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Archives: Oct. 22, 2002 Trinity Capital
    Classified Ads---Senior Management
        KeyCorp Reports Third Quarter $36 MM Loss
We are making loans to everybody who qualifies
    Placard---Customer is King
        Advertising works at Leasing News
            Better Days Ahead
                New Hires---Promotions
Sales makes it Happen---by Steve Chriest
“Listening in a Forest”
    U.S Average Cardholder has 9.5 credit cards
        PACCAR earned $299MM Third Quarter
    Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania $12MM Loss
Global stocks fall on earnings outlook
    Borrowers get lease squeeze at banks
        National City's 3Q loss widens/job cuts planned
            Bailouts spur calls to end tax dodges
                Agencies Counted Big Firms as Small
        Caterpillar's 3Q profit sinks 6% on higher costs
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Archives: Oct. 22, 2002 Trinity Capital

From Jerry Newell: Bank of the West/Trinity Capital $180M R+ $900M Management:

“There has been speculation for several days in Leasing News regarding discussions between Trinity Capital Corporation and Bank of the West. I am pleased to confirm the following:

“Bank of the West and privately held equipment leasing company Trinity Capital Corporation have signed a letter of intent for an acquisition making San Francisco-based Trinity Capital a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of the West. The parties are now negotiating a definitive agreement and expect to finalize this transaction within the next 30 days. Both companies view this combination as highly desirable.

“This transaction underscores Bank of the West's commitment to equipment leasing as a core product line. Bank of the West has operated a nationwide funding business for equipment leasing brokers for 30 years and provides direct equipment leases to bank customers. Bank of the West's equipment lease portfolio currently exceeds $400 million. The Bank will continue to strongly support and grow its broker funding business which represents more than three-quarters of its portfolio. In particular, we want our lease brokers to know that Bank of the West values their business and will continue to protect brokers' interests in their transactions. The addition of Trinity Capital will further expand the scope of the bank's equipment leasing product line, but is not intended to compete with the bank’s existing leasing businesses. Moreover, the market focus of Trinity Capital is sufficiently different from Bank of the West's broker funding business that we do not anticipate any overlap.”

Jerry Newell, CLP
Senior Vice President
Equipment Leasing
Bank of the West



Classified Ads---Senior Management

Atlanta, GA
Strong sales and leadership skills; demonstrated with sales training and sales performance. Lead team in both regional and national operations and developed marking programs.

25+ yrs exper. management roles Chase, AT&T Capital, Heller Financial, SFS. Develop biz from “scratch to success”. Looking for challenging & pioneering job.

Philadelphia, PA
27 yrs. exp. sales, ops., credit, strategy, P&L mngmet. Most recently created & executed the biz plans for 2 highly successful Bank-owned small ticket leasing subsidiaries.

Salt Lake City, UT
Exp. in financial documentation, contract negotiations, residual analysis, marketing, credit/collections, contract drafting, and asset remarketing. Position held VP of Remarketing.

Seattle, WA--Pacific Northwest
Results oriented CLP with 27 year background in all phases of Portfolio Management and underwriting. Contact for resume and references.

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KeyCorp Reports Third Quarter $38 Million Loss

Key Corp, Cleveland, Ohio, parent of Key Equipment Finance, reports a $36 million loss for their third quarter, compared to a $224 million profit for the third quarter, 2007.

Before going more into the results of why, here are the leasing division numbers from the SEC filing:

Consolidated Average Balance Sheets From Continuing Operations
(dollars in millions)
Commercial Lease Financing

3rd Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Qtr
$9,585 $9,798 $10,172

Nine Month/three quarter/totals Commercial Lease Financing
Average balance (dollars in millions)

2008 2007
$9,795 $10,121

Summary of Loan Loss Experience
(dollars in millions)

  9/30/08 6/30/08 9/30/08
Commercial lease financing 24 18 11

Nine Month Ending

9/30/08 9/30/07
$57 $33

Under the circumstances the commercial leasing division is doing better than most in the industry, and not far off the mark. The bank is also in a similar position, as expressed by its CEO.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Henry L. Meyer III

"We have experienced the most severe financial crisis any of us has known in our business lifetime," said Chief Executive Officer Henry L. Meyer, III. "However, in my 35 years in the banking industry, we have successfully managed through a number of troublesome credit cycles, each of which seemed daunting at the time. As I reflect back on those past cycles, I cannot recall a time when we were more prepared than today.

Key does not have a subprime mortgage portfolio, credit card portfolio, or consumer automobile loan portfolio -- the epicenters of consumer credit issues. Also, in both the second and third quarters we were aggressive in reducing our exposure to the homebuilder segment of our commercial real estate business. As of the end of the third quarter, our total residential property exposure in commercial real estate, including loans held for sale, has been reduced by $1.3 billion, or 34%, from one year ago, with the majority of this reduction coming from the weakest, or most susceptible, portion of the portfolio.

"Additionally, we have elected to reduce uncertainty surrounding our previously disclosed leveraged lease tax issue with the IRS. While we continue to believe that our initial tax position was correct, it would have taken years of effort and expense to resolve this matter through litigation. Consequently, Key has opted-in to the IRS' global settlement initiative, which is essentially an offer by the federal tax authorities to resolve all such disputed cases. We expect that the definitive settlement documents will be executed as soon as the fourth quarter and that Key should realize an after- tax recovery of between $75 million and $100 million for previously accrued interest on disputed tax balances."

