* The View from Across the Pond: An Update from the IASB
* CECL: Using Data Analytics to Support Better Decisions
* Leases and Real Estate
* Lease & Loan Pricing Advanced
* Ask the Auditor and Accountant
* Unmatched networking activities!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Accountants, CFOs, controllers, tax managers, treasurers, finance directors and others responsible for financial reporting activities, plus any business professionals or advisors who must be familiar with the impact of accounting on their transactions or activities.
BECOME AN EXHIBITOR OR SPONSOR!
The ELFA Lease and Finance Accountants Conference will be held concurrently with the ELFA Operations and Technology Conference. Both conferences will share a table top exhibit targeting companies that provide lease and finance accounting software, and other technology-related processes and systems. This is a great opportunity to get in front of an expected combined attendance of about 300 people!
Sponsorships at ELFA events offer several important benefits that allow your company to achieve its marketing and sales objectives. As a sponsor, your company is showcased to decision-makers in all facets of the equipment leasing and finance industry. If you would like to be a part of the exhibition or a sponsor of the combined conferences, please contact Steve Wafalosky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-247-1060.
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Newcomers Reception Monday, September 16th 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Is this your first time at our conference? Wonderful! Meet other first-time attendees and Committee members from the Operations and Technology Committee and the Lease and Finance Accountants Committee at this fantastic reception. No additional fee to attend.
Hosted Receptions Monday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 17th A wonderful opportunity to network with individuals from across the industry. Receptions for the conference are jointly attended by Operations and Technology Conference attendees and the Lease and Finance Accountants Conference attendees.
5K Fun Run Tuesday, September 17th 6:00 am - 8:00 am (pre-registration requested) Start your day with a little exercise and see some sights in Philadelphia! Join your colleagues for a 5K Fun Run before your full conference day begins. No additional fee to participate.
Women's Council Event Wednesday, September 18th (pre-registration requested) A fantastic opportunity to meet with other women in the Finance, Leasing, Technology and Operations industry. This is a great networking event to learn about the new initiatives ELFA is taking for Women in Leasing. All are welcome to attend. No additional fee to participate.
Monday - September 16
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Alta Group
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Introduction to Leasing and Finance Industry Workshop
Introduction to the industry and products offered, why customers lease and an overview of the lease accounting rules changes and the impact to the industry. Geared to newcomers to the industry.
Taxation of Leases and Service Contracts Workshop A workshop of the tax rules which determine whether a transaction is considered a loan, a lease or a service agreement; how those determinations affect the tax benefits available to the lessor/project owner and the effect of recent extensions of certain tax benefits, including bonus depreciation and alternative energy tax credits.
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
New Attendees Reception
Tuesday - September 17
6:30 am - 8:00 am
5K Fun Run Lead Committee Member:
Start the day with a little exercise and join your colleagues for a 5K fun run.
Wednesday - September 18
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Women’s Council Breakfast
IXL Lease Advisory, LLC
John chairs the accounting and reporting committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and was the 2014 recipient of the ELFA’s Distinguished Service Award. As the managing member at IXL Lease Advisory, LLC, John specializes in lease accounting and financial reporting. He is as senior consultant to Ernst & Young LLP.
John recently retired after a 23-year career with GE Capital, where he primarily focused on vendor finance arrangements and the leasing of equipment as well as managing all aspects of General Electric Company’s Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) lease accounting project. He has been active in the accounting standards setting process, having served on both the Emerging Issues Task Force and the Accounting Standards Executive Committee working groups. John was a member of the joint FASB and IASB international working group on lease accounting. Active in Financial Executives International, he is the past chair of their leases working group.
John joined GE Capital in 1995 and held various positions in finance, risk and general management within GE Capital and GE Energy Financial Services. He managed the group within GE Energy Financial Services responsible for the analysis of economic returns from equity and debt investments, project financings, partnerships and large ticket leases, including lease pricing. Prior to joining GE in 1995, John was a partner with an international accounting firm, based in both Jakarta, Indonesia and New York. He frequently speaks at industry conferences on matters related to current developments in finance and accounting.
John has a BA in History from Tulane University. He is also an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Department of Accounting Advisory Council and a past member of the McCombs School of Business BBA-MPA Alumni Advisory Board.
