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  • Tue, May 28, 2019 6:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 69 individuals who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam during the months of April and May 2019, have successfully passed.  They are:

    1.     Omar Ali, CLFP – Senior Credit Analyst, Partners Capital Group, Inc.
    2.     Amanda Bialka, CLFP – Credit Analyst, Stearns Bank, N.A.-Equipment Finance Division
    3.     Kimberly Benson, CLFP – Vendor Finance Coordinator, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
    4.     Melissa Boyd, CLFP – Director of Sales, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 
    5.     Rebecca Bylin, CLFP – Credit Officer, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
    6.     Danielle Clawson, CLFP – Credit Officer, First American Equipment Finance
    7.     Jerald Collens, CLFP – Broker Relationship Manager – Eastern Region, Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
    8.     Karin Copeland, CLFP – Sourcing Specialist, 3M
    9.     Anna Cuthbert, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    10.  Casey Cuthbert, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    11.  Brenda Denelsbeck, CLFP – Vice President and Director of Client Support, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    12.  Crystal Doro, CLFP – Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    13.  Sichao E, CLFP – Staff Accountant, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
    14.  Sean Eidle, CLFP – Business Development Manager, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
    15.  Tracey Elfering, CLFP – Business Development Coordinator, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
    16.  Corey Elkins, CLFP – Funding Coordinator, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
    17.  Suzann Fakhoury, CLFP – Credit Manager, Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance LLC
    18.  Clay Fischer, CLFP – Commercial Loan Officer, Sentry Bank
    19.  Janice Forgue, CLFP – Senior Manager – Assurance Services, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
    20.  Jennifer Foulds, CLFP – Documentation Specialist, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
    21.  Roger Franco, CLFP – Sr. Manager – Product Management, Cisco Systems Capital Corporation
    22.  Siyani Fullerton, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    23.  Jon Gibbs, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    24.  Ryan Gilbert, CLFP – Credit Analyst, First Foundation Bank
    25.  Whitney Gross, CLFP – Assistant Vice President – Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    26.  Robert Harris, CLFP – Vice President, Direct Originations, Wintrust Commercial Finance
    27.  Kashif (Kash) Hassan, CLFP – Vice President, Equipment Finance, First American Equipment Finance
    28.  Eric Heft, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    29.  Julie Hoffman, CLFP – Vice President, Equipment Finance, TriState Capital Bank
    30.  Crystal Hofmeyer, CLFP – Portfolio Analytics Risk Manager, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    31.  Jason Hunter, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
    32.  Justin Irons, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
    33.  Ben Jacobs, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    34.  William Kane, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    35.  Nathan Kary, CLFP – Credit Manager, Geneva Capital, LLC
    36.  Melissa Kaul, CLFP – Vice President, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    37.  Debra Kemp, CLFP – Vice President: Operations & Documentation, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    38.  Roderick Knoll, CLFP Associate – Partner, Marathon Commercial Capital, LLC
    39.  Nicholas Konz, CLFP – Inside Sales Account Representative, Northland Capital Financial Services, LLC
    40.  Sanzhar Kunayev, CLFP – Business Analyst, ConnectedFi
    41.  Rick Lang, CLFP – Senior Vice President, Sales Director, First Midwest Equipment Finance Co.
    42.  Elise Linn, CLFP – Business Development Officer, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
    43.  Steven Lippa, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    44.  Beth Maaske, CLFP – District Finance Manager, Volvo Financial Services
    45.  Adam Mancuso, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President – Finance Specialist, First American Equipment Finance
    46.  Jodie Masciola, CLFP – Credit Officer, Wintrust Specialty Finance
    47.  Michael McDonald, CLFP – Senior Asset Management Specialist, Stryker
    48.  Michael McElroy, CLFP – Business Development Officer, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
    49.  Sean Meder, CLFP – Vice President of Business Development, BciCapital, Inc.
    50.  Jena Morgan, CLFP – Director of Systems, Solutions & Marketing, KLC Financial, Inc.
    51.  Matthew Nicholson, CLFP – Leasing Credit Manager, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    52.  Justin Norris, CLFP – Leasing Officer, First Utah Bank
    53.  Kevin O’Connor, CLFP – Sales Supervisor, Beacon Funding Corporation
    54.  Jerome Orze, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
    55.  Kenneth Ouellette, Jr., CLFP – Senior Vice President and Credit Risk Officer, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    56.  Melanie Pedersen, CLFP – VP - Director of Customer Service and Default Management, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    57.  Randall Petersen, CLFP – Business Development, KLC Financial, Inc.
    58.  Karen Pomazal, CLFP – Senior Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    59.  Thomas Radcliff, CLFP – Sr. Purchasing Agent, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
    60.  Larry Scherzer, CLFP – Global Leader Strategy and Product Development, Cisco Systems Capital Corporation
    61.  Molly Simon, CLFP – Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    62.  Ricardo Sondakh-Dorantes, CLFP – Relationship Manager, UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc.
    63.  Amanda Town, CLFP – Credit Analyst, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
    64.  Skii VonDracek, CLFP – Operations Manager, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
    65.  Nate Wallenhorst, CLFP – Assistant Vice President – Program Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    66.  Garett Wilhite, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
    67.  Chelsea Wood Thurn, CLFP – VP, Funding Manager, Wintrust Specialty Finance
    68.  Luanne Woods, CLFP – Vendor Service Manager, UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc.
    69.  Kara Ziegler, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, ECS Financial Services, Inc.

