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Monday, May 20, 2024

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Update: Ascentium vs. Premiere Copier
    Ken Greene, Leasing News Emeritus
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Help Wanted in the Finance and Leasing Industry
    Balboa Capital, Top Mark
CLFP Foundation Adds 11 New CLFPs
    With Photos
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    9 Classes Scheduled May - November
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    May 13 - May 17
PathShare® Launches New Training for Sales  
    and Sales Management Professionals
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Update: Ascentium vs. Premiere Copier
Ken Greene, Esq., Leasing News Emeritus

On October 10, 2022, I published an article entitled “Ascentium Alleges Major Kickback Scheme.” I obtained the information from public records. The article referenced a lawsuit filed by Ascentium against Premiere Copier Inc., Mark D. Klenin, and Tod R. North.

The crux of the allegations was that Ascentium discovered a series of kickbacks allegedly made by Premiere to its customers in excess of $3 million.

This lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on November 3, 2023, meaning it cannot be filed again. As far as we know, there were no findings of fault, fraud, or any other adverse claim against Ascentium, Premiere, Klenin, or North.

The case is unequivocally over. Since it was dismissed without judgment, no aspersions or negative implications should be drawn by the filing of the suit or its outcome, providing a definitive end to this chapter.

Leasing News takes no position on the merits of the case.

Ken Greene
Law Office of Kenneth Charles Greene
5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 208
Westlake Village, California 91362
Tel: 818.575.9095
Fax: 805.435.7464

Email from Premiere Copier:

"Good morning,

 "You have posted some negative content articles online which is greatly affecting our business.  This civil action was dismissed and we were hoping that this content could be removed or at  least the information updated to reflect that this was dismissed.  I have attached the dismissal.  Please help, I would think as you post things online that can hurt businesses you would also follow them and update the information or remove the negative information as it changes.

"Thank you, Tod North"


Original  Premiere Copier Article:
Ascentium Alleges Major Kickback Scheme



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Rebecca Masserini Cooper was promoted to Director of Credit-Broker and indirect Services, NewLane Finance, Philadelphia. She is located in Greater Philadelphia. She joined NewLane September, 2019, Senior Credit Analyst. Previously, she was at Marlin Capital Solutions, starting November, 2009, Senior Credit Analyst, promoted Dealer Management Team Leader (May, 2019 - September, 2019). She began her career at Chrysler Financial November, 2005, as Team Leader, promoted Senior Training Manager (February, 2009 - November 2009).

Luis Perez was hired as Senior Vice President, Vendor Relations U.S. and Canada, Ten Oaks Commercial Capital, LLC. Alene, Idaho. He is located in Irvine, California. Previously, he was at Ascentium Capital, starting October, 2019, promoted January, Regional Sales Manager, promoted
Vice President of Sales (February, 2022 - May, 2024). Prior, he was at Partners Capital Group starting February, 2019,  Vice President of Sales, promoted Account Executive, March 2019, promoted Senior Account Executive (October, 2018 - October, 2019); Internet Sales Manager, Ken Grody Ford (July, 2007 - November, 2017).

Caroline Thomas was hired as Portfolio Manager, Prime Capital Group, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Previously, she was PPSA Manager, Vault Credit Corporation (July, 2022 - November, 2023); Supervisor, PPS Administrator, National Leasing (December, 2000 - June, 2022); Account Associate, Walmart Canada (January, 1999 - January, 2001); Evening Vault Supervisor, TD Bank (January, 1993 - January, 1999).

Scott Weissman was promoted to Business Manager for M&T Finance, part of the M&T Equipment Finance Group, Binghamton, New York. He joined M&T January, 2018, Group Manager Commercial Equipment Finance, promoted January, 2019, Administrative Vice President, promoted Senior Vice President, March, 2022, promoted Executive Vice President, December, 2023. Full Bio:


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted


CLFP Foundation Adds 11 New CLFPs
With Photos

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 11 individuals who recently sat through the online proctored CLFP exam, have passed.

 They are:

Jean Conran, CLFP
Director of Sales Support DLL

Frederick Duffield, CLFP
Business Development Representative, DLL

Michela Giannandrea, CLFP
Senior Operations Analyst
Auxilor Capital Partners, Inc.

