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Adam Warner, President, Key Equipment Finance on Building Diversity in the Finance Industry

December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Adam Warner, President, Key Equipment Finance discusses the importance of creating a more diverse workforce in the equipment finance industry. According to Warner, the most important benefit of building a diverse workforce and leadership team is gaining diversity of thought. He goes on to explain that when companies gravitate toward a more diverse organization, they create diverse ideas and strategies that didn’t exist in the past.

Warner also explains why it is important to create a diverse slate of candidates when hiring, and that equipment finance professionals should expect a level of diversity in their candidate pool. According to Warner, if companies and banks in our industry do not focus on diversification, they will not be prepared to properly represent clients; therefore focusing on building teams that are more representative of clients’ incoming workforces will become more important over time.

Equipment Finance Advisor’s Thought Leadership Videos feature interviews with subject matter experts and leaders from bank-owned equipment finance companies, leasing companies, banks, independent commercial finance companies, consultants, service and product providers and more – offering their candid thoughts in interviews broadcast via Equipment Finance Advisor’s YouTube Channel.

Adam Warner
President | Key Equipment Finance
Adam D. Warner is President of Key Equipment Finance. In this role, he is responsible for all of Key Equipment Finance’s commercial and bank-based equipment lease and finance efforts; as well as equipment finance programs for the technology, energy, healthcare, industrial and government vertical market segments. He is also responsible for overseeing the equipment finance programs for all of the company’s vendor customers, including equipment manufacturers and distributors; and for the company’s specialty finance and distribution services unit.

Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, Key Equipment Finance manages an approximate $13 billion equipment portfolio with annual originations in excess of $5 billion. The company also has a management and operations base in Albany, New York. The company employs approximately 300 people and has been in the equipment financing business for over 45 years.

Prior to being named President in 2007, Warner served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Key Equipment Finance’s commercial leasing services business. He joined Key Equipment Finance to oversee the express leasing services business in 2001. Before joining Key Equipment Finance, Warner worked as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mellon Leasing Corporation, where he had worked since 1988. Prior to that position, he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He also held the position of Operations Manager at McDonnell Douglas Finance Corp. from 1985-1988.

Warner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Warner is a former Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s board of directors and executive committee. He is also a member of the Leeds School of Business Board of Alumni and Friends at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Comments From Our Members

Cramer Owen • View APN Profile
Adam, good interview. I would only suggest that working to diversify your workforce to include more minorities and women is not only good for KEF, but also good for society by helping to create a more egalitarian country.
12.13.2018 @ 10:05 AM
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