Orion First continues to demonstrate its commitment to the equipment finance industry through robust involvement in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA).

“I encourage all of our employees to seek leadership roles in associations like the ELFA in order to help hold our industry accountable to a higher standard,” said CEO, David T. Schaefer. “Orion’s purpose is to empower those who fund small business, so they can in-turn help their own communities. With my term as Chairman complete, I am glad to see the Orion team continuing to promote this purpose in order to elevate all communities across the country.”

The Orion First team members active on the 2019 ELFA Committee rosters are:


david schaefer

David T. Schaefer, CLFP, CEO, serves on the Board of Directors. During his 2018 term as Chairman of the Board, Schaefer helped further inclusivity and diversity in the association through his commitment to – and promotion of – the Women’s Council and the Emerging Talent Advisory Council. 



jenny wood

Jenny Wood, CLFP, SVP Client Services, is serving on the 2019 Women’s Council, working to increase the participation and leadership of women across the association and the equipment finance industry.



joe collins

Joe Collins, SVP, Business Development, starts his third year on the Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee; representing organizations and firms providing a variety of related services to the members of the other four Business Councils.



zack marsh

Zach Marsh, CLFP, CFO, was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation (ELFF), a non-profit organization guiding equipment finance innovation through industry specific knowledge and programs.



Stephen Brown, CLFP, Accounting Specialist II, will serve on the Emerging Talent Advisory Council (ETAC). Charged with finding engaging ways to attract and retain valuable leasing/financing talent, the ETAC’s mission is vital to the success of our industry during hiring booms and talent shortages like we currently experience. 



Quentin Cote, President of Mintaka Financial is starting his second year on the ELFA’s Small Ticket Business Council Steering Committee. Representing financial services organizations primarily involved in transactions under $250,000, the Small Ticket BCSC advises the ELFA Board of Directors on how to best meet the needs of this vital category of ELFA Membership.



The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $827 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 575 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit www.elfaonline.org. Follow ELFA on Twitter @ELFAonline.