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Equipment Leasing
Senior Funding Manager
Portsmouth, NH

If you have a minimum of 4 years experience in Credit and Funding in the Leasing industry we'd like to speak with you. For more information, please contact Rick at

Monday, December 19, 2005


Classified Ads--- Sales
    Archives-Rumors/Advice from Steve Reid
        CMC Hanson BK Dismissed
ELA Convention Registrant Checks
    Top Stories--December 12-16
        Cartoon---Marlin Leasing Hq.
Story Credit Lessors
    “Broker/Lessor” List
        eLeasing- aggregate funding sources
Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites
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Archives—December 19, 2000---Rumors/Advice from Steve Reid

“CapitalWerks to buy Preferred Leasing”

“Trying to ferret out a rumor I have been hearing for several months that Preferred Leasing, Lake Tahoe, California, I believe, has been sold. I heard it was to former Republic Leasing of Anaheim principals, who left Sierra Cities about a year or so ago. This is the company that considers themselves a "marketing company," hiring college telemarketers...had up to 250 at one time, and sold their leases to Manifest, GE/Colonial, Commerce Security, among others---high volume, direct mail and telephone, very heavy "pre-approved" approach, fast turn around, who hit a credit problem marketplace and wanted to get out.

“This is all rumor. No one will talk on the record. Any information to confirm or deny would be appreciated.”

+ _ _ +

“Heard there were a number of United Association of Equipment Leasing members who were surprised to learn that Dr. Ray Williams was no longer with their association.”



“We at EAEL feel it is our obligation to inform members that the rumor regarding a potential merger of the EAEL with another association is false. The EAEL is proud to be an independent association for Leasing Companies, Funding Sources, and Service Companies, dedicated to serving its membership. We look forward to serving our members in 2001 by delivering valuable information and networking opportunities to help in the challenging times that lay ahead.”


“Excellent Advice from Steve Reid---Santa Barbara Bank & Trust

“Over the course of time I have offered these ideas to brokers/discounters, but with the continued changes that are taking place within our industry I thought I'd pass this along to you also. Hopefully, it may save some time and frustration down the road for some.

“As a funding source, before we will approve a broker/discounter to send us deals, we check them out by running credit reports, confirming banks and investigating their relationships with other funding sources. This only makes sense, as one should know the people or businesses they are working with.

“My question to the broker/discounter is: why don't you thoroughly check out the funding sources where you are sending deals? If they are a public company, it is easy to find 10Q's, 10K's and all types of press releases stating how well (or not) they are doing. If they are closely held, why not check out their bank or credit lines. As the current climate is one of change, one should periodically update the information.

“As a small business you probably have thousands of dollars in commission at risk with each funder, not counting the value of the relationships that you have built up over the years with your vendors. If you think about it, the local office supply company won't let you out the door without credit information even if they have only a couple of hundred dollars at risk.

“Knowing your funding sources will not guarantee you won't have problems down the road, but it sure may eliminate the number or magnitude of those opportunities.”

Steve Reid


Leasing News Advisory Board Member Biography

Steve Reid, CLP
Pacific Capital Bank
Santa Barbara, California

Steve Reid, CLP has been with Pacific Capital Bank (fka Stanta Barbara Bank & Trust) since 1989.  He is vice-president of marketing.  His career in the leasing industry began with Ron Wanger at the orginal Heritage Leasing Corp in 1982.

Steve Reid, CLP
VP Marketing, Leasing Division
Pacific Capital Bank
2230 W. Chapman Ave #200
Orange, Ca 92868
714-938-0288 (fax)

[Leasing News Advisory Board]





CMC Hanson BK Dismissed

November 11, 2005 William Conrad Hanson filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas (Wichita.) The former officer of the Commercial Money Center, and Hanson and Associates, who investors are looking for, claimed less than $50,000 in “unsecured creditors” and assets of minus $197,500. On the form, Mr. Conrad estimated number of creditors to be from 16-49.

No real estate was claimed among his assets, and only listed were two accounts, less than $100 in one, and less than $500 in another, a television, bed, couch worth less than $500, and clothes less than $500, plus “Sole Stockholder WGTD Inc with a value of minus $200,000. He stated on schedule “I” his current income consists of $1,494 in monthly Social Security “government assistance.”

A hearing for creditors was scheduled for December 15th, but in a continuing strange turn of events surrounding Bill Hanson, United States Bankruptcy Judge Dale L. Somers issuing the following:

"After reviewing the file and being duly advised, the Court finds the case should be dismissed for the following reasons:


The case is therefore ordered DISMISSED."

Previous Stories on Bill Hanson and Commercial Money Center:



ELA Convention Registrant Checks in the Mail Today

Leasing News sent out an “extra” edition on Friday. It was sent to all on the mailing list, plus posted on the web site.

If you missed it, here is the story:



Top Stories--December 12-16

 These are the top ten stories most "opened" by readers last week.

(1) What's Behind Marlin's Sr. VP/CFO Resignation?

