About Us

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation is the preeminent credential for equipment leasing and finance professionals who have demonstrated competency through testing of knowledge, continuing education and a commitment to their business practices and dedication to the industry. Every CLFP has at least two years in the equipment finance industry and has passed a rigorous 8-hour exam.

Our Mission

Building a better commercial equipment leasing and finance industry by helping its individuals achieve exceptional standards of professional conduct and technical expertise.

 

Our Vision

Establish the Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation as the preeminent credential throughout the world for professionals who have demonstrated mastery of the CLFP Body of Knowledge, exceptional competency and a commitment to exemplary ethics through their business practices, continuing education and dedication to the industry.

 

Essential Roles and Practices

  • Encourage attainment of superior levels of professional development through education, involvement in and contributions to the Industry.
  • Define and promulgate industry standards for professionalism and ethical practices in the equipment leasing and financing industry.
  • Propagate awareness, respect and trust throughout the industry, the general public and government, for the Foundation and its Professional Certification program.
  • Build, maintain and distribute a core Body of Knowledge to properly present the full scope of industry policies, procedures and practices.
  • Require CLFPs to expand and update their knowledge of the equipment leasing and financing industry through continuing education.
  • Promote the “CLFP” designation as an enviable brand of professional achievement and peer recognition within the Industry.
  • Serve as the governing body for CLFP certification and re-certification.
  • Provide access to education, training and certification testing through strategic partner alliances.
  • Stimulate general global awareness and interest in the Foundation and the CLFP designation through press relations, professional associations and other public relations activities.

CLFP Board of Directors

Lia Wax, CLFP

Lia Wax, CLFP

President

Lia Wax is the Vice President of Operations – Contract Management at Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc. Lia entered the industry in August of 1999, after relocating to the Pacific Northwest from Knoxville, Tennessee, upon completion of a master’s degree in music. She’s spent her entire 24 years in the industry at FP, working her way up from the file room, through supervising Customer Service and Titling, managing various Funding groups, to currently managing post-funding operations. She’s never met a problem that she hasn’t wanted to try and solve. She loves analyzing complex issues and finding creative ways to solve them. She believes in leveraging technology to create a better customer experience, while maintaining the human touch in places where it will have the most impact. She also believes strongly that knowledge is power, and that you should strive to learn something new every day.

Lia earned the CLFP designation in 2004 and has been an active participant in supporting the foundation’s growth and advocating for the designation ever since. She takes great pride in being part of such an amazing organization with such a hard-working board.

Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP

Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP

Vice President

Todd Buzard is a Senior Vice President of Finance for First American Equipment Finance (FAEF), An RBC/City National Bank Company. Todd joined FAEF in 2002 and has over 18 years of experience in the leasing and finance industry.

Prior to joining FAEF, Todd worked in public accounting for Arthur Andersen, LLP. Todd also taught accounting, finance, and business courses at the college level for over 10 years in his spare time.

Since becoming a CLFP in 2014, Todd has been active in the CLFP Foundation. Todd is an active instructor in FAEF’s internal CLFP program. Additionally, Todd has traveled to many Academy for Lease & Finance Professional sessions in order to help prepare aspiring CLFP’s for the CLFP exam.

Todd earned a B.S. in Accounting from Utica College and a M.B.A. in Finance from St. Bonaventure University.

Todd, his wife Kimberly, and their two children reside in Henrietta, NY.

Mike McDonald, CLFP

Mike McDonald, CLFP

Treasurer

Mike McDonald, CLFP is the Treasury Director at CoreTech Leasing. In his current role, Mike oversees the finances of CoreTech. In this role, Mike monitors the day-to-day operations, including expenses and incoming cash flow, with a primary focus on developing a strong, long-term financial strategy. Prior to his current role, Mike has worked at a variety of institutions with roles in accounting, finance, pricing, sales, and credit.

Mike obtained his MBA with a concentration in Finance at Arizona State University and Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University. Mike and his wife Lauren reside in Mattawan, MI.

Candace Reinhart, CLFP

Candace Reinhart, CLFP

Secretary

Candace Reinhart leads Operations and Syndications at CoreTech Leasing, an independent technology and equipment lessor, and drives client value to enhance CoreTech’s leadership in the industry. 

