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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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  • Gail Bernstein Gail K. Bernstein Reflects on Her Successful Career in ABL

    Gail K. Bernstein was executive vice president, national investment manager for PNC Business Credit, located in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to September 2013, she was the marketing manager of PNC Business Credit-Western Region, a de novo office that she opened in 1998. Besides her extensive experience in ABL, her career encompasses a specialization in international lending and investment management. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

    After 20 years with PNC, Bernstein retired on August 30, 2019. 

  • David Rains photo Methods for Winning the Candidate on the First Interview

    We tend to believe that most people who go to an interview will automatically take the job if it is offered, but many times that is not the case. It is important to remember that while you are interviewing the candidate, the candidate is also interviewing both you and the company. Just as the company has a checklist of what it is looking for, so does the candidate. Here is a guide to some of the most tried and true ways for an interviewer to ensure a ‘Yes!’ from a candidate after only one interview.

  • JonathanRosen_Synovus Synovus Launches New Specialty Finance Division and Structured Finance Team
    Synovus Bank announced the launch of a new Specialty Finance Division, focused on providing debt capital financing and commercial banking solutions to fund companies operating in niche asset classes. 
  • LIBOR Phase-Out: Considerations for Oil & Gas Companies

    With over $370 trillion of global financial contracts referencing LIBOR (London Inter-bank Offered Rate), many oil and gas companies are curious about how the phase-out of LIBOR by 2021 could impact their organization. Many companies are beginning to ask how this transition will impact their organization and what steps can be taken now. The following is a discussion of:

    • why LIBOR is being phased out;
    • the transition plan for the phase-out;
    • items companies should consider; and the steps that can be taken now.  
  • Leigh Lones Three Ways to Improve Your Risk Performance Through Data Technology
    Aug 19, 2019

    By embracing technology, you can collect, analyze and respond quickly to easily accessible data that helps you accomplish three things simultaneously: mitigate risk, improve efficiency, and develop your organization’s talent.

  • Keith Spacapan Cars Aren’t Dead: They’re Just Morphing into What Comes Next
    If, indeed, the traditional car as we have known it is “dead”, and its current successors are likely to be short-lived placeholders for what is to come… to understand what’s next and how it will impact the asset-based valuations we perform in the automotive industry, it is necessary to first understand how we got here.
  • Secured Finance Foundation – Where We Were and Where We’re Going

    The Secured Finance Foundation, a 501c3 organization, has been busy this past year rolling out new programs that benefit our industry. Some of the important initiatives from 2019 include commissioning and delivering a groundbreaking Market Sizing & Impact Study, with assistance from Ernst and Young, LLP, which is free to our members and donors..

  • 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