(2) Leasing News Extra- Federal Reserve Rate Increase

(3 ) Leasing News Extra --- ELA Convention Registrant Checks in the Mail Today

(4) 330 Attended the Boca Raton ELA Conference

(5) CLP Down to 173

(6) NetBank Revolving Lines of Credit

(7) Bob Rodi New "Franchise Qualifier”

(8) Archives-1991— Rick Wilbur and the Wild Kingdom of SIGs

(9) Recomm similar to Royal Links or NorVergence?

(10 ) Sales make it Happen ---Hidden Issues
--The first in a series that after the follow up article will focus on a new approach to listening for salespeople.



Marlin Leasing Hq.



Story Credit Lessors

( for other "Funder", who do not specialize in “Story Credits,” click here
for “Super Broker/Lessor,” who primarily place leases, click here
for "Broker/Lessor," click here )

These companies specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often news businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon score around 600 or previous difficulties; meaning to become comfortable with the credit and financial situation you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors. Many of these companies may also be a "B," but appear otherwise without the "story" to understand the full financial picture.

(To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder and not a "Broker/Lessor" or "Super Broker/Lessor", along with an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.)

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers is very much encouraged.

( To apply to be listed, please fill in this form and fax to 408.374.3843)
Story Credit Form

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Broker Qualify

Financial Pacific Leasing
Terey Jennings CLP,

Please Call or see "Prospective Broker" section on website
IFC Credit Corporation
Gary Trebels, CLP
Vice  President
www. .com Phone- 847-663-6501
Fax- 847-324-1672
$250,000 - $15,000,000+
Please Call
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Scott Woodring, Vice President/Sales & Marketing
$1,000 - $30,000
One year time in business
Pentech Financial Services, Inc.
Peter C. Eaton
Vice President-Intermediary Markets Group
Phone - 608.661.9536
Fax - 608.661.9533
$250,000 - $3,000,000
Contact Peter Eaton
Sunrise International Leasing Corporation
Carrie Halvorson or Jim Teal,
U.S., Canada, Latin America
minimum no hard cap in place for maximums
One year time in business
Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
Debbie Monosson
$100,000 to $1,500,00
A deal in hand and a full package
Creative Capital Leasing Group, LLC
Alister McNeil
$40,000 - $1,000,00
Please call Broker Manager, Todd or Jason
Summit Leasing, Inc.
James, Klemens, Kevin, Mike, Mark
(800) 736-1530
$20,000 - $400,000
Contact us
Dolsen Leasing Company
Joanie Dolsen,
11 Western State
$10,000.00 - $250,000.00
Please call or visit
Allegiant Partners Incorporated
Doug Houlahan ext. 205
Paul Foster ext. 206
Nationwide, including Alaska & Hawaii
$70,000 to $250,000
For Broker qualification please click here
Blackstone Capital Partners, L.P.
Frank Freer
Phone: 949.250.8789
Fax: 949.250.8798
(except LA, AR and AK)
$50,000 to $2,000,000
Please Call
Black Rock Capital
George Booth
US Canada (F)

$50,000 to $3MM

$250,000 average transaction

Please Call
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Tim O'Connor
972-690-9444 ext. 225
2140 Lake Park Blvd. Suite 112 Richardson , TX 75080
$50,000 to $1.0 million. Our average size transaction is $250,000.
Preferred Range
$100,000 to $500,000

Please visit our website at
or call 972-690-9444 ext. 225

American Leasefund, Inc.
Tom Davis
800.644.1182 - PH
503.244.0845 - FX
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
$3,500 - $50,000
Please Call
Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
Nartionwide - 50 States
$25,000.00 +
Please contact Larry LaChance
Cobra Capital LLC
Dale Kluga, President

$50,000 to $1MM

$250,000 average transaction

Please call
Mesa Leasing, Inc.
Norm Malkowski
California Only
$10,000 to $200,000
NAELB Members preferred but not required
Agility Solutions
Hal Hayden
(928) 541-0771
$50,000 - $1,000,000
(Master Lease)
Please Call
ABCO Leasing, Inc.
Don Shipley
VP and General Manager
Phone: 800.995.1897
Western U.S.

$25,000 - $350,000

Broker Qualification, contact:  Rowan Clark, Credit Manager
Phone: 800.995.1897

Barrett Capital Corporation
Barry Korn
Cell: 914.954.1900

United States

Vehicles Only

$10,000 minimum

Please Call
Dakota Financial
Michael Green
Managing Partner
310.696.3030 x 24

$10,000 - $200,000

Radiance Capital, LLC
Karl Probst
(206) 443-8451
(see comments)
$5,000 - $50,000
Please Call
TechLease, L.L.C.
Eric Paton,
$20,000, average transaction size is $200,000
Please Call

(A) Pawnee Leasing Corporation; Some times we go higher than $30,000, but our marketplace is from $1,000 to $30,000.

(B) Allegiant.pdf

(C) Mesa Leasing, Inc., Industries served: Titled vehicles (Trucks, trailers, OTR, etc.), Construction, Restaurants, and all the other "hard to get approved" industries.