Candace achieves this for CoreTech by relentlessly pursuing what is best in the lease and finance industry with a singularity of focus that is unmatched. She leads with an infectious passion for learning, which is one reason it comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Candace that she has risen to the top in her field. Her proactive management style and strong work ethic set the standard for diligence at every organization she has led.

Candace has worked in every element of the lease life cycle; she knows first–hand the challenges and responsibilities that come with each position and is uniquely able to encourage creative solutions and outside–the–box thinking. This insight into each role within the organization enables her to bring empathy to build an empowered team that delivers unparalleled service and responsiveness to clients.

From the get-go, Candace deliberately set her sights on raising the bar on industry ethics and standards. She pursued her CLFP on her own and not only proudly accomplished this goal but has now been elected to the 2021 CLFP Board and has also been selected as one The Monitor’s Top 50 Women in Equipment Finance.

Candace takes tremendous pride in her CLFP certification and in upholding the standards of the lease and finance industry. Her focus has always been in playing the long game and never being satisfied with expedient answers or self-interested deals. Rather, Candace has cultivated a very strong sense of integrity, one which she has never betrayed.

She envisions herself as someone helping the industry to grow and evolve into a more digital future. In an industry that has been somewhat slow to adopt change, she looks to herself and her peers as being pivotal in driving the human-powered capabilities our digitized future will need.

Candace is an avid sailor, who enjoys trips to Catalina with her husband on their sloop, and she is also proud to have run her first marathon at the beginning of 2020. Her greatest source of pride, however, is her family and being a mom to her 14-year-old daughter, Jackie.

Jenny Wood, CLFP

Jenny Wood, CLFP

Past President

Jennifer (Jenny) Wood is currently the Senior Vice President of Client Services with Orion First Financial, LLC. Jenny “grew up” in the small commercial finance arena and wouldn’t have it any other way. Joining Orion First (from another Leasing Company) in its early stages has given her the opportunity to hold various rolls within the company including Portfolio Management, Taxes, Customer Service, Business Development and most recently her current position in Client Services. Jenny is responsible for identifying how to partner strategically with our clients and improve processes and procedures to increase productivity and profitability for both parties.

Jenny has been in the commercial finance space since 1998 and obtained her CLFP Certification in 2004. She is eager to reach out to the younger generation of the finance industry and really get them involved as they are our future.

Jenny resides in Tacoma, WA and in the Winter month you can always find her watching every football game possible, and in the Summer months practicing her dart game as she holds some high titles in the Pacific Northwest.

Craig Colling, CLFP

Craig Colling, CLFP

Director

Craig Colling – CLFP, Senior Vice President Sales at Ascentium Capital LLC, has 20 years of expertise in the equipment financing industry and is responsible for the leadership of a vendor sales team. Prior to joining Ascentium Capital, Craig was the Vice President of Sales at Paramount Financial Services.

Craig earned his CLFP designation in 2019 and has been active in the CLFP Foundation including organizing and hosting several CLFP exams. Craig actively promotes the CLFP Foundation and its mission of exceptional standards of professional conduct and technical expertise. 

Craig earned his degree in Marketing (BSBA) from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  Craig resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife Asia, son Jack and daughter Dylan.

Nick Gibbens, CLFP

Nick Gibbens, CLFP

Director

Nick Gibbens – CLFP, is the Vice President of Business Development at Wintrust Specialty Finance. In this role he identifies, develops and manages relationships with leasing companies and banks who sell transactions through portfolio sales or one-off opportunities.

Nick began his finance career at US Leasing in San Francisco before moving to Trinity Capital Corporation where he was Vice President of Sales. Trinity was later acquired by Bank of the West. Nick became a Business Unit Manager tasked with expanding the Bank’s national vendor finance programs. Nick also managed the Bank of the West’ broker division supporting the 3rd Party segment of equipment finance originations. Nick joined Wintrust Specialty Finance in 2018 in his current role as business development manager.