Grant Thornton LLP
Daryl Buck is the National Managing Partner of Accounting Advisory Services for Grant Thornton LLP. In this role, Daryl oversees service offerings that seek to help clients optimize their financial reporting processes and ensure their accounting practices align with business goals and evolving standards. Daryl has more than 30 years of experience in diverse financial and accounting leadership roles. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Daryl was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Daryl has also served as the chief financial officer of a privately owned retail grocery company and as an audit manager for a large public accounting firm. Daryl’s industry experience includes retail, energy, financial services, marine transportation, and wholesale distribution. At the FASB, Daryl worked to establish and improve generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for all sectors, and to coordinate them with international financial reporting standards (IFRS). Daryl has spoken at numerous accounting and financial reporting conferences, seminars, and other gatherings, both domestically and internationally. Daryl earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Ernst & Young LLP
Kerrie is an Executive Director in EY's Financial Accounting & Advisory Services (FAAS) practice and has over 15 years of experience in providing assurance and advisory services to large financial services clients, focusing mainly on banking and capital markets and asset managers. Kerrie manages a team that is dedicated to assisting audit and advisory clients with technical accounting issues and is a subject matter resource for leasing, consolidation, and transfers of financial assets, including securitization.
Kerrie is a subject matter resource with respect to both the current and new leasing standards under US GAAP and IFRS. She assists our clients with application of the lease accounting guidance both from a lessor and lessee perspective, focusing on issues involving real estate including build to suit and sale leaseback transactions. She is a frequent speaker at the ELFA Lease and Finance Accountant's Conference.
Over the past 10 years Kerrie has been involved with assisting clients with the implementation of accounting standards and the assessment of accounting change. Kerrie has managed large accounting and remediation projects surrounding consolidation, leasing, interest income recognition, and fair value measurement and disclosures which involved extensive technical accounting and process reviews. Kerrie has also been involved in numerous IFRS diagnostic assessments and conversions for banking and asset management clients. She has also managed large accounting training programs for clients.
Prior to FAAS, she worked on the external audits of large banking and capital markets clients.
Kerrie is a NY CPA with a BS in Accounting from Boston College.
Ernst & Young LLP
Eileen Chan is an Executive Director within Ernst & Young LLP's Financial Accounting and Advisory Services (FAAS) Group based in New York with over 15 years of experience.
Eileen is a subject matter resource for lease accounting and provides on-call, technical accounting assistance for critical business decisions. Eileen also helps to lead the accounting change efforts around the FASB and IASB's project for leases, which includes developing a comprehensive solution to help companies understand and plan for the FASB and IASB's new lease standards.
Eileen is a licensed CPA in the State of New York. Eileen received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Pace University. Eileen is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
EVP, Chief Information Officer
Somerset Capital Group, Ltd.
Andrew Cotter serves as CIO for Somerset Capital Group, Ltd. and has been with the organization since 2002. Mr. Cotter is primarily responsible for providing vision and leadership to develop and implement information technology initiatives related to the business, financial, and operations systems that are critical to core organizational functions. Through collaboration with business leaders and select vendor relationships, Mr. Cotter establishes, plans, and administers the overall policies and goals for the information technology department, as well as helps business operations utilize information systems to improve efficiency.
Prior to joining Somerset, Mr. Cotter owned a full service technology services organization, distinguishing itself through a unique mix of hardware, software, networking and internet skills with customers ranging from small architectural firms, medium size capital markets organizations, medical and microelectronics firms to non-profit organizations.
Mr. Cotter earned his Bachelor’s in Architectural Studies and Design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in 1998.
Senior Managing Director
Chief Financial Officer
First American Equipment Finance, an RBC / City National Company
The Alta Group LLC
Shawn Halladay brings 35 years of experience as a lessor, trainer, consultant and auditor to Alta’s clients. Shawn’s professional expertise stretches across all leasing sectors and around the globe. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, he has served lessors throughout North America, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, providing training in all aspects of equipment leasing. His consulting expertise includes vendor finance, accounting and reporting best practices, competitive analysis, strategic planning, litigation support, and accounting and quantitative analysis.
Shawn is Managing Director, Professional Development and has authored or co-authored eight books on equipment leasing, including A Guide to Equipment Leasing, An Introduction to Leasing and The Handbook of Equipment Leasing.
Shawn’s strengths in accounting, tax law and analysis help Alta clients quantify the success of their business and evaluate emerging opportunities. His custom training courses, offered in several languages and tailored to meet the needs of varying geographic and industry markets and cultures, help lessors maximize the value of their human resources and deliver outstanding lease products and customer service.
