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Friday, October 28
, 2015

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Valerie Jester Receives 2014 Award
  Leasing Person of the Year
ELFA San Antonio Conference Report
Forecast Equipment Finance Market to Hit $1.045 Trillion
  by Bruce Kropschot, The Alta Group
The List---September, 2015
--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"—
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Rosanne, Richard, and the Veterans Administration
  Was Too Late for the Operation—Here is Update
The Future of the Bank Branch Is in Trouble
   Chart — here's why
Leasing Conferences—Updates
Leasing Software Companies
Halloween Edition: The Seventh Victim/The Innocents
Onibaba/The Fog, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Xmas
Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever
San Antonio, Texas Adopt a Dog
News Briefs---
Deutsche Bank to Cut 35,000 Jobs
  Under New Strategy
Prime buys 900 Peterbilt Model 579s
  Trucks in operation for Prime’s Success Leasing
KeyBank’s history of growth in Buffalo, NY
"employs 1,100 employees in four counties"
Export-Import Bank Debate: 'Retreat From Sanity'
  Or End of Corporate Welfare?
National Restaurant Association’s Sweeney Named
 One of Washington’s Most Powerful Women
Settlement reached in class action over
   Subway sandwich sizes
George and Amal Clooney Rescue Dog
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Valerie Jester Receives 2014 Award
Leasing Person of the Year

Presenting the award at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Conference in San Antonio, Texas, is Bruce Kropschot, Leasing News Founding Advisory Board member.  (Photo: ELFA)

It is Ms. Jester’s 33 year history of volunteerism, dedication and willingness to contribute her time and energy, that brought the Leasing News Advisory Board to choose her as Leasing Person of the Year for 2014.

She is President of Brandywine Capital Associates. She served as Senior Vice President of First Sierra Financial. She was President and owner of Corporate Capital Leasing Group, which she sold to First Sierra Financial, where her duties included the oversight of third party originations. Prior, she was a Regional Manager for General Electric Credit Corporation, in the company's Commercial Asset Finance Department.

Ms. Jester has been involved with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) for the past 21 years, serving as a member of the Eastern Regional Council, Small Ticket Business Council, Reinventing-ELA Committee, Ethics Committee, Pac Committee, Board of Directors, and Treasurer. She served as first female Chairman of the Association in 2006-2007.

Many people in the middle market believed (and probably still believe) that ELFA primarily represents the large lessors and is not interested in the small lessors. However, here she was, a small lessor and leader in the Association. She ably defended the Association and cited herself as evidence that the Association welcomed the small lessor.

Ms. Jester also served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL) and as a member of the Ethics committee of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (UAEL). When they merged, she continued to be active in the National Equipment Finance Association. She has been a speaker and chair of many industry conventions and workshops, quoted often in many leasing publications.  In 2015 she has served as Trustee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

Ms. Jester has also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Chester County, Red Cross of Chester County, the American Lung Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, the Salvation Army, and the Chester County Art Association, and has served as Chair for many local fundraising events.



ELFA San Antonio Conference Report
Forecast Equipment Finance Market to Hit $1.045 Trillion
by Bruce Kropschot, The Alta Group

The 54th Annual Convention of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association at the JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel in San Antonio was a rousing success. This October 25-27 event attracted a large number of ELFA members with about 1,000 attendees.

Using the theme “Connect * Engage * Grow,” the 16 educational sessions and 100 speakers provided a broad cross-section of interesting topics. Featured speakers Peter Zeihan, an expert in geopolitics, and Salim Ismail, technology strategist, provided very thought-provoking presentations on what the future may hold for us. Robert F. Wescott, President of Keybridge Research LLC, presented economic forecasts that were utilized in the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s 2015 State of the Equipment Finance Industry report that was released at the convention. For the first time, the equipment finance market is forecast to exceed $1 trillion in 2015, increasing to $1.045 trillion from an estimated $946 billion in 2014.

The breakout sessions, led principally by ELFA members, attracted good turnouts and covered wide-ranging topics of interest to many attendees, including aviation financing, big data utilization, non-standard financing agreements, asset management, lease accounting, risk management, and acquisition valuation.

The general sessions provided an opportunity for the attendees to give standing ovations to ELFA President Woody Sutton who is retiring after 6 successful years leading the association, Chief Operating Officer Ralph Petta who will replace Sutton as President effective January 1, 2016, and VP-Business & Professional Development Lesley Sterling who is retiring after 33 years of meritorious service to the association. The convention also saw Bob Rinaldi turn over the gavel as Chairman of ELFA to incoming Chairman Bill Stephenson.

The remnants of Hurricane Patricia caused travel delays for some of the early arrivals in San Antonio, and rain dampened the golf course and tennis courts but not the spirits of the ELFA athletes who competed nevertheless in Sunday’s tournaments.

Of course, one of the main attractions of the ELFA Convention is the opportunity to network with many peers in the industry. The convention hotel’s remote location kept most attendees on the premises and spurred the conversations over drinks and food late into the evenings.

Judging from the upbeat tempo of the attendees, the leasing industry is doing quite well in 2015, and the industry’s leaders had a good time enjoying a brief period of relaxation from their often-hectic schedules.