Nick is a current member of the ELFA’s Small Ticket Business Steering Council and has been active in supporting industry related initiatives throughout his career. Nick obtained his CLFP in 2016. He resides in Marin County California with his wife and three grown children where he is an active mountain biker, hiker, and competitive sailor.

Ben Hall, CLFP

Ben Hall, CLFP

Director

Ben Hall, CLFP has over 13 years’ experience in compliance, operations, and legal areas of the equipment finance industry after spending his early career with a nonprofit.  He joined U.S. Bank Equipment Finance in 2022 as Senior Counsel, focusing on small ticket and government transactions as well as training and document development. Ben received his law degree and MBA from the University of Colorado. He lives in Colorado where he enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and watching the Colorado Avalanche.
Brent Hall, CLFP

Brent Hall, CLFP

Director

Brent Hall is the Senior Vice President for Alliance Funding Group (“AFG”). A thirty-two-year veteran in the equipment lease and finance industry, he was most recently the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Capital, a 20-year small ticket equipment lease and finance company before being acquired by and joining AFG in early 2020. Brent has held various board positions within in the equipment lease and finance industry including the UAEL Board and Executive Board and was the founding President of the NEFA. Brent currently serves on the small ticket business council for the ELFA is also a current member of the CLFP Foundation Board of Directors.
Mikki Henkelman, CLFP

Mikki Henkelman, CLFP

Director

Mikki is the VP Credit & Risk at Oakmont Capital Services (OCS). She established a career in the equipment leasing and finance industry in 2007 and joined the OCS team in 2018. She has experience in numerous industry areas while specializing in underwriting, syndications, and credit risk management. At OCS, Mikki oversees the Credit Department and assists with policy compliance, technology implementation, and risk management.

Mikki received a finance degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a minor in communications. She earned her Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation in 2016. She received recognition in 2021 as a Monitor NextGen Leader. She is an advocate of the CLFP designation, believing it is a benefit to anyone in the industry regardless of their experience or specialty.

Mikki resides in Minnesota with her husband, Dustin, and three children. When she isn’t shuttling her children to their activities, she enjoys spending time outdoors and peaceful time at the lake.

Theresa Kabot, CLFP

Theresa Kabot, CLFP

Director

Theresa is the founder of Kabot Commercial Leasing (KCL) and K2 Funding Group. The company operates two divisions: the third-party origination division which has been operating since 1996 and an in-house portfolio of equipment finance contracts that commenced in 2014. Theresa is active in the day-to-day originations of contracts that are brokered to banks and funding sources at KCL. She is also involved in the underwriting of the transactions booked at K2 Funding. She founded the company at the age of 27 and earned her CLFP designation in 1996.

Theresa is an active member of the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) and the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB). She currently serves on the CLFP Foundation Board of Directors and the 2021 Monitor Editorial Board. In 2019, Monitor magazine recognized her as one of the fifty most influential leaders in equipment finance. She is a past president of the CLFP Foundation, has served on the UAEL Board of Directors, volunteers on numerous committees with NEFA, AACFB as well as numerous industry associations in which her company specializes. Theresa has been an instructor for the Institute for Leasing Professionals, NEFA education videos and author for articles in Monitor magazine, NEFA Newsline, as well as AACFB Commercial Break.

In her spare time Theresa enjoys biking the numerous trails throughout Puget Sound, sketching in charcoal, yoga and playing with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Chewbacca. Theresa and her husband Frank have a ranch in the mountains of Colorado and look forward to retiring there one day.

Paul Knowlton, CLFP

Paul Knowlton, CLFP

Director

Paul Knowlton is a National Program Manager with Huntington National Bank, formerly TCF Capital Solutions. His focus is on developing and delivering effective vendor programs with manufacturers and distributors of capital equipment with a current focus on automotive service collision and repair equipment.

Paul’s 30+ year career spans his partnership in an independent brokerage, the launching a small ticket division within a community bank and building a new asset type for a nation-wide finance company. His experience includes credit, underwriting, portfolio management, and extensive business development.

