of used equipment.


He has extensive experience in all areas of asset management but is best known for his expertise in remarketing strategies and liquidations. Castagna has helped liquidate the assets of thousands of distressed companies since joining the firm in 1991. He is particularly knowledgeable about using an alternative to auctions, known as orderly liquidations, to maximize return on liquidated assets. He is a principal in Nassau

Asset Management, which provides asset recovery, collections, remarketing and appraisal services to the equipment leasing and finance industry


Castagna serves as the chairman of the Equipment Leasing Association's (ELA) Service Providers Business Council. He is an industry speaker, author and quoted source on asset remarketing strategies.


Castagna graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.  Active in community affairs, he is a founding member of TLC, a civic organization that raises funds to enhance neo-natal care for North Shore's Long Island Jewish Health System.





Dan Janal

Great Teleseminars

Shorewood, Minnesota


Dan Janal helps companies and exerts produce their own training sessions via conference call phone lines (teleseminars) through his company, Great Teleseminars.com


He has conducted more than 100 training sessions via telephone and has produced nearly 500 training sessions via phone lines for authors, speakers and trainers in the fields of sales, management, leadership, wellness, real estate, finance and many other fields.


Great Teleseminars is a one-stop service center for anyone wanting to make money from teleseminars and teleclasses. Great Teleseminars can handle everything from registration and shipping to recording and disk duplication. Of course, they can rent “bridge lines” which are the conference lines you need to conduct teleseminars.


Dan is also a professional speaker who has spoken everywhere from Beijing to Budapest and has taught at Berkeley and Stanford. He has written six books that have been translated into 6 languages. He's also written two e-books on how to market and host teleseminars. You can read more about these books and services at http://www.greatteleseminars.com


Dan holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University. He has worked as an award winning daily newspaper reporter and editor, and has more than 20 years of experience in publicity and public relations. He is a member of the National Speakers Association.





Theresa M. Kabot, CLP

Kabot Commercial Leasing

Seattle, Washington


Theresa M. Kabot, CLP, manages Kabot Commercial Leasing, LLC., a commercial equipment finance company headquartered in Seattle, Washington with an office in Morrison, Colorado and with plans to expand to the east coast this year.


After graduating with a BA from Colorado State University in 1990, she joined Colonial Pacific Leasing, Portland, Oregon, specializing in the

under $100,000 lease market, where she learned credit and documentation then sales and marketing.


She moved to Seattle in 1995, starting Kabot Commercial Leasing. During her last nine years in business, she has been an active supporter of the leasing and equipment finance industry, first by earning the CLP (Certified Lease Professional) designation in October of 1996. She has also served on various committees, including being chairman of the membership committee of the United Association of Equipment Leasing, plus serving on the board of directors.


Her hobbies include spending time with her Golden Retriever “Crosby,” reading, painting, traveling, and hiking with “Crosby.”








Robert S. Kieve

Empire Broadcasting

San Jose, California


Bob is “Mr. San Jose,” having won every award there is in the area and recognized for his great involvement in the community.  In his spare time, he built up the largest independent radio stations in the Northern California, and is well-known for his humorous and thought provoking radio editorials.  Here is his “official” biography:”


Born Jersey City,  NJ,  82 years ago
BS Harvard College 1943
Information Officer American Embassy,  Madrid,  1943-47
Author:  El Arte Radiofonico,  Spain's first book on radio broadcasting
Program Manager WGVA,  Geneva, NY
Promotion Writer,  CBS,  New York
Special Assistant in White House Office under Eisenhower,  1953-56
General Manager WBBF-AM_FM,  Rochester,  NY 1967-67
President,  Empire Broadcasting Corporation,  San Jose,  CA 1968-present








Andrew Lea, M.A.

McCue Systems, Inc.

Burlingame, California


Andrew Lea is a marketing strategist specializing in brand
development, competitive analysis, and business development. He has over 18
years' experience as a strategic branding and marketing communications
professional and has worked with leading Bay Area companies.

Andrew heads up Marketing and Corporate Communications for
McCue Systems in Burlingame, California. His work there includes identifying
market opportunities for the company, communicating the business and
technical benefits of McCue Systems' leasing solutions to the financial
services marketplace, and developing the company's strategic positioning and
key market messages.

Andrew's articles on trends and issues in equipment lease management technology have appeared regularly in The World Leasing Yearbook since 2000, as well as in the Equipment Finance Journal, Equipment Leasing Today, and, most recently, in The Monitor. He served as a presenter at the 2002 ELA Annual Convention in San Francisco and currently serves on the Membership Marketing Committee of the ELA.
In addition to his work in the equipment leasing world, Andrew is also a voice-over professional with an extensive resume of voice roles in broadcast advertising, corporate productions, and electronic games.

