The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation announces its 2023-2024 Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Lia Wax, CLFP is the Vice President of Operations at Financial Pacific Leasing and will serve as President of the Board.

“I’m truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve as president of this incredible board, states Ms. Wax. “I have long since believed in this organization and the designation, so to be given the opportunity to serve as its president is a dream come true.”

CLFP Foundation CEO Reid Raykovich, CLFP, added, “Lia and I attended the same CLFP preparation class together back in the mid-2000s and also worked together while I was at Financial Pacific Leasing. She has always been a trusted leader, a wealth of knowledge and has volunteered at every opportunity given. We are lucky to have her serve as President and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2023 has in store for the Foundation.”

In addition to Ms. Wax, the Executive Committee includes:
Vice President – Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP, Senior Vice President of Finance, First American Equipment Finance
Treasurer – Mike McDonald, CLFP, Treasury Director, CoreTech Leasing
Secretary – Candace Reinhart, CLFP, COO, CXO, CoreTech Leasing
Immediate Past President – Jenny Wood, CLFP, Senior Vice President of Client Services, Orion First Financial

The Board of Directors include:
Craig Colling, CLFP, Senior Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital, LLC
Nick Gibbens, CLFP, Vice President of Business Development, Wintrust Specialty Finance
Ben Hall, CLFP, Senior Counsel, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
Brent Hall, CLFP, Senior Vice President, Alliance Funding Group
Michelle “Mikki” Henkelman, Vice President of Credit and Risk, Oakmont Capital Services
Theresa Kabot, CLFP, Founder, Kabot Commercial Leasing and K2 Funding
Paul Knowlton, CLFP, National Program Manager, Huntington National Bank
Larry LaChance, CLFP, President, Bankers Capital
Eric Mandella, CLFP, Vice President of Corporate Operations, Navitas Credit Corp.
Jill Molitor, CLFP, CFE, CFCS, Chief Credit Officer, Stearns Bank
Michael “Mic” Mount, CLFP, Senior Vice President and Credit Executive, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
Kathy Nordendahl, CLFP, Vice President of 3rd Party Originations Manager, Dedicated Funding, LLC
Deborah “Deb” Reuben, CLFP, DES, CEO and Founder, TomorrowZone
Molly Simon, CLFP, Senior Legal Counsel, DLL
Dave Verkinderen, CLFP, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

About the CLFP Foundation
The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the commercial equipment finance industry. There are Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates located throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, India, Africa, and Australia. For more information, visit