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For the short time I’ve been at LTi, all I’ve heard about is how fun and insightful NEFA conferences can be. The 2016 NEFA Equipment Finance Summit sure did deliver! It was a great opportunity to dive headfirst into the Equipment Finance Industry. It was also an amazing opportunity to network with peers that I will get the pleasure of working with.

Here are some highlights from the Summit:

Attendees arrived followed by quick meet and greets at the AMAZING Hotel Monteleone on Tuesday. The place was truly exquisite and within walking distance to amazing food and entertainment in the French Quarter district.

LTi was recommended to attend K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen for dinner and we had the most amazing time with fantastic service. Highly recommend if you are ever in the New Orleans area. We had the pleasure of attending dinner with some industry folks and experienced the flavor of New Orleans.

Chris Walker Fundraiser

Wednesday started with an early morning at the Lakewood Golf Club to play a friendly scramble with fellow conference attendees. This is to benefit the Chris Walker Education Fund. Chris was a long time CLFP and NEFA member that we remember at each conference. We raise money to help those that wish to further their education or educational goals within the Equipment Finance industry. This speaks volumes to how close this industry’s professionals are and how much they truly care about each other. The night finished with a wonderful opening reception filled with great conversation and karaoke.

Sessions and Fun

Thursday was a big day of break-out sessions and fun times in the exhibit halls at the booths. We gained insights on the marketplace today with the growth of alternative financing. We also learned that the increase use of technologies has helped streamline business processes. It also helped gain insights utilizing enhanced reporting measures to better service clients and grow portfolios.

Friday was a short day, as we wrapped up some final conversations at Booth 40.

The people and the events are definitely second to none in the equipment finance industry.

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