Category: Executive Profiles

Expanding a Footprint to ‘Cover a Lot More Ground’ Industry Veterans Launch Triumph Commercial Finance

Finding the right market or niche is important when launching a new venture. In Triumph Commercial Finance’s case, the most crucial part was how to provide financing to those borrowers that are sometimes lost in the shuffle, those on the lower end of the market. ABF Journal speaks with EVP Dan Karas about what is driving Triumph Commercial Finance.

Beyond Traditional Restructuring… Gavin/Solmonese Join Forces to Fulfill a Shared Vision

Last April, the commercial finance industry learned that the venerable turnaround firm of NHB Advisors had been acquired by a newly formed corporate consulting firm bearing the name Gavin/Solmonese. While acquisitions of turnaround firms either in whole or in part have made industry headlines regularly this year — indeed, Deloitte acquired CRG Partners and CVC Capital Partners took a majority stake in AlixPartners — this announcement was a bit unique.

Acquisition Prompts Expansion… With PrinSource, North Mill Enlarges Footprint, Adds Factoring Services to Offerings

What started as a business idea at the dawn of the economic crisis, North Mill Capital is now a formidable competitor in the small-ticket lending space thanks to its dedicated founding stakeholders and solid organic growth. Today, through its recent acquisition of PrinSource Capital, North Mill has expanded its footprint westward and added factoring services to its product offerings.

From Gaining Market Share to Regulatory Compliance TD Bank’s Greg Braca, Joe Nemia Say It’s Full Speed Ahead

In March of this year, TD Bank announced its veteran banker in the metro-New York area Greg Braca would assume the post as head of Corporate and Specialty Banking. Some six months earlier, Joe Nemia joined the bank to lead its ABL group. Here, the two discuss everything from future plans for the unit to the bank’s ability to embrace the realities of doing business in a highly regulated environment.

Filling the Gap … With Enthusiasm A Conversation With Leonard Tannenbaum, CEO of Fifth Street Finance

Leonard Tannenbaum, CEO of Fifth Street Finance Corp., shares with the ABF Journal his experience in successfully taking his business from lender to publicly traded business development company — right when the bottom dropped out of the economy in 2008 — and his forecast for middle-market lending and M&A activity for the remainder of 2012.

As a Turnaround Takes Hold, CIT Rededicates Itself to Equipment Finance

The severe economic downturn of recent years has seen many equipment lenders leave the business or sharply curtail their activities, and CIT was no different, downsizing its Diversified Industries Group in 2007. Central to this strategy is the appointment of a senior CIT veteran, Belcastro, well-known both inside CIT, as well as throughout the asset-based finance industry, as a knowledgeable and experienced professional.

Mike Maiorino & People’s United Business Capital: At Home In the Middle

With a seasoned team on board nimbly assembled in 90 days last summer, Mike Maiorino finds himself at home at People’s United Bank where he was tapped to launch People’s United Business Capital. While the model maybe “right down the middle” in terms of the broad spectrum of asset-finance companies, when it comes to customer’s and their financing needs, Maiorino shuns a “one size fits all” approach.

Crystal Financial Revisited — Five Years Later & Three Times Charmed

Ward Mooney, Colin Cross and Michael Pizette are no strangers to success. Despite their collective achievements, these veteran lenders point out that the ultimate beneficiaries of all their hard work are the dozens of companies struggling to make their way in an unfriendly credit environment — companies that without their help, could very likely become casualties of an economy still struggling to recover.