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ELFA Announces Agenda for Emergence2023, Council Members Recognized

May 31, 2023, 07:22 AM

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association released the detailed agenda for Emergence2023, July 13-14 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD. The two-day event hosted by the Emerging Talent Advisory Council will focus on leadership development for emerging talent in the equipment finance industry. The agenda will feature hot-topic sessions and interactive networking opportunities, all organized around the theme “Think, Act, and Inspire Like a Leader!”

“We are on a mission to help the next generation of leaders to succeed in the equipment finance industry,” said Lana Kralik, CLFP, Chair of the Emerging Talent Advisory Council (ETAC), which is involved in planning and hosting the conference. “Emergence2023 will provide important content along with helping attendees to build relationships with peers within the industry. We look forward to learning and networking with members of the emerging talent community on July 13-14.”

Highlights of the Emergence2023 agenda will include:

  • Interactive session on “Finding Your Way: Navigating Fear and Uncertainty in the Workplace” with Leadership Speaker Pierre Quinn. Build resilience, stay calm under pressure and approach uncertainty with confidence.
  • Ask a Leader Panel on “How Future Leaders Prepare for the Next Opportunity” featuring industry leaders discussing actionable strategies for progressing in the leadership journey.
  • “Essential Leadership: Caring Enough to Expect Excellence” with leadership trainer Chris McDonell. Focus on effective communication skills to inspire and motivate others.
  • Keynote on “Economic Outlook and the Future of the Industry” with Senior Economist Alice Moore of Keybridge, LLC.
  • “The Power of Professional Presence,” a transparent, interactive conversation about how we are received by others, with industry leader Jennifer Fanz.
  • “Focus on Your Future” showcasing various development opportunities available through advanced education and industry certifications.
  • Multiple networking opportunities, including a networking breakfast and lunch, cocktail reception, fun walk, dine around and more!

Planning Committee
ELFA recognized the members of its 2023 Emerging Talent Advisory Council who are hosting Emergence2023, as well as the task force planning the event (marked with *):

  • Svetlana Kralik, CLFP, Credit Administration Officer, VP, U.S. Bank (Committee Chair)
  • Amanda Brubaken, Senior Program Manager, Mitsubishi HC Capital America, Inc.
  • Eric Cable, Director - Lender Finance and Capital Markets, First Citizens Bank Equipment Finance
  • Craig Colling, Senior Vice President Sales, Ascentium Capital, A Division of Regions Bank*
  • James Cress, Vice President & General Manager, Stryker Flex Financial (Board of Directors Liaison)
  • Nicolas Goehring, SVP, Lead Portfolio Manager - Equipment Financing & Leasing, Associated Bank
  • Kathryn Havlik, Equipment Finance Officer, Key Equipment Finance*
  • Steven Holben, CLFP, Director of Digital Sales Strategy, Mitsubishi HC Capital America, Inc.
  • Jacquelyn Jacobs, CLFP, Director of Data Analytics & Corporate Development, Fleet Advantage, LLC
  • Xiang Ji, Commercial Risk Senior Manager, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, Inc.*
  • Brandon Karas, Senior Counsel, Stonebriar Commercial Finance
  • Jenaleigh Lathrop, CLFP, Equipment Finance Trainer, Arvest Equipment Finance*
  • Sharon McGarvey, Business Development Manager, Odessa*
  • Sean McKenna, National Sales Manager, Great American Insurance Group*
  • Will Mennesson, CLFP, VP, Head of Credit, AP Equipment Financing
  • Jake Nguyen, CLFP, VP, Credit Manager, Wintrust Specialty Finance*
  • Jordan Reeve, Credit Support Manager, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation*
  • Kelby Spring, Financial Services Sales Manager, Equifax Commercial*
  • Matthew Vazzana, CLFP, National Account Executive, Huntington Technology Finance (Emergence2023 Planning Committee Chair)*
  • Camtu Vo, Digital Strategy, Manager of Product Development, DLL

The registration fee for Emergence2023 is $540. Details are available at
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