Shawn is a member of the Financial Accounting Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) as well as the editorial board of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation’s Journal of Equipment Leasing and Finance. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of Leasing News and teaches for the CLFP Academy.
Chief Financial Officer
Bridgeway Capital Advisors
Mr. Hurd is the Chief Financial Officer of Bridgeway Capital Advisors, Inc. ("BCA"), a privately held firm offering capital raising and asset management services to vendors, lessors and lessees, principally involving water treatment, oil re-refining and materials processing equipment subject to service contracts. Mr. Hurd has responsibility for pricing; financial analysis, operations, tax and financial reporting. He serves as the firm's representative to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Accounting Committee. He frequently authors articles on leasing issues.
Before joining BCA, Mr. Hurd held various senior finance positions, including 17 years with Bank of America Leasing and Capital Group ("BALCG"). Before joining BALCG, he served as the controller for a venture capital firm and several leasing companies, principally privately held firms engaged in structured lease financings, asset management, and joint ventures.
Mr. Hurd has served as a consultant for Financial Services Volunteer Corps in connection with leasing projects in Russia, Morocco, and Egypt.
Mr. Hurd obtained his C.P.A. certificate while employed as an auditor and small business consultant at Deloitte, San Francisco, California.
He holds an M.B.A. in Accounting from Golden Gate University, where he is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor and teaches research & communications courses. He holds a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.
Lisa is an experienced manager in the National Accounting Advisory Services practice with over 9 years of experience in the accounting industry. She currently oversees all of Grant Thornton's leasing implementation engagements as the main technical consultant in the Leasing Center of Excellence.
Lisa joins Grant Thornton from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) where she served as the project manager of the Lease Implementation Project. She was responsible for soliciting, analyzing, and discussing issues that arise as part of implementing the ASC 842 guidance on Leases. She has performed extensive consultation with individuals at the SEC and public accounting firms, as well as with companies across various industries on complex implementation issues, such as land easements, and has assessed the significance and pervasiveness of issues and helped determine which to debate with the Board in a public forum. Prior to the FASB, she worked in Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice. Her experience includes financial reporting under both international financial reporting standards (IFRS) and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), as well as Broker Dealer Reporting.
Tim Kolber is a senior manager in the Standards, Policies, Guidance, and Communications Group within Deloitte’s National Office located in Wilton, Connecticut. In this role, he assists in the development of the Firm’s guidance on technical accounting matters and responses to standard setting initiatives, writes internal and external communications on emerging accounting topics, and participates in both internal and external presentations. Tim’s primary areas of specialization include lease accounting, SEC rulemaking, and employee benefits.
Prior to assuming his current role, Tim was part of the Firm’s National Learning group where his primary focus was the development and delivery of accounting-related learning courses to practitioners within the Firm. In addition, Tim spent several years in the Firm’s audit practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, primarily serving clients in the energy and resources industry.
Tim graduated from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
SVP Solution Architecture
Jeff Lezinski, Vice President of Equipment Leasing at Odessa Technologies, oversees projects and business consulting efforts for Odessa's customers. He brings extensive experience in lease finance, accounting, and business practices as well as software design through his years in Project Management and Business Analysis work at Odessa. He has spoken on a wide range of leasing topics at various forums and been involved in the writing of various publications related to the leasing industry. Prior to joining Odessa, Jeff worked for the Financial Advisory Services group of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PWC). At PWC, he consulted for various Fortune 500 companies and assisted them in areas of litigation consulting as well as financial statement carve-outs. He led teams in defense of Department of Justice pricing investigations and data analysis for large health care providers. Jeff holds an Economics degree from Haverford College, USA.
Senior Accounting Manager, Global Finance
IBM Global Financing
Partner - Department of Professional Practice
A partner in KPMG's Department of Professional Practice (DPP), heavily focused on technical accounting and reporting matters. Scott spent two and a half years at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) as a practice fellow during development of ASC 842 where he was a leading member of the project team responsible for the developing and authoring the new standard, as well as a leading member of the project teams for the FASB/IASB Joint Transition Resource Group for Revenue Recognition and the associated amendments to the new revenue recognition standard on (a) identifying performance obligations and licensing; (b) gross versus net revenue reporting; and (c) clarifying the guidance on collectibility.