Paul has been a CLFP since 1995, served as President of UAEL, predecessor of NEFA and has served on the Small Ticket committee of the ELFA. He has provided mentoring and training in the industry throughout his career. Paul has volunteered on the Loan Committee of Working Solutions, a microfinance organization.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, and father of two grown daughters, Paul, with his wife live in Oakland, California. They enjoy traveling, biking, golf and their Peloton.

Eric Mandella, CLFP

Eric Mandella, CLFP

Director

Eric Mandella is Vice President of Corporate Operations at Navitas Credit Corp. His role includes leading the MIT and VIP initiatives which focus on expanding the knowledge and leadership skills of new and existing employees. He also works closely with the sales leaders across the organization to provide domain training, Salesforce.com adoption and best practices.

Eric started his career in financing in New England working with AT&T Capital. A few acquisitions later Eric made the move to Jacksonville, FL with CIT. He worked in a number of capacities over his time there, ultimately leaving in 2008 to join Gary Shivers and a small team to launch Navitas Credit Corp. With increasing responsibilities, he and the team grew the company into a leader in the industry.

Eric enjoys calling Jacksonville, FL home, along with his two sons, Kyle, and Alex. Kyle is following in his dad’s footsteps as he has a position with Navitas as well. Eric loves the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and visiting the beach. He received his CLFP in 2019 and is passionate about bringing others into the foundation. He regularly provides training and assistance to those looking to become certified.

Jill Molitor, CLFP

Jill Molitor, CLFP

Director

Jill Molitor started her career with Stearns Bank in 2001, as a Sales Representative in the Equipment Finance Division. She transitioned to the EFD Credit Team in 2002, and since has laterally expanded learning multiple facets of EFD including sales, credit, documentation, funding, and accounts receivable. She simultaneously gained an understanding of the fraud and compliance areas of EFD of the bank. Roles through her tenure included Credit Supervisor, Credit Manager, Fraud Strategy Officer, and Director of Credit and Fraud Strategy. Jill started learning bank-side credit and related functions along with BSA/AML in 2019 when she accepted the role of Director of Credit and Fraud Strategy. Jill was promoted to Chief Credit Officer in September 2022 with current duties including development, implementation, and oversight of credit and fraud-related efficiencies and best practices, internal controls, actionable reporting, and involvement in credit-related audits to maintain Stearns Bank’s “Credit-Strong” culture and strategic priorities. Her role allows her to work closely with a variety of Teams throughout the organization.

Jill earned her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), CLFP (Certified Lease Finance Professional), and CFCS (Certified Financial Crimes Specialist) certifications, and is currently studying for her Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) certification. Jill is currently attending a year-long Leadership Academy hosted by the Minnesota Bankers Association. Jill serves on a variety of internal committees at Stearns Bank and serves on the CLFP’s ALFP Committee.

Jill is a May 2000 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in business administration.

Jill resides in Richmond, MN with her husband, twin daughters, son, two dogs, and a cat. Jill actively cheers on her kids at their Cross Country, softball, track, and dance. She is an avid runner, starting each day with a 5-mile run, and enjoys spending time at her cabin and volunteering at her church.

Michael "Mic" Mount, CLFP

Michael "Mic" Mount, CLFP

Director

Michael A. “Mic” Mount has been in risk management roles in the equipment finance industry since 2001. He joined U.S. Bank Equipment Finance in 2012 and is currently Senior Vice President and Credit Executive for underwriting (large and small ticket), portfolio review, and document negotiations.

Prior to transitioning to U.S. Bank, Mic was Senior Vice President and Credit Executive at another large regional financial institution, where his responsibilities included oversight of the credit underwriting process and credit teams located in offices in the U.S., Europe, and APAC.

Mic began his career as a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), transitioned into a role as a consultant with a nation-wide bank accounting & consulting firm, and then as commercial lender at a Midwest-based regional bank.

Mr. Mount holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was awarded the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2002. He earned his CLFP designation in 2018. Mic previously served on the University of Colorado Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and as the Association’s Treasurer. He is actively engaged with the ELFA and has been a member of the Credit & Collections Management Conference Committee for many years, including serving as Chair of the Committee from 2016 – 2018. In his free time, Mic enjoys time with his family and dog, the outdoors, and is an avid skier and golfer. He is currently full-time remote and resides in the mountains of Colorado.