Key is in the process of exiting direct and indirect retail and floor-plan lending for marine and recreational vehicle products and will limit new student loans to those backed by government guarantee. These actions are the result of a series of decisions made over several years that have seen the Company exit subprime mortgage and automobile financing, broker-originated home equity lending as well as dispose of a segment of its residential homebuilder portfolio.

"With respect to our relationship businesses, our Community Banking group continues to perform solidly, with higher revenue and deposit growth across our branch network. Despite the market turmoil, we are building a relationship-based, customer-focused business model which will serve us well as the economy ultimately recovers," Meyer concluded.

77 page 8-K SEC Filing (2.66mb):



We are making loans to everybody who qualifies.”

U.S. Bancorp reported net income of $576 million for the third quarter of 2008, compared with $1,096 million for the third quarter of 2007

Net Income (in millions)

3rd 2nd Q 2007 3rd Q

$576 $950 $1,096

"Our capital position remains strong." Richard Davis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said. "The Company's Tier 1 capital ratio at September 30, 2008, was 8.5 percent, on target and equal to the ratio at the end of the second quarter. Our strong capital position has enabled us to grow our businesses, while still returning a substantial portion of our earnings to shareholders, primarily through dividends. Year-to-date, we have returned 89 percent of earnings to shareholders."

Richard Davis, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer,

In the telephone conference call, Mr. Davis stated, "As the strong growth in average loans and average deposits demonstrates, we continue to find our company is benefiting from the uncertainty in the financial markets. Customers seek stability as well as a financial services provider that is willing to provide the products and services that they need. Our bank has been and is a beneficiary of the flight to quality aspect of this challenging economic environment.

"We have a strong capital structure and are in the position to provide our customers with high quality banking products and services. We can and we will continue to compete for the best customers nationwide.

"We are making loans to everybody who qualifies and I’ve got to say, even on a large syndicated basis I haven’t come across customers that have been unable to find enough large banks to take care of their needs. So while I know the vocal minority is out there with the stress in the marketplace and people can’t find loans, I think it might be a bit overrated to the extent that there’s a lot of money and a lot of banks like ours to make loans to small businesses and to consumers and to middle market companies that are performing well and they were prepared for this downturn and they’ve managed their businesses or their personal circumstances quite well.

"The most important message we want to deliver today is that this management team and all of our 54,000 exceptional employees remain engaged and focused. Focused on capitalizing on this window of opportunity to grow our businesses by keeping our customer relationships and acquiring new customers. Focused on serving our communities through business partnerships and employee volunteerism, and focused on creating value for our shareholders by maintaining our prudent approach to risk while sustaining and enhancing U.S. Bank’s position of strength.

Full Press Release with financial statements and slide presentation:





Advertising works at Leasing News

Banner advertising works at Leasing News not just because of the number of hits, and more articles actually read here--- more than all the leasing internet trade publications combined, but because the advertiser is hitting their marketplace as the “banner ads” are "placed."

In all printed media, and in most internet publication, an extra charge is made for the placement of a “display ad” (called a “banner ad” in internet jargon.) When given a specific location, it is called "position ad," meaning located on the front, back, inside cover, outside cover, by a specific column or section, or in a specific order. Google’s claim to fame was placing ads in subjects that were opened by the marketplace the advertiser was trying to reach.

In print ads, most ads are placed in "space available," more a random order as to the layout of the page. Larger ads may get a better position, more for their size in relation to where placed, as well as it is thought the more money an advertiser spends, the better they should be treated. In the print trade, more money is required for specific ad placement. The concept also works on the internet.

The purpose of the Leasing News format is to allow the editor to specifically place the ad in or near a specific story. This occurs after Leasing News is written. The last step before the edition is posted on the web site and then sent out to the mailing list, is the placing of the banner ads. It is the most important to get ads noticed and read. It is not done at random or by the person who puts the edition in html format, but by the editor, after the edition is complete to be loaded on line. It is the last step and the most important for the advertiser’s benefit.

First, stories that may have an adverse affect to the advertiser are avoided. These may be too negative stories or include one of the advertisers current or potential customers.

Second, stories that customers or potential customers of the advertiser are chosen according to availability. This gives an automatic higher chance of not only being noticed, but read.

There are readers who just use the headlines to go to articles, so the advertiser has a higher chance of being noticed and read with the proper placement. In addition, many readers scroll through the news edition, thus getting exposed to all stories, and all banner advertising. In digital and printed editions, only when the reader goes to a specific page is the advertising seen. Thus the Leasing News format promotes all advertising to obtain better chances at exposure and to be not only noticed, but read.

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Better Days Ahead

(This article not only applies to those in the commercial product business, but also to those in all phases of granting credit and working with lessee applicants, distributors, brokers, discounters, lessors, service provides; those who provide business. It is not only worth reading, but remembering. editor)

There's no question that much of the construction supply industry is in desperate straits right now. Nor is there much question that the industry will come roaring back when construction resumes to meet postponed demand. And it will be the decisions credit managers are making today that determine which suppliers survive and thrive.

Credit Today

"Back in the early 90s, while cutting my credit teeth, I cut off some of the wrong people, and they never forgot. I was new in credit and just going by the book. I learned my lesson."

Speaking is Credit Manager Kathleen Hernandez of the E. B. Bradley Company, a construction industry supplier. The "lesson" which she's applying today in a market far worse that that of the early 90s, is that all things end-even markets as difficult as this one-and that the real challenge of credit management is to somehow protect today's receivables assets while ensuring future business growth and profitability. You can't do that, she insists, by going strictly "by the book."

"I decided that I'd better attack this like I do everything else-attack it with my gut and my heart," she says. "After that lesson in the early 90's, I started working with people who no one else would work with. To this day they're still loyal to us. One, that everyone else was discarding at that time, has grown to be one of our largest customers."

