Speakers

Rob Addison, Sentra Funding, LLC

Rob Addison has over 20 years’ experience in the equipment leasing and commercial loan origination sector including roles in all departments such as sales, operations, and funding. Sentra Funding was launched in 2009 with a focus on expanding product offerings from only equipment leasing into options such as SBA 7a Express Loans and working capital. To date Sentra Funding has now developed a diverse set of strategic partnerships, funding sources, investors and lenders to service term loans, credit lines, real estate, asset-based lending, receivables, and hard money loans. He is a graduate of Texas State University in 1998 and a US Army Veteran.

Bob Bell, United Funding


Bob’s first exposure to leasing came as a VP of Sales & Marketing for a computer integrator who promoted leasing as a way to increase sales. He later worked for a NYSE firm in their corporate finance department syndicating leasing limited partnerships. In 1993 he opened his leasing brokerage firm, Independent Leasing Associates. He was elected to the NAELB Board in 2000 and later that year earned the CLP (currently CLFP) designation and in 2003 he was elected President of NAELB/AACFB. Bob co-wrote Broker 101 in 2007 that was taught for many years at the Annual Conferences.

Tina Cawthorn, Orange Commercial Credit

Tina Cawthorn has over 30 years’ experience in the financing industry including equipment financing, ABL and invoice factoring platforms. Tina’s career began at GE Colonial Pacific Leasing before it was part of the GE family of companies and known only as Colonial Pacific Leasing Co. From there Tina spent 9 years with Textron Financial; first in their Vendor Finance Division and then their Asset Based Lending Division. While with these companies she held roles in Customer Service, Operations, Credit and Sales and Marketing. Since 2009 Tina has worked as a Business Development Officer with Orange Commercial Credit, which provides invoice factoring

Laura Estrada, Preferred Capital Funding, Inc.

Laura Estrada is a vital part of the family-owned business, Preferred Capital Funding. She handles marketing, processing and closing different types of commercial loans. Her expertise is in equipment and transportation.  Laura graduated from the University of Georgia and has worked for several large companies in marketing and sales. She enjoys working with and offering options for clients seeking commercial loans. Preferred Capital Funding, Inc., became a member of the AACFB (NAELB) in 2014.

Jantzen Fugate, Business Loan Broker Academy

Jantzen Fugate is a serial entrepreneur who's had many successes and some epic failures in the small business lending industry. He was named to the V100 in Utah, a list of the top 100 entrepreneurs. In 2015, he built out his business loan brokerage and it was voted to be in the Top 20 best companies to work for and in 2016, they were voted into the Top 15 best companies to work for in the state of Utah. He owns multiple businesses, one of which is the Business Loan Broker Academy, an online training platform built for coaching, mentoring, and training over 2,000 brokers.

Ron Gonzales, BSB Leasing, Inc.

Ron Gonzales is the Chief Operating Officer with BSB Leasing, Inc.  His primary duties include running all aspects of day to day operations, including overseeing Credit, Contracts and Funding. In addition, Ron is responsible for supporting business development that includes expanding and developing broker and funding relationships. Ron is a 22-year veteran of the equipment finance industry. Previous positions include, sales representative with Piedmont Capital, Funding coordinator with Imperial Business credit, Credit Manager, BSB Leasing along with various other titles and positions with BSB Leasing Inc. These positions afforded Ron with a solid understanding of all aspects with finance companies as a broker and funder.  He received his Certified Leasing & Finance Professional (CLFP) designation in 2016.

Adrian Hebig, Channel Partners Capital

Adrian Hebig joined Channel Partners Capital in June 2018 and is Chief Operations Officer in charge of sales, marketing, underwriting and production operations. In his 30-year career, Adrian has managed and led business units in leasing, asset-based lending, factoring, encompassing sales and operations across vendor, healthcare and bank finance platforms. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Larry Kendrick, Preferred Capital Funding

Larry Kendrick began his finance career in the trucking and equipment leasing industry in 2009 after graduating from the University of Alabama and serving in the U.S. Navy.  With a strong background in business and commercial equipment he co-founded Preferred Capital Funding, Inc, which acquires financing for several industries including medical, dental, restaurants, hotels, construction equipment, trucks, trailers, working capital and equipment loans. Larry also began delving into the commercial real estate financing approximately 10 years ago.  This led to his knowledge and a solid background in several SBA and commercial loans. Larry has been a long-time member of AACFB and NEFA.

