M&T Bank Expands Commercial Equipment Finance Group

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M&T Bank has appointed a team of experienced equipment financing specialists to management roles in order to grow its Commercial Equipment Finance Division. The bank has also developed a transactional sourcing desk to acquire equipment financing transactions.

M&T named John Wolfe director of Business Development, where he will oversee the organizational sales team serving commercial clients within the bank’s footprint and develop the group specializing in acquiring equipment financing transactions. He has been with M&T Bank for 33 years, spending the past 11 years in the Commercial Equipment Finance Group.

Reporting to Wolfe will be Scott Weissmann, group manager responsible for direct originations within M&T’s regional markets, and Mark Adiletta, group manager responsible for renewable energy and transactional business for a nationwide platform.

Weissmann’s career spans 30 years, including 12 years of experience at M&T Bank holding various positions, including equipment finance representative, commercial banking senior relationship manager, and sales manager. 

M&T also appointed Doug Simon to head of Equipment Management and Lou Zachman to director of Risk Mitigation. Both have more than 20 years of experience in equipment finance. 

“M&T Bank has a 160-year track record as one of the nation’s top performing regional banks. We’ve built strong relationships with customers across our retail bank footprint, and these steps to begin financing more commercial equipment nationally is a natural evolution for this business,” said Frank Campagna, group vice president for Equipment Finance at M&T.

Former ELFA Chairman Rick Wolfert Passes

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Frederick “Rick” Eugene Wolfert, 64, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2019 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, GA.

Wolfert had a long and distinguished career in the equipment finance industry. He was an active volunteer for both ELFA and the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. He served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 1998 and served as ELFA Chairman in 2001.

After graduating from Louisiana State University, he worked for Proctor and Gamble and Connecticut General before joining US Leasing. He held executive-level roles at US Leasing, KeyCorp Leasing, Heller Financial, GE and CIT Group. In 2007, Wolfert partnered with a private equity firm to start his own commercial finance company. He named the firm “Tygris” in honor of his and his wife Holly’s LSU experience. He most recently served on the board of Stadion Money Management.

A celebration of his life was held on April 13 at Lake Oconee Church in Greensboro.

Joe Woodley, Leasing & Specialty Finance Veteran, Passes Away



Leasing and specialty finance industry veteran Joe Woodley passed away April 2nd, 2019, after a brief illness. Woodley had previously been named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in Leasing” and will be missed by his many friends throughout the industry.

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