Steven Gold, president and CEO of Allied Financial, has been named the Commercial Finance Association (CFA) 2018 Leadership Award recipient.

Gold received the award at the CFA 40 Under 40 Awards celebration at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. He is only the second recipient of this award.

Gold has been in the commercial finance industry for more than 20 years. He began his career with Kaye Insurance Associates in New York City before moving to Atlanta. He founded Allied Financial in 2003. Prior to Allied Financial, he was senior vice president of a national commercial finance company.

In addition to serving as a CFA director since 2004 and on the CFA Executive Committee since 2005, he served as chair for the 2016 CFA Annual Convention Committee and as co-chair in 2015. He has served as the chair of the CFA Chapter Focus Committee for seven years and has been instrumental in the growth of the chapter network. He is the longest-tenured board member of the CFA Atlanta Chapter — 20 years, three of which he served as president.