Newly appointed president and chief executive officer of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) Ralph Petta has announced three staff promotions, with immediate effect.

Paul Stilp has been appointed as the US trade body’s new chief financial and operating officer. Stilp joined ELFA in 2004 as vice president, Finance and Administration. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the association’s finances and treasury operations and work closely with Petta and staff to provide for the overall daily administrative and operational requirements of the organization.

Lisa Ramirez was named the new vice president of business and professional development. Ramirez joined ELFA in 2012 as director of meetings and exhibits. Taking over from retiring staff member Lesley Sterling, in her new role Ramirez will oversee the management and direction of all business and professional development activities of the association, including the annual convention, conferences, workshops, best practices roundtables, e-learning initiatives, web seminars and web-based educational content.

Julie Benson was appointed as the vice president of membership marketing. Benson joined ELFA in 2013 as director of membership. In her new role, she will work with the membership committee and play a significant role in the development of a broad strategy that both engages and retains ELFA members and enhances the membership value proposition. She will also drive the association’s efforts to grow its membership base in all member populations.

Petta, who became ELFA President and chief executive on January 1 – following the retirement of former President and chief executive Woody Sutton – said: "ELFA is fortunate to have very knowledgeable and talented individuals on our staff. We are pleased to recognize Julie, Lisa and Paul, whose experience and dedication to our mission and our membership make them invaluable members of the ELFA team. I look forward to working with them and the rest of our exceptional staff in 2016 and beyond."


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