Bruce Kropschot
Senior Managing Director and
Merger & Acquisition Advisory Practice Leader –
The Alta Group
7448 Treeline Drive
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 260-4405 

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Announces New Board of Directors



The List---September, 2015
--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"—

Direct Capital Corporation, Portsmouth, N.H. (09/15) Employee Exodus, Customers and Vendors to Follow

Atel Capital Group, San Francisco, CA (09/15)--Secures Half a Billion Dollars of Institutional Equity


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New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Alec Burger was hired as President and CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), Norwalk, Connecticut. "(He) will take over the executive management of the business from Norman C.T. Liu, 58, who will stay on as chairman of GECAS until late 2016 when he will retire from GE. Previously, he was President and CEO, GE Capital Real Estate (April 2014–October 2015). “He joined GE in 2007. Before heading GE Capital Real Estate’s UK division, Alec was Vice President of Business Development and led a number of major strategic real estate acquisitions in the U.S. including Heller Financial, Debis and Security Capital. Prior to that, Alec held a number of leadership positions both in the U.S. and England for GE Capital’s Equipment Leasing Business, including business development for European Equipment Finance, managing director and subsequently Six Sigma leader for Vendor Financial Services. Alec joined GE from Bain and Company and before that was a mechanical engineer at Cabot Corporation in Boston. Alec earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Trinity College and received his MBA from Northeastern University. He serves on the boards of the National MS Society and Stepping Stone Museum. Born in London, Alec has dual citizenship with the UK and the U.S. Education: D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, MBA, Executive MBA. Trinity College-Hartford, BS, Mechanical Engineering (1981 – 1985).

Nancy Eggan promoted to Executive Vice President of Internal Operations at Onset, South Jordan, Utah. The company merged with Mazuma Capital Corporation, where she served as Executive Vice President from September, 2005. Previously, she was Vice President, Applied Financial, (September 1985-September 2005). Education: University of Utah General Ed, Business, Accounting, Fine Arts (1975–1978).

Kevin Freidheim was hired as Sr. Business Development Manager - Transportation Group at Marlin Business Services Corp., Mount Laurel,NJ; based in the greater Milwaukee area. Previously, he was Business Development Manager, Engs Commercial Finance (January 2014–December 2014); District Sales Manager, Commercial Credit Group (September 2012–December 2013); Sales and Marketing, Wisconsin Kenworth (2009–September 2012); Marketing Manager, Equilease Financial Services (2007–2008); VP and Director, Construction and Industrial Group, Key Equipment Finance (2003–2006); Director, CNH Global NV (1996–2003); Dealer, Development/Finance Manager, Volvo Construction Equipment
(1992 – 1996). Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Business Administration (1982–1986). Activities and Societies: Sigma Chi Daily Tar Heel

Robert Harris was hired as Vice President of Business Development
Nations Equipment Finance, Ladera, Ranch, California. "In this role, Harris will be responsible for growing Nations’ lease and loan origination activities in the Southeast portion of the United States." Previously, he was Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Group, Inc. (March 2015– October 2015); Director of Business Development, Balboa Capital (April, 2014 – March, 2015); Vice President, Southern Division, First National Capital Corporation (May 2012–April 2014); General Sales Manager, Discount Office Services (September 2010–April 2012); Vice President of Sales, ACFN (September 2005–September 2010); Sales Manager, Discount Office Services (January 2002 – July 2005). Education: Saddleback College, Associate's degree, Capistrano Valley High School

Joe Haynes was hired as Franchise Sales Manager for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. "(He) will focus on franchise financing solutions that include total equipment, reimage and working capital solutions to franchisees. Mr. Haynes comes to Creekridge with over 10 years of experience in providing franchise financing solutions. He has worked in a variety of franchise markets including quick serve restaurants, casual restaurants, automotive, fitness clubs, early childhood development and others. Throughout his career, Mr. Haynes has established relationships with several franchise development teams and franchisees."

Gary Just was hired as Regional Vice President Sales of Byline Financial Group, Greater New York City Area.  Previously, he was AVP. Business Development Manager, HVB Equipment Capital (May 2014–March 2015); Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Commercial Credit Group, Inc. (February 2012–2012); Region Sales Manager, Hitachi Capital America (2007–2010); Regional Sales Mgr., Equilease Financial Services (2006–2008); Region Sales Manager, Diamond Lease (U.S.A.), Inc. (2000–2005); Regional Sales Manager, Orix Financial Services (1993–2000); Regional Sales Manager, SNET Credit (1989- 1992); Regional Sales Manager, Circle Business Credit (1986–1989). Education: Seton Hall University, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Marketing.

Tanya (Blair) Kopel was hired as Senior Factoring Analyst at Hitachi Business Finance, Rochester, Michigan.  Previously, she was Credit/ Documentation Administrator, TIP Capital (January 2014–September 2015); Leasing Dept. Specialist, Ervin Equipment Finance (January 2003–January 2014); Admin. Assistant, Renaissance Precast Ind. (November 2000–October 2002).

Ariel Perez was hired as Director of Iso Relations, Fusion Capital, LLC, Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area.  Previously, he was Director of Sales, EZ Funding Now (July 2015–October 2015); Director of Sales, LendersBox (February 2015–August 2015); Vice President of Underwriting, Turnkey Processing, LLC (January 2013–August 2014); Financial Analyst, Universal Funds (February 2008–November 2012). Certifications: OHSA 30, Starting March 2012
Education: University of Miami, Associate’s Degree, Finance, General
(2002–2003). Activities and Societies: Debate Team

Thomas J. Pericak was hired by Whitney Bank, New Orleans, Louisiana as Equipment Finance Syndication Relationship Manager; based out of Superior, Colorado. "As a vice president with Whitney Equipment Finance, he will develop a capital markets platform to bring national equipment finance market resources to Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank clients. He joined Key Equipment Finance, June, 2008 as Sales ACT Rotational Program Associate; promoted March, 2020, Assistant Vice President - Capital Markets & Syndication; promoted, January, 2015, Vice President - Capital Markets Origination & Syndication. He served as Worldwide Television Distribution Intern MGM Studios, 2007. Volunteer: Board Member & Executive Committee, JDRF International (July 2015). Education: University of Colorado at Boulder,  Leeds School of Business, Bachelors of Science, Finance & International Business (2004–2008). Activities and Societies: Delta Sigma Pi, Beta Gamma Sigma

