Lessors Network Finalizes Agenda for Independent Lessors Forum

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Equipment Leasing Veteran, John O. Semon to host final equipment leasing and finance showcase from the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead.

I am hoping to see a lot of old friends this July.

On July 30 the Lessors Network (http://www.lessors.com) will open its annual equipment leasing and finance showcase from the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead hotel in Atlanta, GA. This year the Lessors Network will showcase privately held independent lease finance companies and their funding sources. The following list of companies and speakers are confirmed to participate:

  •     American Equipment Finance | Richard A. Baccaro | President
  •     AXIS Capital, Inc.| Brett Frevert | CFO
  •     Bankers Capital | Larry LaChance | President
  •     GreatAmerica Leasing | Chris Walker | Vice President, Business Development
  •     ICON | Michael Reisner | Co-President & Co-CEO
  •     Madison Capital LLC | Allan Levine | COO
  •     Marks & Weinberg P.C. | Barry Marks | Shareholder
  •     Monitor | Stuart Papavassiliou | Senior Editor
  •     Monitor | Michael A. Toglia | Executive Vice President
  •     Relational Technology Solutions | Mike Ross | SVP - Portfolio Management
  •     SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp.| Kurt Henning | Vice President
  •     Tennessee Commerce Bank | Mike Trent | AVP
  •     United Leasing | Rick Schultz | Chief Financial Officer

General Session Presentations

Stuart Papavassiliou, Senior Editor for the equipment leasing industry's leading trade publication, Monitor, will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Papavassiliou will present the results of the Monitor's recent survey of privately held independents, ranking the top 25 companies and sharing insights into the business dynamics driving these entrepreneurs.

The Lessors Network has also invited special guest speaker Barry S. Marks from Marks & Weinberg, P.C. to speak on "Structuring Syndications: A Fair and Balanced View". Mr. Mark's presentation will cover (1) Types of Syndications (Sales, Discounting and Participations), when they are best used and some common issues and exposures; (2) Recourse issues such as reps and warrants, UNL's, buybacks and indemnities; and (3) Residual support. Attendees are invited to submit questions in advance for Mr. Marks to address during his presentation.

General Session Presentations will also feature a list of alternating industry executives introducing their companies and providing overviews of their markets, credit cultures and funding/investment strategies enabling Attendees in the audience to easily identify and evaluate prospective new origination and/or funding channels.

Attendee Profiles

Traditional with Lessors Network events, total attendance is purposely limited to enhance networking benefits for an exclusive audience. All attendees are asked to bring 100 printed Attendee Profiles on letterhead. Attendee Profiles, include a brief description of the attendee's company, products, services and contact data, are made available to all attendees from Attendee Profile tables in the Networking Suite.

The Networking Suite

The Networking Suite provides a warm and relaxed enclave of elegance facilitating private discussions between Attendees, Exhibitors and Speaker representatives in a delightful "Business Club" ambiance. Open all day, the Networking Suite offers comfortable seating and refreshments while tabletop exhibits provide convenient access to Exhibitors promotional materials.

The Real Deal Showcase

At the end of the day, the Real Deal Showcase, a casual networking forum where people are invited from the audience to the microphone to briefly describe deals they have available for funding, facilitates matching the sellers with the buyers in the audience. In the past this forum has introduced over $100 million in funding opportunities.

Past Participants

Past participants to Lessors Network events have included representatives of Bank of America, Caterpillar Financial, CIT Group, CitiCapital Commercial, De Lage Landen Public Finance, Dell Financial, Deutsche Financial Services, Fleet Capital Leasing, GATX Capital, GE Commercial Equipment Finance, GMAC Commercial Finance, Hillcrest Bank, IBM Global Financing, Key Equipment Finance Group, LEAF Financial Corporation, Madison Capital, LLC, Marlin Leasing Corp., M&I First National Leasing Corp., Michigan Heritage Bank, Mitsui Rail Capital, Oracle Credit Corporation, ORIX Financial Services Inc., Pacific Rim Capital, Inc, Pitney Bowes Financial, RBS Lombard, Inc., Relational Funding Corporation, Republic Financial Corp, Siemens Financial Services, Sony Financial Services, Southern Community Bank, Sterling Bank Leasing, Summit Funding Group, Inc., Sun Trust Leasing, TIP Capital, United Capital, US Bancorp, Vendor Financial Services, Wachovia Leasing & Equipment, Wells Fargo.

John O. Semon, founder of the Lessors Network advises this will likely be the final in a series of annual showcases the industry veteran has hosted over the past decade. "To show our appreciation for the years of support from the equipment leasing and finance industry we have reduced all registration cost for speakers, exhibitors and attendees participating in this final showcase," Semon commented. "I am hoping to see a lot of old friends this July."

Limited Attendee Registration is currently available on a first come basis - Two Attendees for $550. To learn more about the Independent Lessors Forum, visit http://www.lessors.com/2008_ielff_overview.html.


The Lessor Network is one of the oldest and most visited sites on the Internet when searching for equipment lease finance news, events and resources. The Lessors Network collects, standardizes and disseminates data relevant to equipment finance origination, funding, technology and administrative resources - plus breaking news and events - for a global equipment finance network. Visit the Lessors Network - http://www.lessors.com.


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