Kathy Nordendahl, CLFP

Kathy Nordendahl, CLFP

Director

Katherine (Kathy) Nordendahl is Vice President of 3rd Party Originations Manager with Dedicated Funding, LLC.  She focuses on building and maintaining relationships with 3rd party originators.  Dedicated Funding LLC specializes in application only transactions up to $250,000 for differing credit profile and provide risk base pricing.  Previously she worked with Bank of the West for 19 years in the Equipment Leasing Division. Kathy earned her CLFP designation in May 2006.  Her career has been primarily in sales but over the year’s she has also assisted in credit, documentation, systems, and operations.  She believes that her CLFP designation provided the information she needed to be a strong contributor.   She is a member of the AACFB and NEFA organizations.  Kathy is married with 2 grown children.  Interests includes Mountain Biking, Scuba Diving, and hiking.    

Deborah Reuben, CLFP

Deborah Reuben, CLFP

Director

Deborah “Deb” Reuben, CLFP, DES, is CEO and Founder of TomorrowZone, a technology strategy consultancy inspiring fresh ideas and collaborations to shape the future of business. She encourages new thinking to explore the art of the possible through her extensive technical knowledge, equipment finance experience, and passion for challenging the status quo. Her expertise will enhance and broaden your company’s products and services and create efficiencies that will produce a competitive advantage for your company. 

Her view on digital transformation and future-readiness is radically different with over two decades of innovating, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches innovation experience in finance and software industries. Deborah appreciates and shares with clients and audiences that digital transformation is less about the digital and more about the people. When it comes to thinking about technology, innovation, and the future, you can choose to act today to shape your future. The best investment you can make is investing in what’s between your ears by taking ownership of your personal growth. Everyone, regardless of role, must stay on top of technology and trends to stay ahead of tomorrow.

What surprises most clients is her ability to combine big company thinking and entrepreneurial ideas to create marketplace success. Deb’s clients and audiences include companies like PNC, Wells Fargo, DLL Group, Huntington, Dell, Mitsubishi UFG, Caterpillar, Key Equipment Finance.

She serves on the CLFP Foundation Board of Directors and authored The Certified Lease and Finance Professionals’ Handbook, 6th and 7th, and 8th editions. She served on ELFA’s Board of Directors, chairs the ELFA’s Technology Innovation Working Group. Reuben also served on the Monitor Editorial Advisory Board and co-founded the Disrupted+ conference series with Monitor. She is the recipient of both the CLFP Foundation Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence and the ELFA Michael J. Fleming Distinguished Service Award. Monitor Magazine honored her as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women Leaders in Equipment Finance and, in 2021, named TomorrowZone one of the most innovative companies in the equipment finance ecosystem and honored her as an Industry Disruptor Icon. Learn more at tomorrowzone.io.
Molly Simon, CLFP

Molly Simon, CLFP

Director

Molly Simon – CLFP, Senior Legal Counsel at De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (DLL), has 13 years of legal experience in the equipment financing industry. In her role as in-house counsel, Molly provides legal support to DLL, which includes advising on various legal matters related to the UCC and equipment financing transactions. Prior to joining DLL, Molly was Senior Legal Counsel for U.S. Bank Equipment Finance.
Dave Verkinderen, CLFP

Dave Verkinderen, CLFP

Director

Dave Verkinderen is a Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank and is responsible for U.S. Banks Vendor Markets Business. Mr. Verkinderen began his career in May 1990 with Lyon Financial a privately owned small ticket leasing company. Lyon Financial was acquired by U.S. Bank in September of 2001. Mr. Verkinderen has held several positions within the organization including Credit Analyst, Credit Manager, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, General Manager and Division Head. He also serves as a US Bank Market Leader for the Marshall Minnesota Operations Center. Dave is a past Chapter Advisor for U.S. Banks Development Network and was also part of U.S. Banks Leadership Excellence Executive Development Program.

Education
Mr. Verkinderen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Minnesota State University, in Marshall, MN. He has also completed The Executive Leadership Program at Babson College, Boston, MA. He has also completed the Certified Lease and Finance Professionals examination and has a CLFP designation.

