Pierman Rejoins Crestmark Equipment Finance as SVP

Rick Pierman returned to Crestmark as SVP, strategic operations in the equipment finance division. Based in Troy, MI, he will report to Crestmark Equipment Finance Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Jim Recker.

Ritchie Bros. Reports Q2/2019 Results, Names Interim Co-CEOs

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers reported results for the second quarter of 2019. Net income attributable to stockholders increased 18% to $54 million, compared to the same period in 2018. Ritchie Bros.’ board also named CFO Sharon Driscoll and International President Karl Werner interim co-CEOs of the company, in addition to their current roles, concurrent with current CEO Ravi Saligram’s departure. 

Nations Names Ciralli SVP of Asset Management

Nations Equipment Finance hired Rick Ciralli as SVP of Asset Management. Ciralli will be responsible for all of Nation’s asset management activities.

Harnisch Succeeds Hudak as Commercial Finance President at CIT

David Harnisch joined CIT Group as president of Commercial Finance. Harnisch will succeed Jim Hudak, who is retiring after a 20-year career at CIT. Harnisch will be responsible for CIT’s corporate and leveraged financing to middle market companies, asset-backed and asset-based lending, factoring and real estate financing. He will join the company’s executive management committee.

Dext Capital Hires Three to Keep Pace with Growth

Dext Capital expanded its support staff to keep pace with its growth, hiring Priya Arunchalam and Diane Nudelman as contract administration officers and Dawn Welper as a sales associate.

Nash Joins Key Equipment Finance as Michigan Leasing Manager

Key Equipment Finance named Kevin Nash leasing manager for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio markets. Nash will identify, develop and close end-user-based equipment finance and leasing transactions.

Wells Fargo Unveils Northeast Commercial Banking Leadership

Wells Fargo unveiled its Commercial Banking leadership team for the Northeast, as part of the bank’s restructure for its Commercial Banking business. Thirty-five-year industry veteran Greg O’Brien has been named division executive for the Northeast Division. Based in Boston, O’Brien will oversee 14 commercial banking teams and report to Kristin Lesher, head of Wells Fargo Commercial Banking’s East Region.


Malcolm C. Lindquist, Former ELFA Legal Committee Member, Passes Away

Malcolm C. Lindquist, a former member of the ELFA Legal Committee and an active participant in the ELFA Legal Forum, died on Sunday, August 4, after losing a battle with cancer. Lindquist’s practice at Lane Powell concentrated on commercial finance, equipment leasing and the Uniform Commercial Code. He was also an elected member of the American Law Institute and Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

CIT Names Martin Managing Director/Small Business

Ken Martin joined CIT Group as managing director of the Small Business Solutions unit, which is part of the Business Capital division. Martin will lead the strategy and operation of the digital small business financing area of CIT.

Industry Vet Keel Joins Dext Capital as VP of Sales

Healthcare leasing expert Tim Keel joined Dext Capital as VP of Sales. He will focus on building relationships with both healthcare providers and vendors.

Smith Joins ENGS Commercial Capital as VP/BDO

ENGS Commercial Capital, a subsidiary of ENGS Commercial Finance, hired Travis Smith as VP, business development officer. Smith will be responsible for new business origination and other business development objectives in the southeastern U.S.

Hitachi Hires GE Capital Vet as Director of Clean Technology

Tom Waters joined Hitachi Capital America as director of Clean Technology. Waters will be responsible for developing and executing HCA’s strategy and new business development activities in the clean technology sector. He will report to Chris Pagano, general manager of the Structured Finance business.

Bittner Joins UniFi as Vice President/Relationship Manager

UniFi Equipment Finance added Brian Bittner to its team as VP/relationship manager. Bittner will be focused on growing UniFi’s industrial vertical.

Wells Fargo Names Leaders to New Key Roles

Wells Fargo named David Kowach head of Community Banking, Jim Hays president and head of Wells Fargo Advisors, Andy Rowe Enterprise Customer Excellence executive, and Elli Dai Small Business and Personal Lending Group executive. Kowach, Rowe, and Dai will report to Mary Mack, head of Consumer Banking. Hays will report to Jonathan Weiss, head of Wealth & Investment Management.