Mr. Lea holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from the University of California at Berkeley and the Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from the New School
for Social Research in New York City. He resides in Sausalito, California, across the Golden Gate from San Francisco.





Armon L. Mills, CPA

Silicon Valley Business Ink

San Jose, California






Armon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.  He also earned his Certified Public Accountant certificatefrom Kansas in 1967.


Professional and Business History:


Armon is one of the founders and is the Publisher and CEO of a new business weekly newspaper with a strong emphasis in covering technology in Silicon Valley.  He founded the publication, Silicon Valley Business Ink, in June of 2000, leaving Shilling & Kenyon/SK Consulting, where he was the Managing Partner from February of 1999 until June 1, 2000.  His prior experience includes 20 years in public accounting at Fox & Company before switching to newspaper publishing 20 years ago with American City Business Journals, Inc. as President and COO.

He was Publisher of the Business Journal in Phoenix, Arizona from 1987 to 1991at which time he relocated to the San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal where he was Publisher until his move to Shilling & Kenyon/SK Consulting in 1999.



Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement:


Armon is a member of the AICPA, a national CPA association, and is very active throughout the community with various business and civic organizations.  He is a current board member and a past board chair of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, a member of the1991-92 class of Community Leadership/San Jose and is a past board member and finance chair of the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau.  He is also on the board of The Valley Foundation, Santa Clara County Council Boy Scouts of America, Empire Broadcasting and the San Jose Sports Authority.  He is a past board chair of the YMCA of Santa Clara Valley and the board of the Salvation Army of Santa Clara County.  He is the current chair of the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley advisory Council.


In addition, he is an active member of the downtown Rotary Club, and is a Senior Fellow and participated as a member of Class IX of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum.


Armon is a past chair of the board of the Silicon Valley Capital Club and past board member of several organizations including the Valley Medical Center Foundation, United Way, San Jose Repertory Theater, The American Heart Association and the Santa Clara County Arts Council.  Armon also chaired the 1995 KTEH Channel 54 Public Television Station fund-raising auction and is a past member of their board of directors.  He served on the board of the Association of Area Business Publications from 1986 to 1989 and was President of the Association in l988.


        Recent Awards Include:


        Media Advocate of the Year -1997

        U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District


        Silver Hope Award - 1997

        National Multiple Sclerosis Society


        Distinguished Citizen Award - 1998

        Santa Clara County Council of Boy Scouts of America


        Leadership Excellent Award – 1998

        San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce


        Silver Beaver Award - 2001

        Santa Clara County Council of Boy Scouts of American


        Southwestern College – Winfield, Kansas

        Business Hall of Fame - 2002




Steve Reid, CLP

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

Santa Barbara, California


Steve Reid, CLP, has been with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust since 1989 (fka California
Thrift & Loan 89-95).  He is vice-president of marketing. He started in leasing with Ron Wagner at the original Heritage Leasing Corporation in 1982; here, he says, “I sold leasing on the street. “ Prior to his leasing career, he sold computer systems for nine years with Burroughs, Wang and Basic IV.   Steve graduated from Cal State Northridge with a business degree in 1973. He has been married to Janell for 29 years . They have two children, Andrea, a grade school teacher, and Danny ,a junior at UCLA.




Paul B. Weiss

ICON Capital

New York/San Francisco


Paul B. Weiss, President and Director, is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICON Holdings,  ICON's parent company, of which Mr. Weiss is a substantial shareholder. He joined ICON on a full time basis in November, 1996 and is responsible for the acquisition of large ticket leases and other transactions for the ICON Partnerships. According to the Monitor monthly newspaper,  ICON is among the largest independently owned leasing companies in the United States. Mr. Weiss was a co-founder with Mr. Beaufort Clarke and Mr. Thomas W Martin of Griffin Equity Partners, Inc. and served on a full time basis as its Executive Vice President from October 1993 through November 1996. Prior to that time, Mr. Weiss was Senior Vice President of Gemini Financial Holdings, Inc. from 1991 to 1993 and Vice President of Pegasus Capital Corporation (an equipment leasing company) from 1988 through 1991, where he was responsible for large ticket seasoned lease portfolio acquisitions. Prior to entering the equipment Leasing business in 1988, Mr. Weiss was an investment banker, securities analyst and credit analyst for investment banks and a major commercial bank.



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