Speakers

2019 Annual Conference Speakers

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Rodney Blecha has been in the financing business since 1992 and has owned Precision Leasing, Inc. since 2002. He has been an active board member of the NAELB/AACFB for six years now. In 1991 he graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Finance and minor in Economics. Rodney has two kids, a Freshman at the University of Nebraska and a Sophomore at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. He also has two step kids, a Freshman at Hillsdale College and a Junior at Shawnee Mission South High School. Rodney has been with his significant other Kathy since 2012 and in his spare time he loves to hunt, fish, and golf…not necessarily in that order.

Jeff_Brannon.png Jeff Brannon is a partner at SLIM Capital.  SLIM Capital is a private debt fund that lends to small businesses,   SLIM Capital offers both credit and collateral based programs with a focus on equipment financing, working capital loans, sale leasebacks and 1sts/2nds on real estate. 
BudCallahanRound.png Charles (Bud) Callahan, Jr., CLFP, BPB is the President of National Equipment Leasing, Inc. He started his career in the automotive industry in 1968, where he achieved the Ford Motor Company’s Grand Master Sales Award five years in a row. He started Ambassador Financial Services a decade later, and then returned to the automotive industry as a new car sales manager, vice president and general manager. In 1998 he joined the leasing industry once again as vice president and general manager of Dellen Financial Corporation, which became National Equipment Leasing, Inc. in 1999 with Bud as president, a role he remains in to this day.
JamalDeanRound.png Jamal Dean started his career in finance with Nissan/Infiniti spending six years as a vendor in Dallas and Kansas City. In 2015, he left the retail side and went to work for CFF Commercial Fleet Financing, a brokerage specializing in transportation lending. After spending almost two years with CFF, Jamal and Tim Jacquet, owner of Apple Capital Group met at a small business expo and decided to build a department dedicated to startups in transportation. Jamal is currently the Director of Transportation Lending at Apple Capital Group and is a SCORE mentor to help clients run financially sound businesses.
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Doug Houlanhan, CEO of Clicklease, has Eighteen (18) years’ experience in the equipment finance industry. Previous roles include Co-Founder and former CFO of Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC., former Managing Director and Shareholder at AP Equipment Financing, a Monitor Top 25 Independent Finance Company. He is an active member and speaker in industry associations having served on the Board of Directors of the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA). Doug received his MBA from San Francisco State University, BBA Iowa State University and is a Certified Leasing and Finance Professional, CLFP.