Gut + Metrics
Hernandez emphasizes that "gut" credit management doesn't mean dispensing with all of the standard metrics. She still draws agency reports and analyzes financial statements. But, even if an account checks out extremely poorly, "if you have experience with them you may have faith that they're going to pull out of it somehow," she says. It can come down to a question of credibility. She will meet with the customer and say:

  • Let's hear what you're situation is.
  • Let's hear what went wrong in your business decisions.
  • Let's hear what you can do to improve things.
  • Let's hear what you have in mind for the future.

If what she hears sounds like a well-thought-out, sincere plan, she's inclined to support them. Her confidence is bolstered if the customer has his or her whole family involved. "How could someone not make this happen with their whole heart and soul in the business?" she asks.

Credit Manager Mary Moore of Carlson Systems Corp,. an Omaha headquartered construction supplier selling nationally, agrees on the payback in long-term loyalty in taking some risk.

"We're very much willing to work with our customers as long as they're willing to work with us," she says. "We've had some who were burned on jobs that set them back but who later become very good customers."

Moore cites the case of a customer who called to say they couldn't pay because they'd been defrauded by their own controller. "We asked how long they thought it would take them to get the problem under control. They told us, and they worked it out as they'd promised."


"We didn't even bother to verify their story," she says. "We'd been dealing with them since 1991. You get to know who tells you the truth and who doesn't. Sticking with someone you have confidence in pays off."

Doing "everything possible" to protect Carlson Systems' receivables in the present difficult economy means filing lots of preliminary lien notices. "There are customers we've had for many years whom we've never filed prelim notices on, even though we know it's the law in their state." she says. "We haven't because they've been such good customers. But now we've had to."

Customer reaction has been mixed. "Some of them expect it ," she says. "They know we're in a situation where we have to be protected. And they know they'll get more product if we file because we're secured. In fact, they'll get whatever they need so it's in their interest to go along with this. But some play games. They say they have other suppliers that don't require prelims."

Denise Alberts, who manages credit and collections in Carlson Systems' Phoenix office "sells" the required prelim notice as a value-added service. When a customer objects, believing that it's a bad mark against them, she points out that it creates a team with collection leverage.

"Helps You, Helps Us"

"This piece of paper helps you get paid and helps us get paid," Alberts tells them. "In case you don't get anywhere collecting, I can call the general contractor and say, 'What's going on?'"

Personal guarantees also have greater emphasis at both E. B. Bradley and Carlson Systems in the current strained economic climate. As with preliminary lien notices, however, there's often considerable strain in requesting them from long-term customers.

Alberts notes that personal guarantees present special problems in community property states where they're of no value unless signed by both spouses.

"Often, the customer has a lot of trouble getting the wife to sign," she says. "The customer comes back as says, 'We've dealt with you forever and a day, why do you need this?' But I tell them that this doesn't help us anymore. We have no leverage. We have nothing to lean back on. We need a safety net. They usually understand."

Hernandez refers to personal guarantees as her "best friends", but she acknowledges their limitations. "You don't know if they're worth anything when things go wrong," she points out.

"You might have to sue the guarantor three or four years down the road when things are bad. A personal guarantee that you counted on when things were rosy and all the bills were paid may be worthless when you need it. I guess the most you can say it that it adds to the chase when things go bad."

Alberts recalls one personal guarantee she secured from one partner of a company that had gone bankrupt. The partner had left the company a year before, but he'd never revoked the guarantee. "He'd joined another company that was a customer of ours. We didn't recognize that at first, but when we got into litigation with the first company, we noticed him and realized he still had an account with us. He was responsible for a third of what we were owed, and he paid it."

Some Wiggle Room

Hernandez notes that it probably does make sense the allow a customer who looks good on paper more wiggle room than the one operating on a cell phone and appearing a bit desperate. "This customer may come in hat in hand and explain he can only offer to exchange dollars for dollars until his next draw comes in. But you have to keep in mind that this customer is dealing with you on a gut level, whereas the customer who looks very professional might turn around and all of a sudden say, 'We're going to close this down and start up something else' and you're left holding the bag. Some companies have grown their businesses based on 'front.' It might have been a realistic front for a very long time, but it's still a front.

"When I'm dealing with a customer on a gut level, I want a definite time frame. I'll say, 'Can we wrap this up in three months?' knowing they'll probably say, 'No, but I can wrap it up in six months.'

"I'll want to know how they're going to wrap it up. They might say they've already signed up for jobs with this particular general contractor, that they have a contract, or that they've put out bids and they're coming back very favorably.

"I want to be there to make it happen. I'm not going to be foolish and get the company into a pickle. But I love helping people stay in business."

copyright 2008 Credit Today, reprinted with permission:"

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)



New Hires---Promotions

Martha Ahlers has been promoted to Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, United Leasing, Inc.,Evanston, IL. She is a long-time employee and most recently the Manager of Corporate Accounts. She has 20 years of commercial leasing experience and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois.

Paul T. Bossidy chosen as CEO of Clayton Holdings, Shelton, CT, an investment fund managed by Greenfield Partners, LLC. Bossidy has served as president and chief executive officer at numerous GE divisions including: GE Capital Solutions; GE Commercial Equipment Financing; GE Vendor Financial Services; and GE Lighting North America. More recently, Bossidy was a senior operating executive at the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.

Diane Reeve has been appointed corporate controller for Affiliated Investment Group, Inc., Cedar Park, Texas. She was Chief of Accounting for the US Department of Defense (D0D) in an overseas office; with the DOD for 18 years.