    Mr. Harris attended the ALFP hosted by Wintrust Specialty Finance in Irvine, CA and stated, “Going through the ALFP course and the CLFP exam was such a great experience.  The material covers a wide range of topics about all aspects of the equipment leasing business; I highly recommend the class and test for anyone involved in the industry. I chose to pursue the CLFP designation so that I could challenge myself, while also learning how to better serve my company and clients.  I believe that by increasing my knowledge base specific to the leasing industry, I have improved my ability to bring value to all constituents involved in the process from origination to funding to portfolio management.”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 754 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Tue, May 14, 2019 11:29 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    With 112 CLFPs, First American Equipment Finance has the largest number in the industry. The company values the certification and uses the enhanced knowledge base to better serve their clients.

    Laura Eichenseer, SVP for the Professional Services Division at First American, received her CLFP designation in 2013. She was one of the earliest First American employees to earn the designation and still values the four letters. She commented, “becoming a CLFP afforded me an opportunity to expand my technical knowledge of the industry. I have gained the confidence to truly be a resource for clients, providing valuable insights to help them grow their business.”

    Karen Pomazal, SVP of Marketing at First American, was a member of the most recent group of employees at First American to receive the designation. She said, “I have been involved in the equipment leasing industry for many years, but wanted to increase my understanding of the business outside of my specific area of focus. Preparing for the CLFP provided a rigorous framework to achieve that goal.”

    The CLFP is the only leasing industry certification program in the world. Find out how you can benefit from becoming a CLFP.


  • Mon, May 06, 2019 12:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 37 individuals who sat for the CLFP exam following two private Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals hosted by Stearns Bank, N.A., have successfully passed.  They are:

    Mitchel Anderson, CLFP Associate – Assistant General Counsel

    Ryan Anderson, CLFP – Vendor Relations Lead

    Dawn Brouillet, CLFP – Sr. Production Manager

    Angela Burg, CLFP – Lease Operations Supervisor

    Nathan Cmelik, CLFP – Lead Credit Analyst

    Amanda (Mandy) Eiynck, CLFP – Vendor Relations Supervisor

    Josh Ellison, CLFP – Credit Analyst Supervisor

    Sarah Engdahl, CLFP – Controller – Equipment Finance Division

    Ann Erickson, CLFP – Chief Compliance & Audit Officer

    Eric Felland, CLFP – Lead Credit Analyst

    Joseph Frank, CLFP – AR Manager

    Jordan Hopkins, CLFP Associate – Junior Attorney

    Adam Horsch, CLFP – Credit Analyst

    Theodore Jacobs, CLFP – Funding Team Lead

    Craig Kern, CLFP – Vendor Relations Supervisor

    Jordanne Kissner, CLFP Associate – Assistant General Counsel

    Melissa (Missy) Koltes, CLFP – Broker Relations Supervisor

    Tina Kurzhals, CLFP Associate – Assistant General Counsel

    Paige Luethmers, CLFP Associate – Broker Relations Lead

    Mindy Lund, CLFP – Sales Manager

    Spring Nelson, CLFP – Senior Assistant General Counsel/AVP

    Tatum Noreen, CLFP – Client Relations Lead

    Nathan Pearson, CLFP – Data & ALM Officer

    Lori Popp, CLFP – Post Close Imaging Manager

    Jen Rakotz, CLFP – Client Relations Supervisor

    Tracy Schneider, CLFP – Sales Assistant Lead - Broker

    Erin Secord, CLFP – Credit Supervisor

    Kelly Skalicky, CLFP – CEO & President

    Laura Smith, CLFP – Data Project Manager

    Jennifer Steichen, CLFP – Financial Analyst

    Jennifer Stich, CLFP – Closing & Compliance Manager

    Margaret (Maggie) Terres, CLFP – Sales Assistant Lead - Medical

    Jacki Thielen, CLFP – Sales Assistant Supervisor

    Meredith Ulrich, CLFP – Jr. Financial Analyst

    Brian Vogel, CLFP – Post Close & Servicing Manager

    Melissa (Missy) Vos, CLFP – Sales Assistant Supervisor

    Stephanie Wentland, CLFP – Strategic Delivery Manager


    Ms. Skalicky, CEO and President of Stearns Bank, N.A. stated, “The CLFP Handbook has been a valuable go-to resource for us because the CLFP program provides a thorough, in-depth examination of leasing and equipment finance and the unique historical and legal underpinnings, distinctive regulatory and compliance requirements, atypical origination methods and wide variations in sourcing and pricing structures, specialized funding, titling, and post-booking servicing processes unique to our industry.  At Stearns Bank, N.A. we take tremendous pride in having the most knowledgeable, most experienced, and most highly trained professionals in the industry. True to our strong culture of teamwork and our collective commitment to learning and growing, over 40 of our incredibly dedicated, determined and inspiring Stearns Bank, N.A. professionals prepared together, studied together, and sat for the CLFP course and exam.  I am so tremendously proud of our Stearns Bank, N.A. team, and I am personally honored and inspired to work side-by-side with each and every one of them!”

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 704 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Tue, April 23, 2019 6:14 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation’s Executive Director and Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the seventh edition of The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook is now available for purchase.

    Deb Reuben, CLFP; President of Reuben Creative, was hired to update the previous edition with a focused effort on incorporating CECL and ASC 842.  Ms. Reuben consulted with nine different Subject Matter Experts and stated, “It was a pleasure collaborating with Reid Raykovich, CLFP and so many brilliant colleagues to revise and launch this new edition of the book.

    With research and cross-functional implications to consider, the newly added appendix covering CECL went through a total of 18 drafts before finalizing. The Accounting chapter also had major revisions to bring it up to date for the ASC 842 standard. Overall seven of nine chapters were revised for this edition to accommodate the updated Body of Knowledge. Lastly, the appendix for financial statement review practice now includes exercises to illustrate the impact of ASC 842 from a credit perspective.

    The Handbook is available for purchase through the Foundation’s website and also through Amazon.  The 2019 CLFP Exam will continue to be based on the Sixth Edition of the Handbook, and in 2020, the Exam will be updated to reflect the new content.

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry and there are currently 703 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Mon, March 25, 2019 6:19 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 12 individuals who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam during the months of February and March 2019, have successfully passed.  They are:

    1.     Margaret Aniceto, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, AP Equipment Financing
    2.     Heather Doyle, CLFP – Compliance Specialist, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
    3.     Katrina DuBois, CLFP – Servicing Operations Manager, AP Equipment Financing
    4.     Dustin Gibbs, CLFP – Fleet Executive, AP Equipment Financing
    5.     Lovern Gordon, CLFP – National Business Development, Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
    6.     Richard Hickmon, CLFP – Vice President – Intermediary Relations, VFI Corporate Finance
    7.     Jake Hirsch, CLFP Associate – Fleet Executive, AP Equipment Financing
    8.     Sonja Legg, CLFP – Credit Officer, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
    9.     Evan Moreau, CLFP Associate – Staff Accountant, AP Equipment Financing
    10.  Vickii Robinson, CLFP – Business Relationship Manager II, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
    11.  Brett Spurlock, CLFP – Equipment Finance Specialist, Arvest Equipment Finance
    12.  Christopher Tokin, CLFP – Contract Services Lead, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.