(D) ABCO Leasing, Inc. in Seattle area has been operating since 1974 serving the broker community. We required full financial disclosure on every transaction. We do story transaction, but do not like to refer to them as "C" of "D" credits. We think of therm as "A" type credits that have not been discovered yet. In actuallity, we do not really like to look at what most describes as "D" credits.

(E) Black Rock Capital comment: We book anywhere between $15 to 20 million per year. We do no "app only" business and require a full financial package for each transaction. Our average size transaction is approximately $250k and, although, we concentrate in printing, packaging (steel rule die industry) and road construction equipment we do not rule out anything that makes sense. More information can be found at

(F) Black Rock Capital (Ireland) Limited and Black Rock Capital (UK) Limited provide the same services for small to middle market corporations in the European Economic Community and the United Kingdom.

(G) Cobra Capital, LLC. Comments: Our registered trademark "Making impossible possible" is our central marketing tagline for both strong and weak credits. I have developed a 10 year history, (from Cobra and my prior company GALCO), with specialty, non-conforming transactions (story credits) and have a solid reputation for candidly responding to our originators and lessees and working diligently to mitigate deal risk rather than making excuses to turn deals down. Our originators prefer our underwriting approach to non-conforming transactions since unlike most non-conforming funders, we prefer to mitigate risk versus jacking our return. Both Originators and Lessee's prefer our candid approach as we are also frequently asked to advise lessee's and lessors on the best way to structure their bank loans and raise capital due to our 25+ year banking and accounting backgrounds as my partner and I are both former bankers and CPA's.
| Partners Bio | LaSalle Bank Reference | Cole Taylor Bank Reference |

(H) Pentech is the lessor partner with Manifest Funding Services for their Navigator, Navigator Plus & Navigator Direct. This is through our sister company Pentech Funding Services, located in San Diego and headed up by Ron Wagner.

(I) Sunrise International Leasing Corporation Comment: The broker program is " informal program as our primary business is still vendor leasing."

(J) Boston Financial & Equity Corporation, most of our leases are venture capital backed startups and turnarounds. We require full financial disclosures, CPA and internal statements, no tax returns. We do not required additional collateral, no PG's or RE needed. Do not send deals with large tax liens, especially if they are payroll taxes.

(K) Dakota Financial is a collateral-based direct funding source that specializes in C & D level transaction for customers who are unable to receive funding from traditional sources. Our nationwide program provides funding for start-ups as well as credit profiles that have prior bankruptcies, judgements, tax liens, repossessions or slow pays. I would say that the average credit score of our transactions is in the mid 500s. We have done many deals in the sub 500 range. Although we do all kinds of equipment, we specialize in trucks (including over the road owner operators), trailers, yellow iron and logging equipment. I encourage you to go to our website, to find out more information including examples of recent funded transactions.

(L) IFC Credit Corporation also services on a regular basis "A" and "B" credits, but it also considers "story credits."  "As you say, we need to become comfortable with the credit and financial situation and learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors. I would describe the B and C type credits we fund as companies having 'checkered earnings'."

(M) Creative Capital Leasing Group: "We are able to fund tough deals, bad credits, BK's, past tax liens, start ups, used equipment, etc., because we look outside the transaction for real estate, and marketable securities to take as additional collateral."

(N) Blackstone Capital Partners, L.P. lends up to 50% of verified auction value for working capital and/or equipment financing requests (we of course include equipment to be acquired in our valuation). Using this formula, allows Blackstone to approve deals on the assets rather than the credit or cash flow that other lenders desire. Also being an asset lender, we are looking for hard assets i.e. yellow iron, machine tool, manufacturing lines, textile etc... We do not care for soft assets such as computers, furniture, restaurant, or "white elephants" (equipment that is too specific to the clients needs and was specially built for them - there would be no resell available and our liquidity if repossessed would be in jeopardy). If you have any questions, please feel free to call, we will do our best to help or seek the answer for you.

(O) Bankers Capital " We will do ANY Type of Equipment, in ANY industry, in ANY state.  We especially like 6-figure transactions with full financial packages no matter how good or bad they look.  We look to structure the story C&D credits with any kind of additional collateral that makes sense.  It could be with 2nd or 3rd mortgages on residential or commercial Real Estate, additional equipment, cash value life insurance, security deposits, vendor agreements.  We look for any way to make the deal work instead of looking for any way to decline the deal."

(P) Financial Pacific Leasing supports a nationwide network of Brokers and Lessors. We specialize in "B" and "C" credits for established companies as well as companies under two years in business.

(Q) American Leasefund, Inc. funds small hard to do transactions under $50,000.00. Most of the transactions are "app only". We look for additional collateral or larger first payments to help the weaker credits. We maintain and service our own portfolio. All of our lessee billings are done via ACH.