Walter Stranzl was promoted to Vice President and CFO at GSG Financial, New York City, NY. He joined the company in July, 2013, where “(he) was responsible for the alignment of the finance and credit functions across the organization, including GSG Vendor Finance and GSG Financial of Puerto Rico. In his expanded role, Stranzl will continue to build out the finance and accounting team while enhancing the company’s robust funding strategy and platform."  He also serves as President, IMM Leasing, LLC (May 2009- Present).  Previously, he was Account Executive, CSI Leasing, Inc. (May 2007– April 2009); CFO, JTA Leasing Co. LLC. (January 2001–March 2007); Controller, Jacom Computer Services, Inc. (1997–2001); CFO/Controller, Various (April 1987–1997); Sr. Audit Manager, KPMG (1978–1987)
Education: Iona College, BBA, Accounting (1974–1978). Cardinal Spellman



Rosanne, Richard, and the Veterans Administration
Was Too Late for the Operation—Here is Update

Portland, Oregon Veterans Administration Hospital
3710 SW Us Veteran Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239

In the recent news that claims the VA is doing better than before, even with the publicity, the trials of Richard Wilson, a Vietnam vet, went on for over a year and a half with many ups and down.

In May, 2014, Leasing News urged Rosanne Wilson, CLP, BPB, long time leasing broker and active in the industry, to let readers know about her husband, Richard and his experience with the Portland, Ore. VA Hospital.  To sum it up, he was to have stints put in his leg veins due the circulation and leg problems, October, 2013, following his massive heart attack. The situation got worse and very painful for him because nothing was done by the VA.

After a barrage of news stories by Leasing News and then others who Leasing News was trying to involve, such as Fox News (Betsy McCaughey), Richard Wilson, a Viet Nam vet, not on Medicare due to his age, got an appointment several weeks out. He finally went in, and after two visits, the doctors said they needed to do work on his heart first, which they eventually did. They decided it was too risky to give him artificial vein replacements, talked about one drug, but found out the VA did not have it, then suddenly delivered another drug that has increased the blood flow.

Leasing News asked Rosanne for an update:

As you know it was over a year before he got to see a doctor, and too late for an operation. So after several tries with medicine, they found one that helped his blood through his legs. He hasn't felt any improvement. His legs still ache all the time and it is from lack of circulation.

Now for the good news, Richard just got new glasses through the VA last month. For once I am happy to report that Richard is getting his needs addressed. He had developed an internal condition that requires injections over several months at the VA. The VA was quick to diagnose the problem and get him scheduled for his injections.

He found another bit of skin cancer on his body and the VA is letting him see any doctor he wants to have it removed because the Dermatologist at the VA is too backed up. I am happy to report that so far, in the case of my husband, his doctor does not want Fox News or the Lars Larson Show coming down on them again.

I don't know if they have "flagged" his file to take good care of Richard or there will be trouble, or it could be because they have hired more nurse practitioners and doctors and perhaps they are catching up with their back log.

I only know that ever since the news organizations came down on them, Richard is getting the care he deserves. It's about time.
   - Rosanne Wilson

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The Future of the Bank Branch Is in Trouble
Chart — here's why
by John Heggestuen

The future of the bank branch is in trouble — here's why

Millennials are increasingly turning to digital banking channels to perform their banking activities, and they're visiting their banks' branches less often than ever before.

The behaviors and preferences of this generation — which makes up the largest share of both the US population and the employed population, at 26% and 34%, respectively — will shape the future of the bank, as well as the relationship between the bank and the customer.

As third parties increasingly provide the services that consumers are using to manage their finances, the valuable relationship between banks and their customers will continue to deteriorate.

To better understand what the bank of the future will look like, BI Intelligence surveyed 1,500 banked millennials (ages 18-34) on their banking behaviors and preferences — from their preferred banking devices, to what banking actions they perform on those devices, to how often they perform them.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • The bank branch as we know it today will become obsolete. It will be some time before the final death rattle, but improving online channels, declining branch visits, and the rising cost per transaction at branches are collectively leading to branch closures.
  • Banks that don't act fast are going to lose relationships with customers. Consumers are increasingly opting for digital banking services provided by third-party tech firms. This is disrupting the relationships between banks and their customers, and banks are losing out on branding and cross-selling opportunities. For many banks, this will require further commoditization of their products and services.
  • The ATM will go the way of the phone booth. Relatively low operational costs compared to bank branches, paired with customers' preference for in-network ATMs, makes the ATM an attractive substitute for bank tellers. But as cash and check transactions decline, the ATM will become nonessential, ultimately facing the same fate as the physical branch.
  • The smartphone will become the foundational banking channel. As the primary computing device, the smartphone has the potential to know much more about banks' customers than human advisors do. The smartphone goes everywhere its user goes, has the ability to collect user data, and is already used for making purchases. Therefore, the banks that will endure will be those that offer banking services optimized for the smartphone.


Leasing Conferences—Updates

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The 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, FL on November 4 through November 6, 2015. 