Gary_GreeneRound.png Gary Greene, CLFP, BPB has been in the lease brokerage business since 1984, working for 3 other leasing companies before starting Lease $mart in 1988. His business is high-volume, handling primarily small ticket 'application only' transactions, mostly driven by vendor referrals and repeat transactions within his lessee client base. Lease $mart has been a broker member of AACFB since 1996. Gary holds both CLFP and BPB designations, and has been a member of the AACFB Board of Directors. 
DavidLeeRound.png David C. Lee has over 30 years of executive financial services experience as an investment banker, private equity investor, lender and operating executive.  He has served as the Chairman and CEO of NMEF since December 2016 and previously was the CEO of Colford Capital Holdings, the former parent company of NMEF and its asset-based lending affiliate, North Mill Capital, from 2012 until the sale of NMEF to Wafra Capital Partners in August 2018.  Previously, Mr. Lee served as President of D.B. Zwirn & Co., a $6.5 billion AUM alternative asset manager and successfully navigated that firm through the 2008 financial crisis and eventual merger integration into Fortress Investment Group.  He was the Founding Managing Partner of Saturn Venture Partners and a Partner with the private equity firm of Sandler Capital.  For the first half of his career, Mr. Lee was an investment banker, most recently serving as a Managing Director at Lazard, where he advised on M&A transactions valued in excess of $50 billion.  Mr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.
JaciMillerRound.png Jaci Miller is the Director of Sales & Business Development for ConnectedFi, a company that has built a cloud-based deal flow management system side by side with AACFB brokers.  In addition to speaking with brokers, funders, and vendors on a daily basis, Jaci flew to 5 different states to sit with and shadow brokers to truly understand their day-to-day process and their needs. She joined AACFB a little over a year ago and has since joined the Education Committee and is also now the Chair of the Membership Committee.  Jaci is also a NEFA member and always gets involved in various NEFA charity events.  In addition to AACFB and NEFA, she attends various conferences such as ELFA, NACLB, and the Broker Fair to connect and learn as much as possible to ensure ConnectedFi's solution is always being tailored to the various needs of all kinds of brokers.  Jaci went to Metropolitan State University of Denver and still resides in Colorado with her husband and two children.
JillMillerRound.png Jill Miller is a Creative Marketing Technologist with Marketing Design Mix. She holds an MBA in Marketing (CPP) and a BA in Graphic Design (CSUF). She is a Certified Lease Finance Professional (CLFP) and holds a Certificate in Financial Markets (YALE). Jill has 16 years of experience specializing in digital/direct marketing via website, email, social media channels and broadcast TV as well as extensive experience with CRM, SEO and web analytics platforms.
JohnMillerRound.png John Miller is a Full-Stack Developer with Marketing Design Mix. He hold an MBA in Finance (CPP), a BA in Electrical Engineering (UofU), and a Certificate in Financial Engineering (Columbia). He has spent 5 years as an Adjunct Professor in Finance and Computer Information Systems, and has 30 years industry experience specializing in web application frameworks, systems and database design, quantitative applications, and financial engineering.
MikeMillerRound.png Mike Miller is with NCMIC Finance Corporation, part of a family of companies offering a diversified portfolio of insurance and financial products for more than 70 years and serving over 60,000 customers. Mike has been in the equipment financing and equipment sales business for 10 years.  He specializes in helping his customers understand the financial impact to their business when financing and acquiring capital equipment.
TaylorMoseleyRound.png Taylor Moseley has a decade of management consultant experience, with over 6 years of experience dedicated to the equipment leasing and financing industries. He has a strong focus on SMB Manufacturer and Dealer programs through General Financial, (formally GE Leasing, 1987), leveraging decades of experience and wisdom to provide financial solutions to businesses throughout United States. Taylor is constantly rewarded through active volunteering his time to non-profit organizations. There is no better sense of accomplishment for him than helping others achieve their goals or expand their capabilities.
Carrie_RadloffRound.png Carrie Radloff is a Business Development Manager for American Financial Partners (AFP). She has been in the business for 21 years, spending her first 10 years in credit and sales for U.S. Bank Manifest and the last 11 years with AFP. She graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1998 with a B.S. in Accounting and in 2006 with a Master of Business Administration degree. Carrie attained her Certified Lease and Finance Professional (CLFP) designation in 2016.   Carrie became involved with the association in 2013 when she joined the Marketing Committee serving as co-chair from 2014-2017.  Carrie joined the board of directors in 2017, was elected to Vice President in 2019 and is currently the Board Liaison for the Marketing and Meetings Committees.  Carrie is a member of various local non-profit boards and resides in Minnesota with her husband Scott and two daughters Madison & Samantha.
Shervin_Rashti.png Shervin Rashti has 20 years of experience in forming, capitalizing, operating and exiting start-up ventures. Shervin started in the leasing business in 2004, when one of his investors for his digital media distribution company offered him the opportunity to manage a leasing portfolio. After surpassing funding capacitiy for the fund, Shervin used his experience and ability to underwrite and sell full package transactions to launch a commercial division for CapNet Financial Services. Shervin served as VP of Commercial Lending for CapNet, and was able to succeed in placing commercial transactions for the multitude of deals being originated. He then co-founded a direct sub-prime specialty finance company, Maxim Commercial Capital in 2008. After nearly 10 years, in 2017, Shervin chose to sell his interest in Maxim and launch SLIM Capital, LLC as a direct, independent equipment lease and finance company specializing in both credit based and structured, collateral based transactions. Shervin earned his BS from University of California at Riverside.
Kim_Riggs2_jpeg.png Kim Riggs' professional experience includes business development roles at both direct lender and service provider companies. As a sales professional, Kim has been active in the industry for over a decade, attending industry events, growing her professional network and developing the connections needed to drive growth in small business lending. Kim is tasked with developing and expanding relationships with servicing clients at Orion First. Kim earned her BA degree from Washington State University and resides in Gig Harbor with her family.

Nick Ross is a Vice President at Western Equipment Finance responsible for Indirect Originations.  He is focused on building and maintaining relationships with third party originators who build finance programs for their manufacturer and vendor partners. Nick earned his CLFP designation in 2010 and is grateful for the contribution the knowledge makes to his daily interactions with customers.

Western Equipment Finance is a national full-service commercial equipment finance company that provides both lease and conventional finance options in all 50 states. Western Equipment Finance is a subsidiary of Western State Bank (formed in 1902) with over 27 years’ experience delivering competitive and creative solutions with the highest level of integrity.  Customers appreciate the difference in the people and service that Western Equipment Finance delivers each day.

PeteSawyerRound.png Pete Sawyer is the President and founder of Sun South Equipment Leasing Inc., based in Lakeland, Florida. Sun South funds equipment leases in Florida and places transactions with lenders outside the State for small to large firms nationwide as needed.Pete has been active with AACFB for over 20 years serving on committees, the Board of Directors and past President (2016). He has been a Certified Lease and Finance Professional, CLFP since 1998 and is a firm believer in fair and straightforward business practices.  He is also a past / current board member of the CLFP Foundation.Pete is a current board member and past President of the Boys and Girls Club of Lakeland, member of Kiwanis and has served on other non-profit boards in the Lakeland area.
Buddy_Zarbock.png Buddy Zarbock is the Founder and Executive Vice President at Commercial Funding Partners (CFP). There he guides small to mid-market sized businesses construct business models to accommodate today’s fluctuating markets. During his tenure at CFP, Buddy has been able to harness his business expertise allowing the company to see success not seen in the past. These actions have created a loyal customer, broker and vendor following. He currently resides in Utah with his wife and five children enjoying skiing, mountain biking, and coaching.