Raymond Sisson named president and chief executive officer Titan Aviation Leasing, Ltd. (Titan), Dublin, Ireland. He joins the company from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). Previously, he served GECAS as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Asia/Pacific and as vice president and legal counsel. Prior to joining GECAS in 1995, Sisson was a corporate attorney specializing in general corporate, project, aviation finance and banking law. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned his law degree from Georgetown University. He has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

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to help support the growth of Lease Police



Sales Make it Happen --- by Steve Chriest

“Listening In a Forest ”

It's likely that anyone who has been involved in sales for any period of time has attended some sort of sales training seminar. If not, they have at least read a book or two about selling. How many salespeople have you met who have ever attended a “listening” class, or read a book about listening?

I've known for some time that salespeople, generally, are among the world's poorest listeners. This, however, isn't merely my opinion.

A group of sales consultants some time ago actually used a stopwatch to measure the conversational pauses in sales conversations of experienced, professional salespeople. The results were startling.

The average time that elapses from the moment a salesperson asks a question, and then rephrases the question, asks another question, or answers his or her own question is less than one second. You cannot listen to an answer you won't wait to hear! A number of customer surveys cite poor listening skills as a major complaint customers have about salespeople.

Why aren't salespeople good listeners? It may be that they are so busy “selling” that they allow little or no time for listening. Sales training seminars and books have done a disservice to salespeople by counseling that the most important task of the salesperson is to ask good questions.

Good questions play an important role in most sales interactions, but if salespeople ask questions, and then immediately move onto another question or another topic before a customer answers, it's no wonder they are pegged as poor listeners by many buyers.

Listening isn't difficult, and it has come naturally to all of us for thousands of years. Just think about how you would listen if you suddenly found yourself alone, frightened and smack in the center of a dark, thick forest in the middle of the night.

Under these conditions you wouldn't need any particular listening skills or a disciplined approach to listening you might have learned from a book or in some classroom – you would listen with every cell in your body!

Standing alone in the forest, with adrenalin pumping through your veins, you would be acutely aware of every sound in the forest. You would hear the sounds of wild animals in the distance, the scurrying of smaller animals around you, the wind sweeping through the trees, and the rapid pounding of your heartbeat accented by your accelerated breathing. Nothing would escape your attention.

If our ancestors didn't have all the tools they needed to listen effectively, and didn't use good listening skills to avoid the dangers of the forest, we wouldn't be here today writing or reading this article!

So, how can salespeople, and the rest of us, become good listeners? It may surprise you to learn that the last thing I would suggest to anyone interested in improving their ability to listen would be to attend a class or read a book that advertises specific techniques or a disciplined approach to listening. Discipline is the last thing required for effective listening.

About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling UpTM (, a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System For Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Five Minute Financial Analyst, Basic CREDIT & Analysis Tools for Non-Accountants. You can reach Steve at

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U.S Average Cardholder has 9.5 credit cards

By Leslie McFadden •

Whether you're gearing up to apply for a major loan, or just want to keep your credit card rates from escalating, it helps to have a great credit score.

With all the advice offered to consumers about improving their credit score though, it's easy to get confused about the actions that help or harm that powerful three-digit number.

We spoke with a variety of experts to get their take on popular but conflicting credit score-improvement tips.

Learn the truth about contradictory score-boosting advice.

How many cards should you have?
The short answer: As many as you need, but no more than you can handle.

The long answer: The average number of credit cards per U.S. cardholder is 9.5, according to David Robertson, publisher of The Nilson Report, a payments industry newsletter.

The number that experts recommend is somewhat lower.

"One or two is adequate. I'd say more than one for most people," says Curtis Arnold, founder of and author of "How You can Profit from Credit Cards."

4 common questions about credit scores

1. How many cards should you have?
2. Should you close credit card accounts?
3. What's the ideal credit card utilization?
4. Does spreading your debt around help?

Having more than two, however, could provide options for people should one issuer begin making unfair changes to your account, notes Emily Davidson, a financial expert for

As for your credit scores, "simply having a large number of credit cards is not going to have a negative impact on your FICO score," says Ethan Dornhelm, a senior scientist in the scoring solutions division at Fair Isaac, the creator of the popular FICO scoring model.

In the latest versions of the FICO Classic scoring model, the number of credit cards a consumer holds is not a factor in the calculation, even though it was a factor in some of the previous versions of the model.

In fact, having multiple credit cards that you use sparingly can boost your credit scores by lowering your overall balance-to-limit ratio, or utilization. Amounts owed makes up 30 percent of your FICO credit score.

Scott Bilker, author and creator of, provides a good, albeit extreme, example of someone with a lot of cards. He says that including the accounts he shares with his wife, he possesses 80 credit cards. His credit score fluctuates between 795 and 819, he says, and his credit limit total is around $572,000.

He doesn't recommend people get that many, but says having numerous cards gives him options. "When I had fewer cards, I was at the mercy of those few banks," Bilker says, adding that if an issuer charged a late fee or reduced his credit line, he was trapped.

While experts interviewed for this article disagreed over the ideal number of cards people should carry, they did agree that consumers should not have more cards than they can manage.


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

PACCAR earned $299MM Third Quarter

BELLEVUE, WashPACCAR (Nasdaq:PCAR - News) reported good earnings and revenues for the third quarter and first nine months of 2008. “There are over 1.5 million PACCAR commercial vehicles in service worldwide, the largest population in our history,” said Mark C. Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer.

