The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that seven individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam, have passed, including the first CLFP in Africa.  They are:

  1. Todd Chase, CLFP – Senior Vice President – Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
  2. Jacob Griffin, CLFP – Vice President – Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
  3. Rhonda Howlett, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Key Equipment Finance
  4. Thomas Long, CLFP Associate – Broker, Impact Commercial Capital
  5. Katoh Hamadou Kone, CLFP – Head of Retail & SME Banking, BICICI, BNP Paribas Group
  6. Chad Schaffner, CLFP – Vice President of Sales, Ascentium Capital LLC
  7. Armando Yepez, CLFP – Senior Business Development Manager, Wintrust Commercial Finance

Mr. Kone, the first African CLFP attended the IDS online ALFP stated, “Getting this certification was important to me because it gave me more skills and knowledge in the field of leasing and equipment finance. There is something to do and I am eager to play a significant role in the development of this field to provide a better and well fitted financial solution in a country where only 15% of the equipment market is financed.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 979 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada, India, Africa and Australia. For more information, visit