TSL Feature Articles

The Difference Makers Issue

Click on the link below to meet some of the “difference makers” in the secured finance community. This issue of The Secured Lender celebrates those who are having a profound impact on both their communities and their organizations. 

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  • Foundation Secured Finance Foundation Establishes Scholarship and Diversity Committee and Launches Guest Lecture Program
    Jun 14, 2019

    The Secured Finance Foundation has created a Scholarship and Diversity Committee, which held its organizational meeting during SFNet's Asset-Based Capital Conference in Las Vegas.  By Michele Ocejo

  • Where Are They Now? Where are they now?
    Jun 14, 2019

    Members of SFNet's 2017 and 2018 40 Under 40 Classes check in to give an update on what they’ve been up to and what has changed since receiving their Award.  By Eileen Wubbe

  • Join Together Boston Finance Professionals Join Together to Make a Difference
    Jun 14, 2019

    The Boston Corporate Finance Community (BCFC) was founded by Cheryl Carner, Crystal Financial LLC; Ken Frieze, Gordon Brothers; Keith Vercauteren, Wells Fargo; Ward Mooney, Crystal Financial LLC; and Kevin Murtagh, Riemer & Braunstein LLP.  By Ward Mooney and Kevin Murtagh

  • Diversity The Dynamic Power of Diversity: How Diverse Perspectives & Inclusive Thinking Can Create Powerful Teams
    Jun 14, 2019

    A leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion offers practical tips for harnessing the power of diverse teams.  By Arin N. Reeves

  • Making a Difference Making a Difference: Interview with Hilco’s Thomas Greco and Gary Epstein
    Jun 14, 2019

    Thomas A. Greco, chief executive officer of Hilco Valuation & Industrial and Gary Epstein, Hilco Global EVP and chief marketing officer, discuss the National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award and the many other ways in which Hilco Global is making a difference through Hilco Helps (www.hilcohelps.com), a program that Epstein branded for all of the firms’ cause-marketing initiatives. 

  • Character First Character First: Interview with Jennifer Palmer
    Jun 14, 2019

    Jennifer Palmer, president of Gerber Finance, discusses how philanthropy is front and center in the company’s day-to-day business.  By Michele Ocejo

  • Secured Finance and Felons Secured Lending and Felons
    Jun 14, 2019

    Several commercial finance executives band together to give former inmates a second chance.  By David Rains

Previous TSL Articles

  • FarmLiensAuthor Lien Trouble Down on the Farm
    Jul 2, 2019
    In a priority dispute between a bank and two nurseries, the bank prevailed. The dispute concerned who held the senior lien in over a million dollars’ worth of trees and shrubs in three states. By Samuel R. Henninger
  • SFNet Women in Secured Finance Conference Explores How Women Can Step into Their Power
    May 1, 2019

    SFNet's Women in Secured Finance Conference provided networking and insight for career development and how to navigate issues faced in today’s work environment.  By Eileen Wubbe

  • Finance Professionals Can Build on Blockchain for Success
    May 1, 2019

    Rick Burke of TD Bank discusses the results of TD’s recent blockchain survey. When it comes to the technology’s specific capabilities and implications, finance professionals are divided: blockchain will create stronger audit trails (29%), speed up payment processes (22%), improve efficiency of cross-border payments (21%) and reduce payments fraud (18%).  TD’s survey also revealed a conundrum in the treasury world: Faster and real-time payments are coming soon, but organizations still have obstacles to implement them.  By Rick Burke

  • Interview with Honorable Kevin J. Carey, Delaware Bankruptcy Judge
    May 1, 2019

    Judge Kevin J. Carey (D. Del.; Wilmington) has served on the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware since 2005 (serving as Chief Judge from 2008 to 2011), having first been appointed as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2001.  By Michele Ocejo

  • Discovering and Unleashing The Financing Potential To Grow Supply Chains in Cross-Border Trade
    May 1, 2019

    Peter Nunes of Vayana Network explains both the challenges and opportunities surrounding cross-border trade. By Peter Nunes

  • The New Frontier: Industrial Asset Recoveries Across International Markets
    May 1, 2019

    Executives from Gordon Brothers offer tips for recovery in this complicated global environment.  By Duncan Ainscough, Fenton Healy, and Rafael Klotz

  • Are Global Trade Wars the New Normal?
    May 1, 2019

    Geopolitical advisor David Chmiel considers recent changes in global trade policy and assesses whether the world is confronting a sustained period of tariff increases and trade wars.  By David J. E. Chmiel

  • Navigating New Territory
    May 1, 2019

    Lenders are entering a brave new world in which U.S. tax law may no longer be an impediment to taking foreign guarantees and collateral and a pledge of 100% of the stock of a foreign subsidiary.  By Angela Batterson and Adela Woliansky

  • Interview with Entrepreneurial Factor Allen Frederic, Republic Business Credit
    Apr 1, 2019

    Allen Frederic is a co-founder of Republic Business Credit with over 45 years of commercial banking, asset-based lending, and factoring experience. He previously founded another New Orleans-based factoring company after serving as president of a New Orleans bank. By Michele Ocejo

  • Furniture Retail Offers Pockets Of Opportunity—But Due Diligence Is Key
    Apr 1, 2019

    Disruption seems to be affecting every sector and the furniture industry is no exception. Mark Bannon of Tiger Group explains why lenders should consider furniture retailing borrowers.  By Mark Bannon