SPEAKERS

PANELISTS & WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

PANELISTS

Following Peter Hinssen’s keynote, Bill Verhelle will moderate a panel borrowing themes from the keynote and grounding them in our industry. Panelists will explore these themes from an equipment finance perspective and inspire crowdsourced topics that will then drive the remainder of the dynamic, 2-day conference.

Bill Verhelle

Moderator

Bill Verhelle is the founder and CEO of QuickFi. QuickFi provides business borrowers with a 100% digital self-service financing and leasing experience completed in minutes at the point of sale. QuickFi enables banks and equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to streamline and better control the financing process, enabling faster, more efficient equipment sales and fostering increased repeat business. QuickFi costs less than one-third the cost per transaction of operating the legacy lending and leasing processes at scale.*

Before QuickFi, Verhelle was the co-founder and CEO of First American Equipment Finance (from its launch in 1996 until 2015). While a student at Cornell Law School in 1996, Verhelle founded First American with his long-time friend and business partner, Guy Klingler. Today, First American is Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. equipment finance business.

*See 2023 ELFA Survey of Industry Activity, small ticket report, vs. QuickFi costs.

Kelly Furia

Panelist

As Head of Global Marketing and Experience, Kelly Furia plays a leading role in the development and delivery of DLL’s commercial strategies across five Global Business Units (GBUs) and 25+ countries. Her responsibilities span strategic marketing and planning, CX and Digital transformation, as well as go-to-market execution and effectiveness.

Furia first joined DLL in 2015 as the Regional Marketing and Communications Director – Americas. After holding the role for more than four years, Furia took the next step in her career journey and joined the Global Commercial Management Team as Head of Digital Marketing and Strategic Initiatives. Since then, she has led the evolution of DLL’s Marketing organization, including the creation of a Customer Experience Platform and Community of Practice. Furia most recently assumed responsibility for DLL’s Digital Experience strategy, including CRM, digital channels and external APIs.

Prior to joining DLL, Furia held marketing and communications roles at Pet360, Brownstein Group, Cashman & Associates and NBC News. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. A dedicated wife and mother to two children, Furia enjoys yoga, tennis, travel and volunteering at her children’s schools.

Mike Jones

Panelist

Mike Jones is President of First Citizens Bank Equipment Finance. He has held the post since January 2018 and oversees the bank’s vendor finance lines of business. Prior to First Citizens Bank’s merger with CIT, he was Managing Director of Business Capital for CIT from 2016 to 2018. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Managing Director for EverBank Equipment Finance/TIAA from 2009-2016, managing sales and operations for the Vendor Equipment Finance division, where he was also a director from 2004-2008. Mike’s other management experience includes positions at U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and Sunoco Oil Company. Mike retired honorably from the U.S. Army Rangers, where he had completed one combat tour, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Widener University.

Ellen Comeaux

Panelist

Ellen Comeaux is an accomplished and respected business leader with more than 30 years of experience in commercial finance and strategic development, helping business to successfully tackle their most difficult challenges and achieve their goals.  Ellen has recently embarked on the next phase of her career journey, where she plans on sharing her passion for authentic leadership and transformative change with others in the industry.  Comeaux built her leadership and change agent focus through her various commercial roles with more than 24 years with General Electric under GE Capital, GE Real Estate, and GE Capital Bank.  Most recently, Comeaux spent eight years with EverBank, where she led the vendor equipment finance and commercial real estate business lines.

Peter Hinssen

Panelist

Peter Hinssen is a world-renowned thought leader on radical innovation who has given numerous keynote presentations around the world. He lectures at renowned business schools like the London Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He is also a multiple board advisor on subjects related to innovation and technology.

For more than 15 years, Peter led a life of technology start-ups. His first company e-COM was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, his second, Streamcase, by Belgacom, and Across Technology by Delaware Consulting. His third venture (Porthus) was quoted on the stock exchange in 2006 and acquired by Descartes. Between start-ups, he has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with McKinsey & Company, with a focus on digital and technology strategy. Peter’s current company, nexxworks, helps organizations become fluid, innovate and thrive in The Day After Tomorrow.

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

DEBORAH REUBEN

Deborah “Deb” Reuben, CLFP is the CEO and Founder of TomorrowZone, a technology strategy consultancy inspiring fresh ideas and collaborations to shape the future of business. She encourages new thinking to explore the art of the possible through her extensive technical knowledge, equipment finance experience and passion for challenging the status quo. Her expertise will enhance and broaden your company’s products and services and create efficiencies that will produce a competitive advantage for your company.

PETER HINSSEN

Peter is a world-renowned thought leader on radical innovation who has given numerous keynote presentations around the world. He lectures at renowned business schools like the London Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. He is also a multiple board advisor on subjects related to innovation and technology. His current company, nexxworks, helps organizations become fluid, innovate and thrive in The Day After Tomorrow.

BREAKOUT FACILITATORS

Andrew Cotter
EVP, Chief Information Officer

Somerset Capital Group

Brad Peterson
Founder & CEO

Channel

Carmen Delfi
SVP Operations

Everbank

Chris Enbom
CEO

AP Equipment Financing

Denis Stypulkoski
Founder & Principal

Reimagine Advisors

Donna Yanuzzi
EVP, Equipment Finance Officer

1st Equipment Finance

Jeff Bilbrey
CEO

Leasepath

Jillian Munson
VP Process Automation

QuickFi

Joe Leonard
President & CEO

Oakmont Capital Services

John Sokol
Founder

LeadX

Nancy Robles
President

Eastern Funding

Quentin Cote
President

Orion First

Tawnya Stone
VP, Strategic Technology

GreatAmerica Financial Services

Theresa Kabot
Owner

K2 Funding Group