Commercial Finance Partners has hired Edward Rodriguez as a senior business development officer to represent the company in the Midwest. He will focus on expanding the company’s presence in Chicago.

“Ed brings a wealth of experience in many different industries through his years in finance. He immediately gives us a market presence in Chicago- a large center for activity for us,” said Darren Palestine, managing partner.

Rodriguez spent the previous nine years at Bibby Financial Services with a specialty focus in transportation. Prior to his commercial finance experience, Rodriguez spent 18 years as an independent commodities trader and equity member at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He also has nearly 40 years of involvement in the trucking and transportation industry.