(R) Dolsen Leasing has served the 11 Western States since 1958 and specializes in B & C Credits for established and new companies. We require a full financial package and offer both leases and financing for new and used equipment in the range of $10,000.00 to $250,000.00. Specialties include titled vehicles for both existing and new owner operators. Story credits are considered as long as credit has been reestablished and trends are positive. Credit decisions are based on old fashioned common sense, not credit scores, allowing us a very quick turnaround-often the same day. We accept broker business and also have in house salesmen.

(S) We at Summit Leasing consider ourselves to be primarily "B" credit lenders, working almost exclusively through brokers.

(T) TechLease - due to previous experiences, TechLease is vertically focused on three primary sectors: Semiconductor, Media and Aerospace. We fund all deals and hold paper an all equipment under $250,000. Deals over $150,000 we typically want to meet the Lessee face-to-face. We prefer business in California, however we will fund nationwide.

(U) We specialized in start-up business. These are the northern states we do business in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, OR, WA. Click here to read our Product overview and Press Realease.

(V) Agility Solutions; we fund all equipment used by Wireless Internet Service Providers.
Click here to see Leasing News story.

(W) Forum Financial Services, Inc., prefer venture capital backed start-ups and middle market to large corporate turnaround companies including companies in bankruptcy and post bankruptcy. Our absolute minimum sales for an established business with financial problems are $10.0 million. (this does not include venture capital backed start-ups).



“Broker/Lessor” List

“Broker/Lessor” List

(for “Funder,” please click here
for funders specializing in “Story Credits, “ please click here
for “Super Broker/Lessors,” who primarily place leases, click here )

There are an estimated 5000 companies who process applications to present to a third party, who often make the final approval and “fund” the transaction with a standard “representation and warranty” provision. These companies are similar to an insurance agency or mortgage firm. Size may very from a single person to a national multi-office operation.

Some in this category may select transactions for a private portfolio from their own cash or bank lines, which they fund direct. 50% or more of their business is as a “Broker/Lessor.” Often their clients are primarily in a specific industry, service or geographic area. Many also market directly to potential lessees, rather than be referred by a seller of equipment.

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have a satisfactory Better Business Bureau report, and no unresolved complaint at Leasing News from an applicant or company involved in the equipment leasing industry. Leasing News reserves the right not to list any company who requests to be listed.

Companies, who act as a funder in over 50% of their business, servicing their own portfolio, are listed in the “Funder” list. “Story Credit” are funders who have a niche market, often requiring the “story” of the company to make a credit decision. Often their rates are higher as the credits are consider a “higher risk” than standard for the dollar amount involved. A “Super Broker/Lessor” rarely considers business direct, but work on referrals from a “Broker/Lessor,” funders, and, financial groups, manufacturers, and others who cannot fit the transaction into their criteria.

( To apply to be listed, please fill in this form and fax to 408.374.3843)
“Broker/Lessor” Form

Third Column: YES - Year Company Started | YELB - Years in equipment Leasing Business

A - City Business License | B- State License | C - Certified Leasing Professional |
D - State(s) sales/use tax license |
E -
Named as "lessor" on 50% or more of lease contract signed. |

City, State
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
# of Empl.
Geographic Area
Service Organization
Can-World Finance Services
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jeff Weiland
North America - US & Canada
5,000.00 - $500M
Specialty Funding Group
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bob Underwood
Greater Alburquerque Chamber of Commerce
Sharpe Equipment Leasing, Inc.
Glendale, Arizona
Patrick Sponsel
623-934-1340 X 102
$1500 - $1,000,000
1st Independent Leasing, Inc.
Beaverton, OR
Rosanne Wilson, CLP
Toll Free# (800) 926-0851
CLP Fundation, Beaverton Chamber of
Commerce, & Who's Who in Bus. Leaders
Dear Finance Group
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Paul Dear
Phone: 616-942-9396
Michigan & United Kingdom
$5,000 to $10M
Stoddard & Associates
Los Angeles, California
Sonia v.M. Stoddard
Phone: 310-390.2009
One (A)
$10,000; preferred range $100,000 to $10,000,000

(A) Stoddard & Associates - No Employees. We currently have Independent Affiliate Brokers with offices in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Texas and Washington.



eLeasing- aggregate funding sources

( Soley eLease brokers/online brokers/super brokers )

Top eLeasing companies as ranked by employees and volume


Company Name
Year Founded



Additional Services Offered

Yearly Volume

Major Clients



last year
raised an addition $4 million and evidently
emphasizing new products.)


Michael Caglarcan

advisory service, online marketplace and web-based tools, providing access to both leases and secured loans



(formely known asleasee


Jonathan Moran



Gerber Scientific, HPM, Barco Inc., Mellon Leasing Corporation, GMAC Mortgage Equipment Finance Group.