    “I chose to pursue this designation as having a full scope of the field and its operations were paramount to my success within my current role, future equipment finance training opportunities, and an all-encompassing education of the industry. Knowledge is power; and forward progression is a derivative of ambition and resources,” stated Mr. Tokin, who attended the February Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals hosted by Financial Pacific Leasing.

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the commercial equipment finance industry. There are currently 663 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Wed, February 06, 2019 6:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 17 individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam during the past two months have passed.  They are:

    1.     Caprice Archer, CLFP Associate – Sales Coordinator, Ascentium Capital LLC
    2.     Andrew Baccaro, CLFP – Vice President - Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
    3.     Carolina Cely, CLFP Associate – President, SB Business Advisor
    4.     Craig Colling, CLFP – Senior Vice President - Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
    5.     Ashley Davis, CLFP Associate – Sales Coordinator, Ascentium Capital LLC
    6.     Rick Gomba, CLFP – Finance Manager, Ascentium Capital LLC
    7.     Priscilla Gray, CLFP – VP of Documentation and Funding, Ford Financial Services, Inc.
    8.     Brian Hernandez, CLFP Associate – Finance Manager, Ascentium Capital LLC
    9.     Jason Holtz, CLFP – Finance Manager, Ascentium Capital LLC
    10.  Michael Jung, CLFP Associate – Finance Manager, Ascentium Capital LLC
    11.  Dominic Knight, CLFP – Vice President - Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
    12.  Stephen Marcucci, CLFP Associate – Finance Manager - Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
    13.  Jacob Mendoza, CLFP – Fleet Executive, AP Equipment Financing 
    14.  Brittny Metzner, CLFP – Credit Analyst, Ascentium Capital LLC
    15.  Anthony Stein, CLFP – Vice President – Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
    16.  Michele Vesci, CLFP – Asset Specialist/Vehicle Title Administrator, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp.
    17.  Christa Zodda, CLFP – Tax Accountant, Canon Financial Services, Inc.

    Mr. Colling attended the ALFP in Scottsdale, AZ hosted by Ascentium Capital and stated, “I chose to pursue the CLFP designation as a personal challenge to become more knowledgeable in our industry.  I believe earning your CLFP tells your colleagues, vendors and customers that you take the business very seriously and you are truly invested in your business relationships to serve others to the best of your ability. “

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently  661 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


  • Mon, December 10, 2018 6:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 26 individuals who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam during the recent months have successfully passed.  They are:

    • 1.     Ryan Anthony, CLFP – Business Development Manager – Vendor Finance, First American Equipment Finance
    • 2.     Emma Bambury, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President – Finance Specialist, First American Equipment Finance
    • 3.     Michelle Bruno, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 4.     Jordan Cooper, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 5.     Melissa (Dawn) Day, CLFP – Vice President/Equipment Finance Specialist, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
    • 6.     Kyle Cerone, CLFP Associate   – Associate Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    • 7.     Desiree Chackal, CLFP Associate  – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 8.     Christopher Demtschenko, CLFP Associate  – Assistant Vice President, Logistics + Distribution Division, First American Equipment Finance
    • 9.     Becky Farmer, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 10.  Nicholas Flemister, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, First American Equipment Finance
    • 11.  Chris Forsyth, CLFP – Vice President, Credit Officer, First American Equipment Finance
    • 12.  Julie Kaczor, CLFP  – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 13.  Josh Klein, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 14.  Jennifer Marison, CLFP Associate – Client Services, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corporation
    • 15.  Traci McKenrick, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 16.  Amy Moffitt, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Assistant Controller, First American Equipment Finance
    • 17.  Samantha Nunn, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Dental Division, First American Equipment Finance
    • 18.  Adrian Pelkey, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 19.  Zachary Scribani, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Dental Division, First American Equipment Finance
    • 20.  Kamal Shivnani, CLFP – Business Architect, Odessa
    • 21.  Marietta Smith, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President – Project Manager, First American Equipment Finance
    • 22.  Robin Smith, CLFP – Vice President, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
    • 23.  Natalie Tawil, CLFP – Inside Sales Representative, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corporation
    • 24.  Alison Taylor, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Marketing, First American Equipment Finance
    • 25.  Katelyn Weichman, CLFP – Senior Financial Analyst (AVP-2), First American Equipment Finance
    • 26.  Megan Yeaple, CLFP Associate – Insurance Finance Specialist, First American Equipment Finance

