Speakers

2021 AACFB ANNUAL CONFERENCE PRESENTERS

Bob Bell, CLFP | United Funding, LLC

Bob’s first exposure to leasing came as a VP of Sales & Marketing for a computer integrator who promoted leasing as a way to increase sales. He later worked for a NYSE firm in their corporate finance department syndicating leasing limited partnerships. In 1993 he opened his leasing brokerage firm, Independent Leasing Associates, now United Funding. He was elected to the NAELB/AACFB Board in 2000 and later that year earned the CLP (currently CLFP) designation. In 2003 he was elected President of NAELB/AACFB. Bob co-wrote Broker 101 in 2007 that was taught for many years at the Annual Conferences.

Jeffrey Bilbrey | Leasepath

Jeff has been creating, delivering, and advancing enterprise technology products and related services since the early 90’s. Today he serves as CEO of global business for Leasepath where he is accountable for ensuring customer delight and driving the flagship platform for cloud-based finance originations to the leading edge in the market. Jeff previously served on the Netsol Technologies Inc. Board of Directors and as President for the Americas before joining Leasepath in 2020. Prior, he was VP of Client Partnerships with Majesco, tasked with leading many of the group’s strategic client relationships as well as with managing business development and delivery objectives, P&L, customer satisfaction, and the overall client relationship sponsorship to all operating units of the diverse Majesco business.

Jeff Brannon | SLIM Capital

Jeff Brannon is a partner at SLIM Capital, 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.

Charles (Bud) Callahan, Jr., CLFP, BPB | National Equipment Leasing, Inc.

Bud Callahan 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.

Don Cosenza, CLFP | North Mill Equipment Finance

Don Cosenza, CLFP, is North Mill’s Chief Marketing Officer. He is responsible for leading the company’s sales and marketing efforts with a primary focus on devising and implementing North Mill’s growth strategy. Leveraging his more than 25+ years as a marketing leader, Don manages all branding, social media, business development, broker and customer relations, and product marketing initiatives for the company. Prior to joining North Mill, Don was a Vice President of Marketing for UnitedHealthcare where he helped build the company’s sales pipeline in the Northeast region of the country. He also worked for GE Capital as an E-commerce Leader where he introduced a social media strategy and improved operating efficiencies by integrating digitization and e-business initiatives. Don earned his MA in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a BA in Communications from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. He resides in Cheshire with his wife and two children.

Elliot Eisenberg | The Bowtie Economist

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. He earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. Eisenberg, is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than eighty-five articles, and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, hedge funds and investment advisory groups. He has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, as keynote speaker. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg, Business Week, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on cable news programs, talk and public radio.

Melissa Fisher, CLFP | Taycor Financial 

Melissa Fisher is the Vice President of Syndication at Taycor Financial. She was raised in Arizona and received her BS in Economics and Business from the prestigious Westmont College in Santa Barbara. After graduating, Melissa was hired by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and became a Certified Leasing & Finance Professional (CLFP). Later, she took senior-level equipment finance positions in Operations, Credit & Syndication at Balboa Capital, Strada, and Currency before starting at Taycor in 2019. 

Ken Greene | Law Offices of Kenneth Charles Greene

Ken Greene is an attorney based in Westlake Village, California. He has been representing lessors, brokers and others involved in the leasing and finance industry for almost 40 years. His practice entails documentation, licensing, compliance, litigation and bankruptcy. He is currently General Counsel to the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers as well as an Advisory Board member and Legal Editor of Leasing News.

Kristi Herig | First Federal Leasing

Kristi Herig has been with First Federal Leasing since 1999 and has spent the majority of her business career with the company.  First Federal Leasing, a division of First Bank Richmond, is a small ticket lender in the A credit arena and has been serving the broker/lessor community for over 30 years.  Kristi serves as operations manager for First Federal Leasing and senior vice president of First Bank Richmond.  She is responsible for supervising the First Federal Leasing staff and daily operations, underwriting lease transactions, and overseeing the accounting and auditing functions.  Kristi earned her BS in Business Administration from Ball State University and an MBA from Anderson University.  She is a native of Indiana, where she resides with her husband and two sons.

Gerald Leveritt | FileInvite

Gerald Leveritt is the Territory Sales Director at FileInvite. He helps commercial finance professionals automate their workflows, shorten the application-to-close cycle, and increase the volume of loans closed. He’s also in the business of providing peace of mind, so that his clients can focus on what they do best.

Bradon Marshall | Quality Leasing Co., LLC

Bradon R. Marshall started his career in the equipment leasing industry in 2015 after graduating from West Texas A&M University with a dual degree in Business and Education. During his tenure in the industry he was named Chief Operating Officer and later President of C.H. Brown Company.  Bradon joined the Quality Leasing team in October of 2019 and led the group as a top-producer in 2020.  Bradon resides in Central Texas with his wife: Taylor, daughter: Tatum, and—the newest addition to the Marshall family—son: Banks.

Matt Mosley, CLFP | North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC

Matthew Mosley joined North Mill in 2020 as a Relationship Manager supporting the company’s large pool of referral agent partners. Matt brings more than twenty years of business development and customer relations experience to the company.  His first stop in the leasing industry was as a sales executive with Premier Funding Group in 1998.  In 2004, he joined Financial Pacific Leasing as a Broker Relationship Manager for 12 years before moving over to Centra Funding in a similar role.  Matt earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of North Georgia.  A proud 12-year member of the Georgia Army National Guard, he served a one-year active duty rotation in Bosnia. A lifelong Georgia resident, Matt earned his CLFP designation in 2007 and resides in the state with his wife and two children.