“These vehicles generate steady aftermarket revenues and many of them also contribute financial services income, which partially offset reduced truck build rates worldwide. In these turbulent times, PACCAR is experiencing lower truck demand in Europe, Mexico and Australia, and continued softness in the U.S. and Canada, which will reduce financial results in the fourth quarter of 2008 and into 2009.”

Pigott added, “As in previous cyclical downturns, the company is rigorously aligning operating costs with market conditions while selectively investing in capital projects and new products that will generate excellent customer benefits. PACCAR’s products, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers are the best in our 103-year history and position the company strongly when the industry returns to a normal vehicle replacement cycle. I am very proud of our 20,000 employees delivering third quarter profits comparable to the same period last year.”

PACCAR earned $299.0 million ($0.82 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2008 compared to $302.3 million ($0.81 per diluted share) earned in the third quarter last year. Third quarter net sales and financial services revenues were $4.00 billion. Net sales and financial services revenues for the first nine months of 2008 were $12.06 billion. PACCAR reported nine-month net income of $904.8 million ($2.47 per diluted share), compared to $966.2 million ($2.58 per diluted share) in 2007. “PACCAR’s financial strength, global diversification, high-quality products and strong distribution network are critical elements that contribute to its profitable results, especially in an uneven economy,” said Mike Tembreull, PACCAR vice chairman.

Global Truck Markets

DAF’s premium vehicles are the quality and resale value leaders in Europe. “Industry truck sales in Western and Central Europe above 15 tonnes are expected to be comparable this year to the 340,000 units sold in 2007,” shared Aad Goudriaan, DAF Trucks president. “After robust growth for a number of years, the European economy and truck markets are now slowing. As a result of the recent slowdown in customer demand, DAF will reduce its build rate during October and anticipates the 2009 commercial vehicle market will reflect the slower economy. European industry truck sales in 2009 are difficult to predict due to economic uncertainty, but they could be at a level of 260,000-300,000 units.”

“Declining housing starts and auto production have impacted U.S. and Canadian Class 8 truck sales throughout 2008,” said Dan Sobic, PACCAR executive vice president. “Industry retail sales are expected to be approximately 150,000 vehicles this year. Industry retail sales are projected to improve slightly in the second half of 2009 and are expected to be in the range of 170,000-210,000 as fleets replace vehicles after several years of lower purchases. Several of our major customers are reporting increased third quarter income due to good freight traffic and lower fuel prices.” Sobic noted, “Kenworth and Peterbilt continue to achieve a strong share of industry sales due to their superior quality, reliability and industry-leading resale value.”

Export Sales

PACCAR International delivers Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF vehicles to customers in over 100 countries. “Despite the current global economic environment, PACCAR is experiencing good demand from Latin America and Middle East customers, particularly for Kenworth off-highway and oil well servicing vehicles,” said Claire Hargrave, PACCAR International general manager.

Full Press Release:


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

Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania $12MM Loss

NARBERTH, PA-- -- Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc. ("Royal") (RBPAA - News), the holding company for Royal Bank America and Royal Asian Bank, announced results for the third quarter of 2008. (Parent of RBA Leasing and RBA Capital.Editor)

Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2008 was $12.0 million, compared to a net loss of $9.2 million for the same period in 2007. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 was $10.8 million or $0.81 basic compared to a net loss of $2.9 million for the same period in 2007. Consolidated total assets ended September 30, 2008 were $1.2 billion, compared to $1.3 billion at December 31, 2007.

Comments from Robert R. Tabas, Chairman, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc.:

Despite results for this quarter, we remain significantly "well-capitalized" and confident regarding the safety and soundness of our institutions. We continue to enjoy an enviable capital position, which has allowed us to weather the impact of the current economic climate better than a broad number of financial institutions.

A significant portion of our loss for the quarter was the direct result of specific market events, namely the demise of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, which impacted many financial institutions. Setting aside these impairments, income levels were comparable to prior year's numbers in many categories, a sign that our core business model remains strong.

About Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc., headquartered in Narberth, Pennsylvania, is a two-bank holding company operating the Royal Bank America and Royal Asian Bank brands throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. As The Region's Premier Commercial Real Estate Lender, Royal Bank America has played a lead role in the growth and development of our area for the past 40+ years. Royal Asian Bank enjoys a distinctive niche serving the financing and banking needs of the growing Asian-American population. Additional subsidiaries include RBA Leasing, engaged in equipment leasing solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, and RBA Capital, a lender finance company. More information on Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, our banks and subsidiaries is available at

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Today's Top Event in History

1928 -- President Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism". "We in American today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land. The poorhouse is vanishing from among us. We have yet reached the goal, but, given a chance to go forward with the policies of the last eight years, we shall soon with the help of God be in sight of the day when poverty will be banished from this nation." In November he would be elected in a Republican landslide with 444 electoral votes to Alfred E. Smith 87: 21,392,190 votes to 15,016,433 for Smith.  In congressional elections the Republicans increased their majorities in both houses, leading in the Senate 56-39 with one seat going to a minor party, and controlling the House 267-167, with one seat held by a minor party.


