Lovern Gordon is a two-time sur-THRIVER of domestic violence – DV (a child witness until she was 15 years old in Trinidad and a 2-year, young adult relationship in the States). She has been with Boston Financial and Equity Corporation since 1999 and ten years after leaving abuse, she became the full- time Founder of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc. - LLN), where she used 2 back-to-back pageantry wins to increase awareness around issue in 2010. The following year, LLN was formed. Today, Their organization has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including CBS This Morning nationally and internationally on Trinidad and Tobago’s TV6 News. They conduct DV Awareness Workshops worldwide, hosts events that raise thousands of dollars to benefit DV shelters, offers direct financial assistance to those fleeing abuse and points people in the right direction for DV resources. She has become a huge voice in the equipment finance industry around the issue and continues to represent Boston Financial at various funding conferences.
Jesse graduated from West Virginia University in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing. Jesse has over 18 years of professional selling and marketing experience. Some highlights of his professional career include increasing an equipment leasing vertical revenue from $300k to $3million in five years and playing a major role in increasing an organization's overall revenue from $7million to $21million over a five-year period. Jesse is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JDR Solutions Inc. He also owns a consulting company, Consult Disrupt. Jesse currently serves on the ELFA Communications Committee, and has previously been on the board of directors for NEFA, NEFA membership committee chair, two-time NEFA conference chair and the ELFA Service Provider Committee. He spends his nights and weekend consulting with local small businesses. In 2021, Jesse founded Equipment Finance Cares, a platform for awareness through thought leadership and networking with industry peers.
Jesse lives in Queen Creek, AZ with his wife Brooke and two children, Jeremy and Rori.
President & CEO, UniFi Equipment Finance Inc.
UniFi Equipment Finance is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of Ann Arbor. RJ joined Bank of Ann Arbor in August 2013 as an Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. With more than 20 years of experience in the equipment finance/ banking industry, he brings valuable experience in commercial banking, investment banking, and business banking. Previously, he served as Vice President for Everbank Commercial Finance, Inc., where he was responsible for the growth within the Technology Division.
RJ currently sits on the ELFA Board of Directors and has previously served on the ELFA’s (Equipment Leasing and Finance Association) Vendor and Captive Business Council Steering Committee and participated in the past two Industry Future Councils with the ELFA foundation.
Reid Raykovich, CLFP, is the Chief Executive Officer at the Certified Lease & Finance Professional Foundation. Reid took over the Foundation in 2012 and has grown the membership by over 630%. In 2014, she was honored with the Foundation’s Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence. Reid began her career in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry at Great American Insurance where she obtained her CLFP designation. She has also held various positions at McCommon Leasing, Irwin Commercial Finance and Financial Pacific Leasing where she was presented the “Above and Beyond Leadership” Award. She was also given the Leasing News Person of the Year Award in 2016, was named as one of the top 50 most powerful and influential women in the industry by Monitor magazine in 2019, and also named as the 2020 Pioneer Icon by Monitor. Reid has authored and co-authored several articles regarding certification and continuing education and has spoken on various panels and presented at many industry conference sessions. In 2018, she traveled to Australia and spoke in three cities regarding the certification. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with minors in Classics and Business from the University of Washington where she graduated magna cum laude in two and a half years. In her spare time, she loves crafting and making gifts for others. She has a daughter Milla, a purebred mutt Sophie, and a loving cat Toonces who all keep her on her toes.
Stephanie Hall currently serves as the Vice President of Sales at Quality Leasing Co., Inc. She has extensive experience in small-ticket equipment finance, having made her home in the space for more than 15 years. She was previously Executive Vice President of the Small Ticket segment of BankFinancial Equipment Finance., prior to BankFinancial she was Executive Vice President at ACG Equipment Finance (formerly BlackRiver Business Capital) where she was responsible for syndication, portfolio sale, oversight of credit and funding, compliance and documentation. Prior to joining ACG, she was Vice President of Third-Party Originations for Bryn Mawr Funding for more than 10 years. Ms. Hall earned her CLFP designation in 2014 and has been very involved in industry associations. She spent several years on the board of directors for the National Equipment Finance Association, culminating with her service as President/Chairman of the Board in 2016-2017. She is currently serving on the Chris Walker Education Fund Committee, the Advisory Council for Equipment Finance Cares, the Small Ticket Business Council Steering Committee for the ELFA and on the Standards and Ethics Committee for the National Equipment Finance Association.
As Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Funding, Nancy is responsible for all of the company’s day-to-day operational and administrative functions. In 2005, Nancy joined Eastern Funding from Fleet Healthcare Capital Leasing/Bank of America where she held essential roles in the company’s Legal, Operations, and Documentation departments.
Ricardo graduated from Boston University’s School of Management with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. Before graduating, Ricardo was selected to be part of Banco Popular of Puerto Rico’s Management Trainee Program where he was exposed to all areas Puerto Rico’s largest banking entity (Treasury, Auto Financing Subsidiary, Mortgage Subsidiary, Commercial and Retail Banking, Investment Subsidiary, among others). After completing the Program, Ricardo became Financial Analyst of Banco Popular’s (High New Worth) Investment Management Consulting Group (IMCG).After two years with IMCG, Ricardo founded a Bicycle Infrastructure Company in Puerto Rico and later joined the CEFI team in 2012. Ricardo is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional and has completed CFA Level I Exam.
Blair Dawson is the Executive Director & General Manager of the STRIPES Leadership Program.
Blair is a high performing and effective marketing and communications professional with strong inter-personal skills and the ability to lead and work with individuals at every level. Self-motivated with a passion for collaboration. She is a tenured manager of relationships with experience supporting an organization's priorities and strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining STRIPES as Executive Director & General Manager, Blair was the Vice President of Marketing & Programs at the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) with a BS in Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University.
Jaimie Haver began her career in the equipment leasing industry more than 30 years ago. She enjoyed working with an independent lessor for greater than 20 years and with a bank for about 12 years. She has experienced each role and responsibility that is part of the life cycle of a transaction and loves almost every one of them! She has a deep commitment to delivering the best customer service and feels that happy employees produce happy customers and wants to create more enthusiasm in the workplace. Jaimie recently retired from Hanmi Bank as SVP of Operations of Commercial Equipment Leasing to follow her passion of helping others find their happiness in their processes of fulfilling customer obligations, regulatory requirements, and collaboration across departments. She is the founder and Chief Enthusiasm Officer (yes, a different kind of CEO) of Happy Manufacturing, Inc. Her ultimate objective is to really help put the FUN in funding so that everyone involved in the experience is happy with the outcome. Jaimie is a CLFP and has been active with ELFA Women in Leadership Committee, where she hopes to have made a difference in the mentoring program. She resides in Tustin, CA with Darren, her husband and Jack, their son. She is an advocate for individuals who are blind, visually impaired and individuals with different abilities. She is a prior board member for Beyond Blindness, formerly Blind Children’s Learning Center and through her efforts and enthusiasm, she helped raise more than $1.2M to support programs to promote independence.