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2015 Western Regional Meeting
November 13-14, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Anaheim - Orange County
Anaheim, CA

Changes have been made to the California Finance Lenders and Broker licensing requirements. If your transaction touches California in any way and you are a non-bank owned funding source or a broker, the licensing requirements apply to you. Come to the NAELB regional conference in Anaheim, CA the weekend of November 13 – 14 to find out more. A panel of industry experts will feature California Attorney Ken Greene, NAELB Legal Counsel Joseph G. Bonanno, CLFP, and longtime NAELB funding source member Steve Crane, CLFP, of BSB Leasing to guide you through the nuances and provide discussion. And if that’s not enough of a reason to attend, the NAELB is offering a special promotion for new members (must be a new member, never having been a member before).  Fifty percent of the conference registration fee will be credited towards first year dues!
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Exhibitors to Date
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360 Equipment Finance
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Channel Partners LLC
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Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
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Funding Circle
Go Capital
Huntington Technology Finance
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North Mill Equipment Financing LLC
Orange Commercial Credit
RapidAdvance, LLC
Pacific Western Equipment Finance
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Preferred Business Solutions
TEAM Funding Solutions
VFI Corporate Finance



71st Annual Convention
November 11 - 13, 2015
JW Marriott Austin
Austin, TX

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EXPO NJ Super Regional
11/15/2015 to 11/16/2015

Register: Early Bird Price $199.00

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Leasing News: Halloween Special Part 2
By Fernando Croce

In the second half of our seasonal frightfest, we offer another batch of choice Halloween pictures, which range from the horrific to the delightful. So check in with Netflix and enjoy your own cinematic night of tricks and treats!

The Seventh Victim (Mark Robson, 1943): In such classics as "Cat People" and "The Body Snatcher," refined producer Val Lewton created a new form of horror film based on poetic suggestiveness rather than hideous spectacle. Among his masterpieces is this subtle yet unsettling combination of thriller and film noir, which centers on the discoveries of Mary (Kim Hunter, in her film debut), a young student embarking on an investigation of her own. Looking for her missing sister Jacqueline (Jean Brooks), she stumbles upon a cult of devil worshippers in Greenwich Village. Helped by her sister's husband (Hugh Beaumont), a poet (Erford Gage) and psychiatrist (Tom Conway), Mary hopes to rescue her before it's too late. Directed by Mark Robson, this exceptional film exudes a mood of quotidian dread that's surely influenced later works like "Rosemary's Baby."

The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961): Henry James’ Gothic classic “The Turn of the Screw” has often been adapted for the screen, but never with as much spooky elegance as in this beautifully wrought version. Set in Victorian England, the story centers on Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr), a governess hired to look after Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens), the children who practically have the run of their wealthy uncle’s estate. The more she takes care of them, the more convinced Miss Giddens becomes that the youngsters are in fact possessed by the spirits of the house’s former servants. As their behavior becomes more disturbing, can she help exorcising them before their souls are damaged forever? Directed by Jack Clayton with a meticulous eye for psychological unease, this is a most subtle and literate ghost story.

Onibaba (Kaneto Shindo, 1964): Whether it's "Ugetsu" or "The Ring," Japanese cinema has always shown a remarkable affinity for supernatural stories. One of its most chilling entries is this stark morality fable set in medieval times, when war and samurai warriors ravage the land. In an isolated swampy area, an older woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) survive by selling the valuables from deceased soldiers. Jealous with the attention the younger woman gets from a neighbor (Kei Sato), the mother hatches a plan to terrify them by using the grotesque mask of a dead samurai. Things take a decidedly macabre turn, however, when the mask turns out to have a demonic force of its own. Full of jagged imagery and bottomless pits, this is an unforgettably wicked and sometimes savagely poetic vision. With subtitles.

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980): Though his 1978 smash hit "Halloween" has made his name synonymous with the holiday, director John Carpenter's other horror films deserve just as much attention. Such is the case with this beautifully atmospheric yarn, which unfolds like a campfire story brought vividly to life. With a small community in the California coast preparing for centennial celebrations, supernatural happenings begin to multiply. As vengeful ghosts from long ago envelop the town like so much thick fog, such locals as a radio DJ (Adrienne Barbeau), a young hitchhiker (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the town priest (Hal Holbrook) must cope with frights beyond their imagination. Using the widescreen for a masterful sense of the otherworldly, Carpenter conjures forth a deceptively modest folktale that continues to pack quite a wallop.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993): A rare treat that can be enjoyed on both Halloween and Christmas, this stop-animation classic would make for a great double-bill with the Bass-Rankin specials of the 1970s. The marvelously twisted plot follows fearsome but good-hearted ghoul Jack Skellington, who, despite being crowned Pumpkin King at Halloween Town, dreams of something besides macabre costumes and haunted houses. After a dose of Christmas spirit following a visit to the North Pole, Jack decides to spread holiday cheer the only way he can—kidnapping Santa Claus and delivering the presents himself. Directed by Henry Selick (“Coraline”) yet in every frame carrying the stamp of Tim Burton, this is a beautiful blend of the prankish and the poignant.


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Baseball Poem

Three Run Homers, or, Rupert Brooke Celebrates Baseball
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a three
Run homer when the team is pressed
Against the wall and quite distressed,
A homer that may at evening scare
A nighthawk circling in the air,
Or, 'neath the arc lights blazing bright,
Restore the score and set things right,
Rescue the pitcher and save the game,
And set the home team crowd aflame:
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only heroes knock in three.