This Day in American History

    1721- Unofficial Birthday of Peyton Randolph, first president of the Continental Congress, died 1775, October 22.
    1812 -- American Mountain man Grizzly Adams born Medway, Massachusetts.
    1836- Sam Houston inaugurated as first elected president of Republic of Texas
    1844 -The "Great Disappointment" began when this latest date, set for the return of Christ by religious leader William Miller, passed without event. Over 100,000 disillusioned followers returned to their former churches, or abandoned the Christian faith altogether.
    1862 - Battle at Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Brig. Gen. James G. Blunt and his troops attacked Col. Douglas H. Cooper and his Confederate command on Beatties Prairie near Old Fort Wayne at 7:00 am on October 22, 1862. The Confederates put up stiff resistance for a half hour, but overwhelming numbers forced them to retire from the field in haste, leaving artillery and equipage behind. This was a setback in the 1862 Confederate offensive that extended from the tidewater in the east to the plains of the Indian Territory of the west.
    1875- Sons of the American Revolution organized.
    1883-The Metropolitan Opera House opened in New York City with Charles Francois Gounod's “Faust,” sung in Italian. Anjugusto Vianesi was the conductor. Faust was sung by Italo Campanini, Mephistopheles by Franco Novara, Valentin by Giuseppe Del Pente, Wagner by Ludovico Contini, Siebel by sofia Scalchi, Marthe by Louise Lablache, and Marguerite by Christine Nilsson. Admission was priced at $6 for the orchestra stalls, $3 for the balcony, and 42 for the family circle.
    1898-Birthday of composer-pianist Ralph Yaw, Enosburg Valls, VT, arranged 40 originals for Stan Kenton.
    1903-Birthday of George Beadle, born on a farm near Wahoo, NE, Beadle began his pro­fessional career as a professor of genetics at Harvard, eventually becoming president of the University of Chicago. Dr. Beadle won many international prizes, including the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1958 for his work in genetic research, as well as the National Award of the American Cancer Society in 1959 and the Kimber Genetica Award of the National Academy of Science in 1960. Beadle demonstrated how the genes control the basic chemistry of the living cell. Because of his work, he has been termed “the man who did most to put modern genetics on its chemical basis.” Beadle died June 9,1989, at Pomona, CA.
    1906- Race riot for four days in Atlanta, Georgia, ten blacks and two whites were killed. Historians state racism prevailed until Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the late 1950's (that is another story ).Lynchings of Americans was common, in the 20th century from seventy-five to one hundred per year, and it appears until the late 1920's, when it became less than 25 known lynchings per year. In 1922, an anti-lynching bill was filibustered in the US Senate.
    1906 -- 3,000 blacks demonstrate and riot in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical presentation of Thomas Dixon's "The Clansman". D.W. Griffith “The Birth of the Nation” is an adaptation of this novel turned into a play.
    1913 -- Action/war photographer Robert Capa ( real name Andre Friedmann) born Budapest, Austro-Hungary. Instrumental in forming photographer- owned outfit (Magnum) to aid photographers and distribute their work cooperatively. Capa took some of the most famous war photos ever, including anarchists and Republicans during the Spanish Revolution of 1936. Shortly after taking this photograph, Capa, who had taken numerous famous photos of D-Day in World War II, stepped on a land mine and was killed in Vietnam, May 24, 1954.
    1918 -- Flu epidemic strikes one fourth of all Americans, killing 200,000 in the month of October alone, killing 675,000 in the United States alone.
    1922-The passage of the anti-protectionist Underwood-Simmons Act took a bite out of the nation's pocketbook. To compensate for the lost income, Congress passed the Revenue Act on, mandating the first tax on incomes over $3,000.
    1928 -- President Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism". "We in American today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land. The poorhouse is vanishing from among us. We have yet reached the goal, but, given a chance to go forward with the policies of the last eight years, we shall soon with the help of God be in sight of the day when poverty will be banished from this nation." In November he would be elected in a Republican landslide with 444 electoral votes to Alfred E. Smith 87: 21,392,190 votes to 15,016,433 for Smith. In congressional elections the Republicans increased their majorities in both houses, leading in the Senate 56-39 with one seat going to a minor party, and controlling the House 267-167, with one seat held by a minor party.
    1928- Birthday of 1928 Composer/pianist Clare Fisher Birthday
    1934-Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd is shot by FBI agents in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio. Famed agent Melvin Purvis asked the dying man, "Are you Pretty Boy Floyd?" to which he replied, "I am Charles Arthur Floyd. You got me this time." Floyd, who had been a hotly pursued fugitive for four years, used his last breath to deny his involvement in the infamous Kansas City Massacre, in which four officers were shot to death at a train station. He died shortly thereafter. A folk hero to the people of Oklahoma who saw him as a "Sagebrush Robin Hood", stealing from rich banks to help the poor eat by buying them groceries and tearing up their mortgages during the robberies. Written into legend through song, in Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy" Floyd. He was never part of a gang, working with a few trusted accomplices. Boldly entering banks in broad daylight, never wearing a mask. A gentleman even in his crimes, always well groomed, immaculately dressed and courteous to his victims.
“Come gather 'round me children, a story I will tell
Of Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw, Oklahoma knew him well
Was in the town of Shawnee on a Saturday afternoon
His wife beside him in the wagon as into town they rode
A deputy sheriff approached them in a manner rather rude
Using vulgar words of language and his wife she overheard
Well, Pretty Boy grabbed a long chain, and the deputy grabbed a gun
and in the fight that followed, he laid that deputy down
Then he took to the trees and rivers to lead a life of shame
Every crime in Oklahoma was added to his name
Yes he took to the trees and timbers on the Canadian river shore
and the outlaw found a welcome at many a farmer's door
Yes, there's many a starving farmer, the same story told
How the outlaw paid their mortgage and saved their little home
Others tell about a stranger who came to beg a meal
and underneath the napkin left a thousand dollar bill
It was in Oklahoma City, it was on a Christmas day
Came a whole carload of groceries and a letter that did say
Well, you say that I'm an outlaw, and you say that I'm a thief
Here's a Christmas dinner for the families on relief
