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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Funders Looking for Broker Business
The Commercial Real Estate Exposure
    of the Largest U.S. Banks
Help Wanted in Finance and Leasing Industry
    Ready for Success with Solid Benefits
CLFP Growth by Company End of Year 2023
    Added 247 Members for Total of 1,466 CLFP's
CLFP Academy Classes for Lease & Finance Professionals
    Nine Scheduled so Far March - June 2024
Another Tesla Autopilot Crash Goes to Trial
  This Time with New Evidence
    By Mathew w. Daus, Esq.
    Jeff Rudin - The Story of Skye
Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation Announces
    7th Annual “Day Of Giving” On March 14

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    Foster Care Adoption: $22.6 million
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Larry Hartmann, ZRG Partners: A Vibrant Entrepreneur
    Creating his Unique Path to Success

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Funders Looking for Broker Business

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 qualified to be on this specific list.

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

Please send company name, contact/email or telephone number as well as a URL to attach or description to

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more detail

1st Enterprise Bank Leasing
360 Equipment Finance
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Balboa Capital Corp.
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

Black Rock Capital
Blue Bridge Financial
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Celtic Bank
C.H. Brown Company
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing

Dakota Financial
Dedicated Funding
Dext Capital
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Midwest Equipment
Finance Co.

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
International Financial Services

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
Navitas Lease Corp.
NewLane Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital
Standard Professional ServicesTargeted Funding Co
TEAM Funding Solutions

Full List:


The Commercial Real Estate Exposure
of the Largest U.S. Banks

The six largest U.S. banks saw delinquent commercial property loans nearly triple to $9.3 billion in 2023 amid high vacancy rates and increasing borrowing costs.

Today, the sector is facing greater scrutiny from regulators amid growing risks to bank stability. In fact, for almost half of all U.S. banks, commercial real estate debt is the largest loan category overall. While commercial loans are more heavily concentrated in small U.S. banks, several major financial institutions have amassed significant commercial loan portfolios.

The above graphic shows the commercial real estate exposure of the top U.S. banks, based on data from UBS.

Top 20 U.S. Banks by Assets: Commercial Property Exposure

Visual Capitalist


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted


CLFP Growth by Company End of Year 2023
Added 247 Members for Total of 1,466 CLFP's

Company 2023 Count
First American Equipment Finance 149
DLL 82
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 65
Ascentium Capital LLC 48
The Huntington National Bank 47
Stearns Bank NA-Equipment Finance Division 38
Arvest Equipment Finance 36
Amur Equipment Finance 35
Oakmont Capital Holdings 32
Key Equipment Finance 31
AP Equipment Financing 29
Channel 29
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc. 29
First Citizens Bank Equipment Finance** 26
North Mill Equipment Finance 21
GreatAmerica Financial Services 19
KLC Financial, Inc. 19
ECS Financial Services, Inc. 16
Odessa 16
Stryker 15
Navitas Credit Corp. 14
Northland Capital Financial Services, LLC 13
Orion First Financial LLC 13
Ivory Consulting Corporation 12
Cadence Bank 11
1st Source Bank 10
Beacon Funding Corporation 10
Fleet Advantage, LLC 10
Quality Leasing Co., Inc. 10
Transport Enterprise Leasing* 10
Alliance Funding Group 9
Canon Financial Services, Inc. 9
Great American Insurance 9
Solifi 9
Taycor Financial 9
Tokyo Century (USA) Inc.* 9
Wintrust  9
Lease Corporation of America 8
Tamarack Technology* 8
Civista Leasing and Finance ** 7
Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.* 7
Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance LLC* 7
LTi Technology Solutions 7
Truist 7
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company 6
Cisco Systems Capital Corporation 6
CoreTech Leasing, Inc. 6
First Commonwealth Equipment Finance 6
Leasepath* 6
Auxilior Capital Partners, Inc. * 5
Mitsubishi HC Capital America, Inc. ** 5
Nexseer 5
Univest Capital, Inc. 5
Commercial Capital Company, LLC 4
Falcon Equipment Finance* 4
FinWise Bank* 4
First Foundation Bank 4
Hanmi Bank 4
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.* 4
UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc. 4
Western Equipment Finance 4
APEX Commercial Capital Corp.* 3
Balboa Capital a Division of Ameris Bank * 3
Commerce Bank 3
Dext Capital* 3
Element Fleet Management* 3
Fifth Third Bank* 3
MAZO Capital Solutions* 3
NCMIC Finance Corporation 3
NorthTeq, Inc. 3
QuickFi by Innovation Finance * 3
Siemens Financial Services, Inc. * 3
TD Equipment Finance, Inc.* 3

* Denotes new to list
** Denotes acquisition or name change from prior entity
BankFinancial, NA, PEAC Solutions, Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Co., Ltd., and Thermo Fisher Financial Services dropped off the list.


CLFP Academy Classes for Lease & Finance Professionals
Eight Scheduled so Far -  March - June 2024

Yhe Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied. A trend has begun in having virtual online sessions.

During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth. On the third day, the exam is offered but is not mandatory and may be taken on another day.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

There also is a “Mentor Program” for individuals.

Mel Vinson, CLFP, Director of Academies, VP of Marketing and Development, noted, 22 CLFP Academies were held last year.

