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First American Equipment Finance Adds 55th CLFP; Releases Promotional Video

June 06, 2016, 07:04 AM

First American Equipment Finance and the Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation announced that the 14 individuals from First American Equipment Finance who sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam have passed; they are:   

  1. Sarah Yarnes, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  2. Claire Donohue, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager
  3. Michael Berkman, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Sales 
  4. Kate Ralston, CLFP – Vice President, Operations
  5. Jennifer DeLong – Giefer, CLFP – Vice President of Business Development
  6. Michael Haines, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  7. John DiMino, CLFP – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  8. Ryan Gilroy, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  9. Steven Mayne, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Project Manager
  10. Justin Borkowski, CLFP Associate – Finance Specialist
  11. Michael Flanigan, CLFP Associate – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  12. Justin Sudore – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  13. Anthony Culiano – Assistant Vice President, Sales
  14. Jeremy Wolocki – Assistant Vice President, Sales

“Our colleagues at First American are genuinely committed to professional development. They add real value to clients by having a deep understanding of the equipment leasing and finance industry,” said Alan Sikora, CEO of First American Equipment Finance.

With 55 CLFPs, First American employs more CLFPs than any other company in the world.  The company recently released a video touting the benefits of the CLFP program, which can be viewed at

“I chose to pursue the CLFP designation to further my knowledge of the leasing industry, said Kate Ralston, Vice President of Operations at First American and one of the new CLFP designees.  “Having originated my career outside of leasing and finance, I sought to gain additional understanding of the leasing industry, including credit underwriting, leasing law, accounting, and more.  I found studying for and passing the CLFP exam to be a very valuable process.  I am thrilled to join my fellow colleagues who have achieved the CLFP designation.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 319 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit

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