Scott works primarily in the accounting standards group at DPP and is the co-leader of the leasing topic team, as well as a member of the DPP topic teams for revenue recognition, business combinations, and accounting for long-lived assets; and is a core member of the firm's teams following and advising clients on the new leases and revenue recognition standards. Scott is a frequent presenter at conferences, client events, and internally for KPMG on various accounting topics, in particular the new leases and revenue recognition standards, and a principal author of KPMG's handbooks on ASC 842 lease accounting, ASC 606 revenue recognition, and ASC 606 revenue recognition for software and SaaS entities.
Prior to joining KPMG's national office in 2012, Scott led the technical accounting and SEC reporting functions at a large public software company and worked within KPMG's Technical Accounting Advisory Services and Audit groups.
Carrie Na is the Pricing Manager at SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. She focuses on setting structuring policies, providing pricing guidance on complex deals, and conducting research for both originations and capital markets.
Prior to joining SunTrust, Carrie held various positions in quantitative research, big data analysis and risk management. She has worked at Bank of America and Fannie Mae. Besides Equipment Finance, Carrie has extensive experiences with Mortgage, Home Equity, Credit Cards, and portfolio optimization in finance and banking industry.
Carrie holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia. She is also a CFA charterholder.
President and CEO
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Ralph Petta is the President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 550+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Mr. Petta leads the organization in executing its mission to foster business development, deliver industry information and analysis, provide educational opportunities and advocate for the industry. He is also President of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring thoughtful innovation and contributing to the betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry.
Mr. Petta, an authority in the business of equipment finance, has been with the association since 1987. Before assuming the role of President and CEO in January 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer for six years, providing coordination, direction and oversight of ELFA programs and services designed to add value to the association's member organizations. Prior to that, he served as Interim President. From 1987 to 2010 he was Vice President-Research & Industry Services, managing ELFA's information, benchmarking and market research initiatives. Throughout his career at ELFA, Mr. Petta has assumed leadership roles in virtually all functional areas within the organization, including governance, membership marketing, communications, business and professional development, state advocacy and the association's affiliated Foundation.
He is often quoted in industry trade publications and is a frequent speaker about the role of equipment finance in the U.S. economy and trends and developments in the equipment finance sector.
Mr. Petta is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as well as ASAE's Key Industry Association Committee (KIAC). He completed the ASAE/University of Maryland College of Business and Management executive development certificate program in association management. He also was selected for and participated in the ASAE Future Leaders Conference. Mr. Petta is a member of the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC.
Before joining ELFA, Mr. Petta worked for nine years in the office of United States Senator Sam Nunn, serving in a variety of professional capacities. He was Senator Nunn's legislative assistant when he left to join the association. Mr. Petta graduated from Syracuse University, earning a B.A. degree in political science.
Director of Tax
Siemens Financial Services, Inc.
Joe Sebik is a Director of Tax Reporting in Siemens Corporation, covering Siemens Financial Services, Siemens’ US captive financing subsidiary. Joe supports the tax aspects of Siemens Financial Services’ leasing and structured financing transactions, including alternative energy financings.
Joe has over 30-years of experience in the leasing industry including experience in accounting, financial reporting, transaction structuring and taxation. He has been a member of the ELFA’s Accounting Committee for over 20-years where he has actively assisted the Accounting Committee in many ways, including regularly presenting at the ELFA Accounting Conferences and writing numerous articles for the Equipment Leasing Today magazine. Joe is also the Chairman of the Federal Tax Committee of the ELFA and has introduced two recurring tax-oriented training sessions into the Accounting Conference.
Joe has written six reference portfolios on lease accounting and lessor economics for Bloomberg/BNA, as well as co-authoring 2 portfolios on accounting for Variable Interest Entities and assisting on other accounting-related portfolios. Joe has regularly written about the leasing industry and has previously provided comment letters to the FASB on lease-related topics.
Prior to joining Siemens Corporation, Joe worked for Citicorp Global Equipment Finance, JPMorgan’s Tax Oriented Investments group, Chase Equipment Leasing, IBM Credit Corporation and Price Waterhouse.
Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Queens College of the City University of NY and is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.
Moss Adams LLP
Charlie has a combined 20 years of private and public accounting experience. Charlie specializes in providing auditing, compliance, and consulting services to both private and publicly held financial institutions, leasing companies, asset-based lenders, debt buyers, payment processors, and other financial services companies. Charlie is a frequent author and speaker for various state and national trade associations, including the Western Independent Banker's magazine. Charlie is also a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Financial Accounting Committee.
