This blog is about people in our industry who have chosen the road(s) less traveled and were rewarded for doing so. When first conceived, Leasing Avenues, was dedicated to pioneers who were trailblazers forging new paths that over time became the well-traveled, well-mapped highways we take for granted today. The relaunch of Leasing Avenues is still focused on interviewing pioneers of the past. However, we also will be adding interviews with the contemporaries who are forging something new in our industry, with technology, new paradigms, or just fresh ideas to inspire professionals in the equipment leasing and finance industry.

I hope you will enjoy these videos, comment on them, and recommend trailblazers you know for this blog.


Peter Zeihan – “The End of the World is Just The Beginning”


THE END OF THE WORLD IS JUST THE BEGINNINGLet me be clear, this is a must-read, not for just those in the equipment finance industry but for everyone.   There is a paradigm shift afoot, NOW!  The…

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Video Interview with Dave Schaefer, CLFP – Servicing Leases & Loans, a New Normal?


We caught up with the legendary David T. Schaefer, CFLP, of Orion First to talk to us about the great migration of companies to third-party servicing, and how perception of this alternative to…

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The Equipment Leasing Opportunity – Community Banks


As Published in Bank Director Magazine on April 13, 2022 Community banks are ignoring the potential of a vast C&I market.

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Video Interview with Scott Nelson, Ph.D. – Artificial Intelligence Technology for Independent Lessors


Scott Nelson, Ph.D., President, and Chief Digital Officer, of Tamarack Technology Inc., provides Leasing Avenues with the state of artificial intelligence in the equipment leasing and finance…

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Chris Chiappetta Video Interview – Broker to Lessor to Exit – A real life “how to”


Chris Chiappetta, now less than one year after leaving First Midwest Bank, provides his real-life experience and retrospective.  This video interview is a must for brokers and lessors that may…

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First Financial buys Cincinnati’s largest independent specialty lender


Rick Ross, CEO of Summit Funding Group Inc. By Steve Watkins  –  Staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier Dec 7, 2021 Updated Dec 8, 2021, 11:24am EST

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Reid Raykovich Video Interview – Behind the Scenes of the “CLFP”


Reid Raykovich -   Behind the Scene of "CLFP" Executive Director of the CLFP Foundation One of the objectives of Leasing Avenues is to bring you casually, up close, and personal video…

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Peter Zeihan – “Covid Vaccine and 2021-2023 Business Forecast”


Peter provides a forecast for the next 3-5 years from his unique geopolitical standpoint given two additional factors.THE COVID VACCINE & THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION Peter and Bob examine the…

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Kirk Phillips Video Interview – A Lesson in Persistence!


Kirk Phillips -   “A Lesson in Persistence” President and CEO of Wintrust Commercial Finance (“WCF”), a subsidiary of Wintrust Financial Corporation, a $43 billion publicly traded bank holding…

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Peter Zeihan – from coronavirus to social democracy and the fate of China


Peter announces his soon-to-be bestseller "Disunited Nations" and provides a preview that is absolutely relevent to current events along with how to prepare for what is coming. Peter is an…

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