C.Allen Rice






Reid Rutherford



NEC, Costco, eScout









Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites

Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites

91,460 American Bankers Association
161,062 Monitor Daily
151,398  Leasing News
216,110 Equipment Leasing Association
400,645 Ind Community Bankers of America
928,254  Institute of International Container Lessors
495,250* National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
510,062  Commercial Finance Association
626,414  U.S.Banker
715,706  eLessors Networking Association
1,257,445 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
1,477,744  United Association of Equipment Leasing
2,016,690 Equipment Financial Journal
1,399,580*Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing
4,394,288 Lease Assistant
4,456,433  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
4,674,684   CLP Foundation
No Data
No Data Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
No Data
No Data  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
No Data
No Data Mid-America Association of  Equip Lessors
No Data
No Data The National Funding Assoc
No Data
No Data Leasing Press

David G. Mayer's Business Leasing News is not included in the Alexa report list as it does not have its own individual site and Alexa finds Patton Boggs, LLP Attorneys at Law.  The rating is not valid as it includes all those who visit and communicate with the law firm.  When Business Leasing News has its own individual web site, it will be included in the Alexa survey.

*It should also be noted that two web sites have their "list serve" posted via their site, meaning their e-mails are counted as a visit to the site, whereas they are "list serve" communication.  These are technically visits to the web site, but primarily to use "list serve."



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Documentation Manager

Equipment Leasing
Documentation Manager
Walnut Creek, CA

Manage all aspects of the lease documentation unit. Requires a BA/BS; 7+ years of leasing and contract experience; Click here for detailed description & resume submission info.

Equipment Finance & Leasing Representative

Job opening in New England

In this position, you will develop and maintain relationships with lease brokers, leasing companies, equipment vendors and direct lessees throughout New England. Must be knowledgeable in indirect/third party transactions ranging from $15K and up and have in-market experience. Please apply on-line at and view posting 5245.

At M&T Bank, we provide an exciting and challenging work environment where performance and innovative thinking are encouraged and rewarded at every level.
With over 700 branches, your career can travel as far as you want to take it!


Job opening in
Baltimore/Virginia Region

In this position, you will develop and maintain relationships with lease brokers, leasing companies, equipment vendors and direct lessees throughout Baltimore/Virginia Region. Must be knowledgeable in indirect/third party transactions ranging from $15K and up and have in-market experience. Please apply on-line at and view posting 5245

At M&T Bank, we provide an exciting and challenging work environment where performance and innovative thinking are encouraged and rewarded at every level.
With over 700 branches, your career can travel as far as you want to take it!


Sales Professionals :

Outstanding opportunities for Equipment Finance Leasing professionals with middle market leasing sales backgrounds, an existing or established book of business, and at least 2 plus years experience.  Fast paced environment.  NYC, Long Island, Westchester and National areas available. Lease teams welcome.

Sales Manager :

Seeking a top NYC based sales manager to become part of an excellent executive team. The job would include recruiting salespeople and supervising up to 20.

Credit Analysts :

Seeking Credit Analysts with at least 2-4 years experience. NYC location

E-Mail :


Please visit our website at:

Senior Funding Manager

Equipment Leasing
Senior Funding Manager
Portsmouth, NH

If you have a minimum of 4 years experience in Credit and Funding in the Leasing industry we'd like to speak with you. For more information, please contact Rick at



Leasing Association Conferences - Spring, 2006

Leasing Association Conferences --- Spring 2006

Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors

March 26-29
Spring Conference
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort
Marco Island, FL


National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers

April 20-22
2006 Annual Conference
Hilton Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


Equipment Leasing Association

April 23-25
Large Ticket Conference
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando, FL


Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance

May 4-5
25th Annual Spring Conference
Omni Hotel Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Room Rate $199.00


United Association of Equipment Leasing

May 4-7
Spring Conference
Laguna Cliffs Mariott
Hotel and Spa
Dana Point, California


National Vehicle Leasing Association

June 7-10
Annual Conference and Exposition
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Grapvince, Texas


Equipment Leasing Association

45th Annual Convention
October 22-24
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA




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“Gimme that Wine”

Jerome Draper Wine Merchant

The Left Handed Wine Corkscrew

Regularly $18.00 -Here $2.00 - Just $18.00 for a 'Box of 12

Have friends who are left-handed (17% of us are, and purportedly 25% of the wine drinkers). I have a friend who produced 5,000 of these first class wing corkscrews and only sold about half of them. They were originally "priced'' $18.00 but now are available for $2.00" for they're just taking up space in his garage. They come in boxes of 12, and you can now have a box for $18.00 - that's only $1.50 each - or you can just buy one for $2.00. These have to be great holiday presents for both left-handed and right-handed friends. Hand your right-handed wine buddy your left-handed corkscrew and watch him grimace. Take it away from him and turn it counter-clockwise, and watch him (her) grimace as the cork rises out of the bottle. It's worth its weight in gold. Besides that, my friend is 84 now and he's lost his sight, and it just seems like a good time to move these along.

You also may want to join his mailing list, as he has been around longer than dirt, sold his business, at 80, got bored, and came back, knows everyone in the Northern California wine business.

Great buys. Does mix and match and get a case discount, and has some buys like 2001 Columbia Crest Merlot-Grand Estates-Columbia Valley—Washington, down to $7.65 a bottle. 2002 Beringer Zinfindel $5.85 a bottle, 2001 Robert Goodman Pinot Noir-Carneros Region $15.30 a bottle by the case. Here is a Willamette valley, Oregon,Pinot Gris—2004 Ponzi Vineyard. $13.95 a bottle by the case.

