The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation announced the 2020 Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence during the CLFP Celebration Day on August 20th, and officially presented it to Andrew Eller, CLFP of First American Equipment Finance (FAEF) during the monthly Foundation Board Call on September 10th.  The award was created in 2012 to acknowledge the CLFP who has contributed the most to the industry and best represents the CLFP ideals for the year. Nominees are submitted by the CLFP membership and the final winner is voted on by the CLFP Board of Directors.

FAEF has 133 CLFPs and Associates and employs two of the nine Cindy Spurdle Award winners.  Alan Sikora, CLFP and CEO at First American stated, “The CLFP program has enabled hundreds of professionals to gain a deeper understanding of our industry.  At First American, it is a fundamental component of our professional development strategy.  Andrew’s commitment to his colleagues and our industry is inspiring.”

“It is an honor to be recognized as the recipient of the 2020 Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence.  The contributions that were made this year to successfully pivot the Foundation’s operating procedures to digital experiences truly speaks to the resiliency of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, partnering organizations, current and prospective CLFPs.  We have continued to grow and strengthen our CLFP community through the pandemic and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a contributing factor to this success. Thank you to the Foundation and all CLFPs for your unwavering dedication to continually educate our industry,” added Andrew Eller, CLFP.

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