National Equipment Finance Summit Breaks Record Attendance

March 26, 2018

Contact: Gerry Egan
Executive Director & CEO
(847) 380-5050 x 103


National Equipment Finance Summit Breaks Record Attendance

Las Vegas, Nevada (March 26, 2018) – A record setting number of equipment finance professionals from across the US and Canada met for lively networking, focused educational sessions, and meetings with leading edge exhibitors at the National Equipment Finance Association’s 2018 Finance Summit from March 14th through March 16th, at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa.

Chairperson for this year’s Finance Summit was Tina Cawthorn, CLFP, of Orange Commercial Credit. “I always enjoy meeting with the my fellow NEFA members” said Cawthorn, “so it was a pleasure to be asked to be the Chairperson for this event and especially for one which was so well attended.”

According to NEFA Executive Director & CEO, Gerry Egan, this year’s Summit set several new records for the close-knit group. “At just over 325, we registered the largest number of people we’ve ever registered for a NEFA conference. For our first time ever, we also had to turn away exhibitors because we ran out of space. We were also pleased to have a large number of first time attendees and new members attend this conference and we booked the most room nights we’ve ever booked at a conference hotel” said Egan. “And on top of that, we had the most number of people stay until the very end!” he added.

Mike Coon, CLFP, of Amur Equipment Finance, NEFA’s President and Board Chairman, said, “This year’s Summit was a very successful meeting on a lot of levels. The energy, confidence and optimism of the attendees was exciting to be a part of.”

At lunch on Thursday, Coon briefed the attendees about the current status of the association and the search for an Executive Director to replace Egan when he retires in October of this year.

Egan spoke to the attendees during the lunch on Thursday about the development and impact of NEFA’s Online Learning Center.

On Wednesday morning, before the Summit kickoff, a golfing fund-raiser was held to benefit NEFA’s Chris Walker Education Fund.

Randy Haug, of LeaseTeam, Inc., Chris Lerma, CLFP, of AP Equipment Finance, Nancy Geary, CPA, CLFP, of ECS Financial Services, Inc., Hugh Swandel of The Alta Group and Chris Enbom, CLFP, of AP Equipment Finance, the Fund’s Directors, organized the event, which raised some five thousand dollars, and were on hand during Thursday’s lunch to thank the golfers and speak to attendees about the Fund. Randy Haug recognized the event’s winners and then presented some other prizes to some of the other golfers at the luncheon.

About National Equipment Finance Association

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.