And he has one, I have to try, a 2004 Macon Villages-Verget-white burgundy, inexpensive for this quality and hard to get. He has the contacts.

“2004 Macon- Villaees - Vereet

Regularly - $16.00 - Here $14.50 - Just $13.05 a bottle by the case

“It all started 20 years ago. A young couple moved from Belgium to the tiny village of Vergisson in the Maconnais district of southern Burgundy. Jean-Marie Guffens and his wife Mainke started to make wines under the Guffens-Heynen label, wines that were destined to rock the region to the core and change the history of Burgundy. And now, a Macon-Villages under their Verget label. How lucky can we be.

“Bright citrus and crisp acid. A classic. This is a clear, straw-color wine, with simple but correct white Burgundy. Chardonnay scents of apples and rising bread dough. Fresh, clean flavors that blend tart, juicy apples, a distant whiff of spice and a shot of lemon juice in a medium-bodied wine, dry if not bone-dry. Delightful.”

Now it is easier to ship from California. If you contact him, ask him what sparkling wine he has in time for the New Year's celebration.

Jerome Draper, Wine Merchant, P.0.648, San Anselmo, Ca. 949479

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Happy Birthday—Dash

 It is also my son Dashiell's birthday today. He was named after my favorite mystery writer, Dashiell Hammet. He is now with the riverine unit, stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia. This is a picture with his buddy "Heff, " on the left, in Kuwait, while on the USS PREBLE an Arliegh Burke Class Destroyer! Nicknamed "Intrepid Patriot" His nickname is “Dash.” He was the chief repair electrician, second class diver, and safety officer of the ship. He is now being trained in light weapons and other duties for this new assault unit.

He volunteered for this new duty. Morale is very high. The new Navy is “gung ho.” They actually volunteer for extra duty.

I am very proud of him.

Christopher Menkin



Today's Top Event in History

    1974- The first personal computer was the Altair 8800, sold in kit form. Sales took off when it was featured on the cover of the January, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. It was developed by Edward Roberts at Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) of Albuquerque, NM. the kit cost $397. The first personal computer that was commercially successful was the Commodore PET, developed by Commodore Business Machines of Westchester, PA, and marketed to the consumers beginning early 1977. It sold for $595. Nolan Bushnell developed a small personal computer, but thought it would not take off and wanted to stay ahead of Japan and others in the game business, when Steven Jobs brought it to Steven Wozniack to copy and Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA, was born and by historians is considered the first successful PC, released the same year, aiming their market at schools and later opening up their own retail stores. Leading Edge, Osborne, Eagle and many other computers grew using the Windows operating system while IBM introduced their own proprietary operating system along with PIC, which was the most popular at the time for business use of personal computer systems.