Community and Industry Involvement
Mr. Verkinderen has served on the board of the Legacy Foundation and is a past President. He also has been an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finances Association (ELFA) and served on the Small Ticket and Bank Owned Business Councils and is a past chair. He currently serves on the ELFA Board of Directors. He has also been active with the local Toastmasters Club, Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation, Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Holy Redeemer School Foundation and Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Verkinderen and his wife Krista reside in Marshall, Minnesota along with their two children Hannah and Lily.

Staff

Reid Raykovich, CLFP

Reid Raykovich, CLFP

Chief Executive Officer

Reid Raykovich, CLFP, is the CEO at the Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation. Reid took over the Foundation in 2012 and has grown the membership by over 720%. In 2014, she was honored with the Foundation’s Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence.

Reid began her career in the commercial equipment finance industry at Great American Insurance where she obtained her CLFP designation. She has also held various positions at McCommon Leasing, Irwin Commercial Finance and Financial Pacific Leasing where she was presented the “Above and Beyond Leadership” Award. She was also given the Leasing News Person of the Year Award in 2016, was named as one of the top 50 most powerful and influential women in the industry by Monitor magazine in 2019, and also named as the 2020 Pioneer Icon by Monitor.

Reid has authored and co-authored several articles regarding certification and continuing education and has spoken on various panels and presented at many industry conference sessions. In 2018, she traveled to Australia and spoke in three cities regarding the certification.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with minors in Classics and Business from the University of Washington where she graduated magna cum laude in two and a half years.

In her spare time, she loves crafting and making gifts for others. She has a daughter Milla and a loving cat Toonces who keep her on her toes.

Mel Vinson, CLFP

Mel Vinson, CLFP

VP of Marketing and Development

Melissa “Mel” Vinson, CLFP, is the Vice President of Marketing and Development at the Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation.

Mel is a native of Portland, Oregon and a graduate of Oregon State University. She began her career in banking with U.S. Bank back in 2012 and found that this was a great path for her – there was so much to learn and so many avenues for growth in the industry. Mel started in consumer banking where her passion to help her customers better understand the ins and outs of finance yielded great success and built many positive relationships. This quickly blossomed into eagerness to help business customers succeed financially. Mel moved into the Equipment Finance division of U.S. Bank a few years later and found that Leasing and Finance was truly where she belonged.

After becoming CLFP certified, Mel was ready to give back and support future CLFPs obtain their certifications and immediately began volunteering to teach ALFP courses. Mel’s joy to help others and enthusiasm for education helped launch her into the new Director role with the CLFP foundation.

In her spare time, Mel loves hiking, exploring the Pacific Northwest, photography, and running races including the world’s largest relay, Hood to Coast.

Sandy Vigilia

Sandy Vigilia

Executive Administrator

Sandy is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in the Seattle area, she has experienced several diversified positions within many companies. Prior to the CLFP Foundation, she worked at Vivien Maier and Associates for eleven years as the Executive Administrator. She began her career in the legal industry, working for attorneys on Mercer Island, WA. The majority of her experience has been as the Executive Assistant to company presidents, sales managers, and large corporations’ executives. She was employed for more than 10 years as the Lead Section Assistant in a Northwest engineering firm where she supported 35 engineers in the wastewater department and received the “Pathfinders Program of Excellence Award.

Phone: 206-535-6281   |   Email: sandy@clfpfoundation.org

CLFP Partnership Program

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation is a not-for-profit organization and we are grateful to those companies and individuals who have graciously donated not only their time, but money as well. Please contact our CEO, Reid Raykovich, CLFP via reid@CLFPfoundation.org or call (206) 535-6281 to discuss your generous donation.

If you are a corporation interested in donating to the Foundation, you can learn more about the benefits of our Annual Partnership Program below.

Committees

The committees below are responsible for generating new ideas and the support to see them become reality. A committee may, depending upon its charter and specific needs, have a number of subcommittees to help divide the activities into more manageable chunks. CLFPs are encouraged to take the opportunity to get involved and help advance the CLFP Vision. Are you a CLFP in Good Standing? Email today to get involved with your Foundation!