Emilie Herter, CLFP
Asset Sales Specialist DLL

Anthony Maddesi, CLFP
Senior Income Tax Analyst DLL

Conrad Nilsen, CLFP
Senior Vice President Finance, Dext Capital

Stephen Rodriguez, CLFP
Director of Commercial Finance, ROK Financial

William Schilling, CLFP
Sales Representative, DLL

Nicholas Shotwell, CLFP
Vice President, First American Equipment Finance

Paul Tew, CLFP
Senior Account Manager, AGCO Finance

Prashanth Vyamasani, CLFP
Senior Engineering Manager, DLL

Prashanth Vyamasani of DLL, said,“For over 15 years, I've immersed myself in the leasing industry, specializing primarily in managing and building applications in the originations space.

“Pursuing the CLFP designation was a deliberate effort to broaden my expertise beyond just originations. Through this journey, I've gained a comprehensive understanding of leasing from end to end, encompassing all its nuances.”

Conrad Nilsen attended the Dext Capital ALFP in early May and says, “The CLFP is an outstanding network of professionals – I chose to pursue this designation to engage with them and build connections across our industry.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the commercial equipment finance industry. There are Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates located throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, India, Pakistan, Africa, and Australia. For more information, visit


Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
9 Classes Scheduled May - November

The 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


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

Financial Partners Group Private, Virtual ALFP
June 6 – 7

Online, Private, AP EF ALFP
June 12 – 14

Stearns Bank Public, In-Person (MN)
July 31 - August 2

Great American Insurance Group Public,
in Person,ALFP
August 8 - 9

Financial Partners Group Private
Virtual ALFP
August 12 - 13

Wintrust Public, In-Person. ALFP
August 15 -16

DLL Online Private, ALFP
October 15 - 16

First Commonwealth EF Online, ALFP
November 6 -7

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional Handbook

About Academy

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



Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
May 13 - May 17

(1) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(2)  New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(4) This Year’s ELFA Legal Forum Was a Total Success
By Marshall Goldberg, Leasing News Legal Editor

(5)  Hiring the Right Salesperson
“Ducks in Eagle School”

(6) Finance and Leasing Industry Recruiters
  These companies have experience in the finance
and leasing industry

(7) ELFF Reports 2nd Month of Monthly confidence Down
May Fell to 50.7 from April 52.9

(8) Why I Became a CLFP
  By Bree Johnson, CLFP
VP/EFD Operations Manager at First Foundation Inc.

(9) Plenty of Opportunities
  By Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting

(10) American Association Of Commercial Finance
Brokers Announces New Board Members


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

PathShare® Launches New Sales Training
for Sales and Sales Management Professionals

Built Upon Proven Curriculum Developed by Richardson Sales Performance

(Cedar Rapids, IA)— PathShare® HR Services, a division of GreatAmerica Financial Services, has announced the launch of its sales training, featuring a curriculum developed by Richardson Sales Performance, a global leader in sales training and performance improvement.

The training includes facilitator-led virtual and in-person options, as well as e-learning components for sales professionals and sales management. PathShare facilitators are certified Richardson trainers and infuse industry-specific insights for added value. 

Sally Brause, Director, Human Resources Consulting, GreatAmerica Financial Services, and head of PathShare, said, “We are excited to be a Richardson Authorized Partner and provide sales training grounded in behavioral science and specifically tailored to address the complexities of today’s buying process,” stated.

“Our PathShare team combines our industry knowledge with this proven training framework to create the results-oriented training experience our customers have been asking for.”
PathShare sales training equips sales teams with the necessary skills to guide today’s customers through consultative selling. Additionally, it ensures sales managers execute the right activities to drive a repeatable, buyer-aligned sales process. The training modules cover a range of topics, from foundational selling skills to advanced development for experienced sales professionals.

Visit the PathShare sales training website for more information or to reach out to a PathShare representative. 

About PathShare® HR Services 
PathShare® HR Services was founded in 2008 and is a division of GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation®. PathShare is focused on HR and organizational development, which includes hiring, cultivating company culture, sales training, sales management training, customer service training, succession planning, and leadership development. PathShare sales training facilitators are certified with Richardson Sales Performance. PathShare has EOS Implementer® status to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®). The PathShare team uses its specialized expertise and experience to help grow successful sales and technology organizations. 

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


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Roglieri's assets heading for liquidation
    in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

US and Chinese automakers are headed
    in completely different directions

Biden’s China tariffs are the end of an era
    for cheap Chinese goods

Elon Musk launches Starlink satellite internet
    service in Indonesia, world’s largest archipelago

Lawmakers push to speed up NYC casino licenses:
    ‘We’re leaving $2B on the table’


He couldn’t get over his fiancée’s death.
   So he brought her back as an A.I. chatbot


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