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Alliance Funding Group Strengthens Technology Finance Division with Key Leadership Appointments

TUSTIN, CA / May 15, 2024 / Alliance Funding Group (AFG), a premier provider of customized equipment financing solutions since 1998, announces significant appointments within its Technology Finance division. Adam Doyle joins as Senior Vice President, Head of Technology Finance, and Eric DeHart assumes the role of Market Director, Technology Finance. Together, they bring over forty years of combined experience in equipment leasing, sales, and strategic financial services.

Adam Doyle: A Multifaceted Leader

Adam Doyle‘s diverse career spans politics, law, and technology. He has made impactful contributions to political campaigns, the United States Senate, and served as In-House Counsel for a Fortune 50 retailer. His journey in technology began at Dell Technologies, transitioning later into the equipment finance sector where he excelled at Winthrop Resources (acquired by TCF Bank, now Huntington Bank). Most recently, he was the EVP, Head of Sales and Business Development at CCA Financial. In his new capacity at AFG, Adam will lead initiatives to expand the company’s equipment finance offerings within the technology sector.

Eric DeHart: Expert Strategist and Educator

Eric DeHart, a USC alum based in the Los Angeles area, began his impressive career in equipment finance at First American Equipment Finance (acquired by City National Bank). He then progressed to relationship management roles at City National Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank, furthering his expertise while earning an MBA with a concentration in finance. Prior to joining AFG, he was instrumental in shaping finance solutions at US Bank Technology Finance Group and CCA Financial. In addition to his role at AFG, Eric serves as CFO of the LYTE Foundation, which supports breast cancer survivors.

Expanding AFG’s Technology Equipment Finance Reach

Brij Patel, Founder, President, and CEO of AFG, expressed his enthusiasm for the expanded team, stating, “The appointment of Adam Doyle and addition of Eric DeHart marks a significant enhancement to our Technology Finance capabilities. Their deep industry knowledge, OEM/reseller network, and commitment to client success are pivotal as we continue to tailor our financial services to the evolving needs of the technology sector. We are excited to see them drive growth and innovation within our company.”

AFG has a rich 26 year history as a privately-held entity with a robust team of over 75 sales representatives nationwide. The company caters to a diverse range of companies and credit profiles, emphasizing Equipment Finance, Leases, and Working Capital.

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Alliance Funding Group Best Company Culture recognition

Alliance Funding Group Cultivates a Winning Culture through Authenticity and Genuine Care

Founded in 1998, Alliance Funding Group (AFG) is one of the largest privately held equipment finance companies in the U.S. Over the years, AFG has funded more than $3 billion in equipment loans, leases and working capital, serving more than 25,000 customers and earning recognition as one of the fastest-growing independent leasing companies in the nation.

Staying Genuine and Human

AFG has strategically crafted a winning culture that revolves around authenticity, flexibility and genuine care for its people. Rather than adhering to rigid corporate rules, the company prioritizes its employees, especially during critical moments in their lives. A real-life example illustrates this commitment: when a team member faced a sudden family crisis requiring extended time off, AFG granted the flexibility needed without imposing strict constraints on return dates or job security. This reflects a culture that walks the talk, emphasizing authenticity and human connection.

Leadership Empowerment for Employee Engagement

A crucial aspect of AFG’s winning culture is the empowerment of its senior leadership team to make decisions aimed at improving employee engagement and retention. All employees have direct access to senior leadership, fostering a culture of open communication where grievances or suggestions are addressed promptly. This approach ensures that leadership actions align with the company’s commitment to its people, creating a supportive environment.

Prioritizing Values

Values play a pivotal role in shaping AFG’s winning culture. By ensuring the happiness and well-being of the team, the company establishes a foundation for employees to extend that care to customers, which drives business success. The emphasis on prioritizing people sets the tone for a workplace where individuals feel valued, supported and motivated to contribute to the company’s triumphs.

Meritocracy and a Level Playing Field

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are integral to AFG’s culture, built on the principles of meritocracy. Regardless of background or gender, everyone at AFG is provided with a fair opportunity. The company believes that talent naturally rises to the top, fostering a level playing field and promoting an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives contribute to success.

