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Charles (Bud) Callahan, Jr., CLFP, BPB 
National Equipment Leasing, Inc.     
        

Bud Callahan started his career in the automotive industry in 1968, where he achieved the Ford Motor Company’s Grand Master Sales Award five years in a row. He started Ambassador Financial Services a decade later, and then returned to the automotive industry as a new car sales manager, vice president and general manager. In 1998 he joined the leasing industry once again as vice president and general manager of Dellen Financial Corporation, which became National Equipment Leasing, Inc. in 1999 with Bud as president, a role he remains in to this day.
 




 

Gary Greene
Lease $mart

Gary Greene has been in the lease brokerage business since 1984, working for three other leasing companies before starting Lease $mart in Tucson, AZ in 1988. His business is high-volume, handling primarily small ticket 'application only' transactions, mostly driven by vendor referrals and repeat transactions within his lessee client base. Lease $mart has been a broker member of NAELB since 1996. Gary holds both CLFP and BPB designations, and was previously a member of the NAELB Board of Directors. He operated Lease $mart from the mountains of western Panama in 2013-2014, but is now a resident of Ocala, FL.

 






 

 

  Bryan Inman
Great American Insurance Group

Bryan Inman got his start in the equipment leasing industry in 1997 with Premier Lease & Loan Services, a Division of Great American Insurance. He has held various positions in product management, marketing, sales and business development with the primary focus being on strategic development and execution of insurance programs and services for commercial leasing and finance organizations and their originators. These programs manage risk, add value, reduce costs, expedite funding and generate fee income. Bryan is currently serving as Business Development Manager for the Originator Insurance Program and management of the strategic partnership between Great American and instaCOVER, LLC.  Bryan has been involved in various industry panels/roundtables, committees, as well as authoring articles for industry publications. He works closely with the association committees to assist in producing informative sessions, workshops and industry networking events.

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Chris Park
Dakota Financial


Chris Park has been with Dakota Financial since 2004. He started as a Credit Analyst, and after 13+ years has worked his way up to become Head Babysitter. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children and their bulldog Lil Lo. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu. As you can see from the size of his waistline, he does not have that much free time to pursue his hobbies.

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  Frederic St. Laurent
Firstgroup Recruiting Solutions, LLC


Frederic has more than two decades of recruiting in the Financial Services Channel, resulting in conversations with thousands of professionals and successful placements made nationally, he has developed extensive relationships, and insights into this industry. With a database going back to the late 70’s and a disciplined, relational recruiting process, he has become the ultimate source for any firm considering or implementing a strategy for growth or strategic succession planning. He has four children, two grandchildren and has been married to his best friend for more than 31 years. His passion is connecting exemplary people with life changing opportunities. He enjoys fishing, cooking and date nights.
   



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