This Day in American History

    1675 -- Colonial forces escalate King Phillip's War by burning 300 old men, women & children alive in their village, & later attack the Naragansetts in the Great Swamp, killing over 1,000 Indians. It started on June 24 th with a massacre of colonists at Swansee,Plymouth, by a band of Indians. The war was started by King Philip after three of his people were executed by the English for murdering an Indian in English employ.
    1686 -- Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (so says Defoe). "& thus I left the Island, the Nineteenth of December as I found by the Ship's Account, in the Year 1686, after I had been upon it eight & twenty Years, two Months, & 19 Days; being deliver'd from this second Captivity, the same Day of the Month, that I first made my Escape in the Barco-Longo, from among the Moors of Sallee."
    1733- “ Poor Richard's Alamanack” was first published by Benjamin Franklin at Philadelphia. In continuous publication for 25 years, Franklin's “Almanack” sold on average more than 10,000 copies yearly and thus was one of the most popular writings of colonial America. Franklin was born in Boston in 1706 and was apprenticed to his brother, a printer, at age 12. In 1729, Franklin became the official printer of currency for the colony of Pennsylvania. He began publishing Poor Richard's, as well as the Pennsylvania Gazette, one of the colonies' first and best newspapers. By 1748, Franklin had become more interested in inventions and science than publishing. He spent time in London representing Pennsylvania in its dispute with England and later spent time in France. He returned to America in March 1775, with war on the horizon. He served on the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. He was also instrumental in persuading the French to lend military assistance to the colonies. He died in Philadelphia in 1790.
    1776-The first number of “the Crisis” by Thomas Paine, a series of pamphlets written to bolster the morale of the Continental Army, was issued. It was immortalized by its famous first sentence, “ These are the times that try men's souls.”
    1813-Fort Niagara taken by the British
    1821-Birthday of Mary Ashton Livermore, American reformer and women's suffrage leader, born at Boston, MA. Died May 23,1905, at Melrose, MA.
    1842 - The United States recognized the independence of Hawaii.
    1854- Allen Benjamin Wilson of Watertown, CT., received a patent for a sewing machine that could sew curving seams. The machine operated with four-motion feed, which made it possible to sew a curved seam. This revolutionized the garment industry in New England.
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    1871- Albert L. Jones of New York City received a patent for an “improvement in paper for backing,” which he called “corrugated paper.” His patent covered corrugated sheets only and made no mention of backing or facing sheets. Later a facing sheet was applied to one side, and then to both sides, making single-face and double-face corrugated cardboard. Jones assigned his patent to the Thompson and Norris Company of Brooklyn, NY ( now part of New York City), which was the first manufacturer of corrugated paper in the United States. Corrugated paper boxes came into use about 1890.
    1875-Birthday of Carter Godwin Woodson, historian who introduced black studies to colleges and universities, born at New Canton, VA. His scholarly works included “the Negro in Our History,” “ The Education of the Negro.
    1894-Birthday of Ford Christopher Frick, sportswriter and Baseball Hall of Fame executive born at Wawaka, IN. Frick was a newspaperman who became Babe Ruth's ghostwriter, president of the National League and Commissioner of Baseball. He ruled in 1961 that Roger Mari's home run record would have to be categorized separately from Ruth's because the American League had lengthened its schedule from 154 to 162 games. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970. Died at Bronxville, NY, April 8, 1978.
    1895-Bandleader Erskine Tate born Memphis, Tennessee.
    1899- Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle, football coach and basketball Hall of Fame coach born at Logansport, IN. Hinkle was one of the giants of the coaching profession, spending all five decades of his career at Butler University. His team won over 600 games, and over 50 of his former players became coaches. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965. Died at Indianapolis, IN, Sept. 21, 1992.
    1903 - The first major suspension bridge in the United States -- the Williamsburg Bridge -- opened in New York City.
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    1910-Rayon made from cellulose was commercially produced by the American Viscose Company in Marcus Hook, PA. Production in 1911 amounted to 362,000 pounds. The patents were acquired from the General Artificial Silk Company, Landsdown, PA, who started producing the product, calling it “artificial silk.” The term “rayon” was adopted in 1924 to replace “artificial silk” and similar names.
1911 Lu Watters Birthday
    1915- Phillip D. ( Phil” Woolpert, Basketball Hall of Fame coach born at Danville, KY. Still talked about this day in the Bay Area. Woolpert played at Loyola University of Los Angeles, graduating in 1940, and began coaching at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. In 1950, he moved to the University of San Francisco where he put together one of the greatest college teams ever. Led by Bill Russell and KC Jones, the Dons won their last 26 games in 1954-55 and all 29 games in 1955-56. The won consecutive NCAA titles, too. Woolpert resigned in 1958-59 but later coached in the American Basketball League and at the University of San Diego. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. Died at Sequim, WA, May 5, 1`987.
    1917-Singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson born Houston, Texas. Died July 2, 1988
    1917-The National Hockey League opened its first season of play with two games. The Montreal Canadians defeated the Ottawa Senators, 7-4, with Joe Malone scoring five goals, and the Montreal Wanderers beat the Toronto Arenas, 10-9, with Harry Hyland scoring five goals. Despite their victory, the Wandererers lasted only six games, withdrawing form the league when the Montreal Arena burned down.
    1918-Birthday of pianist Professor Longhair, Bogalus, LA
    1918 - Robert Ripley's newspaper cartoon of unusual, hard-to-believe facts from around the world was first published in the New York Globe. Ripley first planned to call the cartoon "Chumps and Champs" as it originally involved sport feats, but decided instead on "Believe It Or Not!".
    1924-Birthday of Edward Barney, baseball public address announcer and former baseball player, born at Omaha, NE. A fastball pitcher who had persistent trouble with his control, Barney nevertheless won 15 games in 1948 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and pitched a no-hitter against the New York Giants. After retiring, he was much beloved as the public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. He rewarded spectators who caught foul balls by saying, “ Give that fan a contract,” and he concluded every announcement with a dramatic “ Thaaaaaak youuuuuu>'Died a Baltimore, MD, August 12, 1997