Well, as through the world I've rambled, I've seen lots of funny men
Some rob you with a six gun, some with a fountain pen
As through this world you ramble, as through this world you roam
You'll never see an outlaw drive a family from it's home
— Woody Guthrie
    1936-First commercial flight from mainland to Hawaii. United Air Lines that also won the mail contract. It was over a fifteen hour trip from the mainland. In 1941, Hawaiian Airlines, now Aloha Airlines, started a regular service to the mainland from Oakland, California. 1946, Aloha Airlines started regular travel. In the early 1950's, it was down to a twelve hour flight.
    1937- Benny Goodman records “Pop Corn Man,” (V ). A real rarity. Only 10 original 78's remain after a mysterious “recall”
    1938- Chester Floyd Carlson, a research physicist from New York City, made the first electro photographic image on wax paper pressed against an electrostatically charged, sulfur-coat zinc plate dusted with fine dark powder. He went on to develop Xerography, the process of making dry paper copies based on the principles of photoconductivity and electrostatics. He patented it on October 6,1942, calling it xerography. He failed to interest companies in producing copy machines until 1947, when the Haloid Company of Rochester, New York, licensed the process. The company, which later changed its name to Xerox, introduced its first copy machine in 1958.
    1944--HAJIRO, BARNEY F. Medal of Honor
Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point. He assisted the unit on his right by firing his automatic rifle and killing or wounding two enemy snipers. On 22 October 1944, he and one comrade took up an outpost security position about 50 yards to the right front of their platoon, concealed themselves, and ambushed an 18-man, heavily armed, enemy patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder as prisoners. On 29 October 1944, in a wooded area in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France, Private Hajiro initiated an attack up the slope of a hill referred to as "Suicide Hill" by running forward approximately 100 yards under fire. He then advanced ahead of his comrades about 10 yards, drawing fire and spotting camouflaged machine gun nests. He fearlessly met fire with fire and single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests and killed two enemy snipers. As a result of Private Hajiro’s heroic actions, the attack was successful. Private Hajiro’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1946-Top Hits
Five Minutes More - Tex Beneke
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
    1950-Charles Cooper becomes one of the first Blacks to play in an NBA game ( for the Boston Celtics).
    1952- The complete Jewish Torah was published in English for the first time. A collection of oral and written commentary (dating 200 BC to AD 500) on the first five books of the Old Testament, the Torah comprises the basic religious code of Judaism
    1952 - USAF ace Major Robinson "Robbie" Risner, flying an F-86 Sabre out of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, claimed his sixth MiG-15 of the war.
    1954—Top Hits
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
If I Give My Heart to You - Doris Day
I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
    1954 - As a result of the Geneva accords granting Communist control over North Vietnam, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized a crash program to train the South Vietnamese Army.
    1955-The first post office manned by Blacks opens in Atlanta, GA.
    1959- Under intense public pressure and the Massachusetts Committee Against Discrimination investigation, the Red Sox become the last club to integrate. Fourteen years after the club passes on Jackie Robinson despite a successful tryout in 1945, Elijah 'Pumpsie' Green pinch runs and plays shortstop to become the first black to play for the Red Sox.
    1961--Chubby Checker performs a medley of "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
    1961-The Supremes become the first all-female group to score a No. 1 album, with Supremes a Go-Go. Members Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard met as teenagers in the housing projects of Detroit. When several male friends, including future Temptations members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, formed a singing group called the Primes, the girls dubbed their own group the Primettes. The Primettes signed with Motown records in 1961. The label immediately changed the group's name to the Supremes. After several years of releasing flops, the Supremes scored their first hit in 1964 with "Where Did Our Love Go," which sold two million copies. They followed up with numerous other hits, including "Stop! In the Name of Love!" and "Back in My Arms Again." Their growing popularity corresponded with the rise of the civil rights movement, and the group came to symbolize strong, independent black women. They appeared regularly on major national TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show.
    1961- Defensive back Erich Barnes of the New York Giants tied an NFL record by returning an intercepted pass 102 yards for a touchdown in the Giants' 17-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
    1962 -Pacific Science Center opens at Seattle Center
    1962-President John F. Kennedy, in a nationwide television address Oct 22, 1962, demanded the removal from Cuba of Soviet mis­siles, launch equipment and bombers, and imposed a naval “quar­antine” to prevent further weaponry from reaching Cuba. Kennedy charged the Soviet Union with subterfuge and outright deception in what he referred to as a "clandestine, reckless, and provocative threat to world peace." He dismissed Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko's claim that the weapons in Cuba were of a purely defensive nature as "false." Harking back to efforts to contain German, Italian, and Japanese aggression in the 1930s, Kennedy argued that war-like behavior, "if allowed to grow unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war." The president outlined a plan of action that called for a naval blockade to enforce a "strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba." He also issued a warning to the Soviets that the United States would retaliate against them if there was a nuclear attack from Cuba, and placed the U.S. military in the Western Hemisphere on a heightened state of alert. On Oct 28, the USSR announced it would remove the weapons in ques­tion. In return, the US removed missiles from Turkey that were aimed at the USSR.
    1962—Top Hits
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Picket
Do You Love Me - The Contours
He's a Rebel - The Crystals
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson
    1963-- 225,000 boycott Chicago schools to protest segregation
    1965 - The temperature soared to 104 degrees at San Diego, CA. Southern California was in the midst of a late October heat wave that year. Los Angeles had ten consecutive days with afternoon highs reaching 100 degrees.