Schedule to Date:

Channel Public, In- Person ALFP
Mar 12 – 13, 2024

Cheyney University Private, In-Person ALFP
Friday, Apr 5, 2024

Navitas Online, Public ALFP
Apr 9 – 11, 2024

Dext Private, In-Person ALFP
May 9 – 10, 2024

Huntington Private, In-Person ALFP
May 16 – 17, 2024

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance Online Public ALFP
May 20 – 22, 2023

Financial Partners Group Private, Virtual ALFP
June 6 – 7, 2024

Online, Private, AP EF ALFP
June 12 – 14, 2024

About Academy

Mel Vinson, CLFP, Director of Academies, VP of Marketing and Development



Another Tesla Autopilot Crash Goes to Trial,
This Time with New Evidence
By Mathew w. Daus, Esq.

(Image: Tesla)

Another fatal crash on Tesla Autopilot is going to tria, and , while Tesla has won all of them in the past, this one has new evidence that could help the plaintiffs.

Over the years, there have been a handful of fatal crashes involving Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features, more commonly referred to as their brand names: Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) Package. The families of the victims have taken the accidents to trials for wrongful death at times but Tesla always won.

In the past, Tesla has shown that drivers were not paying attention at the moment of the accident or leading up to it. When using Autopilot or FSD Beta, Tesla tells drivers that they must always pay attention and be ready to take control.

Now, a new trial is about to take place and the lawyers of the family of the deceased Tesla driver have uncovered evidence that they claim shows Tesla knew it was too easy to abuse Autopilot.

The trial is now set to start next week in a San Jose court and more pieces of evidence are coming out as the court determines what they will be able to show to the jury.

Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Partner and Chairman, Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group
President, International Association of Transportation Regulators,
Transportation Technology Chair, University Transportation Research Center
156 West 56th Street | New York, NY 10019
T. 212.237.1106 | F. 212.262.1215

Source: electrek


Jeff Rudin: The Story of Skye

“Today is a sad day as we had to say goodbye to our wonderful Skye, we rescued thanks to Leasing News about 9 years ago. I wanted to thank you as she truly enriched our family’s life.

“She was supposed to be a beautiful black lab as we got her from a Labrador rescue on Leasing News Adopt-a-Dog. Funny thing, this amazing wonderful, smart, loving and protective girl turned out to be a mix of mostly Akita, Rottweiler and many others to look very similar to a lab, but 0% lab. 

"Without a doubt, the smartest dog we have ever had and an avid TV watcher, especially when animals hit the screen.

"We will miss her and am grateful for Leasing News putting us on a path towards adoption which resulted in us adopting a goofy Siberian Husky mix that was a wonderful companion to Skye.”

Jeff Rudin, CEO, Financial Solutions

August 2015 Leasing News

Jeff Rudin Family Adopts Mindy Finds a Loving Home
(Mindy's Name was change to Skye)

Labrador Retriever Mix
Newport Beach, California   Adopt-a-Dog


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

Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation Announces
7th Annual “Day Of Giving” On March 14

24-Hour Fundraising Campaign Provides Individuals and Companies Opportunity to Give Back to the Equipment Finance Industry

Washington, DC– The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is designating Thursday, March 14, as a “Day of Giving” for everyone who has benefitted from the wide range of industry research, programs and resources the Foundation provides. The Foundation hopes to attract over 100 individual donors by collecting contributions from individual and corporate donors during the 24-hour marathon fundraiser. All giving levels are welcome, and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Shari Lipski, Principal, ECS Financial Services, Inc., Foundation Trustee, and
National Development Committee Chair, said, “This Day of Giving is a great opportunity to acknowledge the profound impact the Foundation has on our professional lives and the future of our industry,” said Shari Lipski, Principal, ECS Financial Services, Inc., Foundation Trustee, and National Development Committee Chair. “Your 100% tax-deductible donation plays a critical role in advancing research, developing the next generation of industry leaders, and driving new insights and best practices that propel us forward."

This is the seventh annual Day of Giving, which is intended to remind people of the lasting impact they can make when they support the Foundation’s mission to propel the equipment finance industry forward. The Day of Giving’s date has been moved up this year from previous years so donors can enjoy the Foundation’s benefits like early access to new research releases and recognition at events throughout the year.

The Day of Giving campaign supports the Foundation’s wide range of popular and new resources which are made possible entirely through individual and corporate donations, including:  

  • A new end-user survey with detailed analysis of equipment acquisition and financing behavior, and a calculated estimate of equipment finance industry size that will be included in this year’s Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry Horizon Report.
  • Topical studies, including the recent “Fraud in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry,” “Future Supply Chain Impacts on the U.S. Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry,” the soon-to-be-released “Climate Finance: A Massive Opportunity for Equipment Finance,” and two studies out for proposal on artificial intelligence and the evolving roles of banks and independents.
  • Campus to Career programs to attract new and diverse student talent to the industry:
  • Expanded scholarship program to ten $5,000 student scholarships
  • Campus to Career presentations at colleges and universities
  • Academic partnership with Arizona State University to build an equipment finance course curriculum
  • Connecting students and employers through internship listings and resources.
  • Regular in-depth research like the Monthly Confidence Index, Equipment & Software Investment Momentum Monitor, Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, and Journal of Lease Financing (JELF), all available for free download at the online Research Library.

Donations can be made online at , or by check to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, 1625 Eye St NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20006.  

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that propels the equipment finance sector—and its people—forward through industry-specific knowledge, intelligence, and student talent development programs that contribute to industry innovation, individual careers, and the advancement of the equipment leasing and finance industry. The Foundation is funded through charitable individual and corporate donations. Learn more at

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


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Tyson Foods closing Iowa pork plant as company
    moves forward with series of 2024 closures

Wendy's Delivers Record Support for
    Foster Care Adoption: $22.6 million

Airlines Are Cutting Flight Schedules
    as Boeing Delivers Fewer Jets

Larry Hartmann, ZRG Partners: A Vibrant Entrepreneur,
    Creating his Unique Path to Success


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