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AACFB Announces New Board Members, Election of Officers

April 03, 2019, 07:10 AM

The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB) announced the election of three new members to its Board of Directors and the election of officers to the positions of President, President-Elect and Vice President.

The newly elected Board members are Charles (Bud) Callahan, Jr., Laura Estrada and Teresa Thacker. The new officers are Paul Burnham, Cindy Downs and Carrie Radloff. They will begin their service in their new positions following the 2019 AACFB Annual Conference in May.

“I am pleased to welcome our three newest members to our Board of Directors in addition to our new officers. They will each bring a diversity of perspectives to their positions, which will benefit the Board and the association as a whole,” AACFB President Sheri Bancroft said.

Callahan, BPB, CLFP, is President of National Equipment Leasing, Inc., a brokerage based out of Indianapolis, IN. He started his career in the automotive industry after becoming a veteran of the Vietnam War. Prior to his current position, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Dellen Financial Corporation. He has been a member of the AACFB since 1994 and is a Past President of the AACFB Board. He has served on several AACFB committees and is a regular presenter at AACFB conferences.

Estrada is a vital part of the Covington, GA-based Preferred Capital Funding, where she is involved in marketing, processing and closing different types of commercial loans with expertise in equipment and transportation. After graduating from the University of Georgia she worked for large companies in marketing and sales. Preferred Capital Funding became a member of the AACFB in 2014 and she has been an active attendee and panelist at AACFB conferences.

Thacker is the Senior Credit Analyst and Loan Syndicator for Brahma Lending and Leasing based in Burley, ID. She came to Brahma five years ago when she started out in sales, making cold calls to acquire her client base. She plays an important role in the training of all new employees and serves as a mentor to both employees and clients. Brahma Lending and Leasing became a member of AACFB in 2013. She has been an active contributor to the association’s online Community and regularly attends the AACFB Annual Conference.

The 2019-2020 AACFB Board of Directors

  • President - Paul Burnham, CLFP, El Dorado Commercial Finance
  • President-Elect - Cindy Downs, Heartland Capital Group
  • Vice President - Carrie Radloff, CLFP, American Financial Partners
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Jim Phelps, Capital Equipment Leasing, Inc.
  • Past President - Sheri Bancroft, Bancroft Leasing


  • Bud Callahan, BPB, CLFP, National Equipment Leasing, Inc.
  • Laura Estrada, Preferred Capital Funding, Inc.
  • Teresa Thacker, Brahma Lending and Leasing

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