National Transportation Lender Bolsters Leadership Team

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance is pleased to announce and welcome Michael Jones as its new Chief Financial Officer.

With over 25 years of experience in Financial Services and FinTech industries, Jones is a natural fit. His track record of building successful teams in accounting, finance, capital markets and IT makes him a powerful addition to Crossroads’ leadership team.

“We are always looking for the most talented people to join our team and grow with us” says Howard Shiebler, the company’s president. “Michael brings deep industry experience, and he has demonstrated an ability to lead that we think is very exciting.”

Prior to joining Crossroads, Michael Jones was most recently CFO at Consolidated Analytics. Michael has also previously served in senior leadership roles at Lehman Brothers Bank and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Michael has a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drake University. Additionally, he has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation through the CFA Institute.

About Crossroads Equipment Lease and Finance

Founded in 2006, Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance is your professional partner in the transportation industry. We listen to our customers, work to understand their needs and strive to build long term business relationships by offering prompt, flexible, and tailor-made financing that preserves capital and positively impacts their business. Our expertise in underwriting, collateral evaluation and asset re-marketing facilitate solutions that maximize the competitive advantages of our customers in the market. For more information visit: https://www.crlease.com

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British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the 2020 participants of its Newcomers Program. The program expanded to New York for the first time in its history and accepted a record number of first-year female participants.

The initiative to support emerging industry professionals boasts international talent from 20 countries – the U.K., Australia, China, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Turkey.

With 41 new members joining the four-year program, there will be 98 participants, including actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, cinematographers, executives, art directors, production designers, animators, editors and publicists.

“For over 10 years, the BAFTA Newcomers Program has supported hundreds of industry talents making the move to Los Angeles, connecting them to a network of peers and with a program of career support,” said BAFTA Los Angeles chair Kathryn Busby and New York chair Maria Ishak. “We are delighted that this year’s expansion of the program to New York also reflects our strongest year yet for female representation, comprising 78% of our new participants. As our industry continues to adapt to the extraordinary impact of the pandemic, it is as vital as ever to support those who have recently transitioned their careers to the U.S. by welcoming them into BAFTA’s community.”

Every participant will receive access to BAFTA membership programs and new talent events for career development and transition to living and working in the U.S. The program also includes networking opportunities, peer matching and educational programming including the BAFTA briefing sessions and insights series.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Newfront Insurance, a tech-enabled, customer-centric, full-service brokerage based in Northern California onboards a team of seasoned insurance brokers who were formerly part of Paramount Insurance in Fresno. Over the past several years, Newfront has acquired talent in other parts of the Central Valley, including Bakersfield, Sacramento, and Clovis. The move reflects Newfront’s growing investment in agriculture, service, and manufacturing–sectors with rapidly evolving needs and risks that haven’t been addressed by traditional insurance brokerages. These sectors also exhibit continued resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and have driven the bulk of Newfront’s 2020 revenue growth.

Mike Bone, Jordan Holland, and Daniel Vance

“We’re doubling down on the Fresno region by investing in the world-class talent that calls this area home,” said Raphael Parker, Newfront’s Chief Growth Officer. “The caliber of business talent in the Fresno region is incredibly deep, but it can be difficult to access without a lifetime of local expertise. We knew that we needed a born-and-bred Fresno team with deep knowledge of local businesses and business owners to truly meet the needs of area business leaders.”

Danny Vance, who joins Newfront as a Sales Director said, “The insurance industry has fallen behind the times. Newfront’s revolutionary, data-driven approach allows insurance professionals like us to help our business clients cover their widening risks and costs. But what ultimately made my team come aboard was knowing that Newfront’s leaders understand that business in Fresno is about relationships and results, not just technology.”

Newfront CEO, Spike Lipkin, added, “We are greatly impressed by the talent of insurance expertise in Fresno and are thrilled to welcome these three world-class professionals to the Newfront family. This expansion doubles the size of Newfront’s footprint in the Fresno region, and we have plans to invest