Industry Veteran Bob Rinaldi to Share Best Practices for Moving Forward, Speaking at ELFA Convention

CINCINNATI, OHIO, OCT. 15–Industry veteran, Bob Rinaldi, senior vice president of CSI Leasing, Inc., is joining an esteemed group of his peers for a panel discussion on the future success of companies in the equipment leasing and finance industry at the ELFA Convention in Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at 11 a.m.

Considering the conference theme, “Move Forward,” Rinaldi plans to share his insights on what has helped his company and others survive, prosper and prepare for the future during the past couple of years, widely considered among the most challenging and volatile in the history of the industry.

The panel discussion, entitled “Building a Better Business Model: Adapting, Innovating and Evolving for Improved Performance,” also will include John Karolenko, vice president – operational excellence, PHH Arval; Guy Klingler, president, First American Equipment Finance; and Rick Remiker, president, Huntington Equipment Finance. It will be moderated by Steve LeBarron, vice president – marketing, CHP Consulting.

Among the topics to be covered during the moderated panel discussion include funding challenges, risk management, operational efficiency, technology deployment, regulation, origination opportunities and ways to embrace change.

“There’s no question this has been a tumultuous period for virtually everyone in our industry,” Rinaldi said. “The future looks brighter, however, and this is an ideal time to share our ideas and ways of meeting various challenges that can help others. The goal is to use our lessons learned to strengthen the overall health of our industry and its prospects for future success as the slow recovery continues.”

During his 25-year career in the equipment leasing and finance industry, he has used his creativity, leadership skills, knowledge, experience, and often times unconventional approach to enhance systems, operations, sales and marketing activities in both domestic and international arenas. At CSI Leasing, the largest privately held, U.S.-based equipment lessor, Rinaldi supports growth strategies for this expanding company with operations in 28 countries.

Rinaldi was formerly president of National City Commercial Credit (NC4) Canada and executive vice president of NC4 in the United States. He was a founding partner of Information Leasing Corp., which he helped grow to the fifth largest bank-owned leasing company in the country. He is a trustee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, a director of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association and Chairman of its LeasePAC.