Transparency, Communication & Employee Well-Being

AFG promotes transparency and communication by ensuring that ownership and leadership are readily available for questions. Annual upper management meetings delve into departmental details, discussing challenges, successes and setting goals. This transparent approach allows employees to hear directly from leadership, fostering an environment of trust and openness. The company supports the well-being of its team members through competitive compensation, benefits, personal support and a fun, casual work environment.

Learning from Setbacks and Embracing Risk

AFG embraces a culture of learning from failures and setbacks. The company encourages a proactive approach to taking risks, viewing failures as valuable learning opportunities. This mindset promotes a dynamic and innovative culture where employees feel empowered to explore new ideas and approaches.

Ongoing Evolution

Throughout its success and growth, AFG has remained committed to core values of trust, support, and accessibility for its employees. The company’s culture has evolved with a consistent focus on genuine care and respect for every individual, ensuring that employees are not treated as mere pawns but as valuable contributors to the organization.

A Human Approach to Business

AFG maintaining a working environment that is not overly formal or rigid. Recognizing the human aspect of business, AFG treats every individual with respect and genuine care, valuing diverse opinions and creating a workplace where authenticity and humanity are the cornerstones of success.

 

Credit: https://www.monitordaily.com/article-posts/nine-common-traits-of-the-best-company-cultures/

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Alliance Funding Group Initiates a New Division for Mid-Market Equipment Leasing, Led by Randy Hicks

Alliance Funding Group is proud to announce the appointment of Randy Hicks as its new Senior Vice President of middle market equipment leasing, balance sheet strategy. Mr. Hicks has successfully recruited Todd Greenberg (SVP, CRO) to lead the risk management duties of the new strategy.

Hicks brings over 30 years of experience in the mid-market equipment leasing and finance sector. Before joining Alliance Funding Group, he was an Executive Vice President and co-founder of Nations Equipment Finance, now known as SLR Equipment Finance, and held various leadership roles at GE Capital for 14 years.

With over 14 years in risk management, Greenberg joined Alliance Funding Group from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Risk at Post Road Equipment Finance and had a decade-long career at Nations Equipment Finance in various risk and analyst roles.

“Being active in the middle-market space as a syndicator, we’ve noticed that both banks and private credits have pulled back or moved upstream in their transaction minimums,” Brij Patel, president, CEO and founder of Alliance Funding Group, said. “Leveraging our balance sheet and with continued commitment by our bank partners, we feel that we can fill the void and provide access to competitive capital for our customers and vendor partners.”

“I am very excited to be joining the AFG team, where experience matters. As one of the largest independents in the market, AFG is well positioned to take this next step and I look forward to contributing to the success of this strategy,” Hicks said.

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KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Alliance Funding Group’s First Equipment ABS

Kroll Bond Rating Agency assigned preliminary ratings to five classes of notes issued by Alliance Funding Group ABS I, (AFG 2023-1), an equipment ABS transaction. AFG 2023-1 represents the first equipment ABS transaction to be sponsored by Alliance Funding Group.

AFG 2023-1 is backed by a pool of equipment loans and leases (equipment contracts). The statistical discounted pool balance (statistical pool) totals $115.2 million and represents the projected cash flows of the equipment contracts discounted at a rate of 8.50%. As of the initial cutoff date, the discounted contract value will be at least $123.4 million and the initial pool characteristics are expected to be substantially similar to the statistical pool. The total collateral may increase by up to $31.3 million (27.20% of the statistical pool) through the addition of equipment contracts during the three-month prefunding period.

The statistical pool includes 1,421 contracts, with an average contract balance of $81,092. Obligor concentrations are low with 1,228 total obligors and the largest obligor representing less than 0.50%. The statistical pool is diversified geographically with the largest state, California, representing approximately 15% and all other states at less than 10% each. The pool is concentrated somewhat in the transportation industry, at approximately 19%. The pool benefits from a weighted average FICO of 747 and weighted average obligor time in business of 17 years.

AFG 2023-1 will issue five classes of notes, including a short-term tranche. Credit enhancement is comprised of overcollateralization, a cash reserve, subordination benefiting senior classes and excess spread. The overcollateralization is subject to a target equal to 15.00% of the current pool balance and a floor equal to 0.50% of the initial pool balance, accounting for any prefunding that occurs. The reserve account is funded at 1.00% of the initial pool balance and is non-amortizing.