 

Body of Knowledge Committee

This committee supports the ongoing update of the Body of Knowledge which is reviewed and edited annually.

Kevin Prykull, CLFP (Chair)
Eric Bunnell, CLFP
Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP
Tina Cartwright, CLFP
Steve Crane, CLFP
Ben Hall, CLFP
Reid Raykovich, CLFP
Deborah Reuben, CLFP
Lia Wax, CLFP

Polices and Procedures Committee

This committee reviews the Foundation’s policies and procedures, suggest additions, revisions, and other edits.

Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP (Chair)
Mikki Henkelman, CLFP
Mic Mount, CLFP
Kathy Nordendahl, CLFP 

Recertification Committee

This committee determines the subject(s) and comprises the content for the annual industry knowledge review.

Kevin Prykull, CLFP (Chair)
Mikki Henkelman, CLFP
Theresa Kabot, CLFP
Mic Mount, CLFP
Reid Raykovich, CLFP
Candace Reinhart, CLFP
Molly Simon, CLFP
Lia Wax, CLFP

Marketing Committee

This committee supports the strategic initiatives for the Foundation each year which are determined by the Board of Directors.

Alison Taylor, CLFP (Chair)
Rachel Chesley, CLFP
Keara Piekanski
Nick Ross, CLFP
Mel Vinson, CLFP

Vetting Committee

Responsible for choosing nominees among CLFPs in Good Standing to stand for election to open positions on the CLFP Board of Directors for the current year and placing interested CLFPs on committees.

Jenny Wood, CLFP (Chair)
Jill Brothers, CLFP
Mikki Henkelman, CLFP
Paul Knowlton, CLFP
Larry LaChance, CLFP

ALFP Committee

This committee is focused on instruction retention and engagement.

Mel Vinson, CLFP (Chair)
Andy Belliveau, CLFP
Mike Cohen, CLFP
Eric Mandella, CLFP
Mike McDonald, CLFP
Jill Molitor, CLFP
Daniel Nelson, CLFP
John Pfister, CLFP
Reid Raykovich, CLFP

Engagement Committee

This committee is working to create a program to actively engage CLFPs on an annual basis. The goal is to keep CLFPs connected to their designation and the activities of the foundation.

Daniel Nelson, CLFP (Chair)
Krishna Agrawal, CLFP
Craig Colling, CLFP
Katie Crawford, CLFP
Theresa Kabot, CLFP
Paul Knowlton, CLFP
Candace Reinhart, CLFP
Lee Ritter, CLFP

Benchmarking Committee

This committee researches other professional associations, their product/service offerings, requirements, membership benefits, etc. and then reports back to the Foundation Board.

Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP (Chair)
Nate Gibbons, CLFP
Craig Colling, CLFP

Welcome Committee

This committee reaches out to new CLFPs and Associates in order to foster a welcoming community.

Candace Reinhart, CLFP (Chair)
Caprice Archer, CLFP
Craig Colling, CLFP
Tracey Elfering, CLFP
Theresa Kabot, CLFP
Mike McDonald, CLFP
Kersten Pelton, CLFP

CLFPs in Good Standing

This is a comprehensive list of all Certified Lease & Finance Professionals who are currently in Good Standing and are granted the right to use the CLFP letters (except those noted as an Associate).

If you feel there are any errors, please contact Reid Raykovich, CLFP reid@CLFPfoundation.org or call (206) 535-6281.

Testimonials

 

David T. Schaefer, CLFP, Orion First Financial

I wanted to set myself apart from others early on in my career and obtaining my CLFP certification certainly helped to distinguish myself within the lease and finance industry. When I founded Orion First Financial I wanted our management team to be well rounded, experienced and talented individuals committed to our industry. All but one of our senior managers is a CLFP. Our junior managers also see the value of certification and some have already obtained their CLFP certification. I expect that all of our managers will strive to achieve and become Certified Lease & Finance Professionals once they are eligible.

Nancy A Geary, CPA, CLFP ECS Financial Services, Inc

I believe the CLFP designation gives ECS Financial Services, Inc. an additional level of credibility. While our CPA designation says we know accounting, the CLFP designation tells clients and prospects that we also understand the leasing industry. Obtaining the CLFP designation was a great start to establishing a reputation of expertise in the industry, which I believe is critical to the success of any service provider.

