National Equipment Finance Association Conference

 Madison Capital attended the annual National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) business meeting last Friday and Saturday, September 14-15. The conference was held at the Renaissance Washington, DC DuPont Circle hotel, which was a pleasant drive from our Owings Mills, MD office. During the conference, new Officers and Directors were elected for 2013.

Elected to lead NEFA on the Executive Committee for 2013 were: John Rosenlund, CLP, of Portfolio Financial Services, as President; Kyle Gilliam, CLP, of Arvest Equipment Finance, as Vice President; Tara Aasand, of Great American Insurance, as Secretary; and John Donohue, of Direct Capital Corporation, as Treasurer. 2012 NEFA President, Hugh Swandel, of the Alta Group, will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.

Elected as Directors for NEFA for 2013 were: Mike Coon, of TAB Bank; William Ford, Jr., of Ford Financial Services, Inc.; Brad Harmon, CLP, of First Star Capital; Terey Jennings, CLP, of Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC; Jesse Johnson, of LeaseTeam, Inc.; Jim Merrilees, CLP.; Tim Mathison, of P&L Capital Corp; David Normandin, CLP, of PacTrust Bank Equipment Finance; Bruce Smith, of Diversified Capital Credit Corporation; Gary Souverein, CLP, of Pawnee Leasing Corporation; and Diane Williams, of Bankers Leasing Company.

There were over 180 attendees this year from across the U.S. and Canada, including a record number of visitors and new attendees. There were interesting educational sessions, leading-edge industry exhibits, social functions and a special presentation about our Citizen Soldiers from Major General William Wofford, Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard. It was nice catching up with industry colleagues and to have the opportunity to take in some of the sites and restaurants Washington, DC has to offer.