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Successful Fundraiser Held for Chris Walker Education Fund

November 06, 2019, 07:00 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

The Chris Walker Education Fund Committee, in conjunction with the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA), are celebrating another successful fundraiser held during the recent NEFA Funding Symposium conference in Atlanta, GA. Sponsors and attendees gathered at the Park Bench piano bar in Atlanta for this ticketed event on Oct. 3, where they raised over $16,000.

This highly successful fundraiser ensures the Chris Walker Education Fund (CWEF) will be able to continue offering grants to support education opportunities for professionals across the equipment leasing and finance industry in 2020. These grants support industry-related education certifications, such as the Certified Lease and Finance Professionals (CLFP) designation, education development initiatives for NEFA, and other educational endeavors.

Special thanks go out to all the attendees who made this such a great evening. Additional thanks go to the NEFA Executive Director Michael Toglia, as well as the NEFA board for its sustaining support of this and other educational fundraising initiatives for the Chris Walker Education Fund. The CWEF Board also thanks the generosity of all the sponsors, at every level, who helped make this fundraising event possible.

Gold Sponsors:

  • Allegiant Partners Equipment Financing
  • Channel Partners Capital
  • Dressler Peters, LLC
  • ECS Financial Services
  • Great America Finance Services
  • Hanmi Bank
  • IDS Asset Finance Technology
  • LTi Technology Solutions
  • Moritt, Hock & Hamroff
  • The Alta Group

Silver Sponsors:

  • Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
  • Financial Pacific Leasing
  • Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato
  • KLC Financial
  • Oakmont Capital Services, LLC (OCS)
  • Pawnee Leasing Corporation
  • Securcor Financial Group
  • Streamline Financial Services (SFS)

Bronze Sponsors:

  • 36th Street Capital
  • Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP)
  • KS State Bank, Baystone Government Finance
  • Wintrust Specialty Finance

Education was always important to Chris Walker, as a NEFA Member and Member of NEFA's Board of Directors. When he passed away in 2011, many NEFA Members and other industry professionals wanted some way they could make a donation to honor him and continue his great service to this industry. This resulted in the creation within NEFA of the Chris Walker Education Fund. For more information, you can visit here.

Chris Walker Education Fund Committee:

  • Randy Haug, LTi Technology Solutions
  • Chris Lerma, CLFP, AP Equipment Financing
  • Guy Selinka, CLFP, Streamline Financial Services
  • Hugh Swandel, Meridian OneCap Credit Corp.
  • Kayla Perlinger, CLFP, Oakmont Capital Services, LLC
  • Kim King, National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA)
  • Stephanie Hall, CLFP, Black River Business Capital

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