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Patriots dominant in win over Dolphins

All 30 MLB teams added to class action filed by ticket-holders over lack of protection from foul balls

Robert Kraft needles Colts in speech to re-ignite Deflategate

49ers' Vernon Davis attempts to quell rumors of Kaepernick, Staley quarreling

Time is right for 49ers' York and Baalke to speak up


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“Gimme that Wine”

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Inventories hurt U.S. third-quarter GDP, domestic demand strong

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This Day in American History

     1503 – Queen Isabella of Spain banned violence against Indians in the New World.
    1734 – The second President of the US, John Adams, was born at Braintree, MA.   Term of office: Mar 4, 1797—Mar 3, 1801 after having been George Washington's Vice President.  He was the father of John Quincy Adams (6th president of the US).  He once wrote in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: “You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other.” John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  Adams' last words: “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Jefferson's last words: “Is it the fourth?”
    1768 - The Wesley Chapel on John Street in New York City was dedicated. It was the first Methodist church building to be erected in the American colonies, and was restored in 1817, and again in 1840.
    1815 - Birthday of José Manuel Gallegos (d. 1875), born in Spanish colonial Mexico, in the town of Abiquiú, Nuevo México. Suspended from the priesthood for refusing to accept the authority of French religious superior, Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, who became the subject of Willa Cather’s novel, “Death Comes for the Archbishop”, Gallegos put increasing energy into his political life. Subsequently, he was elected to the New Mexico Territorial House of Representatives, served as treasurer of the territory, and was superintendent of New Mexico Indian affairs. Gallegos returned to the U.S. House of Representatives for a second term in 1871.
    1831 - In Southampton County, VA, escaped slave Nat Turner was captured and arrested for leading the bloodiest slave rebellion in United States history.
    1838 - The Mormon War of Missouri ended when over 200 state militiamen attacked the LDS settlement of Huan's Mill. Eighteen Mormons were killed, and a dozen wounded, in reprisal for Mormon militia attacks on several communities since August of that year. Joseph Smith then led his followers to Illinois.
    1862 - Dr. Richard Gatling patented a machine gun. The Gatling gun consisted of six barrels mounted in a revolving frame. A later version with ten barrels fired 320 rounds a minute. The United States Army purchased these guns in 1865 and over the next few years most major armies in Europe purchased the gun. In 1870, Gatling opened a new factory in Hartford, Connecticut to produce his gun. He continued to improve the Gatling gun and by 1882, it could fire up to 1,200 rounds per minute. However, sales of the gun declined after Hiram Maxim began producing his automatic Maxim Machine Gun.  Gatling also manufactured machines for sowing and breaking hemp, a steam power and a marine steam ram.
    1862 - Yellow fever hits the Union Army.  Union General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchell, commander of the Department of the South, is one of those who dies; at Beaufort, South Carolina. Born in Kentucky in 1809, Mitchell grew up in Lebanon, Ohio. He attended West Point and graduated in 1829 along with future Confederate leaders Joseph Johnston and Robert E. Lee. When the war erupted in 1861, Mitchell used his West Point education as a brigadier general in the Army of the Ohio under General Don Carlos Buell and participated in operations in Kentucky and Tennessee in 1862. Mitchell also directed raids into northern Alabama, capturing Huntsville in April 1862. Mitchell was a critic of the "soft war," or limited approach, of many northern generals, and his actions made him a target of conservative northern newspapers. Advocating a tougher stance against Southern civilians and the institution of slavery, he confiscated the property of prominent Confederates and protected slaves who escaped to his lines well before the practice was mandated by Federal policy. In July, 1862, he was named commander of the Department of the South. He moved to headquarters on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where he oversaw the building of schools and homes for slaves in the captured territory. This movement, begun by his predecessor, General David Hunter, is considered the first experiment in the reconstruction of the South. However, Mitchell's death from yellow fever cut short his participation in the experiment.
    1864 - The town of Helena, Montana, is founded by four gold miners who struck it rich at the appropriately named "Last Chance Gulch." The first major Anglo settlement of Montana had begun just two years before in the summer of 1862, when prospectors found a sizeable deposit of placer gold at Grasshopper Creek to the west. When other even richer deposits were soon discovered nearby, a major rush began as tens of thousands of miners scoured the territory in search of gold. In 1864, four prospectors spotted signs of gold in the Helena area while on their way to the Kootenai country, but they were eager to reach the reportedly rich gold regions farther to the north and did not to stop. But after striking out on the Kootenai, they decided to take "one last chance" on finding gold and returned. When the signs turned out to mark a rich deposit of placer gold, they staked their claims and named the new mining district Last Chance Gulch.
Eventually, Last Chance Gulch would prove to be the second biggest placer gold deposit in Montana, producing some $19 million worth of gold in just four years. Overnight, thousands of miners began to flood into the region, and the four original discoverers added to their fortunes by establishing the town of Helena to provide them with food, lodging, and supplies. But unlike many of the early Montana mining towns, Helena did not disappear once the gold gave out, which it inevitably did. Located on several major transportation routes, well supplied with agricultural products from an adjacent valley, and near to several other important mining towns, Helena was able to survive and grow by serving the wider Montana mining industry. In 1875, the city became the capital of Montana Territory, and in 1894, the capital of the new state of Montana.
    1872 - Emily Post (d. 1960) was born at Baltimore, MD. Published in 1922, her book “Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage” instantly became the American bible of manners and social behavior and established Post as the household name in such matters. It was in its 10th edition at the time of her death. “Etiquette” inspired a great many letters asking Post for advice on manners in specific situations. She used these letters as the basis for her radio show and her syndicated newspaper column, which eventually appeared in more than 200 papers.
    1882 - Birthday of William “Bull” Halsey (d. 1959) at Elizabeth, NJ.  American admiral and fleet commander who played a leading role in the defeat of the Japanese in the Pacific naval battles of World War II.  In April, 1942, aircraft carriers under his command ferried Jimmy Doolittle's B-25s to within several hundred miles of Japan's coast. From that location, the aircraft were launched from the decks of the carriers for a raid on Tokyo. In October, 1942, as commander of all the South Pacific area, Halsey led naval forces in the defeat of Japan at Guadalcanal, and in November, 1943, he directed the capture of Bougainville. He supported the landings in the Philippines in June 1944, and in the great naval battle of Leyte, Oct 23—25, 1944.
    1885 – Ezra Pound (d. 1972) was born in Hailey, Idaho Territory.  An expatriate poet and critic who was a major figure in the early modernist movement, his contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language.
    1888 - The ball-point pen was patented by John J. Loud of Weymouth, MA.  The patent was on a pen having a spheroidal marking point capable of revolving in all directions.
   1893 - Birthday of Charles Atlas (d. 1942), bodybuilder, born Angelo Siciliano at Acri, Italy. Atlas created a popular mail order bodybuilding course, pegged to his own youthful troubles as a “97-lb weakling.” The legendary sand-kicking episode used later in advertising for his course occurred at Coney Island when a lifeguard kicked sand in Atlas's face and stole his girlfriend. Three generations of comic book fans read his advertisements.