Linda Kester, Institute for Personal Development

Linda Kester is a bestselling author, success coach and marketing guru. She’s helped countless people transform their sales results with her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars, and book. The Leasing Power Tools Press bestseller, 366 Marketing Tips for Equipment Leasing continues to sell twelve years after it was published. Linda and her work have appeared in a variety of media outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Selling Power Magazine, and The Monitor.

Bradon Marshall, C.H. Brown Co., Inc.

Bradon is the President of C.H. Brown Company (CHB), a nationwide equipment finance company that provides alternative finance options for small business owners. He knows the ins and outs of the equipment finance business and has taken CHB to the next level through advancements in technology, underwriting and sales strategies.  Bradon graduated with honors from West Texas A&M University with a dual degree in Business and Education.

Jaci Miller, ConnectedFi

Jaci Miller is with ConnectedFi, a company that has built a cloud-based deal flow management system side by side with AACFB brokers.  In addition to speaking with brokers, funders, and vendors on a daily basis, Jaci flew to 5 different states to sit with and shadow brokers to truly understand their day-to-day process and their needs. She joined AACFB a little over a year ago and has since joined the Education Committee and is also now the Chair of the Membership Committee.  Jaci went to Metropolitan State University of Denver and still resides in Colorado with her husband and two children.

Gerry Oestreich, ABC Leasing & Financing

Gerry Oestreich entered the equipment leasing business in 1979. He opened a new office for Beneficial Commercial Corp, who had just purchased Parliament Leasing and worked for them until opening his own brokerage. In the 1990’s he became one of the founding members of the NAELB and later served as president of the Board of Directors. He sold his business to First Niagara in 2004 but later started ABC Leasing & Financing, which he currently runs out of his home in New York. Gerry recently brought his son Gregory into the business and is passing on his knowledge to the next generation.

Sandy Olds, Channel Partners Capital

Sandy recently joined Channel Partners after retiring from U.S. Bank after a 38-year career. Her last 18 years were exclusive to the Equipment Finance division where Sandy managed a Sales Team that offered a lease product through the branch network.  Sandy graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. degree in Social Studies/Secondary Education.

Barry Ripes, PayNet

Barry is Vice President – Financial Institutions Leader at PayNet an Equifax Co. Barry has been at PayNet for 13 years and has led Sales, Pre-Sale Support, and Solutions Delivery. Prior to joining PayNet Barry spent 19 years in the financial services industry. He was president and founder of Struan Partners, LLC, a futures broker group in US Treasuries at the Chicago Board of Trade. Barry has served on the Service Providers Business Council of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, for four years, and led a PayNet Company LeasePac campaign from 2013 - 2019. At the CBOT, Barry served on many committees including membership, and was Chairman of the Treasury Bond Pit Committee. He was also involved in the Traders Foundation, a non-profit children’s charity organization, and currently The Kevin Kaler Brightside Foundation.

Brenton Russell, Bryn Mawr Funding

Brenton got his start in the leasing industry in March of 2015 at Bryn Mawr Funding. He graduated from Penn State University and Southern New Hampshire University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance. In the four and a half years that he has been with Bryn Mawr, the company has grown exponentially in size. Brenton moved into his current position with the company in March of 2017. The company went from a staff of nine employees to 24 over the past two years. Bryn Mawr credits the growth to their valued brokers, and the development of their employees. Brenton recently moved to Collegeville, PA with his wife of two years and their dog Callie.

Kalah Sprabeary, HUB Funding Solutions

Kalah Sprabeary has been involved in the alternative financing sector as a broker and direct lender. Her experience in multiple industies such as oil and gas, agriculture, construction, and real estate has provided a depth of direct industry knowledge. Kalah and their team at HUB focuses on customized funding solutions, ranging from equipment funding, factoring, working capital, commercial real estate, and supply chain.


Stefan Whitwell, TEAM Funding Solutions

Stefan Whitwell joined TEAM Funding Solutions as an expression of his on-going commitment to serve business owners and fuel their success. Stefan runs business development for TEAM and is responsible for training our broker partners on how to get the most out of working with TEAM. Stefan graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute where he actively volunteers. Stefan is married and the proud father of three children with whom he enjoys playing and spending time with. Stefan actively trains in Brazilian Jujutsu and is a black-belt in Hakko-Ryu Jujutsu. His favorite quote is “Go the extra mile – it is never crowded.”