    1966-The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" made its debut on the US singles chart. It was a song that Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote and Brian spent six months working on. The tracks were recorded in seventeen different sessions in four Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over sixteen thousand dollars. The recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would reach number one on December 10th 1966, and be nominated for Song Of The Year at The Grammy Awards, but lost to "Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band.
    1969-Led Zeppelin II is released.
    1970—Top Hits
I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
All Right Now - Free
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
    1971 - Folk singer Joan Baez received a gold record for her hit, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". It turned out to be her biggest hit, peaking at #3 on the charts (October 2, 1971).
    1972-- The A's win their first championship in 42 years as they defeat the Reds 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic. World Series MVP Gene Tenace, who had only hit five home runs in the regular season, connects for four round trippers in the seven games against Cincinnati.
    1974 Two very well-known outfielders are traded for one another as the Giants send Bobby Bonds to the Yankees for Bobby Murcer. Considered to be the biggest one-for one trade in baseball history, the swap of the next 'Willie Mays' (Bonds) for the next 'Mickey Mantle (Murcer) marks the first time two $600,000 players have been exchanged.
    1975-The World Football League, a 10-team enterprise, struggling through its second season, suspended operations and disbanded prior to the 12th week of a 20-week schedule.
    1975 - Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson said, “We were the best team in baseball, but not by much.” The World Series featured five one-run victories, two in extra innings and three on game-ending hits. In six of the seven victories, the winner trailed; four times the winning run came in the final inning. And 13 times, the score was either tied or the lead reversed. And in the seventh, played this day, a ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan gave the Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the title. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.
    1978---Top Hits
Kiss You All Over - Exile
Hot Child in the City - Nick Gilder
Reminiscing - Little River Band
Tear Time - Dave and Sugar
    1985 - A guest on the top floor of a hotel in Seattle, WA, was seriously injured while talking on the phone when lightning struck. Several persons are killed each year when the electrical charge from a lightning bolt travels via telephone wiring.
    1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on this day, but wrote his last name first. The signing, however, remains legal.
    1986 -- Jane Dornnacker WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes.
    1986—Top Hits
When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
Typical Male - Tina Turner
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Just Another Love - Tanya Tucker
    1987 - Yakutat, AK, surpassed their previous all-time yearly precipitation total of 190 inches. Monthly records were set in June with 17 inches, in September with 70 inches, and in October with more than 40 inches. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) Twenty-two cities in the eastern U.S., most of them in the southeast states, reported record low temperatures for the date. Morning lows of 30 degrees at Athens GA, 28 degrees at Birmingham AL, and 23 degrees at Pinson AL, were the coldest of record for so early in the season. (The National Weather Summary) Showers produced heavy rain in southern California, with amounts ranging up to five inches at Blue Jay. Flash flooding resulted in two deaths, ten injuries, and more than a million dollars damage.
    1988 - Phil Collins' remake of the Mindbenders' "Groovy Kind of Love" was the number one U.S. single. It was parked at the peak of the pops for two weeks.
    1988 - A "nor'easter" swept across the coast of New England. Winds gusted to 75 mph, and large waves and high tides caused extensive shoreline flooding. A heavy wet snow blanketed much of eastern New York State, with a foot of snow reported in Lewis County
    1991- General Motors announces nine month loss of $2.2 billion. This >was big news then, but nothing compared to the staggering losses of Enron, Worldcom, and others in 2002.
    1992-Members of Boyz II Men receive awards for having the longest running #1 song of the rock era. "End Of the Road" broke Elvis' record of 11 weeks, previously held by "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog".
    Top Hits---1993
Dreamlover- Mariah Carey
Just Kickin It- Xscape
I d Do Anything For Love (But I Won t Do That)- Meat Loaf
All That She Wants- Ace Of Base
    1996-Microsoft launched Expedia, an online travel service, on this day in 1996. The service allowed travelers to find the lowest listed airfares and make plane and hotel reservations. The company hoped to take advantage of the estimated $3 billion in online ticket sales expected to be spent yearly by 1999.
    1998-Bob Dylan played in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota for the first time since the '60s. The show sold out in just five hours.
    2000 -In Game 2, the Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games defeating the Mets, 6-5 in a game which is overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. The eagerly awaited at bat, due to the Rocket's beaning of the Mets' superstar in July, results in the two players confronting one another and the emptying of both benches.
    2002- Giant P.A. announcer Rene Brooks-Moon become the first woman to announce a World Series. Her scorecard from Game 4 is being sent the Hall of Fame.
    2002— Top Hits
Dilemma- Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland Gangsta Lovin'- Eve Featuring Alicia Keys
Ruff Ryders | ALBUM CUT | Interscope
A Moment Like This- Kelly Clarkson
Hey Ma- Cam'ron Featuring Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey and Toya
    2006 -- The Spiezio become the first father-and-son combination in baseball history to have appeared in a World Series game as a player for the same franchise. Scott, the Cardinals' current second baseman, and his father, Ed, a third baseman for the club in the 1967 and '68, both played (and won) in the Fall Classic with St. Louis.

World Series Champions This Date

    1972 Oakland Athletics
    1975 Cincinnati Reds



Baseball Poem


What is it
About ticket stubs
That prevents me
From throwing them away

Not just the precious few

From a World Series
But lately
I can't throw any away

They do not bring to mind

Vivid memories
Of good times
Or remembrances
Of hits and runs past

Yet they stand for something For times I traveled
Outside of time
Like stamped passports
They are all the proof remaining
Of my trips

Written by Gene Carney, published in
“Romancing the Horsehide: Baseball Poems
on Players the Game”
Published by McFarland and Company





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