Balboa Capital Adds 125 New Employees in H1/2019

Online lender Balboa Capital hired 125 new employees during the first six months of 2019 to accommodate the company’s rapid increase in new business and acquisition of several new strategic partners.

Cronin Joins Santander as Head of ABL Business

Santander Bank selected Paul Cronin to lead the bank’s asset-based lending business in its Commercial Banking division. He will be responsible for growing Santander’s ABL business and will report to David Swoyer, Santander Bank’s head of Commercial Banking.

Cook Joins Mitsui Rail Capital as VP of Sales

Railcar leasing company Mitsui Rail Capital appointed Kevin Cook VP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Cook brings more than 17 years of experience in the railcar industry to his new role at MRC.


Heist Joins Equify Financial as Director of Capital Markets

John Heist, Jr. joined Equify Financial as director of Capital Markets. Heist will be responsible for expanding Equify’s sell side capabilities along with creating a buy side that works along with the core competencies of the company.

MUFG Promotes Clark to Head of Global Transaction Banking

MUFG Bank appointed Ranjana Clark to a newly created position of deputy head of Transaction Banking Group, with the functional title of head of Global Transaction Banking. She will report to Yoshitake Manabe, head of Transaction Banking Group. Clark assumes this new role in addition to her current positions as head of Transaction Banking Americas and Bay Area president.

Amur Equipment Finance Appoints Larkins to Board of Directors

Amur Equipment Finance appointed Paul A. Larkins to its board of directors. Over the course of his career, Larkins has served in many senior leadership roles, including as CEO of Key Equipment Finance and as president/CEO of Key National Finance and of SquareTwo Financial, where he was also a member of the board of directors.

Industry Veteran Kaplun Joins Bob Rinaldi Advisory Services

Harry Kaplun joined Bob Rinaldi Advisory Services, bringing with him more than 30 years of specialty finance experience, most notably in equipment finance, leasing and asset-based lending.

Thorp, Crosby Join Verdant Specialty Vehicle Finance Team

Verdant Commercial Capital added Pete Thorp and Craig Crosby to their strategic Specialty Vehicle financing vertical market segment. Thorp and Crosby each have more than 20 years of experience managing and growing equipment financing in Specialty Vehicles from their previous experience at bank owned equipment finance companies.

Baker Joins ENGS Commercial Capital as VP/BDO

ENGS Commercial Capital hired David Baker as VP and business development officer. Baker will be responsible for new business origination and other business development objectives in the Intermountain Region of the U.S.

Crestmark Promotes Three in Transportation Finance

Crestmark’s Transportation Finance Division promoted Sherri Holmes and Kim Meek from account executives to portfolio management for the division and Phyllis Packard to VP, legal compliance.

First Midwest Expands Lending Capabilities, Hires ESOP Team

First Midwest Bank expanded its specialty lending capabilities by hiring a team of bankers experienced in lending to employee-owned companies. The new group will be led by Elizabeth A. Di Cola, who has more than 35 years of legal, corporate finance and commercial banking experience. Edward J. Weisto and Ashley N. Kirchner will round out the team as SVP and VP, respectively.

Former Volvo Managing Director Joins Invigors EMEA

Asset finance consulting and services partnership Invigors EMEA, the European arm of The Alta Group, hired Tor Bowen, former managing director of Australasia for Volvo Financial Services, as an associate, based in the UK.

Ciber Joins WSFS Bank as New Chief Digital Officer

Corynn Ciber joined WSFS Bank as SVP and chief digital officer. In this newly created role, Ciber will work closely with Lisa M. Brubaker, WSFS Bank’s EVP and chief technology officer, and with teams of WSFS business leaders and expert third-party partners.

Hertel Joins Rabobank Project Finance Team

Rabobank added Claus Hertel as a managing director to its Project Finance Americas team in New York. Hertel will report to Greg Hutton, head of Project Finance Americas.

Zambon Joins CCG Canadian Origination Team

Anthony Zambon joined independent commercial equipment finance company CCG Equipment Finance to lead the firm’s Canadian operations. As VP and Canadian division leader, Zambon will be based in Toronto, where he will oversee multiple origination channels for CCG and continue to develop the Canadian sales team.