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company
Jud Snyder is the President of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company and BMO's Senior Executive for Southeast Wisconsin.
Jud joined the Bank in 1994 and is responsible for leading the growth and development of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company. This includes strategic and managerial responsibility for sales, operations, underwriting and equipment management capabilities within the Equipment Finance Company.
Prior to taking on his current role, he had roles in credit, sales and sales management in Equipment Finance prior to taking on the President's role in 2008. In 2010, he moved into the bank as M&I's Head of Specialized Industries. In this role he was responsible for Equipment Finance, Global Trade, Health Care, Dealer Finance, Agribusiness and Sponsor Finance. Following the BMO acquisition in 2011, he moved back into the head role at Equipment Finance with the mandate to leverage the business across BMO and grow the business to scale.
Jud obtained his BA in Russian and Economics from UW Madison ('94). He is currently the Chairman and an Officer of ELFA (Equipment Leasing and Finance Association). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Ballet (Immediate Past Chair & President and Executive Committee Member), The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Trustee), United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Teach for America and Froedtert Health Systems.
Jud lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with his five children.
Group Vice President, Controller's Division
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Jennifer is a Group Vice President in the Controllers Division of SunTrust Banks, Inc. where she works as the Director of Accounting Consultation and Credit Controller. Jennifer's responsibilities include monitoring proposed and final technical accounting pronouncements to determine their impact to SunTrust, assistance with implementation of new accounting standards, special projects, accounting policy, and accounting consultation to the SunTrust lines of business and functional areas. As Credit Controller, she works closely with the Credit Risk Management department on the accounting and reporting of the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses. Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor in Business Administration in accounting from the University of Georgia.
Amie D. Sweeney is a Vice President for the Corporate Capital Markets group within CBRE. Ms. Sweeney is responsible for the preparation and analysis of a wide variety of financial models associated with the sale and financing of proposed and existing single-tenant assets. Ms. Sweeney provides analytical support for various alternatives and financial structures governed by accounting, tax, regulatory, and other considerations important to the needs of corporate, institutional, and developer clients. Her work also includes assisting with the research and preparation of proposals and offering memoranda for use in the capital markets
In addition to her duties as Vice President for the Corporate Capital Markets, Ms. Sweeney is the technical expert on the upcoming changes to lease accounting for CCM as well as one of the experts within CBRE. Ms. Sweeney sits on the Financial Accounting Committee for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association the country's premier leasing organization, and the Finance and Investment Committees for CREW Network at the national level. She is a frequent speaker on lease accounting, has written many articles and white papers, and has been widely quoted on the topic.
Ms. Sweeney has over 25 years of accounting experience and has worked in public accounting, as a corporate controller, and a financial manager. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
EDUCATION Ohio State BS in Accounting
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Financial Accounting Committee CREW Finance and Investment Committees American Institute of Certified Public Accountants CBRE Women's Network CBRE Lease Accounting Task Force
Mr. Thacker is the CEO of Ivory Consulting, the software and consulting company that has helped define the modern equipment finance industry with SuperTRUMP, the proven solution for modeling and pricing equipment leases and loans.
Scott is the Vice Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, and a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Financial Accounting Committee.
He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and of the Association’s Operations and Technology Committee for five years, three of them as Chair, as well as the co-director of the Foundation’s Research Committee.
Throughout his more than 30-year international career, Scott has helped transform businesses through product and service innovations, new business initiatives, M&A activities, and financial transactions.
Prior to joining Ivory Consulting, Scott was a partner at Accenture and founding member of the management consulting group focused on providing solutions to the North American equipment leasing and asset finance industry. Previously, he was instrumental in creating Oracle’s now widely used Oracle Lease and Finance Management software application, and with American Airlines, where he was involved in executing aircraft, equipment and real estate leases as well as other financial transactions. Scott was a founding member of both AMR Consulting Group, an affiliate of American Airlines, and AT&T Solutions, a division of AT&T.
Scott received an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Accounting from the Wake Forest University. He is a CPA and CLFP.
Keybridge Research, LLC
Robert F. Wescott is Founder and President of Keybridge Research LLC, an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, that has served major financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and leading business associations since 2001. Dr. Wescott concentrates on global macroeconomics, financial risks, and public policy research. He provides global asset allocation advice to high-profile international financial firms and is a frequent speaker to business and financial audiences around the world. Dr. Wescott also testifies as an expert before U.S. Congressional committees on economic, financial, and energy policy matters.