    1893 - After a rousing success, the Columbian Exposition held “American Cities Day” and Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison gave a speech before the visiting mayors. This was the highlight of the greatest new technology in America and hope was the economy would turn around. After he arrived home, Harrison's doorbell rang. When the mayor answered the door, he was shot by Patrick Eugene Pendergast, who had been disappointed when his request for a position with the city as corporation counsel was turned down. Instead of the elaborate ceremony that had been planned to close the exposition on Oct 30, a single speech was given and the flags lowered to half-mast.
    1894 - Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY, received a patent for a card time recorder.  The employee pressed a lever on the machine to record the time on specially printed cards divided by horizontal lines into seven equal spaces for the days of the week. The recorder, known as the Rochester, was manufactured by the Willard and Frick Manufacturing Company.
    1896 – Harry Randall Truman, (d. 1980) no relation, was born in Ivydale, WV.  A resident of the Washington state who lived on Mount St. Helens, he came to brief fame in the months preceding the volcano's May, 1980 eruption after he stubbornly refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders, and he is presumed to have been killed in the eruption. He was the owner and caretaker of Mount St. Helens Lodge at south end of Spirit Lake at the foot of the mountain in the danger zone at the time of the eruption.
    1896 - Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah became the first female Senator.
    1898 – Bill Terry (d. 1989), the last National Leaguer to hit .400, was born in Atlanta.  He played his entire career with the New York Giants and hit .401 in 1930.  Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Terry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. In 1999, he ranked number 59 on “The Sporting News” list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the MLB All-Century Team. The Giants retired Terry's uniform no. 3 in 1984.
    1917 - The first Jewish US Navy chaplain was Rabbi David Goldberg of Corsicana, TX, who was appointed with the rank of lieutenant.  He was advanced to lieutenant commander on January 1, 1938, and he retired on March 1, 1941.
    1919 – Baseball’s National Commission called for the prohibition of the spitball.
    1925 - Birthday of tenor sax player/composer/arranger/producer Teo Macero, Glens Falls, NY.
   1929 - John D. Rockefeller announced he was buying sound common stocks to help stem the massive sell-off at the New York Stock Exchange, but it did no good. Over 10.7 million shares were dumped the day before and the market was in a free fall. The Great Depression was beginning and even a Rockefeller could not stop it.
    1930 - The great trumpet player Clifford Brown (d. 1956) Birthday.
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    1930 - Duke Ellington records "Mood Indigo".
    1935 - Woody Herman cuts first vocals with Isham Jones Band
    1938 - “War of the Worlds” was broadcast as part of a series of radio dramas based on famous novels.  Orson Welles with the Mercury Players produced H.G. Wells' “War of the Worlds”. Near panic resulted when listeners believed the simulated news bulletins, which described a Martian invasion of New Jersey, to be real.  People went into a panic as they believed the world was invaded and the end was near.
    1939 – Grace Slick was born Grace Barnett Wing in Highland Park, IL.  Singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, she is best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s.   
    1941 - The U.S. destroyer “Reuben James” was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Iceland by a German submarine during the night of October 30-31.  Some 100 lives were lost.  It was the first American warship to be sunk in the war. Despite the passage of “Lend Lease” in support of Britain and other “free” countries in Europe, Congress and the United States did not want to enter a war they thought “European”.  This attitude lost many lives and war preparation.  The fact is that on December 8th, the US declared war against Japan after the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor, which wiped out most of our Pacific fleet. On December 11, in obvious collusion, Germany and Italy declared war against the U.S. and Congress adopted a resolution recognizing a state of war.
    1944 – Anne and Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camps where they die from disease the following year, shortly before the end of World War II. 
    1945 - ROSS, WILBURN K., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company G, 350th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near St. Jacques, France, 30 October 1944. Entered service at: Strunk, Ky. Birth: Strunk, Ky. G.O. No.: 30, 14 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty near St. Jacques, France. At 11:30 a.m. on 30 October 1944, after his company had lost 55 out of 88 men in an attack on an entrenched full-strength German company of elite mountain troops, Pvt. Ross placed his light machinegun 10 yards in advance of the foremost supporting riflemen in order to absorb the initial impact of an enemy counterattack. With machinegun and small-arms fire striking the earth near him, he fired with deadly effect on the assaulting force and repelled it. Despite the hail of automatic fire and the explosion of rifle grenades within a stone's throw of his position, he continued to man his machinegun alone, holding off 6 more German attacks. When the eighth assault was launched, most of his supporting riflemen were out of ammunition. They took positions in echelon behind Pvt. Ross and crawled up, during the attack, to extract a few rounds of ammunition from his machinegun ammunition belt. Pvt. Ross fought on virtually without assistance and, despite the fact that enemy grenadiers crawled to within 4 yards of his position in an effort to kill him with hand grenades, he again directed accurate and deadly fire on the hostile force and hurled it back. After expending his last rounds, Pvt. Ross was advised to withdraw to the company command post, together with 8 surviving riflemen, but, as more ammunition was expected, he declined to do so. The Germans launched their last all-out attack, converging their fire on Pvt. Ross in a desperate attempt to destroy the machinegun which stood between them and a decisive breakthrough. As his supporting riflemen fixed bayonets for a last-ditch stand, fresh ammunition arrived and was brought to Pvt. Ross just as the advance assault elements were about to swarm over his position. He opened murderous fire on the oncoming enemy; killed 40 and wounded 10 of the attacking force; broke the assault single-handedly, and forced the Germans to withdraw. Having killed or wounded at least 58 Germans in more than 5 hours of continuous combat and saved the remnants of his company from destruction, Pvt. Ross remained at his post that night and the following day for a total of 36 hours. His actions throughout this engagement were an inspiration to his comrades and maintained the high traditions of the military service.
    1945 - June Christy, with Stan Kenton, records “Just A-Sittin' and A-rockin'”.    
    1945 – “The Fonz”, Henry Winkler, was born on Manhattan’s West Side.  Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days” (1974-84).  "The Fonz," or "Fonzie," a leather-clad greaser and auto mechanic, started out as a minor character at the show's beginning, but had achieved top billing by the time the show ended.
    1946 - Top Hits
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Rumors are Flying - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
    1947 - The Donora, PA, smog disaster finally came to an end. For five days an inversion trapped factory-generated impurities in the lower atmosphere over the Monongahela Valley killing 20 persons, and leaving more than 2000 others sick.
    1953 – President Eisenhower formally approved the top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which states that the United States' arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the communist threat.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Hey There” - Rosemary Clooney
“Shake, Rattle and Roll” - Bill Haley & His Comets
“Smile” - Nat King Cole
“More and More” - Webb Pierce