    Mr. Forsyth, who is now one of 109 CLFPs and Associates at First American Equipment Finance stated, “I chose to pursue the CLFP designation because of the knowledge gained through the process leading up to the test and in the future as a member of the organization. Furthermore, it is important for my peers and customers to know that they are working with a dedicated professional that will continuously work to provide a high level of skill and service.” 

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 643 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit http://www.CLFPfoundation.org.


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 5:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation presented the 2018 Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence to Deb Reuben, CLFP at the ELFA Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  The award was created to acknowledge the CLFP who has contributed the most to the industry and best represents the CLFP ideals for the year.

    Ms. Reuben is the President of Reuben Creative, a strategic technology and process consultancy firm.  Reid Raykovich, CLFP Executive Director states, “Deb took on the huge task of rewriting The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook and did it within the timeframe, budget and produced a phenomenal piece of work.  The Board of Directors and I couldn’t be more pleased with her tenacity and unique way of incorporating the knowledge of over forty Subject Matter Experts and translating it into one fluid Handbook.”

    Upon receipt of the award, Ms. Reuben added, “It is an honor to receive this recognition. This project was an adventure. A handbook such as this is not the work of a lone author, but a collaborative labor of love influenced by many. I am grateful to all of the talented and dedicated authors and contributors to past CLFP Handbook editions, your work made it possible for me to earn my CLFP designation and formed the solid foundation for creating this new edition. It was a privilege to work with diverse and brilliant team of subject matter experts and reviewers who generously shared their wisdom, depth of experience, and expertise to make this possible. Thank you to the CLFP Foundation for the project opportunity and to Reid Raykovich, whose vision, leadership, and red pen were essential to the completion of this project.”

    The CLFP designation identifies you as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customer, and peers in the leasing industry. There are currently 637 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals throughout the world. For more information, call (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPFoundation.org


  • Wed, November 07, 2018 1:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation has scheduled the first five Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) for 2019.  The ALFP is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming that the candidate has read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook prior to attending the class.  During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory.

    The schedule for 2019 as of this press release is:

    January 3 – 5th in Scottsdale, AZ hosted by Ascentium Capital

    February 7 – 9th in Seattle, WA hosted by Financial Pacific Leasing

    March 21 – 23rd in Albany, MN (internal Academy for Stearns Bank employees)

    April 18 – 20th in St. Cloud, MN co-hosted by Northland Capital and Oakmont Capital

    May 9 – 11th in Chicago, IL hosted by ECS Financial

    In 2018, the CLFP Foundation partnered with nine different equipment finance companies to host the Academies and over 140 equipment finance professionals attended a class.

    The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 632 active CLFP and CLFP Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit www.CLFPFoundation.org or to register for an Academy, visit: http://www.clfpfoundation.org/alfp-calendar  Registration to each event is limited.


  • Wed, October 31, 2018 6:00 AM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

    The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation Executive Director and Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Shawn Halladay was presented an Honorary CLFP designation at the ELFA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ.  Mr. Halladay is only the second individual to be granted this designation.

    "It truly is an unexpected surprise to receive this honor.  I am just grateful for the opportunity to work with fellow industry members who are committed to advancing their careers and strengthening the professionalism of our great industry," reflected Mr. Halladay.

    Reid Raykovich, CLFP Executive Director of the Foundation stated, “Shawn contacted me earlier this year and offered to teach at Academies and I thought that I had won the lottery; it is rare that people like to teach and have the knowledge to teach every section.  He graciously donated so many hours of his time and shared his knowledge with ease, humor and professionalism.  He consistently receives top marks from students and the Foundation sees this as a very small token of our appreciation for all that he has done for the designation as well as the industry.”

    The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry. There are currently 619 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org.


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