Theresa Kabot, CLFP, Kabot Commercial Leasing

When I first entered the industry I understood CLFP stood for knowledge, credibility and integrity – the characteristics I want for myself and my company. For the last 13 years the CLFP designation has played a major role in our success in establishing relationships with banks and funding sources. Better business means doing business with a CLFP.

Kevin Clune, CLFP, Clune and Company LC

We decided to make the CLFP program the centerpoint of an employee continuing education and training program. While not specifically designed for that purpose it is a great way to train employees and expose them to all of the facets of the leasing and financing industry. Each of our employees had the option to participate or not. Whether or not they decided to sit for the test, all involved gained a broader and deeper knowledge of the industry as well as a higher level of confidence in their job skills.

Donna Wesemann, CLFP, Navitas Credit Corp.

During a troubling time in our industry when “leasing” was experiencing some negative media and our industry was misunderstood, I felt it important for vendors and customers to know they were working with a qualified and credible expert. I was also looking for a way to take my career up to the next level and pursue job advancement. The President of our company at that time, Ken Collins, had suggested taking the CLFP courses and exam. Studying and taking the exam has made me more confident and positive. It has had a major impact on my professional progress by having my level of expertise understood and recognized. During my many years in leasing and finance, my job responsibilities required the evaluation and decisions on choosing the right indirect business partners to develop a funding relationship with. Prospects that displayed the CLFP designation, distinguished themselves as individuals and companies with a reputation of integrity, expertise and a higher standard of ethical practices. These were the individuals and companies that I choose to focus on and work with.

Jack Harvey, CLFP, Enterprise Financial Solutions, Inc

I wanted to obtain my CLFP status for several reasons. First and foremost, I believe that to serve your customers well one must have superior product knowledge. I believe in customer relationships and one significant value that we can add to the customer relationship is knowledge to help our customers with their financial decisions. Also, the CLFP status and the knowledge that it brings, gives me the confidence to talk to knowledgeable customers about their companies’ financial opportunities. Finally, it was a personal challenge and goal to be the best that I can be in my industry. I believe that EVERY broker in our industry should have the CLFP Handbook in their library and a goal to be a CLFP. Our industry would be a better place to work for all.

Bruce Winter, CLFP, FSG Leasing Inc

By earning the CLFP designation, an individual demonstrates they have not only mastered a comprehensive knowledge base reflecting all aspects of the equipment leasing and financing industry but they also have proven they possess solid work and study habits necessary to pass the CLFP exam. When I see the letters “CLFP” on a business card, I see a person who was willing to undertake a challenge and accomplish a significant professional goal. Only those that have truly absorbed the many facets of our industry can reasonably expect to earn their certification. In my eyes, those individuals recognized as CLFP’s have proven they have a comprehensive skill set that will undoubtedly serve them well throughout their career.

Rosanne M Wilson, CLFP, 1st Independent Leasing, Inc

Carrying those 4 little letters (CLFP) after my name on all my business cards and correspondence has given me a vote of confidence by my Vendors and Lessees. They have told me they feel a real sense of security knowing they are dealing with the best of the breed.

David A. Normandin, CLFP, Wintrust Speciality Finance

The CLFP designation is our industry standard of excellence. I believe that this designation makes the statement that Banc of California is committed to being the best in class lessor within our industry. Additionally, the designation is a differentiating factor with our vendors and customers that distinguishes us from our competitors. Finally, the CLFP network is full of the brightest minds in our industry and is an invaluable resource to help grow my business.

Spencer Richman, CLFP, AFN Equipment Leasing & Financing Services

I use my CLFP designation as a means of differentiating myself from the rest of my competition. I find that I can effectively use my CLFP designation, along with my other professional association service and recognition, to show potential vendors and lessees that my company is something different. I explain to them that what it all means is that they can TRUST us to treat them (or their clients) professionally, honestly, and ethically. It means that we have competitive pricing, and thorough industry knowledge with which to serve them and their clients.

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