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CLFP Foundation Approaches 500 CLFPs

Mon, October 16, 2017 2:48 PM | Reid Raykovich (Administrator)

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 22 individuals who sat for the 8-hour web-based exam have passed. The CLFP Foundation anticipates breaking the 500-member mark prior to 2018 which is the highest it has ever been.  The newest CLFPs are:

1.       Katherine Adams, CLFP - BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
2.       Amber Deffert, CLFP - Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., an Umpqua Bank Company 
3.       Brian Friedly, CLFP - Ascentium Capital LLC
4.       Buck Hemphill, CLFP - BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
5.       Misty Johnston, CLFP - Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., an Umpqua Bank Company 
6.       Sara Leung, CLFP - First American Equipment Finance
7.       Hugh Telford Lindsay, CLFP - BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
8.       Aaron Loum, CLFP - Arvest Equipment Finance
9.       Paul MacDonald, CLFP Associate - Ascentium Capital LLC
10.   George Muhoray, CLFP - Customers Commercial Finance
11.   Christine Nelson, CLFP - Ascentium Capital LLC
12.   Michael Pulito, CLFP- First American Equipment Finance
13.   William John Rawding, CLFP Associate - Ascentium Capital LLC
14.   Janice Schawillie, CLFP - First American Equipment Finance
15.   Taryn Schawillie, CLFP Associate - First American Equipment Finance
16.   Richard Scheib, CLFP - Ascentium Capital LLC
17.   Samuel Smith, IV, CLFP - Customers Commercial Finance
18.   Benjamin Stehle, CLFP - Direct Capital a CIT company
19.   Michael Van Ryen, CLFP - Thermo Fisher Financial Services
20.   Jason Warren, CLFP - BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
21.   Benjamin Watts, CLFP - Ascentium Capital LLC
22.   Lisa Wollney, CLFP - ESC Financial Services, Inc.

Mr. Muhoray, Vice President at Customers Commercial Finance attended the Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals hosted by Ascentium Capital and stated, “I chose to seek the CLFP designation for multiple reasons: brush up on my skills; learn about new topics and concepts; and audit the course to see if it is something to consider for other employees.  All goals were met.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 495 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit

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