Guy Klingler, Co-Founder and Former President of First American, Makes Equity Investment and Joins the Innovation Finance, Board of Directors

May 16, 2018

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Kelly Armbruster, Innovation Finance Marketing Manager
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FAIRPORT, NY, April 25, 2018 ─ Today, Guy Klingler announced a significant equity investment in Innovation Finance USA LLC.

“Guy has been a close personal friend and a respected business colleague for two decades,” said Bill Verhelle, CEO of Innovation Finance. “I’m honored and grateful for Guy’s longstanding friendship and support. We are delighted to have Guy’s participation in this exciting new venture,” added Verhelle.

After co-founding of First American Equipment Finance, one of the most successful commercial finance businesses in the U.S., Klingler served as its President and Verhelle served as CEO.

“At the heart of Innovation Finance is a culture that embraces change to create opportunity,” said Klingler, “I’m thrilled to be supporting and working with a team I already know and respect. Innovation Finance is spearheading an important redirection in the commercial equipment finance industry. I am honored to be part of it.”

Before founding First American, Klingler assisted with the formation and management of Oliver-Allen Corporation's successful computer leasing division in San Francisco, now part of US Bank’s commercial equipment finance business.

Innovation Finance is a new commercial equipment finance business offering large, creditworthy borrowers fast, transparent and cost-effective financing solutions. The company is headquartered at 30 Liftbridge Lane E., Suite 200, Fairport, NY 14450-1575. For more information about Innovation Finance, please call 585 207 0100 or visit