Oakmont Capital Services Follows Top Talent to Minnesota

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Joe Leonard
Joe Leonard, founder & managing member, Oakmont Capital Services

Yesterday, Oakmont Capital Services announced that it had hired 11 equipment finance veterans to staff its new office in Albany, Minnesota.

All of the new hires were previously working in the Equipment Finance division of Stearns Bank, a regional bank headquartered in Minnesota with retail bank locations throughout the state and in Arizona and Florida. Among banks with $2 to $10 billion in assets, Stearns Bank was named the top performing bank by American Banker for 2017 and 2018. The American Banker noted last year the bank’s expertise in equipment financing. Stearns Bank also received the number one ranking for top-performing community bank in the country from ICBA Independent Banker magazine in its May 2017 edition.

“I’m most excited about the depth of the knowledge base of the people we brought on,” said Founder of Oakmont, Joe Leonard, in reference to the new hires.

Leonard told deBanked that Oakmont was looking to expand all along, but the decision to locate its new office in Minnesota was largely based on the group of talent that became available from Stearns Bank. Leonard said there was management change at Stearns Bank, but that the bank still has a robust equipment finance team.   

Oakland does equipment finance for the transportation, construction and medical industries, among others. It also provides working capital loans for business acquisitions, commercial real estate, debt consolidation, bridge Loans and export financing. Oakmont can make working capital loans from $300,000 to $20 million.

Leonard said that the bulk of Oakmont’s business is commercial equipment financing and SBA loans. And business is derived almost exclusively from referrals from equipment dealers and manufacturers.

The new hires include Daryn Lecy, who will serve as Vice President of Operations. He has experience helping to grow a portfolio from $140 million to $1.2 billion. He also has experience co-managing over 150 equipment finance employees. Lecy will be responsible for managing Oakmont’s new Minnesota office.

Jim Peach will be Vice President of Sales, Kayla Perling, Syndication Manager, Mikki Henkelman, Credit Manager, Tracey Elfering, Business Development Coordinator, and Jena Dirkes, Channel Development Officer. Chad Primus, Elise Linn, Jayme Gerads, Molly Sand and Michael McElroy will all serve as business development officers.

Founded in 1998, Oakland has its headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania. With the Minnesota office, it now employs roughly 40 people.

Last modified: July 26, 2018
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