Announcing NEFA's New Executive Director and CEO Chad Sluss

August 27, 2020

[Thursday, August 27, 2020] The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Sluss, MSA as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Michael Toglia, who will be leaving the role of Executive Director in September. Toglia was appointed to the Executive Director role in 2018. Sluss will take the helm of the organization on September 1, 2020 with a brief transition period planned to ensure a seamless exchange for the association.

Sluss comes to NEFA with extensive leadership experience having held various positions in strategic marketing and communications, operations, business development, member services and retention. Including his most recent position where he spent nearly 13 years working for an international membership organization offering strategic leadership, management and services to members and clients worldwide.

“I’m honored to be joining the National Equipment Finance Association and pleased the Board of Directors have entrusted me to serve as your next Executive Director” said Sluss. “NEFA is very important to the industry and provides a community of professionals with the opportunity to network, learn, share best practices, and develop longstanding relationships. I look forward to partnering with the NEFA Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, members at large, staff and key stakeholders to further enhance the organization and the value it offers to the membership. I hope, when it’s safe, to see you at a future NEFA event.”

Daryn Lecy, VP Operations, of Oakmont Capital Services, LLC, NEFA President and Chairman of the Board, said: “I am extremely excited to welcome Chad to NEFA, he comes to us with extensive association management experience and a wealth of knowledge of working with members and managing conferences. Chad has a passion for small businesses and our membership that supports that large population. He thoroughly enjoys networking and has a history of developing strong member relationships by working to bring value to them. Chad’s energy and vision for the future of NEFA make him a great choice to navigate the current environment and lead us to new heights!”

Lecy goes on to say, “I would like to thank Mike Toglia for his time and efforts leading NEFA the last couple years, which included the exciting release of our new website! I wish him the best and look forward to continuing to see Mike at future NEFA events.”

Toglia added, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as NEFA’s Executive Director. Leaving the position was a difficult decision, but I am very confident Chad and the Board of Directors will do a spectacular job of leading the association to new heights in the future. I would like to thank the Boards of Directors and all NEFA members for their support during my tenure, and I look forward to seeing everyone at a future NEFA event.”

The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) is a national association serving small to mid-sized independent equipment finance companies, lessors, and brokers. NEFA is a strong association offering enhanced educational programs and premium networking opportunities with broad geographic and industry segment diversity. The mission of NEFA is to provide a forum for members to pursue personal and professional growth and promote ethical business practices through advocacy, networking, and industry involvement. For more information, visit: or call: 847-380-5050.