From 1999 until 2001, Wescott served as Special Assistant to the U.S. President for Economic Policy at the White House. As senior economic adviser to President Clinton, he helped to develop Administration policies toward G-7 countries, Russia, China, India, other key emerging-market economies, and the international financial system. During 1993-94, Wescott was Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he developed the Administration’s U.S. macroeconomic forecasts and performed policy analysis. He helped write and edit the Economic Report of the President.
From 1994 to 1999, Wescott was Deputy Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund. In the IMF’s Research Department he helped produce the World Economic Outlook, the Fund’s semi-annual review of world economic prospects, key risks, and policy challenges. In the European Department he was responsible for Eastern European countries in transition. He participated in IMF missions to Japan, China, Poland, and a number of countries in Western Europe.
Between 1982 and 1993 Wescott was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at WEFA Group (now IHS Global Insight), the economic forecasting and consulting firm, where he oversaw all forecasting, economic modeling, consulting, and research activities for the U.S. Group. Before that he managed the firm’s Global Economic Outlook Committee and coordinated the firm’s international forecasting from centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. For nearly 10 years he wrote WEFA’s flagship monthly U.S. economic newsletter and he also co-authored its quarterly international economic newsletter. During these years he served as the firm’s primary public spokesman with clients and the media.
In 1989-90, Wescott lived in Japan, where he helped the University of Pennsylvania establish the International Center for the Study of East Asia Development (ICSEAD) in Kitakyushu. ICSEAD does quantitative economic modeling and research on East Asian economies.
Dr. Wescott has published research papers in the areas of macroeconomics, fiscal policy, global saving patterns and interest rates, inflation targeting, the credit crunch in Japan, energy policy, and economic development, especially issues related to globalization. Wescott holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, 1983.
VP Accounting & Finance
Sasser Family Holdings, Inc.
Jay Wilensky is Vice President of Accounting & Finance for Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co, a subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings. He has also been leading a coalition of companies in the railcar leasing industry to convey their perspective and anticipated implications of the new lease accounting and revenue recognition proposals, to the accounting firms and the FASB and IASB Boards. Additionally, he is currently the chairman of the tax committee of the Railway Supply Institute. He began his career in public accounting with KPMG where he was a senior on audit engagements in a wide variety of industries. He is in his 31st year with Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co, taking on increasing roles and responsibilities during his tenure leading up to his current position. He is a CPA, CGMA, and has been active in many professional organizations including the Illinois CPA Society, AICPA, and Institute of Managerial Accountants. He graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington, earning a BS in business with a concentration in accounting.
Banc of America Leasing
Brian Wilson (Director- Banc of America Leasing). Mr. Wilson is a Director with Banc of America Leasing providing accounting and finance support to leasing and capital markets operations worldwide. In this position he consults with clients around the globe on various lease products and transaction structures and their accounting implications.
Prior to joining Bank of America he was CFO for Montrose & Company LLC a lease portfolio management and consulting firm based in Reno, Nevada. Brian also spent several years as tax and accounting manager for Porsche Cars North America and with Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager in their Seattle and Los Angeles offices serving numerous domestic and international clients. He has bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Nevada. Brian is a CPA and is on the Board of the Nevada Society of CPAs.
A block of rooms is being held for attendees of the 2019 Lease and Finance Accountants Conference at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, at a discounted rate of $269 +tax. Check in time is 3:00pm, and check-out time is 11:00am. Please call Reservations at 1 (800) 774-1500, provide your arrival and departure dates and mention ELFA Conference or you may use the custom web link below to reserve your hotel room online. Reservations must be made on or before 5:00pm EST on August 24, 2018 in order to secure the ELFA discounted rate.
Make your hotel reservations by August 25, 2019 to receive the discounted ELFA room rate of $269.
Reservations after this date are based on availability and may be at a higher rate.
The Hilton Chicago about 19 miles from the Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (CHI). Approximate cost of a taxi from the Chicago-O'Hare International Airport to the Hilton Chicago is about $55. The Hilton Chicago is also about 11 miles from the Chicago Midway Airport. Approximate cost of a taxi from the Chicago Midway Airport to the Hilton Chicago is about $35.
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