Daniel Nelson, CLFP | Tamarack Technology

As Founder and CEO of Tamarack Technology, Inc., Daniel Nelson is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities facing lessors and lenders. A recognized industry expert, he has spent his entire career working exclusively within the equipment finance and commercial lending industry. After working for an industry leading software platform for more than a decade, Daniel founded Tamarack in 2001. Driven by the opportunity to help lessors of all types and sizes simplify their operations and improve performance, he created a technology company that understands the needs equipment finance industry. For more than two decades, his company has been creating and implementing solutions that enable lessors to realize greater value though automation, training, and better software integration.

Mike Parker | Florida National Equipment Finance

Michael Parker began his career in the equipment leasing and finance business with a local company where he served as Vice President in charge of the marketing and sales department. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the commercial and small business lending industry.  In 1987 he started his own company, Florida National Equipment Finance where he strives to build long lasting relationships with his customers, and they are treated with a high degree of professionalism. Michael’s company has been a member of AACFB since 1998 and he is a past president of the AACFB Board of Directors. He is currently serving as the chair of the AACFB  Funder Development Committee.

Brandon Prather | Q2 Business Capital

Brandon Prather has been in the banking industry for the past twenty years. His career has included focuses on commercial, residential and small business finance. Prior to joining Q2, Brandon was a top performer at US Bank where his efforts helped the bank to become the #1 SBA lender in Kentucky. Always meant to work in banking, Brandon started his career in college as a part-time teller. After graduation he transitioned into mortgage originations, before eventually moving into the business/commercial banking world, which remains his area of focus and expertise to this day. Based in Louisville KY, Brandon spends most of his free time on Lake Cumberland, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, son and daughter.

Carrie Radloff, CLFP | American Financial Partners

Carrie Radloff is a Business Development Manager for American Financial Partners (AFP). She has been in the business for over 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 is currently serving as president of the AACFB board as well as serving as the board liaison for the Meetings Committees. Carrie is a member of various local non-profit boards and resides in Minnesota with her husband Scott and two daughters Madison and Samantha.

Barry Ripes | PayNet

Barry is Vice President – Financial Institutions Leader at PayNet an Equifax Co. Barry has been at PayNet for over 13 years and has led Sales, Pre-Sale Support, and Solutions Delivery. Prior to joining PayNet Barry spent 19 years in the financial services industry. He was president and founder of Struan Partners, LLC, a futures broker group in US Treasuries at the Chicago Board of Trade. Barry has served on the Service Providers Business Council of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, for four years, and led a PayNet Company LeasePac campaign from 2013 - 2019. At the CBOT, Barry served on many committees including membership, and was Chairman of the Treasury Bond Pit Committee. He was also involved in the Traders Foundation, a non-profit children’s charity organization, and currently The Kevin Kaler Brightside Foundation.

Evan Sammon | Channel Partners Capital

Evan Sammon is the Director of Sales, leading business development and overseeing originations and performance for all partners and personnel across the West division at Channel. Evan began his career at Channel as an Account Executive in November of 2013. Through exemplary leadership and partner dedication, he accelerated into the National Account Manager position prior to stepping into his current role. Evan is driven to provide optimal experiences for partners of Channel. He is dedicated to helping his partners grow their business through personalized services and creative solutions built to suit their unique business needs. He holds a bachelor’s in business communications from Concordia College – Moorhead. Sammon spends his free time playing and watching sports, with a side of amateur woodworking to keep things interesting.

Kalah Sprabeary, HUB Funding Solutions

Kalah Sprabeary has been involved in the alternative financing sector as a broker and direct lender. Her experience in multiple industries such as oil and gas, agriculture, construction, and real estate has provided a depth of direct industry knowledge. Kalah and their team at HUB focuses on customized funding solutions, ranging from equipment funding, factoring, working capital, commercial real estate, and supply chain.


Amy Spragg, CLFP | Pacifica Capital

Amy has been working in the equipment leasing industry for over 30 years. Pacifica was founded by her mother and current Managing Director, Bette Kerhoulas in 1984. Amy has been a full time member of the Pacifica team since 1994 and has been involved in most aspects of operations including credit, documentation, funding and accounting. Currently, she focuses on all general company operations as well as cultivates and manages key client accounts and vendor relationships. Amy earned her B.S. degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, and became a Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) in 1999. Amy has been actively involved in the Southern California Region of the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) since 2006 and served on the Board of Directors for United Association Equipment Lessors (UAEL) in 2008. From 2013 to 2018, Amy served on the Board of the Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation as Treasurer and President. In 2015, she received the annual Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence from the CLFP Foundation which was created to acknowledge the CLFP who has contributed the most to the industry and best represents the CLFP ideals for the year.

Tucker Sulzberger | GetBackd

Tucker Sulzberger is an Army veteran who flew CH-47 helicopters during his time in the Army. He has over 12 years of proven experiences in complex leadership roles with a focus on operational performance. As a shareholder of GetBackd, he oversees all originations for the company with over $75M in originations with several million in the Cannabis Industry. GetBackd is a FinTech company that specializes in working capital advances with terms that are flexible for each individual business owner from 4-14 months based on a risk adjusted pricing model. With their technology, they are able to fully underwrite thousands of files while some clients receive same day funding. 

Donald Wampler, CLFP | Firstlease, Inc.

Donald Wampler has over 20 years of experience in commercial finance. He had held the position of Broker Relations Manager, Sales Manager, VP of National Business Development, and Chief Strategy Officer at Firstlease. Prior to joining Firstlease, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Willow Financial Bank. As President of Firstlease, Donald sets, directs, and oversees all strategic initiatives related to the generation and origination of qualified leases. He sets the parameters on vendor selection, equipment concentration and pricing. Donald also assists the inside sales team with relationship building within their individual industries.