Leadership

At Ailco Equipment Finance Group, you work with a dedicated team of professionals with proven experience…strong commitment…flexibility… and unmatched industry knowledge.

Our Company Leaders

Tom Podewils
President
t.podewils@ailco.com

As President of AILCO Equipment Finance Group, Tom is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the company.

Prior to joining AILCO in 2008, Tom spent 25 years with M&I Equipment Finance Company (now part of BMO Harris), where he held various executive, management and sales positions, including President from 2000-2007.

Tom is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Lease Institute at Columbia University.  He has served as President of the Wisconsin Association of Equipment Lessors and is also active in charitable organizations.

Lee Fischer
Treasurer
l.fischer@ailco.com

Lee serves as Treasurer of AILCO Equipment Finance Group and provides accounting, tax and reporting direction for the company.

In addition to his duties with AILCO Lee serves a similar role for Elkin Operations LLC, the parent company of AILCO, as well various other Elkin related entities. Lee’s involvement with the Elkin group of companies dates back to 1984.

Mr. Fischer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received his CPA certification in 1978.

Mick Uzendoski
Business Development
m.uzendoski@ailco.com

Mick is responsible for developing business opportunities with equipment end users, through vendor relationships and referrals from financial partners in the Minnesota and the Northwest Wisconsin marketplace.

He brings 30+ years of extensive experience in equipment financing, joining AILCO in January 2016 after 16+ years as Vice President/Sales Manager for Kraus-Anderson Capital.  He is a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln with an Accounting Major.

Justin Masterman
Business Development
j.masterman@ailco.com

Justin is responsible for developing business opportunities in the Illinois marketplace. Prior to joining AILCO in 2014, Justin had 9 years of finance and credit experience in commercial banking serving the small business community within the Chicago suburban market.

He is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where he obtained his B.A. in Economics and Finance with a minor in General Music.

Marty Dickson
Business Development
m.dickson@ailco.com

Marty brings in over 35 years of experience of equipment finance and leasing sales. He maintains a broad network of account relationships that includes vendors, end users and a variety of financial partners. Marty comes to Ailco from the banking industry where he worked in a variety of industry specific positions.

Marty is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BA in Finance and received a MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mark Sorensen
Vice President
m.sorensen@ailco.com

Mark joined the company in 2012 and his scope of responsibility includes credit review, collections and equipment management and the documentation of all AILCO transactions.

Prior to joining AILCO, Mark brings 25 years of experience in banking, equipment finance (19 years with M&I Equipment Finance) and insurance agency ownership.  He is a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Kristopher DeMent
Portfolio Manager
k.dement@ailco.com

As Portfolio Manager, Kristopher is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the credit quality of AILCO’s portfolio.  His duties include credit review, collections and equipment management.

Prior to joining the group in 2008 Kristopher held various administrative positions in the financial and construction industries.  He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a BBA degree in Finance.

Susan Averbeck
Accounting Manager
s.averbeck@ailco.com
Susan is responsible for managing the day to day accounting and sales and property tax work for AILCO Equipment Finance Group. Her background includes experience in the fields of public accounting, healthcare accounting and executive experience in the broadcast software industry.

Susan is a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate of Lakeland College where she majored in Accounting.

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