    1956 – The Brooklyn Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to a real estate investment group with the commitment to play there through 1959.  The Dodgers moved to LA for the 1958 season, Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960 and Ebbets Field Apartments, later Jackie Robinson Apartments, have been there since.
    1962 - Top Hits
“Monster Mash” - Bobby “Boris” Picket
“He's a Rebel” - The Crystals
“Only Love Can Break a Heart” - Gene Pitney
“Mama Sang a Song” - Bill Anderson
   1958 - Quiz show, "Concentration", was part of daytime television's lineup from August 1958 to March 1973, but this night it appeared on television at 8:30 p.m. "Concentration" was a temporary replacement for "Twenty-One", after its sudden cancellation due to the quiz show scandals of the time. Jack Barry, host of "Twenty-One", was transferred to host "Concentration" for its four-week nighttime run.
    1960 - Elvis Presley attends RCA studios in Nashville where he records fourteen Gospel songs for his upcoming LP "His Hand in Mine".
    1963 - Sandy Koufax, who unanimously won the CY Young Award six days ago, is also named the National League's MVP. The Dodger legend out points Pirates' infielder Dick Groat, 237-190.
    1964 - Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, "Oh, Pretty Woman".
    1964 - Twenty-two-year-old Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muham­mad Ali, became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston. All was well known for both his fighting ability and his personal style. His most famous saying was “I am the greatest!” Convicted of vio­lating the Selective Service Act in 1967, he was stripped of his title; the Supreme Court reversed the decision, though, in 1971. Ali was the only fighter to win the heavyweight boxing title three separate times (and he defended that title nine times) until Evander Holyfield defeated Mike Tyson in 1996.
    1965 – “I Hear A Symphony”, recorded by The Supremes, debuted on Billboard's Top 40 charts, and became the Motown female group's sixth Number 1 hit.
   1966 - Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas throws for 252 yards to pass Y.A. Tittle (28,339 yards) as the NFL's all-time passing yards leader. Unitas finished his career with 40,239 yards passing.
   1967 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Clear Light, Blue Cheer, S.F. Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Bonnie MacLean
    1967 – The Supreme Court upholds the contempt-of-court convictions of Dr. Martin Luther King and seven other black leaders who led the 1963 marches in Birmingham. Dr. King and his aides enter jail to serve four-day sentences.  "I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
— Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from the Birmingham Jail", 1963
    1967 - Benefit at the Fillmore for KPFA radio station. Pink Floyd and the Sopwith Camel performed.
    1970 - Top Hits
“I'll Be There” - The Jackson 5
“We've Only Just Begun” - Carpenters
“Fire and Rain” - James Taylor
“Run, Woman, Run” - Tammy Wynette
    1972 - Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago.
    1974 - Muhammad Ali regained the heavyweight title by knocking out defending champion George Foreman in the eighth round of “The Rumble in the Jungle”, a fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, first heavyweight championship fight ever held in Africa. Ali was named Fighter of the Year, 1976 by Ring magazine.
    1974 – Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the California Angels, throws the fastest recorded pitch, at 100.9 miles per hour.  Today there are dozens of pitchers who throw that hard, and harder.
     1975 - Winger Johnny Bucyk of the Boston Bruins scored the 500th goal of his career in a 3—2 Bruins' victory over the St. Louis Blues. Bucyk finished his career with 556 goals and entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
    1976 - Dr. Joseph H. Evans was elected president of the United Church of Christ. It made him the first African-American leader of this predominantly white denomination.
    1976 - The group, Chicago, started its second (and final) week at number one on the pop singles charts with, "If You Leave Me Now". The hottest LP was Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life". The album was number one for a total of 14 weeks.
    1976 - Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of the Today Show.
    1978 - Top Hits
“Hot Child in the City” - Nick Gilder
“You Needed Me” - Anne Murray
“Reminiscing” - Little River Band
“Let's Take the Long Way Around the World” - Ronnie Milsap
    1979 - Richard Arrington elected first Black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
    1982 - Melbourne, Australia's Men at Work had the number one song in the US with "Who Can It Be Now?" They would follow with three more Top 10 hits, "Down Under" (#1), "Overkill" (#3) and "It's A Mistake" (#6)
    1984 - Barry Manilow opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. His concerts sold out to the tune of $1.9 million, besting (by $100,000) the record set by Diana Ross.
    1984 - Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, aka The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), hit the two-million-dollar sales mark with their LP, "Briefcase Full of Blues".
    1986 - Top Hits
“True Colors” - Cyndi Lauper
“Typical Male” - Tina Turner
“I Didn't Mean to Turn You On” - Robert Palmer
“Cry” - Crystal Gayle
    1988 - Ten cities in the Upper Midwest reported record low temperatures for the date. The morning low of 20 degrees at South Bend, IND was a record for October, and lows of 18 degrees at Grand Rapids, MI and 20 degrees at Fort Wayne, IND equaled records for October. The low of 2 degrees at International Falls, MN smashed their previous record for the date by 11 degrees. Syracuse, NY received 2.9 inches of snow to establish a record for October with 5.7 inches for the month.
    1989 - Temperatures soared into the 70s in the northeastern U.S. The record high of 73 degrees at Alpena MI marked their sixth straight day of record warmth. In the western U.S., Klamath Falls OR reported a record low of 19 degrees.
    1995 - David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
    1996 - IBM subsidiary Lotus said it would include a Web browser in its Lotus Notes software, a popular groupware program that allowed users to share data and collaborate on documents. The browser would allow users to store Web pages and work with them offline. In a surprise takeover, IBM had purchased Notes in July, 1995 in an attempt to shore up its offerings in networking and Internet software. The takeover was the largest-ever deal for a software company.   Companies such as System1, later to become CapitalStream, partnered with Lotus Notes and offered a “seamless” technology from application to funding and documents via the Web through Nation's Capital (never got off the prototype stages as
leasing companies fought having their documents shared in System1 software.)
    2001 - George W. Bush becomes the eighth President to attend a World Series game and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a New York Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11 attacks, the Commander in Chief walks to the mound by himself, gives a thumbs up, and throws a perfect strike to the Yankees' backup catcher much to the delight of the stadium faithful. Ralph Mango reports, “I was at that game, the only World Series game I have ever attended.  The security to get into the game was airtight as my son-in-law, who came from work, found a Stadium employee to hold his briefcase…for $50…and believe it or not, he gave it back at the end of the game!  Sharpshooters in black climbed in unison to the roof stationed over every aisle as the President’s copter landed in the parking lot.  The torn flag that was recovered from the WTC flew on the Yankee Stadium flagpole.  President Bush walked out to the mound to a thunderous roar, toed the rubber, and fired the strike to start the game.  Derek Jeter, Yanks’ SS, said to the President, whom he met warming up under the stands before the game, “throw from the rubber not in front of the mound…and don’t bounce it, they’ll boo ya!”  In the 7th inning, in unison, the sharpshooters descended to a roar that rivaled that for the President.  Oh yeah, Yanks won, 3-1 on HRs by Posada and Spencer to back Roger Clemens’ strong pitching.”
    2001 - Matt Williams becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams. He homered in the Fall Classic for the Indians in 1997 and the Giants in 1989.
    2012 - George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion; the sale included the rights to the 'Indiana Jones' and 'Star Wars' franchises.