Key Equipment Finance Names Maxon VP of Commercial Vendor Tech

Key Equipment Finance promoted Lori A. Maxon to VP of commercial vendor technology. Maxon will work closely with technology vendors to develop structured finance solutions for enterprise clients throughout the Northeast.

Capital One Adds Goldsmith to Underwriting & Portfolio Management Team

Capital One added Jeff Goldsmith to its Underwriting and Portfolio Management team. Goldsmith will lead the Credit Solutions group and report directly to John Crosby, Capital One Commercial Banking’s head of Underwriting and Portfolio Management.

Chris Human Joins BancorpSouth Equipment Finance Team

BancorpSouth Bank hired Chris Human as a VP and equipment finance specialist in Marble Falls, TX. Human will be responsible for helping the bank’s commercial customers in Central Texas acquire equipment to grow their businesses.

Chase, Peterson Join Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance

Shelby Chase and Mike Peterson joined Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance as customer solutions manager and director of Syndication, respectively. The hires continue Crossroads’ expansion of its capabilities, including the recent addition of a marketing analyst to support the Digital Marketing team.

TD Bank Names Webb Southern New England Regional President

TD Bank named Steve C. Webb regional president for Southern New England. Webb will lead the SNE Metro commercial and retail banking teams in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Upstate New York and Connecticut.

TrueNoord Names Millet Chief Financial Officer

TrueNoord appointed Julien Millet chief financial officer. Originally acting as interim CFO, Millet took up that position earlier in the year. However, he has worked closely with the company since 2016 from an investor and board perspective in his previous role at Bregal Freshstream, one of TrueNoord’s cornerstone investors.

Lisa Adams Joins UMB Capital Finance as ABL SVP

Lisa Adams joined UMB Capital Finance’s rapidly expanding business development team as SVP – Asset-Based Lending. Adams will cover the marketing efforts of UMB’s Pacific Northwest region and will provide additional coverage to the company’s already established California region.

Jacob to Succeed Trakimas as CoBank Chief Operating Officer

CoBank named Andrew Jacob the successor to Ann Trakimas as the bank’s chief operating officer upon Trakimas’s retirement from the bank at the end of 2019. Jacob currently serves as the bank’s chief regulatory, legislative and compliance officer. Before joining CoBank in 2011, Jacob spent almost 25 years with the Farm Credit Administration, the independent regulator for the Farm Credit System.

Wings Capital Names Gallagher VP, Treasurer & Capital Markets

Wings Capital Partners added Jakob Gallagher to its team as VP – Treasurer & Capital Markets. Prior to joining Wings, Gallagher served as VP on the MUFG Aviation team who covered originations for the Americas. Prior to joining MUFG, he worked at Aircastle where he focused on capital markets and joint ventures. 

Sullivan, Leary Join Citizens’ High Yield Sales and Trading Team

Two veteran bankers, Rich Sullivan and Josh Leary, joined Citizens Commercial Banking to add expertise and help build out the bank’s high yield sales and trading business. Sullivan joined as managing director and will work out of Stamford, CT. Leary joined as director and will be based in Charlotte, NC.

Midland States Promotes Spring to Chief Accounting Officer

Midland States Bancorp promoted Donald Spring, corporate controller for the company and Midland States Bank, to chief accounting officer. The promotion was concurrent with the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Stephen A. Erickson, who has accepted a position with another financial institution based in Michigan. Spring will lead the company’s finance department on an interim basis while Midland conducts an executive search for Erickson’s replacement.

Fout Joins Capital One as SVP in Dallas

Tim Fouts joined Capital One’s Commercial Bank team as a SVP and relationship manager. He will report to Tiffany Cason, regional commercial executive and Dallas market president.

GE Capital Vet Farlin Joins LEAF aS VP/Business Unit HEAD

LEAF Commercial Capital hired Mark Farlin as VP of Sales, business unit head for Healthcare. Formerly VP, head of Healthcare at TCF Equipment Finance, Farlin will lead LEAF’s continued expansion into the healthcare industry. As Healthcare business unit head at LEAF, Farlin will also leverage his leadership experience in healthcare finance roles at Olympus and GE Capital.