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NEFA Welcomes Wehner as Manager of Education

February 05, 2024, 07:20 AM

The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) announced William "Skip" Wehner as the new Manager of Education. With over 30 years of extensive small business lending experience, Wehner brings a wealth of knowledge and a diverse skill set to this role.

He began his career in leasing at a young age, gaining hands-on experience by answering phones, pulling credit bureaus, and filing UCC’s for his father’s leasing company. His professional journey led him to a recent sabbatical where he played a crucial role in the successful sale of his family’s manufacturing business. With eight years of product development and manufacturing experience from this endeavor, Wehner adds a unique perspective to his finance background.

Expressing his enthusiasm for re-entering the industry, Wehner said, "I am excited at the opportunity the Manager of Education position creates to help me give back to an industry using my contacts, experiences, skills, and knowledge acquired throughout my career."

A review of his credentials reveals a strong skill set in nearly all facets of commercial equipment lending, contributing to the success of organizations he has been part of. His operational background, coupled with extensive business development experience, positions him as an invaluable asset to NEFA's membership.

As a longstanding member of NEFA starting in 1992, Wehner has contributed to the association's growth. He has served as the Regional Chairperson for Colorado, a Director on the NEFA Board, Fall Conference Chair, and an occasional conference speaker. Additionally, Wehner had periodic involvement with AACFB (American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers) and ELFA (Equipment Leasing and Finance Association) throughout his career. His reputation in the industry is solid and longstanding.

Chad Sluss, CEO of NEFA, expressed his confidence in Skip's abilities, "The organization is fortunate to have an industry veteran join our team to help shape the long-term direction of NEFA's educational programs. Wehner has served in a variety of roles, including Broker, Funder and Service Provider. With his wealth of knowledge, NEFA is well-positioned to raise the bar on education for our member community."

Wehner is eager to contribute to NEFA's educational initiatives and looks forward to meeting with members to explore opportunities to enhance the association's educational programs.

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