    1926-Birthday of Robert Lawrence “Bobby” Layne, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback born at Santa Ana, Texas. Layne starred at the University of Texas before and after serving the Merchant Marines during World War II. As a pro, he led the Detroit Lions to the NFL title in 1952, 1953, and 1957. His flamboyant leadership on the field was matched by a boisterous off-the-field lifestyle. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967,. died at Lubbock, Texas December 1,1986
    1935-Birthday of piano player Bobby Timmons, Philadelphia, PA
    1936- Barney Bigard records “Caravan” in Los Angeles ( Variety 515 )
    1940-Birthday of guitarist/song writer Phil Ochs,El Paso Texas
    1941-Birthday of Maurice White ( of Radiants/Earth-Wind-Fire) Memphis, TN
    1948—Top Hits
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely
    1949-Birthday of trombone player Bob Brookmeyer, Kansas City Mo.
    1949-Birthday of drummer Lenny White, Jamaica, NY
    1956—Top Hits
Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins
    1957 - Meredith Wilson's musical, "The Music Man", opened at New York City's Majestic Theatre. The show starred Robert Preston and enjoyed a 1,375 show run. the band included 76 trombones and 101 cornets.
    1960 - RCA Victor Records released Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl". The song would be Sedaka's fourth record to make the charts. Other hits include: "The Diary", "Stairway to Heaven", "Bad Girl", "Next Door to an Angel", "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen", "Laughter in the Rain" and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do".
    1960 - Frank Sinatra recorded his first session with his own record company, Reprise Records. Recorded that day were "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" and "Let's Fall in Love".
    1961 - In New York City, "Judgment At Nuremberg" opened with a star-studded cast including Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, and Maximillian Schell who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. The film would also receive an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as nine other nominations.
    1961- Green Bay Packer Great Reginald Howard “Reggie” White birthday, Chattanooga, TN.
    1964—Top Hits
Come See About Me - The Supremes
I Feel Fine - The Beatles
Goin' Out of My Head - Little Anthony & The Imperials
Once a Day - Connie Smith
    1972—Top Hits
Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
You Ought to Be with Me - Al Green
It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me) - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats
    1973 - Johnny Carson pulled a prank in front a nationwide, late-night NBC audience. Carson started a false toilet-paper scare when in his "Tonight Show" monologue, he said a Wisconsin congressman warned toilet paper would disappear from supermarket shelves. In many parts of the United States, toilet paper soon became a scarce after the gag.
    1974- Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as the 41st Vice-President. On August 9, President Nixon resigned and Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38 th president of the United States. August 20, Nelson A. Rockefeller, former governor of New York, was nominated for the vice-presidency by President Ford.Presidents who served, but were never elected:
Chester A. Arthur
Millard Fillmore
Gerald R. Ford
Andrew Johnson
John Tyler
Presidents who never had a vice-president
Chester A. Arthur
Millard Fillmore
Andrew Johnson
John Tyler
* The 25th Amendment now requires Presidents to nominate a new Vice President
    1974- The first personal computer was the Altair 8800, sold in kit form. Sales took off when it was featured on the cover of the January, 1975 issue of Popular Electronics magazine. It was developed by Edward Roberts at Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) of Albuquerque, NM. the kit cost $397. The first personal computer that was commercially successful was the Commodore PET, developed by Commodore Business Machines of Westchester, PA, and marketed to the consumers beginning early 1977. It sold for $595. Nolan Bushnell developed a small personal computer, but thought it would not take off and wanted to stay ahead of Japan and others in the game business, when Steven Jobs brought it to Steven Wozniack to copy and Apple Computer, Cupertino, CA, was born and by historians is considered the first successful PC, released the same year, aiming their market at schools and later opening up their own retail stores. Leading Edge, Osborne, Eagle and many other computers grew using the Windows operating system while IBM introduced their own proprietary operating system along with PIC, which was the most popular at the time for business use of personal computer systems.
    1979 - Elvis Presley's personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with "illegally and indiscriminately" prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and painkillers for the rock and roll star during the 20 months preceding his untimely death.   1979-Chrysler gets first bail out. In July, company chairman John J. Ricardo announced that Chrysler had posted second-quarter losses in the neighborhood of $200 million. However, the struggling auto giant received a generous Christmas present on December 19, as the Senate green lighted a $1.5 billion loan to help put the company back on its feet. In the short term, though, the loan did little to staunch the bleeding: 1980 saw Chrysler rack-up record losses of well over $1.7 billion.
    1980—Top Hits
Lady - Kenny Rogers
More Than I Can Say - Leo Sayer
(Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
Why Lady Why - Alabama
    1984- Twenty-three year old Wayne Gretsky, of the Edmonton Oilers, led his hockey team to beat Los Angeles Kings 7-3. He scored two goals and racked up four assists, becoming the 18th player in the National Hockey League to score over than 1,000 points.
    1988—Top Hits
Look Away - Chicago
Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
Giving You the Best That I Got - Anita Baker
A Tender Lie - Restless Heart
    1997 - Titanic, James Cameron's movie epic, was released across the United States. At more than three hours long, and a $200 million production price, critics anticipated that it would fail miserably. However, the "most expensive film ever", made with state-of-the-art technology, wowed audiences of all ages, and quickly became the top box-office champ for a film longer than 3 hours.
    1998- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is named "Man of the Year" by the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), alleged to be a “racist” organization, made up of many Klu Klux Klan members.



American Football Poem

A Coach's Poem

Author Unknown

There are little eyes upon you
And they're watching night and day
There are little ears that quickly
Take in every word you say
Their little hands so eager
To do the things you do
And little ones who are dreaming
Of the day they'll be like you

You're the little person's idol
You're the wisest of the wise
In his little mind about you
No suspicions ever rise
He believes in you devoutly
Holds all that you can and do
He will say and do in your way
When he's all grown up like you

There's a wide eyed little person
Who believes you are always right
And his ears are always open
And he watches day and night
You are setting an example
Everyday in all that you do
For the little one who's waiting
To grow up to be just like you