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   Onset Financial/Mazuma Capital
- Lease Police Tips on Judging Vendors
- Netiquette: Rules of Behavior For Email and the Internet
- Alert: Rudy Trebels Back Soliciting Broker Business
- HL Leasing/John Otto--Update
- NorVergence- Year end, 2013
- Twelve Lawyers Against Evergreen Clause Abuse
- Wants to Go After Lessors and Their Attorneys
   Re: Evergreen Clause Abuses
- Sample of Usury Laws in United States
- Balboa Capital Class Action Case Settled--$5 million?
- Old Cowboy On His Horse
- Leasing Brokers: When May You Collect a Commission?
- Is Long Term Leasing Dead?
- 5 Ways Women Are Better Bosses Than Men
- Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
   $20,543.22 Bulletin Board Complaint
   Alleged “Bait and Switch”
- Female Lease Finance Association Presidents
- Broker’s Responsibility to Obtain
    California Lender’s License
- The Day that Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived
- Equipment Finance Agreements Explained/Barry S. Marks
- Royal Links "True Lease" Court Ruling
- "The Memory Shock" –New Book by Barry Reitman
- Jeff Taylor's Leasing Predictions, Spring, 2006
- New Case against Mazuma Capital and Republic Bank
  ---Automatic Evergreen Payment---PPR
- Charles Schwartz and Allied Health
- Copier Wars---It's more than the lease payment
    by Christopher Menkin
- Leasing Gypsies
- Verifying Tax Returns
- Special Report: Part I
   Could Church Kiosks, Royal Link Carts, NorVergence results been avoided?

   The use of “Equipment Finance Agreements”
- Special Report: Part II
    Bank of the West

   Equipment Lease Agreement (EFA)
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs